Thailand is a beautiful family-friendly destination in Southeast Asia to visit with your family throughout the year. The country is rich in culture and history, offers stunning landscapes, and plenty of opportunities for adventure and relaxation. With so much to see and do, planning a family trip to Thailand can be overwhelming. However, with a bit of research and strategic advice, you can make your trip to Thailand with ease.
Here are some tips to help you plan a memorable family trip to Thailand:
1. Decide on the kind of travel experience you would like to have as a family.
Choose your travel style. Thailand has many incredible destinations offering different experiences, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui, which have direct flights from Singapore.
Do you just want to relax, shop and eat in a vibrant cosmopolitan city? Bangkok is a shopper’s paradise for tourists, offering countless options such as wholesale markets, night markets, weekend markets (like the famous Chatuchak market) and luxurious shopping malls. Foodies come to Bangkok for food tours, enjoying meals from a wide spectrum of eateries and cuisines – from heritage street food, cafes to modern bistros and Michelin restaurants. You can weave in a trip to the SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, Children’s Discovery Museum or Benjakitti Forest Park for the young ones. For a dose of Thai culture, visit the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) and take a cruise down Chao Phraya River.
Or maybe you prefer a beach holiday for the whole family – sunbathing, island hopping, snorkeling in clear pristine waters, away from the hustle of a big city? If so, you can consider Phuket, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Samui for their beautiful beaches, outdoor adventure activities (eg. ziplining, ATV etc.) and the abundance of family-friendly resort options.
For nature and animal lovers, Chiang Mai is where you can enjoy scenic beauty in the mountains such as Doi Inthanon National Park and visit elephant nature reserves.
If you would like a bit of everything without having to travel too much, consider a fly-and-drive itinerary via Bangkok to nearby provinces 3-hours’ drive or less away. For example, to Hua Hin or Pattaya for the beach after a short stay in Bangkok, or Khao Yai for trekking in Khao Yai National Park and to enjoy cool weather among lush green mountains. Safari World and Khao Kheow Open Zoo are also well-loved by kids and adults alike.
2. Plan your itinerary.
Once you have decided on the travel style, provinces you would like to visit and the duration of your trip, research online to compile a list of must-do activities, then plan your itinerary around them.
For example, if you plan to have a beach holiday in Koh Samui, you can find out more about the different beaches, activities and resort options available on the island. Beach-hopping by staying two nights each at Chaweng beach then Bo Phut beach will be a brilliant idea. You can then fit in a day trip to nearby islands – Koh Mad Sum, Koh Tan and Koh Rap, for some relaxing time on their pristine beaches, snorkeling and kayaking. Beachfront restaurants, fire shows and cafes on mountains with spectacular panoramic views will round off a perfect trip to Koh Samui you will never forget.
3. Book your flights, accommodation and other forms of transport that you may need.
Once you have decided on your itinerary, it is time to book your flights and accommodation. Flights to Thailand are generally affordable, especially if you book well in advance. As for accommodation, Thailand has a wide range of options for different experiences and to suit every budget, such as hotels, serviced apartments, farm stays and resort villas.
Getting around Bangkok is a breeze via Bangkok Skytrain (BTS), Bangkok Subway (MRT) and taxis. Ride-hailing applications such as Grab and Bolt are also legitimate options. The best ways to get to nearby tourist towns like Khao Yai, Hua Hin and Pattaya are either to rent a car and self-drive, or to hire a private vehicle with a driver.
Finally, consider purchasing travel insurance before your trip.
With our tips to planning a family trip to Thailand with ease, we hope you have been inspired to visit Thailand. For more recommendations on what to do around Thailand, visit https://tourismthailand.sg/ or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.