The Parent’s Guide To Having Kids On Sukhumvit

Having kids is a whirlwind of joy, dirty nappies, hilarity, frustration, tests of mettle and, of course, love.

Having kids as an expat in Bangkok, however, is another challenge entirely.

Of course, you’ve got all of the usual parental anguish, plus some extra heightened worries about quality of education, road safety, Dengue Fever, and helping your child make friends across a racial and language divide.

But fear not – one of the benefits of Bangkok being such a popular city with is the ream of parents over here who’ve done it all before.

They’ve managed to find the sweet spot of being an expat parent and can help you find it too. There’s a myriad of online resources, communities and blogs for Bangkok parents as well as a host of classes and activities perfect for your little one.

We’ve compiled all the kid-friendly resources and activities that you can find right here on Sukhumvit, as well as a list of international schools and nurseries in the neighbourhood.

If there’s anything we’ve missed out that you think Bangkok parents should know about, feel free to let us know in the comments!

Without further ado…

Communities for Parents and Kids in Bangkok

BKK Kids

One of the biggest online resources for anything child related in Bangkok, from schools to healthcare, with a host of valuable articles and regular social media updates broadcasting relevant events across the city.

Bangkok Mothers & Babies International (BAMBI)

A non-profit branch of the Childbirth & Breastfeeding Foundation of Thailand that provides support to pregnant women and new mothers of all nationalities in Bangkok. They hold regular talks and events, have a library and host a number of support groups for adoption, working mums and more.

Kid-Friendly Activities on Sukhumvit

To ensure your child has plenty of opportunities to make new friends and develop their passions, it’s a good idea to enroll them in classes and have them try out new hobbies.

Whether they’re a footballer in the making or a budding musician, there’s a riot of activities for them to try out on Sukhumvit. It’s also a great way to meet fellow mums and dads!

Play Centres and Soft Play

Dance Lessons

Music Lessons

Football Academies

Yoga

  • Incy Wincy Kids YogaSchools go into schools
  • Iyengar Yoga StudioThonglor– twice weekly kids classes (also offer private prenatal classes)
  • Prem Yog PranaPhrom Phong – offers classes for 8-14 year olds and 14-24 year olds and for children with special needs

Swimming Lessons

Having a Baby in Bangkok

Having a baby in a foreign country – particularly one as, ahem, unique as Thailand – is an understandably daunting prospect.

Your fears should be quelled, however, by the high quality of Sukhumvit’s international hospitals and the wealth of personal blogs written by women who’ve given birth here and have plenty of tips and advice for would-be Bangkok mothers.

Hospitals on Sukhumvit with Maternity Packages

Useful Blogs on Giving Birth in Bangkok

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Childcare and Nannies in Bangkok

Compared to the West, childcare in Bangkok is inexpensive and very accessible for expats who need an extra set of hands to take care of the kids.

Check out these local agencies for recommended nannies and childminders:

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International Schools and Nurseries

The quality of the Thai education system is a hotly debated topic and one understandably at the forefront of many expat and local parents’ concerns.

Many opt to step around this issue and enroll their child in accredited international schools instead. Due to the volume of affluent expat families living in the neighbourhood, Sukhumvit is home to a number of international schools, pre-schools and nurseries generally dominated by the British and American education systems.

NIST International School

  • Where: Asok
  • Age range: 3 years to 18 years
  • Education: International Baccalaureate
  • Contact: 02651-206

Australia International School (Primary)

  • Where: Asok
  • Age range: 18 months to 6 years
  • Education: Australian
  • Contact: 02260-4575, 0-2663-5495

Kiddykare International Kindergarten

  • Where: Phrom Phong
  • Age range: 18 months to 6 years
  • Education: British
  • Contact: 02665-6777

Australia International School (Prep)

  • Where: Phrom Phong
  • Age range: 6 years to 14 years
  • Education: Australian
  • Contact: 02260-4575, 0-2663-5495

IPC International Kindergarten

  • Where: Phrom Phong
  • Age range: 18 months to 3 years (nursery); 3.5 years to 6 years (kindergarten)
  • Education: British
  • Contact: 02258-8105, 0-2261-6487

The First Steps International Pre-School

  • Where: Phrom Phong
  • Age range: 16 months to 7 years
  • Education: British
  • Contact: 02260-3152

Anglo Singapore International School Sukhumvit 31

  • Where: Phrom Phong
  • Age range: 18 months to 12 years
  • Education: Singapore
  • Contact: 02662-3105

Modern International School

  • Where: Phrom Phong
  • Age range: 3 years to 18 years
  • Education: British
  • Contact: 02258-8222, 0-2258-8216

ABC Pathways International Kindergarten

  • Where: Phrom Phong
  • Age range: 18 months to 6 years
  • Education: British
  • Contact: 02260-6888

Seeh Phinong International Kindergarten

  • Where: Thonglor
  • Age range: 2 years to 5 years
  • Education: American
  • Contact: 02185-2715

Bangkok International Preparatory & Secondary School

  • Where: Thonglor
  • Age range: 3 years to 18 years
  • Education: British
  • Contact: 02260-7890

Trinity International School

  • Where: Thonglor
  • Age range: 3 years to 18 years
  • Education: American
  • Contact: 02661-3993

The American School of Bangkok

  • Where: Thonglor
  • Age range: 2 years to 18 years
  • Education: American
  • Contact: 02620-8600

Melodies International Kindergarten and Nursery

  • Where: Thonglor
  • Age range: 2 years to 6 years
  • Education: British
  • Contact: 02712-1680, 0-2712-1681

Annabel’s Early Years International Kindergarten

  • Where: Ekkamai
  • Age range: 18 months to 5 years
  • Education: British
  • Contact: 02391-8181, 0-9228-3-7648

Ekamai International School

  • Where: Ekkamai
  • Age range: 3 years to 19 years
  • Education: American
  • Contact: 02391-3593

Kids’ Academy International Pre-School

  • Where: Ekkamai
  • Age range: 18 months to 5 years
  • Education: British
  • Contact: 0-2714-3636 , 0-2714-3737

How do you get by as an expat parent in Bangkok? Any advice for new parents on Sukhumvit?

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