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Next October, we are planning to take a big trip and I'm wondering if there are any tips, things I should be aware of, etc.<br><br>
We are first going to Australia where I'm competing in rowing for the World Masters Games over three days. DS has been at rowing events before so that will be fun and mostly familiar for him. After a few more days in Sydney, we're planning to fly to Thailand and spend 8-10 days there.<br><br>
Part of me thinks it's all going to be fine, because DS is a very easy-going, sociable and adaptable baby at 15 months (now). But of course there is the mommy worry perking up, coming up with concerns like kidnapping, DS getting separated and wandering away, not eating anything, not being able to sleep in the heat... I was wondering if anyone in this forum has gone to Southeast Asia and has any tips for me on safety, health, things to do, places to stay etc.
 

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We are a Thai-American family (dh is Thai) and have lived here in Thailand for the last 8 years, so all of my kids have been born & raised here, no problems, and we've always lived in suburban/rural areas.<br><br>
Presuming that you stay is nice hotels and do the common tourist type activities in touristy areas, there should be no need to prepare anything special. Biggest challenge will probably be the heat, which is not a problem if you're in aircon rooms and such. And when out and about, just keep the lo in thin layers and well hydrated and he should be just fine. Sticking to bottled water is recommended, of course, as visitors can have trouble with the water.<br><br>
As for where to go and what to do, as well as other tips for traveling with a 2yo, I would recommend visiting <a href="http://www.thaivisa.com/forum" target="_blank">www.thaivisa.com/forum</a>. They have a sub-forum there called "Families & Children" (or something like that). If you post your questions there, you should get plenty of suggestions.<br><br>
One thing that may catch you off guard and be a bit disconcerting is that Thai people LOVE children, and little non-Asian children are no exception. So don't be surprised if everyone and their brother is touching your little guy. Usually they just touch an arm or leg, sometimes pinch a cheek. Nothing serious, and they shouldn't try to hold him or anything without asking first. But I know it's irritating for some people when they come here, so be prepared for that. It's nothing personal, and if you look closely, they will be oogling over all the babies and little ones, Thai and non-Thai alike. If something is making you uncomfortable, just tell them not to touch or do whatever and move ds away-- they'll get it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
HTH and feel free to PM me if you have more specific questions or anything.
 

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Yes, my only comment would be to reiterate about the attention - it can be quite full on. To add to what Niranut said, people were always trying to give my son food also so I needed to keep my wits about me, particularly when he was very young and not on solids yet!<br><br>
Thailand is a very easy and safe place to travel. If you'll be in Bangkok it'd be easiest to stay somewhere on a skytrain line as traffic is horrible and taxis don't have seat belts. Oct won't be super hot but it'd be nice to stay somewhere with a pool nonetheless. We've had lots of nice beach holidays around the place. Hard to know what to recommend as budget and interests play a big part!
 

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Hey there. We were there for about six months when our child was around 18m. I would add that if you are staying in Bangkok, don't even bother with a stroller. There are always stairs or an escalator up to the skytrain. And sometimes big crowds. I carried my child in a mei tai carrier most of the time going around town because I was so paranoid about the traffic and train decks. Also, the sidewalks are a mess and crowded.<br><br>
Within the city there's a huge mall called the Paragon with an aquarium on the bottom floor that was fun for our kid. It had an amazing array of sea life but in odd displays like in a VW bug. That mall also had a great food court and grocery store. There's also small coin op kiddie rides in the toy department. If you're into wood toys, they carry a lot of Plan and Voila since both are manufactured in Thailand.<br><br>
Our daughter is also very social and got a ton of attention. People were always taking pictures of her which was weird for us at first and she was always being touched but it was always respectful. But I have to say it was very nice to be around friendly faces even when she needed to freak out. They even thought that was cute.<br><br>
On a down note my daughter got sick with Rubella while we were there and we ended up going to Bumrungrad International Medical for treatment. The whole visit including prescription cost us under $30 so rest assured there is medical support should you need it.<br><br>
If you don't have one of those carts for your car seat, consider it. It was a lifesaver for us going through the airports. It was as good as a stroller and we didn't have to worry about her running off. Plus it gave her a familiar seat to have a snack while we waited around for our plane.<br><br>
Feel free to pm me too if you want. Happy traveling!
 

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We just got back from 2 weeks in India with DS. The biggest thing is be prepared for major jet lag. Our trip was a lot worse then it could have been because we went with my in-laws and they didn't think about how a 18 month old might be affected by jet lag so we were on the go almost from the start, which really made things rough on everyone. If we had had 3 or so slower days to start off it would have been much better for everyone and made the trip a lot smoother all around.<br><br>
Also as bad as it sounds towards the end of the trip we were really thankful for McDonalds, we were all tired of Indian food every meal (though it didn't help we were staying with family and had the same dinner basically every night for 2 weeks) and being able to go somewhere and find a little slice of America was really nice for all of us, even if we never go to McDonalds in the US.<br><br>
We also tried to keep things at DS' pace though it was a bit harder since we were visiting relatives and with my in-laws, it did help though once I told them that there was no way we were doing a couple of things though because it would be too much for DS. DS also loved to be in the carrier (Calyx) and even in the 90+ (33 C) degree heat it was a good place for him when we were wandering and visiting various places in New Delhi and other tourist type destinations. I also found nursing him (if you are still nursing at the time) was one of the quickest ways to sooth him if he got upset.
 

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Thanks everyone for putting my mind at ease!<br><br>
Thanks for the suggestions about carriers. I was wondering if we should bother with an umbrella stroller or just bring our Ergo. DS is a *big* boy... already 28lbs at 15mo, and I'm expecting he'll be maybe 35lbs or so in another year. (No idea, no clue about how much kids grow between 15-27mo). He squirms in the Ergo sometimes but mostly because I don't use it very much. I'll start using it more so he gets used to it.<br><br>
Jet lag...we're actually going to Australia first because I'll be rowing at the World Masters Games. We'll be heading out at least three days before my competition so I can adjust to jet lag, and DH/DS will have a few more days while I'm rowing to settle into the time zone. From there we're going to Thailand so hopefully the culture shock will not come on top of jet lag.<br><br>
That's a neat suggestion about the mall with the aquarium! Any other suggestions are more than welcome! We are going to try to stay pretty budget-conscious for this trip because our stop in Australia will be pricey.<br><br>
I've been told a budget of $40-60 CDN will be fine if you're staying in non-luxury accommodations and eating local. My only quirk of travel is I *have* to have a private bathroom, and I hear you loud and clear with air-con, but aside from that I can put up with pretty low-budget lodgings. We're aiming to go for 8-10 days and see Bangkok, Chiang Mai (maybe), and then spend a few days in a beach getaway.<br><br>
I was commenting to DH today that we're going to have to choose different things to go and see. On our trips to Europe as non-parents we have visited lots of historical sites and wine-tastings, and we "travel by eating". DS will need different types of activities, and of course we'll have to figure out a way to work a nap into the picture because I really *hope* he hasn't dropped his nap by then.
 

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no advice but...<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow">
 

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Yes on not bothering with the stroller in Bkk.<br><br>
Also, my son also got very ill when we lived in Bangkok and was hospitalised for a week. The care at Bumrungrad was really excellent, so no need to worry about worst case health scenarios.
 
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