Learn More About Thailand
Thailand is a fantastic family destination with so many unique attractions: Wildlife & eco-adventures, superb beaches, great sightseeing and many family focused resorts.
The following would be just a few ideas and suggestions. Every holiday we offer can be tailor-made for you. Feel free contact us for more info or to plan your holiday. We would be delighted to talk through your ideas and bring them into reality.
Chic Location’s Family Travel Tips for Thailand
How to Travel
The travel time from London to Bangkok is 12 hours. From there you catch a connecting flight, either north to Chiang Mai (60 minutes) or south to one of the main beach resorts, such as Phuket or Samui (approx. 65 minutes).
Thai Airways and British Airways fly non stop to Bangkok. Additional options would be flying with Emirates from one of their many regional points in the UK to Dubai. From there you can either transit, or maybe stay a few nights, and then proceed directly to Phuket.
Where to Stay
There are so many options. Boutique style hotels, where the facilities might be introduced by nature rather than man! Resort hotels that have particularly good family facilities would be Outrigger Laguna Phuket, which includes Thai Kick boxing in the options for older children, plus it has as standard larger junior suite style rooms. Equally great options are Pullman Khao Lak, Santiburi in Koh Samui and the aforementioned Elephant Hills.
Where to Go
So many options, but we like the idea of a few nights in Bangkok with its waterways, family friendly markets and sights. You can then head north for a few nights in either Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai with its hill tribes & elephants. There are fun activities like zip-wiring across the jungle canopy, gentle treks and bicycle tours. Then you can head head south to enjoy one of the main beach resorts. The Phuket / Khao Lak / Krabi area would be suggested January through to May. The Samui region April through to October. For a real adventure we would particularly suggest Elephant Hills in the Koh Sok national park, close to Phuket and Krabi.
Of course Thai food dominates the scene, and this can easily be modified to suit European taste buds. Things like Pizza and pasta dishes will appear on most menu’s. Outside of the hotels, you have many fast food options with many familiar names. My own son is an incredibly picky eater, but loves Thailand for its many options.
What to Take and Expect
Thailand is wonderfully exotic and, in places, still totally unspoilt. In the big cities and resorts you have some of the very best hospitals found in the entire region, and many would put UK standards to shame. Even in the more remote areas you still have hospitals than are more than adequate for the minor holiday mishap. Several of the larger cities and resorts have supermarkets such as Tesco-Lotus, where you will find most of what you are used to in the UK. So, unless there are particular allergies or preferences, there is no need to take supplies from the UK.
Car seats are not the norm for road transfers, so we do need to specifically request and arrange them in advance for you if you are not bringing your own.
Health & Realities
No compulsory vaccinations are required for Thailand, but have a word with your own GP for individual guidance, as this can vary person to person.
Mosquitoes and sand flies do exists in most areas, this is a reality of the tropics, so a good spray or repellent would be suggested. If the flies happen to love your family, possibly avoid the beach at dawn or dusk. Insects also exists, but most children find them fascinating and are less concerned by a Gecko climbing a wall than their parents.
As you can see, Thailand is perfect for a family holiday. There are many festivals throughout the year which can be a particularly fun time, Songkran Festival being a great fun-filled (and wet) experience. And in a nice way, your child’s education can continue when term time ends.
Chic Locations are Travel Experts. Thailand is one of our most popular destinations, one which we know and love intimately. Please contact us to plan your next family trip. We are confident that we will pleasantly surprise you with what we have to offer.
Chic Location’s Family Travel Tips for Thailand
Hotels in Thailand
All price guides are Per Person Sharing Double Room (Entry level), based on travel between May and/or June when prices are generally at their lowest and include promotional offers.
Supplements will probably apply at other times, particularly mid summer in the Med, and for rooms and/or transfers arranged for single travellers.
For example Caribbean and Indian Ocean prices for winter can be approximately double the May - June level and about 50% more in Asia.
Please refer to Travel Advice on our home page or look at www.fco.gov.uk as the Foreign Office may have issued specific destination information on safety and terrorism.
All of the holidays arranged by Chic Locations are fully bonded for your financial protection, with our ABTA bond securing accommodation/land only holidays, and our ATOL licence (number 6389) protecting air inclusive holidays.