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Child safe

Is it safe to walk around towns - chaweng , Lamai with children?

Family friendly restaurants?

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11. Re: Child safe

We are in Chaweng just now with our sons aged 4 and 9. There are plenty of people out on the street trying to tempt you into restuarants etc but they are friendly and fuss over the kids. We are staying in the centara and feel safe wandering up the street. We haven't encountered anything "sleazy" but then we haven't been looking either. So far we are having an amazing time as a family. Hope this helps.

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We are in Chaweng just now with our sons aged 4 and 9. There are plenty of people out on the street trying to tempt you into restuarants etc but they are friendly and fuss over the kids. We are staying in the centara and feel safe wandering up the street. We haven't encountered anything "sleazy" but then we haven't been looking either. So far we are having an amazing time as a family. Hope this helps.

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13. Re: Child safe

Thank you Mrsgav?

How is weather?

Did you do any tours? Recommendations?

Did you eat out at night?

Any tips?

Cesspitt

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The weather is a mix of everything. Few rain showers each day but it is still warm so not stopping us getting out and about. We have been on an island tour with samui explorers, thoroughly recommend them. Also visited a local school, fishermans village night market and we are going on a cruise with the red baron. We eat out every night, just head out and stop wherever takes our fancy. The kids love the food court at the walking street and we end up back there most nights for crepes.

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15. Re: Child safe

Thank you immensely for your response.

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You have to keep your eyes open ! You have to watch where you walk, literally. Lamai town is an accident waiting to happen compared to Western standards. Holes, uneven paths, its just chaos. The path is very narrow, most people have to walk in the road, then you have to watch for the myriad of motor bikes, drunks etc. Dont imagine that you can stroll thru town relaxed and let you kids run free. Its ok when you are used to it, and keep aware. The ring road in Lamai was so busy this year between 4 and 7 , sometimes it takes 10 minutes to walk across it. It can be incredible dangerous, please be careful. Nevermind the sleeze, thats easily avoided.

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Hi,

Thailand is a country where the local people love kids, and you will see children everywhere. European families often bring their children to Thailand on holiday, even toddlers nowadays.

Food is excellent and no problem for kids because most dishes you add the chillies yourself from a cruet on the table which also contains the fish sauce, soi sauce and sugar. If getting curry just tell the waitress "Mai OW pet maak" which means "Don't want it very spicy". There are plenty of non spicy things to eat as well as all types of foreign food. If you want English breakfast then a small restaurant called "Harry's " in Lamai a few yards from Weekender Resort is good.

Water is not a problem because you can buy bottled drinking water everywhere. (Don't drink the tap water though as it could give you a bad stomach if you are not use to it. However, It is Ok to brush teeth in, but some foreigners even use bottled water for this too. )

If you do get ill there are pharmacies all over the place and the pharmacists are usually very good. They will recommend medicine if you have a problem. There are also English speaking doctors in most of the hospitals in Thailand if you need one, and although you have to pay for everything on the spot, treatment is not expensive.

Many Thai people look after each other's kids when they have to go to work, shopping etc, and you will see loads of Thai dads taking their children shopping. Hotel and restaurant staff are often fascinated by European kids and always make them feel welcome.

One possible danger for western tourists is the roads. Driving is completely different to in western countries because there are no road rules which everyone obeys. You will have to teach the kids to always look both ways crossing roads, even if it is supposed to be a one way street there will often be someone going the wrong way on a motorbike.There is often up to five people on one motorbike and a dog in the basket on the front..

Wandering around at night is safer than most western countries and I have never felt threatened. The only possible slight danger is from street dogs at night in deserted areas of villages. The dogs sleep all day but at night they go around in packs. They protect the street in which they live by barking at strangers but are quite scared if they think you might throw a stone at them. If I have to walk at night through a deserted place I sometimes pick up a few pebbles to be on the safe side incase of street dogs.

There are some places where you would not take your kid to. For example GO-Go bars. Most places kids are very welcome and they have a great time. Chaweng is a family oriented place and I have seen many couples with children there. If you want a traditional bamboo bungalow then"Lucky Mother" is one I stayed in a few years ago in north Chaweng. Lamai Beach is a little bit cheaper than Chaweng. There are a few side streets of sleazy open air bars which are quite noisy at night but in no way dangerous.

The sea is usually very calm except in the rainy season, so great for swimming and snorkelling.

Have a good holiday. I am sure you will have a great time and your kids will love it.

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