When planning a family holiday, Thailand wouldn’t immediately come to mind- the images of seedy bars and US comfort women are still very much part of the country’s international reputation as a destination.
But things are changing every day in the Kingdom of Thailand, and you might be surprised at some of these family-friendly activities for travelers:
Ramayana Water Park, Pattaya
Slated to be the largest water park in Asia, the Ramayana Water Park located in Pattaya in the Chonburi Province, will be Thailand’s first- and is a wonderful step in cleaning up the image of Pattaya. Planned rides include a huge wave pool, a family raft ride, and a number of inner tube slides. The park isn’t open yet, but you can keep updated on its construction on the park’s official website.
A children’s indoor playground located in Bangkok, Funarium has been rated very well on TripAdvisor. The playground features various “zones”, including special zones for toddlers, sports, and eating. Funarium also features an “activity zone” where special classes for children, such as cooking and arts and crafts, are regularly held.
Chiang Mai Elephants, Zoo, and Night Safari
Where else in the world can you ride on elephants through the forest? The animals are treated well at the Maesa Elephant Camp. While you’re in Chiang Mai, don’t miss the Zoo- which includes giant pandas!- and the Night Safari for tigers, crocodiles, and lions.
The Escape Hunt Experience, Bangkok
For older kids, the unique Escape Hunt Experience is available in Bangkok. You play in groups, and the object is to solve mysteries in an old house- but it’s so much more than that. Based on the classic “escape the room”-type game, players will find themselves locked in a room searching for clues and solving fun puzzles.