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Thailand is a great place for a great stay for a great time. In principle, there are two ways to discover with the family: from Bangkok to the island or the northern part of the land, to Chiang Mai and the hill towns that characterize this area.
This is a great experience for older children: some of the Karen and Lahu towns are equipped for tourists (hilltribeonline.com) and provide basic lodging in cottages where you can stay in dormitories on a mat. It' something that works for the whole host families - for the parent it's a great opportunity to see and really come back to the countryside while the child loves the feel of camp and seeing Thailand abandoned child-member.
In this area there are paddy fields where kids can grow and reap the fruits of their lives, and in the elephant sanctuary (changthai.com) they can take care of the elephant for a whole days. And if that is a bit full, the other way is to reserve a cosy resort in one of the seaside resort and discover from there.
Koh Samet and Koh Lanta are ideal for the whole holiday season, as there is a lot to discover next to the beaches. Koh Lanta Yai offers excursions through mangroves and pine apple orchards by long-tail boats, as well as fantastic snorkeling and scubaiving. At the Saikeaw Resort (samedresorts.com; double room from 49 per night) on Koh Samet is very much homelike, with cottages along the coast.
It is also a good choice, with strolls into the wooded hillsides of Mu Koh Lanta National Park, where you often see crab-eating apes and monitors. From Koh Hai there are fantastic boating excursions to the Koh Muk Smaragd Caves, which has its own private inner sandy beaches and a nature swimming pools.
More than 3,000 leagues of exotic coast, Thailand has a sandy beaches for almost every use. After sundown, the lovely coves of Ao Ton Sai and Ao Loh Dalum beat at the rowdy Ibiza Bar, with softer chill-outs at the Mojito Bar and the unavoidable firejuggling in Carpe Diem.
Staying in one of the densely crammed shingle cabins at PP Casita (ppcasita.com; from 30) when you're off duty till daybreak or in the fluffy chalet at Phi Phi Phi Iceland Village Beach Resort and Spa (ppisland. com; from 135). info) is the place to go: several thousand rappers are descending on this Gulf Coast avalanche for the month ly mega-sessions when a Hat Rin Sha scale scores.
There is a specially designed boating trip from Koh Samui holiday destination, or you can rent one of the Leela Beach Bungalows (leelabeach.com; from £6). The bustling Koh Samui and Phuket islets provide good care for the family, but if you like it calmer, Koh Lanta Yai in the Koh Lanta archipelago is your choice.
Ao Phra-Ae Southern Lanta Resort (southernlanta. com; from 34) on the "Family Beach" of Hat Khlong Dao and Sayang Strand Resort (sayangbeach. com; from 19 ) on Ao Phra-Ae are favourite small accommodations. Well, the wood chalets at Phoayam Coconut Resort (koh-phayam.com; from 6) and Mr Gão (mr-gao-phayam.com; from £7) are beautiful places to do just that.
Shebai Corner (sabaicornerbungalows.com; from 15) has country cottages and Lom'Lae cottages (lomlae.com; from 38) has positive variants. It is one hours by ferry from Krabi or Phuket. Kayak is also a great way to discover large, good-looking, underdeveloped Koh Kood. The rainforest falls to the clear ocean, broad verdant streams contribute to the feeling of wildlife and a stop in secluded accommodations like Neverland Resort (neverlandresort.com; air-conditioned bungalow from 32, fully fitted £7 tents) makes Robinson Crusoe to refreshing.
There are so many visitors to Thailand and never look beyond the seaside or Bangkok, but you don't have to go far to really explore the real side of the state. The Ban Mai Fair in Chachoengsao is one of my favorite places. There I also visited the near lying China sanctuary in Wat Leng Hok Yee with its two giant papier-mâché statues of China's cats.
The Khao Yai National Park is one of the most attractive places in the interior of the country, offering wonderful falls, luxuriant landscapes and, to the amazement of many itineraries. It is the newest wine-growing area in Thailand, and you can sample the local vines and wander through the vines. A number of good places to eat - VinCotto in the Granmonte vine (granmonte.com) is a favorite - and an excellent accommodation is the Kiri Maya Estate (kirimaya.com; double room from £110).
It is a great place to see the nature side of Thailand for a few days: you can do hiking and bird watching and observe elephant passing by. One cannot come to Thailand or go to a sanctuary, and by far the most impressive is the town of Ayutthaya, Thailand's former capitol. They are about 700 years old and it takes at least half a full working afternoon to get to know them.
Higher up in the west of Thailand is the quiet Uthai Thani region, with scenic flood plain adjoining the Chao Phraya and wooded hills. If you are willing to discover two holy places, they are a must for every tourist. As all the other visitors in the city hammer to Jim Thompson's home, for a calmer and more reflective trip to an ancient Thai home, jump over to Kukrit's Heritage Home, a horticultural haven that remains unexplored by the boiling wagonloads.
With all these purchases, stylists will enjoy retiring to the urbane sobriety of the Como Shambala Spas at the Metropolitan Hotel on South Sathorn Road (00 66 2 625 3333; metropolitan.bangkok.como. bz), while those looking for a great, straightforward massages to Ruen Nuad on the Convent Road.