Thailand is calling! Thailand has fast become one of the top destinations for family travel. With it’s pristine beaches, bustling markets, amazing wildlife and relaxed vibe it has something to suit every type of family.
Thailand with kids has you adventuring across a variety of landscapes including beaches, hills, cities and countryside. There is so much to do, see and learn. A culture that will have you and your kids engaged and falling in love.
Don’t just take my word for it though! We asked 10 travel families to share their favourite spot to enjoy a family holiday in Thailand.
Sri Racha. Meldrums on the move.
Sri Racha is a coastal city on Thailand’s eastern coastline in the Gulf of Thailand. It has a great mix of beaches, play parks, street food and great hotels making it a fantastic place for families in the area. Sri Racha (also known as Si Racha) is only an hour and a half on the local bus from Bangkok making a quick, and cheap, beach getaway from Thailand’s capital city. The local bus from Ekkamai station costs less than 200 baht per adult, and toddlers and babies are free. Sri Racha has a lot of serviced apartments which make family travel a lot more simple. Check out Citadines for a great apartment with fridge, television, good internet connection and a restaurant on-site. It is just a walk from Thailand’s smallest island, Koy Loy too. Along the coastline are many delicious street food stands and beautiful parks – including some huge and impressive play parks. It is a safe city where many Thai people choose to vacation too.
Railay Beach. Sharon Gourlay.
Railay is a fun place for a family break just a short boat ride from Ao Nang or Krabi.
There are no roads here which is part of the attraction. The boat ride over is part of the fun and its through spectacular scenery with many limestone cliffs surrounding it.
Railay has a beautiful (but popular) beach which is somewhat ruined by all the boats. However, it is still a nice place to hang around and the boats do not take away from how gorgeous it is.
The area has many resorts, guest houses, shops and restuarants and it’s not hard to find somewhere to stay and eat. It’s also easy to day trip here from Ao Nang or Krabi (which is what we did)
It’s a great place to kids – no worries about them getting run down by cars! – and its a short walk to everywhere. The beach is lovely and there are caves to visit, hiking, kayaking and rock climbing for more adventurous families.
Chanthaburi. TraveLyn Family
Koh Samui. Mum on the Move.
Koh Samui off the east coast of Thailand has so much to offer for a holiday with kids. This beautiful tropical island is much quieter and more laid back than its Thai island cousin Phuket. Koh Samui boasts stunning white sandy beaches with calm, shallow water, a good selection of excellent restaurants and a large choice of family friendly resorts.
If you are a beach-loving family you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a gorgeous beach to hang out on for the day. But there is more to Koh Samui than just beaches and you will find plenty more to do to entertain the kids.
Kayaking and snorkeling in Ang Thong Marine Park is a popular day trip for island hopping and exploring lagoons. There are also two fun water parks to choose from on the island, plus canopy adventures, go karting and crazy golf. Don’t miss a visit to the famous Big Buddha temple to visit for a morning of culture.
Koh Pha-Ngan. 5 Lost together.
Koh Pha Ngan is best known for its full moon parties, a rite of passage for all backpackers in Southeast Asia. But, it is also a wonderful island for families; don’t discount it based on its party reputation. The island offers beautiful beaches and rainforest, super friendly locals and a range of accommodation options. Located in the Gulf of Siam, you can island jump by ferry between Koh Pha Ngan and its neighboring islands of Koh Samui and Koh Tao. Try to avoid visiting during the Full Moon Parties when the island overflows with 30,000 people and accommodation can be hard to come by.
Instead locate yourself on the quieter northwest side of the island near Haad Yao where you can grab a basic beach bungalow for $15. As a family, laze away the days in hammocks, building sandcastles, swimming in the clear waters and eating delicious fresh Thai food. Venture out to explore the island’s waterfalls, night markets and to enjoy Thai massages for the whole family. It is easy to watch the days slip by in this little gem of an island.
Phi Phi Islands. Thrifty Family Travels.
Phi Phi Islands are a stunning group of islands not far from the popular beach resort island of Phuket or from Krabi. The islands are home to breathtakingly gorgeous white powdery beaches, spectacular rock formations and crystal clear turquoise water full of marine life. Visitors are drawn to the islands to scuba dive, snorkel, kayak, or just chill out on the beach.
There are 2 main islands that tourists can visit being Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Lee. Phi Phi Lee – is the second largest of the Phi Phi Islands and was in fact the location used for the 2000 film featuring Leonardo De Caprio “The Beach”.
The only island which you can actually stay overnight on is Phi Phi Don. Accommodation ranges from luxurious resorts, mid-range hotels and backpacker style hostels. You can choose to stay in the lively Tonsai Village or in a more peaceful setting like Long Beach.
You can easily visit Phi Phi Islands as a day trip from Phuket or Karbi, however, if you want to surround yourself in absolute paradise, then I highly recommend stay at least a few days here.
Bangkok. Flashpacker Family.
Bangkok is the most likely place you’ll start a family trip to Thailand. Don’t be scared of the fact Bangkok is a big city, it’s actually an easy, fun place to travel with kids. There are lots of family friendly things to do in Bangkok including temples, markets, malls and amusement parks. Getting around the city by riverboat and Skytrain is also fun for kids. Bangkok is hot and can feel overwhelming though so we always pick a hotel with a pool to offer as a reward to the kids for getting through the day.
Koh Rok. Our 3 Kids v’s the World.
Our last visit to Thailand took us to Koh Lanta, the island we honeymooned on in 2003. We wanted to take the kids snorkelling and the tour guide recommended Koh Rok, as Koh Phi Phi is very busy and harder for kids to enjoy. I am happy I took the advice as Koh Rok was just perfect and somewhere I hadn’t been before.
The tour takes you to three snorkelling spots just off the coast of Koh Rok, its perfect for kids and mine were great swimming straight off the back of the boat. The coral was beautiful and the third spot was teeming with Nemo’s that the kids were really excited about.
The tour includes a buffet lunch on Koh Rok Island, an uninhabited island about an hour or so speed boat ride from Koh Lanta. There are a lot of boats that come here for lunch and I’m happy to report that all the tour guides collected the rubbish from their group and took it with them. This ensures that people will continue to enjoy this island just the way it is for years to come. I highly recommend getting away from the busier islands and checking out some of the smaller less popular ones.
Koh Chang. Miss Morni Penni.
Koh Chang is Thailand’s second biggest island after Phuket. Unlike popular Phuket though, it is quickly accessible with an easy flight into Bangkok (followed by a bus trip) and retains the charm of Thailand in years gone by.