You may not believe this, but I have never been in real snow. It’s true! Growing up just north of the Bay Area in California, it is rare to have snowfall. In the 20 some odd years that I lived in Sonoma County, California it NEVER snowed. NEVER EVER. On occasion, my parents would bundle us 4 kids up and drive to the mountains to play in the snow, but what I remember of it, it was more of a kind of muddy ice. And I can remember my Dad bringing home snow in his lunch box after his long day working in the mountains for my sisters and me to play with. We would always be so bummed when the snow finally melted despite our best attempts to save it in the freezer.
As we have been traveling the world and living in a tropical climate, snow is even less likely to fall on our heads now. And Z has consistently said that she wants to go to the snow. So, we have thought about traveling to Korea for a ski trip, or Japan, or even a northern European country in winter to give her the opportunity.
I do NOT like being cold… there are not enough snow clothes (is that what they are called) to even keep me warm in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit so going to a colder climate has not been a real draw for me, but I would do anything for Z, even freeze my butt off. So on our recent trip to Bangkok, I realized that Z’s dreams could at least partially come true.
On our most recent trip to Bangkok, Thailand, Chad, Z, and I donned or packed our “winter clothing”, meaning jeans, a hoodie, and a short sleeve shirt. Yep, we were prepared for some seriously cold temperatures. Lucky for us after researching our destination we knew that we could rent any warmer clothing at Snow Town, so we didn’t really have to buy real winter clothes for our time at Snow Town Bangkok.
We arrived at Gateway Ekamai by Taxi without any problem and made our way up the 5 floors to Snow Town. Z was getting more and more excited with each set of escalators. She was finally going to get to play in the snow!
We bought our tickets, which seemed fairly priced at 250 baht ($6 USD) per adult and 230 baht per child. This price included some really snazzy snow/rain boots. We put on our layers of clothing we had packed for our time and walked into Snow Town.
There are a couple of photo opportunities right in the entrance, but there was no stopping Z… she wanted to see the snow.
We ran past a little snack bar, a huge fake fireplace, and a ton of toys for sale into the snow area. As we entered the snow area, I was reminded of how it feels to enter an ice rink. The cooler air and the smell of ice. Yells and screams of happiness from kids greeted us and spurred Z on even more to get into the snow (which was really shaved ice piled on the ground). We did stop her to buy her some gloves and rent her a sled.
The snow area was ringed with restaurants, rental stands, and inflated igloos. There was a medium hill and a small hill that kids were sledding down in between running around and throwing ice/snow balls.
Z, Chad, and I ran around and took turns on the sled and throwing snowballs at each other for about 40 minutes. At that point, we were all soaking wet and COLD. All three of us were satisfied with our snow time, so I used my secret weapon and we took Z for the compulsory “hot-chocolate-after-time-in-the-snow” (that is a real thing right? Everything about the snow I learned from movies).
We sat and enjoyed the hot cocoa while warming ourselves next to the very fake fireplace.
Was our time at Snow Town real enough to satiate Z’s desire for snow? It was close enough to the real thing for now. I will have to buy real winter clothes for the next snow destination I am sure.
If you are in Bangkok and have a bit of extra time, you can definitely check out Snow Town. It’s an hour or so of
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