Although not as set-up with facilities for small children as other destinations (bringing a good supply of nappies etc. when travelling around is advisable), the adoration shown to children by everyone you meet makes family holidays in Thailand warm and welcoming.
Children will love interacting with the famous Thai elephants and Anatara Elephant Camp and Resort is a fantastic place to see rescued elephants being cared for. The on-site luxury hotels have excellent facilities and the kids can get involved with feeding and bathing the elephants as well as learning about conservation. Older children enjoy combining caring for elephants in their natural surroundings with kayaking, trekking and the excitement of camping in the jungle at Elephant Hills tented camp in Khao Sok national park.
Bangkok has lots to offer in terms of family-friendly restaurants, indoor play centres and easy public transport, and is a great city for tech-happy teenagers, but if the hubbub of the capital is a bit much for the little ones, then Chang Mai offers a less hectic experience. There are many fascinating temples, a bustling market and fabulously fun tuk-tuk rides across the city. Chang Mai is also a convenient base for trekking, kayaking and cycling into the jungle, which will keep active kids happy, and you can experience traditional rural family life at nearby Khum Lanna lodge.
Paradise-island wise, Phuket combines incredible beaches with excellent activities for families, such as wakeboarding and visiting a butterfly farm, but for pure child-friendly relaxing bliss, the super-deluxe Soneva Kiri hotel on Koh Kood island is hard to beat. As well as sublime facilities for adults and older children, including the never-ending chocolate and ice-cream rooms to indulge your inner child, the Soneva Kiri includes the awesome Den – a giant bamboo playground exclusively for kids!
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