Thailand is an exotic country and the holiday there should be planned carefully, especially if you are travelling with kids.
The best districts for holidays with kids are Karon, Kata, Kamala and Nai Harn. There are clean sandy beaches with low banks and slow gradual entrance in the water. The infrastructure here is well-developed: there are pharmacies and shops with products and all necessary things. In Tesco Lotus and Jungceylon shopping center it is possible to get toys, strollers, nappies, children’s meals.
The quality of your holiday with children and the impressions after it mostly depend on the level of the hotel service where you are planning to stay. The best hotels for holiday with kids are:
The hotel is close to the airport. It has a huge territory which reminds of a whole town: there are restaurants, swimming-pools for kids and adults, water slides, “lazy river”, volleyball ground, trampolines and children’s club. The children’s club is suitable for kids of all ages and specialized hotel staff can look after your kids if you want to go on a tour or have some time to yourselves. Children’s meals are available as a part of full board meals. The hotel is situated quite far from the most popular tourist places in Phuket which is another advantage for holiday with kids.
The hotel is situated on the first coastline of Karon Beach. As the Holiday Inn it also has everything which is necessary for holiday with kids: children’s room, sports playground with swings and slides, children’s mini water park with waterslides and “lazy river” and children’s swimming-pool. The sea is three-minute walk away.
For your holiday with kids we do not recommend to choose busy and noisy Patong with entertainments for adults. Neither good is Rawai which lacks a sandy coastline.
If you are sick and tired of beaches, you can go to the coral islands Koh Hae and Racha Yai. Travelling time from Chalong Pier is 15-20 minutes by speedboat which is very fast in comparison to the trip to the Similan islands or Phi-Phi.
Koh Hey, also known as a coral island, is an aquamarine lagoon with white sand and smooth entrance to the water which is a big advantage for rest with kids. You can hide from the heating sunlight in the shades of palms and have lunch in one of the cafes.
Besides a beach holiday, there are many other entertainments for kids in Phuket.
Working hours: 08:00 - 18:00
There are a few elephant villages in Phuket. Chang Kalim has the best and the most convenient location.
In this village you can ride elephants, feed them, take pictures with them. Children will be excited to see elephant and monkey shows In Chang Kalim camp.
Working hours: 08:30 - 18:00.
Phuket zoo, situated in Chalong, is a nice place to show your kids flora and fauna of Thailand. In its territory there is Butterfly park and Orchid garden. You can also see crocodile, elephant and monkey shows here. You will watch elephants playing football, dancing and painting. Monkeys will demonstrate their skills of picking up coconuts, playing basketball and riding bicycles.
During crocodile show you might get worried for the lives of the trainer who will put his head inside the open jaws of a crocodile. In the oceanarium, which has an unusually designed entrance - it looks like the jaws of a crocodile, you will see inhabitants of the Andaman underwater world.
Working hours: Tue - Sun, shows starts at 11:00, 14:00, 17:00.
Nemo Dolphinarium is situated very near to the Phuket zoo.
Scientists has proved that communication with dolphins has a good influence on psycho-emotional state of children. Both children and adults will enjoy dolphin and fur seal show. If your child is over 5 years old, you can make him an unforgettable gift - swimming with dolphins. This is a wonderful opportunity to get many positive emotions.
Location: Mao Khai Beach, near Centara Grand Sands West Resort, 5 km away from the airport.
Working hours: 10:00 - 17:45.
Splash Jungle water park is not as big as other aqua parks in Thailand, for example. Ramayana or Cartoon water park in Pattaya. However, you will have a good time with you kids here anyway. Especially small kids will love it. Most water slides are designed for children of all ages - from toddlers to teenagers. Your kids will want to swim in the “lazy river” and swimming-pool with artificial waves. In the territory of the water park there is a food court which serves Thai and European cuisines. Ice-cream and cotton candy are the perfect treats for kids.
Working hours: 18:00 - 23:00.
If you want to go out with your kids in the evening, we recommend the FantaSea show.
This is not just a show - this is also a park with magical atmosphere. FantaSea show is the most popular entertainment for the whole family in Phuket which is absolutely worth visiting.
The territory of the park is filled with cartoon and fairy tale characters, souvenir shops, cosy restaurants and cafes. The park has beautiful design and decorations, so you will have lots to see if you arrive a couple of hours before the beginning of the show. If you wish, you can ride elephants and take photos with them. There is a restaurant where you can have dishes of Thai and European cuisines.
Before the beginning of the show you will be asked to leave your photo and video cameras in the lockers because taking pictures and videos is not allowed. You can get standard and gold seats. The tickets are sold in the ticket office and in tourist agencies where the prices are usually lower.
The FantaSea show impresses everyone with its bright colors and pompous performance. Professional circus actors and acrobats take part in the show, as well as 44 elephants, roosters and goats. At the end of the show the audience will see fireworks. Both adults and children will love the show. To get to the FantaSea Park and see the show you can book tickets which include transfer or use a taxi service.
To make the holiday nicer and more enjoyable for your kid you need to think carefully about the following moments: