Guests at Gecko Villa seeking the thrill of an action and adventure holiday are invited to pump up their adrenalin - with no need to purchase membership - at the region's skydiving, parachuting, and microlight centre (or rather, high in the skies above it as they plummet to earth.) A recent and surprising development in the area, the grass airfield meets international standards and all equipment was imported by the owner, a certified skydiving instructor who places safety above all other factors. Travellers seeking the buzz of extreme sports will enjoy these outings, although we're reminded that if at first you don't succeed, skydiving is probably not for you!
Families with children of all ages have enjoyed villa holidays at Gecko Villa. As a Thai family ourselves with four children, we are aware of those special touches that can make travelling on holiday in Thailand with children more enjoyable, both for parents and for their children.
Our own immediate and extended families are on hand to look after you during your Thailand holidays. We will be happy to help out with babysitting as and when required (at no cost), giving your more time to relax - or to keep your children entertained as you slumber, in peace of mind, by the pool.
Should you be travelling with very young children, we will be happy to arrange those little things that can make your stay so much easier, such as a cot or a high chair. For those with slightly older children who may sleep independently but still need supervision, the layout of the second and third bedrooms is such that parents may sleep in the second bedroom whilst their children sleep in the adjoining third bedroom. The third bedroom may be configured, should you choose, so that the only way from it to the exterior is via the second bedroom.
Thai food may be renowned for its delicious, spicy curries and liberal use of chillies, but one of the keys to ensuring everyone enjoys their holiday at Gecko Villa is to ensure that all tastes are catered for. Most families with young children will prefer a selection of dishes - with some specifically tailored to their children's preferences. After all, children who enjoy their meals and are full will make their parents' holiday so much more relaxing.
Just some of the Thai dishes that both parents and children enjoy include grilled chicken, Thai omelettes, stir fried vegetables, chicken with cashew nuts, various fried rice dishes, and light, clear soups. Noodles too are often a favourite, and sticky rice can be a discovery for many youngsters.
Our own four children came in two's - with two subsequent sets of twins - so we know about the costs associated with raising a larger family! The advantages of renting a holiday villa rather than a number of hotel rooms when travelling with children on holiday in Thailand are clear - from the cost savings themselves, to the added advantages of space, privacy, facilities, meals and more.
Whilst our rates are detailed on our bookings page, please do let us know if you are travelling with young children and we will make every effort to offer you specially discounted family rates for your stay at Gecko Villa.
Major shopping centres in Udon Thani stock a wide range of baby supplies, from Pampers to powdered milk formulae, and from bottled baby foods to strollers, clothes and more. As such, you need not lumber cumbersome suitcases full of these items on your journey to Thailand, but can simply pick them up on arrival.
The private pool, being the focus of the villa, is often the centre of attention for most children, but there are plenty of other activities for kids. Beyond the various suggestions of things to see and do at and around the villa on our activities page, those with younger children in particular may enjoy
- a visit to the nearby 1,800 acre, landscaped zoo with its large variety of exotic wildlife such as camels, ostriches, giraffes, bears, zebra, deer, monkeys, snakes and rabbits
- a visit to the cobra village with its dramatic snake and king cobra shows
- exploring the gardens and gounds with their large colourful butterflies, wiggling geckos, playful kittens, and exotic flowers
- Thai tractor or tuk-tuk rides
- boat rides on the local lotus lake
- bicycle trips around the local villages
- Many children , perhaps surprisingly, also enjoy traditional Thai massage - often insisting upon giving it a go once they have seen their parents book additional sessions.