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Thailand with kids: Essential Travel Info

All the essential travel information you need for visiting Thailand with kids.

When To Go
Peak season: November to February.
Rainy season: July to October.
We visited in March and indeed, while our time in Northern Thailand was lovely, by the time we got to the beaches it was too wet and windy to go scuba-diving.

How To Get There
Bangkok is a major transport hub for South-East Asia. If your time in Thailand is limited you may want to consider internal flights to Chiang Mai, Krabi or Phuket rather than the cheap, ubiquitous but unfortunately scam-heavy bus and train transport.
We arrived by train from Penang, Malaysia and traveled around Thailand mostly by bus.

Costs
My overall rating of Thailand is very budget-friendly depending, of course, on your choices.
Accommodation: In Thailand there’s plenty of choice for families for everything from budget-friendly hostels to all-inclusive luxury resorts. We stayed in hostels and guesthouses all of which had multi-person rooms perfect for a family of four. Self-catering was not common.
Food: Street food is cheap, plentiful and safe to eat. You’ll also find western chains (e.g. McDonalds) and gourmet restaurants in main tourist centers like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket.
Transport: Bus travel is super-cheap but takes time and you might find yourself on an over-packed backpacker bus. The trains are quite pleasant but air-conditioning may not always operate as advertised. If you’re traveling with small children, I recommend internal flights and private shuttles.
Entertainment: From elephant-riding to cooking schools, we found Thailand fantastic value for one-of-a-kind vacation experiences.

For Families
I didn’t spot high chairs or changing tables especially not at the street restaurants and bus and train stations where we spent most of our time in Thailand.
If you’re not going to be in a tourist area, leave your stroller at home, a backpack carrier is a better choice. Thai tuk-tuks do not have car seats or seat-belts.
Baby products such as diapers (nappies), formula, baby food and the like are widely available in major towns and cities.
Thailand may not have as many green spaces or playgrounds as your typical European or American city, but they have temples full of friendly monks and wonderful beaches.

Recommended guidebook: Lonely Planet Thailand

Our Experiences in Thailand with Children

Click on a marker on the map above to see the post from that place. Or, click here to see a list of all the posts I wrote about our time in Thailand with kids.

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