Thailand with baby

By Nomad Mum

We were traveling Thailand with baby nomad for 1 month though Thailand when she was 6-7 months old. We had good and bad experiences and will honestly report in this blog post.

Our 12 hour flight (from Germany) with baby went really well. She slept half the time and the rest of the time my husband played with her while I watched a movie and vice versa. It didn’t feel like 12 hours at all!

We arrived in Phuket and first stayed a few days at Nai Yang Beach, which is just 10 minutes away from the airport. However, it still felt quite remote and it’s a good spot for kitesurfing. Surprisingly, you don’t hear any planes.

Our hotel (see below)  Nai Yang Beach Resort & Spa was nice, quite and directly at the beach. Cost per night: 47 USD.

On our first evening we went for a night walk along the beach. Suddenly, nomad dad stepped on a dry blow fish and started panicking. He wanted to check immediately, if this fish is poisonous. The first result on google: “Blow fish are the most poisonous fish in the world.” – OMG! Was he about to die? After reading through some articles we found out, that eating the fish could be poisonous. Stepping on one apparently not – he is still alive 😉

A beautiful beach also not far from the airport is Naithon Beach. It is unspoiled with just a few restaurants along the streets.

While in Phuket, we went with our baby nomad to James Bond Island and combined it with a canoe trip thereafter. Going on the island with baby was quite easy. We took a big boat which was quite smooth. On the canoe I had to go on my own while nomad dad stayed with the baby on the boat. Although everything went well, we would not recommend the trip as it’s way too crowded. There are so many similar & unspoiled islands across the Andaman Sea!

After just a few days after arriving in Thailand with baby, we and our baby had no jetlag anymore.


We also stayed in the alternative hipster Phuket Old Town. It is really worth a visit if you like Sino-Portuguese style colorful architecture, street art and crazy bars & cafes. (Make sure to visit The Tent cafe!)

Our Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel was very beautiful in the middle of Old Town. Cost per night: 42 USD.


The next stop was Kantiang Bay, Koh Lanta. It is more developed than I thought but still has a nice mix of nature and some hipster cafes, restaurants and (importnant!) a reggae bar. One night we ended up in this bar with baby nomad sitting in the carrier. Although the life music was quite loud, our baby fell asleep! As long as there is constant noise, babies can sleep everywhere! Or maybe we just have a rasta baby?

My absolute favorite hotel in Thailand was the one we had in Koh Lanta, the Alama Sea Village. Cost per night: 55 USD. It is 5 minutes from the beach. As it is located on a hill, it has absolutely incredible views on the bay and surrounding jungle mountains from the cottages and the pool. Moreover, the staff couldn’t have been friendlier.

We rented a car for one day and went around the island. On that trip we met a Swedish girl that also had a 6-month old baby and lived on Koh Lanta. Apparently, there are quite a few Swedish families living there. There are even 2 Swedish schools and an international school is planned. Also, there are a couple mom & baby meetups for international moms living here.

Every evening the locals were playing beach volleyball and I (beach volley addict) joined them of course. What a great way to get in contact with locals!


For the last 2 weeks we went to Koh Yao Noi. You wouldn’t believe, there are still secret places in Thailand. Plus, it’s only 30 minutes boat ride from Phuket or 60 minutes from Krabi. You meet just one or two tourists on the boat there, which already gives you a glimpse of what is next to come: a small island, with loads of nature and rainforest, unspoiled (though not perfect) beaches, amazing views on the Andaman sea and its rocks, shining rice fields, low population density, little traffic, locals that mostly work outside the tourist industry, Thai authenticity, a few beautiful self-made bungalows and a handful restaurants. Those few tourists that you meet are really interesting personalities, that have great stories to tell. We met a Brazilian girl who worked for an NGO in Burma, a Brazilian family who were all designers, a guy who writes stories for computer games, a former dancer and now artist manager, a software engineer for a famous computer game etc. AND a lot sincerely friendly Thai people.

We first stayed in The Hill House bungalows with beautiful views. Cost per night: 31 USD. The are is a bit quite around there, but beautiful.

Later, we stayed in Sabai Corner, where you have more restaurants and bars around. Cost per night: 22 USD. Make sure to book the seafront bungalow or family house. Those have better quality for a reasonable higher price.


Health care – our hospital visit

Unfortunately, baby nomad got gastroenteritis on Koh Lanta and so we went to a doctor. There, I did not feel to be in good hands – especially when the nurses started to take selfies with our sick baby. So we went to a private hospital just to be safe. The hospital physician was very reliable and the hospital equipment had the western standard. We stayed overnight, which was not necessary at the end. Our baby recovered quickly, giving her anti vomiting and anti diarrhea medication, as well as electrolytes. Some of you may argue that we are putting our baby at risk while traveling. BUT my friend in our hometown Berlin went to a hospital with a mere nothing with her baby where it got Rotavirus, making her stay 3 weeks in the hospital! Our baby was 6 months old and got sick for the first time. I guess this is something every mother will experience in every country. So I hope I did not stop anyone from traveling 🙂


What did we pack for Thailand with baby?

We have an article with all our gear and packing list for backpacking with baby here.


What about formula milk and baby food?

Most western milk brand are not available in Southeast Asia. Therefore, we switched our milk to an Asia Pacific brand S-26 (By the US manufacturer Wyeth). This brand is widely available even in smaller supermarkets in Southeast Asia, Australia & New Zealand. Our baby tolerated that switch really well. I guess, the older the baby, the easier to switch.

Unfortunately, ready-to-eat baby food is not available in supermarkets. So you can either use fruits that you can peel (e.g. Bananas or Avocados) or get cooked and pureed vegetables in restaurants.

These are the formula brands you will find in a regular supermarkets, as well as diaper / nappies:

Baby & body contact

If you travel with baby through Thailand you need to be quite relaxed regarding body contact. Wherever we go, everyone wants to hold your baby. And if they hold your baby, this will not be the last person, as she will be passed over. It happens so so often, that there is no point in fighting it. At the end it is good for the immune system and social skills. At the end of our Europe trip (where hardly anyone was touching her) she started to be shy with strangers. Now, this is not the case at all anymore. Baby nomad really loves all the attention she gets from everyone around. Giving love to a baby is the most important thing after all. And after this month she really gained a lot of social skills. We are now in Australia since a few days and I recognize, that she is a bit disappointed not getting so much attention by strangers any more 🙁

Rain or dry season?

It turns out that the rain season was perfect for baby: less sun, not as hot, just around 30 minutes rain per day (if any), less crowded. Finally, you can get great accommodation for ridiculous prices.

Mosquitoes & baby

The only problem we had were mosquitoes. And this is the downside of the rain season: more mosquitoes. For ourselves we used DEET 30% or alternatively, one natural citronella repellent. For baby you can either use that one or I found one particularly for babies by Johnson & Johnson in Thailand. It works ok but you need to reapply it quite often (every 1.5 – 2hrs).

25 thoughts on “Thailand with baby

  • Andreea November 22, 2016 at 1:13 pm Reply


    Great article and full of usefull insights! As we are planning to make a trip in SE Asia with our baby which is about the same age as yours, was wondering if you started giving her solid food or only formula milk? What is your experience with solid meals for the baby while in Asia?

    • Nomad Mum November 26, 2016 at 2:57 pm Reply

      Thank you 🙂
      We just started with food in Thailand (e.g. Bananas or pureed cooked vegetables). Formula milk is still her main “food”. Unfortunately, you hardly find any ready-to-eat baby foods in supermarkets. So I would advise to give your baby food that you can peel. You might also give cooked food but the risk of food poison is a bit higher…

  • Miriam January 5, 2017 at 3:34 pm Reply

    at first nice you travel with your baby the world.we read your blog .because soon we want to travel in sri lanka.and my question or maybe you can help us, is: were you afraid of your baby getting malaria? Did she had any mosquito bites while you were in thailand? Hope you can help us.we really want to do the travel, but we are a bit worried.anohter question, did you give your baby local food or let her eat of your plate?
    thanks for everything and enjoy your tour;)
    greetings from björn, louis 10month and miri

    • Nomad Mum February 1, 2017 at 11:54 pm Reply

      Hey Miri, we do not travel to Malaria risk areas. There is only in north Thailand the risk of Malaria. So we didn’t go there. Sri Lanka is also free of Malaria.
      We gave our baby mostly vegetables or fruit that you can peel, so they are definitely clean inside, like Banana or Avocado. We also gave her bread. She rarely ate from our plate as it usually contains a lot of spices but we occasionally gave her cooked mashed vegetables that we ordered in the restaurant.
      Enjoy your travels!

  • Aysha Zoutenberg (South Africa) June 22, 2017 at 6:13 am Reply

    You are an inspiration! SO glad I came across your blog! Thank you!!

    We planning our first travels with 9month old baby to Mauritius. And we’ve had to many people put us off about it.

    • Nomad Mum September 11, 2017 at 10:26 am Reply

      Thank you so much 🙂
      Yes, it’s funny how many people have prejudices against traveling with a baby. Especially Mauritius is so well developed with a lot of expats living there! Enjoy!

  • Yami September 11, 2017 at 2:43 pm Reply

    Dear Nomad Mum,
    I really like your blog!! It is ful of useful tips for traveling with a baby!! My husband and I really enjoy traveling and with our 2,5 month old baby we have already spent 6 weeks traveling in California. We had a really great time but I found it quite hard to find a good way for sun protection at the beach. We tried an umbrella and a pop up tent. The umbrella didn’t give a full protection and the pop up tent gets really hot inside… So spending time on the beach was not so relaxed. Thats why I was wondering how you guys handle that? Do you have a tent? Which sun protection did you use when your baby was 7 weeks?
    Thank you, Yami

    • Nomad Mum September 11, 2017 at 4:39 pm Reply

      Dear Yami,
      many thanks! Maybe we meet somewhere on the road! Oh I know exactly what you mean – especially on a windy day!
      We were researching about it a lot and also used pop up tents for adults, for babies, sun umbrellas etc. At the end all these options are not great. So we were staying at beaches where we would have shade from trees or rocks or fixed public umbrellas / awnings, or at beach cafes where you would have shade. If there were absolutely no shady places, we would go early in the morning or in the evening to the beach. Even in the shade we used sunscreen (without Octocrylene). I hope that was a bit helpful 🙂

  • Betty December 16, 2017 at 1:29 pm Reply

    Dear Nomad Mum,

    really interesting and well-written blog! We are going to start pretty much the same route soon. I was wondering, how did you get to and from Koh Yao? I’d usually get a speedboat but I’m unsure if that’s suitable for a baby… Did you travel on speedboats with her?
    Cheers from your hometown 🙂

  • Nomad Mum December 23, 2017 at 9:14 pm Reply

    Hey Betty, yes, we took a speed boat. It is a ‘ferry’ at the same time and there is no problem to take a baby on it.
    Viele Grüße nach Berlin! 🙂

  • Kathrin January 12, 2018 at 4:54 pm Reply

    Hey Nomads,

    we are as well travelling kind of people and are planning to go on with this even with a baby (5 month old by travelling time). Your blog is inspiring for all the questions we had about packing our stuff.

    One thing we still are not sure about: how is Kho Lanta with a buggy/Kinderwagen? We saw on the pictures that you had one. The travel agent didn’t recommend it on the island, but she has no kids and by 4 weeks travelling time, we don’t want to carry our daugther all day and even during sleep. We want to be flexible as well having a dinner in the evening while she can fall to sleep in the Kinderwagen.

    How is your experience with this?

    Cheers from Berlin 🙂

    • Nomad Mum January 12, 2018 at 9:39 pm Reply

      Hi Kathrin!
      Thailand (like the rest of SEA) is indeed not very suitable for buggys 🙁 We had a buggy that was a car seat at the same time. So we took it with us every time we went somewhere by taxi. But most of the time our baby was sleeping in the carrier. However, you can also take a buggy with you to have dinner in a restaurant in the nearby area. You will need to walk on the streets (no walkways!), though. I wouldn’t walk too far, as the cars always drive too fast, haha! We used the phone’s flashlight to be visible for cars. Usually, even the beach restaurants are also accessible from the road. So if your baby is not sleeping that well in the carrier, yes, take the buggy to have a bit of freedom in the evenings!
      Enjoy your trip!
      Cheers back to Berlin!

  • Nataliya February 9, 2018 at 6:42 am Reply

    Dear Nomad Mum! Which private hospital did you end up going to at Koh Lanta? We are on the island right now and our little one has a mild fever. Want to be prepared just in case. Thanks.

    • Nomad Mum February 17, 2018 at 12:31 pm Reply

      Hey there!
      we were going to a “clinic” which is basically a private practice. There is one public hospital apparently, which is not recommended, though.
      All the best – hope the little one is well!

  • May February 23, 2018 at 1:45 am Reply

    Hi! Very helpful tips.
    I was wondering, do you think a 2 month old baby would be ok to travel to Thailand? We would only be staying in Phuket, Kata, and possibly Phi Phi.
    How were you cleaning sterilizing bottles there? Is the weather too much?

    • Nomad Mum March 25, 2018 at 10:22 am Reply

      Hey May, there are always risks and you are the one who has to decide if you want to take them.
      I would not recommend going to Phi Phi, as it’s a trashy party place. We did not like Phuket, too.
      Regarding sterilizing: the water is NOT drinking water in Thailand! So you have to bring a bottle sterilizer with you. Check out our packing list for it ->
      I would also recommend using bottled water even for brushing your teeth.

  • Dinda March 6, 2018 at 12:11 pm Reply

    Nice blog! I’m planning go to Krabi with my 9 months daughter. Is it possible to join 1 day phiphi island tour with infant? Thank you 🙂

  • Michaela June 11, 2018 at 1:02 pm Reply

    i can ask you that in january we want travell to thailand and 2 kids. one will be 2 years old but one only 9 months old. we are travelling with my husband and my parent who visited thailand many times. do you have some recommendation about airport and plane? what is helpful for baby because there are many people in one place. we are from Slovakia and we will travel to phuket for 2 weeks. thank you so much.

    • Nomad Mum June 13, 2018 at 8:33 am Reply

      Hey there!
      the baby should be drinking during takeoff and landing. take enough nappies and baby food on board / to the airport. i actually think many people are helpful because they entertain babies and kids so well 🙂
      enjoy thailand!

  • chris January 27, 2019 at 7:37 pm Reply

    hi guys, how did you get from Phuket to ko Lanta? what was it like traveling with the baby in cars/taxis/busses/tuk tuks? Whats the deal with car seats?


    • Nomad Mum January 28, 2019 at 11:21 am Reply

      Hey Chris, first we went by boat from Phuket to Ko Yao Noi and then took the boat to Koh Lanta. We went back by taxi from Koh Lanta to Phuket. I think you are a bit faster by boat.
      Cheers 🙂

  • Joyce April 12, 2019 at 3:40 pm Reply

    What a great read. We are actually thinking of visiting thailand in October. Koh yao noi is on the list!
    My only concern is… how did you travel around with your baby or got from one place to another? Did you rent a private car or scooter, jumped into a tuktuk or taxi?
    Can’t imagine you discovering the island by foot?

    • Nomad Mum June 26, 2019 at 7:51 pm Reply

      Hi! We were traveling by boat, rental car or taxi. We had the doona car seat with retractable (like a stroller) tires with us. So it was 1 bag and 1 car seat for the 3 of us. We were quite concerned about safety when it comes to driving scooter or tuc tuc. Be aware that in case of an accident the chances of are high that your baby will not survive that. Sounds rough but we have to face the truth. Only because you see lots of Thai families on one scooter, doesn’t mean that’s safe. They don’t have the money to afford a car. You do. In fact, A LOT of people die in traffic accidents in Thailand. Much much more than in Europe / Us / Australia.

  • Jeanette April 23, 2019 at 6:42 am Reply

    Thanks for the blog. It is really interesting to read how other people travel with their babies and how they experience it.
    We are traveling to Thailand in about 2 months time, with an almost 1 year old.
    I would like to know which nappies you used for baby when you were there. I see the Thai nappy brands are Mamy Poko and Baby love. WOuld love to use Huggies, but I hear they are expensive? And I don’t want to bring all the nappies along.


    • Nomad Mum June 26, 2019 at 7:54 pm Reply

      Hi! I am sure you don’t want to waste your luggage space on nappies 😉 Huggies were not that expensive. However, you often don’t have the chance to decide and just take whatever you will get in the tiny local supermarket. They are all not that bad.

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