24 May 2017
Although maybe not an obvious place to take children, you will be surprised at just how easy a family holiday to Thailand can be. With a tropical climate and fantastic landscapes and scenery, Thailand’s rich diversity of beaches, mountains, jungles provides opportunities for everything from action-packed adventures to rest and relaxation. Experience every aspect of Thai culture; from a visit to the vibrant city of Bangkok, to the more simple way of life on the floating markets and countryside. Read on to discover 7 ways to enjoy a family holiday in Thailand.
The wonderful beaches in Thailand are a huge draw for children of all ages. The shallow warm waters of Ko Chang are ideal for toddlers and younger children, while older children can try snorkelling at Ko Tao or surfing at Phuket’s surf schools. Koh Samui and Koh Lanta are perfect resorts for families, with many shorefront restaurants where children can play safely while you relax with a bite to eat.
Explore Thailand’s bustling capital city on the network of sky trains and metro lines, and boat trips along the canals that run through Bangkok are also a fun way to travel. Bangkok has plenty to offer families with children of all ages including attractions such as Kidzania, Bounce Inc Bangkok, Dream World Bangkok and Funarium.
The sheer size and intricate detail of the many temples (wats) in Bangkok will enthral children, where they can gain an insight into the culture and practice of Buddhism – Thailand’s main religion. Be sure to visit Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), within the grounds of the Grand Palace; Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), with its 15m-high, 43m-long Buddha; and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), which lies on the bank of the Chao Phraya river and offers spectacular sunset views.
Travel Counsellor Katrina describes visiting Koh Samui in November 2016 - "Whilst in Koh Samui we went on a private tour of the island. Our guide and driver were so professional and went into great detail about everything we visited, and we visited so much – The Temple of the Big Buddha, the Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks, the Temple of Wat Kunaram to see the mummified monk and then on to the Na Muang Waterfall before lunch at a lovely restaurant on a deserted beach. The day was finished with a Thai massage which I would definitely recommend!"
With several reputable elephant conservation sanctuaries located in northern Thailand, children will love this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to the upkeep, and sometimes rehabilitation, of these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. With the option of single-day or overnight visits, you will be able to join in with feeding and bathing the elephants, as well as watching them interact in their family groups.
Travel Counsellor Jeanette describes her family holiday in Phuket this year - "On arrival in Phuket, you can imagine the kids' faces when we turned one corner and saw an elephant in the middle of the road. Just another day in Thailand we explained! A few days into the holiday, we went to an Elephant sanctuary and we all got to feed the baby elephants and wash them which was a great experience. The kids really enjoyed themselves in Phuket and learnt so much about the Thai culture as well as having fun."
Island tours by speedboat
What could be more exciting than skimming along the crystal-clear waters between Thailand’s most tropical islands? With islands such as Phi Phi, Phuket and Kho Samui within easy reach by speedboat enjoy a day of swimming, canoeing, snorkelling and relaxing on secluded beaches. For James Bond enthusiasts, a tour of Phang Nga Bay – featured in The Man with the Golden Gun’ – is not to be missed!
With various locations in Thailand, why not spend some time gliding through the treetop canopies. Experience life from a monkey’s point of view as you zip through the amazing landscapes of the jungles and rainforests; you may even spot gibbons and other Thai wildlife in some places. With a combination of ziplines, abseiling and sky bridges to negotiate on your journey, this really is an action-packed, adrenaline-fuelled adventure!
Shop till you drop at Chatuchak Weekend Market – the world’s largest and most popular outdoor market. With 8,000 stalls of clothing and accessories, handicrafts, ceramics and much more, you’re sure to find that special souvenir to take home. Also not to be missed are the floating markets. Take a guided tour along the peaceful canals and see how the locals live and work on the water, and don’t miss the chance to try some of the deliciously fresh local produce.
Travel Counsellor Andre spent mid-term in 2017 in Phuket with her family and says "All in all I would wholly recommend Thailand and Phuket in particular for families and couples; the beaches won't disappoint you, the people are friendly and you'll enjoy exploring and learning lots about a different culture and a world far from home!"
If you need any further advice or you would like any information about other options for a family trip to Thailand, call your Travel Counsellor today!