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Koh Tarutao Tarutao National Park Thailand

The mountainous islands of Ko Adang and Ko Rawi have dozens of undeveloped white-sand beaches. On Ko Adang, climb the mildly challenging trail up to Chadoe Cliff for views of Ko Lipe and other islands. Also don't miss Ko Hin Ngam, an island of polished stones believed to curse anyone who takes one. Nearby you'll find orange and purple bubble coral.

The park's other section covers Ko Tarutao, with steep mountains and wildlife roaming the virgin forest. Book a pick-up truck to the historical trail at Ao Talo Wao to learn about the abandoned prisoners who turned to piracy for survival during the Second World War. Take a kayak to explore the Crocodile Cave (don't worry, the crocodiles have vanished), or hike into the jungle to cool off at Lu Du waterfall.

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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