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Photo tour of traveling in Thailand with a big family
Aliens Vs. Predator Sculpture, Bangkok, Thailand
This is at the entrance to a random office building

As the person in our family who is most often holding the camera, I used to be a bit annoyed when one of our kids would say for the tenth time in a day, "Hey Dad, you should take a picture of that!" But then it hit me:  while honoring these requests pleases the children, it costs me nothing because digital cameras don't need film. And I've learned that the photos the kids ask me to take sometimes turn out to be some of our favorites. In this post we present a pictorial tour of Southeast Asia, as seen from the photos that our children suggested needed to be made...


We advise when traveling with a big family that it's a good idea to try, as often as possible, to follow our "One Thing Per Day" Travel Rule (see this post). Among its many benefits, this method of travel allows us to leave time for the children to discover things. When traveling with young children, it's nice to allow enough time for the kids to stop and do almost everything they want, within reason. We won't spend all day at the park or arcade, but, when a kid wants to stop and look at something when we're going somewhere, we try our best to accommodate them.

We want these trips to help the kids learn about the world and its people, while also having fun. They love to point at something they think is neat, or funny, or different, and then ask me to get a quick picture of it.

So, here is our series of photographs, taken at the suggestion of our children, while traveling: Southeast Asia as seen through kids' eyes...

Photo tour of traveling in Thailand with a big family
"Take a picture of me, Daddy!"
Proud of herself after jumping right in the pool at
Krung Sri Water Park near Ayutthaya, Thailand 


Ayutthaya, Thailand Monkey Sanctuary
"Look at that one on the water faucet! Get a picture, Daddy!"
Young Simian at a Monkey Sanctuary near Ayutthaya, Thailand


Photo tour of traveling in Thailand with a big family
This is the mythical "Walking Fish" the kids had seen in books before the trip
Khao Khanap Nam Cave, Krabi Town, Thailand

Photo tour of traveling in Thailand with a big family
What my son really wanted, more than this photo, was to pick this thing up
Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Photo tour of traveling in Thailand with a big family
One of a series of kid-requested photos of "Mr. Coffee Man."
The kids saw this model in a giant advertisement for coffee at the airport and dubbed him with that name. Then they saw him a few minutes later on a billboard advertising Air Asia. Then again later advertising potato chips...Then again and again, all over Thailand...He was everywhere! 

Photo tour of traveling in Hong Kong with a big family
Fish in Hong Kong's Nan Lian Gardens

Photo tour traveling with a big family in Hong Kong
My daughter:  "Going for a walk in the park? Okay, great! First just memorize these 16 simple rules. Hey wait, I said No Frolicking!!"
Nan Lian Gardens, Hong Kong

Photo tour traveling through Southeast Asia with a big family
Mmm-mmm, I can't tell ya how many times I've been munching on some peanuts and thought to myself: "Why can't these peanuts taste like chicken? Or better yet, how about seaweed?"
Grocery shelves in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Photo tour traveling through Southeast Asia with a big family
Rain Tunnel allows shoppers to go from the department store to the Skytrain station while a massive cat statue watches over all.
MBK Center Mall in Bangkok, Thailand

Photo tour traveling through Southeast Asia with a big family
Multi-level MBK Center Mall in Bangkok, Thailand

Photo tour traveling through Southeast Asia with a big family
"Daddy, I need to collections they all!" - my daughter
Toys for sale in Bangkok's China Town

Photo tour traveling through Southeast Asia with a big family
"What are those things?" says my boy. When I explained that this was not part of this Bangkok museum's exhibits, but appeared to really just be something you never see anymore in America, called "payphones," they insisted that we grab a photo

Please also check out our related post, Europe in Kid-Requested Photos.

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