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treesy
post Jan 19 2010, 01:58 PM
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Hey all,
Am off to Thailand mid march to mid april with our 5yr old son, and would love any tips on where to go and what to do.
Interests are homestays, nature, wildlife, people, quiet, non touristy, basic to basic with pool!reasonably adventurous, dislikes are touristy, theme parks, resorts.
Would really appreciate any up to date info re the north especially. And also an island to finish up on for a week.
Also appreciate any bewares, as had a few mishaps in the past!
Thanks guys, Treesy
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post Jan 19 2010, 03:48 PM
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Did you make any hotel bookings?
Where exactly do you want to go?
So, you are going there for holidays? I have been to Thailand 4 or 5 times, and each time I returned with the best memories. Kind and helpful people however we went there with other people and it was not a trip we had on our own. We spent a week each time, and then when the rest of the group left, we remained for another week on our own each time.
A superb island to finish your holidays I would suggest Koh Samui.
I see however that you don't want to get to touristy places, so I cannot help more.
In some countries especially in Asia you have to be sure that you have a good hotel, and find out details of the place you are planning to stay, the places you want to see. Look everything up in the internet, and get advice from TripAdvisor as well.
It might be a bit risky if you don't want to go to touristy places, and in your case where you dislike resorts with a 5 year old kid. At least be sure that you have some medicine along.
I suggest that you stay in a nice resort hotel since you are with the kid, and get a taxi driver (with very little money) who will show you the whole area around.


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post Jan 19 2010, 06:16 PM
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Hi Treesy,
I'd recommend as follows:

North - Chang Mai as a base to explore the north / hill tribes / elephants / cooking experiences / Muay Thai - you could pretty much sort yourself out from there on whether to go it alone or with a group.

The Tiger Temple near Kanchanaburi - the tigers rescued by Thai monks from the Burmese border. People give mixed reviews about this experience, but for me it was 100% true (people say the tigers must be drugged, but when I saw them - despite them being nocturnal - they were very active!!!)

For an island, I'd recommend Ko Lanta to you. There's a lot of Swedish ex-pats there, but as a result, very kid friendly. It's not as touristy as some of the others either, I found smile.gif

Although I've not been myself, I've heard Ko Chang is lovely too (near Cambodian border side)


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post Jan 20 2010, 01:06 PM
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Hi and thank you,
thanks Kathryn for all your tips, really useful, I saw that tiger place on tv actually, I m sure Sunny would find it fascinating.
Will look into the islands you mention too, thanks Trees
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post Jan 20 2010, 07:32 PM
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Hi Trees,

Glad it was useful - I also just remembered I stayed in a Homestay in Ko Lanta too. It was very basic, but I loved it - if you do it, then you'd need to expect to share a 'dorm style room' with other people - but not that many of them, and they were all quite chilled, so think it would be fine with a child too - here is a link to my blog which has the name etc of the homestay: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entri...09880/tpod.html

Ask away if you have any more questions. I think your son would LOVE the tiger temple! Here's that entry too if you want to see pics! http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entri...45020/tpod.html

Kathryn


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