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Bangkok with young children?

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Bangkok with young children?

I have spoken to a couple of friends/family who have been to Bangkok at least 5 years ago and they have said they would not take young children there as it is dirty and very polluted!. We were due to do a 3 night stopover but I have cancelled because of their concerns but feel we may be missing out! I only have 2 days to change my arrangements and wondered if someone who has been in April time with young kids (5, 7, 10) could give me their opinion. My 5 year old is in a wheelchair so would like to know if access is good in the temples/palace and my 7 year old has a heart condition, how bad is the pollution!

Charlotte, North...
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1. Re: Bangkok with young children?

Wheel chair access will be a problem. I travel with my young child to BKK yearly, and have a great time. Other than the wheelchair, I see no reason not to take children. However, the sidewalks and curbs will be very difficult to negotiate with the wheelchair.

As far as pollution, the air in BAngkok is undeniably polluted. Whether it is too much for your child, I do not know.

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2. Re: Bangkok with young children?

We have travelled to Bangkok since my youngest was 2. She is now 9. I have no problems in taking them to Bangkok and we have travelled in April most times. Yes the air is polluted mainly from traffic exhaust. It is also very hot in April. We had rain this year in April and last year so the air cleared for a bit. Bangkok is very busy and hectic which could be why your friends didn't like taking the children. Bangkok is not very wheelchair friendly as the pavements are so uneven. But it wouldn't be so impossible. Shopping centers like MBK have lifts, so getting around them you wouldn't have any problems.

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3. Re: Bangkok with young children?

We tend to stay on the river - we find it less polluted there. If you haven't fixed your hotels yet, you may want to take a look at the Marriot Resort & Spa which has a lovely resort feel, fantastic pools and a children's entertainment programme. Another alternative is Centre Point apartments in Silom which have 2 bed apartments. Price includes breakfast and there is a swimming pool too.

I think it wouldn't be straightforward to visit Bangkok in a wheelchair - as others have pointed out the pavements are very uneven and very crowded. However, in places like the temples and the Grand Palace, the ground is not like that and the areas are very open and lots of space.

I think you would finding getting around easier with a guide and van. We are touring this summer with Tong, who has a air conditioned van. From the pictures I've seen of it, it has a lot of space so perhaps your child's wheelchair could fold and fit in the back when driving between spots. I think that is how I would do it. Tong has a child herself and is a lovely lady - she has some great ideas for things that would interest children.

Hope this helps

BB

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4. Re: Bangkok with young children?

Meant to add Tong's details - pornpitcha@yahoo.com. Her English is excellent.

BB

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