What to See & Do
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There is an abundance of activities and destinations for families visiting Thailand.We have chosen many activities below for you to choose from at these seven selected locations: Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Khao Yai National Park, Phuket, Kanchanaburi, and Ayuttaya.
These destinations are great starting points for your family to visit, as they either have major airports, or are accessible very easily from Bangkok, as is the case with Ayuttaya, Khao Yai, and Kanchanaburi.
A good idea is to discuss what type of holiday you want to take, and what type of activities and destinations you want to experience.If it is being outdoors and in nature, you might want to visit Khao Yai National Park or Kanchanaburi, close to the border with Myanmar yet only a few hours’ drive from Bangkok.Experience a bit more of the local culture by taking the morning train to Kanchanaburi – a very enjoyable ride indeed.
If it’s beaches you and your kids are after, please see all the activities below in Phuket and Pattaya.And if it’s culture and history, you should visit Ayuttaya, the ancient capital, perhaps on your way to Chiang Mai and the mountains in the north.
The following pages will introduce you to all these destinations, including the always exciting and fascinating capital city, Bangkok.Each of these destinations has now developed many family-friendly activities, hotels, and resorts, which offer many services you may want to take advantage of, including child care services.
A little research and planning will go a long way towards helping your family get the most out of your Thailand experience.
While the parents are marveling at the splendor and beauty of the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Dawn, and other magnificent sites around Thailand’s bustling capital, the kids may well be wondering how you’ll be getting to your next attraction: by boat, or tuk-tuk, or motorcycle, Skytrain, or subway.
Pattaya, a short two-hour drive from Bangkok, is a wonderful destination for family vacationers, as it has it all in one place.
Chiang Mai, Thailand’s “second city”, is many visitors’ second stop in Thailand after Bangkok, and many immediately fall in love with it.
One of the amazing things about Khao Yai National Park is its proximity to the great metropolis called Bangkok.
Phuket is a perfect complement to the northern mountains or the jungles of Khao Yai: it is the bright, sunny, yang to the dark, quiet yin of the forests.
Take the road less traveled – or the rail for that matter – and head a couple hours west of Bangkok to Kanchanaburi with your family for some excellent historical and natural sightseeing.
Visit what was once the world’s greatest city, Ayuttaya, located only 50 miles north of Bangkok.