Travelling with the little ones in tow to Phuket comes with various challenges. Is it safe? What can they eat? How to fly with kids? Will they be bored? Fret not. There are plenty of things to do with kids in Phuket. From exploring nearby islands by speedboat, to close encounters with wild Thai monkeys here is a list of the best family-friendly activities to get involved in during your next visit to Phuket.
1. Boat Trips To Explore Maya Bay and Phi Phi Islands
Phuket is a great place to base your family if you plan on making guided trips out to explore nearby Maya Bay and Phi Phi Islands. From the main Phuket ferry port in Chalong Bay (near the southern end of Phuket), you can choose to take a slow ferry or fast speedboat out towards these magnificent tourist attractions.
Once you arrive at your destination, you and the kids will be given plenty of time and opportunity to spend the day exactly how you please. You can snorkel, dive or simply spend a day by the beach and admire the stunning views, crystal-clear waters and recently rejuvenated sea-life of the world-famous Maya Bay. In the mood to find some souvenirs? Simply wander the cosy streets of Koh Phi Phi with the family and check out one of the many boutique shops located around the island.
2. Flying Hanuman Zip Lining Tours
Flying Hanuman zip-lining provides an exhilarating, full-service zip-lining experience unlike most others in Phuket. The series of zip-line trails will send you flying through the treetops of Phuket to really get your adrenaline pumping!
A Flying Hanuman zip-lining experience is also a great opportunity to connect with other family members during your Phuket holiday. It can be physically challenging and the height can be daunting at first. However, it’s a great way for kids to learn to conquer their fear! There are different routes with varying difficulty for you to try!
Villa Finder’s tip: A little nudge goes a long way. Encouraging each other to complete the different routes, trails, platforms, sky bridges, and spiral stairways will help to build up the kids’ confidence and family bond!
4. Speedboat Day Trip to Racha and Coral Islands
The magnificent islands of Koh Racha and Coral Island are some of the less-visited, yet equally beautiful tropical islands near Phuket. Situated only an hour away from Phuket’s coastline via speedboat, Racha and Coral islands provide some great opportunities for families to enjoy a wide range of fun beach activities such as snorkelling, diving and clear bottom canoeing, away from the busier areas of Phuket’s main tourist spots.
Day trips to Koh Racha and Coral Islands also generally come as a convenient package deal, where you are picked up from your villa or hotel. All activities are provided for free once you reach the island. The day trip packages which leave from Phuket also generally include a full buffet lunch, water and snacks throughout the day.
5. Play With Elephants in Their Natural Environment
Having the chance to interact with a Thai elephant while visiting Phuket is something most families try to include on their list of ‘things to do’. However, finding an ethical place to do so is not always an easy task.
The Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is one of the most ethical elephant sanctuaries in all of Thailand. This unique elephant sanctuary gives your family the rare opportunity to observe with these magnificent animals in the safety and security of their natural habitat. The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary also employs specially trained English-speaking guides who are able to give your family an insight into the behaviours and personal histories of the elephants in their care.
6. ATV Guided Tours Through The Phuket Jungle
Whether you’re new to ATV riding or an experienced pro, this ultimate ATV tour in Phuket is guaranteed to excite family members of all ages. Kids as young as 8 years old are allowed to participate in the guided ATV tours, along the rugged and beautiful terrain of Phuket’s dense tropical jungle. Along the way, you will pass by dense mangrove swamps, ride through rubber tree plantations, and witness a side of Phuket most other tourists never get to see.
During this guided ATV journey, you’ll spend between 1 – 2 hours following a knowledgeable local guide as he manoeuvres you through specially built dirt roads and muddy dirt tracks. At the route’s end, you will reach a ‘hidden beach’ with picturesque white sand and pristine blue waters, where you can rest, grab some water to drink, eat some tropical fruit and cool off before making the journey back towards home base.
7. Monkey Hill in Phuket Old Town
Toh Sae Hill in Phuket Town is more commonly referred to as Monkey Hill. The reason why will become extremely obvious when you start making your way up the hill and abruptly come across a large troupe of wild monkeys hanging out and eating fruit brought to them by visiting tourists and caring locals.
Monkey Hill is home to a wild population of local monkeys who have absolutely no fear or hesitation in dealing and interacting with humans. In fact, the monkeys have been known to become ‘overly friendly’ at times so it’s always a good idea to keep your distance while observing them.
Nevertheless, a trip to Monkey hill is one of those memorable experiences you will never forget and something you should definitely try to do with your family when visiting Phuket.
8. Relax in Your Own Private Luxury Villa With The Entire Family
Relaxing around a Phuket family villa might not seem like an actual family activity you can actively participate in. However, it is an amazing experience the whole family is guaranteed to enjoy and appreciate together.
By renting your own luxury villa in Phuket which caters to the needs of the entire family, you create the perfect environment for the whole family to interact with each other while on vacation and really appreciate each other’s company.
Not to mention all of the amazing benefits which come with a luxury Phuket villa rental, such as prime location, stunning views, plush furnishings and in most cases, a private outdoor pool and entertainment area! Guess what? The kids will love the pool for sure!
7. Phuket FantaSea Cultural Theme Park
Phuket Fantasea is a magical Phuket wonderland inspired by Thailand’s rich and exotic heritage. Phuket Fantasea not only showcases the unique charm and beauty of Thailand’s fascinating history and culture, but it also uses cutting-edge technology and special effects to enrich the experience. The kids will be in awe!
The Phuket Fantasea show includes an array of impressive acrobatics, optical illusions, pyrotechnics (fireworks), stunts, aerial performances and much more! The entire production involves a cast and crew of more than 400 people, 44 elephants, 3 tigers, 40 goats, 40 chickens and 400 pigeons. All set on a massive 140-acre ‘Las Vegas-style’ complex, and packed with a multitude of activities and fun entertainment, such as a Carnival village with games, handicrafts and shopping stalls, a 4,000-seat Thai themed restaurant and an absolutely breathtaking theatrical show.