These are some ideas for day trips around Bangkok that are good for young children or teenagers. I think the most popular one for Nong Grace was the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Chonburi. She keeps asking to go back here every year. She likes feeding milk to the tiger cubs and also posing for photographs with the cubs and baby crocodiles. There are also shows featuring animals such as crocodiles, elephants, tigers and also pigs that seemingly can count. When we last went the ticket price was 300 baht for adults and 200 baht for children. It cost 150 baht to take your picture with the animals and 10-50 baht for food to feed the animals in the petting zoo.
This day trip from Bangkok to go and see the Swimming Monkeys in Samut Songkhram is a little adventurous. However, it is definitely worth the time and trouble. I have already been a couple of times and Nong Grace came with me on my last trip. We rented a boat for about 500 baht and he took us through the mangroves where we saw about 3 or 4 groups of monkeys at different locations. It is a good idea to bring bananas as they will come closer to your boat looking for food. They are not aggressive but they might squabble among each other to get at the bananas. During the boat ride we also went out into the bay to see the fishermen huts.
To the north-east of Bangkok is Farm Chockchai in Nakhon Ratchasima. This is popular with Thai families as you get a tour of a dairy farm, which to them is unusual. Although I actually grew up on a dairy farm myself, I still enjoyed the trip. You are taken around the farm where you can see how they milk the cows and also the dairy where this is processed. There is an opportunity to have a go yourself at milking by hand. During the tour of the farm there are two more stops. First is a kind of Wild West Town where you can ride ponies. There is also a rodeo show here. The next stop there was a petting zoo where you could feed the animals. They also had a short animal show here. When we went tickets were 250 baht for adults and 125 baht for children. Horse rides were 40 baht and pony and trap rides were 100 baht.
Judging by our hits from Google, many people are searching for information about Dream World in Bangkok. This theme park has been around for quite a few years now. There wasn’t much the first few times that I went but there is enough for a decent day of fun now. But, don’t go expecting something like Disney World. There are rides for children of all ages. I first took Nong Grace here when she was only five but she still found plenty to do and have fun. The highlight for her was the Snow Town where she could play with “snow”. The temperature here was a very chilly -3 Celsius. In addition to the rides there is a Fun House and Ghost House. There are also shows such as an animal show and a stunt show. When we were there tickets cost 450 baht and allowed you to have as many rides as you liked.
The biggest water park in Bangkok is Siam Park City or Suan Siam as it is called in Thai. I hadn’t been there for years and was surprised how much the place had grown. There is now so much to do there that you will only scratch the surface in a day visit. We spent six hours there and didn’t do everything. The water park is the main attraction of course. There are a number of different pools of varying depths. There is also an action river, a giant waterslide and an artificial sea which even has waves. As well as the water park, there is also a theme park with numerous rides for children of all ages. If you wanted to, you can buy tickets just for the water park and for rides in the theme park as you go. When we went, a 600 baht ticket gave you unlimited access to both the water park and theme park. If you are planning on doing everything then that is good value for money. A yearly pass is also good value.
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