Phuket

Time Out Malaysia Kids - - Travel -

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.

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