Is Thailand a suitable holiday destination for young kids, or is it a place for backpackers and partiers?
Turns out that there is more than enough for families to enjoy in this gorgeous country to make it the perfect spot for your next vacay.
1. Natural Beauty
Thailand is a stunning country, from the jungles in the north to the
white sand beaches and emerald sea in the south. There’s plenty of nature to explore
together, from paddling on the beaches of Phuket to cruising down river in the jungles
of Chiang Mai. Our personal fave was sea kayaking through the spectacular Phang Nga Bay.
2. Cultural immersion
We temple hopped our way through Chiang Mai, rode a tuk-tuk and sampled local cuisine.
Our daughter was befriended by kind monks, held their pet chicken, and learned about
spirituality and Buddha. World learning at its best.
3. More Baht for your buck
1 AUD will get you about 30 THB. To put that in context, a dish at a local restaurant will
set you back about 50-60 THB - yes, that’s right, roughly $2 AUD. The strong Aussie dollar
makes Thailand a super affordable holiday destination.
4. Animals up close
We visited the Elephant Nature Park to meet majestic pachyderms the right way -
in an environment where they are living peacefully free of exploitation.
actually easy to find elephants around Thailand, the majority live an unpleasant life in
the tourist trade, which doesn’t make for a great lesson to teach our kids. When researched
well, however, there are several establishments like the one we visited where travellers can
meet animals in a way that teaches our children the right way to care for animals.
5. The people
The Thai people have a reputation for being friendly and kind to children -
both of which we found to be true. We experienced such incredible kindness,
to all of us, but particularly towards our child, it made travelling through the
country so easy and pleasant for us all.
When to visit Thailand
We visited Phuket at the end of monsoon season (early October), and did experience quite a lot of rain. We were still able to get out every day however, and during the rainy season youâ€™ll get lower prices on hotels and fewer people at tourist destinations.
Where to go
We enjoyed the beachside resorts of Phuket as well as the old city of Chiang Mai. The Elephant Nature Park that we visited is an hour outside of Chiang Mai.
What to pack
Scarf to cover shoulders if visiting temples
Loose, light layers
Hat, swimmers, sunglasses, goggles
Comfortable walking shoes
What to wear
While at resorts, anything goes, when you're out and about, dress a bit more conservatively. Shorts and tanks tops are mostly fine, but if youâ€™re visiting a temple, wear pants or a skirt that covers your knees. Some temples will also require shoulders being covered.
Christine Knight writes about navigating
the world and parenthood on her site,
You can find her sampling gelato and cake around the world with her
preschooler, or building sandcastles at the beach in her home town of Sydney.