Top Places to Visit in Thailand with Kids


January 18, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Asia,Thailand,World Schooling



Thailand is one of the most popular travel destinations in South East Asia, but with so many cities to visit, how do you choose where to go? Today our Guest Blogger, Valerie Van Ballaer, who grew up in Thailand, shares her top picks!


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Top Places to Visit in Thailand with Kids

 

Bangkok

Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand. A fun fact to tell your kids is that the original Thai name for the capital city is the longest city name is the world, hold your breath here it is: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit (or in Thai script: กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุธยามหาดิลก ภพนพรัตน์ ราชธานีบุรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์ มหาสถาน อมรพิมาน อวตารสถิต สักกะทัตติยะ วิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์). Pretty cool right? This metropolis is a vibrant cosmopolitan city. There is so much to see and do in Bangkok, from its Royal history, beautiful temples, and the Grand Palace, to an unlimited amount of shopping and eating to satisfy any tastes.

 

 

Checklist:

  • Visit the Grand Palace
  • Visit the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
  • Explore these awesome shopping venues: CentralWorld, Terminal 21 and Asiatique (Asiatique is a beautiful open-air indie market next to the Chao Phraya River)
  • Enjoy a boat ride along the Chao Phraya River
  • Eat Tom Yum Gung (Spicy Sour Soup with Prawns)

 

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a great destination for kids. It’s a lot quieter than Bangkok, and is surrounded by beautiful mountains and valleys. It is located in the northern part of Thailand, with wonderful natural scenery and vibrant with Thai culture. It has a slow pace allowing you and your kids to enjoy the mountain views and relaxed atmosphere. You can enjoy shopping in the famous night bazaar that sells many traditional Thai handicrafts, clothes and souvenirs. Your kids will love the unique sights, sounds, and smells in this mystical city.

 

 

Checklist:

  • Visit the famous temple on top of Doi Suthep Mountain
  • Explore the many beautiful temples around the old town
  • Enjoy shopping in the Night Bazaar

 

Sukhothai

The Historical Park of Sukhothai is an ancient place that you and your kids will thoroughly enjoy exploring by bicycle. Try to go before noon when it is not too hot, as Thailand is a tropical country and the hottest time of day is usually between 12 and 3 pm. You can easily rent bicycles just outside the park’s entrance gates. This was the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam more than 700 years ago. Sukhothai is translated to mean “the dawn of happiness”.

 

Checklist:

  • Visit Sukhothai Historical Park, especially Wat Si Chum “The Temple of the Bodhi Tree”
  • Explore the historical park by bicycle (rent a bicycle just outside the park entrance)
  • Taste traditional Thai Noodle Soup (available at the many restaurants in the park)

 

Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi is a city with a mixture of history and national parks. The Bridge over the River Kwai was built during World War II by prisoner’s of war, it is the main attraction of the city. Furthermore, the national parks surrounding Kanchanaburi are great for short hikes to see the beautiful waterfalls and have a swim. The Giant tree which is over 100 years old will surely be exciting for your kids to witness, as it looks very much like the tree in the Lion King where Rafiki the wise monkey lived.

 

Checklist:

  • Visit the Bridge over the River Kwai
  • Explore the waterfalls at Erawan National Park
  • Go see the Giant Tree (which is over 100 years old)
  • Have fun at the Suan Saiyok Adventure Park

 

Phuket

Phuket is a fun-filled island in the southern part of Thailand. You can easily get there by taking a one hour flight from Bangkok. There is so much to do on the island! The beaches are a must, and you can even get a taste of history through the Chinese and Portuguese influences seen in old Phuket Town. There are also many attractions for kids like the Phuket Trickeye Museum and Splash Jungle Water Park.

 

Checklist:

  • See the Big Buddha
  • Visit Chalong Temple
  • Watch the sunset at Phrom Thep Cape
  • Enjoy the beach (recommended beaches: Nai Yang, Layan, Karon & Nai Harn)
  • Walk around old Phuket Town (Thalang Road)

 

Phang Nga

Phang Nga is a province just north of Phuket Island. It is most well known for its beautiful bay of limestone islands. It is most famous for James Bond Island, which is where the James Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun” was filmed back in 1974. Your kids will thoroughly enjoy Panyi Island as well, this is a fishing village in the middle of the bay. It’s highlight attractions are the fresh seafood available at the restaurants and the floating soccer field where the local kids play. Phang Nga is also home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world in Khao Sok National Park.

 

Checklist:

  • Visit Khao Sok National Park
  • Take a long tail boat tour of Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island
  • Walk around Ko Panyi Fishing Village and see the floating soccer field

 

Krabi

Krabi is a great place to explore with kids. It is just a 2-3 hour drive from Phuket Island (Phuket is connected to the mainland by a bridge). The beaches in Krabi are lined with limestone cliffs and mountains. Don’t forget to go snorkeling at the nearby islands because there is a good chance you will spot nemo the fish.

 

Checklist:

  • Visit Railey and Ao Nang beaches
  • Take a long tail boat to Poda and Chicken Islands
  • Go snorkeling and find Nemo!
  • Try a traditional southern Thai banana pancake.

 

If you enjoyed reading this article about Thailand, you and your kids may enjoy my illustrated book The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo: Thailand. It includes all the destinations mentioned in this article, with fun illustrations and post-it checklists. A great souvenir and travel guide to Thailand. You can purchase the book on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/vvbdesign

 



Guest Post Bio

Valerie Van Ballaer is a freelance graphic and web designer, illustrator and writer, traveler and marathon runner. She was born in Belgium and raised in Thailand. She has lived in Thailand for 20 years, and has also lived in Australia, Mexico, Italy and Hong Kong for extended periods of time, but still calls Thailand home. Valerie has a passion for travel and has recently published an illustrated travel book series called “The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo”, which can be enjoyed by both adults and kids. Currently, the editions about Italy and Thailand are for sale on my Etsy Shop.


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