So, you’ve made the excellent decision to take your family to the idyllic island of Phuket. Thailand’s largest island sits in the Andaman Sea off the country’s east coast and has been popular for decades due to the amazing white sandy beaches and clear blue seas that ring the island. But what else does Phuket have to offer when the sun goes down, or your family wants a day away from the beach? We’ll look at everything it has to offer, from island-hopping boat trips to award-winning restaurants or what to do in Karon beach at night.
For The More Adventurous
One of the most popular activities on Phuket is the daily boat trips that head for a range of different destinations; the Phi Phi islands made famous by the movie The Beach, Maya Bay and the also famous James Bond Island are highly regarded as is the snorkelling. If you prefer to stay on the island, white-water rafting, ATV tours and Jungle adventures are all available on a daily booking basis; Scuba diving, Go-karting and Golf are all activities on offer. Phuket also has two waterparks for those days when the sea is too rough; all the family can enjoy numerous slides, paddleboards, and zip lines.
If Culture Is More Your Thing
Phuket’s most famous landmark is the Big Buddha; it sits on the top of the Nakkerd Hills and stands over forty-five meters tall; visitors get an outstanding panoramic view of the island in a tranquil setting. Old Phuket Town is also a great cultural destination with its historical-artistic architecture showing both Chinese and Portuguese traditions and the Thai Hua Museum. Phuket’s food culture is an important part of its identity and one it is proud of; the varied range of specialities includes local seafood and mixes both western and Thai cultures. Phuket has an abundance of restaurants and eateries, and highlights include Mor Mu Dong in Phuket town, the romantic Mom Tri’s Kitchen at the excellent Villa Royale hotel and the floating restaurants at Laem Hin Pier.
Do You Want to Shop?
Phuket is blessed with large markets offering many different specialities, don’t miss the Chilva night market or the massive Naka weekend market in Phuket old town; it’s the best place for authentic Thai food without emptying your wallet. You can also visit the Chalong Bay Rum distillery, where their rum is famous, and the tasting sessions are great fun.
In short, Phuket has something to offer everyone; you’ve made the most important decision by choosing to take your family there; I’ve no doubt you’ll have a great time.