Eastern Adventures

What is it about Thailand that draws me back? My love for this beautiful country started as a backpacker many years ago. For those of you that know me, the food is obviously a big draw, but it’s more than that. The scenery, the people, the animals, the experiences…For an easy introduction into exploring the East for the first time, Thailand certainly ticks many of the boxes for families. Travelling here always feels adventurous — everyday events, like riding a tuk-tuk, can present instant entertainment and it’s a pretty straightforward country to travel around.

My children still talk about the time the fish nibbled their feet in the waterfall, or when we saw the large Monitor Lizard near the floating markets, or the time we fed and washed the elephants at Elephant Hills.

Talking of elephants, they are one of the biggest draws for families on holiday in Thailand and home to a significant number, with estimates ranging from 3,000 to 4,000 in the wild and around 3,000 in captivity.

Floating markets day trip
Elephant Hills Thailand
Canoe experience at Elephant Hills

They are revered and considered sacred animals, with some temples even having resident elephants! The population of elephants in Thailand has been declining due to habitat loss, poaching, and exploitation, but visitors to Thailand can support these efforts by choosing responsible elephant sanctuaries that prioritise the well-being of the animals over profits. Elephant Hills is one such sanctuary that we were lucky enough to experience- we stayed in one of the tents, but I wouldn’t call it camping as all tents have full beds and ensuites! Guests staying here get to watch the elephants enjoy an extensive bath, before preparing and feeding them one of their daily meals. Quite an experience!

You can explore the length and breadth of Thailand easily, whether hopping on an internal flight or, more intrepidly like we did, aboard a train. And, it’s easy to tailor activities to fit with the ages of your children. Thailand also represents particularly good value for money for families. Places to stay are comfortable and high quality, with humble three-star hotels in Thailand often of a better standard than four-star accommodation back home.

The best time to visit Thailand is during the cool and dry season between November and April. However, the climate varies throughout the country and you can visit all year round. The west coast is more favourable during the winter months, when diving and snorkelling will be at their best, whereas the weather on the east coast of Thailand is good for most of the year.

Thailand is a beautiful and diverse country that has something to offer to every type of traveller. From stunning beaches to vibrant cities, from ancient temples to modern shopping malls, from delicious street food to international cuisine, and is a destination that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

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