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Sunset on Koh Chang | © Pietro Motta/Flickr
Sunset on Koh Chang | © Pietro Motta/Flickr
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The Best Family-Friendly Destinations in Thailand

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Updated: 20 December 2017
Children are celebrated and doted on in the Land of Smiles making it a great place for a family holiday. Besides the Thai’s natural love for kids, Thailand’s affordability, weather and array of activities make it a hot family-getaway destination. Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best family-friendly places to visit in Thailand.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, Thailand’s mountainous cultural hub is a fantastic place to travel with the whole family. Chiang Mai has a calm and relaxed atmosphere and is small enough to easily gain your orientation. Chiang Mai offers a host of fun and exciting activities for all ages, including engaging museums, a great zoo, local markets, cooking schools, and much more! Chiang Mai’s surrounding countryside offers trekking, rafting, zip lining, elephant sanctuaries and the opportunity to visit remote hill tribe communities.

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Kids playing at Chiang Mai Zoo | © Michael Coghlan/Flickr

Pai

For those looking for an alternative option, look no further than Pai. Pai not only is a great place for a family holiday it also has a great resident community of local Thai and expat families. Pai has a circus training school, jungle trekking, rafting and plenty of healthy places to eat. Pai is best reached by renting a car in Chiang Mai and driving. Chiang Dao is a great place to stop en route to explore the caves and stunning temple.

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Beautiful Pai | © Patty Ho/Flickr

Bangkok

Bangkok is a bustling hub of exciting and fun things to explore. The city has a huge number of family-friendly activities from theme parks, snake farms and museums to indoor playgrounds for the little ones. Sometimes the best travel memories are created by small activities, for example, trying new foods, exploring local markets or simply playing in one of Bangkok’s many green parks.

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Magical Bangkok | © Mike Behnken/Flickr

Krabi

The beach lovers destination of Krabi is the perfect place to relax on a family-friendly holiday in Thailand. Not only are there some of the country’s best beaches in Krabi, it is also a fantastic place to pick up a snorkel and mask and become acquainted with Thailand’s beautiful underwater world. In the surrounding area, there is also plenty of options for fun day trips to national parks, waterfalls, elephant sanctuaries or, for the older kids, a chance to try rock climbing on some of the world’s best climbing spots.

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Beautiful Krabi | © Nicolas Vollmer/Flickr

Phuket

Phuket is one of Thailand’s most popular destinations. Phuket has it all from gorgeous beaches and a fascinating old town to aquariums and horseback riding. Many of the island’s resorts offer kids clubs and babysitting services enabling mum and dad to get a well-earned break too. Phuket is easily reached from most parts of Thailand and has direct flights from many other countries making getting there hassle-free.

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A family releases a lantern in Phuket | © Jason Thompson/Flickr

Koh Chang

For a more local laid-back beach option head to Koh Chang. Koh Chang is a popular destination for backpackers and families alike. Koh Chang has every accommodation option available from cheap bungalows on the beach to boutique dream-like resorts. Koh Chang offers simple genuine family fun including swimming, snorkelling, building sandcastles and exploring waterfalls.

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Sunset on Koh Chang | © Pietro Motta/Flickr

Koh Samui

Koh Samui has long been one of Thailand’s favourite family holiday destinations. Not only is Koh Samui easy to get to, it also has everything one would want and more packed onto the island. If you prefer to be in the thick of it head to Chaweng beach or for a quieter beach getaway base yourself in Mae Nam. Many resorts have kids’ programs on offer and there are plenty of family-friendly activities to choose from. For something, a little different take your tribe to make new furry friends by volunteering at the animal rescue centre for the day.

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Lamai Beach, Koh Samui | © irumge/Flickr