This post is for my mum and anyone else who thinks I’m crazy to to travel to Thailand on my own with three young children. A bit of planning, a few ideas of what to do, lots of smiles and a first aid kit is all you need to feel safe travelling with a 13, 9 and a 7 year old on your own in Thailand. -Mum, at no point were we in any more danger in Thailand than we are here in Hong Kong. Or would have been in Sweden or in the UK, if we still lived over there. At no point did we feel scared or threatened or were in any immediate danger.
Planning. When the kids are older we can rough it more and plan less, but for now I had booked the hotels and B&B’s in advance so that we knew where we were going to stay. A week in each place. And then we were going to do overnight trips (not booked) from there. This worked pretty well apart from us not liking the hotel of the second week. Read more about that here. We went out and found another, that’s all. And it worked out to be very much in our advantage and turned out to be our favourite place of all the 6 places we stayed in our two week trip. So planning is good because it makes you and the kids feel a little safer. And also your mum and husband…
Ideas of what to do. It’s important to know what the area is like and what you can do there. We alternated days on the beach with snorkling, trekking, kayaking, boating and safari. I would have wanted to do more things but the boys were happy to have a chill day in between. Lazy…
A smile disarms people. When you’re on someonelse’s turf, your best investment is to offer up a smile and say hello. The Thai people are known for their friendliness and love of children and we did experience this but in the smaller non touristy places and muslim fishing villages we were often the ones offering up a smile and a wave of hello first. And in 99% of the cases – we were met with nothing but friendliness in return. Smiles break down barriers and disarms people. It’s always a good investment.
A first aid kit is obviously always good to have at hand. Especially with three boys. We went through almost all of our plasters and half a tube of iodine cream. We had use for some eye drops, headache pills and some Imodium towards the end. We also had use for our head touch, sashes of washing detergent, bug spray and essential oils that I had state din there. Small cuts from sharp corals are unavoidable and following a trek up and then down a mountain, one of the boys jumped off a rock and landed on his hip…. We had him x-rayed just to be sure and luckily there was no fracture; he limped for a couple of days displayed a nasty multicoloured bruise but nothing more serious. I was very impressed with the Thai hospital. Quick, clean and inexpensive.
Other than that I don’t really have any other tips and trix. Well, we are getting pretty efficient at packing now. On this trip, everyone brought their own back pack – and nothing else. If a anyone felt they really needed 16 T-shirts they could being them – but had to carry them themselves. This minimised the packing dramatically to a couple of shorts and T-shirts, something long sleeved and of course our drawing books and pens. Flashpacking – is that what it’s called?
At the end of this trip I asked the boys where they wanted to go next. The one who had the x-ray said he wants to climb Mount Everest. The eldest wanted to go to Japan and Australia and the youngest to the Philippines to swim with whale sharks. And me? I want to ride the Transibirian railway, travel the Chinese silk route and spend a month in a yurt with Mongolian family drinking fermented yak milk tea.
Get used to it mum!