Making a family vacation fun for everyone is a bit like trying to get your make-up perfect or make that perfect cup of tea. You can't have it too much, too little, too long and too short. Everyone likes their cup of tea and make-up done differently. Tough huh?
This 5 day trip to Bangkok somehow felt just right for all of us. We weren't tired at the end of the trip and the kids didn't fuss one bit the entire trip. We realised that the key to making family vacations great lie in these 3 secrets:
1. Less is actually more
The point of a family vacation is to spend time with each other. How often do we get to abandon work/chores and give each other 100% quality time? We did exactly that. We were blessed to stay at the 5 star Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok. (This is NOT a paid review). The bigger suite-like room meant we had time to play with the kids and give them the fullest attention.
The morning breakfast was AWESOME. We started every morning with a 1 hour breakfast! It is such a treat to be able to sit down, eat awesome food and just enjoy each other's company. We also had LOTS of pool time with the kids. They had fun splashing, we just soaked and had drinks. A win-win situation!
2. Meet basic needs!
You cannot enjoy a holiday if you were hungry all the time, sleepy and grumpy as well as uncomfortable because you need the toilet. So point 1 (above) is extremely important. We made sure the kids had their naps as much as possible, everyone got the food they liked and no one needed to hold their pee/poop.
3. Find middle ground.
The Sealife Aquarium visit was probably the most memorable and fun for us because everyone enjoyed seeing the amazing sea creatures! Matthias got to collect chops at different exhibits, we were just in awe of the variety of creatures and Gwyneth got to sleep in her stroller fully reclined in the dark + comfy air-conditioned place.
It is not always possible to find an activity that everyone enjoys. It is however always possible to plan it such that everyone gets their turn to do what they enjoy. We visited Asiatique and it was quite a lot of walking. Debra enjoyed the alleys full of local crafts and apparel. Matthias was obviously not too interested in shopping so we threw in a ride on the Ferris wheel on site for him.
When we had a bit more energy, we walked along the Bangkok streets and took in the unique local sights. We even tried their BTS (above-ground city trains) and the famous Tuk-Tuk! When we were tired, we took a taxi! (Always ask if they can run a meter, if they say no, agree on a price before boarding!)
Hope this helps with your next family vacation!
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