Thai people love small foreign children, so they can attract attention. With so much swimming, snorkelling and beach activity, young children will have a whale of a time on Ko Samui. The beaches along the north coast are a big hit with kids and toddlers, while the action around Hat Chaweng is more for teens. Other activities, such as ziplining, trekking and kayaking will also appeal to older children. Remember to keep your kids well hydrated – the sun can get very fierce. To help your holiday run smoothly, grab a copy of Lonely Planet's Travel with Children, which contains useful advice on how to cope with kids on the road.

Practicalities

  • Baby formula and nappies (diapers) are available at 7-elevens.
  • As the pavements aren't so good and there can be a lot of people, avoid big strollers and aim for an umbrella-style, lightweight version.
  • Most restaurants should have child-friendly menus that avoid chilli.
  • Cots are only available at certain midrange and up hotels, so check at the time of your booking.
  • Some Western restaurants will have high-chairs, but don't expect to find them in many Thai restaurants.