If you are looking for family vacation ideas in Thailand and fun things to do in Thailand, we’ve put together a short list, set in Hua Hin, that covers all bases when deciding where to take the family for that affordable beach getaway.
Has Hua Hin popped up on your destination radar? If it hasn’t and you’re planning a family vacation, it might be worth checking out. It’s a beautiful beach getaway popular with Bangkok residents. Located three hours south of Bangkok, it’s a great place to visit close to Bangkok especially if you don’t want to fly anymore once you arrive in Bangkok. Hire a car, get picked up at the airport or spend a few nights in Bangkok first. Leave early to beat the traffic and you’ll be in Hua Hin for brunch.
Tip #1 Save on accommodation.
The Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin ticks all the boxes when it comes to family vacation planning. Opened in 2017, it has a modern comfortable atmosphere designed around the family experience. Kids eat free at the resort’s restaurants. There’s a kids’ club and the kids’ rooms are fitted out with fun nautical designs. This resort is set to become one of the best family resort hotels Thailand.
Tip #2 Make (super affordable) memories.
Kids plus water plus rafts plus slides, equals fun and entertainment for the whole day. Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Jungle offers All-Day passes, which is a great way to save, with add ons for the lunch buffet. You can check out their website for special ticket deals, but if you’re staying at the Holiday Inn don’t worry because entrance to the water park is FREE! The water park is right next to the resort, so you’ll save on transportation to the venue too! The list of attractions and activities is pretty exhaustive. The kids will be entertained all day. There’s a massage pavilion you might be able to sneak away to during the day. Head over to their webpage to see the range of attractions and facilities. They also list the height restrictions for some of the attractions, which is handy. It’s one of the most fun things to do in Thailand, just ask any 10-year-old.
Tip #3 Have a beach picnic.
With all the money you’ve saved with the kids eating for free at the Holiday Inn you could head over to Bluport Mall when the kids have had too much sun and it’s time to get some ice cream in air conditioning. It’s a short tuk tuk or taxi ride away from the Holiday Inn. The ground floor is spacious and lined with restaurants, cafes, a supermarket and food court. It’s a smaller version of what you would find in Bangkok. Think Central World or Siam Paragon meets the sea. Get takeaway fish and chips and head to the beach for an early sunset dinner. Bring a soccer ball or a frisbee and everyone will be entertained for the next few hours.
Tip #4 Check out the markets.
Thailand is hot. Really hot. And luckily there are night markets that let us swim and relax by the pool during the day, so we can shop at night. The Cicada Market is family-friendly, bustling, exciting, and a great way to spend a Friday, Saturday or Sunday evening. Get there as early as 4 to beat the crowds. Grab some dinner. They have a coupon system. Hand over cash at the entrance, divide your strip of coupons amongst the kids, get a table and send everyone off to hunt and gather dinner. Make sure someone brings you back a serve of the coconut ice-cream or fried bananas with chocolate sauce. After dinner, wander through the market stalls and pick up some gifts for yourself or family and friends back home. There’s lots of local designers selling their wares. Catch some live painting in the open-air gallery. There might be a performance that the kids will find entertaining too. You can go to the website, but most of the information on street performers is in Thai. Ask your hotel concierge, which night has a performance that kids will enjoy. Usually the shows are free. The Cicada Market is one of the top things to do in Hua Hin.