This post is going to be very different from most. We’ve traveled to some incredible places and found wonderful things to do as a family in Thailand and in the region, but that’s not to say that we haven’t had our share of busts as well. I’ve been thumbing through a lot of mom blogs lately and it is shocking how many are sponsored. I realize that virtually all of my posts offer gleaming reviews of the places we’ve stayed and things we’ve done, and that is because I want to share our best experiences with others.
Well, not today. Today I’m going to outline some of our not-so-great experiences. You might be shocked by some of these; you might disagree, and that’s completely okay. They are just things that didn’t work out for us for one reason or another. So, let’s get this non-party started.
1. The Greenery (Khao Yai)
We are no strangers to Khao Yai. We love Khao Yai. Usually we stay at the Kirimaya/Muthi Maya (which I do highly recommend), but this time we wanted to do something different – so we stayed at The Greenery. The place does a good job of luring you in with its website – fancy pictures, beautiful scenery, things for kids, etc. What really drew us to the resort was that they have a small water park onsite – which looks like a lot of fun, but in reality, it’s not fun at all. Every few minutes a bell rings and a huge bucket of water comes crashing down on everyone’s head. This scared the sh*t out of my little one and it made Logan super-cautious. To top it off, the room was expensive and not that great. It was a bust, for sure.
2. Saturday Story Time at Neilson Hays Library
I have been looking forward to doing this for a long time. Well, last weekend we went to Neilson Hays for the pirate-themed reading and craft, which they described on their FB page as “a morning of swashbuckling pirate adventures” — and we all left very disappointed. I was falling asleep listening to the volunteer (bless her heart) read the stories. She used a microphone which muffled her monotone voice and made it almost impossible to understand the words she was reading. There was a pirate craft afterwards – but one with pointy sticks to make a pirate sail – so, needless to stay, I steered Katelyn far away from that one. And the swashbuckling adventures? Either they never happened or we left too early. Shame. To top it off, parking is a complete hassle because the lot is so small. Total downer. I like Neilson Hays, but I would recommend taking your children on your own and reading to them. The Saturday Story Time was a disappointment.
3. Dusit Zoo
Yes, yes, some of you may love this place, but we dislike it. The first time we visited we got stuck on “Bird Island” the whole visit and missed all of the big animals (so if you do go, know which direction to go upon entering). It always feels a bit depressing, a bit lame, and very hot. It just wasn’t for us. That being said, I have heard you can throw cabbages into hippos’ mouths at feeding time. That might be the only saving grace about the zoo, because you could NEVER do this at home. Also, the dinosaur exhibit (you have to pay extra to enter this one) is semi-cool. I recommend checking out Chiang Mai’s night safari instead. It is considerably neater.
Many parents swear by this place. I hate it. I’m sure that a big part of that is because I live in the Chitlom area and Funarium seems like a long way away during the week in traffic. Unfortunately, it’s not near the BTS. I’ve been to the place once when Logan was still under a year and I found the area for little kids pretty sad and kind of dirty. We haven’t been back since. I can see where it might be more enjoyable for older kids. If you have younger ones though, the fairly-new Kidzoona in Ekami (adjacent to the BTS) is a much better option. And of course for older ones there is Kidzania. Play Time (also in Ekami) is also a good option for all ages.
Now that I’m thoroughly depressed, I promise to go back to posting only about awesome things next week. I just wanted all of my readers out there to know that when I offer my opinion on a place or a product, it is 100 percent my own opinion . So there you have it.