It may not be the first place that springs to mind when it comes to picking a family holiday destination but rest assured, if you plan your trip well then Thailand can be the ideal place for young kids. Thai people love children and will be fascinated by your little one; in fact, you will find yourself striking up conversations with loads of people simply because you are travelling with a child. In major cities and tourist towns you will be able to find all of your baby and toddler essentials and heinz baby food is available in many larger supermarkets. The fresh fruit and vegetables are delicious however, make sure you use sealed bottled water only for your child and don’t let them drink the bathwater! Talk to your GP about vaccinations also. Malaria and dengue fever are prevalent in some parts of the country so check the NHS’s ‘Fit For Travel’ website before booking and remember not to let your child touch any animals no matter how cute they look as rabies is also present.
Thailand’s capital, Bangkok is a vibrant and exciting city filled with temples, shopping centres and a fantastic riverside area which has some great options for boat trips, saving you from using taxis and tuk tuks. Thailand’s second city in Chiang Mai in the North is a fantastic spot to take babies and toddlers. There are loads of child friendly hotels and restaurants and in the mountains outside Chiang Mai where you can find endless amounts of activities that younger children will enjoy.
One of Thailand’s biggest draws are its beaches. There are plenty of family friendly hotel options on the beach also but be aware that there can be outbreaks of malaria and dengue on the coast so precautions should be taken. Precautions should also be taken against sun burn and heat stroke/ exhaustion and dehydration throughout Thailand as the country is warm to hot all year round.
When to Go
November to March is the high season in Thailand and the best time to visit. Christmas and New Year’s is a busy time and according to the Lonely Planet, tourism increases by 50% at this time of year, especially on the beaches. If you are thinking of travelling to Thailand with a baby this is the best time of year to go as temperatures are more comfortable however you would need to book well in advance and be prepared for higher prices.
Low season is from July to October when the monsoons can cause heavy downpours and flooding. From March to May temperatures can get very hot and this is not a good time to travel there with a baby or a toddler. Northern Thailand is cooler all year round than the lower lying beach areas. It still gets extremely hot there from April to June and if you are bringing a baby during this time it is important to take extra precautions to guard against the heat. For average monthly temperature charts please click here.
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