Traveling to Thailand is easy, even when you’re traveling to Thailand with kids. With a lot of things to do and places to see, you need to look no further for one of the most educational, active and fun destinations for your kids to enjoy the journey just as much as you do.
For all the parents who are worrying about traveling to Thailand with your lovely little ones, the first thing you need to do is to stop worrying. Like I said, traveling to Thailand is easy. The second thing you need to do now is read this travel guide which exclusively serves the purpose of helping your family holiday in Thailand to be safer and more exciting.
Are you ready to plan and discover?
Things to care about when traveling to Thailand with your kids
The food – will your kids love what they will eat?
Thailand is known for having a unique, distinctive yet superb cuisine. The food in Thailand is relatively friendly to many Asian travelers and many find the dishes delicious. However, is this true when it comes to Western travelers whose food is far from familiar with the regional cuisine in Thailand?
If you’re having this question, it’s easy to understand why especially if this is the first time you and your family come to Thailand.
The answer is: you can be at ease with the food. The majority of Thai food is tasty, nutritious and addicting. If you’re still conscious that your kids’ stomach would be upset, just stay away from the really spicy stuff like Thai hotpot or spicy soups….
You should also stick only with the restaurant and be wary of the street food stall and food in the wet market if you’re not confident.
Thai food that your children would love:
- Fried rice
- Fruit smoothies
- Mango Sticky Rice
- Pad Thai
- Massanman Curry
- Look Chin
The accommodation – are the hotels kid-friendly enough?
The accommodation will be a major factor of a successful and wonderful Thailand family holiday. A place where your kids can feel at home can be active and can make friends is the best option. Good news for you, Thailand has plenty of these places. They all meet the standards of a kid-friendly accommodation which are:
Location: the location plays a great role in making your family holiday comfortable. A kid-friendly hotel should be close to the main attractions, essential services and also public transportation.
Room amenities: a spacious and cozy family room would make your trip so much easier. But it’s not enough, a family hotel room should have a refrigerator and a minibar.
Kids’ club: you should never stay in a hotel that doesn’t have a kids’ club if you don’t want your kids to get bored of having nothing to play. And a kids’ club should always have monitoring staff being around.
Babysitting Service: this service will save parents some room to breathe and spend time together.
Best Thailand Kid-Friendly Hotels/Resorts:
- JW Marriot Phuket Resort & Spa
- Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach
- Splash Beach Resort by Langham Hospitality Group
- Peace Resort, Koh Samui
- Nuovo City Hotel, Bangkok
- Centara Grand Beach Resort, Phuket
- Katathani Phuket Beach Resort, Phuket
- Holiday Inn Resort Phuket
The places – will they be safe and will the activities suitable for your children?
Thailand is a country in Southeast Asia and has been known for its attractive destinations and safety for tourists and travelers. Thailand is safe enough that you can travel on your own but you have to be a little more cautious.
Southern Thailand is the paradise for a beach holiday with names like Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan. You should absolutely get your kids to these places but always watch out for your kids and always make sure to keep them in the safe zone. But don’t worry about this too much since the southern sea of Thailand is safe to swim and enjoy other beachside activities.
- Parents should be worried about road safety in Thailand, especially when you’re traveling with toddlers and babies.
- Thailand is a large country so parents might want to think twice with trips that have long distances involved.
- And remember to get travel insurance to cover your whole family.
Exclusive Activities in Thailand to do with Kids
Travel Bangkok with Kids
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and also the most livable cities on Earth, ranked by many magazines and travel websites. Bangkok is certainly an attractive destination to bring your kids to. Bangkok is where modernity met tradition, a blend offering such a fulfilling travel experience in one of the most beautiful cities in Asia.
The nightlife, the facilities, and religious monuments are all the things Bangkok is famous about. Don’t hesitate to take your kids to this beautiful place. Here are the top things to do in Bangkok with kids:
- Visit the gigantic Reclining Buddha statue at Wat Pho pagoda: the 46m long and 15m high golden statue will surely grasp the attention of your kids immediately.
- Ride a boat trip on Chao Phraya River to see the life of the city along this beautiful river. A dinner cruise while watching the sunset would be an unforgettable memory.
- Watch Siam Niramit Show – one of the largest shows on earth – to learn more about the history and the culture of Thai people.
- Visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market – the most unique and special market in Thailand.
Travel Chiang Mai with Kids
Much slower and more idyllic than the bustling Bangkok, Chiang Mai is the perfect destination to get your kids closer to nature and wildlife.
And if you have the chance to come to Chiang Mai during the famous festival Loy Krathong, your family would definitely love the atmosphere and this wonderful tradition of Thai people.
Here are the things to do in Chiang Mai with your little ones:
- Visit Chiang Mai Zoo: every kid will love it. There are about 400 species of animals including birds, reptiles and big cats. There are also 2 large aquariums.
- Picnic at Mae Sa waterfall: this beautiful waterfall is exactly what you need for an afternoon picnic trip to be surrounded by lovely nature.
- Get your kids to see the Giving Alms Ceremony to witness a beautiful tradition and religious practice.
- Try to get your kids up for a challenge of ziplining in Chiang Mai.
- Enjoy a Lanna style dinner
Travel Phuket with Kids
Phuket is the paradise you family would want to stay forever to indulge in the unrivaled beauty of the pristine beaches, palm-fringed shores, and emerald ocean. Phuket is safe for children, especially swimming in the sea. However, you still need to watch out for the rip tides and teach your kids what to do when caught in one.
The best things to do for kids in Phuket:
- Be creative with 3D painting exhibition in Phuket Trickeye Museum.
- Get your kids to Baan Teelanka – the upside-down house on the Bypass Road, no child can resist this temptation.
- Surf House Phuket is the best place to take kids older than 6 to enjoy the water in a safe environment.
- Get to Dino Park where your children can enjoy a game of mini golf in a prehistoric setting with jungle and dinosaurs.
- Anthem Wake Park
- Patong Go-Kart Speedway
- KidzSole Flying Trapaze
When to visit Thailand with kids
The weather will affect your Thailand holiday family a lot. So get to know when is the best time to visit the country will make the journey so much smoother and easier for you and your kids.
The best time to visit Thailand depends exactly on where you’re going, remember Thailand is a vast country?
The best time is basically from December to March – the months to visit any destination in the tropical zone, including Thailand. In this time of year, Thailand tends to have less rain and milder weather, which is undoubtedly would make everything better for your kids. January is the freshest month – a time of festive atmosphere. February and March are the two driest months of the year and also sunniest but the heat is bearable.
Tips When Traveling to Thailand with Kids
- If there are direct flights to Thailand, book one. Transit flights often take too long and your children might be exhausted of the waiting before enjoying any fun.
- It would be vexing for the kids if you arrive in Thailand in unusual hours, so time it well.
- Make Bangkok the last destination of the trip when you can enjoy shopping without worrying about carrying them around town.
- We recommend you to travel just one or two major destinations in Thailand. Moving around too much kill the fun, too.
- You can be confident that you can find baby essentials across the country but better bring from home if your child specifically loves a certain brand.
- Make sure that every food you order is not too spicy for the kids.
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