Thailand for Kids

Health and Safety

If your children aren’t used to the heat, keep an eye on their hydration levels.  By the time a child feels thirsty they may already be dehydrated.  Signs of dehydration in young children can be a tiredness, dizziness, dry mouth, lack of tears when crying, sunken eyes, sunken fontanelle in babies and lack of urine so check that nappies are wet.

Heat exhaustaion can occur

Water from the tap is chlorinated but it’s not advisable to drink it. Check if ice is made with purified water – if it’s in cubes it probably is. If it has been cut from a large block of ice – steer clear. Use bottled water for drinking, making up bottles and brushing teeth.  Keep an eye on younger children in the shower or bath and encourage them not the drink the water.

Finding Nappies (Diapers) in Thailand

Nappies (diapers) can be found in supermarkets such as Tesco Lotus and Carrefour and mini-marts such as 7-11 and Family Mart.  Smaller towns may only have mini-marts.  Mini-marts may only have smaller sized nappies so stock up in supermarkets when you can. If you’re planning on travelling to remote islands or well off the beaten track you should carry enough for the duration of your stay. Bring a couple of pairs of washable nappies or training pants in case you can’t find nappies. If you’re spending a lot of time at the beach your child can probably go bare bottomed for a lot of the time.

Food for Children

Breastfeeding in public is not common in Thailand.  Thai women do this indoors though no one is likely to object to you doing so in public.  Bear in mind that any spicy food you eat will be passed on to your baby through your milk.

International brand formula can be found easily in Thailand at supermarkets and mini-marts.  Pasteruised and UHT milk and soy milk can also be found here.  UHT milk won’t be refrigerated so heating may not be necessary – it depends on how fussy your baby is. If your baby needs warm milk consider bringing a heating coil – you can get these for under $10 on Amazon. Hotels and guesthouse may not have microwaves but kitchens may be able to heat bottles in water on a stove-top if you ask nicely. Prepackaged babyfood is not that common in Thailand but can be found in the main tourist areas though it’s often stage-one, runny baby food.  Snacks like yoghurt, ice-cream, crackers, biscuits and bread can also be easily found.

Fruit, fresh juices and shakes are an easy choice for kids in Thailand. There are plenty of tropical fruits such as papaya, mango and dragonfruit as well as the more familiar pineapple, watermelon and banana.  Choose fruits that can be peeled as you can never be sure that fruit has been washed in clean water. Young coconut water drunk directly out of the shell with a straw makes a great drink for kids.

When eating Thai food there are several great choices for kids.  Omlettes, fried rice, fried noodles, grilled chicken and fish, stir-fried veges and chicken with cashew nuts.  Plain or sticky rice is always available.  Learn to ask for food without chilli or not spicy – “mai phet”.  Take care as meat and fish is often cooked with the bones left in. In touristy areas you will find items like eggs, pancakes, cornflakes, museli, spaghetti, pizza, burgers and french fries on many restaurant menus. International fast food outlets such as McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut can be found in airports, shopping malls and in other touristy spots..

What to Bring to Thailand for Kids

Highchairs aren’t common place in restaurants so, if this is something you really need, you will need to bring a portable harness that fits over the back of chairs or a highchair that clips onto the table. You will get a lot of help in restaurants, staff will want to pick up your child and take him/her for a walk while you eat. You can probably do without a highchair.

It’s not very common to find self-catering accommodation so you will need to ask hotels and restaurants to wash and sterilise bottles for younger babies or bring sterilizing tablets.  Bring as many bottles as you have and a bottle brush for washing.  It’s a good idea to take your own cutlery, plastic bowls and cups for smaller children.

Should you bring a stroller to Thailand?

A common debate among travellers with young children is whether to use a stroller or a pack for transport.  Even in Bangkok, sidewalks can be uneven and difficult to navigate with vendors taking up a lot of the walking space.  You will often find you need to step around or down onto the road.  This can make pushing a stroller difficult.  A stroller will be useful for keeping little ones comfortable in airports or when visiting shopping malls, temples, museums and galleries.  They’re a great place to take a nap plus a good escape from the sun. A small umbrella (folding) stroller is the best option as one parent can easily carry it when you can’t use it – make sure you get one with a sun canopy. A sarong can be thrown over the top to keep the sun off a sleeping baby.  You may find you can’t transport a child in a pack as easily as at home.  You’ll both wind up hot and sweaty and if you’re on your own chances are you’ll have to carry another bag along with water, bottles, snacks, guidebooks and cameras.  It can be a lot easier to tuck all this under a stroller.  A pack is a great option if you plan on trips to markets, walks on the beach and light trekking, especially if two parents can share the load.  Look for a pack that has a sun canopy.

It’s a good idea to bring a selection of books, small toys (like matchbox cars, little dolls), colouring books and crayons. Only take what you can fit into a small child’s backpack. If they’re old enough, put your child in charge of their pack. It’ll lighten your load.

Babysitters and Nannies

Beaches suitable for young children

Activities for young children

Chatujak park at BTS morchit have boat and playground for kids but i recomment Rot fai park near by Central Ladprao department store there’re lots of kids on weekend, lots of playground and activities as painting, ice cream, butterfly house, learner center etc. and the most special is bike rental 20 baht whole day long. Most of people there are thais family and very less farang so before visit there you need to learn a bit to speak Thai. :”)

Beaches suitable for teenagers

Activites for teenagers

One Response to “Thailand for Kids”
  1. Thailand seems a great destination for traveling families, since there is decent medical care in case of emergency.

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