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Top 7 Destinations in Thailand for a Family Trip

Thailand is an ideal destination for a family trip. Its scenic islands, beautiful beaches, intriguing history, and incredible food will ensure both children and adults enjoy their time in the “Land of Smiles.”

Here are the top 7 destinations in Thailand, ideal for a family trip. Read on for some inspiration.

1. Bangkok

the grand palace,bangkok

As the capital city, Bangkok tops the list of destinations for a family trip to Thailand. You can also learn more about the country and its Buddhist culture in Bangkok.

Bangkok has many renowned Buddhist temples that are worth a visit. Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha), and Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) are considered national treasures.

The iconic Grand Palace is a great place to learn about Thailand’s history and culture. The building brings together the essence of Thai architecture, painting, sculpture, and decoration. It is the best-preserved and largest palace with the most ethnic characteristics in Thailand.

Exploring Bangkok’s special markets will also be an enjoyable activity for kids and adults.  

Do visit Thailand’s most popular floating market, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Vendors can be seen rowing long-tail boats along the narrow canals to sell all kinds of food.

The other special market in Bangkok is Maeklong Railway Market. It is a traditional Thai market occupying a part of a train line. Watching a train pass through the active market several times a day is a unique experience!

2. Chiang Mai

yee peng festival and sky lanterns in chiang maiYee Peng Festival in Chiang Mai

If you are looking forward to spending quality time with your children, then head to Chiang Mai. Located in northern Thailand, it is a city that is all about relaxing and being one with nature.

One of the highlights of the tour is interacting with elephants in the jungle. Chiang Mai has three friendly and ethical elephant sanctuaries, where you can join the day volunteer program with your kids.

In the program, you and your kids will gain a special understanding of elephants’ daily lives and behaviors. As part of the program, you can make herbal medicine balls, feed the elephants, walk them to the river, and brush and bathe them. It will be an unforgettable experience for your family.

Making floating lanterns and releasing them into the sky is another unmissable experience. It is a part of the traditional celebration of the Loy Krathong festival. Thai people make their own lanterns and release them during that festival.

3. Kanchanaburi

kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi lies in West Thailand. It is considered the most beautiful province in Thailand. Most of its areas are plateaus, especially in the north, with rolling hills, dense forests, rivers, waterfalls, and national parks.

One of the main attractions in Kanchanaburi is the Thai–Burma Railway, also called the Death Railway. The Death Railway was built by Japan to link Bangkok and Rangoon for the occupation of Burma during World War II.

The Death Railway got its name because a large number of laborers died during the construction of the railway line. Hop into the train and enjoy a scenic ride over the Kwai Noi River, on the original wooden viaduct, and other attractions.

There are many national parks in Kanchanaburi. A visit to the Erawan National Park is a must, especially for families with children. You can enjoy some gentle trekking in the forest, splash around in the water, and relax while spotting some wild monkeys.

4. Ayutthaya

ayutthaya historical park

The historic city of Ayutthaya is located in central Thailand. It used to be the capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom and was once one of the largest cities in the world, having a prosperous history for over hundreds of years, Now, in the Ayutthaya Historical Park, you will see the ruins of temples and palaces from those ancient times.

Ayutthaya is a World Heritage Site. Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Si Sanphet are the two important attractions inside the park. A Buddha head among the tree roots at Wat Mahathat is also a big draw.

5. Koh Samui

koh samui

Don’t forget to plan for some happy beach time when planning your family trip to Thailand. Thailand is bounded on the southeast by the Gulf of Thailand and on the southwest by the Andaman Sea, which are speckled with numerous islands.

Koh Samui is one of the main islands in the Gulf of Thailand. It is usually preferred by families who want a quiet and relaxing holiday. Instead of focusing on entertainment and nightlife, Koh Samui advocates a pristine, natural, relaxing, and harmonious beach life.

Unlike Phuket, Koh Samui’s rainy season is reversed. July to September is the best time to visit Koh Samui. January to March is also a good time to visit the island.

6. Phuket

phuket

Facing the Andaman Sea, Phuket is one of the largest islands in Thailand. It is more suitable for a family with young kids. Unlike Koh Samui, Phuket is vibrant and has a bustling nightlife.

Phuket is where all the fun is! There are plenty of activities for both adults and kids. Enjoy a variety of watersports, watch cultural shows, go island hopping, visit the Phuket Aquarium, or tour across the city on bikes.

Phuket receives rain from July to September, so the best time to visit is from October to March.

If you have trouble choosing between Phuket and Koh Samui, you can read Phuket vs Koh Samui: Which Is a Better Vacation Destination.

Alternatively, you can use our Create My Trip service to tell us your requirements and interests, and our travel experts will reach out to you with suggestions.

7. Khao Yai

khao yai national park in thailand

If your family loves nature trails, add Khao Yai to the trip. Khao Yai National Park is Thailand’s first national park and a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.

Covering an area of 2,168 sq km (837 sq mi), Khao Yai has an idyllic landscape and fresh air. It has a wildlife reserve with more than 3,000 species of plants, 300 species of birds, and more than 60 species of mammals.

Take a safari to explore the wilderness, visit a viewpoint, or simply enjoy stunning views of Haew Suwat Waterfall.

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