Koh Samui, Thailand - with our little ladies

I can’t lie, I was a touch nervous about travelling to Thailand for a family wedding with an almost 3 year old (Charli) and a 4.5 month old (Matilda).

We visited a travel Dr who suggested Charli, who is fully vaccinated have a Hep A injection and nothing for Matilda. She stressed that the girls were not to drink bath water or touch the animals, specifically monkeys and stray dogs (rabies).

The 9 hour flight to Bangkok from Melbourne was great. The girls were amazing. Matilda fed (breast) and slept while we entertained Charli with lollipops, stickers and Peppa Pig episodes on our Ipad.

We avoided Bangkok as much as possible with the girls with a 12 hour over night stop over and stayed at a great Novotel very close to the airport.

From the minute we landed in Bangkok the girls were very popular with their fair hair and big blue eyes. The Thai men and women are so beautiful, kind and just in awe of Western children.

Our resort, the Amari Palm Reef on Cheweng Beach, Koh Samui (chosen by the bride) was stunning. On the ocean, bright and colourful with great swimming pools, lovely child friendly dining and amazing, friendly staff. The four of us stayed in the one room but did upgrade to a gorgeous junior suite for more space. We had pool and ocean views and a lovely big bath. A very suitable porta cot was made up for Matilda and a lovely comfortable bed for Charli.

      

Whether we were within our resort, dining at other restaurants, spending time at the beach or shopping on the busy Cheweng Road our girls were always given lots of attention, in the most beautiful and gentle way.

My husband and I love the beach massages and tag teamed every day. However, Charli enjoyed them too and 3 times she stayed still for an hour while a gorgeous lady fussed over her rubbing oil into her arms and legs. They also enjoyed painting her toes pink and playing with her hair. If we had Matilda and there was a free lady they would jump at the chance to hold her. And for some crazy reason when in the resorts or spending time with the massage ladies we didn’t give this a second thought.

Men looking after the pool would wash Charli’s sandy feet, clean ice-cream off her face and loved talking to her. So many staff new the girls and our nieces by name.

My brother in-law and sister in-law travelled with their 8 month old daughter, Emma and every time they had a massage they went together and the women happily played with Emma. Bronwyn and I would tip for the baby-sitting and they would reluctantly accept.

Our older niece Montana (8), the brides daughter, was also treated extremely well and enjoyed the attention.

       

One thing that is very crazy is the non-existence of baby seats in vehicles, and seat belts for that matter. We travelled as little as possible however with a few days to go decided it would be great to a day trip around the island and chose to hire our own driver through the resort. We paid 2500 THB (roughly $75) and had an awesome man called Mal who had 3 daughters. He drove us so carefully for 4.5 hours and was lovely with our girls. He took some great family shots with our camera. Mal insisted we visit the monkeys and we agreed to a family photo; nominating Daddy to have the monkey on his shoulder!! We also drank fresh coconut milk, visited a beautiful waterfall, local village, elephant farm and dined at a gorgeous seafood restaurant along the coast.

Food in the resorts was perfectly safe for kids and delicious. Our (American) brekky was included each day and although there was lots of non brekky items like sugar donuts etc. we were able to feed Charli cornflakes, toast and fruit with the occasional pancake! Our niece, Emma was also able to eat very well having yogurt, fruit or fresh porridge for brekky and lots of rice and fruit for other meals. Bronwyn was well prepared taking her own vegetable purees (Rafferty’s garden). We did see Heinz baby food for sale and both purchased nappies in Koh Samui.

We did not require babysitting services due to travelling with family but upon researching the resorts babysitting service and speaking to a Sydney mum who had utilized such services we would have no hesitation next time.

We found Koh Samui, Thailand to be a wonderful, friendly, safe, affordable and surprisingly relaxing holiday!!

Take care and Enjoy! Jaclyn

 

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