Thailand offers the perfect introduction to Asia and its diverse history and culture. From the vibrant city of Bangkok to its world-famous street foods, there’s so much to discover on family holidays in Thailand. This intriguing country is a melting pot of temples, palaces and bustling cities that blend the old with the new in an intoxicating cocktail.
Our Thailand itineraries are designed for families with a sense of adventure, with exciting activities such as rickshaw tours and ziplining through Angkor on offer. And there’s plenty for history lovers to enjoy too, with Buddhist sites and the Khao San Road where you can delve deeper into the traditional cultures of Thailand. The tuk tuk is one of the most popular ways to get around the cities and is a fun experience on our Thailand family tours as you ride among bustling streets and lively markets.
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in a more peaceful side of Thailand, take a longtail boat ride along the ancient canals of Old Bangkok or visit the sprawling temple complex of Wat Pho. Here you’ll find the largest reclining Buddha statue in Thailand and learn about the origins of the traditional Thai massage.
Thailand is renowned for its exotic street food which is at the very heart of cultural holidays here. When exploring the cities and markets, you can’t go a few yards without the fragrant aromas of a Pad Thai or Pad kra pra assaulting your tastebuds. Anyone that loves foodie holidays will be in culinary heaven in Thailand.
Independent family holidays in Thailand are also available.
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Top Six Street Foods to Try on Family Holidays in Thailand
Pad Krapao Moo: This stir-fried pork dish is a popular street food you’ll find in most cities during Thailand family tours. Most often, either pork or chicken is the main ingredient and is fried alongside holy basil. The spicy sauce consists of chilli, garlic, green beans, oyster sauce and soy sauce – a delicious combination that really brings the dish alive. Pad krapao moo is usually served with fragrant Thai rice and topped with a fried egg. If its comfort food that gets you excited, then this is definitely the dish to try.
Pad Thai: No doubt you’ll have heard of Pad Thai as this is one of the most popular and traditional dishes of Thailand, as well as being one of the most colourful. It can be rustled up with chicken, pork or shrimp and is traditionally accompanied by flat rice noodles, bean sprouts and lime, for that extra zing. Pad Thai became popular in Bangkok when the prime minister wanted to overcome the country’s rice shortage. The vibrant combination of sweet, sour and spice create the most intense flavour sensation that makes it one of the best dishes in Thailand.
Khao Ka Moo: Another great comfort food that is popular with both locals and visitors to Thailand, Khao ka moo is one of those street food dishes that leaves you with a warm feeling of contentment. Pork is braised on the bone until it falls apart and becomes a melt-in-the-mouth consistency before serving with a portion of rice, chillies, pickled greens and a hard-boiled egg. You’ll find the dish being made throughout the streets of Thailand and because of its lack of hot spice, it’s a popular food among children.
Kai Jeow: Although the word ‘omelette’ derives from France, you might be surprised to learn that its origins are from ancient Persia. Deep fried in lashings of oil, salt, soy sauce and fish sauce, this Thai favourite is an indulgent eggy treat served at many food stalls and restaurants. Most locals simply enjoy the Kai jeow with just a dollop of sweet ketchup or chilli sauce and it makes a great snack for eating on the move.
Roti Gluay: For anyone with a sweet tooth, Roti gluay – a Thai variation on fried banana pancakes – is an indulgent treat that children go crazy for. And not only does it taste sensational, but it looks pretty incredible too. This delicious dessert is a must-try when visiting the capital city of Bangkok and is also great fun to watch being made. The ingredients combine a bread-like pastry, whisked eggs and generous slices of banana which can be topped off with anything from chocolate sauce and coconut to sugar or honey.
Khao Neow Mamuang: Mango sticky rice is another Thai street food that promises to make you salivate. The combination of coconut sticky rice and mango is simple yet delicious and will undoubtedly leave you wanting more. The rice is steamed and then blended with thick coconut cream and sugar before serving with sweet, ripe mango and topped with coconut cream or mung beans.
This trip gives you the opportunity to see many of the key sights of Egypt with the exception of Abu Simble and is well organised with responsible guides to help you navigate a new culture when travelling with children. Egypt itself is a fascinating country full of history and culture and we had a brilliant experience of Egypt. There are some things that you should consider to ensure that this is the right tour for you. The trip does promise a first class sleeper train and 4 or 5 star hotels throughout but that is a local distinction and most were more a European 2 or 3 star hotel at best. This isn’t a luxury tour. Many of the tours are optional rather than included and as such you need to allow plenty of extra dollars if you want to have the full experience. This makes you feel somewhat like you’re being exploited because the extra trips are significantly overpriced compared to the face value of the entry tickets to the sites visited, but you can’t easily then organise on your own. This trip gives you the opportunity to see many of the key sights of Egypt with the exception of Abu Simble and is well organised with responsible guides to help you navigate a new culture when travelling with children. Egypt itself is a fascinating country full of history and culture and we had a brilliant experience of Egypt. There are some things that you should consider to ensure that this is the right tour for you. The trip does promise a first class sleeper train and 4 or 5 star hotels throughout but that is a local distinction and most were more a European 2 or 3 star hotel at best. This isn’t a luxury tour. Many of the tours are optional rather than included and as such you need to allow plenty of extra dollars if you want to have the full experience. This makes you feel somewhat like you’re being chased for more money all the time and the extra trips are somewhat overpriced compared to the face value of the entry tickets to the sites visited, but you can’t easily then organise on your own. We noticed our 13 year old went in as a child ticket but we were charged a full adult price for the tour by exodus because he was over 12. The brochure said group tips paid in advance are optional but recommended but we were chased for the exact amount ‘recommended’ which I suspect is a profit source for the local tour provider. The coach journey was advised as 4 hours but actually took 7 hours due to using back roads rather than toll roads. There can be delays and you need to be prepared to sit for long periods.
We are traveling as a family of four with our two girls, 13 and 11 years old for four months. This tour was a highlight of our trip so far. We absolutely loved the animals and the jungle as well as being exposed to the culture and people of Sabah. Our tour guide Nostalia was a fountain of knowledge and took such amazing care of us. The people of Sabah are friendly and welcoming and with our guide as a translator we learned so much more than we otherwise would have.
Our family of four went on this tour in February half term 2023. The places you visit are amazing, Pyramids and Valley of the Kings especially. 19 of us on the tour, really good bunch of people and the kids all got on well. We were first time travellers with Exodus and we really expected more effort to have gone in to their planning and attention to detail in making this a family adventure as billed. In reality it’s a tour Exodus seem to resell from an Egyptian tour operator and felt like an adult tour with kids on. e.g. after the 15hour overnight train journey when clearly the group were exhausted, the guide announced that the hotel rooms weren’t ready and we were going to do the next day’s itinerary then. This completely misread the group. Often the plan for the day didn’t factor in meals or breaks at a reasonable time, e.g. on the first day we at left at 0730 but lunch stop wasn’t till 1400, lots of very hungry children. For the overnight train to Aswan they don’t use the main station in Cairo but a small suburban one. They got us to the station 3 hours before the train departure and there was only a small café that served drinks. With a bit of thought they could have easily sorted out a family friendly restaurant with toilets etc, the food on the train is pretty poor so a meal before departure would have been welcome. With some planning all of this could be fixed easily. We didn’t expect someone from Exodus to be with us, but I did expect one of their team to have built the itinerary and worked with the operator to match the vision they sell. This just didn’t seem to be the case. Exodus say they have at some point visited the hotels etc but not been on this particular tour. The Cairo hotel (Cairo Pyramids – Steigenberger) was terrible, you don’t stay in the main part which is on the website but are in old bungalows that were like a 1* motel from the 1980s. I can’t believe that anyone from Exodus has stayed in that part of the hotel and they still let people stay there. At each hotel the group were met by a local representative from the tour operator, but never managed to once get the hotel rooms sorted to match the group, e.g. those that needed three beds seemed to always get two. I realise this seems petty but at 2030 after a 7 hour coach drive you don’t want to be spending another 45mins trying to sort out hotel rooms. It would have really helped if they’d got this type of detail right. The tour operator runs a tipping kitty which Exodus say is optional. In reality it isn’t. You are summoned to pay ($45 or $25 for kids) on the first day, also children age 12 or older are adults for this and the optional tours. The tour operator was literally chasing some people around hotels to collect any missing tip kitty. Exodus have said they are going to make sure the operator knows it is optional, but I think if it’s needed they should simply add to the cost of the holiday. The tipping kitty doesn’t cover the tip for the guide which is recommended at $4/day per person. We really enjoyed Egypt but think Exodus need to step up their game on this tour to make it close to experience they say they offer.