Some parents may be anxious to travel with their kids to another country, but that’s not the case in Thailand. Thailand’s vibrant culture and history is an opportunity for children to explore. The country also has the perfect weather to enjoy water-related activities all-year round.
Thailand has loads of children’s activities for a reasonable price – from ‘edutainment’ venues where kids can learn, to exciting theme parks where they can play. Thailand boasts family-friendly itineraries, amazing gastronomic experience, and value for money accommodation. With numerous attractions all over the country, each day is different.
Centara for families
Centara offers family-oriented properties in some of Asia’s most idyllic destinations. The spacious and safe family residences have self-catering facilities and large dining tables, plus separate children’s areas equipped with bunk beds. Even better, up to two younger ones stay for free when using the existing beds!
Little ones and teenagers will enjoy Centara’s supervised Kids’ Clubs, play areas, Camp Safari and E-Zone, kids’ pools, as well as programmes of supervised daily activities such as crafting, adventuring, and video game stations.
Selected five-star resorts in Phuket and Pattaya are home to some of Thailand’s most exhilarating water parks. Here are some of the fun-filled activities perfect for kids in some of the key cities in Thailand:
There is something for every type of child in Bangkok and it is easy to get from A to B in thanks to public transport.
This is the most innovative “edutainment” place in Bangkok. Every shop is an opportunity for kids ages four to 15 years old to learn about different professions. There are up to 80 jobs to choose from, from a dentist to a pilot flying a Boeing 737!
Shopping: Platinum Fashion Mall
Thailand is a popular shopping destination in Asia. Shop until you drop in one of the biggest shopping centres in the heart of the city. Each floor is clearly marked making it easier to navigate. Find everything you need in one place.
Accommodation: Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok
This hotel is walking distance to some of the huge shopping malls in Bangkok such as Platinum Mall and Palladium Night Market. The hotel is also close to Ratchaprarop station and fancy restaurants, but be sure to visit the rooftop restaurant with an amazing view of Bangkok’s cityscape.
Pattaya is known as a party destination, but it is far from being a one-dimensional place. There is a variety of activities during the day and night especially on the stunning beaches.
For animal-lovers: Pattaya Sheep Farm, Banglamung
Get up close and personal with sheep, ponies, piglets and a selection of birds. Children will enjoy feeding the small animals or riding a pony, while parents can enjoy a gourmet meal.
For botanists: Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
This former field of mango, orange, and coconut trees has been transformed into flower gardens inspired by the world, with cultural performances such as Muay Thai and dancing.
Make a splash: Underwater World Pattaya
At the Touch Pool, kids can feel many marine animals from Thailand’s shallow waters. The Coral Reef Zone features colourful fish and examples of coral native to Thailand. The Open Ocean Zone features black-tipped reef sharks, eagle rays and nurse sharks.
Accommodation: Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
This tropical paradise destination on its own right has two gigantic sections connected by rope bridges. The hotel features dining venues, spas, a kids’ club, water sports, and an extensive water park.
Phuket’s activities will ensure that the kids will keep their minds and bodies active so parents can enjoy their holiday in the island’s famously beautiful beaches.
For watersports: Surf House Phuket, Kata
Enjoy waves all year-round with a high-pressure wave machine that throws a four-inch-deep sheet of water. Beginner surfers hold onto a safety rope held by a staff member. Surf House Phuket sits near bars and restaurants that the family can enjoy.
For golfers: Dino Park Mini Golf, Kata
A jungle-themed mini golf course that features dinosaur statues. Kids will enjoy the tee off as the holes are slightly isolated from the others and go through caves or through dinosaur bones or over bridges.
Accommodation: Centara Kata Resort Phuket
This family-friendly resort is less than a mile away from the clear waters of Kata Beach and a 45-minute drive from Phuket International Airport. There are swimming pools, waterslide, Jacuzzi and swim-up pool bar, two age-specific kids’ clubs and a tour desk.
Koh Samui’s beaches always catch the attention of tourists and the little ones can enjoy building sandcastles and frolicking in the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
Active adventurers: Canopy Adventures
Soar above the lush treetops of Koh Samui through ziplines of Secret Falls. Witness the spectacular scenery in Thailand’s exotic paradise. Tour operators offer a convenient pick-up from your hotel to the mountainous interior.
On the beach: Ang Thong National Marine Park
Tour operators offer a pick-up from hotels to Bang Rak Pier to see the natural splendour of Ang Thong National Marine Park, as seen in of Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie “The Beach”. The island is famous for its pristine waters, white-sand shores, against the majestic mountains.
Accommodation: Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui
Perfect for swimming, strolling, rejuvenating and socialising, the hotel is on Chewang Beach, 15 minutes away from the Samui International Airport. The hotel offers a wide range of accommodation options and host of facilities and activities.