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Are you a first time traveller to Bangkok?

Bangkok can be overwhelming for a first time visitor, especially if you're travelling with your kids, but with intense and amazing smells, tastes and sights, it's also a wonderful holiday destination that you may very well want to visit time and time again.

Have a home base

When you're visiting a foreign country with your kids, it's a good idea to have a solid home base where you can go to relax and take a breather in the bright and overwhelming city that is Bangkok. It's also just wonderful to have a welcoming place to return at the end of a long day. Some great options include Bel Aire Bangkok, The Bayview Hotel and Bandara Suites Silom. For something utterly luxurious, the Pathumwan Princess fits the bill.

Know how to get around

Bangkok's traffic has a reputation for being hectic and chaotic. There are often gridlocks and it can be a challenge to get anywhere. Steer clear of the roads and opt instead for public transport. The Skytrain, underground rail systems and river taxis will take you where you need to go with ease and for very affordable prices. While the iconic tuk-tuks are being swapped out for more reliable and comfortable options, if you're with your older kids, a ride in one of these is an authentic Bangkok experience.

Find some great eateries

Knowing where you can get a great meal while you're travelling around is a definite bonus. Bangkok is known for its food, and there are definitely no shortages of where you can get a delicious meal. There are some iconic Thai meals that you should try on your travels. Tom Yum Goong is a spicy shrimp soup, Gaeng Daeng is a smooth and spicy red curry and Tom Kha Kai is chicken in coconut soup. Khao niew bing is sweet sticky rice wrapped in banana husks and can be found at one of the many food stalls that are at the Platinum Shopping Mall in Pratunam.