Thailand is a uniquely beguiling and rewarding holiday destination. Home to a vibrant culture, smiling people, delicious food, and some of the most beautiful scenery in the entire world, there is something for everyone, especially families.
That being said, the country can be a little bewildering due to the sheer range of sites and sounds to experience. To simplify things and to help you plan your family’s itinerary to this amazing place, here are five of the best places in Thailand to visit on a family holiday.
The capital city Bangkok is an incredible destination but for a family holiday its heady brew of bright lights, urban sprawl, and teeming life can be a tad overwhelming. With that in mind it is best to opt for a visit to Thailand’s northern capital if you plan on experiencing the joys of a Thai city. Chiang Mai offers a much more laid-back example of Thai life than its larger southern neighbour, while still offering plenty of things to do and see, like for example trekking and rafting. It is also not short of its own stunning sites such as the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep golden temple.
Thailand’s most famous island is as popular as ever. Phuket is a destination all unto itself, with busy towns, party beaches and serene spots for relaxation, not to mention the dramatic karst islands that adorn so many tourism brochures. Yes, is can be a little crowded, but thanks to its size (it’s 30 miles long) there is still plenty space to beat the crowds. But it’s the developments that make it such a great destination for families as there is no end to the activities on offer.
A quieter island than Phuket, Koh Lanta swaps the dramatic rock formations and bustling tourist developments of other islands for a more genteel experience. With some of the finest beaches in the whole country, the island still attracts its fair share of tourists, but they tend to be those seeking a more relaxing break. With plenty unspoilt white beaches, and a distinct lack of high-rise hotels this is where you go to get away from it all and let the children experience nature up close.
Thailand’s rich heritage is fascinating for both the young and old, and there’s few better places to get spark the kids’ interest in Thai history than Ayutthaya. Now an ancient and ruined city, a trip to Ayutthaya Historical Park is wonderful way to travel back in time and discover 14th century Thailand. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park contains multiple well preserved buildings such as Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and Wat Yanasen. As these are some of the most photographed spots in Thailand, it is advisable to head to the park early in the morning if you want to miss the throngs of visitors.
A tiny peninsula, due to its inaccessibility via land Railay offers more of an island vibe. It’s also one of the most picturesque places in all of Thailand, and its vegetation-covered limestone cliffs offer a stunning backdrop to its white sandy beaches. Home to one of the country’s premier beaches, Ao Phra Nang, Railay offers the quintessential picture of Thailand’s natural beauty. The kids will love the beautiful beaches. With diving, rock climbing, and cave tours available, there are plenty of activities that older children will enjoy, too.