Hello fellow fishies...
Me and my girlfriend will spend the whole January 2012 in Thailand. We will be travelling with our 7 month old son. It will be our 4th time in Thailand, but the first with the little bugger. As fixed point during our travels will be Bangkok, (for arrival and adjusting to the climate, 3-4 days perhaps) Ayutthaya (for some temple visits) and then south to Khao lak for some divetrips and beautiful sunsets. We are planning to take the plane home from Phuket.
There is still some space to fill up during our trip, although I am yet unsure about how many stops at different places we will manage with our son. So, if any of you had a similar trip with a child, feel free to post your tips and ideas.
Thanks in advance.
#1 Architeuthis has been a member since 28/7/2009. Posts: 14
It's probably too late to change your plans, but if it were me, I would not be doing this for several reasons:
Young infants do not have well developed immune systems, and the tropics are loaded with viral and bacteriological stuff that the kid will have little or no immunity to. I would consult with your pediatrician before you board an aircraft and head out here just to be on the safe side. I found when my daughter was born I was extremely protective of her...
Secondly, I would make my trips from Bangkok short or fly. Those long bus trips are demanding on you when it's just you - when you have to change diapers while on the bus, and the little guy wakes up and wakes up the rest of the bus on a sleeper - it's just no fun. Looks like you only have one possible one when heading south. So for that leg, I'd fly.
Bring something in which you can carry the infant strapped to your body, because as you know from experience, sidewalks here are not stroller friendly.
Buy some diapers before you go that are made for swimming. I have never seen them in Thailand so you'll want to get them prior to leaving. They will allow you to enjoy a hotel pool with the little one.
For me the key restriction is that a lot of things are hard to enjoy at that stage, because caring for an infant consumes so much time and energy, there's not a lot left over. When you and yours want to check out the temple, your son wants to eat or sleep and is grumpy your humping him around. Tough to enjoy any nightlife when you one of you has to stay at the hotel to take of your son... you get the idea.
Your son should be about five months old now, so you should have a pretty good idea as to how much energy caring for him will consume, and how much flexibility you will or won't have. And since you have been here before, you are familiar with the hazards of the environment.
Good luck. Hope it all works out for you.
First of all thanks for your concerns. We really had a tough time deciding travelling or not but we are certain to do this. I agree with you, that travelling should be as short as possible and as relaxed as possible. So for us, train and plane will be the thing.
The tip with the swimming diapers is new for us, so thanks again.
And again, if any of you people out there did a similar trip, feel free to post your experience.
#3 Architeuthis has been a member since 28/7/2009. Posts: 14
I did make this trip. My daughter was nine months old at the time. We were moving here, so it wasn't a vacation, but those were some of the observations I had from my time coming here. If i think of others, I'll let you know.
Hi.. first of all can i just say DO IT with baby and have a ball... baby will be fine, babies adapt so mush better than grown ups. the swim nappy thing, you can get neoprene ones, ie dont get disposables, they are just a pain. i wihs more people would travel when babies are young and so easy.. jsut wait till your little bugger is 4, then travelling will be tough!
#5 cocopops has been a member since 16/10/2011. Posts: 5
I just wanted to post again, because we are back home by now in the amazingly cold Germany.
We had a great time in Thailand and I´m happy that we did this trip as planned. We had a hard time deciding to pro´s and contra´s about travelling with a child but now I can say: It was the right decision! Sure, taking care uses up a lot of your time but its so rewarding to see the behaviour of the locals when your travelling with a child. The will love it, and they try to take care of it, so that you can enjoy your meal or take a swim or whatever.
If anyone of you is thinking about going to Thailand with a kid, I´m happy to share my experience if it helps.
This wasn´t our last trip for sure!
#7 Architeuthis has been a member since 28/7/2009. Posts: 14
Not sure if you are still following this chain - we are thinking about a one month trip with our 10 month old in November.
The flight and time change will be much more significant from Toronto. How much of an issue was the jet lag for you?
Yes still following. The jet lag was an issue for the first two or three days only. Our son woke up after midnight and wanted to play around. It took us approx. 2 hrs to put him to sleep again. After this it wasnÂ´t a problem anymore.
If possible, try to take an evening flight. This was perfect for us, because on the trip to Thailand he slept in the babycot for 6 hrs. The way back was during daytime and we had a hard time entertaining the kid. I think the whole plane hated us after landing...
If you have any more questions feel free to ask...
Glad to be helpful
#10 Architeuthis has been a member since 28/7/2009. Posts: 14
MADMAC - how far did you fly?
FYI - one great piece of advice I got (here or somewhere else) was to bring a giant package of earplugs and give them out to everyone sitting near you - letting them know you have a baby, and here are earplugs in case the baby is noisy.