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Any advice for an itinerary for June & July

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1. Posted by katrinka (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

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Hi all. I'll be traveling with my 10 year old son in Thailand for June and July. We want to live simply, see sights, be beginner scuba divers. Any suggestions for a 2 month trip? We live in a hot desert where there are monsoons, so the weather shouldn't be too much of a stress. And any thoughts on travels in Thailand with kids (aside from not yelling at them in public, I read that already).

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 28, 2007, at 9:08 PM by katrinka ]

2. Posted by nin_hydrin (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y

June-July... Hmmm so you cannot dive in Andaman sea because at that time is monsoon time.

You should go to the Thai gulf. I know about Thai gulf very little but I heard that Tao island is beautiful. So I suggest this island. Oh! there are many diving school in there.

3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 612 posts) 8y

Hi Katrinka,
We travelled with two kids (8+11) about five years ago. Thailand was hard for us because we didn't feel able to leave the kids on the beach, as we did in places like Australia, as the were lots of hawkers around who wouldn't leave us alone. But that was in the busier parts of Phuket. I think we should have gone somewhere quieter where we could all chill out better. Also, the monsoon rains meant we had to stay indoors a lot, which was hard for four of us in one room.
I think a lot depends on your son and on how you cope with being alone together for that time.

4. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 8y

Quoting katrinka

Hi all. I'll be traveling with my 10 year old son in Thailand for June and July. We want to live simply, see sights, be beginner scuba divers. Any suggestions for a 2 month trip? We live in a hot desert where there are monsoons, so the weather shouldn't be too much of a stress. And any thoughts on travels in Thailand with kids (aside from not yelling at them in public, I read that already).

What does "live simply" mean? Not a tent and a hole to pee in right? I am not to hot on the idea of a community dorm and a little boy sharing showers and bathrooms with grown men! I would opt for at least a cheap hotel room with private bathroom and lock on the door!

I think that even a 10 year old boy might like seeing Chiang Mai as well as only doing beach stuff. You can take the train (sleeper saves paying for another night in a hotel room) to Chiang Mai. He can see the "Long Neck" villagers, elephants and go on other tours (Like the Golden Triangle.) When you are out on a tour or away from your hotel for a few hours make sure you have some toilet paper and hand wipes in your carry-bag, you may not find TP in any toilets!

Use Google and type in "touring Thailand with children" or "women and kids travel Thailand" and you get several suggestions.

Sample:

http://www.thaifocus.com/womenz.htm

http://www.v-twintours.com/childrens.html

http://www.thailand-uncovered.com/guide/family.php

There are amusement parks and sea schemed attractions that he might enjoy. There are large modern malls with food courts too. You also have your familiar (well I guess it depends on where you live) fast foods like McDonalds, Burger Kings, KFC, soft ice cream companies, etc. I like the pizza in a Pizza Company restaurant. Remind him to NOT drink tap water and only use the bottled water!

I would always have a photo copy of his passport and yours in a safe place. Also when you check into a new hotel always pick up hotel cards for each of you and put them in your wallets. If he gets separated from you he can look at the card and remember what the name of his hotel is and the address.

There are lots of internet shops all over Thailand. He could communicate with his friends back home via email real cheap! Have him set up his own email name if he hasn't got one already.

You still have to choose flights, there are some that arrive during the daytime instead of late at night that make it safer getting to your hotel. But late at night is okay too, use a meter taxi from the airport! (Lots of posts on transportation from airports!)

Plan on spending your first few days in Bangkok to rest up and get used to the time changes and see the city. Get a hotel near the Skytrain to make it easier to get around town. You also have to decide on how to handle or get money to spend. You can't walk around with $10,000 in your pocket. And you can't use credit cards for cheap purchases or you may encounter some credit card fraud. Debit Cards do work in ATMs as well as Credit Cards, there are some high fees attached to CCs though!

Read up on Thailand and ask your kid what he would like to see and do. Finish up your trip back in Bangkok to make it easy to get the plane home. You have time available for a short trip to Malaysia or Laos or Cambodia too!

BE CAREFUL WHO YOU MAKE FRIENDS WITH - THINK SAFETY FIRST!

Good luck.
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