You want to see the Grand Palace, eat the street food and shop in the night markets - but you don't want to stay in the crazy centre of Bangkok with your family. Here's the answer...
Catherine at the Grand Palace, Bangkok
Exploring and enjoying the exciting Thai city of Bangkok with a family? It can be done!
Yes, it is congested, but for every tuk tuk, there is a wonderful sight to be amazed by. From glorious street food to magnificent temples, Bangkok is a visual feast and provides a world of intriguing experiences for the whole family.
We visited Thailand in January 2016, on a three-week travelling trip. Bangkok is the gateway to Thailand for most westerners, but it is really worth spending at least three nights staying and exploring the capital before heading off on your next adventures. When with little ones, you might like to stay a little away from all the main action. That's why we chose to stay at Amari Residences. These serviced apartments look like a hotel, and have a welcoming reception desk and breakfast area, up to the high Amari standards, but offer suites with kitchens, so you can be self-sufficient.
Aamri Residences Bangkok
The residences are located next to Bangkok hospital, and on the opposite side of the main Petchaburi road into the city to the bustling Sukhumvit area, where there are lots of upcoming, cool bars and restaurants. Think a Thai version of Shoreditch.
I would advise taking the BTS sky train into Bangkok from the airport - it's cheap and avoids the consistently terrible stream of traffic. However, from Makkasan station, take a taxi to the residences, and have the address to hand. It is further than it looks on the map.
The residences are elegant and airy, decorated in creams and orange - typical classy Amari decor. Amari is one of the oldest hotel chains in Thailand, and one of the best. The service in all Thai hotels is usually exemplary, due to the polite and welcoming nature of Thai people.
We stayed in a corner suite, which was very large, with huge dining and living area, kitchen, bathroom, dressing room and main bedroom. The two and three bedroom suites would be great for travelling with older children, but you could easily accommodate a crib in a one bed suite.
Bedroom to bathroom
SOMA restaurant - for breakfast
What to eat
The breakfast buffet was fresh and full of choice, with everything from fruit, nuts and yoghurt, to pizza, fresh omelettes and doughnuts. We didn't eat here for dinner, but they do offer the service, as well as a pretty extensive room service menu - handy for when you don't want to cook! We were disappointed by the street food stalls nearby, but it's not too far to hop in a cab to reach Sukhumvit, which has an excellent selection of all types of restaurants, and brilliant cooking schools.
Amari Residences rooftop pool
Things to do
There is no kids' club at the Amari Residences. Instead, when they are sightseeing, families spend time around the fantastic rooftop pool, napping on the cabana beds or splashing around. There is great access to all areas of the hotel for prams, and the hotel reception staff will call a metered taxi to wherever you need to go.
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Local street food
There is a 7-Eleven next to the hotel, which sells all amenities, including nappies, and lots of really good snacks! There are a few restaurants and local street food stalls nearby, but I would suggest it is worth taking a cab into the centre to eat out. The great thing about having a kitchen in your suite is that you can buy the ingredients and cook at home for when the kids (or you) are tied from your busy day.
Such a peaceful place
The lobby at Amari Residences
Amari Residences Bangkok
Studio room ( 40sqm.) = THB 3,850.-net (around £76) included breakfast for 2 persons
One Bedroom Suite (60sqm.) = THB 4,700.-net (around £92) included breakfast for 2 persons
Two Bedroom Suite (80sqm.) = THB 9,500.-net (around £185) included breakfast for 4 persons
For more information, the latest rates and to book, visit Amari Residences, online
Buddhas at Wat Pho
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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
* Ensure your Hepatitis A and tetanus vaccinations are up to date when travelling to Thailand. Other jabs may be needed depending on what areas you plan to visit, with malaria a risk in forested and hilly areas. Speak to your GP before you go.
* Bangkok and Hua Hin are warm year round, with temperatures in the late 30C in April, falling to 25C in December. Rainy season lasts from May to October, but this tends to present itself as bursts of tropical storms.