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Ao phrao ko samet island Thailand

This stingray-shaped island in the eastern Gulf is only 170 km southeast of Bangkok, making it convenient for a few days of beach time at the end of a trip.

Beaches dot most of the east coast and while Sai Kaew Beach in the north can get noisy with jet skis and parties, a host of quieter coves attract families to the more secluded southern reaches of Ko Samet. Kids get a kick out of the statues of a mermaid, a flute-playing prince and a giant ogress, all of which are characters from Phra Aphai Mani, a story by 19th-century Thai writer, Sunthorn Phu, that was partly inspired by the scenery of Ko Samet.

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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