Thailand is a recipe well proven for traveling with (and without) kids. Some of you might think it’s too well proven, that tourism is taking over and there are no authentic experiences anymore. Wrong! It takes some research (leave the Lonely Planet closed!) but you will find beautiful stays close enough to the vibrant areas but far enough to enjoy plentiful peace and quietness for some proper Family Time.
The mom says
× Combine a city safari in Bangkok with the history and remoteness of the Isan province (Northeast) when traveling with older kids, before heading to the beach.
× If your mini (or mini’s) are still quite young, combine Bangkok with some cultural experiences in Chiang Mai (in the North) and head to the beach for some proper down time building sand castles and drinking cocktails.
× The people in Thailand are genuinely friendly and hospitable. Look and you will find authentic smiles and experiences – sometimes using hands and feet to make conversation!
× PLEASE AVOID any interaction with ‘wild animals’. Unfortunately there is still a lot of animal abuse going on in Thailand. Elephant camps or parks are most of the time not animal friendly at all, and the poor Elephants have been tortured and going through hell and back to give you a ride on their back or let you feed them. Don’t go there, don’t support it. If you want your kids to enjoy some time with the Asian elephant, go to Elephant Hills. This is one of the only safe elephant camps in Thailand.
The dad says
× Take me here! I haven’t explored Thailand yet but surely it’s high on my list.
Top 5 family friendly accommodations in Thailand
Elephant Hills is a truly family and animal friendly tented jungle camp. Combine the African safari camp concept with the Thai rainforest and you’ll have an experience your children (and you) will never forget. The elephant welfare is one of the main priorities of the camp; keeping wild elephants safe and offering a sanctuary for domestic and poorly treated elephants. At an easy drive from Phuket, it’s easy to combine with some beach-time!
When you stay in Bangkok there is enough to explore with the whole family. This is made very easy from the Chatrium Riverside Hotel in Bangkok; take a boat or taxi into town and surrender yourself to the craziness of Bangkok. There are enough restaurants and bars to find, and sometimes exploring these requires a child-free evening. Not a problem at Chatrium; they gladly arrange a babysitter for you. For your stay, you have the option of staying in a hotelroom or suite.
Stay in a Homestay. A homestay? Yes! There is no better way to experience Thai culture and it is so much fun seeing your children interact with the Thai children just by using their hands and feet! There are many many homestays in Thailand, read here why and where you should stay. If you want to bring something (presents are always fun) check beforehand what
Live it up in Chiang Mai. The Anantara in Chiang Mai (former Chedi Chiang Mai) is ideally situated for both kids and adults alike. With the Mae Ping River in front of you and the vibrant night market of Chiang Mai behind you this is a superb hotel to combine relaxation with fun filled activities. Tip: take your daredevil mini’s to the ‘Flight of the Gibbon’; 18 platforms, sky bridges and lowering stations that connect two kilometres of zip lines. Are you up for a flight?
Amazing Family Itinerary Thailand
- When you travel to Thailand, it’s most likely you’ll fly in and out of Bangkok. And that’s great, cause it’s such a fun city to start your holiday with! Your kids won’t know where to look as there is so much to see and do. From visiting temples to taking a boat tour over the river, cycling through the old part of town or sitting in the back of a tuktuk while experiencing the chaos of Bangkok city life. From the Chatrium hotel, it’s super easy to plan your day.
- Take a flight up north, to spend some time in Chiang Mai. Not as busy as Bangkok, with a much bigger focus on culture. The night market is a ‘not to miss’ activity here!
- Fly from Chiang Mai to Phuket where you will be met by a representative of the Elephant Hills Camp and transferred to your unique safari experience! This is one of the only elephant experiences in Thailand that is not harming for the elephant and actually helps saving these magnificent giants. Book the 3 days-2 nights Jungle Lake Safari tour – you will spend one night in the Rainforest Camp on Cheow Lan Lake – so special! Go and explore, search for wildlife in the jungle and interact with the elephants. An unforgettable experience guaranteed.
- To finish off your Thailand journey, you can either chose to stay around Phuket (The west-coast of the peninsula is best to travel between december – april) or around Koh Samui (east-coast and best to travel between February – May or in June, July or August).