Reasons Why You Should Visit Thailand (and Why You’ll Love It!)

by BKKFamilies
Activities, Local Attractions, Special Events

From our recent poll at Bangkok Expat Families fb page, we learned that there are a A LOT of reasons to love Thailand. If you’re looking for the best places to visit (or maybe, live!), good food, and lovely people, one country you should not miss out on is Thailand.  Thailand is also known as the “land of the free” since they are known as the only Southeast Asian country not colonized by a foreign power. There are a lot of things to do and visit!

Here’s what to expect when you go there:

What You’ll See

Thailand is comprised of a variety of amazing places to visit. You may choose from temples, beaches, lagoons, forests, and even wildlife parks. You can also check out their floating markets and city life. From our recent Bangkok Expat Families’ poll, here are some of the top attractions in Thailand you may go to when you visit:

  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Similan Islands
  • Pak Khlong Talat
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Simon Cabaret Show
  • Maya Bay
  • Ko Phi Phi Le
  • Phang Nga Bay
  • Khao Phing Kan
  • Grand Palace Bangkok
  • Railay Beach
  • Coral Island, Phuket
  • Monkey Beach
  • Pileh Lagoon
  • Big Buddha Phuket
  • Chao Phraya River
  • Safari World
  • Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park

What You’ll Feel

Thailand’s Tropical Climate

Thailand’s tropical climate has three seasons, with changes brought about by monsoons. From March to mid-May, Thailand experiences the hot season, and it’s really hot (and humid)! Southwest monsoon comes from mid-May to October, making these rainy months. November to February, the northwest monsoon brings a cool and dry season. The coasts and the south part of the country still experience hot weather during winter. 

Fun-loving nature of Thai People

Thailand isn’t called “The Land of Smiles” for no reason! Though the Thai smile can mean many different things, it does help to make things more comfortable on the surface. You’ll always feel at ease because you’ll see everyone wearing a smile. They are also helpful and accommodating, from asking for directions to different recommendations. You can also feel their genuineness and hospitality during your stay. In Thai, as they would say, mai pen rai (don’t worry about it)! You’re in good hands. 

You will also enjoy their taxis that can bring you to different places. You’ll see them everywhere you go, just when you need a lift!

What You’ll Taste

Thailand is rich in flavorful dishes and tropical fruits. If your palate is looking for something exceptional, tropical, and Asian, Thailand is one of the right places to go. The combination of sweet, spicy, sour and salty is one that can’t be beat!

Amazing Dishes

Thailand is famous for its traditional dishes. Though a lot of people associate Thai food with the world-famous Pad Thai, Thai cuisine offers you a really wide variety of options and flavors. You can check out the top recommended dishes below:

  • Spicy Shrimp Soup (Tom Yum Goong)
  • Spicy Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum) 
  • Chicken in Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Kai) 
  • Red Curry (Gaeng Daeng) 
  • Thai style Fried Noodles (Pad Thai)
  • Fried Basil and Pork (Pad Krapow Moo Saap)
  • Fried Rice (Khao Pad)

Bountiful Tropical Fruits

You may have heard of durian and mangosteen, the king and queen of fruits in Thailand. Aside from those two, Thailand is also home to many exotic fruits you may love. You should never miss a chance to try and taste them! You can try these tropical fruits (with their Thai names in parenthesis):

  • Jackfruit (kanoon)
  • Lychee (linjee)
  • Mangosteen (mong-kut)
  • Durian (toorian)
  • Rambutan (ngaw)
  • Longan (lumyai)
  • Dragonfruit/Pitaya (gaeow mung-gon)
  • Guava (faraang)
  • Pomelo (som-o)

Similarly,  here are some of the more exotic fruits that find Thailand as their home:

  • Rose Apple (shom-poo)
  • Custard Apple (noi na)
  • Langsat (longong)
  • Snake Fruit (salak)
  • Sapodilla (la moot)
  • Coconut (ma prow)
  • Passion Fruit (sawa-rod)
  • Rambai (ma fai)

These are only some of the few dishes and fruits that will welcome you to Thailand. I am very sure there’s more to look forward to!

What You’ll Experience   

Aside from good food and lovely people, there’s more to experience in Thailand. Don’t miss the opportunity to try their fun festivals and relaxing massages!

Festivals

If you visit Thailand, you’ll quickly learn that they have a lot of famous and fun festivals. Thailand is a culture-rich country, and their festivals show many of them. Most of their festivals are based on Buddhism and the lunar calendar, but Thais are happy to embrace festivals from other countries as long as fun and food are involved! Below is a summary of some of their rich festivals:

  • Songkran (The Water Festival) – April 13 to 15
  • Loy Krathong (Festival of Lights) – the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar, usually in November, and the exact date varies from year to year.
  • Yi Peng Festival – celebrated on the same day, somehow similar to Loy Krathong.
  • Magha Puja (Buddhist Festival, which honors the third lunar month) is celebrated on the full moon day of the third lunar month.
  • Visakha Bucha (Buddha’s Birthday)- mainly falls in May or June (usually based on the lunar calendar)
  • Royal Plowing Ceremony – beginning of the rice-growing season, typically falls in April or May (also based on the lunar calendar)
  • Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival – held on the full moon in May,
  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival- the first day of the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar and runs for nine days; 
  • Lopburi Monkey Banquet – to honor macaque monkeys that are believed to bring the locals good luck, usually held last Sunday of November
  • Chinese New Year or Spring Festival – based on the Chinese lunar calendar, but it generally falls in January or February

Massages

If you’re looking for something relaxing to do after your day tours, Thailand offers locals and tourists their very well-known “Thai Massage.” 

One of the most famous places for a Thai Massage in Bangkok is Wat Pho –  the Temple of the Reclining Buddha on the Rattanakosin Island in the older part of the city. This place is also considered to be a very traditional massage and medical school in Thailand.

I am sure that you will deserve a Thai massage after a very long day. At the end, you might want to say, “Sabai Sabai!” (I feel chilled and relaxed).

Why You’ll Love Thailand

Mentioned above are only some of the reasons you should visit Thailand, or even live there! They are just sneak peeks, and first-hand experiences are always the best. Some people might say, “there is no place like home,” but after visiting Thailand, I know you’ll get yourself thinking, “Why not Thailand?”  

See you there! 

Top 5 Museums for Kids in Bangkok

by BKKFamilies
Activities, Local Attractions

As the half-term break gets nearer and kids are getting excited to spend their breaks well, it is high time for parents to plan for their getaways to create more worthwhile memories. Get ready to learn, have fun, and appreciate science, culture, and art by visiting 5 of the best museums for kids located in Bangkok, the heart of Thailand. 

Children’s Discovery Museum

Located in Chatuchak District, the home of some of the biggest weekend markets in the world, is the Children’s Discovery Museum.  

Kids and adults alike are about to be amazed and learn all thanks to the different interactive and educational exhibitions present in the Children’s Discovery Museum. The museum houses two buildings: 

  • The Thor Tawan Building will tickle the fancy of your creative kids with exhibitions and activities in the Creative Space, Creative Science, Junior Thai Kitchen, Build Our City attractions, and much more. 
  • The Rainbow Building will let your kids enjoy the beauty of nature with attractions such as the Nature Playground and Big Backyard. 

Moreover, for your adventure-seeking kids, the Outdoor Activity Zone houses the following:

  • Water Play which has water jets, rain showers, and fountains;  and 
  • Jungle Adventure which has a multi-level climbing frame, and obstacle courses such as a suspension bridge, nets, and more. 

Operating hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Admission Fee: Free

Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre (BACC)

Want to introduce your kids to the art scene? Well BACC should be part of your travel itinerary. BACC is an architectural landscape having 9 floors in total, with the first 6 floors offering a variety of retail options from local artists and more. 

The main gallery, located on the 7th- 9th floors, spans a whopping 3500sqm and it houses wonderful artworks from both the local and international art scene. The center will provide you with a well-rounded experience since they are offering programs encompassing all areas of art (art, music, theatre, film, and design) as well as a deep appreciation of Thai culture through various events. 

Operating hours: Tuesday- Sunday from 10:00 am- 9:00 pm

Admission Fee: Free, exhibitions additional

Madame Tussauds Bangkok

Get ready to meet your favorite stars and well-known figures up close and personal right here in Bangkok. Madame Tussauds is one of the most well-known wax museum in the world. 

You have struck your best pose and winning smile next to your favorite Hollywood A-list stars including Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and Will Smith as well as Asian stars, Jackie Chan, and Michelle Yeoh. 

Caught the singing bug? take selfies with some of the world’s well-known performers such as Beyonce, Madonna, and Michael Jackson.

This wax museum is not only about celebrities. Get to see and learn more about some of the world’s influential people in sports and politics. Let your imagination run wild and unleash the star in you.

Operating hours:  Monday- Sunday from 10:00 am- 8:00 pm (last entry at 7 pm)

Admission Fee: 

  • Adult (12 years and above)- 590 Baht
  • Child (3- 11 years)- 490 Baht

Science Centre for Education and Bangkok Planetarium

The Science Centre for Education has been present for 30 years now, with 4 main buildings making up the center. The buildings are as follows: the Planetarium, the Natural Science building, Science Museum, and Aquatic Life Building. 

The Planetarium, the Centre’s well-known attraction, was first opened in the 1960s and underwent refurbishment. In 2016, the new and improved Planetarium was made open to the public. The Planetarium houses theaters where children will enjoy stargazing thanks to the high definition 360-degree visuals and 5.1 surround sound. 

Other facilities include technology-oriented attractions such as interactive displays and robot technology rooms; natural world attractions like life-like dinosaurs and the world of insects; and also close to real-life attractions like a pirate ship and play supermarket.

Operating hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am -3 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 10 am -4 pm.

Admission Fee: 

  • Thai subtitle
    • Adults- 30 baht
    • Children- 20 baht
  • English subtitle
    • Adults- 50 baht
    • Children- 30 baht

Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Also located in the Chatuchak district, the Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium are composed of a vast 2,038 square meter complex exhibiting all things butterflies and insects plus a lush walking path where you get to see over 30 different plants and butterflies species depending on the season. Get to appreciate nature and learn more about “nature’s angels”  by visiting Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

Operating hours: Tuesday- Sunday from 8:30- 4:30 pm

Admission Fee:  Free

Amy Diener – BKK Families Interview

by BKKFamilies
Activities, , ,

BKK Families interview – Amy Diener 

I’ve personally known Amy Diener since 2013 when we worked together at The American School of Bangkok. Her work is amazing and her story inspiring. If you are also interested in her work or would like your kids to take some classes with her, please see her contact information below.

I recently got the opportunity to interview Amy. Enjoy her story below:

  1. Tell us about your background.

My name is Amy Diener and I am an artist and art educator based in Bangkok, originally from New York State. I moved to Bangkok, Thailand 9 years ago in 2013 to teach art at the American School of Bangkok. In 2020, I resigned from my full time teaching position to open up my own art company here. I offer art workshops in the context of private classes, after school activities at various international schools (KIS, Bangkok Patana, ASB, and St. Andrews), birthday parties, bi-monthly themed courses for kids and adults at my art space, and more. I also sell my original paintings, jewelry, and prints. I collaborate with many different international brands, showcasing my art on various product lines. 

  1. You identify yourself as a dot painter. Can you describe what this means to you? 

I specialize in vibrant dot paintings inspired by the colors and patterns from my travel encounters. I paint only dots in my work because I find the process to be extremely meditative, putting me in a space where all worries melt away. I enjoy dot painting, which involves dipping and dropping layers of acrylic painted dots onto a surface. I like each dot I paint to be perfectly round, therefore it requires me to concentrate and focus deeply. It’s a very repetitive practice that puts me into a zen state of mind. 

  1. Can you describe a couple of unique art projects you have worked on? 

Of course! 

One project was with the Elephant Parade. The Elephant Parade is a social enterprise that organizes the world’s largest decorated elephant statue exhibitions created by artists and celebrities. I was honored to have been chosen to complete my own full size baby elephant, “Hues of Siam” with them! In the future, she will parade in an Asian city and be auctioned off to the highest bidder! I also collaborate with the Elephant Parade for dot painting workshops, where attendees paint on 10cm Elephant Parade statues. 

Another project was an NFT artwork with TFAF (Thailand Digital Arts Festival.) I was one of two foreign artists in Thailand’s biggest digital arts showing, with my work featured on over 800 billboards throughout Thailand in the month of March. Below, you will find an example of my work showcased on the billboards of Parc Paragon at Siam Paragon. 

  1. Does art help you in other areas of your life?

Art has been a main savior in all aspects of my life. It has been a way to ground myself, and bring peace and joy to my mind, body, and spirit. I am so thankful to have such a passion for art and teaching art. 

5.   What is the purpose or goal of your work? 

My goal is to spread joy one dot at a time. I’ve had a long history of battling obsessive compulsive disorder, and use dot painting as one of my coping mechanisms to relieve anxiety. I strive to spread awareness and help to destigmatize mental health in Asia. I see myself as the gateway between my art and the mental health community. I want others to realize they are not alone in their struggles, and there is always support available no matter who or where you are in life. We can always encourage joy and positivity over suffering and hardship. 

6. Why is dot painting great for kids? 

Dot painting is a form of art therapy. The process of painting dots puts you into a flow state, where the only thing to focus on is embodying the present moment. It’s a great way to build patience and control. You don’t need to have any painting experience to explore dot painting. As long as fine motor skills are somewhat developed, typically from age 5 and over, dot painting is a great tool to relieve anxiety and depression. It’s also really fun to play with different patterns such as in the format of mandalas, animals, flowers, landscapes, abstracts, and other subject matters. Kids who have attributes of ADHD, OCD, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, PTSD, or depression will especially benefit from a mindful dot painting session! 

You can check out Amy’s beautiful work on her site at www.amydiener.com as well as on Instagram @amydienerpaintings. If you or your kids are interested in trying a private or small group dot painting class, you can see more information here, or check out her pre-organized workshops at this link! You can also contact Amy via whatsapp or line at +66.86.359.9104. 

Best things to Do with Kids in Bangkok during COVID-19

by BKKFamilies
Activities, ,

Why not spend time with your family in one of the best family-friendly vacation destinations in Southeast Asia? Bangkok, Thailand.

For expats and tourists alike, Bangkok has loads of family-friendly activities that even young children can enjoy. Thai people love to accommodate families visiting Thailand, making it the ideal place for family vacations. 

The weekend is rapidly approaching, and many kid-friendly options are now available in the City of Angels. But first for tourists, lets take a quick look at how current restrictions look in 2022.

What are the Entry Restrictions? 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we are facing, traveling won’t be the same anymore and will require more effort and patience. 

Before going to Thailand, make sure your family is up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccines because from May 1, fully vaccinated individuals will no longer require pre-arrival or arrival negative RT-PCR test. However, all travelers will be required to register for Thailand Pass prior to the journey and proof of insurance policy that covers treatment for COVID-19 for no less than US$10,000. 

With the following requirement met, they will be granted admission and will be free to travel across the country. However, for unvaccinated individuals, five-day quarantine is required before traveling to Thailand.

Also, don’t forget! Masks are expected to be worn in public, both indoors and outdoors. Those who don’t wear masks face fines.

Bangkok Family Outing Ideas

Bangkok has a significant number of attractions for children of all ages ranging from indoor and outdoor vacations so you can keep your family entertained for a whole trip. Below are some of the kid-friendly activities available in the big city. 

1) The Movement Playground

The Movement Playground

The Movement Playground is a great place to get the kids away from screens for a fit, friendly and fantastic fun! The can learn the basics of running, jumping, and climbing, or go deeper into things like parkour and health/fitness training. The community is warm and all of the coaches are trained in their respective practices. The kids really like the Ninja Camps that they run!

One bonus for the adults is that they have training programs for us as well. Get in a nice workout within a great atmosphere while your kids also stay active and healthy. With two locations on Sukhumvit and Decathlon Bangna, it’s a convenient place to visit.

Location: Sukhumvit 69 and Decathlon Bangna. Tel: 0928295262
Email: centermpg@gmail.com

Open: Call, email or message their facebook for the most up to date opening/closing times.

2) Sea Life Ocean World

Sea Life Ocean World is one of the largest underwater aquariums in Southeast Asia with a 270-degree glass underwater tunnel and an encounter with over 400+ marine species and 30,000 sea creatures from around the world. Witness species from 7 zones such as water rats and otters, ugly lions, stonefish, and plenty of deadly predators which you can feed with your own hands. 

Location: B1-B2 Floor, Siam Paragon, 991 Rama 1 Bangkok, Thailand

Open: Daily 10am-9pm

3) Siam’s Amazing Park

To cool off from the heat, waterparks are the best place for kids to splash, wade, dive, and ride down slippery slides freely, while their parents relax in the shade or join in the fun. The place also has its own amusement park with fantastic rides and a separate section showcasing Bangkok’s cultural heritage suited for all ages. 

Location: 203 Suan Siam Rd, Kannayao, Bangkok 10230, Thailand

Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

Final Words

Indeed, aside from being together as a family, Bangkok has a wide variety of choices for fun, travel, or even relaxation. Always plan your trip ahead and prepare an itinerary for your whole stay in Thailand to ensure that the family’s experience will be worthwhile.

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. 

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 ฿.

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. 

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/

Is Bangkok safe for kids?

by BKKFamilies
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.