- Thailand Family holidays
There are few destinations that contrast with the UK as much as on family holidays to Thailand. Its culture and landscape offer an experience so much different from that back home, that it is little wonder it has been a popular gap year destination for decades. By taking your children on a family break, you give them a taste of the country at a much younger age than those student explorers, and this provides a handy head start for them in life when it comes to recognising and understanding how different communities around the world have their own personalities and priorities.
All along the Andaman
One of the most desirable destinations of all for cheap family holidays in Thailand has got to be the coastline of the Andaman Sea. It's an area famed for its luxurious holiday resorts, and you might want to consider splashing out on an all-inclusive ticket for your family. While this will cost more upfront, it can still lead to a cheaper holiday overall, as you won't have to spend on food and drinks during your stay, no matter how much your children manage to get through in the space of a few days.
Thailand's coastal resorts
If you are considering family holidays in Thailand's coastal region, up and down the Andaman Sea's shore, then look out for destinations like Phuket, Ranong and Trang. The backdrop of lush forests means a beach holiday here is likely to look significantly different from a sunny trip to Spain, for instance, but once you're on the sand the kids will soon settle into the old routine of digging holes, building castles and running down to the water's edge to paddle.
The Thai climate
Thailand of course has the monsoon rains that are responsible for much of the greenery, and especially for how vibrantly coloured the landscape is. They also take the edge off of the summer heat, meaning the hottest part of the year occurs just before the rains arrive. If you like it hot, consider family holidays in Thailand around Easter, as March and April see temperatures spike. By the start of summer, the monsoon will be well on its way, but even once the wetter season sets in, there's still plenty of daytime sun to be enjoyed on the coast.
Why Thailand is so great for families
The Thai people love children and are always willing to go the extra mile to make sure younger visitors are given the same warm and enthusiastic welcome as grown-ups. Breath-taking landscapes, spectacular wildlife, beautiful beaches and a variety of world-class children's attractions can all be enjoyed on family holidays in Thailand. All of this, coupled with a fantastic climate, delicious cuisine and Thailand's enviably relaxed attitude, ensures that weary families can quickly relearn the art building sandcastles and lounging in the sun.