We, the Year 3 class of Ajman Academy in the United Arab Emirates, wrote this article in order to help parents know what to expect in Thailand with kids. Since we are 7-9 years old, we researched what to do in Thailand from a kid’s perspective. We had to do a lot of thinking and researching, learning about this country and choosing all the right information for families. We hope you enjoy our article as well as visiting Thailand.
The Culture of Thailand
For your next trip to Thailand, here is information that may be helpful. The Thai Currency is called baht and it is subdivided into 100 satang. The issuance of currency is the responsibility of The Bank of Thailand.
The number one religion in Thailand is Buddhism. The number two religion in Thailand is Islam. The King is required by law to be Buddhist. Women’s traditional dress is a long wrap around skirt with a floral print top. Men in Thailand also have traditional dress, a one-piece suit with a wide belt. You can also wear western clothing. For the traditional body greeting, put your hands together at chest height and bow. The higher the hands, in relation to the face, and the lower the bow, the more respect.
Helpful Travel Sites and Apps
When planning a trip to Thailand, these are some apps and websites that will be helpful. Skyscanner is an app and website that let’s you search flights around the world, often giving you a great deal. Airbnb is an app and website for finding houses, apartments and B&Bs in neighborhoods in your destination. Tripadvisor is an app and website for finding attractions, places to stay and restaurants that people have reviewed in the destination. Kayak is an app and website that finds hotels with star ratings, prices and locations in your destination.
What to Pack
If you are planning a trip to Thailand you should bring the following: sunblock, t-shirts, short trousers, sunglasses, and a hat so you don’t get sunburned. If you have sunburn you will need long sleeves and long trousers. If you have a dinner, you should bring some nice clothes. You should also bring important things like money, a passport and travel guides. Remember your telephone, camera and chargers to take your photos and videos. Definitely bring your mosquito cream to keep them away. When visiting temples, you need to wear closed shoes, t-shirts to cover your shoulders and long trousers. Don’t wear flip-flops or short trousers. Some things you can pack for kids so they can play are iPads, coloring books, a favorite toy and a neck pillow to rest on the plane.
Helpful Words to Know
When we got to another country, we need to be nice and polite to the people. These are important words that will help you in Thailand.
How are you? Sbai dee cap
Thanks kap kun kap
Sorry ko tot kap
Where’s the toilet? Hông naam yoo têe nãi?
My name is… di chan cheu
What to Eat in Thailand
When you go to Thailand, there are lots of foods to try. The main food in Thailand is rice, but we can’t eat rice alone, so we have to have something to go with it. There are many dishes of food to go with rice, such as fish, shrimp, soup and noodles. Some popular dishes are Tom Yum Goong (spicy shrimp soup) and Pad Thai (Thai style fried noodles.) Most of the food is spicy, so be careful. You can always ask for the food to be mild. Thai cooking often uses limejuice, ginger, coconut milk and peanuts. They have a lot of exotic fruits like dragon fruit, mangosteen, guava, coconut, rambutan, pomelo, mango, papaya and Sapodilla. Other things to be warned about are water and ice in the drinks.
Things to Do
When you go to Thailand with kids its important to have things for them to do, so here are 9 ideas.
1. Siam Ocean World
Siam Ocean World is an impressive aquarium, which has penguins, sharks and giant, tubes that you put your feet in and watch the fish eat your dead skin!
2. Dusit Zoo
Dusit Zoo is known as Khao Din. It has been around since the 1930s. It has a skywalk that gives visitors an elevated view of some exhibitions.
3. Safari World
Safari World is a two-park attraction. There is an 8km ride through the park. It also has a lion and tiger feeding show.
4. Siam Park City
Siam Park City is a huge theme park with kiddie rides, a massive water park, a dinosaur museum and a learning zone. Stay away if you have dust allergies.
Funarium is in Bangkok .The majority of the space is taken up by an enormous playground. It also has climbing walls, ball pools, super-slides, trampolines, tubing and rope swings. There are also many sports options, as well as arts and crafts and party spaces.
6. Dino Mini Golf
Dino Mini Golf is an attraction that has 18 holes surrounded with dinosaurs and volcanoes.
7. Phuket Fantasea
Phuket Fantasea is a cultural theme park. It has large shopping centers, an elephant show, a kiddie arcade, elephant rides and dining in the Golden Kinnaree Buffet.
8. Freedom Beach
Freedom Beach is a ten-minute ride by a long tail boat. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket.
9. 4-in-1 Half Day Safari Tour
You and your family will learn about how take care of the elephants, see a rubber making demonstration, go elephant trekking and see a rice and coconut demonstration in Phuket.
If you need any emergency contacts in Thailand, here are some numbers and information.
Tourist Police- 1155
General Police- 191
Ambulance and Rescue- 1554
National Disaster Warning- 1860
Medical Emergency- 1669
Private Air Ambulance- 025867654
Pharmacies are open from 09:00-21:00. There is more likely to be an English-speaking assistant in a pharmacy located in a large department store.
Embassies help in cases of victim of crime, arrested, serious illness, unexpected death of a partner or spouse, repatriation and lost or stolen passports. The embassy numbers of the USA and UAE are as follows:
We hope we have given you enough information for your upcoming trip to Thailand. If you have any questions, please leave it below, and one of our students will be happy to answer it for you.