Although Thailand is not known for its child-centered attractions, there are many activities to attract families with young children both on the beach and away from the coast. Thai people are also very welcoming to young children. So traveling with children to Thailand is not a problem at all.
The two most popular beach resorts in Thailand which are classified as suitable for families are the islands of Koh Samui and Ko Lanta. Both islands have a lot to offer for families with children. Mid-range and high-end budget accommodations are available on the beach. There are also many outdoor restaurants on the beach where you can dine while your kids can play in the sand under your eyes. There are also many day trip activities that you can take from horse riding to elephants to snorkeling.
Phuket Island is also another favorite family destination. However, beach accommodations are considered premium. Alternatively, there are also many other lesser known beach resorts that your older children can enjoy. Activities include kayaking, rock climbing and also the numerous dive centers that would teach SCUBA courses for PADI children. For eight years, they can enroll in the Bubblemaker program. Discover SCUBA diving day is for anyone over 10 years old. Thailand is blessed with many national parks and their waterfalls and caves are good day trips with river rafting and elephant rides.
The capital of Thailand, Bangkok and Pattaya, also has many family-friendly theme parks. If you are in Thailand in January, your kids can enjoy the entertainment and free activities organized across the country on the National Children's Day also known as Wan Dek. This is held on the second Saturday of January and children will have free access to the zoos and free rides on public transport.
Here are some things you should note for parents. Many of the more expensive hotels will allow one or two under the age of 12 to share their parents' room for free if an extra bed is not required. However, it is possible to squeeze two adults and two children into a double room in most budget or mid-range hotels. Many hotels also offer babysitting services.
Most museums or transport companies do not offer any reduction in prices for children. According to the State Railway, a child between 3 and 12 years of age can benefit from the half price only if less than 150 cm in height. For domestic flights, most airlines charge 10% of the full fare for children under the age of two and 50% for children under the age of 12.
You will be able to easily buy disposable diapers from most convenience stores, pharmacies and supermarkets in major locations and cities. For your convenience, consider bringing a changing table for your baby as there are few public toilets in Thailand. You will be able to find many international brands of milk powder in Thailand.
You should also bring along or buy a mosquito net and awning. You should also consider packing along a bottle of a preferred spread for the toast just in case. Be careful with unwashed fruit and salads and other dishes that have been left uncovered for a long time.
Dogs can be a nuisance in Thailand. There are cases of anger. So you should keep your kids away from animals like dogs or monkeys. If necessary, take a fit of anger before traveling.