Phuket is very much an adults’ town, at least at first view. There’s plenty of nightlife, tons of bars (some hosting not-so-legal entertainment options), restaurants and cabaret acts. But if you step away from the hectic city center, you’ll also find plenty of things families can enjoy together.
The beach is one of them.
Phuket’s beaches go from the wild and crowded to the serene and hidden away. For families, especially families with small children, it makes sense to choose a beach that’s less jam-packed, so you don’t have to worry about losing the kids in the crowd. Also, the most popular beaches are also more adult-oriented, with plenty of bars and restaurants but little else to do. More secluded beaches tend to be more family-friendly.
Kata Beach is a good example of a family-friendly beach. It offers plenty of water activities, including boogie board rental, parasailing (kids over 12 can join), snorkeling and windsurfing. Most of the restaurants around are kid-friendly and offer special children’s menus or amenities such as small playgrounds or video game arcades. .
Kata Noi Beach is another good option for families, especially if you stay at the Katathani Phuket Beach Resort. The resort opens right to the beach and offers six swimming pools (including a couple of kid-friendly pools), as well as services to help you rent inflatable boats or to connect you with snorkeling operations that cater to families.
Nai Thon Beach is a favorite with local families, who come here for picnics and to relax under the giant palms. Rather than large shops and structures, Nai Thon Beach has a lot of small street vendors, who are set up near the sand and sell everything from ice cream to inflatable balls to hammocks. Or rent a board and learn to surf. Local shops offer classes for both kids and adults.
Finally, try Kamala Beach. One of the quietest beaches on the island, Kamala Beach is surrounded by picturesque lakes, fishing villages and lush hiking trails. The very famous FantaSea theme park is located right next to the beach, so you can head there with the kids when the sun goes down and you’re done playing on the sand.
When it comes to beach vacations in Phuket, remember that there’s more to it than just spending time building sandcastles. Don’t be afraid to try water sports –Most companies cater to families, so they’ll be able to handle young kids. Also, don’t forget that there are usually plenty of things to do and see right around the beach itself, so step out of the sand and explore when you need a break from the sun.