Bangkok does have an unsavory reputation for its raunchy red-light districts. However, with some careful planning especially on where to stay and which hotels to choose you can absolutely avoid the red-light districts.
Bangkok has 3 go-go bar districts that are quite contained. The best area for a family stay in Bangkok is in the neighborhood of Chitlom. There are many reasons why Chitlom is an ideal place. You can find many major shopping malls and department stores in the area:
Shopping Malls in and around Chitlom:
- Central World
- Siam Paragon
- Siam Square
- MBK Mall
Like malls in the West, shopping centers in Bangkok are filled with activities families can partake in such as movies, bowling, and ice skating. Siam Paragon for example even has a large aquarium in the lower levels and a great way to spend some time with the family during a hot afternoon.
And there are many family-friendly hotels in Chitlom too. Here are the top 3 recommended hotels:
- Grand Centre Point Ratchadamri
- Arnoma Hotel
- Novotel Siam Square
Grand Centre Point Ratchadamri is a highly recommended hotel, especially if you have very young children. Inside the hotel has a small indoor playground with padded floors. Then there’s the massive pool for the older kids as well as a kiddie pool for everyone to enjoy. Afterward, everyone can relax in the personal home movie with an excellent collection of DVD movies inside the hotel.
And for those with a family of shopaholics, I suggest staying at the Novotel Siam Square. Siam Square is within a stone’s throw to the mega shopping malls of pricey Siam Paragon and for the down to earth bargain items at MBK mall.
All of these hotels are also close to Chitlom BTS Sky Train station too. Riding the Sky Train is the best way to get around most parts of Bangkok and will take a family easily to the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market.
Bangkok is a big city and by staying in Chitlom your family will be in the center of Bangkok with plenty of family activities in the area. And most importantly you will be away from the red-light districts.