Not without good reason is Thailand known as the ‘land of smiles’. No longer exclusive to backpackers and gap-year travellers, Thailand is becoming increasingly popular as a family holiday destination thanks to its warm climate, stunning beaches, low cost of living, hospitable culture and a wealth of exciting things for mums, dads and kids to see and do.
Families with smaller children may find a beach holiday on one of the quieter Thai islands such as Kho Samet, or Kho Samui which offer safe sandy beaches, warm waters, beautiful scenery and a thoroughly relaxed atmosphere. Older children who enjoy discovering new places and experiences will be thrilled by the east-meets-west vibrancy of Bangkok and its spectacular temples, or the ancient and modern mix evident in cities such as Chiang-Mai and Chiang Rai. Family-friendly activities in Thailand’s cities and surrounding areas include everything from elephant rides to water parks, and river boat trips to bowling alleys. Food is rarely a problem either; whilst Thai cuisine is both varied and delicious, fast food restaurants are almost as prevalent in Thailand’s cities as they are anywhere else. Adventurous families, however, should not pass up the opportunity to try Thailand’s outstanding street food.
The Thai year can loosely be split into three seasons. The very best time to visit Thailand is from the middle of November to the middle of February, when the entire country enjoys a warm, dry and sunny climate. From late February to June Thailand can become unbearably hot and humid, making travelling any distance uncomfortable and increasing the risks of sunburn or heatstroke. June to early October is Thailand’s monsoon season, and whilst this may mean lower flight and accommodation costs the weather can be at best unpredictable and at worst unforgiving.
Thailand is one of the best family holiday locations in the world from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok to the serene and beautiful island resorts with their sandy white beaches. The Thais just love children, and welcome them everywhere.
Kho Samui “the island of the coconut tree” is one of Thailands most beautiful islands, and has been a backpackers paradise for years. Gradually it has become a popular holiday destination.
If you are looking for a destination that is just right for travelling with kids then Chang Mai comes highly recommended by at Little Travellers. This vibrant and colourful city in Northern Thailand has so much to offer those choosing an adventure holiday with children, that you will be both impressed and captivated during your time here.
There are some places that are so picturesque that they need to be captured on film, a testament to the beauty and charm of the area. Phuket is one of those places; in fact it is so picture perfect that two popular movies were filmed here. “The Beach” and “The Man with a Golden Gun” immortalized the scenery in Phuket making it one of the most fascinating holiday destinations.