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Khao Lak day trips with a baby

Perth, Australia
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Khao Lak day trips with a baby

We have booked a week at the JW Marriott in November and will have our 10 month old (who might possibly be walking by then) with us.

Does anyone have any suggestions of good day trips we could take him on? We only want to do one or two as this will mainly be a relaxing do-nothing holiday. Things we like - quirky interesting things that we wouldn't see at home, lovely beaches, waterfalls, traditional culture, animals (not reptiles).

Ideally we wouldn't want to be out for more than 5 hours, no small speedboat type trips (larger - sturdy boats ok as transport but I wouldn't want to spend the whole time on one. We wouldn't take a pram as we have a good backpack baby carrier so that isn't a factor and we wouldn't be able to line up for a long time or be anywhere at a specific time.

Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Khao Lak day trips with a baby

If you are in Khao Lak on a Sunday you could get a taxi to take you to the Takua Pa Old Town Walking Street Market, details at tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g297914-i10908-k… It's less than half an hour north of Khao Lak. About 4pm is best time when the heat has gone out of the day. A great mix of locals parading with their families and tourists and wonderful street food being cooked, the aroma from which assails your nostrils as you enter the street. There's a nice new small temple there too so plenty of photo opportunities.

You could take baby to see baby turtles in the Turtle Conservation Unit on the Thai Royal Navy Base at Takua Pa which is only about 15 minutes south of Khao Lak. Here baby turtles brought when they are hatched on the Similan Islands are reared in tanks until they are about a year old and then taken back to their birth place and released into the ocean increasing their chance of survival from less than 10% to above 80%. Some big specimens there too.

There are a number of waterfalls but the approaches to them may be difficult with a baby. However, you could go on an elephant trek at the Sairung Elephant Camp about 25 minutes north of Khao Lak. The trek is on a flat track so suitable for families through a rubber plantation and in the beautiful countryside and the turning point is a waterfall. If you don't want to have the baby with you on the back of the ellie you can "play mahout" and walk alongside. You can also feed and wash your ellie back at base.

You can spend a day on White Sand Beach, the central part of Pak Weeb Beach, the most beautiful of Khao Lak's beautiful beaches. Once Khao Lak's best kept secret, it is now it's most popular day trip especially for families but in November it will not be too crowded yet. Three restaurants there to choose from and great to walk the beach in either direction.

Pics of these and other popular trips in this link tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g297914-i10908-k…

Hope this helps.

Perth, Australia
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2. Re: Khao Lak day trips with a baby

Thanks so much Arandora! The walking market sounds just right for us - we are massive fans of street food. The turtles and white sand beach sound great too.

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