Taking a holiday trip abroad as a family can be a memorable experience for both adults and kids. Thailand is great for family holidays. There are lots of sites and activities to explore together for a vacation filled with unforgettable memories. Here is a list of the best family destinations in Thailand:
Krabi province offers some of the best beaches in Thailand. The soft sand and shallow seas make them perfect for youngsters. With over 200 islands just off the coastline, you can also explore uninhabited outcrops by way of an organised day trip, or by hiring a local boat.
Ao Nang in the south of Krabi is a popular dive area, so you could learn to scuba here as a family or simply enjoy the delights of snorkelling together. There are some resort hotels that offer kid-friendly suites, so you can keep your children safe and entertained while you find something more relaxing to do on some days of your stay.
Take a trek into the jungle to find the Emerald Pool, discovering animals and plant life as you go. This natural pond is reached via a decked walkway and is one of the most popular with visitors young and old.
Roughly a 3-hour drive from Bangkok, the area of Khao Yai is lush, green and mountainous. Khao Yai is home to a UNESCO National Park that comes with incredible waterfalls and the chance to see all kinds of wildlife. Elephants, gibbons, porcupine, jackals and barking deer can be spotted along with exotic birds, reptiles and water dragons. Take a full-day guided tour to this part of Thailand as this is arguably the best family vacation spot in Thailand.
If you have more time in this area, a visit to Scenical World will be popular with your family. It is a water park with exciting rides, slides and chutes as well as eateries and a shopping zone too.
Chiang Mai is the capital of northern Thailand and home to a few elephant sanctuaries. One of the best family holiday destinations in Thailand, you can learn all about the animals’ rehabilitation. Opportunities to feed, bathe and care for the elephants are often part of this unforgettable eco-tourism experience.
If you prefer a more lively holiday destination, then Phuket is the best family destination Thailand has to offer. The choice of things to do day and night is varied. When you have visited the beautiful temples and had your fill of the glorious beaches, take the family to one of these fun attractions.
Zip-line through the jungle at Hanuman Adventure Park. The tree-top walkway takes visitors through the natural flora and fauna and challenges them physically at the same time.
Jungle Splash Park has water slides and rides where the adults and kids can cool off.
Dino Park Mini Golf is a family favourite. This dinosaur-themed attraction has 18 holes with high-tech features like volcanoes, streams and caves.
No trip to Thailand is complete without a visit to Bangkok. The temples and night markets cannot be missed, but there are other family-friendly things to see such as Lumpini Park, where you can take your children out for a morning stroll around the park using baby prams. This green space is 2.5km long and a great place for the little ones to let off steam. With paddles boats to hire and spontaneous aerobic classes to join in, there is plenty to keep everyone busy.
The Artist’s House along the canal is a hidden gem. It’s a 200-year-old meeting place where free puppet shows are laid on most afternoons. Colourful drawings, paintings and gifts are on display and some items can be purchased for an authentic keepsake.