Taking your kids to a culturally different location may seem like a challenge, especially at a destination like Thailand which is known for beaches, temples and parties. But there is a side to Thailand which brings its culture and natural beauty to the fore making it relevant to families with children. In fact, increasingly there are an increasing number of activities that cater specifically to kids, in a way that we have a list of 18 such activities for you to choose from.

1. Ethical Elephant Encounter At Krabi Elephant Sanctuary, Krabi

What better way to introduce your kids to the national animal of Thailand than to let them interact with them ethically? You can spend a day at the Krabi Elephant Sanctuary observing, feeding and walking with the rescued elephants as they roam throughout the sanctuary. Giving them a mud bath and then washing them down will make you too feel like a kid again. There’s no riding here since the sanctuary gives solace to those elephants who are overtired from the logging and tourism industry.

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Cost: Krabi Elephant Sanctuary’s entry fees are THB 2500 (Rs 5400 or US$ 76) for adults and THB 2000 (Rs 4300 or US$ 61) for kids between 3-9 years.

2. Ride Many Water Slides At The Ramayana Water Park, Pattaya

The Ramayana Water Park boasts of being one of the best water parks in Asia. It has more than 10 water slides, ranging from big to small and fast to slow along with a wave pool and lazy river. So while your kids expend all their energy on the slides, you can relax at the pools or just chill at the pool bar. If you are an adrenaline junkie you must try the rides called vertical drop and dark twister.

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Cost: Entry fees for adults is THB 1490 (Rs 3200 or US$ 46) and for kids is THB 1100 (Rs 2370 or US$ 34).

3. Bathe Under The Waterfall At Tad Kwan Village Park And Waterfall, Chiang Rai

Take your kids on a full day adventure at the beautiful countryside of Chiang Rai. The waterfall is bliss and you can also take part in many other activities including going go-carting, hiking, having lunch with a tribal family, roast some marshmallows and drink some coffee. Make sure that you carry an extra set of clothes because this is one place where you won’t be able to stop yourself from getting muddy.

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Cost: The entire day tour costs THB 5500 for adults (Rs 11800 or US$ 168) and THB 2250 for kids (Rs 4840 or US$ 68) with a pick up and drop off from your hotel at Chiang Rai.

4. The Best Family Beach At Nai Harn, Phuket

If there is one beach that you should go on your entire trip with your kids, it is the Nai Harn Beach. It has shallow, warm waters so the kids can wade in the water. It is also clean and not too touristy. Soft sand, just enough shade and good places to eat make it a great relaxing spot for adults too. If you are lucky and the weather permits, you may be able to surf there too. Or you can rent a sunbed for THB 100 (Rs 215 or US$ 3).

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Take a taxi to reach here from Patong beach which will cost you about THB 1000 one way (Rs 2150 or US$ 30) 

5. Hear The Gibbons Sing At The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, Thalang

Teach your kids the importance of conservation at the educational and recreational trip in Thalang. At the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, you will see the gibbons saved from poaching in the 80s. These efforts continue even today where they protect gibbons who cannot be released into the wild due to their interactions or cruelty from humans. You may not be able to see much here apart from a few gibbons, but you can hear their melodious morning song. You can also bathe and cool down at the Bang Pae waterfall that is part of the park.

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Cost: Entry fee is THB 200 for adults (Rs 430 or US$ 6).
Opening Hours: Every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.).

6. Savour The Bygone Thai Ethos At Siam Niramit, Bangkok

When in Thailand, you must know its current culture as well as its history. Take a walk through Thai history at the Siam Niramit, with one of the world’s largest stage productions. At the grounds, you can eat at any one of the three restaurants and stroll through an authentic Thai village. The show begins at 8 pm so head there earlier to get a taste of the show, where you will see some of the dancers and elephants perform even pre-show.

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Cost: Tickets start at THB 1500 (Rs 3230 or US$ 46).

7. Choose Between Waterfalls At The Erawan National Park, Kanchanaburi

It has seven levels of waterfalls with azure blue pools surrounding them, with the highest one going up to 1000 meters. Follow the trail to see to what level you can get with your kids. The first few are relatively easy and should be a breeze as long as you keep yourself hydrated in the humid weather. The scenery through the trail is breath-taking and you will also find some monkeys in their natural habitat.

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Cost: Entry fees for adults is THB 300 for adults (Rs 650 or US$ 9) and THB 200 for kids (Rs 430 or US$ 6).

8. Splash Jungle Water Park, Phuket

The Splash Jungle Water Park has lots of slides for all ages with not much of a wait time. It is also very safe with lifeguards and ride attendees at every ride. For parents and the less adventurous adults, there is also a swim up bar you can hang out at. There are also some cabanas you can rent if your little ones need a short nap. What’s convenient is that they have a wristband which makes all your purchases in the water park cashless and is the key to your locker too.

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Cost: The entry fee for the park is at THB 1450 (Rs 3120 or US$ 44) and is free for kids younger than 5 years.
Opening Hours: Timings for the water park are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

9. Feed The Giraffe At Safari World, Bangkok

At the unique Safari World, your kids can experience a zoo as well as an open safari with unique animals and animals in their natural habitat. You will need an entire day here to enjoy both Safari Park and Marine Park. The car tour will let you see these amazing animals that are not caged. Plan your day with a map so you can catch all the animal shows, which are scheduled one after another. The Orangutan and Dolphin shows are the highlights of the park. They also have a giraffe feeding terrace where you can feed them bananas at an extra cost.

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Cost: THB 1500 (Rs 3250 or US$ 46).
Opening Hours: Safari World open for visitors at 9 a.m. through 5:30 p.m.

10. See Magical Floating Lanterns At Yi Peng And Loy Krathong (Lantern Festival), Chiang Mai

If you are headed to Thailand in November, you are in luck, since a two-day festival in Chiang Mai offers a wonderful show of light through floating lanterns. Families get together on the full moon night next to lakes, canals and rivers across Chiang Mai and launch these lanterns as offerings. The lanterns are available for purchase there itself for about THB 60 (Rs 130 or US$ 2). However, it gets a bit crowded so if you are going with small children, buy tickets to go to River Market café where you can launch your lanterns and have dinner.

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Opening Hours: The event starts at 7:30 p.m. but you must get there earlier to get the best seats or view.

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11. Be Part Of A Painting At Art In Paradise, Bangkok

Its one thing to see a painting, another thing to be a part of it. The Art in Paradise, Bangkok, is a three-dimensional museum spread across 2 floors where you can literally be part of the art. You can easily spend a couple of hours at this museum just taking imaginative pictures of your kids and yourself.

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Cost: Entry fees are at THB 400 (Rs 860 or US$ 12).
Opening Hours: Visitors can come to the Art in Paradise between 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., on any of the days.

12. Experience The Colourful Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bangkok

Take an exhilarating ride in a long-tailed boat to give your kids a glimpse into authentic Thai culture. The boat will take you through a rural part of Thailand’s floating market where you will find locals selling fresh produce and exotic fruits. This is a good time to get your kids to try some local specialities, especially the coconut ice cream and mango sticky rice. You must also bargain for some authentic souvenirs to take back home.

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Cost: Going there via taxi will cost you about THB 400 (Rs 860 or US$ 12).

13. Tricks and splashes at the Dolphins Bay, Phuket

Kids will squeal with joy when they see the featured aquatic animals at the show at Dolphins Bay. They have charming dolphins, white whale, funny fur seals and sea lions doing amazing tricks with their trainers and splashing around. After the show, you may even choose to take pictures with the dolphins or swim with them at an extra cost.

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Cost:Tickets start at THB 700 for adults (Rs 1500 or US$ 21) and THB 400 for children (Rs 860 or US$ 12).
Opening Hours: It is open on all days except Mondays and has shows starting at 11 am with the last show at 5 pm.

14. Experience Interactive Audio Presentations At The Museum Of Siam, Bangkok

If you are a culture buff and want your kids to value culture too, the Museum of Siam is a good opportunity to do so. It interestingly decodes the Thai culture with the factors that influenced it, all in an interactive format. You get a free audio headset with your entry which acts as a guide. This is important since a lot of the instructions, descriptions and signs are in Thai. A lot of the times it also has temporary exhibits which are impressive.

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Cost: Adults pay THB 100 (Rs 215 or US$ 3) and is free for kids below 15 years. Entry is free for everyone post 4:30 p.m. and national holidays.
Opening Hours: It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

15. Ride the multimedia wave at the Cartoon Network Amazone, Pattaya

If your kids love cartoon network then they will love spending a day with their favourite characters at this amazing water park. The Cartoon Network Amazone has separate big rides for adults too, which keeps the experience great for everyone. The Live TV can surely bring back sweet memories of the cartoons and the wave pool with its foam bubbles will truly bring out the kid in everyone. You’ll need to spend a complete day here as the kids will sprint from more than 20 slides and rides available.

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Cost: Ticket prices start at THB 1300 for adults (Rs 2800 or US$ 40) and THB 990 for kids (Rs 2100 or US$ 30).
Opening Hours: The water park is open on all days between 10 am and 6 pm.

16. Ample Activities At Children’s Discovery Museum, Bangkok

When you’ve finished your shopping at the Chatuchak market and want to relax a bit, give your kids some thrill at the free Children’s Discovery Museum. It has indoor and outdoor play areas complete with a water park and a climbing gym. So don’t forget to pack a swimsuit for them and bring some food and drink along because the children like to stay here for long.

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Cost: Free entry for all.
Opening Hours:The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays between 10 am and 4 pm

17. Go Through Hidden Caverns At The Phang Nga Bay, Phuket

Show your kids how diverse nature can get by taking them to the “James Bond Island”. Here you can view the famous Koh Tapu, a limestone rock standing 66 feet. Local fishermen act as your canoe guide to take the entire family through the hidden caverns at Hong Islands. You’ll also learn a lot about the island’s flora and fauna here.

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Cost: A day cruise will cost you about THB 1700 each (Rs 3700 or US$ 52).
Opening Hours: The tour will start at around 8:30 a.m. from your hotel in Phuket.

18. Learn Wakeboarding At The Zanook Wake Park, Bangkok

If you and your kids are feeling adventurous and want to try out your hand at some watersports, then go wakeboarding at the Zanook Wake Park. The staff is friendly and helps kids learn how to wakeboard and kneeboard. For younger kids, there is a huge inflated aquapark with an obstacle course in it. There are also two restaurants that you can eat at after all your activity.

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Cost: The cost for 4 hours of using the wake park is THB 600 (Rs 1300 or US$ 18).
Going to these fascinating places in Thailand with your kids will not just change your perception about Thailand, but will also open up your children’s view to different cultures and natural beauty that will remain with them forever.

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