Thailand is the perfect destination for families wanting to combine reasonably priced tropical beach bliss with a buzzing cultural and food experience.
Relatively cheap for a tropical long haul destinations Thailand offers more than just a beach holiday and it is still possible to avoid the crowds of backpackers and beach-floppers if you now where to go and where to stay.
The key in designing a family holiday in Thailand is not to do too much and nor too little. Try to fit to many temples and night markets in and you'll have serious trouble dragging the kids away from the cooling hotel pool. Likewise, although it can be tempting to spend two weeks on a Thai Island, at least someone in the family is likely to go stir crazy at the lack of variety.
We think three centres works best for families; combine a buzzing City with its temples and night markets, adventure in peaceful hill country and relaxation on a tropical beach. It is also worth bearing in mind that the excellent low-cost flights make it super simple to combine Thailand with glorious IndoChinese gems such as Loas's Luang Prabang and the incredible temples of Angkor Wat.
Whilst you can do Thailand on a shoe string if you are willing to put up with basic traveller accommodation, we think it is best to ensure you don't hit any duds and invest in some of the superb boutique accommodation on offer especially given you have the kids in tow. And, of course, don't forget leave enough time to grab a massage and sink a Beer Chiang whilst swinging on a hammock, this is Thailand after all.
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A perfectly balanced 2 week family holiday in Thailand including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, a stunning rural village lodge, guided rafting and biking and then a week's beach time on Koh Samui.
Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks
Relaxing Thailand, with three nights in Bangkok, 3 day elephant and jungle package in Khao Sok National park and a week on stunning Thai Beaches.
Tailor-made Classic 1 - 1 hour
The best of South East Asia, with three nights in gorgeous Luang Prabang (Laos), the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and a trully idyllic Thai Island beach.
Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks
16 day family holiday exploring Vietnam’s vibrant cities, rural landscapes, and idyllic beaches including cycling, sailing, and a tropical island.
Tailor-made Classic 16 days
Take a two-day cruise on Thailand’s River of Kings from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. Stopoffs at Wat Kai Tia and Bang-Pa-In Summer palace.
Small Group Luxury 2 days
Trek through old-growth rainforest, canoe along mangrove waterways & experience elephants up close in Southern Thailand on one of our Khao Sok National Park tours.
Small Group Luxury 3 days
Adults from $598 pp plus flights
'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.
Families from $598 pp plus flights
'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).
Hill Tribe Trekking in Thailand. Stay in tranquil eco-lodges built in traditional village style.
Private Trek Classic 2 days
Take a four-day tour around Thailand’s stunning Southern islands. Cruise from Phuket and see Phang Nga Bay, Krabi, and the Phi Phi Islands onboard a luxury schooner.
Small Group Luxury 4 days
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Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.
Laura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018
We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!
Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:
Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.
I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.
The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.
The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.
We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.
The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.
The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.
Gwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018
The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!
William Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018