July 13, 2020

Top 5 Hospitals in Bangkok

by BKKFamilies
Fitness/Health

Choosing a top-of-the-line hospital for your family doesn’t have to be incredibly difficult when you move to Bangkok, Thailand.

With its remarkable beauty, the world’s most visited city keeps attracting people from all walks and ages, including doctors and nurses.

In this article, we feature the top five hospitals with the up-to-the-minute, state of the art facilities and equipment, the widest range of services and the most reliable health care providers.

We hope and pray no one in the family gets sick – not even your pet. But if it happens, rest assured Bangkok has got what it takes to save the day.

Here’s our list.

Bangkok Pediatrician

1) Bumrungrad International Hospital

Dubbed as one of the biggest hospitals in Thailand and Southeast Asia, the facility is home to over 5,000 health care providers including over 1,200 highly trained physicians and 900 nurses.

It boasts of 47 “specialty centers/clinics,” such as the cancer center, pediatric center, orthopedic center and digestive center to name a few. Each center is weaponized with the so-called Da Vinci Surgical System that performs robot-assisted surgery for cancer and kidney patients.

At Bumrungrad, medical tests are done rapidly in its in-house lab testing so patients can get results within an hour.

With its top-of-the-line services, Bumrungrad became the very first health center outside the US to have achieved the Global Healthcare Accreditation (GHA).

For these reasons, it is favored by more and more foreigners with more than half a million patients outside Thailand coming to Bumrungrad annually to be treated for various ailments.

Here’s more. It has an International Patient Services Center that offers interpreters, concierge services, embassy assistance, among others.

It is located at 33 Soi Sukhumvit 3, Khlong Toei, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, and can be reached by phone through +66 (0)2 066 8888.

Samitivej Hospital Review

2)  Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital

When you come to Samitivej, take note that you’re entering Thailand’s first hospital to receive the Mother and Baby-Friendly Hospital status from the UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).

It has the latest in equipment and facilities such as the 64-Slice CT Scan and digital imaging, the works, allowing it to provide quality health services from cosmetic to tertiary.

The hospital has more than 1,200 health care providers, 270 beds, 87 examination suites.

It is located at 133 Klang Alley, Sukhumvit 49, Khlong Tan, Watthana, Bangkok 10110. You can also reach it now through +66 (0)2 022 2222.

3) Bangkok Hospital

While Bumrungrad and Samitivej are seen as the best of the best among Bangkok’s hospitals by many foreigners and locals, there are those who believe that Bangkok Hospital can perform just as well.

Bangkok Hospital takes pride in the accuracy of its diagnoses that have been confirmed by its numerous national and international citations. Its long list of awards include the Joint Commission International (JCI) certification, a Temos award and the Asian Hospital Management Award (AHMA).

It is called a “multi-specialty medical institution” for having over 30 special departments on top of its 20 specialized centers. It is dubbed as a leader in the field of heart care, having performed at least 40,000 successful treatments at its Heart Center.

Bangkok Hospital’s innovative technologies include a 3D laparoscopic surgical video system, an O-arm imaging system, Stealth navigation equipment, NIMS Eclipse intraoperative neuromonitoring equipment, BIPLANE IMAGING (EOS) and many more.

It is located at 2 Soi Soonvijai 7, New Petchburi Rd., Bangkok.  You can also call 1719 or visit https://www.bangkokhospital.com/…/…/computer-vision-syndrome for further information.

4) Siriraj Hospital

Largest, oldest and with an excellent reputation to boot.

This 2,000-bedroom public facility caters to more than three million patients yearly, making it the busiest hospital in Thailand.

Because of its long and unblemished reputation in the field for healing and betterment, the tertiary care unit of Siriraj serves as referral center for all the other hospitals in Thailand.

It is also a training ground for around 250 medical students including 100 postgraduates undergoing residency training each year.

Siriraj rests on Chao Phraya River’s west bank. The location is near Thammasart University’s Tha Phrachan campus.

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 5) Chulalongkorn Hospital

King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital or simply Chulalongkorn isn’t among the most expensive hospital in Bangkok for nothing.

It offers up-to-the-minute life-saving, life-changing services you won’t regret.

A public facility run by the Thai Red Cross Society, it has the essential specialized departments available in the other hospitals.

For instance, it has a medicine department, surgery department, biochemistry department, microbiology department, pediatrics department and a preventive and social medicine department as well.

It has at least 1,250 beds, more than  1,600 physicians plust over 2,100 nurses all mandated by the institution to provide curative and preventive medical services that meet quality standards in a pleasant and safe environment.

It is located along 873 Rama IV Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330. 

July 12, 2020

Which International School is Best For You?

by BKKFamilies
Special Events

The lush growth of education centers in Bangkok is simply undeniable. International schools alone are now dominating the academic landscape at a staggering 76 schools in Bangkok alone. Perhaps the number will keep swelling as more people come to the city to make it their new home.

We know some of you do not have the luxury of time to check much less visit all these schools for the upcoming enrollment. But we do. As a matter of fact, we’re done sifting through enormous data to produce our very own “master list.”

In choosing the best international schools in Bangkok, we used a parameter which we believe reflects the preferences and financial capability of most expats and locales. So we only tried to include international schools falling in the following categories: charges somewhere between 8,000 USD to 30,000 USD  or that’s around 248,000 Thai Baht to 930,000 Thai Baht;  offers British, American or IB curriculum; and, last but not least, accessible with only light to moderate traffic.

A little caveat: It was mighty difficult to find international schools that fit all the categories, especially the last one. So we added a few with some traffic issues but these are otherwise great schools. You’ll see why.

Ready for the list? Here it is.

KIS Bangkok Reviews

KIS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (KIS)

For only THB347,400 – THB731,300 per year, KIS offers excellent education while following the International Baccalaureate curriculum from The Early Years to Grade 12. For young learners, it practices play-based learning all in a early-learner’s center. It puts premium on innovation, creativity and friendliness.

Conveniently located along Pracha Utit Road, Huay Kwang, it is far enough away from Sukhumvit and its hustle and bustle. If you live in the neighborhood, you can probably kiss your worries good bye.

HARROW INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL BANGKOK

With fees ranging from THB499,000 to THB949,800, you can enjoy a brand of education that have been tried by “many nationally and internationally influential leaders.” At Harrow, emphasis is on creating effective leaders because the times “appear ever more challenging.” The school is serious about teaching leadership under the IB curriculum all “for a better world.”

 You can reach Harrow’s in about 30-minutes from the Sukhumvit/Silom area with little to no traffic. A problem is it lacks a connection to mass transit in 2018.

PAN-ASIA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (PAIS)

PAIS provides international services based upon American standards while highlighting eastern culture. It is the repository of information for more than 470 students coming from over 41 nations.

PAIS is nestled in Prawet District, 20 kilometers from the city’s center. Here the traffic is manageable and the school can be reached through various city arteries.

Brighton College Bangkok Reviews

BRIGHTON COLLEGE BANGKOK

The No. 1 education center in UK is also here in Bangkok! Brighton sets to achieve here what it has done elsewhere: provide “unmatched” education. It boasts, for one, of having a much-coveted record of turning out graduates who enter into the leading universities around the world.

The school offers the British curriculum with fees ranging from 331,000 ฿ to 702,000 ฿. This school is on the outskirts of the city (Krungthep Kreetha) where traffic is low!

VERSO INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

New. Progressive. The largest in Bangkok.

This is what VERSO is about. Here, you can avail of a personalized educational experience under an American-based curriculum. VERSO seeks to prepare children with facing a rapidly changing world.

Located in the outskirts of Bangkok, traffic leading to VERSO is manageable.

CONCORDIAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Concordian provides IB curriculum for all its learners, meaning primary, middle and diplom It is also said to be the one and only international school using Thai, English, Chinese as main media of instruction. You also might love to read this statement from the school: “(Concordian) promotes academic excellence while nurturing young people to become moral and intellectual leaders, people of dignity, integrity and compassion, who want to make a difference in the world.” It added that this is not a mere mission statement written on paper. “It is at the heart of everything we do at Concordian.”

You can get these services for a budget ranging from 530,900 ฿ to: 816,500 ฿. That’s not all. Nestled along Bangkaew, Samutprakarn, the school is 10 minutes away from central Bangkok — away from the heavy traffic.

As has been pointed out, we included schools that have traffic issues. Some of them have got proven track records, education services that could take your traffic worries away. Besides, if you’ll take the BTS Skytrain, you would be able to beat the traffic just the same. These international schools include …

CHARTER INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

For only a fee within the THB270,000 to THB510,000 range, you can get a British and International curriculum offer at Charter — and a family!

Charter has been dubbed as “the family school,” because, here, students from youngest to oldest work happily, closely. What’s more? It has a pupil-teacher ratio that allows individual learners to receive sufficient academic attention as well as social support. The school envisions its clients to mature into responsible, independent citizens who respect others’ cultures and points of view.

We’ll, that’s a one big family you want to come home to, heavy traffic or not.

ST. ANDREWS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL BANGKOK

Each child is unique. This is why at St. Andrews they provide learning opportunities that’s best for a wide range of learners. This is one of the factors that has set St. Andrews apart from other international schools.

For 331,000 ฿ to 702,000 ฿ you can try its unique learning opportunities. The school employs the IB and British curricula.

THE AMERICAN SCHOOL OF BANGKOK – GREEN VALLEY CAMPUS

With a budget ranging from 350,000 ฿ to 673,000 ฿, the American School of Bangkok aims to transform you into a critical thinker, independent learner, effective communicator, a global citizen.

It promises to deliver education services holistically that is based on an American curriculum.

The American School of Bangkok is a member of Thailand’s International Schools Association.

It is located in the city’s Metropolitan Area.

KING’S COLLEGE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL BANGKOK

For a yearly fee ranging from: THB508,000 to THB795,000, you can experience an education that values kindness first then wisdom and good manners. Aside from offering a value-led British curriculum for both boys and girls, Kings uses the child-centered approach. It takes pride in having a fourth of its graduates going on to attend Oxford or Cambridge each year. If you are scared of traffic though, be prepared. King’s is in the Ratchada–Rama 3 area right in the middle of the city.

MAGIC YEARS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Magic is among the schools which put premium to nurturing the body, the mind and the soul.

“They are of equal importance,” Magic says in a statement.

Its greater goal though is to get its learners to “contribute to the betterment of the world.” Magic aims to do this through a “challenging program” framed under the IB curriculum.

All that for only a cost within the 343,800 THB to 549,800 THB range.

NIST INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

It is a leading choice of more than 1,600 students from scores of different countries. It offers IB programs for primary, middle and senior high school. IB curriculum schools like NIST are chosen by more students and parents because, for one, their programs conform to high standards set by the IB organization. Programs are devised by teachers not governments and hence are relevant to students regardless of country.

NIST, the first IB school in Bangkok, charges between 533,700 ฿ to 961,400 ฿.

July 10, 2020

Staying Fit in Bangkok: Easier than you think!

by BKKFamilies
Fitness/Health

Crowded, hot, congested, and overwhelming….have you ever heard these words used to describe Bangkok? With everything it has to offer, this city can present some major challenges in the wellness and outdoors space. But with proper preparation, knowledge, and some flexibility in your schedule, you and your family can stay active, healthy, and happy! 

Below are some key strategies you can use to prepare awesome fitness-oriented activities for people of all ages: 

1) Research your area of town. 

While this may be obvious, you may surprise yourself on exactly how many places there are to explore! Having lived here for two years, Bangkok is a city that continues to “open up” in terms of wellness events, places, and outdoor areas. 

Family fitness Bangkok

Spend some time getting familiar with nearby gyms, studios, and green spaces. Join several of the many Facebook groups and Meetups that occur on a daily basis all over the city. Transportation to and from these places is always one of the biggest barriers. Traffic can be a major headache so knowing the fasting routes and best times of day to go are crucial! 

2) Scheduling Matters. 

Just as you would with work, try creating a family fitness or activity schedule based on your research. As previously stated, getting to and from places can be a major deterrent in staying active. Unlike smaller cities Bangkok does not cater to spontaneity quite as much, as some parks or fitness centers may close early.  Synchronizing you and your family’s schedules to allow for “movement time” is very important! Check in with schedules at various gyms, studios, and see what, if any, classes are offered for children or young adults. 

3) Park Time! 

You may be familiar with the major parks in Bangkok—Chatuchak, Benjakitti, and Lumphini. But how about some of the parks a little further out of town? Suan Luang Rama IX is one of my personal favorites. It offers sprawling green spaces, outdoor workout equipment, beautiful scenery, and surrounding food areas. While there is no direct BTS or MRT, spending an afternoon there with your family is well worth the trip! Another personal favorite is Bang Krachao, also known as the “Green Lunge” of Bangkok. Located just across the river by boat, this area offers wonderful roads to bike, run, and has its own lovely park to explore. There are also open aired markets in the morning, creating a perfect combination of movement and food. 

4) Bring the activity close to home. 

If you are very pressed for time or your schedule does not allow for much exploration, consider what options are available at your own condo gym. Many facilities are well equipped with treadmills, free weights, bikes, and various exercise equipment to keep you fit and in shape.  If you are looking for help, there are many personal trainers in and around Bangkok that can come to train you, your spouse, or whole family as part of their services.  

Still wondering how to stay in shape in Bangkok? Curious about personal training? Feel free to contact me here or at gabetheck@gmail.com with questions and I am happy to try to help! 

Gabe Heck is a certified personal trainer, nutritionist, and Spartan Race/endurance coach and athlete living in Bangkok, Thailand since 2018. He is originally from the United States, with a background working in the start-up health tech industry in Singapore. 

July 10, 2020

Top Reasons Your Dental Health Matters

by BKKFamilies
Fitness/Health


Bangkok, Thailand, is home to dozens of hospitals giving top-of-the-line dental services.

Here you can easily say goodbye to worries about tooth decay and tooth pain which, to many kids and parents, is a primary concern.

Before we give you some of the best known Bangkok hospitals and clinics in the area of dentistry, let us talk for a while about some of the top reasons for making dental health your priority.

HEALTHY TEETH MEANS HEALTHY HEART

Who would have thought early on that the heart can be at risk for failing to brush longer or more often?

In a presentation at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, Dr. Shogo Matsui revealed his team’s major research find that involved 682 research subjects: “poor oral health” is linked with “poorer heart health.”

Dr. Matsui, a Japanese researcher at the Institute of Biomedical and Health Sciences, said that better oral hygiene such as longer tooth brushing can lessen the risk of dying from or having a stroke, heart failure or heart attack.

In an article from the Mayo Clinic, it was claimed that the connection between oral health and heart health is still “not fully understood” though.

But it added nonetheless that oral bacteria can cause infections and inflammations which are linked to heart diseases.

Dentist in Thailand

TAKE CARE OF YOUR TEETH FOR YOUR KIDNEYS’ SAKE!

In an article released by the kidney.org, the National Kidney Foundation spoke about what it calls the kidney disease-dental connection.

Considered a lifeline for people with kidney problems and a pioneer in scientific research, the foundation asserted that oral problems like gum infections may spread all over the body and thereby affecting kidney health.

It said that a “minor infection” could put a kidney patient in a serious condition. This is why “good dental health is important,” it said.

YOUR ORAL HEALTH CAN BE AN INDICATOR OF YOUR LUNGS’ HEALTH

One could also develop or worsen an existing pneumonia because of poor oral habits, according to an article from the Mayo Clinic. It said that there are certain bacteria in the mouth which could be “pulled into your lungs.” This could cause pneumonia along with other respiratory diseases.

Ensuring oral health for our kids means more than avoiding toothaches. It can have an impact on their overall health. So make sure they follow the dos and don’ts of dental care like regular tooth brushing, flossing and avoiding or cutting down on sweets.

However, there are oral health issues that simple brushing and flossing cannot address. Here is where our top dentists in Bangkok, Thailand, can come in handy.

Our dentists can help you with serious issues like …

*Gum disease. This is a leading cause of tooth loss. It is caused by plaque and calculus that regular brushing cannot do away with.

* Crooked misaligned teeth.

* Malformation of jaws

If you want to learn more, you may call the experts below….

1) Thonglor Dental Hospital: http://thonglordentalhospital.com/en/

2) Tooth Therapy. Dr Terawith: https://www.tooth-therapy.com/

3) Samitivej Hospital Dental clinic. Dr Puckpring: https://www.samitivejhospitals.com/en/centers/dental-clinic/

4) Bangkok dental hospital, Dr Thantrira: http://www.bangkokdentalhospital.com

5) Bangkok Dental Center: https://bangkokdentalcenter.com/

6) Bumrungrad Hospital Dental clinic. Dr. Porntipa: https://bumrungrad.com/en/treatments-centers/dental-center-bangkok-thailand

7) Asavanant dental clinic. Dr Ann or Dr Pranee: http://asavanant.com/

July 3, 2020

Is Bangkok safe for kids?

by Yuki
Camps

Based on recent figures, Bangkok is relatively safe for everyone, especially children, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In fact, it isn’t just Bangkok but the whole country that’s reportedly beating the pandemic.

In a news article early this June, Bangkok Post said that Thailand is “relatively unscathed” by COVID-19, adding that since the outbreak in January this year, only 58 deaths have been reported. The total infections were at 3,121 with 2,987 recoveries.

Other countries are not as fortunate.

According to Matthew Tostevin, Reuters’ editor for Southeast Asia, countries like Indonesia aren’t as lucky. In Jakarta, Tostevin said that by the latter part of March, there’s “1,000 more burials than usual, since records began.”

The editor said Reuters did not find a large number of unexplained deaths in Thailand.

Why is Bangkok winning? Remarkable early prevention efforts could be the key.

At the onset of the pandemic and much to his credit, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha had directed the servicemen (navy, air force and army) to bring in medical teams to the country’s international airports to help screen passengers arriving from China, the pandemic’s epicenter.

Two international airports in Bangkok were reportedly provided with such teams as well.

In addition, there’s a pier on the Chao Phraya River close to Bangkok that has been transformed into a medical checkpoint, screening crewmen arriving from China via the Gulf of Thailand.

The early preventive action spearheaded by the government is now being credited by businessmen and the media as an essential, primary step in effectively slowing the spread of the virus.

The country can “control the situation well,” assured Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul earlier.

Aside from the preventive efforts leading to fewer COVID-19 infections and deaths, he credited the country’s testing capability as well.

“Detecting infected patients is a good sign because it shows that our system is efficient,” he said.

Also being cited as contributory to Bangkok’s growing safety are contributions from the medical community and the public cooperation in general.

“Bangkok boasts of high-quality medical services and hospitals,” wrote the Washington Times back in February, saying the country’s medical competence draws a lot of patients from European countries, the Middle East and the United States.

In fact, the country’s health care had been rated as sixth in the world, outstripping Belgium, France and Spain in a ranking by US magazine CEOWORLD.

Bangkok is not just bursting with romantic, fun and educational destinations. It is also home to more than a dozen medical facilities such as BNH (Bangkok Nursing Home) Hospital, Bumrungrad International Hospital, Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital and Bangkok International Hospital which use cutting-edge technology in providing optimal health care.

Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration here in Thailand, on the other hand stated during a discussion at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club that cooperation of 90 percent of the public is crucial in controlling an epidemic.

The people of Thailand gave it.

“I ascribe our success to the spirit of cooperation of the public”, said Dr. Visanuyothin.

July 2, 2020

Edutainment Activities Parents and Kids Could Try in Bangkok!

by Yuki
Camps

Various studies, including one from iResearch (2008), show that smart parents are going crazy about edutainment.

Why not? It’s informal. Inexpensive. But the biggest reason edutainment has been gaining more and more attention is its ability to make learning truly happen. That while letting kids have the time of their lives. Amazing!

Now, if you’re one of the smart ones, you’d surely be excited about this edutainment gold mine: Bangkok.

While the city has thousands of places worth seeing, here are some of the most visited for their remarkable educational and entertainment values.

Baan 1000 Mai Cafe & Farm

This restaurant offers organic meals and really fun things to do that would introduce you to a new, fresh side of Bangkok. The place has a swing and a treehouse kids would surely love. Further, it lets clients to acquire skills in raising animals like chickens, ducks and sheep.

You can also learn about century egg making and rice planting here so prepare to get dirty!

Once you get tired you can either head to the restaurants or how about having a lovely  canoeing experience over the pond? If you have a thing for art, you might try sculping or creating glass deco.

Montreux Café and Farm

Here’s another place offering learning experiences about life in the farm.

Rice fields abound around Montreux, making it a perfect place to learn about agriculture. Here they will also let the family feed the fish and the chickens, you’ll surely feel like a real farm worker.

That’s not the end of it. You can also have a little boating experience. Your child and the child in you will certainly appreciate it.

Hungry? The cafe serves you the best from its farm, including organic rice, fried chicken, French fries, etc.

Overwhelmed by the great outdoors of Bangkok?  Here are more suggestions on how you and your kids could have fun and learning experiences.

Funarium

Slides, ball pits, sand boxes, trampolines, puddle pools ….

All these in a 2,000 square-meter dome for the young fun seekers. Wait. Here’s more! Robots and clowns and climbing walls and bike/rollerblade rinks and more.

This place could be nothing else but heaven for your child!

It is actually called “Funarium.”

The place has four play zones, each catering to different age groups.

Parents can feel relaxed especially those with four-year-olds and below) with the safe, soft-padded play zones. There’s also a four-lane slide that can accommodate the kids and their extra-careful moms or dads.

HarborLand

This place of fun and learning is so enormous you and your kid can have fun all day.

Harborland’s branch here in Bangkok called Mega Bangna takes pride of six different attractions.

These feature slides for various ages, a maze, a biking and skating areas and a laser tag game facility.

Take your kid to HarborLand’s Motor City, where he or she can learn driving around a safe track. The child can also try the bump cars here.

Jungle gym also within HarborLand is a must see for the family.

Get some snacks or refreshments at the Vistacafe Kids & Family before returning for another round of fun!

Peppermint Bike Park

This place offers a nice break from all the indoor activities.

Peppermint Bike Park has what all types of bikers want. Want a beginner friendly path for your child or a challenging one for yourself? You got it all here.

Biking lessons from beginner to adanvanced are alo available.

There are several cafes awaiting you up here so just sweat it out with your kids!

July 2, 2020

How to Find the Best International School in Bangkok

by Yuki
Camps

When looking for the best international school, you have to understand that matter-of-factly you’re looking for a learning institution possessing a set of characteristics.

You actually want to see one that’s home to dedicated teachers, relevant teaching-learning support systems, administrators who put premium on your safety and of course a system that honors graduates with an international baccalaureate.

To make sure you find the best international school, try taking our advice as follows:

First, try to read as many articles about the international schools in or near your area. Here are some links:

Nord Anglica Schools

http://top-international-schools-in-bangkok-which-is-the-best-fit-for-your-child-

http://www.international-schools-database.com

www.nationthailand.com/recommended

Second, narrow down your search by focusing on schools offering services within your budget range.

Third, make an onsite visit. There’s simply no better way other than to check things out firsthand to find the best while making sure you get a great deal with your money.

During your field visit, consider the following.

1) Learner’s needs and preferences. If the learner loves hands-on learning activities, enrolling in a school that clings to traditional, teacher-centered methods like lectures is simply going to be counterproductive. Find out what the school offers toward meeting your unique needs, styles or preferences. Is it blended learning you want? Does differentiated learning work well for you? A teacher worth her salt should be able to tailor her instruction to suit such peculiarities. Do look beyond the glowing reviews, the stylish building architecture and the smiles on the poster-ad. In the main, learners are developed by teaching methodologies.

2) Facilities, computers, the works. Studies show that children of the 21st century learn better with gadgets and apps. At first glance, shutting off these tools during learning seem reasonable; it may lead to less disruptions and quiet learning. But it could stifle the young learner’s creativity and remove a potentially learning support they are already adept with. When choosing a school, don’t be taken instantly by the amenities especially when it has got nothing to do with your aim. If the facility you need for your specific, unique learning goal is available, do check it out first whether it’s accessible, functional and up-to-date before you exclaim, “eureka!”

3) The location. A school might have the best in terms of facilities and teaching staff. But if the location eventually takes you on a daily traffic grind, it’s probably time to think of an alternative.

4) Security. Bullying is a serious threat to your or your kid’s education. All positive school qualities are set to nought when administrators treat bullying with “kid’s glove.” This scourge can inflict irreparable damage not only on the educational performance of younger learners. Worse, it could affect other areas of their lives including their mental and emotional health. So be sure the school has a strong anti-bullying policy and that implementation is consistent before signing in.

5) Track record. As in many other fields of activity, we often see the best through previous accomplishments. So ask the school where it’s graduates are? Are they better off? Does the school even track its former students to see how their doing?

6) Try chatting with the educators. As we have pointed out, the best school is home to dedicated teachers. These education front liners are considered by research community as the single biggest factor impacting education. They either make or break the school’s track record.

Finding the best is indeed easier said than done especially with school administrators and their ads making overlapping or contradicting claims.

So be tough and unrelenting during your search.

One final word: Any international school might be hyped as runaway success by anybody. Then again, what’s indeed best for them might not be the best for you as well.

July 2, 2020

The Best of the Best – Fun Learning Ideas in Bangkok!

by BKKFamilies
Camps

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s never a more crucial time to teach kids about the pursuit of happiness and staying optimistic than in any other point in recent history.

Sounds like a tough assignment, huh? Well, you could do all that simply by going on a vacation! Destination? Bangkok.

Months into the pandemic, this stunning tourism center is gaining back some normalcy. Sooner or later, you and your kids could start packing to enjoy these wholesome destinations Bangkok has to offer while learning indispensable life lessons.

Khlong Lad Mayom Floating Market

Floating Market with kids

Selling foodstuff is among the main sources of income by people along the river. The products, either cooked or raw, are lined up on boats.

Like anybody, these merchants aren’t immune to the disease but they are persistent to make a living. While savoring the local delicacies, let your kid learn from the locales the value of resilience as well as courage.

The sides of the canal also have food for sale including desserts an sea food. Clothes are also up for grabs.

Of course, kids don’t simply like to gawk at boats. Let them ride on ’em too all for a minimal cost. Don’t forget to wear life vests … Another important life lesson!

Flow House Bangkok

It isn’t recommended to bathe on the canal. Not for anything else but this part of the river is mainly for trade.

So if you want to cool it down, try Flow House Bangkok. Here in the middle of the city, you can try out surfing on the Flowrider while the young ones could frolick at the kiddie pool. No need to go out of town.

Tired? Simply head to the Flowbar nearby where beers and milkshakes are available.

Dream World

Dream World for kids

Whatever your age, there is a nice, new world waiting for you out here in … Dream World! Have you tried the Viking? The Flying Carpet? The Skycoaster?  Bet you haven’t even heard about the Hurricane?  All these are meant for those in “pursuit of happiness” in a rather scary kind of way.

For the kids and the young at heart, the place has a sightseeing train, bumper boats, antique cars, water rides, and a lot more!

One of the favorites is Snow Town. Inside the indoor playground, who knew there’s real snow you can actually build a snowman even during summer and in, of all places, Bangkok!

VR1 Bangkok

VR1 Bangkok for families

Who said computer games are only for the couch potatoes, the young fellas trying to become obese?

VR1 Bangkok is out giving technology games a good name with its simulated, interactive dance challenges, shooting games and cooking competitions.

To reinforce your lessons on social distancing, VR1 offers numerous rooms.

When you feel hungry, the café offers yummy, affordable treats.

June 16, 2020

Lazada Making Parenting in 2020 Easier

by BKKFamilies
Camps

Lazada makes education easy and cool again!

We always want our kids to get busy with their home projects and other stuff related to schooling. But let’s face it. From the northern tip of Thailand down to its southernmost end, parents have had ups and downs in this regard. Now, even getting them off that mobile device is turning into a major challenge. Seems like the the time wasters are on a winning streak because of … well, what’s that mobile game’s name again anyway?

Here’s the good news. Lazada is here to save the day!

This local version of Amazon is helping parents show kids what learning is all about: fun and exciting projects!

At www.lazada.com, a company called DIY Science introduced itself as a team specializing in “children’s science education” with a vision to do a series of interesting (do-it-yourself) DIY Science experience projects to encourage our children to “get closer to science, return to nature, and enjoy life.”

Why is DIY Science doing this?

We have learned that “most of the company’s team members are parents.” Just like us, they are intent on saving their kids from too many mobile games through fun learning.

Here are some of the top-of-the-line, educational toys from your team-mate: 1) Operation 2) Origami Folding Papers 3) Microscope

1)    Operation, a game sold by the DIY Science team, is highly recommended for the budding young doctor in the house. “It challenges kids to be the doctor while avoiding the buzz,” says the company. If you want to nourish your child’s interests in healing, grab that mobile device out of sight, and present this toy as a perfect gift. It’s a classic that certainly crosses generations!

Operation Game Thailand

Features:

·         Comes with 13 ailment parts

·         Can be played solo or with others

·         Nose lights up with tweezers touch the sides

·         Player that removes the ailments wins.

·         (Free shipping? Please provide basis or details)

2)    Origami Folding Papers. An early educational toy, this is best for kindergarteners/nursery school for their art/craft projects.

Origami Bangkok

Features: Has 54 sheets with different colors and designs

3)    Microscope Slide Collection. “This is a perfect gift for a young family member who is just beginning to do biological research,” the company says.

Children's microscopes bangkok

Features:

·         Comes with 48 Slides, a Collection of Insect Animal and Plant Specimens

·         Great for Basic Biology Education and Science Exhibition Projects for Kids & Students

·         Free shipping

  • Has high transparency plastic slides that are clean and non-toxic
  • It’s safe. Microscopic slides have no sharp corners, edges had been smoothened
  • Well-labeled that makes for easy classification.
  • Moisture-proof
  • The stereo microscopy comes with top and bottom lights for clean and clear viewing of microscopic images
  • (Free shipping? Please provide basis or details)

Call your nearest DIY-SCIENCE toy dealer now or log onto www.lazada.com to do your own search!

January 6, 2020

Simply Sports Academy

by BKKFamilies
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Simply Sports Academy (SSA) Golf Lessons and Swimming Lessons.

GOLF LESSONS.

Simply Sports Academy offers primarily Golf Lessons and Swimming Lessons in Bangkok. Our Golf Professionals, from Australia and South Africa are available for Golf Lessons 7 days a week.

Simply Sports Academy

Kids Golf Lessons, Adult Golf Lessons, Group Golf Lessons and Family Golf Lessons are available. Ladies Golf Lessons are popular during the day while kids are at school. Kids Golf Lessons after school, weekends and during School Vacations are available.

Bangkok Golf Lessons on the Golf Course are a fantastic opportunity to improve your game without making large technical changes. Improve your short game (Chipping and Putting), Sand Bunker tips, learn to understand course knowledge easily, and improve scores without having to make all the hours of practice.

We keep Golf Lesson Tips simple and easy to understand. Make simple changes, and enjoy your golf. Improve your scores the easy way and have FUN. 

Golf lessons bangkok

Come February, 2020, we have new Pro’s arriving to work in Bangkok. They are excited to be arriving and will be ready to assist you. Our guys are always Professional and Very Friendly. Lessons are available in Sukhumvit Rd (Ekamai area) and Rama 3 area (Non Sri Driving Range. Behind Tesco Lotus Rama 3).

At Simply Sports Academy, we invite you to come and have a Golf Lesson – FIRST TIME FREE. Come say Hello and have a chat with one of our guys, discuss Golf or anything that makes you comfortable. Hit some balls and get a FREE Golf Tip. We are sure you will be Happy and may want to learn more. If not it would still have been our pleasure to meet you and we would encourage you to say “Hi” when you pass by us next time. 

Golf Lessons Packages are available in 5, 10 or 20 hours.

Golf Lesson Packages for Kids, Adults, Private, Groups & Families. 

Playing Lessons options for private or groups up to 3 Golfers.

SWIMMING LESSONS

Can You Swim ? Can your child Swim ? Are you OR your FAMILY safe in the Water ? If you answered “No” to any of the able please come and say Hi to us. Being able to relax & play in the water and swim safely is a life skill that everyone should be able to enjoy.

Bangkok swimming lessons

Our Australian Swimming Coach has been giving swimming lessons for over 30 years. He is a tall guy who is physically strong – we know this is important as this gives a great sense of safety to both kids and adults when having swim lessons. He loves a joke and always makes sure students are laughing and enjoying the swim lessons.

Here is one review from Mr Joe, one of our recent Adult beginners…..

“I recently started swimming lessons with Ray and couldn’t be more pleased. I am an older person and somewhat nervous in the water. Ray completely put me at my ease. We discussed my fears and aims and talked everything through. Once in the water his calm instruction helped me to overcome much of my fears. In a very quick time we have achieved so much.

If you are looking for somebody to help you learn or improve, look no further, Ray will sort you out!”

Swimming lessons bangkok

We start Swimming Lessons from 3 years of age up to Adults. You are never too old to earn to swim. Currently our oldest student is a Grandmother here in Thailand who now wants to overcome her fear of the water so she can enjoy time with her Grandkids. She is swimming fantastically. You can learn to swim too.

Swimming lessons can be 30minute sessions for younger kids and hour sessions for older kids and adults. Be advised that most Non-Swimmers will take at 10-20 hours of swim lessons to progress to satisfactory level of safety.

Our High Level Swimming Training Program is for developing strong swimmers. This may be for pure enjoyment, fitness or Swimming Competitions. School Swim Competitions are our specialty. We can improve your Childs level of Swimming so they can be enjoying their training, competitions and hopefully sometimes winning.

Swimming Lessons – Package options of 5, 10 or 20 sessions.

30mins Swimming Lessons for Private or Group of 2 Students.

60mins Swimming Lessons for Private or Group of 3 Students.

Simply Sports Academy
SSA Bangkok