If you are on a sailing holiday in Phuket with children, then you might want to take some time off your yacht to enjoy the many attractions that Phuket has to offer kids these days.
Every year, Phuket is getting more and more family orientated, with so much to do from elephant rides, an exotic aquarium, theme parks and even go-karts! So if you want to take some time ashore to indulge the children in some land-based fun whilst on your sailing holiday in Phuket, then read our top five list of things to do;
The Phuket Trickeye museum is a great fun outing for the whole family. It is an interactive 3D exhibition of paintings where there are about 100 paintings and sculpted scenes all employing the French trompe-l’oeil techniques or deceiving the eye! The numerous photo opportunities place visitors to the museum in fantastic unbelievable situations. The painting techniques are such that they create a 3D illusion on a flat surface, and there are many impressive examples here. As well as lots of copies of famous canvasses, such as Van Gogh and Leonardo Da Vinci. Within the museum there are also plenty of movie like scenes which will show you appearing to be suspended on a broken bridge above fast flowing rapids, or on a subway train with a zombie, hanging from a rope ladder whilst being flown by a helicopter and many more fantastical scenes!
If something more adventurous suits your family other than relaxing onboard during your sailing holiday in Phuket, then why not try Zorbing! This is a fun activity for the whole family and involves rolling almost 200m down the hills overlooking Kalim Beach inside a big flexible plastic ball! Not only will you have the thrill of the adventure, there are also fabulous views to enjoy over Patong Bay, for those who decide to spectate rather than participate! Visit Zorbing at Rollerball
This unique attraction only opened last year in April 2014 and is very popular with families due to the innovative design and fun to be had! Baan Teelanka is a three story completely upside down house! You enter the house from the roof, passing through the whole house, with 3 bedrooms, living room, kitchen and bathroom all by walking on the ceiling! There is also a 1,000 sqm maze in the garden to enjoy, as well as “The Chamber of Secrets” where you have to find clues and solve puzzles in order to escape from the two rooms. Definitely a fun and fascinating place to spend time with the family onshore on your sailing holiday in Phuket. Visit Ban Teelanka
Another great activity to do with the family is to explore Phuket Aquarium which has over 30 tanks full to the brim with freshwater and saltwater creatures to view. There is all sorts of marine life to wonder at here, from cuttlefish to razorfish and the not so glamorous stonefish! The main attraction is the large tank with the walkable tunnel running through the centre from where you can admire rays and sharks swimming above your head.
There is plenty to learn too, with lots of interesting facts all labelled in Thai and English. Visit Phuket Aquarium
Another great activity for kids to learn surfing with Surf house Phuket which holds lessons on Bangtao, Layan, Surin and Nai Yang beaches depending on conditions. To quote them “parents can feel safe as they watch from shore at Surfers Beach in Bangtao. This is the most sheltered beach with the most surfable waves…”
The lessons last from 1 ½ to 2 hours. They provide a variety of boards and also provide kite surfing and skateboarding lessons. Visit Surf House Phuket
The popular activity to do with the family is Elephant Rides Phuket with Island safari which has a variety of programs and schedules that include elephant trekking, fish spas, white water rafting, ATV’s , flying fox and elephant and monkey shows. Visit Island Safari
The Go Kart speedway in Kathu is a 750 metre long track. The track is open all day and there is also the option of racing under floodlights. The speedway has a drink stall. There is a large shaded seating area for spectators. Staff are helpful and there are a variety of machines to chose from.
The best options for children are the two seater karts which reach 60 km per hour and the kid kart which reaches 40km per hour. To ride the kid kart children need to be able to reach pedals, navigate the carts and follow directions. The instructors will take children on a trial run around the track to ensure they are capable. The drivers need to wear helmets. Seatbelts are not worn in go karts for safety reasons. This activity is not covered by insurance.
These machines use a lot of fuel therefore costs are calculated on a fifteen minute basis. So unless you are cashed up you won’t be here all day. The speed way takes group bookings. This is an ideal party venue for dare devils. Visit Phuket Go Kart
Flying Hanuman’s is set on 80,000 square metres of land . All guides are trained and every group has a maximum of nine people and two.One guide will send guests from one platform to another whilst the second guide is waiting at the next platform. This makes ‘zipping’ with children a lot less worrisome for the parents.
Apart from ziplines there are two sky bridges, three spiral staircases, two abseil points, a skateboard style gimmick called a “Sky-Rail” and a dual zip line.
Toward the end of the activity, when you have been desensitised to fear, you are launched down a 400 metre zip line, moving across the entire site in 45 seconds. Speeds exceed 60 kilometres per hour at over 40 meters above ground. Give it a go! Visit Phuket Flying Hanuman
The Phuket Riding Club is located near Rawai Beach on the southern part of Phuket. To find it drive from the Chalong Circle, toward Rawai Beach. After two kilometres there are signs for the Phuket Riding Clubon the right. Guides are available and are optional for skilled riders. The membership is includes riding boots, riding pants, gloves and helmet. The horses are kept in a stable and are well cared for. The horses are Australian and Thai breeds. There are also ponies for the smaller riders. Visit Phuket Riding Club
Sea cave canoe is an established company that do canoe trips all year round. They recommend their trips for children from 3 years as governed by their insurance.All of the trips include land transfers, escort boat, tour leader, complete canoe equipment (lifejackets, canoe, paddles and electric torch) and insurance. Soft drinks, fruits, snacks and water are available all day. There is a buffet lunch on board the boat. Visit Sea Cave Canoe
So as you can see there is so much for all the family to enjoy on your sailing holiday in Phuket, whether you are onboard enjoying the beautiful sailing area or going onshore for some family land based activities.
Photo Credit: www.phukettrickeyemuseum.com,www.zorbingphuket.com, www.upsidedownhouse-phuket.com, phuketaquarium.org, www.phuketforkids.com
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