Attention all readers: This post is only and only about planning an amazing, fun-filled family holiday in Thailand with kids. All the recommended places and tourist attractions revolve around the things that excite children the most. Of course, you can fit it some of your own must-see places to the list for your family vacation in Thailand. But my focus here is only on kid’s attractions in all three beautiful cities of Thailand that are Bangkok, Phuket, and Pattaya.
And for that. here is a detailed guide for visiting Thailand with your family, stuffed with all the things you need to know for planning a kick-ass family vacation this time. We have also answered the most frequently asked questions and concerns regarding the destination every Muslim traveler is worried about while planning. So here it goes. Enjoy!
Is Thailand a Good, Safe ‘n’ Sound Option for a Muslim Family Holiday?
Yes, Yes and absolutely Yes!
Honestly, I was very anxious and hyper planning before the vacation because this was the first time we dedicated the entire vacation to our kids. Yes, you read that right, we didn’t visit any of those famous temples or did any activity that the kids couldn’t be a part of. And eventually, we had the best time ever!
Belonging to Pakistan, I had many concerns regarding Buddhist behavior towards Muslims, the typical sex and nudity related stories of Bangkok, and food poisoning issues. However, you will be surprised to know that during our 10 day family holiday in Thailand this summer, not on a single day did we fall ill, had any stomach or food poisoning issues, run into cheats, faced any racism for wearing hijab, or were unable to find halal food.
Unavailability of halal food has never bothered us during traveling, however, we do love to taste some of the best local dishes in every city we visit.
What makes Thailand the Best Muslim Friendly Destination?
- Every hotel in Thailand has Muslim showers in washrooms
- Every tourist city of Thailand is loaded with outstanding value for money hotels and family resorts (most of which also serve halal food, catering the huge amount of Arab Muslim tourists every summer)
- You can also find numerous private pool villas in Phuket, Koh Samui, and Krabi; ideal for Muslim families that don’t prefer public pools
- You can even find mosques for praying in Bangkok and Phuket very easily
- Thai people don’t discriminate against Muslim tourists
- You can easily find halal food in Thailand, especially in Bangkok, Phuket, and Pattaya
- You will even find lots of tour operators that are Muslims and serve Halal food on their tours, such as Blue Anda Tours in Phuket
Still not sure about Bangkok for your Muslim family vacation in Thailand? Check out this comprehensive guide for finding halal food in Bangkok on Have Halal Will Travel by Sophia.
How is Traveling to Thailand with Kids Fun and Relaxing at the Same Time?
Here are some of the facilities that make Thailand my favorite family-friendly holiday destination, and I’m sure these will make you choose it too. Take a look.
- Generally, Thai people are humble, helping and welcoming towards families with kids
- Most family resorts in Phuket, Koh Samui and Krabi have a separate pool for kids, and kid’s club where they carry out fun activities and cooking classes for children of all ages, EVERY DAY!
- Many resorts provide babysitting services for a very nominal cost. Who wouldn’t want that for some relaxing spa time?
- Every restaurant, mall and tourist attraction is equipped with a kid’s menu, baby chairs, baby changing tables in public toilets, small play areas, and numerous engaging activities for kids
- You can never run out of places to visit in Thailand with family
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Fun Things To Do in Bangkok with Kids
- Let your kids’ imagination and creativity boost at Children’s Discovery Museum Bangkok
- Spend a splashy afternoon at Pororo Waterpark Bangkok
- Shoot some of the most memorable Insta-worthy snapshots at Art in Paradise 3D Art Museum inside Esplanade Mall Bangkok
- Experience the ultimate theme park adventure at Dreamworld; where your children can make their fantasies become a reality such as building a snowman, float in a lazy river or visit the Hobbit house, all in one place
- Watch the tigers nap and the giraffes eat bananas at Bangkok Safari World
- Look at the magnificent underwater species at Siam Ocean World, i.e. the best aquarium in Bangkok
- Laze around with your picnic mat at Lumphini Park after a tiring tour day, while your kids enjoy playing at the park
Best Places to Shop for Kids in Bangkok
Bangkok is known as a heaven for shopaholics. And I sure am guilty of going crazy and overspending on children’s clothing in the malls of Bangkok. It is also famous for producing and exporting the best cotton garments around the world, especially kids wear. No wonder the Arabs were filling “LITERALLY” suitcases with children’s clothing in the crowded markets.
Sadly I could only visit two major malls that were recommended by people when I asked them specifically where to shop for kids’ clothes in Bangkok. These two major shopping places for tourists were:
Platinum Fashion Mall, which is a wholesale mall has almost anything a tourist might be looking for. It has a separate floor for children’s clothing, women’s bags, clothing, men’s stuff, shoes, personalized handbags and lots more. The prices were reasonable, just almost the same as Pakistan, but the quality and designs were really good.
MBK Center, the most famous mall in Bangkok, has some great international brands’ outlets at cheaper prices, as well as good restaurants, haircutting salons, and toy shops.
Mom tip: Do not take your children along with you for shopping in any night markets or even malls. They are not stroller friendly and crowded throughout the day. Leave them with daddy at Lumphini Park (5mins walk from the Platinum Fashion mall) or put them for a nap and sneak out secretly. That’s how I did, LOL.
things to do in Phuket with kids – Phuket Fantasea
Family-Friendly Things to do in Phuket with Kids
- Build Sand Castles or Swing on the Beach
- Watch Mesmerising Cultural Shows in Phuket such as Phuket Fantasea and Siam Niramit
- Bathe with the Elephants at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
- Find Dory While Snorkeling at Phi Phi Islands
- Take an Island Hopping Sunset Cruise
- Go Canoeing in Phang Na region + James Bond Island
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#canoeing by the waters of #hongisland with #blueanda tours, that are especially designed for families with little kids Behind us is #jamesbondisland2 , which was far better than no.1. #sorrynotsorry I found #jamesbondisland 1 very overrated, maybes because we reached there in the end, or maybe we were too tired by then. Anyway, for the people staying towards the northern side of phuket or Phang na province, this #islandhopping trip is a #mustseeattraction for you trip in #thailand #guiltymamaonthego #saymashallah #thailandwithkids #thingstodointhailand with #kids #familyattractionsthailand
Fun Things to do in Pattaya with Kids
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That is the best #waterpark we’ve been to This day was the highlight of our #familyvacation2018 and I must admit that I enjoyed more than the kids 🙈 #cartoonnetworkamazone #cartoonnetwork #cnamazone #waterparkfun #famjam #splashday #waterfun in #thailand #guiltymamaonthego #muslimfamilytravel #muslimfamilytravellers
- Splish Splash at Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark
- Go Kart with Daddy and Mommy
- Watch the incredible flora and fauna at Nong Nooch Gardens Pattaya
- Explore interesting facts at Ripley’s Believe it or Not Pattaya
- Go Parasailing if your kids are above 10 years
Where to Stay in Thailand with Kids – Best Family Beaches and Islands
- Mai Khao beach at Laguna Phuket
- Koh Samui island – the top family-friendly island in Thailand
- Khao Lak beach in Phang Na province
Honestly speaking, we just got a chance to explore Mai Khao beach in Phuket, which was super duper family-friendly. The sand was not so white, as you can see in our swing picture above, but we had a great family time at the private beach which was right in front of our resort i.e. JW Marriott Phuket.
However, I just came across this guide by Travelynn Family, for the best family beaches in Thailand, and it will help you choose the one that suits your family needs best. Check it out here.
Itinerary for Spending 7 Days in Thailand with Kids
Ideally, reserving 7 days for a family vacation in Thailand would not do justice to the awesome tourist attractions in the country. However, this 8D7N itinerary is good enough for starters. Combining your one-week Thailand family tour with a short stay in Singapore is also a great option. Otherwise, just add a couple of days in Chaing Mai and a couple more in Phuket, to extend this itinerary according to your requirements.
Let me warn you, Thailand has so much to offer to tourists of all ages, you will definitely want to come back soon again.
|Day 1 Bangkok||Morning: Start touring with Hop-on Hop-off city tour in a chartered Tuk Tuk (i.e. Auto Rikshaw)
Mid-day: Visit 3D Art Museum/Madame Tussauds wax museum Bangkok
Evening: Pratunam/Ratchada or any nearby Night Market for souvenirs
|Day 2 Phuket||Morning: Fly early
Afternoon: Enjoy the Beach, Phuket Town or Turtle Village
Evening: Watch Cultural Show at Phuket Fantasea or Siam Niramit
|Day 3 Phuket||Island hopping tour:
Phi Phi Island morning cruise with snorkeling (book 3 days in advance)
James Bond Island sunset cruise with canoeing (book at least 2 days in advance)
Whichever seems convenient and doable with the kids, keeping time duration and weather condition in mind
|Day 4 Bangkok||Morning: Fly back to Bangkok
Mid-day: Pororo Waterpark/Dreamworld amusement park Bangkok
|Day 5 Bangkok||Morning: Safari World and Marine World
|Day 6 Pattaya||Morning: Drive to Pattaya
Afternoon: Go Karting with kids (only for 120cm and taller)
Evening: Nong Nooch Gardens and Dinosaur Valley
|Day 7 Pattaya||Mid-day: Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark Pattaya
Night: A stroll on the Pattaya Pier or famous Walking Street
Which Flights to Book for Your Thailand Family Holiday
After lots of research on Skyscanner for fares and reading reviews of various airlines, we booked our international flight with Thai Airways for our Thailand family tour. Being a member of Star Alliance, Thai Air flight from Karachi to Bangkok was quite smooth and comfortable with kids. A couple of onboard staff’s attitude was a bit cold, but the rest were very polite and nice with the kids.
As for our domestic flight, we chose Viet Jet Air for flying to Phuket, which was just ok. Because it was the cheapest option available to and from Bangkok to Phuket, we booked it hoping nothing horrible would last more than that one-hour flight. And thank God nothing did. Therefore, I plan to write a satisfactory review of Viet Jet Air on Trip Advisor soon.
For more Muslim Family vacation ideas, check out our guide on visiting Kuala Lumpur with kids below: