This week we chat to Maggie from Milana’s Travels about their favourite holiday destination in Asia for family travel – Koh Samui, Thailand. Have you considered Koh Samui with kids?
We at TraveLynn Family LOVE travelling Thailand as a family. It’s so accessible for young families and the food is divine. You may like to read our suggested Thailand itinerary or about our visit to the super kid-friendly Ko Lanta. The boys are yet to visit Koh Samui. I know for certain they would enjoy the cooking class that Maggie suggests!
Our eldest (then 2yo) visiting a temple in Chanthaburi, Thailand
So let’s hear from Maggie why she suggest Koh Samui with kids…
1. Tell us a bit about yourselves. Where are you from and how often do you travel as a family? How old are your children?
We are a family of 3 with a 5 year old daughter who has been travelling the world since she was just a few weeks old. We are based in Southern California and travel at least once a month and take 5-6 international trips a year.
2. How many times have you travelled to Asia and why do you love travelling there?
We have been to Asia twice, Thailand when our daughter was 4 and Japan at 5.
3. Why is Koh Samui your favourite destination?
The beaches of Koh Samui are so kid-friendly! The locals love kids and the island has a very laid back vibe, perfect to relax with family.
4. What were your top 3 things to do in Koh Samui with kids?
Silver Beach is a must! No waves and shallow all the way out. We also took a cooking class with Ying at Ying’s Thai Cooking Class. Ying is so amazing and taught us so much about Thai cooking and our daughter loved being able to help cook. And I highly recommend taking a tour with Mr. Samui. He tailors the tours to your needs, so we visited lots of kid-friendly spots on the island.
5. Where did you stay and do you recommend it?
Khwan Beach resort. While it was beautiful and had a private pool, I felt that it wasn’t very kid-friendly (lots of honeymooning couples in the villas) so I would recommend finding a more kid-friendly hotel, especially at that price!
6. What did the kids eat?
My daughter is a very adventurous eater and loved trying all the yummy Thai food. Her favourite was the pad see ew we made at the cooking class and lots of mango with sticky rice from the food stands!
7. How did you get around?
We walked to nearby areas and used cabs for others. Cabs were inexpensive on the island, so a good way to get around.
8. What is your top tip for travelling to Koh Samui with kids?
Book the cooking class before you go, it was by far the highlight of our trip!
9. What item could you not have done without in Koh Samui?
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus mosquito repellent. It’s natural, without DEET, so no toxic chemicals for little ones. There were a ton of mosquitoes so I’m really glad I brought it!
10. Where are you off to next?
We’ve just got back from Portland/Seattle and trying to figure out where to go next. We will be going somewhere, just no specific destination in mind.
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