As one of the most visited islands in the world, Phuket has something for everyone and is an easy escape from the city for a long weekend. It has shed its scandalous reputation and has become a real family destination. Instead of heading to the usual spots of Patong, Kata and Karon, try quieter beaches like Nai Harn, Bang Tao, Surin and Kamala. In terms of activities, there’s a lot to do – from taking a diving course and visiting a water park like Splash Jungle ( splashjunglewaterpark.com) and mini golf to Dino Park (it has seen better days but the kids really enjoy it; dinopark. com), elephant rides at Phang Nga and whitewater rafting. There are several temples to visit but nothing to write home about, although the Big Buddha monument in the Nakkerd Hills is worth a visit for its panoramic views. Teenagers may want to try their hand at shooting, although many parents will not approve! Day trips to surrounding islands are easy to organise and great fun on the typical long-tail boats. Go to the Racha and Coral islands for snorkelling, James Bond Island ( www.jamesbondisland.com) for sea kayaking and Koh Yao Noi for a biking tour to tire the kids out. And don’t forget to eat all the fantastic Thai food – kids have a great affinity for banana pancakes and fried rice! Getting there There are regular daily flights with Air Asia and MAS.