Tried and tested by a LIKE family, this paradise destination is mostly favorited for the Surin area because of its quiet and serene atmosphere.
‘Jadi keinget Geger Beach di Bali’ is the impression we get, while ‘kalau Pathong lebih rame, seperti Kuta/Seminyak’.
The kids may enjoy playing at the beach all day, but in case they get fed up with white sands and coral blue seas, no need to worry.
Phuket has many options for the active kids and The Allamanda camp and the JW Marriott with its’ Circus are by far some of the kids’ favorites.
What to do:
- Simba Sea Trips
Simba Sea Trips is a small, family run company that offers group tours and private charters to the Phi Phi Islands, Phang Nga Bay and Krabi. A great way to explore the islands and probably also the most comfortable one. The regular charters tend to be crowded and super packed. (Simbaseatrips)
- Circus School at the JW Marriott
A three-hour session for your 4 – 12 year olds while you get your tan or massage. Para to the dise! (JWmarriottphuketresort)
- Fun night at Phuket Fantasea
Get that carnival feel with your family and check out this magical show to end your day. (phuket-fantasea)
Where to stay
- The super-child-friendly Angsana Laguna Phuket is part of the integrated Laguna Phuket resort complex, which has a reputation for its family-oriented atmosphere. In addition to family friendly rooms, Angsana takes the usual children’s facilities a step further with the TreeHouse Kid’s Club. There are activities in and around the resort including indigenous crafts, cooking classes and exploring. Resident baby elephants Lucky and Lilly take strolls on the beach daily, with thrilling photo and banana feeding opportunities. Elephants aside, swimming and building sandcastles on the beach never lose their appeal.Teenagers are not forgotten with Camp Laguna providing indoor and outdoor fun with children aged nine to 14 from Laguna Phuket’s complex of resorts. At the Playstation & Internet Zone find all the latest computer games while the Quest adventure programme has an outdoor focus for teens keen on a more physical challenge. Think rock climbing, scuba diving, sailing, water polo, Frisbee, beach volleyball and parachute games.There are also Family Challenge Programs for parents and their kids. This is the place to face all fears and climb up a 15m wallFinally, keeping adults and their wallets happy, one child dines free at lunch and dinner with every adult. Ask for the children’s menu. (AngsanaPhuket)
- Children lucky enough to celebrate their birthday at the Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket , another one of the five hotels making up the Laguna development, are treated to a complimentary birthday party. Children under four eat and drink for free when ordering from the kiddy menu and, when not scoffing miniature meals, little ones are kept happily occupied at the Kids’ Club. Older children can head to Camp Laguna. (PhuketDusit)
- Neighbouring Allamanda Laguna Phuket was a popular bunk-bed choice for families though its focus is shifting away now. Children between the ages of four and twelve can camp out in the Sparky Kids’ Club. Children under the age of four are also welcome, under the supervision of an adult. (Allamanda)
- Just like home, or better – the dedicated family and kids’ suites at the Holiday Inn Phuket. Adults have their private space in the family suite, while children bunker up in their own fun, pirate-themed room. The Kids’ Suites come in eye-catching colours, with boat-shaped beds and play stations, TV sets, games and toys.The Holiday Inn doesn’t charge for children under 12, and breakfast is free for kids under six years. There’s a Kids’ Club for children aged five to 12, with four zones covering TV, Play Station, art and crafts and games. Outside are two children’s swimming pools, a toddler pool with water spouts and kids’ activities such as water guns, sliders and a cave. Teenagers will happily withdraw to the “parent-free” Club 12 Plus, with Internet, X Box, and even a karaoke and DVD corner. (Phuket.holiday-inn)
- Families staying at The Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket will appreciate the kids’ retreat, Play Zone. It’s one of the largest play areas for children in Phuket, with three separate rooms for different age groups and an outdoor playground. The Play Zone is for kids aged from four to 12 years, and is open daily from 9am to 7pm. A half day costs Bt600 (with a meal included), and a full day is Bt900. The Game Lounge offers free 24 hour access to full-size snooker, table tennis, and pool tables. (Moevenpick-hotels)
Where to eat
Lunch at Floating Village
One of the destinations from your boat tour of the islands, the Floating Village has many options in great bowls of Tom Yams that are friendly also on your kids’ chilli sensitive tongue.
Pictures of Floating Village here (floating-village)
Beach side Promthem Cape restaurant
Actually this is any kind of beach side place you see. Look for freshest sea foods and stay with your bottled mineral to have an ultimate yet food experience.
BRAKE TAEK (Noodle Soup)
Serves a delicious and renown ‘Tom Yam Noodle Soup’. Here too, hard to get a table for lunch and you might have to wait quite a bit. So while waiting, order their excellent meat balls skewers to keep you busy, you won’t regret it.
Located on Phang Nga Road in a Soi across the Royal Phuket City Hotel, near the Bus Terminal.
This is cute as the prologue to Thai food!:
☺ How to order noodle soup: Choose your noodle from: Sen Yai (flat white noodle), Sen Lek (thin white noodle), Mee Hoon (white vermicelli), Woonsen (glass vermicelli), Ba-mee (egg noodle). Next is the soup – Tom Yam (ordinary), or hang (no soup). Then the meat: Moo (pork), Gai (Chicken) or Talay (Seafood). When you order pork, say ‘Mai Nai’ to make sure they won’t add entrails in the soup. Then combine all those vocabulary:
- ‘Woonsen Tom Yam Moo Mai Nai’ for glass vermicelli in Tom Yam soup with pork – no entrails.
- ‘Ba Mee Hang Gai’ for egg noodle with chicken (no soup)
- ‘Sen Yai Nam Moo’ for flat white noodle with pork (you might get entrails for this)
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