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Khao Lak Pangnga Thailand

On Thailand's southwest coast north of Phuket, Khao Lak has just the right balance of quietude and action for families.

The area covers several miles-long expanses of soft sand rimmed by terrific family resorts and restaurants offering Western and Thai menus.

Nightlife is minimal, but a good night market and many boutiques keep the after-dark scene lively enough for most families. Unlike some of Thailand's busier beach towns, the mood is laid-back and its jungle-backed landscape is dotted with coconut farms.

Thailand with kids

Popular – and lesser-known – places to visit in Thailand with the family

If you're coming to Thailand with kids I'm sure the obvious contenders will already be on your radar: the temples of Bangkok, a cooking class in Chiang Mai, maybe an elephant sanctuary, one of the islands, and call it a wrap. Yes, these are all worthy additions to a family-friendly trip to Thailand, but take my advice: I've been living in and writing about Thailand since 2011 and I can tell you there is so much more to the country that doesn't make the standard "top 10" lists and travel brochures. If you're even vaguely interested in getting off the beaten path and seeing some of the 'real' Thailand with the kids, this guide is for you...read more

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