Things To Do In Thailand With Your Kids
There are plenty of unique family activities to try out in Thailand including Kok Chang Safari Elephant Trekking, a visit to Phang Nga Bay, water parks and plenty of other activities to keep the kids happy.
Located in Kathu, Phuket, this eco-adventure provides travellers with an exciting and fun tour. There are ziplines, suspension bridges and a spiral staircase. Suitable for ages 12-60, there is also a weight restriction – you must be under 120kg. They will pick you up and return you to your hotel. The guides are very safety-conscious and entertaining. You can take your camera with you. Best to wear comfortable clothes and joggers. The tour includes a fruit snack or you can pay extra for a meal. There is a restaurant if you’re feeling hungry after your adventure. The 1hr tour is 2,300 baht and the 2hr tour is from 3,250 baht.
Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is one of the most picturesque and popular destinations in Thailand. Easily reached from the north-east coast of Phuket, one of the best ways to see the bay is kayaking. Cruise amongst the limestone islands and enjoy secluded beaches. Most tours will visit James Bond Island and Panyi village, a fishing village on stilts. A highlight is canoeing through the many caves in the area. There is also a lot of wildlife to spot. Don’t forget to bring your swimmers, hat, towel and sunscreen. Prices for tours vary depending on what’s included but start from around 1100 baht.
Kok Chang Safari Elephant Trekking
Kok Chang Safari is located only 5 minutes from Kata and 15 minutes from Patong Beach. Situated in the Thai jungle, with views of the ocean, it’s a wonderful way to experience Thailand, on the back of these giant animals. The ride is a little bumpy but the elephants are slow movers. Kids can get to feed the animals and watch them being washed. The guides are happy to take photos of you on your trek. The elephants are well treated and the guides friendly. Stay longer and enjoy a drink or ice cream at the bar. There is no schedule for elephant treks, just turn up. If you need a transfer from your hotel just let them know what time. Cost for 20 minute trek is 600 baht, 30 minute trek is 800 baht, 50 minute trek is 1000 baht. Children aged 4-11 are half price and under 4 are free.
Fantasea Park is conveniently located on Kamala Beach. It is a cultural theme park featuring elephants, buffalo, tigers and chickens! There is a shopping street, a theatre, restaurants and a game arcade. The show features illusions and special effects, magic, acrobats – it really is an amazing production. You cannot take your camera or phone into the show. They are very well organised, from the buffet seating to camera pick up, and hotel transfers. Dinner is buffet style and offers a large selection. Tickets for the show and buffet dinner are 1,900 baht/adults and 1,700 baht/children(4-12). The park is open from 5:30pm-11:30pm every day except Thursday.
Dino Park Mini Golf
Located at the southern end of Karon Beach, the kids will love Dino Park Mini Golf. There are 18 holes with a different prehistoric animal amongst the gardens at each one. There are plenty of obstacles on the course and there are caves and water traps to navigate. Try to go at night as the volcano erupts in spectacular fashion, the lighting is great and it’s also much cooler! Takes about an hour to complete the course, depending on how fast you are. There is also a bar and restaurant, great for a cold drink and a burger. The restaurant carries on the Flinstone/dinosaur theme, kids will love eating here. Wear light clothes and don’t forget your mosquito repellant. Open from 10am until midnight. It costs 240 baht for adults, 180 baht for kids.
Splash Jungle Water Park
For a family day of fun, Splash Jungle Water Park in Thalang (near the airport), Phuket, is not to be missed. Not on the scale of the Gold Coasts’ Wet’n’Wild, but still a good mix of rides that will suit all ages. The Aqua Play Pool will keep youngers kids amused for hours. The wave pool and the Lazy River are also great for all the family. Life vests are available for children and adults. There are plenty of life guards but keep your eye on younger children at all times. There is a cafe, deli and a pool bar. Once you’re in you will get a wrist band and locker and anything you buy once you’re in is charged to your account, you settle on the way out. You can get transfers from your hotel, but a private car may work out cheaper. Open from 10am-6pm. Cost is 1,295 baht/adults, 650 baht/kids(5-12), under 5 free.
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