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Thailand (once called the kingdom of Siam) is famous for its tropical beaches, elephant sanctuaries, misty mountain landscapes, colorful festivals, and shining Buddhist temples. Thai culture makes it the perfect family travel destination. And where else will kids see elephants paint pictures with their trunks!

    Bangkok
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Chiang Mai
    Tips about temples – Buddhism is the primary religion in Thailand and temples are in every village, town and city. A visit to a temple is a not a day at the beach, so no shorts or spaghetti tops. Things to know about Buddhist temples:
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Wat – A wat is an enclosed temple complex, with buildings such as chedis, ubosot (chapel for Buddha images), viharn (ceremonial hall). The wat also serves as a monastery, living quarters for the monks.

   

Chedi – Chedi is a pagoda, building with a spire on top, often bell-shaped. The chedi contains a sacred relic of the Buddha or ashes of a king or prince.

   

Mythical creatures – Temples are decorated with mythical creatures such as garudas (half human, half bird), nagas (guardian serpents), sometimes multi-headed, devas (celestial beings), yakshas (giant demons), and lions.

     

Ramakien – Stories and characters from the Ramakien, Thai version of the Ramayana, often appear on temple murals or as guardian statues.

   

Fun food

    Thailand is the land of snacks and food every hour of the day. Here's our favorite snacks: mango and sticky rice (rice is made with coconut milk), fresh coconut ice cream, fruit juice popsicles (great on a hot day) and Khanom Buang, they look like little crepes with different fillings, such as white merengue or sweet eggy filling.
    Fresh fruits and juices – Everywhere in Thailand kids will want to try fresh fruits, some new such as dragon fruit, Chinese pears, red papaya, tiny bananas, and fruit drinks made from watermelon, banana, lemon grass, coconut, pineapple, mango.
   

Shopping

      Bring a separate piece of luggage for all your souvenirs from Thailand – carved wooden elephants and crocodiles, miniature tuk tuks, lotus-flower soaps, silk scarves and clothing, jewelry made from real orchid flowers, small umbrellas or sunshade parasols, beaded elephant pillows.
family tours thailand

Thailand is a fabulous destination for kids, but there's so many things to do, it's hard to choose.

Here's our editors' choice for Thailand family tours. Each itinerary offers travel with other families or a custom tour, and a balance of organized activities and freedom to explore, from dazzling Bangkok to rain forest nature adventures. Whether it's riding elephants, staying overnight in a hill tribe village, exploring golden temples, river trip by canoe, a zip-line adventure with monkeys, or snorkeling in sparkling blue waters, these tour companies will arrange an unforgettable family vacation to Thailand:

    Thomson Family Adventures
    Quivertree Family Expeditions
    Journeys International
kids books thailand
     
Tua and the Elephant childrens books thailand  
Tua and the Elephant
R.P. Harris, Taeeun Yoo

Tua loves the night market in Chiang Mai, but she never expected to find an elephant who needs her help. Tua, with the help of her neighbors and monks in the Buddhist temple, hides Pohn-Pohn from the cruel mahouts, and embarks on a journey to find the elephant a home. Irresistible! (Chapter book)

 

     
Toy is from Thailand
Whitney Badgett

Ittipon (nickname Toy) lives in Bangkok. Take a trip with Toy, riding in tuk tuks, going to school, watching Thai boxing and classical dance, observing Buddhist offerings, visiting grandparents in the country, celebrating Thai New Year. (Picture book)

 

 
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the umbrella queen thailand kids books  
The Umbrella Queen
Shirin Bridges

In a Thai village, the girls and women decorates umbrellas with butterflies and flowers, and each year the person who makes the most beautiful umbrella is the Umbrella Queen. Young Noot helps her families make umbrellas, but she wants to paint something else – elephants going round and round. (Picture book)

 

     
The Life of Rice
Richard Sobol

Rice is central to life in Thailand. Follow the seasons of rice growing, from the Royal Plowing Ceremony, where the king blesses rice seeds to ensure a bountiful crop, to planting seedlings in the rice paddies, harvesting and threshing the rice, and sitting down to eat rice at almost every meal. (Picture book)

 

 
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the story of silk thailand  
The Story of Silk
Richard Sobol

Thai silk is famous, but how is it made? Go to a village in Thailand, to watch the whole process, starting with thousands of silkworm eggs. The eggs hatch into worms, and are fed mulberry leaves. Silk thread from the cocoons is dyed and woven into gorgeous cloth. Super photos, including girls wearing silk dresses made completely in their village. (Picture book)

 

     
Buddhism in Thailand
Frances Hawker, Sunantha Phusomsai, Bruce Campbell

In Thailand, boys spend time training to be a Buddhist monk. This is the story of eight year old Baan, who goes to the local monastery during the rainy season. Baan's head is shaved, he dresses in robes, collects alms, learns lessons from the head monk, and meditates by candlelight. (Picture book)

 

 
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b is for bangkok kids  
B is for Bangkok
Janet brown, Likit Q Kittisakdinan

Take a day to explore Bangkok, riding to school on a ferry, eating fried bananas and coconut cakes for breakfast, buying fruits and flowers for your spirit house at home, playing in Lumpini Park on the weekend, and at night, the brilliant colors lights of Bangkok. Sparkling illustrations. (Picture book)

 

     

Get to know the people and landscape of Thailand – beaches and rivers, daily life, going to school, sports, food, holidays, and fast facts. (Illustrated chapter book)

 

 
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Tyger Tyger kids books thailand  
Tyger! Tyger!
Elizabeth Stanley

In a Thai monastery, monks and tigers in the jungle live peacefully side by side, until poachers threaten the tigers.  Guided by a dream, the monks take two tiger cubs into the temple to provide a sanctuary. Gorgeous illustrations, and based on a true story. (Picture book)

 

(More children's books on other Thailand pages)
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