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11 Exciting Tips for Family Holiday in Thailand

Here we round up eleven tantalizing tips to making the most of your family time in Thailand. Plan a holiday with your family and make it an extraordinary one since Thailand is home to an amazing array of holiday experiences. 

Khao Sok National Park in Surat Thani Image: Tourist Authority of Thailand

1. Over 100 spectacular national parks and marine national parks in Thailand

Beautiful beaches, sensational food and incredible shopping opportunities abound in Thailand but there are also over 100 spectacular national parks and marine national parks, scattered all over the country, waiting to be explored, including Khao Yai National Park, one of Asia’s largest forests and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. Home to the famous ‘James Bond Island’

Phang-Nga Bay Marine National Park in Phang-Nga is home to the famous ‘James Bond Island’, so-called for its iconic appearances in the films, ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ and ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’.

3. Vana Nava Hua Hin waterpark

Vana Nava Hua Hin waterpark is Asia’s first water jungle, with over 200,000 living species from across Thailand! And, of course, there are water rides and slides galore providing hours of fun, plus a ropes course, climbing wall and Chang Surf Zone.

Vana Nava Waterpark in Hua Hin CREDIT Tourism Authority of Thailand
Vana Nava Waterpark in Hua Hin Image: Tourism Authority of Thailand

4. Bangkok’s Chatuchak weekend market

Bangkok’s Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the largest outdoor markets in the world, with over 15,000 individual stalls spread across 14ha!

5. Thailand’s fabulous floating markets

Take in the fascinating experience of one of Thailand’s fabulous Floating Markets – Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi, Amphawa Floating Market in Samut Songkhram are the most famous – and you’ll find floating markets in Bangkok, Pattaya and Hua Hin too.

6. The Temple of the reclining buddha, Wat Pho

The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho, is an awesome Bangkok highlight. The famous, and much-revered, Buddha is 46 meters long, 15 meters high and covered in gold leaf!

Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho CREDIT Tourism Authority of Thailand
Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho Image: Tourism Authority of Thailand

7. Buddhist temples

There are over 30,000 Buddhist temples in Thailand, called wat.

8. Chao Phraya river

Chao Phraya River flows through Bangkok and is a wonderful way to see the city and all its sights – from the water! River ferries operate on fixed routes up, down and across the river. Stop at Wat Arun, a spectacular Buddhist temple, and one of Thailand’s most famous landmarks on the riverside.

9. Cultural attractions and temples

Visit Bangkok’s fabulous cultural attractions and temples, including Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace – which is a great family attraction because of its beautiful architecture and intricate details. 

The Royal Grand Palace CREDIT Tourism Authority of Thailand
The Royal Grand Palace Image: Tourism Authority of Thailand

10. Ziplining adventure in Phuket

Phuket isn’t just a place of sea features yet of numerous jungle experiences. The tour to ‘Zipline Adventure’ is perhaps the most interesting daring activity. Enjoy a ziplining adventure at Flying Hanuman in Phuket, Flight of the Gibbon in Chiang Mai and Pattaya, Flying Squirrels Chiang Mai.

11. Cycling tour through Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai

Explore the natural beauty of Thailand and take a family-friendly cycling tour through Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai – there are several great operators in these areas including Spiceroads, Grasshopper Adventures and Bangkok Food Tours.

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