20 Things To Do In Phuket With Kids
Phuket is a great tropical destination for everyone, including families that are travelling with kids. Along with the range of activities for adults, there are also exciting adventures and activities that are sure to keep their minds and bodies occupied for hours. The host of activities vary according to taste and age, so there’s something for every child to engage in. Many activities even provide professional supervision, so parents and guardians can enjoy some time to themselves. If you are looking for activities that your children can enjoy in Phuket, check out this list.
1. Phuket FantaSea
FantaSea is the ideal Thai cultural theme park in Phuket. The stunning 140-acre complex is packed with a multitude of fun facilities like the Carnival village, with a range of games, handicrafts and shopping; a 4,000-seat theme restaurant offering a grand buffet of Thai and international cuisines and, to top it all off, a breathtaking Las Vegas-style show which includes acrobatics, illusions, aerial performances and more. This massive theme park is sure to keep children of all ages entertained for hours.
2. Splash Jungle Water Park
Splash Jungle Water Park in Mai Khao Beach is the ultimate water park in southern Thailand. With various attractions that include 12 exhilarating water slides, a wave pool, water play area with professional lifeguards on standby, plus a restaurant and swim-up bar, a day at the Splash Jungle Water Park will prove to be an exciting one, especially for the kids.
3. Surf House Phuket
Surf House Phuket is every surfer’s dream come true: a place where you can ride the waves every day, without having to worry about bad weather. The Surf House, with two locations on Kata and Patong Beach, is centred on a high-pressure wave-generating machine that creates artificial waves. It is a great place for beginners to learn the basics of surfing, wakeboarding or even kiteboarding. The instructors are friendly and all activity is supervised, so it’s a great place for children.
4. Anthem Wake Park
The Anthem Wake Park is one of the newer water attractions in Phuket. The park is a wakeboarding or cable-ski park built within a freshwater lake, designed for those interested in watersports and adventures. The park is located in a lush forest area and therefore surrounded by mountains and gardens. The professional trainers at the park are there to help persons of all ages and levels of experience have a great time.
5. Rawai Park
Bright colours, playgrounds and fun water slides make up the kids’ play heaven that is Rawai Park Kids Club. The colourful playground located in Rawai Beach welcomes children from 2 to 14. The park’s large shallow pool is equipped with water slides, fountains and waterfalls as well as an outdoor and indoor playground, both stacked with toys. If you want your younger children to interact with other kids their age on your trip to Phuket, bring them to this Kids Club.
6. Patong Go-Kart Speedway
You’ll find fun for the entire family at Patong Go-Kart Speedway. The race track is 750m long and has a series of sharp curves and smooth bends that make for the most exciting races. The garage is situated in the centre of the track, so parents and guardians can watch their children racing around.
7. Dino Park Mini Golf
Dino Park Mini Golf is a fun, family-friendly mini-golf complex and restaurant located between Karon and Kata beaches. With a full 18-hole course set in a prehistoric setting, along with a Flintstones-themed restaurant, it is a great place to enjoy a day out with the entire family. As the name suggests, the course is decorated dinosaur-themed statues and lush natural attractions.
8. Football Crazy Golf
Football Crazy Golf Phuket offers a unique type of sporting activity suitable for persons of all ages. The sport is a mixture of football and golf, played on a field that offers an 18-hole, 69-par course. The 18 holes have different hazards and levels of difficulty: tunnels, bunkers, slopes and curves that require no special level of skill. The balls are a standard football size and made of rubber. Smaller balls are made available for children.
An activity best for the older kids, paintball is one of the fastest growing extreme sports and you’ll find it at the Phuket Shooting Range. The Phuket Shooting Range offers a wide range of fun activities, many of which are suitable for kids. Paintballing, Go-Karts, a snake farm and show, elephant trekking, and ATV rides are just some of the family-appropriate activities that you’ll find here. There’s also a tea museum displaying 700 varieties of tea from all around the world, though this might be more interesting to the adults.
Zorbing is a fun outdoor activity that can be done by the entire family. Opened in 2012, Rollerball offers one of the world’s longest zorbing experience (190 metres) down a hill, inside a three-metre diameter flexible plastic ball. Rollerball guarantees that zorbing is fully approved and insured so parents don’t need to worry.
11. Flying Hanuman
Flying Hanuman is a thrilling and exciting adventure for those who love ziplining. Safe and well executed, Flying Hanuman gives you the chance to soar the skies 40-metres above the Kathu jungle. All platforms are made of wood and are supported by industrial-strength cables. The ziplines can hold multiple tonnes of force and are checked regularly for signs of wear and tear. This adventure is suited for children over 4 years old.
12. KidzSole Flying Trapeze
Learn to fly sky high at the KidzSole Flying Trapeze by the beach in Mai Khao. This company was the first to open flying trapeze to the public in Asia, and it has become quite the popular activity among adults and kids. The trapeze is a smaller version of the famous circus apparatus, featuring a horizontal pole, suspended from two lines, free to swing back and forth with the person hanging from it.
This activity only needs a few minutes of basic instruction before you’re ready to get started. KidzSole also has a 40-piece obstacle course, featuring trampolines, vaulting horses, stilts, human hamster balls and tightropes.
13. Cable Water Skiing & Wakeboarding
Phuket Wake Park offers some of the most exciting water activities in Phuket. Whether you are a newbie or an expert, you can enjoy many exciting wakeboarding rides on a large freshwater lake equipped with two Sesitec Cable systems: a short one for beginners and one that goes all around the basin. This park is currently the only one of the island that offers wakeboarding.
The venue has an open-air bar and restaurant, swimming pool, massage facility, comfortable chill-out zone and sun lounge. Wakeboards, gloves, life vests, and helmets can be rented while free basic lessons are provided by professional instructors.
14. White Water Rafting
White Water Rafting is a fun outdoor activity, offered in Phuket, that gives participants a chance to navigate the island’s rivers on an inflatable raft. The Phuket White Water Rafting Tour explores the Phang Nga River, about 80 kilometres from Phuket.
This activity is available all year round and is open to all persons, no matter the skill level. Those new to rafting will have a guide and some basic training before their trip to ensure safety and comfort. Other activities available on the tour include ATV, Elephant Trekking, Ziplining and visiting a local waterfall.
15. Phuket Trickeye Museum
Become one with art at the interactive 3D painting exhibition, the Phuket Trickeye Museum. This museum features a gallery of about 100 painted and sculpted scenes using illusions and 3D technology that places guests in hilarious and realistic art exhibitions and paintings. Be sure to bring your camera, so you can capture photos! This museum is a great place for kids that have a wild imagination.
16. Baan Teelanka (Upside-Down House)
The Upside-Down House of Phuket opened in April 2014 and is one of the most innovative and original attractions on Phuket Island. The architecture of the building alone is sure to get you excited. Baan Teelanka is a three-storey house built with the roof on the ground floor and so on. Many of the rooms inside the house are seemingly upside-down (with the furniture on the ceiling). The property also features a large maze garden in the backyard and a fun escape room.
17. Phuket Bird Park
Situated on 12 acres of land, Phuket Bird Park is the only privately owned bird park on the island. The park has over thousands of birds from over 100 species from Asia, Africa and South America. Bird feeding is allowed at the park and there is even a daily bird show that showcases the intelligence of the species. The park is set among a beautiful garden with a natural waterfall and has three cafés and a souvenir shop.
18. Phuket Aquarium
A tropical island vacation wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t see any marine life. The Phuket Aquarium in Cape Panwa is another fun place that the entire family can spend hours. The aquarium is recently renovated and is home to thousands of tropical, colourful and exotic marine creatures with beautiful coral reef displays. The aquarium also features an underwater tunnel and touch pool, so children can get up close and personal to sea life that they’ve never seen before.
19. Tiger Kingdom Phuket
If your children are brave enough, or if you want them to get over a fear of large cats, take them to the Tiger Kingdom, located in Kathu. Tigers of all ages and sizes have been raised in a zoo-like venue since birth, so they are pretty nonchalant about the presence of humans in their cages. The baby tigers are the most popular and can accommodate smaller children. Guests are allowed to interact with the tigers and are accompanied by a professional photographer to take photos with the magnificent creatures.
20. Sea Canoe
Sea canoeing provides one of the most calming ways to explore Phuket by sea. John Gray’s Sea Canoe agency offers visitors the opportunity to spend hours exploring Phang Nga Bay’s marine geology, which includes the hidden lagoons and caves. The expert, licensed guides paddle your canoe, while you can relax and marvel at the beautiful scenery. This activity is suitable for the entire family.