Moving overseas, particularly to Asia, can be a massive change to those who have never been before. The smells, sights, heat and sound all contribute to a massive culture shock, this can be amplified when you have a young family in tow. In this blog, we’ll look at a few things you can do to make the transition easier and a few things you can do in Bangkok.
Bangkok is a sprawling metropolis and seems to be growing all the time, the city has transformed from a quaint capital city into one of the world’s most forward-thinking cities. Don’t think for a minute that New York, Sydney or London provide a more modern lifestyle, nothing could be further from the truth. You will find as many restaurants here and as many different choices of cuisine as anywhere in the world, you may also be surprised about the plethora of cars and the ultra-modern shopping malls throughout the city.
The education facilities in Bangkok are comparable to anywhere in the world with world class teachers and facilities. If you are looking for a kindergarten in Bangkok, you will literally be spoilt for choice. Due to a large number of expatriates, the international schools here have proliferated, and although relatively expensive, provide a world class education for children from 2-18.
Kid Friendly Activities in Bangkok
If you are living in Bangkok and have young children, you will have to find things to do, you won’t have to look hard though! With safari parks, aquariums and a multitude of soft play facilities there is plenty to do and see once school is out for the day. One thing that needs to be mentioned is that Thai people love children and will usually entertain them whilst you eat your meal. Almost all of the shopping malls have a play area for children, in some malls they have a whole floor devoted to youngster’s entertainment, something you rarely see in Europe or the US.
Getting your little ones fed when you are out is also easy, many restaurants have a children’s menu catering for both Asian and European tastes, you will never go hungry in Bangkok!
Although the attractions of the big city are convenient, there are some weekends when you’ll want to get away from the city for a change of scenery. Favourite weekend destinations for Bangkok expats include Pattaya and the royal town of Hua Hin. Both are within 2-3 hours of Bangkok and offer a thriving seaside experience, Hua Hin in particular is great for families. If you have a long weekend, you could also consider flying down to Koh Samui or Phuket, these islands are easily reachable from Bangkok at an affordable cost.
Once you have got over the initial culture shock and done a little research you will soon come to realise that Bangkok is a great place to live as family and the longer you stay the more you will enjoy all what it has to offer.