Tips for travelling in Thailand with a baby and a toddler

Tips for travelling in Thailand with a baby and a toddler

For our month-long trip to Thailand with a baby (10-months old) and a toddler (3 years old), I was desperate for practical information on travelling to Asia. Thailand is a really family-friendly destination and it was a brilliant adventure, but not the easiest travelling we’ve ever done with kids so young. So, for families planning a trip to Thailand, I’ve collated these handy tips for travelling in Thailand with a baby and a toddler that we picked up along the way…

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Packing for Thailand with a baby and a toddler

Thailand, beach, waiting for the boat - Tips for travelling in Thailand with a baby and a toddler

  • Pack as light as you can, you’ll want as little as possible when shlepping luggage onto long tail boats, taxis, ferries and Tuk Tuks.
  • Don’t bother taking a baby car seat. It goes against your parental bones but you’ll be hard pressed to find a seatbelt to strap it into. Some taxis and Tuk Tuks have enough room to strap the baby into a buggy otherwise a baby sling can help make you and them feel more secure.
  • Pack nappies and powdered baby formula if bottle feeding so you have enough to get by comfortably, but know that you can get both and plenty of other baby essentials in the many 7/11s dotted around the country. 
  • Be sure to pack baby snacks and lots of Ella’s pouches (or the cheaper Aldi ones!) – we found it hard to find healthy nibbles for bubbas if they’re not into fruit.

Thailand - Tips for travelling in Thailand with a baby and a toddler

  • Take a lightweight buggy for naps and a Koo-di sun and sleep cover for shade. Be aware though that pavements are rare on the islands.
  • If you plan to spend a lot of time on the beach, a tent for shade is good for stationary babies – these Koo-di ones are great and can double as a baby cot back at your hotel (very useful when it’s not always a given that your Thai accommodation will have one!) We didn’t bother as our little one was far too mobile and would have ninja-d out of there in a jiffy.
  • Mosquito lotion is a must – you can get special stuff for kids and Incognito, an all natural deet-free one is great. We also tried the citronella rubber bands, which didn’t seem to work at all. Be sure to put your nets down at night if the hotel has them.
  • Probiotics, tummy bug remedies and sun cream are a must to keep nasties at bay – make sure you’ve got these top five family holiday health essentials in your travel kit.

Tips for travelling in Thailand with a baby and a toddler

Flying long haul with a baby and a toddler

  • Check ahead to see if your airline offers baby bassinets or seats for babies over 6-months. If they do, this CoziGo is brilliant – it fits perfectly over the airline bassinets providing a snuggly dark snooze area for babies. Great when aeroplane lighting totally goes against the actual hour of the day and bubbas need to shut off from all the excitement. If we ever go long haul again, I’ve also got my eye on this JetKids Bed Box.

  • Try and feed the baby on take off or landing, or if they’re dummy lovers, pop one in to avoid little ears popping (take a few dummy clips to stop them falling on the floor and getting covered in plane fluff!)
  • Take a direct overnight flight if you can. We found it works far better with adjusting to a new time zone.

Lebua at State Tower, Bangkok,, tips on travelling to thailand with a baby and a toddler

  • If bottle feeding your baby, pack a thermos with hot water – saves having to bug flight attendants every time your baby needs a feed. This is particularly useful if there’s turbulence, as you’ll have to wait for the seat belt lights to be turned on before anyone can assist you.
  • Pack new colouring and sticker books, snacks, an iPad, new small toys  – the novelty of new stuff will keep toddlers entertained for longer. Check out these Pinterest ideas for long haul inflight children’s entertainment inspiration.
  • Families are given priority in Thailand and you’ll be regularly sent to the front of the queue if you’re travelling with kids – always an extremely welcome gesture! 

Koh Lanta Thailand - Tips for travelling in Thailand with a baby and a toddler

Getting around Thailand with a baby and a toddler

  • Getting around in Thailand with a baby and toddler is super easy and everything is so well geared up for tourists. Taxis and Tuk Tuks are everywhere and ferries and speed boats go to other islands daily.
  • Go slow! Factor in rest days or an overnight hotel after big travel days rather than trying to do it all in one go, it’ll help the kids adjust to the timezone change and give you the energy to transport them to the next destination if you’re moving around a lot!

Sunset Koh Lanta Thailand - Tips for travelling in Thailand with a baby and a toddler

Thailand day to day

  • ALWAYS use bottled water for washing bottles and making formula, even if you’re boiling it. Nobody drinks the water in Thailand.
  • Make sure you have family travel insurance. Our 10-month old got a bacterial infection during our trip – cue clinics, ambulances, private taxis to the mainland and a stay in hospital, plus loss of pre-paid hotels, which all racked costs up. It was all paid for directly by our travel insurance which took extra unwanted stress out of the situation.
  • Stay somewhere with easy access to the mainland like Khao Lak or Koh Lanta in case you need a paediatric doctor. There are excellent drop-in clinics, but it was still a 2-hour ambulance ride to one in Trang on the mainland from Koh Lanta and I was glad we weren’t more remote.

Tips for travelling in Thailand with a baby and a toddler

  • Find a restaurant with a little pagoda-type eating area, they’re brilliant for toddlers and act as kind of baby entertainment pen.
  • Book accommodation in Thailand with a swimming pool. In the heat of the day the sand can get really hot, so it’s great to have somewhere to cool kiddos down. It also provides hours of entertainment, especially if they’re of an age where they can be let loose under a watchful eye. Want some recommendations? Check out these family-friendly places to stay in Koh Lanta.
  • Baby changing tables are scarce, which is tricky if your offspring have unleashed the fury inside their nappy and you’re unable to lay them down…so take a fold-able changing mat with you to avoid having to change them on a toilet floor.
  • High chairs are also rare commodities. If your baby is as wriggly as ours, you’ll find yourself blessing the restaurants who possess reliable Ikea high chairs, as opposed to the rickety wooden accident-waiting-to-happen ones. 
  • Thai people ADORE kids and our two became tiny celebrities with people wanting to hold, play, cuddle and photograph them. This was lovely most of the time (especially when the doctors and nurses entertained our 3-year old during our hospital stay), although the cheek-grabbing and picture taking can get a bit weird sometimes.
  • Western food is easy to find for fussy palettes.

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Have you got any tips for travelling with young children to Thailand? Please share them below.

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10 Comments

  1. April 10, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    We love Thailand for family travel, it’s just so accessible and a great intro to adventure travel. Great tips here! We love returning to Bangkok time and time again. I wonder when we’ll be back…
    Thanks for linking up to #fearlessfamtrav

  2. April 26, 2018 / 7:22 am

    These are such great tips — Thank you soooo much for this blog. I am going to travel with my baby soon,so it is very useful for me.

    • April 26, 2018 / 7:24 am

      Ahh thank you! Really pleased you found it useful, have a great trip!

  3. July 8, 2018 / 2:32 pm

    Great tips .. I thought traveling to Thailand and having a baby don`t mix but after reading your tips i become sure that it`s possible .. Thanks

  4. October 3, 2018 / 9:22 am

    Blimey, useful tips indeed. Sounds like quite an adventure! We are so lucky to have access to travel insurance and expensive hospitals. #Fearlessfamtrav

  5. October 3, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    Thailand is high on my list – these are some great practical tips #fearlessfamtrav

  6. October 13, 2018 / 12:41 pm

    Hi! Great post. We are visiting Thailand in November with our 2 year old. Would you recommend the ferry vs speedboat for toddlers? We’d like to take the speedboat but are unsure how she’ll handle that much time on the speedboat. In our pre-kid days we did the speedboat from Koh Kradan to Koh Phi Phi and remember it not being the most kid-friendly, but also remember TigerLine taking forever. Thanks!

    • October 14, 2018 / 5:35 am

      Hi Kelly! Thanks for your comment 🙂 I think if you took the speedboat you’d need to take a life jacket for the little one as they don’t provide them and it might give you better piece of mind. The ferry to Koh Lanta was actually fine – not too slow! We stayed below deck so we could have shade for the little ones and there’s was loads of room too.

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