When most people hear of Phuket, they think of it as a honeymooner’s paradise, where resorts and hotels abound. While it’s true that Phuket is conducive for romance, it also has lots of activities that cater to families and younger visitors’ tastes. These days, kids can also enjoy diving and snorkeling with needed guidance, as well as adventurous activities like ATV riding.
If you’re visiting Phuket with kids, check out these activities:
1. Phuket Trick-eye Museum
Address: 130/1 Phang Nga Road, Soi Phang Nga 1, Talad Yai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Phone: +66 76 212 806
Phuket Trickeye 3D is an interactive museum that stimulates your creativity and imagination. Using the Trompel’oeil technique, their art installations use realistic imagery to create the optical illusion where you can enter the picture and be part of it yourself!
Phuket Trickeye 3D Museum offers the opportunity to engage and interact with modern installation art, which makes it a good learning and interactive experience not just for kids but for everyone.
2. Baan Teelanka
Address: Mueang Phuket District, Phuket, Thailand
Phone: +66 84 456 5279
Baan Teelanka is considered one of the most recognizable and original attractions on Phuket. It features three attractions within the compound, the most popular of which is the Baan Teelanka itself, which is a three-storey house built leaning on its roof. Well-thought out by a charming Swiss-Thai couple, the house presents amusing artifacts and photo opportunities.
In addition to the Upside Down House, the maze activity A-Maze-in-Phuket, and mystery game The Chamber of Secrets can also be enjoyed. This place is both puzzling and educational fun.
3. Splash Jungle Water Park
Address: Soi Mai Khao 4, Mai Khao, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Phone: +66 76 372 111
Phuket’s water park will make for a wet and wild day for the whole family – whether some of you are after a relaxing day in the water or some adrenaline rush, you’ll find it here.
The park features thrilling water rides such as the Boomerango and Superbowl, as well as a six-level wave pool and an aqua-play pool for the children. If that’s too much for you, you can also idly float around their 335-meter river pool or treat yourself to some hydrotherapy in the spring pool.
4. Phuket Fantasea
Address: 99 Moo 3 Kamala Kathu Phuket 83150, Thailand
Phone: +66 76 385 000
This is arguably Phuket’s most popular attraction. While it may be touristy, it’s worth visiting at least once, for the cultural experience it will bring. Phuket FantaSea Show is a Las Vegas style Thai cultural show that uses cutting edge technology. Think Thai cultural dances, elephant and animal performances, mixed together with magic illusion, acrobatics, pyrotechnics and 4-D effects.
The essence of being Thai, everything from the love for freedom and fun, courage and compassion, is being represented in each scene. The largest buffet in Thailand is found within the same compound, so do help yourself to authentic Thai cuisine, too before the show starts.
5. Phuket Bird Park
Address: 9, 32/9 Chao Fah Tawan Tok Rd, Chalong, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Phone: +66 76 367 576
Phuket Bird Park is the only privately-owned bird park on the island. Built on 12 acres of land, it houses over a thousand birds of over than 100 amazing bird species from Asia, Africa and South America. Nestled within a beautiful atrium with a natural waterfall, they’re closest to their natural habitat, and can be safely observed by guests.
The park hosts a fascinating bird show on its large stage, and also has a large variety of local souvenirs for you to bring home.
6. Mid-Air Circus Arts Academy
Address: Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Phone: +66 86 954 0699
Mid Air Circus Arts is Thailand’s first full-sized flying trapeze and aerial arts school. Perhaps after watching Phuket FantaSea the kids will be interested in the art of trapeze – MACA is the place to bring them to! It aims to give children the ability to learn circus and aerial arts, and experience the pure thrill of the flying trapeze.
All of MACA’s equipment and structures have been constructed well and are maintained to the highest safety standards. Moreover, all classes are overseen by trained, experienced instructors & performers, giving you peace of mind.
7. Phuket Aquarium
Address: Mueang Phuket District, Phuket, Thailand
Phone: +66 76 391 126
An island vacation won’t be complete without learning about marine life! For an afternoon of learning, the Phuket Aquarium is a must. Located at the end of Panwa, the recently renovated aquarium has thousands of tropical and exotic fish and other marine creatures. The kids will be kept busy with over 30 tanks of diverse freshwater and saltwater creatures. Your kids can say they’ve met unusual sea creatures up close.
8. Phuket ATV Ride
Address: 59/26 Moo 5, Si Sunthon Thalang Phuket 83110, Thailand
Phone: +66 76 617 747
Hours: Open 24 hours
For adventure and adrenaline seeking families, the ATV ride is for you. An ATV or all-terrain vehicle is a motorized buggie with four large tires which can run easily on trails, mud, sand, dirt tracks and even rivers.
It’s going to be a rough, but fun ride, so drivers are given a helmet with protective glasses, elbow protectors and knee protectors. An instructor will be present to assist you during a drive or two, but there is usually a minimum age requirement to try this activity.
9. Surf House Phuket
Address: Kata Beach Road (4 Pakbang Road), Ban Kata, T. Karon, A. Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Phone: +66 81 979 7737
Phuket is a good location to learn surfing, but when waves aren’t present, Surf House Phuket is the place where you can get your stoke. With wave pools, trendy music, local and international food, you won’t feel so down that the waves didn’t show up at sea.
Surf House Phuket is located right at Kata beach and has an adjacent bar and restaurant, so you can enjoy the beach atmosphere and surf lifestyle while surfing the perfect pool waves. It’s suitable for people of all ages, so do bring the whole family.
10. Phuket Palazzo Theatre
Address: Kathu Kathu District, Phuket 83120, Thailand
Phone: +66 76 202 277
If you and the kids love dining and theather, come to the ohe one-and-only gastronomic show in Phuket, at the Phuket Palazzo Theatre & restaurant. The palazzo s a blend of an intimate dinner show experience and a fusion of European and Asian acts. Be entertained by music, circus, comedy and dance as you enjoy your gourmet dinner. Here, chefs, waiters and even dishes give stellar performances.
The five course feast is of a high standard, combined with the entire experience, is one you will not forget. Tables seat four to seven people, and the place tends to be full, so be there half an hour before each show.
11. Phuket Big Buddha
Address: Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket, Thailand
Phone: +66 87 278 0596
Phuket Big Buddha is the island’s most revered landmark. The 45-meter tall, white marble Buddha statue towers over southern Phuket. Around the compound is a landscaped lawn leading to the Buddha, which offers the best 360 degree views of Phuket Town, Kata beach, Karon beach, Chalong Bay. Close to the image itself, the surroundings are very peaceful, and the only noises to be heard are the tinkling of bells and the soft background music.
You may purchase a piece of white jade marble for you to bring home, or to offer at the location in the memory of loved ones. The compound and the Buddha himself is breathtaking, and is a must-visit in Phuket.
12. Phuket Tin Mine Museum
Address: Moo 5, Khatu-Nakoh Road, Tambon Khatu, Amphoe Khatu, Phuket, 83120, 83120, Thailand
Phone: +66 81 535 3187
The Phuket Mining Museum (or Kathu Mining Museum) was built to remember the tin mining era of Thailand. Tin mining was the main industry in Phuket before the 20th century, attracting Chinese labourers who eventually settled on the island, and creating the cultural and ethnic mix that Phuket town has today.
The place features many old photographs, figurines and scaled models of mines that make the era come alive. Located somewhere in the hills before Patong, the place is isolated, but presents an unusual grandeur. Well worth a visit, to learn more about Phuket’s past.