Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is formerly known as Siam. The country is located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia.
Certainly not an “unknown” destination to us from the region, Thailand constantly top the list of “Most Popular Destination” amongst Singapore travellers. However, it is also true that most of us rarely explore beyond the most popular destinations, of Bangkok, Phuket or Chiang Mai. Many more attractive towns, islands and attractions wait to be explored. Especially for families on a modest budget, Thailand offers excellent value. Travelling around Thailand with kids can be truly rewarding – especially if you look beyond the usual.
For a start Bangkok offers myriad entertainment options for the whole family. KidsZania Bangkok will keep kids under 8 entertained for hours, while older kids would appreciate Siam Park City for its thrilling rides. Or, take the kids ice-skating – do you know there are at least 5 rinks in the city?
Within easy commute of Bangkok, there are historical sites to be explored. The UNESCO heritage site of Ayutthaya makes for an easy and pleasant day trip. Kanchanaburi province is the backdrop of the Bridge over River Kwai and the Death Railway, a stack reminder of the World War II.
And while Phuket is the popular and familiar destination for many a “baby’s first overseas” trip, the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Lanta, the beach resorts inland at Krabi and Hua Hin are no less stunning. Quite perfect too, for families exploring Thailand with kids.
Thailand has also been developing its agritourism sector in recent years. Fancy a luncheon in a vineyard, followed by a night out “camping” in the countryside under the stars? Why, you can do that in Khao Yai, or in Suan Pheung, both only hours away from Bangkok.
And if you are exploring up north, Chiang Rai and it’s famous White Temple shares limelight with Chiang Mai’s Doi Suthep. There is also Sukhothai Historical Park, another outstanding Unesco Heritage Site, which will give your family insights into the ancient kingdom.
If there is a problem with touring Thailand with kids, it would be that you will be spoilt for choice! Look beyond Bangkok, and explore Thailand with kids – here’s a collection of trip reports and travel stories shared by fellow mums and dads to get you inspired, and started on your research!