Family is the backbone of Thai Society. Thai adults adore their children and this warmth and appreciation of children is felt by families travelling in Thailand. This deep love of family has roots in the unfaltering love for the King and Queen, with the royal birthdays being adopted as Fathers and Mothers Day.
It was the King of Thailand's 84th birthday last week, and this was celebrated with great aplomb and an outpouring of love from the Australian-based Thai community.
Out & About with Kids would like to celebrate this auspicious day by letting you know about several remarkable family friendly properties we recommend highly when planning you next holiday to Thailand.
The first is the amazing Avista Phuket Resort & Spa, Kata Beach. Set on the beachfront on Kata beach on glorious Phuket. This divine 5 star property has it all for parents and kids - children’s pool, kids club, games room for the older kids and, of course, all the spa and dining options you could want!
Phuket needs little recommendation to Australians with the Fantasea show, butterfly garden, water sports and incredible shopping.
For an elephant experience like no other try the incredible Anantara Golden Triangle Learn all about these gentle giants by becoming a mahout for a day or longer. Then settle back into the luxury of this hillside resort for incredible dining and spa treatments. If you can drag yourselves away, the golden triangle itself is rich with the history of the hill tribes and the flavour of “real” Thailand.
Our third recommendation is the kingdom of family luxury - the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi in Chiang Mai.
Self contained luxury suites or villas with swimming pools in abundance, this divine property in Chiang Mai will have you and the children captivated the second you enter the majestic driveway.
Incredible kids club, wonderful family experiences and staff that will make you and your children feel like royalty are a small part of this property's charms.
To hear what kids think of beautiful Thailand, see our feature "Thailand ... by kids".