A lot of people thought I was mad to take my 8 year old son on a family holiday to Thailand, too hot and humid, and too many domestic flights.  How wrong they were!  I have always been lucky with my son, he is an easy going traveller and the 12 hour flight didn’t phase him at all.  On board Thai Airways I was very jealous of his snack box he was given after take off full of goodies to snack on through the flight.  Combined with the on board entertainment the problem was trying to get him to sleep!

We all enjoyed Bangkok, our first night we went to the night market and there was so much going on he didn’t know where to look .  He loved all the different sights and smells on the market stalls and the tuk tuk ride back to the Banyan Tree where we stayed was the definite highlight.  Grinning from ear to ear I knew he was going to throw himself into the whole experience, including the mocktail at the Moon Bar on the Roof top of the Banyan Tree, the 2nd tallest building in the city.  No visit to Bangkok would be complete without seeing the Grand Palace, it was a lot to take in but the snakes with 5 heads caught his attention!

Next stop Chiang Mai and the Tamarind Village which is perfectly located within the old town.  The 3 nights gave us time to visit the temples, local markets, relax at the hotel pool and also learn to be a Mahout.  It’s such an easy city to get around, walking is the best way to explore the city but there are plenty of tuks tuks for when those little legs are aching.  The elephant experience was the highlight of the trip and something for the whole family to enjoy and be involved in.  About an hours drive from Chiang Mai into the hills we reached our camp and were presented with our Mahout clothing, vanity goes completely out of the window.

The final stop was Koh Samui, just over a 1 hour flight from Chiang Mai within an hour of landing you are relaxing at your hotel.  There is plenty to do on Samui but some relaxation was in order and Rohan had a date with the swimming pool.  It was the prefect way to end our family holiday just soaking up the sun and splashing around together.  We were spoilt at the Six Senses Samui with our private pool villa, ocean view and a butler on hand.  They thought of everything, even a lilo ready and waiting for Rohan and something chilled with bubbles in the fridge for me!

All of the hotels were family friendly, some even offering spa treatments for children, but all are perfect for families that want to share a once in a lifetime experiences and spend some valuable time on holiday together.  I would recommend it to anyone, the domestic flights are short and so worth it for what you will see and with our ground agents there to meet you every step of the way you don’t have to think about anything.

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