How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
You will not find many infant facilities (such as diaper-changing stations) in public places. However,
Bangkok has many playgroups, including Gymboree.
Outside of the playgrounds found at condominiums, there are playgrounds in public parks such as Lumpini Park, Benjasiri Park and Suan Rot Fai (Chatuchak Park).
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
While there are agencies, word of mouth is the best way to go. You can also contact Crown Bangkok for some guidance in this area.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
There aren't any safety problems that you wouldn't find in any other city. Just exercise caution.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Ice skating and going to museums are great ways to beat the heat. The local zoo and amusement parks, such as Dusit Zoo, Siam Ocean World, Dreamworld and Safari World, are also popular weekend destinations.
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
All schools provide outside curriculum activities, such as sports, computers, drama and dance and even social responsibility projects.
Aside from that, most kids hang out at their residential compound, where a lot of their friends will be. Travel times can sometimes make it impossible to have kids play somewhere else other than within the immediate proximity.
What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
Be advised that drugs can be a problem, so you might want to pay attention to what your teens are doing.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
I want my child to get the most out of our stay in this country. Are there any specific opportunities to teach young people about the local culture?
All schools offer Thai language and cultural classes
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