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Charming, tranquil and unlike any other beach in Thailand, the soft white sand on Ko Bulon Leh's east coast nudges up to a wee pink schoolhouse.

The teachers rent out six simple bungalows overlooking the school's seaside football pitch, though most families opt for one of the solid midrange resorts at either end of this casuarina-shaded beach. Powered by solar panels, tiny Ko Bulon Leh is a success story in ecotourism and the Urak Lawoi “sea people” welcome respectful tourists during the dry months.

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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