Thailand Destination Guide

Thinking of traveling to Thailand with kids?  That is a great choice!  Thai people love kids – and especially love babies, and you will find your children greeted enthusiastically everywhere!

Check out our Thailand destination guide filled with places to visit in Thailand and tons of practical information with links to resources!

Thailand With Kids – Our Thailand Destination Guide

We Rate Thailand 4/5 For Kids

  • Kid-friendly facilities – 4
  • Variation in budgets – 5
  • Tourist levels – 3
  • Travel times – 4

What Is The Best Time Of Year To Visit Thailand

As Thailand has a tropical climate, the weather tends to warm and humid (even hot!) throughout the year.  Tourists and families flock to Thailand year-round making there really no right or wrong time to visit Thailand with kids.

It is usually said that the best time to visit Thailand is late November to early April.  This is when rain is least likely, temperatures are milder, but there is still plenty of sun and good weather to enjoy your Thailand vacation.  However, if you are happy to have overcast days and bursts of rain, then the rainy season in Thailand means some very good deals on accommodation and tours.

When Should I Avoid Visiting Thailand

Again, there is not really a time that Thailand should be avoided.  It really depends on what activities your family is interested in.

Monsoon season in Thailand is July through October.  During this period, it rains frequently, with heavy downpours, and hot and humid air.  Flooding is also quite common in places like Bangkok and Southern Thailand has seen severe flooding in years past.

That is not to say travel should be avoided.  Visiting Thailand during the rainy season means cheaper prices on hotels and resorts and fewer tourists overall.  In fact, our last trip to Thailand was at the end of the rainy season, and we had a wonderful time!

Thailand’s Festivals And Events To Plan Around

January –  Chinese New Year is celebrated sometime between January and February each year.  The exact dates coincide with the Chinese Lunar calendar.  Chinese New Year is celebrated throughout Thailand but the biggest festivities are held in Bangkok.  Expect parades, fireworks, food, and festivities.

April – Songkran celebrated the 13th-15th is known as the Thai New Year and water festival. A deeply religious date on the Buddhist calendar and it also marks the start of the traditional Thai New Year. Huge, friendly water fights take place in the streets.  Make sure to waterproof your goods as no one stays dry.

 July – The Kings birthday is celebrated on July 28th.  King Maha Vajiralongkorn is the new King of Thailand, succeeding his father, and thus his birthday is a national holiday.  It is celebrated annually throughout Thailand with fireworks, parades, and festivities.

October – The Phuket Vegetarian Festival takes place each year in October.  The festival celebrates the belief in the Chinese culture that sustaining from meat during the 9th lunar month brings prosperity and good health.  However, be warned, this festival is not only about enjoying delicious vegetarian dishes.  This festival is bizarre and shocking as many locals pierce their face and body with different objects as an attempt to purify their souls.  This can be a bloody festival and particularly gruesome festival.

NovemberChiang Mai’s Lantern Festival takes place every November.  Many people have seen the Instaworthy photos of the lanterns being released but there is more to the festival such as religious ceremonies, parades, and other festivities.  Festivities do take place in other Northern Thailand villages outside of Chiang Mai.  The holiday is officially known as Loi Krathong and Yi Peng and coincides with the lunar calendar.

December – Father’s Day, observed December 5th. King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the longest-reigning monarch in the world before his death in 2016. So beloved by the Thai people they call his birthday Father’s Day.

Why Enjoy A Thailand Family Holiday

Thailand is well-organized for families which makes it an excellent place to travel with the kids.  Many resorts have special kids facilities like water slides, kids pools and especially kid’s clubs.  The Thai people themselves are easy-going and also love children.  Our songthaew driver kept volunteering to look after the baby while we did activities, and the waitresses in restaurants quite literally took the baby out of the high chair more than once.

Thailand offers such a diversity of options you can enjoy as luxurious or budget experience as the bank account dictates.  All the same, time you are enjoying interesting cultural experiences.   Without a doubt Thailand family holidays are easy and a great place to start your international travels with the kids.

Places To Visit In Thailand With Kids And Practical Advice

Phuket

While your first thought when you hear Phuket is ‘party party’ it couldn’t be further than the truth.  We recently visited Phuket with kids and had a wonderful time.  In fact, Phuket makes a great first-time family travel destination.  Check here for our guide to Phuket With Kids.

There is so much to do in Phuket for kids of all ages.  Kids can partake in activities such as snorkeling, sea kayaking, paddle boating, mini-golf, and much more.  Splash Jungle Water Park is a particular favorite spot.  You can read our review of Splash Jungle Water Park here.

Northern Thailand

Think hill tribe trekking, elephants and lush green rainforests.  Centered on Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand offers excellent cultural experiences for the whole family.

Kids would enjoy a trip to the night market or Lod cave in Pai.  Take a day trip from Chiang Mai to Doi Suthep and visit Bhubig Palace (the winter residence of the royal family) and explore the national park.

Thailand’s Beaches

One reason to visit Thailand is most definitely its picture-perfect beaches!  We love this honest roundup of The Best Beaches in Thailand For Families.

Bangkok

A big crazy city full of people and cars, Bangkok with kids can be quite daunting.  However, it also offers some excellent experiences. Check out the Art in Paradise 3D Museum (which is the biggest art illusion museum in the world), the floating market, or one of the many theme-based restaurants Bangkok offers.