I’m often asked how I manage my schedule. Having our own company, taking care of a little girl, cooking and cleaning – there’s a lot to do and the days often pass by in a blur.
No matter how busy life gets, my husband and I always make an effort to take our little girl to explore the world outside and enjoy new environments. That’s why having a Bangkok city guide, which reviews kid-friendly places, is extremely helpful and removes a lot of hassle for this busy mother.
Tips for choosing the right city guide for you
- Look at the style of the writer
- Have a little look at their recommended spots and pictures
- Make sure it’s well-designed – the guide should be handy, easy to carry, can fit in your bag
City Guide Bangkok with kids by Little Voyageurs
- City Guide Bangkok is written by the founder of Little Voyageurs
- The package comes with 2 foldable guides which is convenient to keep in your bag.
1. Places to visit with children in Bangkok (cafes & restaurants, indoor & outdoor playgrounds, museums, art studios and markets)
2. Road trips outside Bangkok (Beach, river, island)
- The writer, Charlotte – a French expat mama of 4 based in Bangkok, has years of experience on planning a trips with her children. Her tone is informal and conversational, like you’re talking to a fellow mother.
- Eco-friendly packaging is my thing , so 5 Stars from me!
Sustainable and light, can’t go wrong with that.
I am a designer so I love to observe the little details in products.
- Minimalist style
Little Voyageurs chooses positive colour group like pastels which evoke feelings of growth, childhood, playfulness, femininity, laughter, and games. This style is a great fit for a family guide.
- Wat Arun pattern
Charlotte incorporated an ancient Thai pattern from the buddha temple wall, at Wat Arun, into her creation. Wat Arun is one of the most iconic temples in Bangkok. The pattern is carefully designed with exquisite floral patterns of many different colours.
Photo of Wat Arun by Ratt Y. on Unsplash
- Map of Bangkok
The map illustration is easy to read and makes it simple to plan out a trip. In my opinion, it’s so much better reading a map from paper than scrolling through maps tediously online.
When our daughter is old enough, I can’t wait to bring out this city map again and play a game with her – let’s find the hidden gems in Bangkok! The map can be used as a tool to teach children about geography.
Is it still worth buying a printed city guide?
Little Voyageurs has 2 options on their city guide (print and PDF format). Now that you can access the internet from pretty much anywhere through WiFi, is there even a need for paper copy? The bottom line is, it’s really up to you. It’s your choice. In my case, I like the physical paper. Below are my thoughts on why print format is preferable to me.
- I easily get distracted by looking at my phone/ ipad.
- I want to enjoy the trip with my family without having to look at the screen.
- Screens may drain more of our mental resources. By scrolling down the — which requires a reader to consciously focus on both the text and how they are moving it — drains more mental resources than reading on the paper.
- Print versions have all the information in one place.
- I can mark things with a pen and access the information anywhere even in the absence of internet.
- I like to read while lying on my cozy couch in anticipation of our trip (not so easy to do with electronics).
Who should read this?
- Busy moms who like to take children out frequently.
- If you are planning to travel in Bangkok, but don’t understand much about this city, this guide will be very useful for you.
- If your family lives a sustainable lifestyle, there are so many eco-friendly spots in this guide.
- If Thailand is very foreign to you, this will make your life easier.