Phuket’s acacia tree-dotted hills and white-sand beaches fringing the Andaman Sea make it a traveller’s paradise. And with its warm culture and family-oriented lifestyle, bringing the kids along on your next Phuket vacation is a no-brainer. With so many things to do in Phuket, read on to discover five must-do activities when travelling with the little ones in tow.

If you’re a family of early risers…

A before-sunrise Phi Phi Islands departure time allows you to beat the crowds who begin making their way to the island oases by midday. By that time, you’ll have soaked up plenty of sunshine at Maya Bay on Phi Phi Le, and will be moving on to Phi Phi Don, where you and the family can doggy paddle through Viking Cave on the island’s eastern edge.

Following your adventures, watch a colony of monkeys play on the beach while feasting on a tasty Thai lunch. In the afternoon, more snorkelling awaits before your guide shuttles you back to Phuket via speedboat and air-conditioned minivan. The best part of this expedition? The kids are delightfully tuckered by the end of the day.

If relaxation is what you’re after…

With so many things to do in Phuket, it can be easy to lose sight of what you came here for—a getaway. Set aside an entire day for relaxation with a day trip to Coral Island. Unlike other far-flung island outings, Coral Island is a doable 15-minute trip from the mainland.

Once there, sink into the sand and feel your troubles melt away. While you sunbathe, the kids can snorkel or embark on a nature walk along trails flanked by beach rose and smooth rocks, where lizards stretch out in the sun. When you feel your stomach start to rumble, head to a Thai restaurant and tuck into lunch—with plenty of options to appeal to even the pickiest eaters—before returning to Phuket in time for dusk.

If you want to teach your kids about the local culture…

Consider a private introduction to Buddhism with EXO Travel, a provider that specialises in family-friendly tours. A knowledgeable local introduces your kids to Thai-Buddhism, the religion practiced by a majority of the island’s inhabitants. After chatting with your guide, settle on an itinerary, visiting temples like Wat Luangpoo Supha and Wat Chalong. Individualised attention from your guide means inquisitive kids can pose as many questions they like.

Next, head to Supernatural Restaurant at Friendship Beach. Against a soundtrack of gently crashing waves, encourage kids to taste Thai specialties like tempura prawns with sweet-lemon sauce. Not biting? Kid-tested dishes abound, with familiar favourites like grilled cheese and the classic burger and fries.

If you’re looking to take older kids on an adventure…

An educational excursion to Phang Nga Bay might be just the thing. After departing Phuket, arrive on beautiful Lawa Island and you’re met by a white-sand beach and crystal-clear water that is perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Enjoy lunch in a local fishing village built on stilts above the water.

With your appetite satisfied, climb on board a kayak and follow a guide through the Phang Nga BayPaddle into limestone caves and hidden lagoons that remained undiscovered until the late 1980s, keeping your eyes peeled for kingfishers and sea eagles.

 

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