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THAILAND

From ancient temples, jungle rivers and tropical beaches to ethical elephant sanctuaries, Thailand has so much to offer when it comes to family travel. 

Kids of all ages will love making an offering to Buddhist monks, partaking in Buddhist religious rituals, shopping in the floating markets, learning how to carve fruits and vegetables into flowers and, of course, learning about and caring for elephants.

Begin your Thailand family adventure in Bangkok, the country’s capital and largest city. Spend your days here exploring exquisite temples and palaces … and of course eating. Bangkok is the street food capital of the world.

There are three very famous temples in Bangkok, Wat Pra Kaew, Wat Arun, and Wat Pho, in addition to over 400 more wats (the Thai word for temple).

Then head to Chiang Mai, a picturesque city easily navigated on foot, where the air is clean and the climate mercifully cool. Explore the markets, temples and learn all about the amazing Asian elephants.

End your trip at the beach at Koh Samui island, where you can discover small villages built entirely of bamboo; lush jungle interiors; turquoise-fringed beaches, and hidden Buddhist temples with their iconic, gilded-red roofs. We love this beach destination because unlike many places in Southeast Asia, Koh Samui still offers a casual, authentic atmosphere.