Best resources for traveling with kids in Thailand?
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Jul 14, 2013 5:05 AM Last Post By: thaiwanderer
Jul 10, 2013 8:07 PM
Best resources for traveling with kids in Thailand?Hi all,
I am taking my pre-teen niece to Thailand for a week, and wondering what are the best resources (websites, books, etc), for traveling with kids? She would like to see elephants, gibbons, swim in waterfalls, and do the beach. It will be monsoon season and we will only have about a week, so I am considering perhaps some combination of Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Khao Yai, Kanchanaburi, and unclear about a beach (may have to be dropped for swimming pools, or may be prioritized over the others), obviously it would only be one or two of these places, not all of them (for instance, Ayuthya, Khao Yai, and Koh Chang, or Chiang Mai with trips around it, or Chiang Rai with trips around it (perhaps a boat ride))...
Any suggestions for locations/itineraries and/or websites/books to look at? With so little time I will want to minimize travel, so the places that tick the most boxes are appreciated...
Jul 10, 2013 10:10 PM
Jul 11, 2013 6:14 AM
2What is your budget like? Why only a week? The plane tickets are not much different in price for a few days more if at all. Then your cost is only a few more nights in a hotel room. If you are flying long distance 7 days is not much return from an expensive plane ticket. Know which airport you will fly into! (More options from Suvarnabhumi for transportation.)
Bangkok and Chiang Mai are good options. Your time is short if you try to stick a beach area in your schedule you will be paying for round trip flights.
Whatever hotel you and your niece use (assuming you are a lady and not a guy traveling alone with a young girl he calls his "niece") make sure the girl has a hotel card. Give her a card for each place so she knows where her hotel is located or can ask for help if necessary. This way if she is separated from you she will know where the hotel is. Know what to do if she gets sick overseas. It is nice to sample street food if you want but if she gets sick off something left out too long that will really screw up your holiday. If she is a fussy eater fried rice usually can tide her over. Besides there are many McDonalds, KFC and other fast food places too.
Everything should be new to this young person. Just walking around things will be different than back home. The smells, the way people look - hustle and bustle of a busy city, etc. Even big cockroaches on the street and around the corner a vendor selling cooked bugs!
Local travel agencies can set you up with day tours. Some hotels also have tour desks. Usually, unless it is an evening dinner cruise, you need one day to set up some tours.
Regular stuff. Photo copy your passport information pages for both of you before you leave home. Photo copy your Visa Exemption stamp page or Visa stamp pages after you leave the airport. Keep these copies separate in your luggage.
Have a hotel ready for the first night you arrive. For Bangkok I prefer a hotel near the Skytrain route. Otherwise you will be taking meter taxis all the time. Know how to get from the airport to your hotel. Before you leave tell your bank that you will be going overseas if you intend to use a credit or debit card in an ATM. Otherwise your cards may not work. Use cash for cheap things and minimize your credit card use to lessen credit card fraud.
Any Google check will give you the "things to see and do" type questions for Thailand.
Jul 11, 2013 7:25 PM
Jul 11, 2013 8:49 PM
Jul 11, 2013 8:52 PM
Jul 11, 2013 8:58 PM
6We took grandson to Tiger Kingdom (doesnt have the same negativity that the one in Kanchanaburi attracts) and an elephant park. Cant remember exactly what else but once there, you'll find plenty of places that do different day trips. I wouldnt worry about not finding anything to do.
We had travelled for quite a few trips from when our son was 6 to an 18yr old. He was more than happy just going along with whatever we did without anything being child specific.
Jul 11, 2013 10:41 PM
Jul 11, 2013 11:56 PM
8My own website should be a good start for you, it doesn't address locations specifically, rather gives practical advice on issues like health, long haul travel etc
Jul 12, 2013 12:17 AM
Jul 12, 2013 4:17 AM
10Any Google check will give you suggestions for the "things to see and do" type questions for Thailand even for kids!
Jul 14, 2013 5:05 AM
11If you are not fixated on going to the beach then I would recommend Chiang Mai as a great place for traveling with kids. There are loads of things to do that you can do together: ziplines, elephant riding, tiger kingdom, monkeys, etc. You can get on some easy bicycle tours inside or just outside of the city, and there are plenty of restaurants with Thai and western options all over the place.
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