Family holidays in ThailandDiscover a new culture with the whole family
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If you’re looking for a holiday destination that thrills the whole family, look no further than Thailand. Situated in the thrumming heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand is home to lively cities and relaxing resorts. There’s a reason it’s known as the Land of Smiles, and you’re sure to wear just such an ear-to-ear grin throughout your stay. A rich culture coupled with a plethora of activities means you can keep the kids happy while rewarding yourself with the getaway you deserve. Needless to say, tropical Thailand satisfies your need for vitamin D with its bright weather, and provides a gamut of opportunities to sample the celebrated cuisine of this part of the world.
For that perfect combination of adventure and leisure, rent an apartment or villa from HomeAway Holiday Rentals and enjoy new experiences with your family at an affordable price. Choosing a holiday rental over a hotel offers flexibility and superior amenities, allowing you to focus on what really matters - creating memories that last a lifetime. All you have to do is decide what kind of vacation suits your tastes, and search through our extensive options. With a wide variety of extras offered - pools, games rooms, balconies with sea views - you can enjoy foreign terrain from the comfort of a home away from home.
Top 5 destinations in Thailand
Family holidays in Bangkok
Bangkok provides an experience like no other. Thailand’s capital is ideal for family holidays, boasting a diverse range of adventures, from cooking classes and zoos to temples and theme parks. Right outside of Bangkok is the world famous Safari World, complete with an array of exotic animals and parks. If mum and dad are shopaholics, they won’t want to miss the unique experience encapsulated in the Damnoen Saduak floating market; on this canal you can shop to your heart’s content - from the comfort of a longtail boat! Enjoying a meal in one of Bangkok’s finest restaurants, meanwhile, will forever change your perception of what you thought was a perfectly acceptable Thai green curry!
Family holidays in Pattaya
Explore the seas of Thailand in popular Pattaya, located just two hours from Bangkok. This coastal hotspot is perfect for the family that loves thrilling activities. There’s a raft of activities to keep both parents and children occupied, with jet-skiing and parasailing available daily along the beach. Explore the beautiful coral reefs and teeming marine life on a PADI diving course, or stretch out on a lilo and work on your tan: the options are endless at this paradise. If you want to uncover more than just beaches, Pattaya is replete with modern shopping malls; and afterward, if you still have energy left, how about some traditional Thai dancing lessons?
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Family holidays in Phuket
Thailand’s largest island, Phuket is a picturesque beach resort of the variety you typically see on postcards. Famed for its tropical weather, its chain of limestone islands and lush mangrove forests, it is an optimum location for a family holiday. Experience snorkeling and swimming in its clear, pearly-blue waters, and soak up the sunshine on the beautiful Patong Beach. You needn’t spend the whole time basking, though; adventurous day trips such as the Kok Chang Safari, where you can feed and ride on elephants, offer outstanding value for money. A night-time kayak tour of the caves of Phang Nga Bay is another tip - starlight has never looked so beautiful.
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Family holidays in Koh Samui
For the nature-loving family, a trip to the jungle-covered island of Koh Samui is just the ticket. Located off the east coast of the mainland, this isle furnishes its visitors with a tranquil holiday break, while at the same time invigorating the senses. Discover an abundance of nature: sparkling beaches, emerald-green sea, stands of coconut trees, glowing coral reefs. A safe haven for parents who want to relax while still entertaining their children, the island boasts the Na Muang waterfalls and famed Secret Buddha Garden; built by the islanders, the monumental 15-metre landmark resides on the island’s northern shore.
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Family holidays in Hua Hin
It may not be the first Thai destination you think of, but Hua Hin shouldn’t be overlooked. As a beach resort, it is popular with Bangkok’s denizens due to its close proximity to the capital. The lone beach stretches the entire length of the town - but that doesn’t mean you’ll be confined to your swimsuit all day. Explore the nearby Sam Roi Yot National Park, ideal for a day trip with the children, or take in the peaceful atmosphere of Namtok Pa La-u; this eleven-tier waterfall is truly a sight to behold. Hua Hin is renowned for its night markets, which trade in affordable souvenirs and trinkets unique to Thailand.
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