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This funky island to the north of Ko Samui has a reputation for a hippie-stoner scene and drunken debauchery at the monthly Full Moon Party on Haad Rin.

But while Haad Rin and Ban Tai in the south are popular with backpackers looking to party, the entire eastern and northern parts of Ko Phangan are quiet and suitable for families, even when a Full Moon Party is going on at Haad Rin.

Activities include hiking to viewpoints, water sports like windsurfing, swimming at Than Sadet Waterfall, and visiting remote stretches of sand like Bottle Beach and Thian Beach on a longtail boat tour. The island is also known for yoga, meditation and wellness in case you're looking for spiritual vibes. The main town, Thong Sala, has cool boutiques and a good night market to boot.

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 more

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