A holiday in Phuket with kids is such an awesome family trip! But where to start when planning a Phuket holiday with kids? There are so many Phuket things to do that planning a family trip to Phuket can sometimes be overwhelming.
The good thing though, with travelling to Phuket with kids, is your holiday can be as laid back or as busy as you like. So you can take it easy and enjoy the beach and the facilities at your resort, or squeeze in as many Phuket attractions and day trips as possible.
To help you plan your Phuket family trip, this guide covers all the best things to do in Phuket with kids. As well as including all the top kid’s attractions in Phuket and the best day trips from Phuket, it has all the essential information such as locations, opening hours and ticket prices – even tips on where to get discounted tickets.
In addition to what to do in Phuket with kids, this guide also includes tips on where to stay, how to get to and from the airport and how best to get around.
So let’s get into it and check out the top things to do in Phuket with kids!
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What to do in Phuket with Kids
In the guide below, I’ve provided a fairly comprehensive list of the best things to do in Phuket for families. In addition, I’ve included locations, opening hours, and ticket prices to make your planning easier.
Please note that all prices mentioned were correct at the time of writing. To check the rate in your local currency, click here.
Andamanda Water Park
If your kids are water babies who love to splash around, a visit to Andamanda Water Park is a must. In terms of fun, this is definitely one of the top 10 things to do in Phuket for kids. But it can also introduce them to Thai culture in the most engaging way possible.
The park is named after the Andaman Sea, and scattered throughout are features that echo this natural environment, including the characteristic limestone cliffs and lush tropical gardens. Thrilling adrenaline-inducing rides, a white sandy beach and a pool generating three metre waves also await.
The water park is among the most fun Phuket things to do as a family!
Location: 333/3 Moo 1, Tambon Kathu, Amphur Kathu, Phuket
Opening Hours: Daily from 10 am to 7 pm
Price: THB 850 per adult | THB 550 per child (91 to 121 cm) – click here to book your tickets online
The Upside Down House
Known locally as Baan Teelanka, the Upside Down House is a top family attraction. You’ll also find other fun things to do in Phuket with kids at the site, including a maze of 1,000 square metres from the top maze designer on the planet. There’s also a lovely cafe, and the photo opportunities are fantastic for Instagram fans.
Allow a few hours for your visit if you want to spend time in the cafe, snap plenty of pictures in the house and work your way around the maze. Exploring the house and enjoying the cafe are good things to do in Phuket when it rains, but bear in mind that the grounds may also be muddy.
Baan Teelanka is on the outskirts of Phuket town, and it’s easy to spot because of the red upside down car outside. Depending on where you’re staying and whether you have a hire car, you can walk or take a local taxi there.
Location: 51/11 Chalermprakiet Ratchakan Thi 9 Road, Phuket
Opening Hours: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm
Price: House: THB 350 per adult | THB 190 per child (4 to 11) | Maze: THB 170 per adult | THB 120 per child (4 to 11) – Click here to book your tickets online
The aquarium in Phuket is the biggest in Thailand and is conveniently located at Central Phuket Floresta. This undercover attraction is one of the most suitable things to do in Phuket when it’s raining, and you can see a diverse range of marine life here.
Parents will appreciate the educational exhibits here, and there’s an emphasis on the aquatic environment. Staff are helpful and happy to explain to kids what they’re seeing. There are more than 25,000 creatures here, keeping the children happily occupied for an hour or two.
The aquarium is among the top things to do in Phuket town.
Location: 199 Vichitsongkram Rd, Wichit, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket
Opening Hours: Daily from 10.30 am to 7 pm
Price: THB 890 per adult | THB 490 per child (91 – 140 cm) | Kids under 90 cm free – Click here to book tickets online
If you’re staying near Kata beach, you can find kids’ activities in Phuket on the beachfront. The Surf House is a fun surfing club with a shop, bar and bistro on site. As it’s aimed at families, this attraction belongs on any list of the top 10 things to do in Phuket with kids.
At the centre of it all is the FlowRider, which allows kids and adults to sample surfing in a safe, contained environment. Just be warned – considerable skill is involved, and it may take some time to perfect the art. The centre is thus best for a family holiday in Phuket with older kids rather than little ones.
Location: 162/7 Thawewong Rd, Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu, Chang Wat Phuket
Opening Hours: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm
Price: THB 990 for 1 hour between midday and 8 pm | THB 990 for 2 hours between 10 pm and midday or 8 pm and 10 pm
Bang Pae Waterfall
Bang Pae waterfall is one of the finest on the island, and as it’s pretty easy to access, it’s one of the most popular family things to do in Phuket. Thais, as well as visitors, like to splash around here, and there’s a car park plus some local restaurants specialising in seafood.
It’s a relatively easy walk to the waterfall – it only takes around 15 minutes. Along the way, you walk along the fast flowing cascades – with several areas along the way, you might want to pop in for a splash.
The Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre is near here, so you can combine a trip with the waterfall too – that’s what we did. If you’re visiting the Gibbon Centre – the National Park entry fee is included in your ticket – so you won’t need to pay it again to see the waterfall.
Location: Pa Klok, Phuket 83110
Opening Hours: Daily from 8 am to 5 pm
Price: THB 200 National Park entry fee
AR Trick Eye Museum
The Trick Eye Museum in Phuket was actually the world’s first devoted to Augmented Reality. You can visit this as a stand-alone attraction or buy a combined ticket for this, plus one of the other top things to see in Phuket: the aquarium.
The AR Trick Eye Museum is packed with optical illusions, which are fascinating for kids. They can also be transported to another place virtually, thanks to the clever augmented reality features.
Location: 199 Vichitsongkram Rd, Wichit, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket
Opening Hours: Daily from 10.30 am to 8 pm
Price: THB 440 per adult | THB 300 per child (3 to 11) – Click here to book tickets online
The Great Buddha of Phuket – or Big Buddha – is a huge, seated statue on top of a hill. Visiting the statue is among the most popular things to do around Phuket, and it’s an island icon. In addition, the panoramic views over the coastline from here are spectacular.
Jumping in a taxi or taking an organised tour that includes Big Buddha are the simplest ways to see it. The statue is near Chalong, at the top of Nakkerd Hill, a little inland from the beach resorts. One of the 10 best things to see in Phuket for sure – it’s world famous.
Location: Tambon Karon, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket
Opening Hours: Always open
Price: Free – or click here to book a tour which includes a visit to Big Buddha
Simon Cabaret Show
A Thai-style drag show is one of those must see things in Phuket for many visitors to the country. The ladyboy show takes place in a venue near Patong, and the entertainment is packed with extravagant costumes, glamour and glitz.
The show is suitable for families, so it’s ideal for children who love music, dancing and watching performances. We’ve seen the show a few times, and it’s always fun!
This is a very popular show. So whether you’re taking kids to Phuket or not, it’s wise to pre-book. You can include transfers if you like, which takes the stress out of how to get there.
Location: 8 Sirirat Rd, Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket
Opening Hours: Shows are daily at 6 pm, 7.30 pm and 9 pm
Price: From THB 800 per adult | THB 600 per child (4 to 12) – Click here to book tickets online
Chalong Temple (Wat Chalong)
Wat Chaiyathararam, Chalong Temple or Wat Chalong, is an elaborate Buddhist temple. This religious site dates back to 1876. It may not seem like the most exciting things to explore in Phuket for kids, but the fact that it’s very colourful and intricately decorated adds to the charm.
The temple is around eight kilometres from Phuket Town and is included on many of the same tours that visit the Big Buddha.
Location: 6 Chao Fah Tawan Tok Rd, Chalong, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket
Opening Hours: Daily from 8 am to 5 pm
Price: Free or click here to book a tour with a stop at Wat Chalong.
Old Phuket Town
If you’re taking a family holiday on the island, you cannot miss out on the colourful and historical attractions in Phuket town. The Old Town offers brightly painted old shophouses, street art, Thai temples and Chinese shrines, and a couple of interesting museums. It’s also a great place to try authentic Thai cuisine.
Half a day is normally enough to cover what you want to see and the main things to do in Old Phuket Town. Colourful old Sino-Portuguese shophouses line Thalang Road and Soi Romanee, providing plenty of photo opportunities to make kids’ and teens’ friends envious.
While wandering, you can look for street art and spot beautiful, traditional Thai mansions. Dibuk Road is good for sampling some yummy Thai food, as there’s a food court and restaurants here. Thalang Road, meanwhile, is the place for the Lard Yai on Sundays – the local craft and food market offers around 30 stalls.
Meanwhile, the Memory at On On Hotel is a great example of Sino-Portuguese architecture and has a small museum in the lobby. It’s Phuket’s oldest hotel and can be found on Phang Nga Road. It also features in the famous Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach.
Thai Mua Museum on Krabi Road is also a breathtaking building and was once the island’s first Chinese language school.
If you’re seeking things to do in Phuket town at night, how about visiting a Thai night market? Here are some of the island’s main night markets to visit.
Chillva market is a good place to go to find something different. Clothing, footwear, gadgets and accessories are all sold here.
Trying the array of sweet and savoury treats sold at Chillva is one of the best things to do in Phuket with children. The brightly coloured sweets and desserts may appeal – even if deep fried insects don’t. As one of the top things to do in Phuket old town, don’t miss Chillva Market.
Location: Ratsada, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket
Opening hours: Daily (except closed Sundays), 5 pm to 11 pm
Naka Market is often also called the Phuket Weekend Night Market. If you’re after some fake designer goods (like “real fake” :)), this is the place to come during weekends. There is also a large food area here.
One of the coolest things to do in Phuket for everyone is, of course to try the local food. Naka Market is ideal for that. You can see your meat or seafood being freshly grilled in front of you, or dare the kids to try the stinky beans or some Durian fruit, which is infamous due to its odour.
Location: Mueang Phuket District, Phuket
Opening hours: Weekends – 4 pm to 9 pm
Sunday Walking Street Market
The Walking Street Market is topping the list of Phuket things to do at night on a Sunday. This occurs on Thalong Road and is referred to locally as Lard Yai Market. It has a more creative vibe than most Phuket night markets, so expect crafts rather than knock-off goods here.
Again there are lots of snacks for kids and grown-ups to sample, so maybe go without dinner before your visit.
Location: Thalong Road, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket
Opening hours: Sunday, 5 pm to 9 pm
Malin Plaza is open every day of the week. This bustling market is located in Patong and sells everything from homeware, clothing and gifts to Thai street food. Drinks, snacks and meals are very affordable here.
The stalls at Malin Plaza are particularly colourful, making this one of the most kid friendly things to do in Phuket during the evening.
Location: 4055 Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket
Opening hours: Daily 2 pm to midnight
Patong OTOP Shopping Paradise can be found right opposite the Hard Rock Café in Patong. As it’s open daily and from 10 am, this is among the most popular things to do in Phuket with kids who are very young and need an early night.
Prices here can be higher than other Phuket markets, so be prepared to haggle if you want a bargain. There’s a huge variety of goods for sale here, and you can also stop for a drink in one of the many bars.
Location: Kathu, Amphoe Kathu, Chang Wat, Phuket
Opening hours: Daily 10 am till late
Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
For families after a true ethical experience with elephants, then you must head to Phuket Elephant Sanctuary – one of the few ethical elephant sanctuaries in Phuket. This is among the top places to visit in Phuket for kids and parents of little wildlife lovers.
You won’t find elephant riding or swimming with elephants here. Instead, this is a complete hands off experience.
Your visit to the Elephant Sanctuary starts with breakfast, followed by a documentary showing how the sanctuary started. The Sanctuary basically opened to rescue elephants working in poor conditions or abandoned elephants too old to continue working. Be warned; the documentary may have you in tears!
Then it’s off to wander around the tropical 30 acre site. This ethical sanctuary on the borders of Khao Phra Thaeo National Park has an elevated, canopied walkway so you can watch the elephants without intrusion.
You’ll see the elephants eating, swimming, splashing themselves – even pooping, which will undoubtedly get a few laughs from the kids.
After your walk, a light lunch is included, and then it’s back to Phuket Town.
For families with younger children, you may prefer the shorter 1.5 hour session, which includes a walk along the elevated canopy.
Location: 100, Moo 2, Paklok, Phuket
Opening Hours: Sessions are daily from 9.30 am to 1 pm and 1.30 pm to 5 pm
Price: Half Day Session – THB 3000 per adult | THB 1500 per child (4 to 12) | Children under 4 are free 1 Hour Session – THB 1900 per adult | THB 950 per child (4 to 12) | Children under 4 are free – Click here to book tickets online
Splash Jungle water park is situated at Mai Khao Beach. This place offers plenty of activities to do in Phuket that are guaranteed to tire kids out! Adults will love the lazy river, while older kids try out the Wave Pool, and there’s an Aqua Play Pool for younger children.
In fact, grown-ups and teens can also experience something of a spa day here, as there’s also a Hot Spring Pool, the Igloo Sauna and private cabanas for hire. So the whole family can have as active or relaxing a time as they like.
The range of rides is broad and ranges from high speed AquaTubes or a vertical free-fall to tube and body slides and a family raft ride you can enjoy together. A day at Splash Jungle is one of the most exciting things to do in Phuket for sure.
Location: 65/179 Moo 4, Mai Kao Soi 4 T. Mai Khao, A. Thalang, Phuket
Opening Hours: Thursday to Monday, 10 am to 5.45 pm
Price: THB 750 per adult | THB 500 per child (5 to 11) – click here to book tickets online
Blue Tree Phuket
If water parks are high on your list of family activities in Phuket, then Blue Tree is another option to consider visiting. There’s a family Splash Zone for younger kids here. In contrast, older ones and adults can try out cliff jumping, stand up paddleboarding, water jousting, zip lining, beach volleyball, ice skating and a Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course.
A day at a water park is a great way to cool off when it’s hot in Thailand. It’s also good when you’re wondering what to do in Phuket for kids, teens and adults that will please everyone. As well as the water slides and other activities, there are also five restaurants at the park to ensure no one goes hungry.
Location: 4/2 Srisoonthorn, Srisoonthorn Road, T.Cherngtalay, A.Thalang, Phuket
Opening Hours: Forest Zone 6 am to 7 pm | Kids Planet 8.30 am to 7.30 pm | Lifestyle Village 9 am to 9 pm | Lagoon and Skate Park 10 am to 8 pm | Tree House 10 am to 10.30 pm
Price: THB 1100 per adult | THB 600 for kids under 120 cm – Click here to book tickets online
Soi Dog Foundation
If your children can’t resist animals, visiting the Soi Dog Foundation might be on your list of the top 10 things to see in Phuket. There are cats as well as dogs housed here, so it can be as much about felines as canines.
The shelter is a not-for-profit organisation and works hard to improve conditions for creatures in Asia. Animals living here may have been saved from abandonment or abuse or receiving treatment for injuries or sickness. They may also have been rescued from the dog meat trade. The centre treats over 15,000 animals per year.
Families can visit the centre and do one of their free hour tours to learn more about their work. This may be among the more unusual things to do in Phuket as a family, but it is also among the most rewarding and educational.
Location: 167/9 Moo 4, Soi Mai Khao 10, Tambon Mai Khao, Amphur Thalang, Phuket
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 11.30 am and 1 pm to 3.30 pm | Guided tours at 10 am and 1.30 pm
Price: Free – but a donation, sponsorship or adoption is very welcome
Khao Rang Viewpoint
Khao Rang’s viewpoint is one of the top 10 things to do in Phuket Town for sure. The hilltop site offers panoramic views over the town, the island and the coastline, and there’s also an attractive gazebo and a scattering of restaurants here.
Other reasons to visit Khao Rang include the fact that you might spot monkeys – and the golden buddha at Khao Rang temple en route. As well as the main viewpoint, the restaurants also have their own terraces offering sweeping views.
Khao Rang is worth wandering up to when you’re seeking things to do in Phuket Old Town.
Location: 145/5 Patiphat Rd, Tambon Wichit, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket
Opening Hours: Always open
Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre
If visiting the cat and dog sanctuary or seeing several cheeky monkeys at Khao Rang hill isn’t enough, the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre is a must during family holidays to Phuket. It’s been operating since 1992 to repopulate the island with gibbons. Sadly the creatures became extinct here four decades ago due to poaching.
There are two options for centre visitors – a one hour gibbon rehabilitation experience or a two hour one that also covers the animals’ behaviour. During our recent visit to Phuket, we opted for the one hour visit and learned plenty about these cute little creatures.
Note that you don’t get up close to the Gibbons as this is a rehab centre.
Location: 104/3 Moo 3, Paklock, Talang, Phuket
Opening Hours: Bookings only
Price: 1 hour visit: THB 2,500 for 1 to 3 people | THB 5,000 for 4 to 6 people | THB 7,500 for 7 to 9 people | THB 10,000 for 10 to 12 people
For any selfie fan, this is one of those things you must do in Phuket. So if you have teen Insta or TikTok addicts, they’ll love snapping and sharing pictures at the Selfie Experience. It’s Thailand’s first selfie museum and provides more than 3,000 square metres of fun and photogenic sets.
If you want to experience all the backdrops and props here, you can find the Selfie Experience in Phuket Town. From a bath full of balls to a giant soft toy or a range of Halloween costumes, you can find it all here.
Location: 99/99 Moo 5 Chalermprakiat Road T, Ratsada, Mueang, Phuket
Opening Hours: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm
Price: THB 400 per adult | THB 250 per child (90 cm to 120 cm) | THB 9,999 per family (2 adults and 2 children) | Children under 90cm are free
Adrenaline junkies will love Hanuman World. This treetop activity centre is home to Thailand’s fastest ziplines, including a twisted one that runs at high speed. There are over 30 platforms up among the branches and leaves, too, so you can enjoy the natural beauty of the woodland.
For nature fans and thrill-seekers alike, this is one of those things not to miss in Phuket. You can book various packages to experience this attraction.
Location: 105 Tambon Wichit, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat, Phuket
Opening Hours: Daily from 8 am to 5 pm
Price: Zipline + 10 platforms: THB 1500 per person | Zipline + 18 platforms: THB 2200 per person | Zipline + 32 platforms: THB 2900 per person | Zipline + roller THB 1000 per person – Click here to book tickets online
Phuket Wake Park
Phuket Wake Park is situated in the centre of the island in the Kathu area. Wakeboarding is what it’s really all about here, but the complex is also home to a swimming pool, showers, a shop selling clothing and equipment and a restaurant. So whether you’re searching for Phuket activities for kids who are older or want to try something new yourself, this might be ideal.
Training and large cables are at the park, and you can book lessons or the kids’ wake school. All equipment, including towels, can be hired on site. An attractive package for first-timers offers a private 30-minute coaching session and an hour on the big cable.
Location: 86/3 Moo 6 Vichitsongkram Road, Kathu, Phuket
Opening Hours: Monday 10 am to 6 pm, Friday to Sunday 9 am to 6 pm
Price: First time package: THB 1,850 per person | Training cable THB 500 for 30 minutes | Big cable THB 950 for 2 hours | Coaching lesson THB 1,000
Dino Park Mini Golf
It’s not only about the swing at Dino Park but also about the jungle setting. This mini golf place has a restaurant and bar too, and dotted around the site are dinosaurs and volcanoes to add drama to your game.
If older kids are looking for things to do on Phuket island, but you need a break, you could leave them to it while you hole up in the bar. Or take part as a family, and you might discover your competitive streak! Little ones will love the dinosaurs, though mum and dad might baulk at the restaurant prices.
Location: 47 Karon Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket
Opening Hours: Daily from 10 am to 11 pm
Price: THB 240 per adult | THB 180 per child
Game Space Laser Battle
On Patong’s busy Bangla Road is Game Space Laser Battle. This is a virtual reality and laser shooting centre, and playing here is one of the finest things to do at night in Phuket as a family. You can also find other sports and arcade games here.
There are lots of games to try here. So if you’re in the Patong area during the evening and looking for something different, this place is worth a try.
Location: 29/1 Thanon Bangla, Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 5 pm to 12.30 am, Friday and Saturday 4 pm to 12.30 am
Price: Pay per game
Phuket 3D Museum
This one’s not to be confused with the Trick Eye museum by the aquarium. Phuket 3D museum specialises in providing an interactive experience via oversized wall paintings. Like Selfie Experience, it’s perfect for capturing unusual shots.
If you want to know where to go in Phuket with kids that won’t make them roll their eyes, this place holds plenty of appeal for older ones. The trompe l’oeil backdrops are pretty effective, so you can grab some snaps of your folks doing things they never normally would. Such as coming face to face with a tiger, shaking hands with ET or wearing angel wings.
Location: 130 1 Phangnga Road, Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket
Opening Hours: Daily from 10 am to 7 pm
Price: THB 450 per adult | THB 270 per child (under 130 cm)
If you want to find things for kids to do in Phuket – particularly the little ones – then you’ll be spoiled for choice at Rawai Park. This attraction is a colourful, all-in-one water park, gardens, playground and restaurant complex that’s especially designed for families with tiny tots. There’s also a mini zoo and a pond filled with koi carp.
Rawai Park can be found near the beach of the same name, and even the restaurant menu offers plenty of kid-friendly favourites. If you can tear them away from the water slides and play equipment for long enough to eat, that is.
Location: Rawai Beach, 58/88, Soi Rouyphad, Rawai, Muang, Phuket
Opening Hours: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm
Price: THB 100 per adult | THB 250 per child | Children under 70 cm are free
Phuket has so many gorgeous beaches, so if you have time, it’s worth visiting a few of them. As well as the stunning beach, each area has its own vibe – whether quiet and secluded, hustle and bustle or somewhere in between.
Below are some of the more popular beaches for families:
Mai Khao / Nai Yang
Mai Khao and Nai Yang are quiet areas, home to beautiful, pristine, sandy beaches, making it the best beach to stay at in Phuket for families wanting to get away from it all.
These beach areas are the closest resort areas to the airport and are also home to Splash Jungle Waterpark and National Parks.
While there are places to eat here, don’t expect to find much shopping or nightlife. You’re at least an hour’s drive from the tourist areas of Mai Khao or Nai Yang.
Bang Tao Beach
Bang Tao is also fairly close to the airport and is home to a range of upmarket resorts, including the famous Laguna Phuket, one of the largest resort complexes in all of Asia. The complex has a range of resorts, restaurants, and shuttle boats and buses taking guests between them.
The 8km long beach here is considered one of the most beautiful in Phuket, and the further north you go, the less developed the beach gets – so great for those wanting a more secluded location.
I stayed here while in Phuket, and I wasn’t really a fan. The area is entirely made up of upscale resorts and fancy apartments – to get out and get that Phuket vibe; you will need to get a taxi each time.
Further south, you’ll find Kamala Beach – a small village with a beach considered one of the best places for families. Here families can enjoy the stunning 2km beach and a good selection of bars and restaurants.
Kamala Beach is also just a short drive to Patong for those families wanting to experience the bustling tourist area but then return to their quiet resort.
Patong is the most popular resort area in Phuket and the most touristy. The location is popular among the young travellers coming for the nightlife, but it is still just as popular for families wanting everything at their fingertips.
In Patong, you’ll find plenty of shops, night markets, massage places, cafes, restaurants and street vendors, particularly around Bangla Road (considered the red light district). While on the beach, you’ll find a plethora of water sports.
Patong is also home to some fantastic family friendly hotels Phuket offers at great prices.
While I used to rate Patong – during my recent visit, I found it way too busy and crowded with young partygoers and lots of marijuana shops – I’d give it a miss for families – ok for a day visit if you must.
Karon / Kata
Next to Patong, Karon and Kata are Phuket’s second most popular tourist areas. As well as being home to gorgeous beaches, here you’ll find plenty of resorts, restaurants, bars and shops – heaps is going on, but much quieter than Patong.
This is by far my favourite area of Phuket to stay in. The beaches are beautiful – plenty to do – very similar to Patong but much nicer in view and more of a family vibe.
Best Day Trips from Phuket
If you have the time, I can’t recommend enough to take at least one Phuket day trip.
Some of the best day trips from Phuket include exploring stunning tropical islands, snorkelling in crystal clear warm waters and swimming from some of the most spectacular beaches you’ve ever seen!
Phi Phi Islands / Maya Beach
Visiting the famous Phi Phi islands isn’t only for those who’ve run out of interesting things to do in Phuket. These iconic spots are unmissable. You can snorkel and swim at the idyllic beaches and take amazing pictures of the incredible scenery.
For clear, azure waters, towering limestone cliffs and bone white sands, there are no better things to do while in Phuket than taking this kind of day trip. But, of course, you’ll need to take a boat trip to reach these paradisiacal spots.
I’ve been visiting the Phi Phi Islands for over a decade, and I recently visited and am pleased to stay. It’s more beautiful than ever. Covid has done it the world of good, plus the changes they’ve made to Maya Beach hopefully means the area will stay beautiful for many decades to come.
If you only do one tour while visiting Phuket – make it a trip to Phi Phi Islands.
Phang Nga Bay / James Bond Island
Fondly known as James Bond Island, Phang Nga Bay played a starring role in a Roger Moore Bond movie. For fans of the British spy film series, this spot surely tops any list of things to see around Phuket.
This area isn’t only fun for Bond fans though. There are some caves of special interest to kids too. One has a stalactite shaped like an ice cream cone, and they’ll adore the cute creatures at Monkey Cave or paddling in the shallows beside Talu Cave.
Another stunning area of Phuket and well worth the trip.
The Similan Islands are a good bet if you’re trying to find more peaceful things to do near Phuket. They’re less touristy than the above spots, and the nine islands are home to incredible marine life.
Whether you prefer beach life or hunting for local wildlife, the pristine Similan Islands offer a genuine sense of getting away from it all.
The Similan Islands are a bit of a hike from Phuket, but it is well worth it if you have the time.
Racha and Coral Island
For five star luxury or an unspoiled feel, head to Racha or Coral Island. Both offer beautiful beaches and superb snorkelling and diving, so it doesn’t matter too much which you choose.
Racha Island is home to a deluxe five star resort, while Coral Island is closer to Phuket. Either offer a day of escapism, so pick the tour you like the look of and set sail! If you enjoy exploring underwater, adventurous things to do in the Phuket area don’t come any better than this.
Racha and Coral Island are perfect for families with little ones that don’t fancy a long day out on a boat – but want to get to at least one island during their time in Phuket.
White Water Rafting
One of the most thrilling adventure activities to do in Phuket is white water rafting. If that’s not enough, some of the organised tours also include adrenaline activities such as zip lining, or you can add a tour by All Terrain Vehicle (ATV).
Experiences include everything you’ll need to skim along the surface of the water at speed, covering instruction, equipment and transport.
Exploring the island by All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) is a great way to see more of this Thai destination. Not only because you’ll access some cool places to visit in Phuket with kids but also because you’ll learn to take charge of your own vehicle.
All instruction and the helmet and gloves you’ll need for safety reasons is supplied. Most ATV tours are suitable for children aged eight or older.
Tip: Check to ensure your travel insurance covers you for this, as some don’t!
Island / City Tour
You don’t need to worry about finding all the things to see in Phuket town – or on the island – when you take a guided tour. One of these day tours will have you visiting all the highlights with ease – a must for first timers to Phuket.
Spots to visit include the Old Town, Big Buddha, Chalong temple, Ao Sane Beach, Rock Swing, Cape Krating, Nui Beach or even a cashew nut factory.
Best Accommodation in Phuket for Families
Not quite sure where to stay in Phuket with kids? We’ve covered our top three picks for the best accommodation in Phuket for families. Each resort offers great value and is in an excellent location for sightseeing and relaxing in Phuket.
Destination Resorts is just over the road from the popular and stunning Karon Beach – one of my favourite places to stay in Phuket – I’d recommend it as one the best beach in Phuket for kids! From here it’s a short walk to all the Karon shops, markets and places to eat. If you want to head into Patong – it’s just a 10 minute drive away.
The junior suites here can comfortably accommodate a family of four, with bunks and a King bed. A children’s pool at this resort offers a cascading waterfall tower and a spiralling waterslide. There are two more large pools, surrounded by sun loungers and tropical palm trees.
Adults and teens will adore the In Balance Spa here, or you can use the gym 24 hours a day while ‘Kids World’ keeps the children aged 5 to 12 years busy. With five restaurants and bars to pick from, you’ll never go hungry at this resort. Options include relaxed poolside and authentic Thai cuisine.
Located on Kalim Bay, Patong Lodge is at the very northern end of Patong Beach – around a 5-minute walk to the beach. The Jungceylon Shopping Centre is a 30-minute walk, so depending on the humidity, you may be better off getting a taxi. But you’re only a few minutes from all the famous Patong stalls, and there is a 7-Eleven just 100 metres away.
Families of four are accommodated in a double bed and two single beds – which is great to have the kids sleeping in separate beds to avoid those night-time fights. The room has tea/coffee facilities and a balcony to enjoy a cuppa. Onsite, there are three places to dine: a restaurant offering both Thai and International cuisine and two casual eateries with beverages and snacks.
You have the choice of two pools when it’s time to have a swim. With the large main wing pool situated near the bar, so you can enjoy a range of snacks and drinks as you relax on the sun loungers. When it’s time to work out, the onsite gym is small but has the key pieces of equipment to enjoy a good workout. And if you need a refresh of your travel clothes, there is a laundry onsite.
The Sunwing Kamala Beach is located on Kamala Beach, one of the quieter areas to stay in Phuket – perfect for families wanting to be away from rowdy tourists. The hotel is just a short walk to the beach and all the Kamala shops and places to eat.
Families of four will find the self-contained studios comfortable, with bedding made up of a king bed and sofa bed. The kitchenette has enough equipment to prepare and store simple meals and snacks. It also comes with a mini fridge, microwave, tea/coffee facilities and a tap with sink.
The facilities onsite make this one of the best family hotels in Phuket. Eight pools are designed especially for families – with gently sloping pool depths, coves, and waterslides. In addition, there are organised pool activities throughout the day for the whole family, including pool discos, aqua aerobics and visits by the Sunwing mascots – Lollo or Bernie.
Lollo & Bernie is the name of the Kids Club, open for children up to seven years of age with adult supervision. There are loads of activities on offer. Teens are entertained in the ‘Teen Lounge’ and are supervised by a ‘Teen Host’ with no adult supervision required.
Dining is covered with two restaurants, two bars and a pool bar. And if you’re dining at one of the restaurants, there is entertainment several nights a week with a range of family-orientated shows. For those who like to keep active, there is a fitness studio, or for those who want to relax, you can take advantage of the outdoor spa, offering Thai massages at local prices.
Family friendly resorts Phuket has don’t get much better than this. With loads of family friendly entertainment and activities, the Sunwing is worth a look. The location is also pretty special, being on the beachfront.
Below are some tips on getting around Phuket and how to get to and from the airport.
How to Get From the Airport to your Resort
The best way to get to and from the airport is by booking a private vehicle in advance. They are reasonably cheap, costing around $36 AUD for a family travelling between the airport and Patong.
If you don’t want to book anything in advance, you can also take a metered taxi from the airport – costing around 750 baht / $31 AUD (airport to Patong), or you can pay a fixed price and book a private vehicle at the airport – called the Airport Limousine for 800 baht / $33 AUD (airport to Patong).
The cheapest option is to take the bus to Phuket Town and then from there you can take a songthaew to your resort. The bus is 85 TBH / $3.50 AUD per person and can be paid as you board. Alternatively, you can buy your tickets in advance from here.
Getting Around in Phuket
The most popular way for travelling short distances around Phuket is via tuk tuk, taxi or Songthaews.
Tuk tuks are convenient as they tend to be everywhere – but they are also usually the most expensive mode of travel. Expect a very short tuk tuk ride to cost around THB 100 to 200 ($4 to $8 AUD) and longer distances anywhere from 500 to 600 baht ($21 to $25).
Taxis are the most comfortable way to travel, and there are plenty of metered taxis around the popular tourist spots. While there is no Uber in Phuket, there is Grab, which is basically the same thing. Before getting in a taxi or Grab, ensure that the metre is on or the price is fixed and agreed upon in advance.
Songthaews are also a fun and cheap way of getting around Phuket. They are small passenger trucks that can hold up to around 20 people and are easy to recognise as they are bright blue. They work like a bus – although some have a fixed route, others don’t – so be sure to check with the driver before boarding and check the price too.
For travelling further afield or for a day of sightseeing – you’re best to hire a car and driver for the day. You can easily find cars with drivers on the street, but you must be prepared to haggle over the price. Otherwise, you can book one through a site like Klook. For a family of four, expect to pay around $93 AUD for a car and driver for the day (8 hours).
You could also hire a car yourself. There are many car rentals around the island, and in most cases, even your resort should be able to hook you up with a car. You can also book one via Klook. Expect to pay about the same price for a car rental as you would for a car and a driver.
Hopefully you’ve found this guide on things to do in Phuket with kids helpful. In addition, we have other guides to help plan your trip to Phuket, including where to stay in Phuket with kids as well as the best Phuket hotels with kids clubs.