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Thailand for Kids

Thailand for Kids

Phuket Playground

Darbie

Darby and Brydie Carmichael - 6 & 5

Darby, Brydie and their parents had fun in the Phuket sun on their Thailand holiday.

Stay and Play:

We stayed at the Laguna Beach Resort on Bang Tao Beach, in the Laguna Phuket destination resort. We liked the great kids club where there were different things to do every day. We also liked the swimming pool and waterslide and playing with the baby elephant each day. We went on a speedboat to some islands and when we got there went snorkelling to see all the fish and corals and Brydie loved getting her hair plaited, having her toenails cut and polished and looking at the Thai shops.

A taste of Thailand:

We went to a restaurant that was on the beach and the food was great. The fat noodles, dumplings and prawns were the best.

Friendly faces:

The Thai people were nice and friendly. We met lots of children from all over the world and made friends with two Thai girls called Chung and A-Ann and two Thai boys called John and Spicy. We learnt how to say “sa-wàt dee krab” which means hello in Thai.

Best Bit:

All of it – But seeing the baby elephant everyday and swimming in the pool and the beach at the hotel was the very best.

Darby and Brydie’s Top Tip:

Get close to the elephants.

Phuket Elephants

Thai Smiles

Grace Mankey  - 9

Grace and her parents enjoyed a colourful Thai adventure exploring Bangkok and Phuket.

Stay and Play:

We stayed at the JW Marriott and Movenpick in Phuket and the Novotel in Bangkok. The pool and slide at both resorts in Phuket and the beautiful reflection “lake” at the JW Marriott were the best and an elephant went surfing in the beach at our resort. We went on an elephant ride at an elephant park and also saw the elephants paint with their trunks - one even gave me a kiss. The shopping was great fun at the local markets and my Dad was really good at bargaining.

A taste of Thailand:

I really enjoyed eating the food at my friend Mig’s house in Bangkok. The food was delicious and prepared especially for us. My favourite was chicken satay and rice.

Friendly faces:

The Thai people are very friendly and very kind. I got to meet lots of kids and learned to speak some Thai words including kob kun (thank you) and learnt about their custom of making “wai” – Thai greeting behaviour.

Best Bit:

Catching up with one of my best friends Mig and visiting the Similan Islands by speedboat. The water was the most beautiful colour, it was really warm and it was great fun snorkelling.

Grace’s top tip:

I think everyone should go on an elephant safari, to the local markets and go to one of the temples and see the huge gold Buddhas.

Island Adventurer

Finlay West  - 3

Finlay, his mum and his diver dad enjoyed an exotic beach break on the unspoilt island of Koh Tao on Thailand’s East Coast.

Stay and Play:

Koh Tao is an unspoiled diving island with no big resorts and lots of local food, stores and people and it had lots and lots of sand where I dug holes.  We stayed at Seashells right on Sairee Beach, Koh Tao and at the Playskool childcare centre nearby, I sang songs, did arts and crafts and had fun in the playground. Mostly I played in Seashells swimming pool and on the beach with the local kids and snorkelled and swam with mummy and daddy.

A taste of Thailand:

I liked “Nit’s place” – the friendly family who owned it played with me and mummy and daddy thought the food was fantastic and cheap. My favourite was fried rice with soy sauce. We saw men cutting coconuts from the tree which I drank with a straw.

Friendly faces:

I made friends with local boys Minh, and Muum.  We played on the beach every day (after the boys finished school at 3pm). We pushed all the toy boats in the water that we bought at the toy shop.

Best Bit:

I liked wearing a mask and snorkel and being with mummy and daddy in the water. I also liked helping daddy put his tanks on the boat when he went diving and playing with the boys on the beach.

Fin’s top tip:

Eat the local food and play with the local kids and go to the beach.

Island Adventurer

Perfect Phuket

Morgan & Jack Bazzard – 8 & 5

Morgan, Jack and their mum and dad enjoyed plenty of fun in the Thai sun.

Stay and Play:

We stayed at the Sheraton Grande Laguna Resort in Phuket. They had three swimming pools which we liked to swim in every day. They had a kids club and lots of other activities too like being able to feed, and sometimes ride, the elephants Lily and Lucky at the resort. The resort is on the beachfront and we liked riding a horse on the beach with mummy and daddy.

A taste of Thailand:

At our resort I liked the big, yummy, all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast at Bird of Paradise and lunch and dinner at Lotus where they have big fish tanks. The salt and pepper squid and satay were our favourites.

Friendly faces:

The local people were always friendly and helpful and I made new friends at the resort. We learned to say hello and thanks in Thai.

Best Bit:

I loved the Phuket FantaSea Show, where all the elephants stand on each other and the trapeze people glow in the dark up in the air. I liked having my hair braided and Jack loved swimming every day.

Morgan and Jack’s top tips:

Every kid who visits Thailand should ride on an elephant and watch the sun set from the beach.

Culture vultures

Hannah Paterson  - 9

Hannah and her mum and stepdad enjoyed a taste of the local culture and cuisine of Northern Thailand.

Stay and Play:

We stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai, it’s really big and really pretty like an old style Thai palace and they have loads of things to do. The kids club is great and I learned to write my name in Thai and rode a buffalo in the rice paddy. I got to do kids yoga and there was a library with books and movies we could borrow. There were two pools which was good because it was really hot and I spent a lot of time swimming and playing with the other kids staying at the resort. The hotel even had its own art and craft village which was fun.

A taste of Thailand:

I really like Thai food and especially liked the barbecue pork and sticky rice at the Chiang Mai Gate Market. The most fun meal was the one I made at a cooking class where I learned to make pad thai and curry and got to eat it when I finished.

Friendly faces:

The people at the hotel were really nice to all the kids. I especially liked the man who looked after the buffalo and the craft ladies. I made lots of new friends around the pool and learned to speak some Thai words.

Best Bit:

There were so many great things. We visited lots of temples, an elephant camp and a hill tribe village. Plus there were loads of shops in town with great things to buy and I loved getting my nails painted and a facial with my mum.

Hannah’s top tip:

Thai street food is really yummy and an elephant ride through the water at the elephant camp is awesome.

Fast Facts

When To Go

Thailand is generally hot and humid, particularly between March and May. November to February is cooler and dry.

Getting There

Thai Airways fly daily to Bangkok

www.thaiair.com

Money

The currency is the Thai Bhat (THB). At the time of writing, AU$1 buys you THB32.25

Visas

Australians don’t require a visa for stays shorter than 30 days.

More Information

www.thailand.net.au

To help plan your perfect holiday, call Harvey World Travel on 132 757 or visit www.harveyworld.com.au

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