i am going to Thailand, for a month, with my 5 year old daughter, in November.
Has anybody ever travelled in Thailand, with kids? If so, what was it like?
I would appreciate any advise or comments. I used to travel a lot in asia, africa, south america and europe, before my daughter was born. This is the first time, i will be travelling with my daughter, in Asia.
looks like i am the only one travelling with kids, then
I haven't personally, but I met a lot people traveling around Thailand with kids. They seemed pretty positive about it, in fact said they had experienced so much more because they were with their kids, because Thai people love children, they're willing to be a lot more hospitable, & show you things such as their home or place of work. A woman I spoke to in Bangkok said she had taken her children out of school for a few weeks to travel around Thailand, she thought her children had learnt so much more out there rather then 3 weeks at school.
I think it will just be a different experience then when you travel alone or in a group.
I can only second that, though it's 11 years since my son was 5½ and I travelled with him for 3 months in HK, Thailand and Indonesia. He was a gem, no problem at all, everybody was very, very friendly and he caught up on a bit of English (we're from Denmark) on that trip. Enough for him to be taught chess by a local shopowner (not in Thailand though, but could easily have happened there as well).
We've been to Thailand since on a different kind of travel. Our first trip was backpacking, mainly staying in guest houses. Last time we were staying at hotels. But staying in guest houses also means that you very easily get in touch with our people, other travellers as well. We had some very good experiences, no bad experience at all.
So go for it, no problem, she'll love it and so will you. You get so much closer to each other on such a trip, and in our case this closeness is still there and he's 16 today. Could I do it all over again I wouldn't hesitate for 2 seconds.
Wishing you both a great trip.
I guess it really depends on where you are going. Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai is an amazing place. No one will bother you at all. It is quiet, clean and peaceful. Erawan Falls was is a beautiful park and you could spend an entire day there. Kids wold love it. There is lots to see in the Kanchanaburi area. You can take a coach there from BKK, but the 3rd class train was the highlight of our entire trip. Lots of local children on the train. It's good for kids because they can get up and move around. The beach areas on the west side of Thailand may be a better option, Hua Hin down to Krabi or Phuket. Pattaya is okay but may not be the best choice. It's busy and lots of prostitution. There's lots to do in the area but there are so many better places. The Northern Thailand is a gem. You would have no problems up there. If you go up there and take the overnight train, book a first class berth. (Watch out for the infamous lady who serves the food on the train. She double folds bills and arrives with food you didn't order.) Bangkok might be the most difficult with kids. You might get haggled and ripped off a bit but your children's safety won't be in jeopardy. Haggler's will go afteryou because they will assume you are more concerned about your family and won't give a second thought to what they are trying to sell you.
If u read this and if it is convenient for u, i would be grateful, if u would tell me where else in the world u have been with your son. I chose Thailand first, because i remember it as being a lovely peaceful place.
I want to do more travelling, with my daughter, but have not decided which continent next.
That first time, 10-11 years ago, we travelled:
Thailand (Bangkok, Koh Samet, Kanchanaburi, and some day tours)
Indonesia (Bali, Lombok, Gili Air, Java)
5 years ago, when my son was 10:
Australia and Thailand - this time with my boyfriend
and leaving tomorrow for Japan, now he's 16 :-)
Apart from that we've been travelling Europe, from a couple of days to 3 weeks. All of our travels have been great. But going to Asia, Thailand in my opinion is an excellent choice though I haven't any experience with countries such as India, Vietnam etc.
Thailand is very relaxed and peaceful, so much to see and do whether you go north or choose to go the sea, enough places within easy reach of Bangkok even.
Great idea travelling with your daughter, it's the best, I mean travelling with your kids, huge experience for both of you.
Dont know where my reply to u disappeared to, sole.
It is so great, to have a community where i can ask these questions.
Thanks very much, for the information
Traveling with a 5 year old child is actualy fun. I have 2 kids 5 1/2 & 1 year and we travelled several times to Thailand.
Especially North Thailand was the favorite of my son. Elephant camps and a lot of other animals.
We stayed in the Top North guest house at Don Moon Muang, as this guest house had a swimming Pool.
But anyway, doesn't matter how we travel, Bus, train, Boat, it looks like that the kids can take it easier than us. Make sure your kid got a seat always, that you always have some mineral Water & Cookies with you and you should be ok.
People with kids get easier accepted all over Asia.