By Kupluthai Pungkanon
A family with a true love of travelling, singer Trai “Boy” Bhumiratna, his wife, publisher Panida Iemsirinoppakul and their daughter Chuenjai were at Central Embassy’s Open House last weekend to introduce their brand new travel guides under the overall title of “Guggig Family Guide by Yayee”.
The books offer plenty of advice for what to do in four popular destinations – Melbourne, Australia, Tokyo and Naoshima Island in Japan, and Barcelona in Spain.
“Parents tend to focus on what their kids will like while they are travelling, but we think every member of the family, regardless of age, should be able to enjoy different places and have their own story to tell. The books look at the different destinations and preparations for the journey and offer various tips on what to do when they get there along with a few blank pages where kids and parents can jot down their memories and save them for posterity,” says Panida, the editor of Yayee Publishing.
The family has been travelling since Chuenjai was just a babe in arms and Boy says the experienced – both the good and the slightly stressful – have brought them closer together. “We’ve always come back understanding each other better and especially the personality of our child. Of all four destinations, my favourite was Barcelona. The architecture is amazing,” he explains.
During the launch, Kloset designer Mollika Ruangkritya and Nla Aurthaveekul with her sons Charvie and Narwhal shared their memories of travelling with children.
“Life changes when you become a mother and travelling with children can be quite a headache but there’s also so much fun that you can share with the kids,” says Mollika.
The series along with other family books will be available at the 46th National Book Fair and the 16th Bangkok International Book Fair 2018, which runs at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre through April 8.