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Advise needed on our itinerary thru Tailand with young kids

Posted by 28roses on 18/1/2011 at 10:40

Hello
My husband and I, along with our 7 months old and 4 years old daughters plan on spending about 3.5 weeks in Thailand mid March to mid April.
We plan on doing quite a bit of traveling as well as mixing accommodations- (beach bungalows, b&b and comfortable hotels). We will spend a few days here to satisfy everybody's interest but I am concerned the bus and train travels might be too exhausting for the kids and for us quite frankly.
Some places wil be just day trips but mostly we plan on staying at least a couple of days for a good time sleep, relax and enjoy the people and the area
So we arrive in Bangkok, please comment on our destinations, if it is something feasible or too crazy or can be skipped..
2 days in Bangkok
then off to Ayuttaya (2 days) then to Kanchanaburi (2 days)
Chiang Mai 2 or 3 days
We plan on going to Surat Thani and visit Ko Tao, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Samuit
Visit Phuket and province of Krabi, spends several days among the islands and enjoy Railae, Ko Lanta, Phra Nang Bay and Similian Island. We are still debating on Ko Phi Phi
Is this doable or will be too harsh on the kids-or are they some islands we could skip?
We plan on traveling mostly by train and buses- no flight and splurge on accomodations. I was also reading since we are 4 traveling, it may make more sense to rent a taxi for exemple bangkok- ayuttaya or Kanchanaburi part.Any advice on that?

#1 28roses has been a member since 18/1/2011. Posts: 2

Posted by alisonmilliken on 21/1/2011 at 10:37

That is WAY too much to attempt with kids in tow! (Probably way to much without kids, too, IMO).
Remember you will have to factor in rest/nap times for the little ones, especially the baby. Slow down! And you are choosing to go at one of the hottest times of the year, so you don't want to be rushing around.
\Your plan would entail an awful lot of travel, and not seeing/enjoying much.
I would suggest 2 days in Bangkok, to acclimatise, especially if traveling from a long way away. You can go see the Grand Palace, Wat Po, Wat Arun on the first day, then maybe see some other sights and shopping more leisurely.
Then go to Ayuttaya - good you are going overnight, rather than a day trip - the day trips make a long day. Ayuttaya is not far from BKK, so not bad onthe train, then you can spend teh rest of teh day (around nap time) going around some of the temples in a tuk tuk. In the morning you can hire a long tail boat and see some other temples (different ones) while having a boat ride. And go back to BKK in the afternoon. You may be able to get a train from Ayuttaya to Kanchanaburi, which would be good, as then you don't have to back track.
3 days in Kanchanaburi, there is lots to see. Great waterfalls as well as the WW2 historical things. Kids can go on an elephant ride, or on a bamboo raft, and there are also hotsprings.
Back to Bangkok, overnight and next day fly south to Ko Samui. I wouldn't also go to Ko Tao unless you are heavily into diving, but you can't go diving with little ones... Samui has lovely beaches so spend some time here relaxing. Then maybe go to Ko Pha Ngan, to a quiet beach place there... avoiding the Full Moon Party types.
Probably at least a week-10 days relaxing around beach places, then back to BKK for a final couple of days of last minute shopping and sightseeing. Then home.
I wouldn't go to Phuket AND Samui, choose one or the other.
Remember your kids won't be able to swim very well or at all, so I would avoid too many boat trips, as it is hard to get little life jackets for kids.
It will be HOT and HUMID, so you will need the kids to be well hydrated, and have good hats and sunscreen all the time, and mosquito repellent.
Best to try to go sightseeing in the morning after breakfast, then back for naptime, then a quiet activity in afternoon or relax by pool/beach.
Train travel should be fine with the kids, but there are lots of cheap low cost airlines, so make use of them. You don't really want to be stuck on a train/bus all day with a baby and a 4 year old. There are more cheap airlines available around Phuket than Samui, but do able if you go in and out through Surat Thani. (Bangkok Airways has monopoly on Samui)
Hope that is helpful, any other advice let me know... Have fun!

#2 alisonmilliken has been a member since 10/12/2006. Posts: 70


Posted by 28roses on 11/2/2011 at 03:09

thanks a lot.

#3 28roses has been a member since 18/1/2011. Posts: 2

Posted by alisonmilliken on 11/2/2011 at 05:57

Hope you found that helpful, let me know if there is something else you have a question about...

#4 alisonmilliken has been a member since 10/12/2006. Posts: 70


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