When it comes to a family holiday that incorporates something for everyone, look no further than Thailand. With the perfect balance of relaxation, high adrenaline activity and adventure, as well as its globally renowned natural beauty and hospitable population, you’ll find everything you could possibly ever want from a family holiday in this East Asian paradise.
But with so much on offer for families in this beautiful country, it’s hard to know all of the finer details like when to go, what to do and where to stay – you’re going to want to get all of these things right if it’s going to be your ultimate family holiday! So we’ve outlined exactly those things for you below. Have a read and make this information a guide to the perfect family time in Thailand.
When to Go
Being a tropical location, Thailand experiences quite a different variety of weather and climate compared to what you’d be used to in places like Australia and New Zealand. The seasons can be easily divided by hot, cooler, and rainy. Likewise, you’ll find that the seasons determine the peak points of tourists visiting Thailand.
The dryer months (also when humidity is lower) are typically when there is a higher level of tourists in Thailand. This is usually between the months of January and March. As you’d expect, the prices for accommodation and activities during this time of year are going to be higher, and you’ll be competing with a lot of other family holiday makers. But that’s for good reason! It’s a truly beautiful time to be in Thailand and the kids won’t be complaining about how sticky the air is.
If you travel to Thailand during the less popular months of April through to October, you’ll find an awesome array of deals on accommodation as the crowds from earlier in the year depart. During these months, many of the hotels actually offer 2 for 1 stays! So for instance, if you wanted to stay for 8 nights, you may only end up having to pay for 4. Just bear in mind though that if you’re in Thailand during this period, you’ll experience rising humidity and some rain through April, and by August-October, you’ll be in the wet season with. It rarely rains for full days at a time, and storms mostly occur during the night time hours, however through the day you’ll experience very high humidity. But it’s not a bad trade off considering the deals you can get on accommodation!
What to Do
There is a ton of activities suited for the whole family in Thailand, and no matter where it is you’re going to be staying, you’re bound to find things that put smiles on everyone’s faces.
If you’re staying in a larger resort facility, Thailand has the perfect weather for you to spend some quality time just paddling around the pool with the younger ones. But with most of the hotels offering their own ‘kids’ clubs’, it’s also not a bad idea to leave the kids behind for a day and make your way down to the beach for a massage.
If leaving the kids behind for the day doesn’t seem like an appealing idea, there are plenty of unforgettable experiences suited to everyone. Why not try gliding over crystal clear waters in a kayak, going on an ATV trek along the beaches or ziplining through dense and beautiful jungles? If you’re looking for an experience that’s a little less physically demanding then there’s no better option than to get everyone onto a boat and cruise to one of Thailand’s smaller surrounding islands. Most of these places offer exceptional beaches and the opportunity to see some incredible underwater life while snorkeling.
We also understand that some families are looking for a more sedate holiday in Thailand, so for that reason, Krabi could be the ideal destination for you. It’s got all you could want by way of accommodation and activities, but at the same time has a relatively untouched vibe, meaning you’ll want to spend most of your time simply soaking up the sun amongst the natural beauty. Phuket and Koh Samui also have their own aspects of untouched beauty, but with Krabi you won’t find any traffic jams, shopping malls or high rise buildings, so it’s a real experience of Thailand without the commercialisation.
Where to Stay
Most of the accommodation options in Thailand offer family rooms which are designed for the likes of holiday-makers like you who are travelling with kids. You’ll find the options to have inter-connecting rooms and in some cases, completely separate areas within the same rooms for kids to sleep in – giving you the ability to have some time completely stress and child-free once they’ve gone to bed!
There are dozens of hotels around Thailand which are perfectly suited to families, but some of the more popular ones include Centara Karon Resort & Spa, Sunwing Resort Kamala, Phuket Graceland, Kata Beach Resort & Spa and Katathani Resort & Spa in Phuket. You’ll also find the Holiday Inn Resort in Krabi makes an art of catering to family needs, and the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Spa in Koh Samui specialises in providing amazing accommodation experiences for all ages.
Another bonus is that most of the hotels around Thailand offer kids’ clubs where you can drop the kids off for a day to enjoy activities and entertainment. These are usually included in the price of your accommodation, and with hotel staff being seasoned professionals with handling children, you can leave them with peace of mind to spend the day getting a massage, shopping or enjoying a quiet drink with your significant other!
The kids’ clubs usually cater to children between the ages of 4 – 12 years old, though some of the resorts also offer ‘Teen Zones’ for those who are a little too old for the usual activities. But rest assured, if your children are younger than these ages, and you want a few hours break from them, hotels will be able provide you with reliable nanny services at very reasonable prices – usually just AU$10 per hour per child!