Recommendations and information on how to travel with baby and small children
Traveling with children in Thailand is as I see it, no problem. Thai people love children and do everything they can to make them happy. Resorts and guesthouses are equipped with additional matrasses for you to use, often without an extra charge.
Food and drink, the western style things you can get in every 7Eleven. There is a small but quite sufficient selection of snacks, burgers, sweets and chocolate, yogurt, milk and fruit juice. You find diapers, soap, shampoo, and creams.
In the outskirts of bigger towns, you find shopping malls like Carfourre and Big C. When there is a touristic center nearby they sell a huge selection of foreign brand products. They also host Pizzahut, Dunkin Donuts, and KFC. Also outside of big towns where tourists frequent a lot we have Mc Donalds, that should make most kids happy once in a while.
I read on another website, they recommend bringing the children’s favorite food with. I don’t know if that is really necessary. If you don’t stay in places totally off from western tourists you will find enough already known snacks and stuff every child loves to eat.
If you leave the popular routes and want to explore the Thailand where not every tourist goes, you just have to go shopping sometimes in bigger towns and stack up your supplies.
I would not let my children unattended anywhere outside. It still is a foreign country with different, unfamiliar rules and dangers. The cars drive on the wrong side for example. (Not if you are British lol)
Temperatures and Sun Exposure
Often temperatures in Thailand are very high. Kids don’t really care about that and keep playing in the sun. You as parents or responsible persons though should care. Don’t wait until your small ones come up and say they are hot or tired or not feeling well.
Set up fixed times when the kids can play in the sun and protect them with sun cream. Check them up once in a while and make sure they drink a lot. Make them wear hats as well.
Even while playing in the water we can get horrible sunburns. White skin and blond hair are most vulnerable to too much sun. Use a strong protecting cream or spray and make sure to redo it every now and then.
Talk to your kids, not to drink any water that is not bottled and sealed. Tell them they can get a hurting upset tummy when they drink water either from the sea or pool or even worse the tab water. Under the shower in the guesthouse or at a bus terminal in the restrooms, don’t drink that water.
Many places, like temples, hospitals, airports and other public buildings offer cool water in big tanks. We drink it, we haven’t got sick in ten years. For you, that come here for a short time to enjoy yourself, I would recommend not to drink it, just to be on the safe side.
Bottle water can be found everywhere, all the time. Small bottles, gallons or any other size. Be clever and get a good ration for your room first thing when checked in. Rooms normally provide two half-liter bottles per day but that is gone in a second.
Toilet in Thailand
Before and During the Flight
Airlines are usually very caring with small passengers. You get all kinds of privileges when flying with children like boarding first, like first class, then they get toys and snacks before the regular passengers. The buggy you just put a name tag on and give it to the flight crew when boarding, they will hand it back out at arrival.
Sometimes it can occur that the ears of your children hurt during start and landing. The pressure change we all feel. They might not have learned the trick of releasing ear pressure by dry yawning. I advise talking to them about this issue as well in advance, tell them how it works and exercise before lift off or better even already at home.
Sea- and Car-Sickness
Some people, young and old, get sick because of riding a boat or in a car. I recommend not to eat heavy food before trips like these. Especially milk and milk-products can be a problem when being consumed before a long or curvy tour.
Also, when using public transport, don’t let your kids drink too much. Nonstop rides of three to four hours are very common. Many destinations can be reached with so-called VIP busses though. There you have a toilet on board. The price difference is not much and often worth it.
It helps my daughter not to close her eyes but to watch the things passing the window. Looking at the trees in a distance or focus on a building at the beach or a mountain when you are on a boat helps the body realize what is going on. If you close your eyes your body rejects the movements and reacts by making you sick.
Our unique guided trip to the southern Thailand
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