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How to plan a kid-friendly vacation in Thailand? 

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Are you planning to travel to the ‘Land of White Elephants’ with your kids? 

Hakuna Matata!

Dimaak Tours will help you in every manner to plan a kid-friendly trip to Thailand. Traveling with family is always fun. The holidays bring all the family members closer. If you’d like to travel to Thailand with your kids, then these are the top recommendations for a fabulous trip.

 If you are traveling to Thailand with kids for the first time, you may not know which places are ideal for kids and what to expect. At Dimaak tours, we help you with a list of kid-friendly destinations in Thailand and the things to do in Thailand with kids.

The Indian parents are generally worried whenever they travel with kids. But Thailand is a great country, with enriched history and heritage. Hence, you need not worry. Pack your bags and enjoy a great vacation with your kids. 

Bangkok:

Bangkok is a favorite destination for travelers of all ages. The scenic places, variety of food, cultural experiences, and many other activities draw visitors like bees. You can catch any of the direct flights from India to Bangkok.

Temples in Bangkok:

One of the things to do in Thailand with kids is to take them to visit popular Buddha temples in Bangkok. Some of the famous temples are:

  •   Temple of Emerald Buddha
  •   Temple of Reclining Buddha
  •   Temple of Dawn

Ocean World and Safari World:

When you are in Thailand with kids head straightaway to Siam Ocean World and Safari World. Ocean World is a massive display of life under the sea. Safari World is one of the most amazing places to see when in Bangkok. The Safari World is a wonderful zoo and marine park near Bangkok. The open-air park is an impressive 8 km stretch where animals roam freely.

The kids will really enjoy several species of herbivores like zebras, camels, antelopes, gazelles, rhinos, etc. Ostriches, pelicans, and Herons, Crowned cranes are some of the birds you’ll see while driving through the park. It is one of the most delightful destinations to spend valuable time with your family and kids.

The kids will definitely like the giraffes walking around. You’ll also have a fun-filled adventure at the safari world by feeding Giraffes, playing Frisbee with sea lions, seeing the dolphins jump, and also enjoy the bird shows.

Sealife Ocean World:

The Sealife ocean world is one of the top places to visit in Bangkok with family and kids. You’ll see more than 30000 marine animals in the aquarium. It will provide a fascinating experience for the kids.

The kids will enjoy walking through a glass tube and will be able to see massive sharks passing above them. There are tons of marine creatures swimming by your side. The kids mostly like the bobbing penguins and turtles. The best destination when you are in Thailand with kids.

Chatuchak Weekend Market:

One of the things to do in Thailand with kids is to take them to the Weekend Market. Spread over a large area that sells lamps, ceramics, clothing, kid items, and even a python, this will be a unique experience for kids of all ages.

With more than 8000 stalls and about 20,000 visitors, this is definitely a place to indulge in some ethnic shopping and you can ‘shop till you drop’.

The Chatuchak area is known as the largest market in Asia. It is a popular market with both locals and visitors alike. The diverse collection of merchandise from different market stalls provides a wide variety to choose from. It is one of the best places in Bangkok to visit and a must-visit place for tourists

Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise:

Another fascinating part of Bangkok is the Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise. Dine-in through the delightful sights of Bangkok as you cruise along the Chao Phraya River. A must-do thing in Thailand when you are with kids.

Visit the Madame Tussauds Museum:

Madame Tussauds is a popular wax museum where there are many life-size wax replicas of celebrities and famous people.  You can see, touch, and even hug the figures of favorite celebrities.  

Most of the statues look real and you won’t be able to resist yourself from clicking pictures with them. This is a unique exhibition place to visit in Thailand with kids. Your kids will definitely enjoy the trip to Madame Tussauds.

Enjoy with your kids:

Be like a kid when you are in Thailand with kids. Bangkok has several activities for children. There are plenty of exciting theme parks, games arcades, and exhilarating outdoor activities available for children of all ages.

You can enjoy as much fun and adventure with your kids as you will do with your friends. The possibilities in Bangkok for kids are endless.

Check the 10 best things for Kids to do in Bangkok – before planning your Bangkok trip.

 Hua Hin:

Hua Hin is one of the best places near Bangkok (Easily Accessible from Bangkok) and definitely gives you a funtertainment. The expansive, tranquil beaches are ideal for the family to laze around and to spend some quality time with your kids.

When in Thailand with kids do not miss the  Monkey Mountain, a place where they can feed bananas to monkeys.

The adults can also venture out to the Cicada market where they can see all forms of contemporary art. It is a must-visit place for those with creativity. 

Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai:

Chiang Mai is a popular destination in Thailand among both the young and the old alike because of the adventurous activities.

One of the must-do things in Thailand with kids is to book a zipline tour operator. Flight of the Gibbon provides an action-filled adventure for people of all ages.The zip line, a globally renowned outdoor thrill activity is famous at this place.  You can zip more than 6 km through the ancient rainforest with steep trees and thick foliage. It provides the zip line adventure with abseils, sky bridges, and nature trails. You should include this to your bucket list to enjoy the thrilling outdoor activity while traveling in Thailand with kids.

The mountainous city of Thailand, Chiang Rai is loaded with cultural, historical, and contemporary attractions all around. It is a perfect getaway for a vacation in Thailand with children.

Chiang Rai is located in the northern part of Thailand. The most interesting thing about Chiang Rai is the Golden Triangle- an intersection of 3 countries: Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. If you are also planning to visit the neighboring countries, this city is a transit city that provides easy commutation. You will see the beautiful city and its landscapes surrounded by mountains, embellished fauna, and the exotic indigenous tribes living there.

Chiang Rai, a lesser-known city in northern Thailand provides you a dramatic medley of food, art, temples, music, and more. Some of the must-see places in Northern Thailand with kids are:

  •   Golden Clock Tower during the light and sound show
  •   Pristine white Buddhist temple
  •   Art museum
  •   Wat Rong Khun
  •   Iconic Blue Temple
  •   Baan Dam Museum: The hub of art.

Add a spoonful of frolic to your evenings, by checking out the Night Bazaar, which goes on till midnight, or check out the Saturday Walking Street and Jazz Festival.

Let your kids play with the elephants:

Many kids love to interact with elephants. One of the things to do in Thailand with kids is to visit the Elephant Nature Park. It is one of the best sanctuaries that care for rehabilitated elephants. Your kids can roam with the elephants with an endless round of rides. They can bathe and feed the elephants and also get a chance to learn about each animal’s past. They can take care of the rescued and rehabilitated animals in the elephant park.

 Krabi:

Take a dip in the emerald pool and the hot water spring with your family and kids at Krabi. A province on Southern Thailand’s west coast, Krabi has a few national parks and these jungles have hidden gems. A must visit place while in Thailand with kids.

The Emerald pool, true to its name lures travelers with its changing shades of water. As the sun hovers over the pool, it changes color – a phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed.

Go kayaking in the dense mangroves of Ao Thalane. Krabi has a dense network of mangroves with swamps meandering around them. The best way of exploring them is on a kayak.

Witness a magical sunset from the deck of a traditional cruise boat. The sunset cruise is a great way for families to spend an evening in the seas. You will sail on a traditional junk boat, one of the last remaining Siamese sailing ones. With its red sails fluttering in the wind, you can relax on its deck while absorbing the scenic beauty around you.

At Ao Nang, Krabi, there is an elephant trekking camp that will give your kids and you a phenomenal ride with the natural surroundings. The elephant trek will take you along a river running through the camp and into the forest.

The elephant will also take you to the foothills of “Karst Mountains” where you may get a chance to watch different species of birds & monkeys residing there. Whether you are a child or an adult it is a fun trail to explore.

Highlights when traveling in Thailand with kids:

Beaches:

Hua Hin: Thailand’s family-friendliest beach

Pattaya: Despite the bad rap, this town has lots of activities to appeal to families and kids at the beach.

Hat Chaweng: Koh Samui’s most popular beach for kids of every age.

Ko Chang: An easily accessible place for kids.

 Amusements for Kids:

Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute, Bangkok: A ‘snake farm’

Flight of the Gibbon, Chiang Mai: A treetop zip line experience is great for little older kids.

Lopburi: A central Thai town is overrun with monkeys who cause all sorts of mayhem.

 Outdoor Activities:

Ancient City, Bangkok: Open-air museum, a famous monument

Kanchanaburi: An entry-level kayaking experience in central Thailand.

Lumpini Park, Bangkok: The largest park in Bangkok that has paddle boats, play areas, and giant monitor lizards.

Chiang Mai: This province is home to a variety of trekking options, appropriate for families and kids.

 Indoor Activities:

There are a lot of activities in Thailand exclusively earmarked for the kids. Some of the things to do in Thailand with kids are:-

Bangkok’s malls: The Siam Discovery mall, Imaginia Playland, Centralworld to name a few are great places for kids. They will enjoy the sea world, wax museum and themed play zones, and also a great shopping experience for teens.

Children’s Discovery Museum, Bangkok: An interactive museum for kids where the kids are encouraged to ask questions and participate in learning.

KidZania, Bangkok: A hyper-sophisticated play park in Bangkok, A learning hub for kids.

Museum of Siam, Bangkok: Learning of Thai history with fun. It offers an interactive session with visitors of all age groups.

Transport:

Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) or the Skytrain which runs across Bangkok is a hit with young kids.

Chao Phraya Express Boat, Bangkok River taxis are the most fun way to get around the city for the kids and the parents.

Amenities specially geared towards Kids:

  • Child-safety seats for cars
  • High chairs in restaurants
  • Nappy-changing facilities in public restrooms

Apart from these, the parents should also be resourceful in seeking out substitutes or just do without. Baby formula and diapers are available in cities like Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, and Krabi, etc.

Consult the doctor regarding vaccination for your kids:

Consult your doctor before going to Thailand with kids. Take the recommended vaccination 14 days before you embark on your journey to Thailand with kids.

Final Thoughts:

Thailand is an amazing destination for the intrepid family holiday. Bangkok is the main getaway for families traveling to Thailand with kids. If you’re traveling to Thailand especially with toddlers, keep in mind the above-mentioned things. There are so many things to do in Thailand with kids that it can all seem a bit overwhelming, wanting to just do everything.