Family Fun in Phuket with Kids
Travelling to Phuket in Thailand with kids really can be a lot of fun. With many beautiful beaches as well as a huge range of activities to choose from, there’s plenty to do to keep kids of all ages happy. We thought we would share some of favourite things to do here as well as some that we want to try out on our next visit to Phuket.
One of the most popular family attractions is Phuket FantaSea (see full review here) which is a Cultural Fun Park set out on 140 acres providing plenty of entertainment for the kids. The theatre show features Thai dancers, acrobatics, magical illusions, pyrotechnics, special effects, stunts and animal performances. The kids will love the entertainment centre here which has loads of games where they can try to win prizes. Phuket FantaSea also provides the opportunity to ride or feed the elephants. There is the Festival Village featuring handicraft stalls, souvenirs, street performers and a mini-zoo. Phuket FantaSea is situated at the north end of Kamala Beach, which is about a 20 minute drive from Patong Beach.
We were staying in-between the towns of Karon and Kata and found another fun place for the whole family to visit – Dino Park Mini Golf Course situated on the main road into Kata. Open from 10.00am until 11.00pm and with a Flintstones inspired Restaurant & Bar, this is a great attraction to visit when you have a spare couple of hours to fill in. Our kids loved the mini golf course which was surrounded by many Dinosaurs. It was great to then sit down in the restaurant afterwards and enjoy a nice refreshing cool down drink and a bite to eat. We had no problems getting a tuk-tuk outside once we were finished.
Street markets are always fun to visit and our kids love to get into the spirit of bartering with the vendors. We tried out the Karon Temple Night Market which is situated on temple grounds and has a good variety of products as well as many food stalls. The Karon market is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 4.00pm to 10.00pm. Another popular market is the Phuket Weekend Market held on Saturdays and Sundays in old Phuket Town from 4.00pm – 9.00pm.
The beaches in Phuket are quite clean and the number of vendors and hawkers on the beaches has decreased. We were mainly at Kata and Karon beaches and there were a few people selling items but we didn’t feel hassled at all. There are life guards on duty, so be sure to swim between the red/yellow flags to stay safe. There were cheap massages on offer as well as other various activities such as para-sailing and jet ski hire. (Note: be aware of some jet ski scams in Thailand).
Around all the towns of Phuket are a lot of Massage Shops that offer good priced beauty and massage prices. As we have two boys, the only thing they were interested in was having a fish spa. If you have daughters however they will love getting their hair braided or even a nice manicure or pedicure. The fish spas are great fun to have with your kids, their reactions are priceless!
Other ideas for family travellers to Phuket are;
- Splash Jungle Waterpark – a small waterpark suited for those with younger kids.
- Trickeye Museum – a 3D interactive museum.
- Upside Down House (Baan Teelanka) – quirky little attraction includes garden maze and chamber of secrets.
- Take an Elephant ride – guide to elephant treks.
- Go ATV riding or go-karting – the older kids will love it!
- Visit a temple – suggest Big Buddha or Wat Chalong.
- Take an island tour by speedboat – most popular islands to visit include Phi Phi Island, Phang Nga Bay and Coral Island.