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Thailand adventure

Our verdict:

I have always championed Thailand as a good first family taste of Asia. It’s easy to get to and there are some wonderful family-friendly places to stay. Thailand is incredibly diverse - the people are friendly and the combination of natural and cultural heritage is perfect. Thrillseekers will love the rafting, jungle trekking and watersports while foodies will be in heaven.

Recommended tour operator: The Turquoise Holiday Company

Turquoise says

We reckon that Thailand is the ultimate holiday destination for active families looking for something more than just a beach holiday.

  • luxury beach resorts
  • thrilling activities
  • wildlife encounters

Our team of specialists have tried and tested a selection of safe, family-friendly hotels, resorts and activities in order to provide first hand honest advice. Your family will enjoy authentic experiences and outstanding service, with flexible itineraries tailor made just for you.

Thai hospitality is legendary and the quality of hotels is exceptional – without the price tag of other luxury destinations. Whether you prefer a boutique bolthole or a five-star luxury resort, there is an option to suit all. Many hotels have private villas with pools too – ideal for families. Some of our family favourites include Elephant Hills Jungle Camp, The Four Seasons in Chiang Mai and Santiburi Beach Resort on Koh Samui.

Thailand has two distinct climate zones and a beach swathed in sunshine whatever time of year you travel. We recommend the east coast (Gulf of Thailand) during the summer and the west coast (Andaman Coast) during our winter months. Whenever you travel, it’s easy to combine your beach stay with a few days in vibrant Bangkok or in the colourful cultural triangle in the north.

Our top pick for the Christmas and Easter holidays is the Southern Beach and Jungle adventure, combining elephant encounters, jungle treks and canoeing with luxury family-friendly resorts on the islands of Krabi and Phuket.

Our family holiday in Northern Thailand is all about amazing activities and encounters – cycle through villages, meet some of the hill tribes, go rafting along the Mae Taeng River and take a hot air balloon ride. Combine this four-night adventure with a relaxing beach stay for the perfect Thailand experience.

If you’re looking to combine Thailand with elsewhere, why not start with the ancient temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia before a luxury stay on Krabi, one of Thailand’s beautiful islands. See here for more information.

Wherever you travel in Thailand, there are activities aplenty – try your hands at Muay Thai boxing, jungle trekking, cycling through rice paddies, rock climbing, sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving and white-water rafting.

There are daily direct flights to Bangkok and domestic air travel is so easy, making Thailand a great choice for a multi-centre holiday.

Find out more about our family holidays in Thailand and the latest offers.

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