It’s been over 15 years since we were last in Thailand which is why we desperately want a Thailand family holiday. Back then, we were young, free and single, travelling with our respective group of friends and island hopping back and forth through Bangkok over several months. In the capital, we spent most of our time off the Khao San Road, a famous hangout for backpackers, I learned to dive in Koh Phi-Phi Don (the famous setting for Alex Garland’s The Beach), partied at the Full Moon Party in Koh Pha-Ngan, took some time out in Krabi and Ko Lanta before exploring the northern half of Thailand including Chiang Mai.
We were slightly apprehensive about returning to a country in which we hold in such high regard – having fallen in love with it all those years ago. Which is why, perhaps, it took us so long to go back. Had the country changed beyond recognition? The thing is we knew we wanted to experience a Thailand family holiday.
Our Thailand Family Holiday – An Overview
Our destination to Thailand’s original beach resort of Hua Hin was only a few hours away by road. This was the main reason why we plumped for Hua Hin as the base for our Thailand family holiday. After such a long plane journey, we couldn’t face catching a connecting flight.
Hua Hin History
Where to stay in Hua Hin?
Hua Hin Beaches
Meanwhile, in comparison to our experiences of the seedier side of Thailand, Hua Hin wasn’t full of go-go bars and working women touting for business. At least, not on the main streets. The resort definitely has a more family feel to it and it was great to see so many other parents out with their children.
Is Hua Hin for kids?
Things To Do in Hua Hin
Hua Hin is full to the brim with upmarket hotels ranging from boutique luxury to grand scale international chains. It’s also well-known for its golf courses and famous Hua Hin night market. We spent a lot of time there, just pottering and taking in the sights and sounds (read here for the best Hua Hin attractions).
Hua Hin Night Market
Hua Hin Food
Our Thailand Family Holiday Was a Success!
Hua Hin is a Royal playground fit for the aristocracy as well as high-society Bangkokians – plus thousands of visitors from all over the globe. And you can see why.