Thailand with Kids: Family Destination GuideEverything you need to know about travelling to Thailand with your family
Thailand With Kids: Table of Contents
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Thailand: Why You’ll Love It
- One of the world’s most popular holiday destinations.
- Spectacular mountains, lush forests and 3,000 miles of tropical, palm-peppered coastline. Jungle-topped islands and sugar-coated beaches, dynamic cities and traditional villages, colourful temples and lively markets.
- Choose to stay in a tourist hotspot or head off the beaten track instead.
- Travelling in Thailand is easy owing to good transport infrastructure linking all four corners of the kingdom.
- There’s also plenty of accommodation to choose from whether you want an all singing and dancing family resort or a simple beachfront cabana.
- Great weather, friendly people and excellent food to the mix and you’ll find yourself an unforgettable family adventure.
Thailand: Why The Kids Will Love It
- Kids will never get bored in Thailand, there’s simply too much for them to see and do!
- Easy family holiday destination whether you’re looking for a beach escape or a Spy Kids type of adventure.
- For sun and sand head to one of the many hundreds of islands. The islands of Koh Samui and Phuket are popular family spots but if you’re looking for something a little quieter, head to Koh Lanta Yai for snorkelling trips and elephant rides minus the jet-skis and noisy bars.
- In Northern Thailand kids can spend a day looking after elephants, hike through National Parks and bathe in mountain streams.
- Elsewhere enjoy boat rides and canoe trips, waterfalls and private islands and much, much more.
Thailand with Kids: When to Go
The best time to visit most of Thailand is between November and February, when it’s not too hot or rainy. This is also when Thailand’s major festivals occur. Thailand’s peak tourist season runs from November to late March; July and August are also popular.
Central Thailand & the East: Summer in this region starts around March and lasts until around November. Temperatures during this time can reach 45C. The rainy season kicks in towards the end of May.
Northern Thailand & the Northeast: The weather in this region is not dissimilar to that in the central and eastern regions although the winters are significantly cooler with temperatures dropping as low as 0C.
Southern Thailand: This corner of the kingdom experiences two main seasons, summer and the rainy season. Visiting areas to the west of the peninsula (e.g. Phuket, Krabi) is best done between November and April to avoid the monsoons and areas east of the peninsula (Koh Samui, Hat Yai) are best visited between May and October.
Don’t discount the rainy season completely however (roughly July – October). Visit during this time and you’ll experience cooler temperatures, fewer tourists and discounted hotel rates. Depending on the region and the month, the rains might be hour-long downpours in the afternoon. October is generally considered to be the wettest month.
Thailand with Kids: FAQ
Time: GMT + 7
Language: Thai is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout the country.
Voltage: 220-240V, 50 Hertz.
Visas: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (www.mfa.go.th) oversees immigration and visas issues. Check the website or the nearest Thai embassy or consulate for application procedures and costs. Most EU & US citizens are not required to obtain visas prior to arrival for a stay of up to 1 month and will receive a 30-day visa free of charge upon arrival at any international airport in Thailand. (Note if arriving by land crossing the visa is for 15 days only.) Regulations may change for nationals of some of the newer EU member states so please check with your embassy. For stays of over a month, a 60-day visa can be obtained from any Thai consulate. United Kingdom citizens may obtain a visa on arrival (valid for 30 days, without charge). For more information on visa requirements visit www.thaiembassyuk.org.uk
Health & Vaccinations: No vaccinations are required for entry into Thailand. Immunisations for tetanus, polio, rabies, typhoid, tuberculosis, Japanese encephalitis and hepatitis are recommended but not essential. Country specific information and advice is published by nathnac.org. Bring any medication with you in its original, labelled container. A signed prescription note from your doctor is useful to have. Pharmacies are wide spread and stock the basic essentials. Private medical care is available in most major cities whereas facilities in remote areas can be very limited.
Getting There: International airports include Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), Phuket (HKT), Ko Samui (USM) and Chiang Mai (CNX).
Money: The Thai currency is the baht. Notes are in denominations of 1000, 500, 100, 50 and 20 baht. Coins are in denominations of Baht and satangs. Automatic cash dispensers are widespread, especially in the major cities.
Safety: Please consult your own government’s travel advisory for safety advice such as fco.gov.uk