Ever considered a family trip to Pattaya, Thailand? Just under two hours by car from Bangkok, Pattaya is the closest major beach destination to Thailand’s capital. The vibrant coastal city is fast becoming one of Thailand’s preferred family holiday destinations and boasts a variety of family-friendly activities.
A Trip To Pattaya With Your Family: 5 Tips
1. Stay Close
Avoid the hassle of long car rides and choose accommodation with convenient access to major family attractions.
Pattaya is home to the world’s first Cartoon Network-themed waterpark with over 13 acres of family raft rides, speed-racing slides and water-play fortresses for an afternoon of slips and slides.
Parents can also consider Splashdown Waterpark, a spin-off from popular television show, ‘Wipeout’, with the world’s tallest inflatable waterslide and eight other obstacle courses suitable for the kids.
Conveniently located hotels such also offer return transfers and packaged rates that include admission tickets to Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark for the family.
2. Go For Family-Sized Rooms
Opt for family-sized rooms that keep everyone together yet ensure there is sufficient space so that no one gets into each other’s way.
For larger families, one- or two-bedroom suites give parents their much-needed alone time to relax while the kids have their own little area to enjoy in.
3. Avoid The Crowd
Naklua Beach, image by Star Tour
Pattaya offers 4 kilometres of coast with soft sand and clear blue waters – that’s good enough reason to take the family to the beach and find a secluded spot to laze the afternoon away. While you’re there, why not bring a picnic basket with you to enjoy some quality time with your family?
As Pattaya Beach can get crowded especially over the weekend, consider exploring one of the many hidden beaches such as Naklua Beach or Jomtien Beach that are close by but are quieter and more suitable for family bonding.
4. Sneak in some alone time away from the kids
It is not every day you get to vacation in one of Asia’s most beautiful resort destinations, so make the most of it and take advantage of Pattaya’s scenic beauty vibrant nightlife, even if it means spending a couple of hours away from the kids.
Set aside time to enjoy a drink at one of the bars along Central Pattaya and check out Pattaya’s colourful performing arts scene with an exciting cabaret show.
Check if the place you are staying offers child-minding services. At Holiday Inn Pattaya, parents can indulge in their alone time without a worry and leave the kids under the care of our trained staff at the Kids Club. The Kids Club offers child-friendly activities such as mask painting and keychain making.
5. Indulge in delicious food without breaking the bank
Pattaya is a foodie’s paradise and you can stretch your dollar at any of the food streets for affordable local grub. Kids will be able to explore new flavours and learn about authentic Thai cuisine, while you can get good value for money at less than 5 baht for a stick of Satay (marinated barbequed meat on a stick).
If you prefer dining in, select restaurants that offer family deals to get the best value. At the Holiday Inn Pattaya, dine at East Coast Kitchen where kids under the age of 12 accompanied by an adult can dine for free with Holiday Inn’s signature Kids Stay & Eat Free programme, so parents have one less thing to worry about.
This article is contributed by Holiday Inn