Nearly a fifth of the population in the Land of Smiles is under the age of 14, and activities abound for the younger members of the family. The capital Bangkok is home to Asia's third Madame Tussauds wax museum and Siam Ocean World, the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia offering the rare opportunity to dive with sharks. For historically inclined youths, just outside Bangkok sits the Ancient City, a sprawling outdoor museum featuring many of the country's most historically significant architectural monuments. In other parts of the country, places like Chiang Mai are also favourite destinations with children, they can ride elephants at the Mae Sa Elephant Camp, see tigers, giraffes and giant pandas at the zoo and when night falls, take a parkland bus tour and spot lions, crocodiles and rhinos sleeping in the bushes. For more adventurous offspring, a river cruises on the Mae Ping River, hot-air ballooning trips and horse riding are all on offer and also guarantee fabulous views of see the city and its environs.
Close to mother nature in Phuket and Koh Samui, elephant riding, snorkelling and kayaking are safe for both the parents and the children. Bungy jumping, ATV safaris, and go-karts are on hand for the more active to release some of their energy. Canopy rides on both beach destinations offer a Tarzan-esque experience to zip across treetops from a tree station to another, offering unbeatable sea views wrapped in the safety of a harness. Kayaking and snorkeling are also a great option for families and can be rented along the beach in most resort locations. Day trips can also be arranged for snorkeling around nearby islands. On Samui, a day trip to Ang Thong National Marine Park is one of the most popular marine tours. The picturesque setting features limestone cliffs and pristine beaches spread through 40 lush green islands. Other activities specifically aimed at the younger clientele include football golf, petting zoos and even a DIno Park Mini Golf and Splash Water Jungle Park on Phuket.
Posted by Wayne Hue