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Thailand with baby - trip report

Posted by mikefly on 16/2/2014 at 09:04


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.

#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.


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Posted by MADMAC on 16/2/2014 at 09:27

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.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 16/2/2014 at 16:08

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.

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