If you still haven’t visited Asia, and you are planning a family vacation this spring, we are glad to inform you that this is actually the best time of the year to visit Thailand. Perhaps you think that it’s too far or that the weather is not quite right, but we advise you to think again. The money you would set aside for the flight would actually be your biggest expense, because Thailand is extremely affordable. From January to May it’s as dry as it can possibly be, and the warm tropical weather is perfect for a splatter in the clear waters. In one word – perfect to experience the very best Thailand has to offer.
Some advice before you depart for Thailand
Travelling with your kids is very different than travelling alone, especially when it comes to such long distances. Try to get a direct flight to Thailand if you can. Don’t risk the cheaper options because you may end up with a 4-5 hour layover. This can be extremely exhausting for the children. When you arrive, don’t use a cab to get from the airport to the city because it’s very expensive.
We also recommend that you visit Bangkok at the end of your vacation, when the children have gotten used to the climate, the time difference, and eastern culture. At the beginning of your trip, the children may not understand the hustle of the capital city. After all, it’s more appropriate for young people looking for entertainment than family vacations. While the city is simply bursting with energy and life, and has numerous sites of historical importance to offer, you may even opt to avoid visiting it completely, especially if you are travelling with small children. The heat and the crowd may be too oppressing for them, and you will save yourself a lot of worry.
The eastern coast is closest to Bangkok. It will take you only a few hours to get there and enjoy the beautiful beaches. If you travel by bus, remember to bring a few bottles of water to keep your children hydrated. However, the eastern coast is industrialized so you will also be able to see a lot of commercial ports and oil storage companies.
You should opt to stay on one of the islands: Koh Samui, Phuket and Railay all offer child-friendly beaches. The Bophut beach on Koh Samui may not boast the clearest waters, but its calm waters and shallow slope are perfect for the young ones. Chaweng Noi also offers shallow waters and beautiful sandy beaches for your children to enjoy. You can also go kayaking or snorkelling, as well as enjoy an elephant ride! Phuket is also abundant in tropical beaches where you can enjoy the sun and water, but you may also choose to go snorkelling in the Andaman sea, or visit the FantaSea theme park. Railay is considered one of the best relaxation spots in Thailand, where you can completely recharge your batteries and have some fun, while the kids splash around in the water.
You can also enjoy boat rides to beautiful beaches such as Ko Kood, or Hua Hin beach. If you still have some energy left you could also explore the Deep South of the peninsula.
Shopping and food
Try to finish all your activities in the morning so you could spend your afternoons at the beach. Weekends are the perfect time to go shopping at one of the many markets around the country where you can find everything from domestic vegetables to affordable Buddha souvenirs. When it comes to food, Pad Thai and Pad See Ew are perfect if you dine with your children. These are less spicy than the other traditional dishes.
Even though it may not seem obvious, Thailand is one of the best destinations for a family holiday. The beaches are some of the best in the world, the scenery is breathtaking, and your children will surely benefit from being exposed to dirrefent cultures at any age!