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Thailand with baby - trip report

  • mikefly

    Joined Travelfish
    19th May, 2013
    Posts: 19

    Hi,

    Thanks to everyone who offered up advice before we went.

    In November we took our 10 month old from Toronto to Thailand for a 4-week holiday.

    Notes:
    #1) 12 time zones is a LOT! Somewhere closer would have been easier.
    #2) The bulkhead on Cathay Pacific was unbelievably spacious and made the flight super easy
    #3) We preferred local hotels to chains
    #4) Sharing a room for 4 weeks was tough. It would have been better to rent apartments on airbnb (or similar)

    Arrival in Bangkok - Westin Sukhumvit - great hotel, great amenities.
    In hindsight, much smarter to start on a beach so that recovery could be done in more pleasant surroundings.

    Chiang Mai - stayed at Vieng Mantra.
    Awesome hotel, baby friendly, great breakfast.
    Very easy city for doing stuff with a baby.
    Lantern festival was absolutely incredible.

    Siem Reap - stayed at Meridien
    Hotel was fine. Ruins were as you'd expect - stunning.
    Also visited floating village (Kompong Kleong?)
    We rented a car/driver with A/C and did easy days. No problems.


    Krabi - stayed at Sheraton Krabi
    This was the least favourite hotel of the trip.
    Had the vibe of a 3 star all inclusive resort in the Caribbean.
    Beach was beautiful.

    Khao Sok - booked Smiley, but no one was there when we arrived, so went to Palmview. The owner was literally the nicest guy we met.
    This was fine for a baby, but not necessarily recommended.
    The weather was bad when I went to the park, so baby and mama stayed home. Thank goodness.
    I would not recommend the full day or overnight excursion for babies - or kids younger than 3-4 minimum.
    Although we had no issues, this part of our trip could have been skipped.

    Khao Lak - stayed at the Shambhala Khaolak Resort
    Highly recommended. Super relaxing, great breakfast.

    Hong Kong - Stayed at W Hong Kong.
    This is the swankiest hotel I've ever stayed in.
    We visited the Peak - not recommended for a short trip. Too much time spent waiting in line.

    We learned the following:
    #1 Thais LOVE babies. It's nuts and wonderful.
    #2 Separate room for baby is essential (for us) on any trip over 2-3 days. (this is mentioned twice for a reason!)
    #3 We were right to ignore the naysayers - it's all doable.
    #4 Respect the nap schedule as much as possible!

    Happy to answer any questions or fill in any missing blanks.

    MT

    #1 Posted: 16/2/2014 - 09:04

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  • MADMAC

    Joined Travelfish
    6th June, 2009
    Posts: 6293
    Total reviews: 10

    Glad you had a good trip.

    Cathay Pacific is a great airline. I love 'em.

    "#1 Thais LOVE babies. It's nuts and wonderful."

    Until they get a bit older. By the time my daughter was about 2 1/2, the constant cheek pinching and touching got on her nerves. By the time she was 4 she'd hit the hand of any adult who tried to do that (and she still will).

    "#3 We were right to ignore the naysayers - it's all doable."

    I'd have thought the flight would have sucked a lot, since it sucks a lot even without a baby. Adding that element in... But glad it worked for you.

    Also great you had no health issues. That can be tough when you are outside your environment with a kid.

    #2 Posted: 16/2/2014 - 09:27

  • LeonardCohe-
    n1

    Joined Travelfish
    24th July, 2012
    Posts: 2148
    Total reviews: 11

    Khao sok with a baby was ambitious.

    I would think an apartment for a week or 2 is the way to go. Moving around can suck with or without a baby if you want to relax.

    #3 Posted: 16/2/2014 - 16:08

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