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
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
Hill Tribe Trekking in Thailand. Stay in tranquil eco-lodges built in traditional village style.
Private Trek Classic 2 days
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
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 $654 pp plus flights
'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.
Families from $654 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).
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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We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019
We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.
Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019