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If you are dying for a tropical vacation and wondering where to go in Thailand with family, there are plenty of places to explore! Whether you want to see the mountains, beach or bustling cities of Thailand, there are plenty of activities that both you and your children will enjoy and remember for years to come.
Thailand is a cost-effective, friendly, easily accessible destination spot for you and your family. You will fall in love with the rich culture, people, and food of this Southeast Asian hot spot. We have listed the best places to visit in Thailand with a family here:
Visit Beautiful Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is considered Thailand’s second capital and is situated in the lovely mountains in the north of Thailand. Famous for it’s Lanna architecture, delicious food, and temperate climate, Chiang Mai is a must-see for anyone visiting Thailand! There are plenty of family-friendly places to stay in Chiang Mai, and it is generally more affordable than its neighbor to the south, Bangkok.
If you visit on the weekends you’ll be treated to the splendid Chiang Mai outdoor market. Night markets are a huge draw for people visiting Thailand because they are totally unique to the area! In addition to sampling the delicious food and seeing awe-inspiring temples, there are many family-friendly activities in this northern Thai city.
Take the kids to the Siam Insect Zoo! It is an educational and interesting experience for children of all ages. Similarly, Tiger Kingdom draws huge crowds from all around the world. Chiang Mai is also famous for its elephants, and you can visit a cruelty-free sanctuary where you can watch these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Make sure you inquire about the hours they are open ahead of time! Nature lovers also have the option of taking a Night Safari, which is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will not be forgotten anytime soon.
Relax On Tropical Koh Samui
Koh Samui is one of the most popular destinations for families visiting the country because it is regarded as the best island in Thailand for family holiday. The climate in Samui is generally warm and balmy, except during monsoon season which runs from roughly October to December. You will there are plenty of activities you can do with kids in Koh Samui even if it’s raining. You will certainly not run out of options on this island paradise.
From the golden sand beaches and turquoise waters of the balmy Indian ocean to the incredible jungle waterfalls, Koh Samui is a nature lover’s dream location. Entertaining your family on this pristine island is so easy! Take a day trip and go snorkeling to see jewel toned tropical fish, learn the secrets of Thai cooking with a family-friendly cooking class or trek into the jungle to check out the elephants and high up jungle waterfalls. These treks are easy enough even for the youngest ones to do easily.
While Koh Samui is situated in the Gulf of Thailand, beautiful Phuket sits on the Andaman side and is one of the premier island destinations for visitors who are traveling to Thailand. Visit a gorgeous beach club and relax on the pristine sand, or visit the Aquarium at Cape Panwa, where your family can get up close and personal with many different sea creatures. There is so much to do and see in Phuket and so many beautiful beaches to explore, but the hidden gems lie offshore at the nearby Phi Phi Islands. Taking a Phi Phi Island Tour is the perfect activity for adventurous travellers and nature lovers wanting to explore as much as possible.
If you are looking for a unique adventure, Natai beach is one of the quiet beaches you can easily visit from Phuket city. This beach is perfect for nature lovers and exploration and there are plenty of things to do in Natai Beach that will delight visitors of all ages. You can rent kayaks and travel through the astounding limestone caves, or take a sightseeing tour of all of the different island formations. If your family loves waterskiing, beautiful Natai Beach is one of the best places in Thailand to do it!
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and is full of wonderful things to do for the whole family! The BTS is the easiest and best way to get around Bangkok and many of the best family-friendly hotels are right on the Sukhumvit or Silom lines. You will be able to find excellent accommodation that your family will love.
While in Bangkok, check out some of the best tourist destinations, like the famous reclining Buddha. There are also plenty of wonderful museums that will delight and amaze your children. One of the best things to do in Bangkok is to visit Siam Ocean World. It is located at the Siam BTS station and contains some of the most miraculous creatures you will ever see in your life!
Check Out Splendid Hua Hin
Hua Hin is a little off the tourist map, but it certainly deserves a nod as one of the best family-friendly holiday destinations in Thailand. Hua Hin has some gorgeous beaches and is a short journey from the Thai capital, Bangkok. Your family will love the outdoor options available in Hua Hin, from bike tours around the city to play the day away at the Cha-Am ATV Park. Visit the historic Hua Hin Railway Station to see a slice of history, and make time to spend at least a day relaxing on Hua Hin’s gorgeous beaches.
The other great thing about Hua Hin is that it is not mobbed by tourists, so you will get a more authentic Thai experience when you visit this wonderful city. For food lovers, there is an amazing night market that offers up traditional Thai specialties along with some great authentic music that you will not find anywhere else in the world.
From islands to mountains and everything in between, Thailand is a country that has so much to offer. It is perfect for people looking for a fantastic tropical getaway, and great for families that want a true cultural experience combined with plenty of wholesome family fun!
We have highlighted the best places to visit in Thailand with a family, but there are plenty of other cities to explore as well such as the historic and fascinating Ayutthaya, Thailand ancient capital. No matter where you go in this Southeast Asian destination, you will have fun!
About the author: Riya is a writer who enjoys decorating her home, crafting, trying new recipes. She is also a runner who likes to enjoy the morning breeze. Her Twitter, @sanderriya.