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The do's and don'ts of a family holiday in Thailand

Heading off on a whirlwind holiday to Thailand with the family? Here's a quick and easy list of do's and don'ts so your trip goes even better than you imagined when you first saw the travel brochure.

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Splash out. Splashing out in Thailand isn't the same as splashing out in Paris. Thailand is surprisingly affordable, from your hotel room to your dinner with cocktails. If you've ever wanted to treat yourself to a full spa day, a special tour or a shopping trip, Thailand is a place where all of that likely won't cost you anything near what you would pay at home.

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Wear shorts, skirts, or revealing clothes in the temples. Temples are one of the most beautiful, quintessential, cultural attractions in Thailand, but it's vital to remember that for the locals, it's more than just an attraction. The Thai people are extremely respectful in these areas (in all areas really!), and you should be, too. If in doubt, be sure to cover shoulders and chests, and aim to wear full-length skirts or pants whenever possible.

It's a tough one to remember, as many of us would wander in wearing our usual summer clothes, which can be a little too revealing for the occasion. Be sure to pack some light fabrics that cover you up for when you make a stop in these wonderful places.

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Double check all taxi drivers have the meter on as soon as you get in the car. Without it, they may overcharge you. It also pays to be clear about exactly where you want to go, and get your hotel or motel to book for you. While most companies are reputable, there are less scrupulous drivers out there who will drop you off at a different restaurant to what you asked for (there might be something in it for them), but having the meter running and the strength of your hotel behind you, you shouldn't have any problems at all.

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Push to do too much in a short time frame. There is so much to see and do in Thailand - after all, it's why so many travellers come back year after year. As much as you might want to tick off that massive Thailand to-do list, cramming it all in within a short space of time may leave you more exhausted than inspired, and it's supposed to be a holiday after all!

Plan some downtime in between all the adventures to ensure you don't burn out because you're too tired. Fortunately, Thailand has plenty of beaches and is known for its massages for just that reason!

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Put yourself out of your comfort zone. Many times when we travel, we go to places with a familiar way of life, culture, and even language. In Thailand, you could fully immerse yourself in a totally new way of living. While you're on holiday though, it's best to try a happy medium where you put yourself out of your comfort zone - but not so much that you're actually really uncomfortable.

Pick one aspect of Thai life and try that. For example, you could take a Thai language class, learn to haggle in the markets like the locals do, or order a meal even when you don't know what's in it. The feeling of stepping outside your bubble is a wonderful one, and this rule often provides some of the best memories of the trip!

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Disrespect the king or the royal family. It's practically expected to have a laugh at our Prime Minister's expense occasionally, but if you do the same thing in Thailand in regards to the country's leaders, you could land in hot water. It's technically illegal to disrespect them, and it could cause you (or a family member) in a lot of trouble if a police officer or other official overheard you.

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Get out of the cities. Bangkok, Chiang Mai and other cities around Thailand are endlessly fascinating, each brimming with energy and attractions that could fill multiple guide books. They do make it tough to leave the city to explore the countryside, but if you stick to the concrete jungles, you'll miss out on all the real jungles.

The Thai landscape offers countless beautiful scenes, from beaches to rice fields and rolling green hills. Whether it's on a tour with a company to show you around, or a self-drive tour or bus trip, make sure you see a little more of what this beautiful country has to offer.

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Forget to spend time as a family. As we've mentioned, there are so many things to see and do that everyone might want to run off and do their own things. A little forward-planning will help to keep you all together, doing things everyone enjoy, and snapping awesome photos for the family album along the way!