I had never really considered Thailand as a good family travel destination. But I was wrong. We spent a month in Thailand in 2015 and I loved it.


We spent around $120 AUD per day in Thailand (including flights from Laos). You can check out our full budget breakdown on our budget page.

Hua Hin

Hua Hin is an easy bus ride from Bangkok and is very popular with families. It has great water parks, a long beach, night market and great restaurants. English is widely spoken and cultural sites are also accessible from the city.

For us, we used Hua Hin as a way to break up the trip from the islands in the south back to Bangkok and it was a great resting place for a few nights.

Where to stay?

We recommend the Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort and Spa. We stayed there for two nights and had a wonderful time. There is a great pool, two on site restaurants, a convenient shuttle to town, a day spa for a bit of pampering and beautiful beach views.

Marrakesh Hua Hin - the view

The Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort and Spa is along the beach just out of the main town with other resorts. What sets it apart, however, is the design and the high levels of luxury and comfort. The Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort and Spa is a great option as either a long stay from Bangkok or a shorter stay to break the trip up from the islands in the south.

Check prices and availability at Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort and Spa. You can also read more about our stay.


If you’re visiting Thailand, chances are you will be in Bangkok even just for a night or two. You can choose your own experience in Bangkok – cultural, shopping, nightlife – the city has it all.

Where to stay

We chose to stay slightly out of the main city and tourist area and go for apartments so that we could have a bit of space. We stayed in a two bedroom apartment at Bangkok Patio. It was close enough to the train station to walk, but they also provided a free tuk tuk on demand. The rooms were clean, serviced every two days and well equipped.

Check prices and availability for Bangkok Patio

On our return to Bangkok we were looking for something comfortable, but a little bit more budget. We found this great Airbnb apartment for $57 – the apartment itself was in good condition, but the apartment grounds, pool and playground were looking a bit tired. It was still full functional, but I wouldn’t describe it as luxurious.

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Koh Phagnan

We loved Koh Phagnan – it was affordable, relaxing and fun. The island is a little tricky to get around so if you’re wanting to be at the heart of the action you are best off staying in Thongsala – but having said that it would be no where near as relaxing as other spots on the island. We stayed at Haad Salad Beach and Thong Nai Pan Beach. Thong Nai Pan beach was by far my favourite and as long as you’re happy to just relax on the beach and hang out in the local village you will have a wonderful stay.

Where to stay

If you’re staying at Thong Nai Pan you really should stay at Longtail. They are great with children, the grounds are beautiful, the cabins are basic but clean and the food at the restaurant is great. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and I would definitely return.

Longtail beach resort

They have sand toys and lilos on the beach for the kids to play with and we spent hours having fun in the water.

To book at Longtail, you need to email them directly with your chosen room. You can check it all out on their website.

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