Off to a family trip in Thailand soon? Make sure to make the most of your holiday in one of Asia’s most famous holiday destinations. Thailand offers a great mix of memories to bring home: from culture and food to breathtaking views and well-deserved relaxation, especially during this school holiday.
If your itinerary isn’t fixed yet, worry not, as you won’t run out of things to do. You’ll have a grand time at any—or all—of these destinations.
Who doesn’t know Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, with its bustling city vibe? Bangkok is the country’s most famous city and for families who love going on vibrant city adventures, this is the place to be.
What to do
Visit temples housed within the city. Yes, it’s possible. Despite its skyscrapers and modern buildings, Bangkok is home to some of the most revered temples in Asia and the world. Be in awe of the grandiose of the Grand Palace, the home of the Thai King. Hop on to a ferry, which will cruise through the Chao Phraya River and visit a series of temples including Wat Arun and Wat Kalayanamit.
Go shopping. Bring home some amazing goodies (by the bulk, if you can!) from Thailand by visiting the Chatuchak Market, which houses thousands of stalls and offers products for a cheap price—or cheaper, if you know how to haggle!
Enjoy a food tour. Head to Yaowarat Street in Chinatown for the ultimate food tour. Here you will find both locals and tourists indulging in a feast of different cuisines, including Thailand’s most famous delicacies. Aside from the food, Yaowarat is also a great place for walking and shopping.
Where to stay
The best options for accommodation in Bangkok are in the riverside or the city centre. Staying in the riverside gives a more relaxing feel while being in the city centre allows you to conveniently explore more places. If your family chooses to stay in the riverside, check out Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, which offers family-friendly experience and a calming sanctuary after your busy day tours. For those looking to reside in the city centre, try Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square. It is just minutes away from Siam BTS sky train station, making it an easy option when it comes to transportation around the city.
Aside from its famous nightlife, Pattaya also offers kid-friendly activities perfect for your holiday. Not to mention the beaches you can explore!
What to do
Hang out at water parks. If there’s one thing kids couldn’t resist, it’s some water fun! Pattaya is home to the world’s first Cartoon Network Waterpark where children can splash all they want in its water slides and playground.
Visit a sheep farm. The Pattaya Sheep Farm is a must-visit for kids. Get up close and personal with these furry animals, ride a horse carriage, and fall in love with animals in general.
Go beach hopping. A Pattaya experience won’t be complete without some beach hopping. Check out neighboring islands, from the pristine Koh Khram and Koh Samet to picture-worthy Coral Island and Bamboo Island.
Where to stay
Following a major transformation, Amari Pattaya has fully reopened and families on vacation can take advantage of its exclusive offers. Experience the new Amari Suites where you can enjoy excellent benefits such as complimentary mini-bar being replenished daily, a special kids-eat-free promo, complimentary sundowner drinks daily, and valet parking when booking the Two or Three Bedroom Suites until 30 November. You can also avail of its Advance Purchase offer until 31 December. All you have to do is book seven days in advance and save up to 20% with the special web-exclusive rates.
Amari Pattaya boasts of an extensive outdoor free-form swimming pool with a slide and aqua park, a large garden and spacious lawns, a brand-new state-of-the-art pillar-free ballroom, and its signature Thai aromatic massage treatment exclusive to the hotel’s Breeze Spa for parents who want to unwind.
Yet another famous beach getaway destination is Phuket. Although it has gained quite a reputation of being a party island, it still remains a choice for family travellers.
What to do
Be tricked. Phuket Trickeye Museum will surely make you and your kids question reality. The first Trickeye 3D Museum of Southern Thailand, it aims to cultivate one’s imagination and creativity. Check out hundreds of 3D painting and take snaps that may look out of this world.
Experience the thrill of a wakepark. If Pattaya has interesting water parks to boast of, Phuket has Anthem Wakepark, the first clockwise cable wakeboarding park in Asia. Surrounded by lush greenery, the wakepark has pylon towers and carriers running along a 12-meter-high cable track.
Get closer to nature. Make your kids experience extreme jungle adventure at Jungle Xtreme Adventures, also known as Phuket Tree Adventure. Don’t worry as it has strict safety procedures so you can have fun while going through the challenges.
Where to stay
As a known tourist destination in Thailand, Phuket has a wide array of resorts to choose from. Award-winning luxury hotel Katathani is a beachfront hotel located along Kata Noi Bay, giving you one of the best views of the ocean. It offers top-of-the-line spa service for parents who want to have the most soothing vacation ever. For kids looking to enjoy the sun, sea, and sand, there’s easy access to the breathtaking Kata Noi beach too.