Scenic beaches and pristine waters, exotic street foods, bustling shopping malls and markets, lush jungles, Chiang Mai night bazars, Kho Phi Phi, Ayutthaya, elephant rides and Buddhist temples, and some of the most posh hotels in the world. This is Thailand, one of the most popular tourist destinations not only in Southeast Asia, but in the planet. It will not be surprising if Thailand is at the top of your bucket list of holiday destinations.
In a Two-minute guide to family holidays in Thailand from TravelMole – News Section, you can immediately assess that travelling to this rewarding destination is truly promising. It highlights the pleasurable adventures up north and down south:
While heady Bangkok may be too much for tinier travellers to handle, smaller Chiang Mai is much more manageable and is well set up for tourism. Ride tuk-tuks through the city or explore the tiny alleyways, or soi, by bike. Cycling to Chiang Mai’s outlying temples will also take you on an adventure through quiet, undiscovered residential streets. Back in the city, older children will love the excitement of the night markets and budding masterchefs will go to foodie heaven with a Thai cookery lesson, especially if they are involved in buying ingredients from local food stalls before cooking and eating their creations…
Further south Khao Sok National Park offers a selection of great family-friendly accommodation options, including tree houses up in the forest canopy. While this may not be suitable for the youngest traveller, older kids will love having their own treehouse for a night. And the wildlife, jungle walks, river rafting and kayaking that Khao Sok has in abundance makes the park a natural, authentic adventure playground that parents will enjoy as much as their children…”
Thailand has much to offer as a family destination. Responsible travel is encouraged here. It is Thailand’s way of allowing families to connect and commune with nature, which are easier to do when travelling to the country’s authentic northern uplands and southern islands. Each of these regions is endowed by distinctive and rousing appeal for young adventurers. There are many attractions that can keep big kids fascinated without travelling far.
In the northern highlands, a responsible tour will take teens trekking through the verdant forest and the indigenous people living on the hills. The novel experience exposing them to different cultures is a rare as well as illuminating and enriching.
In the southern islands of Thailand, travelling families can bask in the solitude of beaches and stay in locally-managed cottages fronting the waters. These offer tourists the opportunity to meet and interact with local families teaching them more about local cultures and practices.
Tourism has a big impact on the environment; responsible tourism lets host countries earn from it with minimal damage on the environment. With over 25 million international travellers ganging up in Thailand year after year, the country stands to be heavily damaged without responsible tourism. Making authentic Thai experiences part of responsible tourism is a moral and intelligent strategy as travel experiences are made more exciting, unforgettable, and rewarding too.