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FAMILY HOLIDAYS


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Families with kids of all ages will fi nd plenty to inspire and entertain them in Thailand and their trip won't break the bank either


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FAMILY HOTELS AND ATTRACTIONS: Phuket, Pattaya, Samui


SCHOOL SUMMER HOLIDAYS: Samui (which has an opposite season to the rest of Thailand).


FAMILY ADVENTURE: Phuket and Krabi ELEPHANTS: Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai A QUIETER STAY: Hua Hin and Cha Am (on weekdays).


EASY ACCESS: Pattaya, Hua Hin and Cha Am (no internal fl ight required) and Phuket (direct UK fl ights possible).


BANGKOK WITH KIDS With careful planning, even Thailand’s bustling metropolis can be cut down to a manageable child’s size. Recommend a family-friendly hotel with pool and kids


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Several operators off er family- specifi c adventure holidays including Audley, G Adventures, Intrepid Explore and On the Go


A good choice of night fl ights mean there’s a greater chance little-ones will sleep through the journey


Many Thai hotels have free wifi – perfect for keeping social media- obsessed teens happy


Consider exciting train travel. Bangkok to Chang Mai or Hua Hin are popular routes.


Thailand is a wonderful destination


for all generations PRU GOUDIE, GENERAL MANAGER ON THE GO TOURS


RECENT ear-round good weather,


welcoming resorts and quality sandy beaches help Thailand


club, or one near the river for cooling breezes and easy access to boat tours taking in the Grand Palace and to


explore the klongs (canals). Bangkok has its own theme/water parks: Dream World and Siam Park City plus Sampran Riverside cultural village that has shows and craft workshops.


VALUE


Money goes far further in Thailand. Quality hotels are more aff ordable, meaning families used to being cramped up together can consider upgrading to interconnecting rooms or a suite or villa. Prices are also excellent for meals, admissions and excursions.


CULTURAL EXPERIENCES Golden temples will wow children, and parents with early-risers can take them to join locals giving alms to lines of saff ron-robed monks.


Children will also enjoy the markets and have fun picking out decorative


ADDITIONS ALEENTA PHUKET- PHANG NGA RESORT AND SPA


Chocolate-making, Thai boxing classes, yoga, watersports and turtle sanctuary lessons are off ered at the new children's club. There is also a children's treatment menu at the new spa. aleenta.com/phuket


CENTARA GRAND MIRAGE BEACH RESORT PATTAYA Monsoon Island is a new zone with water-spraying features and water


pistols. It’s part of the Lost World-themed water park, which includes 12


waterslides. The hotel also has a new programme of


family-geared games and contests, plus a rock-climbing wall and kids’ club with mini discos.


centarahotelsresorts. com/cmbr


CENTARA GRAND WEST SANDS RESORT & VILLAS PHUKET An entertainment company is running family volleyball, football, archery, bowling Comedy


Cabaret Shows and more at this property with a 500-metre beachfront and Splash Jungle water park. Family room, suites and villas are available, just 15 minutes from Phuket’s airport.


centarahotelsresorts. com


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OPTIONS HOLIDAY INN BANGKOK Family suites, organised activities for the youngsters, a pool and plentiful food choices make this a good city choice.


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