From the bustle of Bangkok to the stunning, soft sandy beaches, Thailand is a great destination for families, whether you’re seeking new adventures or just want to relax by the sea.
- Phuket is the largest and busiest island and has glorious beaches, great shops and plenty of resorts. It boasts stunning snorkeling and diving spots plus sea kayaking, elephant sanctuaries and cultural sites to keep all travellers busy and entertained.
- Krabi is a quieter coastal resort but also delivers on stunning beaches, great diving and snorkeling. Combine sport with culture with a spot of kayaking out to the rock outcrops, to see cave art from prehistoric times.
- Koh Samui has more than 120 miles of white sandy beaches plus jungles, waterfalls and coconut groves galore. Just off the coast is Ang Thong National Marine Park, a group of 40 islands offering amazing snorkeling and kayaking.
Adventure seekers should try…
- The temples, markets and a river cruise in Bangkok.
- Ziplining through the Chiang Mai rainforests with Flight of the Gibbon
- Making friends with elephants in the jungle at Elephant Hills
- Cruising along the waves with a Sea Canoe trip in Khao Sok, Trang and Tarutao
- Splashing at the amazing Cartoon Network Amazone Water Park in Pattaya
- Meeting the locals and stay with a local family in a hilltop tribe
Nature lovers should check out…
- The small quiet island of Koh Samet – perfect for those with little ones. Just 220km from Bangkok, it’s clear, calm warm waters are perfect for paddling and dotted along its beautiful beaches are plenty of family cabins to stay in.
- The island of Koh Lanta Yai, off the west coast of Thailand, where there are trips through mangrove forests and pineapple plantations by longtail boat.
- The Mu Koh Lanta National Park, also off the west coast of Thailand on the island of Koh Hai, has beautiful beaches and if you’re lucky you may spot some crab-eating monkeys and monitor lizards.
Where to stay
- The Sarojin in Khao Lak, is located on a pristine white beach and fully equipped to occupy the busiest of minds. The luxury resort offers complimentary use of all outdoor equipment and an exciting range of watersports – from sailing and windsurfing to paddle-boarding, kayaking and year-round beach swimming complete with personal guides who ensure both safety and fun. For those who prefer to keep their feet on dry land “Teens Time Away” takes children on exciting Thailand adventures, from golf lessons to creative cookery.
- The Vijitt Resort in Phuket’s 2-bedroom pool villas are ideal for families with up to three children. The Kids Club has its own pool and daily activities plus bikes are available to hire around the resort, and free activities available include rubber tapping of trees, to botanical and marine walks.
- The Dusit Thani Krabi offers a great family getaway package, with room rates starting from THB 6,000 and discounts on additional rooms, food and drink and children’s activities at its Dusit Thani Family Club. Children aged 4-5 years enjoy complimentary food, while children aged 6-12 years get a special 50% discount from the adult menu.
- At the Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket you can lie back and soak up some sun while your little ones enjoy daily activities and delicious children’s menus.
- If you’ve just had a baby and looking to make the most of your maternity leave, indulge in a bit of mum and baby time on a maternity-moon at the Manathai, Koh Samui. With spacious rooms, bathtubs big enough for you and baby, a quiet cove to splash in, a beach shaded by palm trees offering natural protection for delicate skin, an indoor and outdoor pool, all amidst a soothing palate of deep greens and blues, it’s a perfect choice for families with newborns or little ones.
If you’re looking for even more family holiday inspiration, get 2 free* tickets to The Family Travel Show 2016 when booking in advance – worth £20! Just quote THAILAND when booking tickets online at www.familytravelshow.com or when calling 0844 209 7360. (*£2.50 booking fee for postage and package applies Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras.)
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