There is a reason why Phuket is such a much-loved holiday destination. This big island in the turquoise-colored Andaman sea in the south of Thailand is not just about parties on Bangla Road, it actually is a great family holiday destination. Phuket has got the best of everything: busy beach towns, party strips, quiet bays, sacred temples and interesting heritage sites. There are plenty of things to do, ranging from wildlife experiences to entertainment parks, waterfalls, snorkeling trips and watersports. Here are 5 things to do for an unforgettable family stay on Phuket Island:
1. Live the good life at your own private Phuket villa
First of all, an amazing holiday asks for an amazing stay. A place to spend undisturbed quality time with your family. A safe haven from where you can go out and do stuff, see things and explore everything Phuket has to offer. A private villa gives you a living room and a kitchen of your own which comes in quite handy when traveling with kids. Another huge plus is having a private garden with a swimming pool to dive into, keeping the kids happy and entertained all day long so mom and dad have time to relax, read a book and recharge. If you like to be in the heart of the action, stay in Patong. Otherwise, Surin has great family villas for you to check out.
2. Spend time at the beach
Phuket is a big island and so it has lots and lots of beaches. There are busy bays with beach clubs, restaurants, watersports and sunbeds as well as quiet beaches and hidden beaches off the beaten track. Enough choice for all beach lovers! Traveling with kids, you will need a beach with safe swimming waters and perhaps some entertainment. Kata and Karon Beach are great for activities and liveliness with watersports and beachfront restaurants and bars. Kamala Beach is also a nice option for families who seek a quieter beach that is safe for swimming.At Kamala Beach, you can enjoy a delicious Thai meal without having to leave the sand.
3. Get enchanted at Phuket Fantasea
With a trip to Phuket FantaSea, kids won’t know what hit them. Bright colors, elephant shows, music, dancers, acrobats, fire and endless golden Buddhas and temples, Phuket FantaSea, located by the sea, is a unique cultural theme park sitting on no less than 140 acres of tropical land. In the evening, this fantasy land by the sea sparkles brightly with thousands of shimmering lights, giving it quite a magical ambience. The park also has a huge buffet restaurant to munch on with your beloved kids.
4. A new experience: Zorbing at Rollerball
Located at Kali Bay, close to Patong, ‘zorbing’ certainly is an experience unheard of. You will crawl into a plastic ball containing water and while rolling down a hill of 190 meters, you will float on top of the water. It’s really hard to describe what it feels like, it is something you need to experience it to know. Two people can sit together in one rollerball and it is such a laugh! Zorbing is not a cheap activity but it’s well worth the money. Where else can you take a sightseeing tour in a rolling washing machine? You can take awesome photos and videos, too. If not inside the roller ball, you can do some planking somewhere on the hill and wait for the giant plastic ball to roll over you. It certainly is an experience you will forever remember!
5. Overcome fears at Jungle Xtrem Adventure Park
Longtime childhood dreams of moms and dads come true at Jungle Xtrem Adventure Park and you can bring along your kids, too. Exhilarating, super fun and surrounded by stunning nature, this adventure park in the treetops of Phuket is a must-do activity during your island stay.
Via ziplines, suspension bridges and net barrels, you can venture from treetop to treetops like tarzan and mowgli, getting a birds’ eye view of Phuket’s lush green forests. The choice of circuits makes it a suitable outdoor activity for the whole family. Safety standards are high and the guides are true professionals. Overcome fears, gain confidence and have lots of fun all together at this jungle adventure park located above Wat Chalong in Phuket.
Written by Stephanie of Villa-Finder.com