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Wat Khao Takiap or Monkey Temple near the City of Hua Hin in Thailand

This hourglass-shaped province, Prachuap for short, bridges the southern and central regions of Thailand.

It has a coast studded with beaches, national parks, hilltop temples, golf courses and many other attractions.

The beach towns range from the heavily touristed to the downright sedate, and the lengthy coastline is perfect for a road trip alongside the sea. The most popular tourist destination is Hua Hin, a well developed city with plenty of family resorts overlooking miles of beaches.

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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