Although Thailand sometimes gets a reputation for its more hedonistic and party-style atmosphere, it’s actually a popular place with families. If you are currently in Phuket with your family or are visiting in the not-too-distant future. Here are 5 family attractions for your Phuket holidays you need to visit while you are here.
#1 – Splash Jungle Water Park
Diversity and Phuket go hand in hand like a match made in heaven. Whatever you want, Phuket has it, from Safari tours, adventure activities and World Class golf courses, to hedonistic nightlife, Phuket family attractions, gourmet restaurants, and five-star beachside resorts. If only we had a water park!
Families and water-lovers are in for a special treat with the Splash Jungle at the West Sands Residences & Resort at Mai Khao. This is a state of the art facility and the first of its kind on the island brought to you by White Water Industries. They’re known for constructing similar projects in America at Disneyworld and Sea-World, and 4,000 other creations to their name.
The 22,400 square meter Splash Jungle complex provides visitors with two high-octane water slides aptly named ‘The Super Bowl’ and ‘The Boomerang’. You can also take advantage of the stunning water ride named ‘Lazy River’, which is a 335-meter long adventure ride that crawls through several themed sections that include the North Pole, Africa, Turkey, North America, Northern Europe, and Inca-Maya.
This is a unique attraction to Phuket that is sure to be a big hit with visitors. The park contains 6 million liters of water and costs half a billion baht to design and construct.
Over the past five years, Phuket has cast off the reputation of being a destination for single men and partygoers. And is now becoming a Mecca for families and couples. The change in demographics is a big plus for the island.
With family activities such as the Phuket Stunt Show in Chalong, Phuket Fantasea in Kamala, and now Splash Jungle in Mai Khao, the island is showing a new side to its character.
Location: West Sands Resort, Mai Khao Beach
Ticket Prices: Adults: 1,295 THB. Kids over 5: 650 THB. Kids under 5 are FREE.
Opening Times: 10am to 6pm
Telephone: 076 372 111
#2 – Phuket Horse Riding Club
There are not so many activities in the world that can beat riding along the shoreline strapped upon a majestic stallion. Although horse riding can be quite an expensive pastime in the western world. The Phuket Riding Club at Rawai is one of the best value-for-money Phuket family attractions.
Phuket Riding Club uses Australian horses that provide the perfect companion for each and every level, from beginners to experts. Don’t worry if you have a lack of riding experience. As you will be guided around the dressage riding rings and paddocks to become familiar with this majestic beast.
There are two route choices you can make: a one-hour Jungle Tour, which costs 800baht. This allows you to explore the beautiful scenery of the nearby jungle-laden hills high above Chalong, Rawai and Nai Harn on horseback. The second choice is a mixture of the same jungle route and also a picture-postcard beach route, which combined takes two hours for the price of 1,500baht.
Are you are thinking about finding some of Phuket’s most popular family attractions? Riding through luscious jungle vegetation on horseback with Phuket Horse Riding Club is as good as it gets.
Phuket Riding Club
Address: 95 Viset Road, Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83130
#3 – Phuket Fantasea Theme Park
Phuket Fantasea has been the most popular family attraction and theme park in Phuket for many eons. Located in the heart of Kamala on 140-acres of land, this fantastic theme park showcases Thailand’s heritage, cultural roots, and traditions. The park is home to a large theater decorated like an ancient temple, a carnival village with lots of games and shops and a 4,000 seat themed restaurant serving a grand buffet with Thai and international cuisine.
The Las Vegas-like theatrical shows use the latest state of the art lighting and sound technology to tell the story of Thailand’s myths, mysteries, and history. If you are a family enjoying your Phuket holidays, this is a great night of wholesome entertainment.
Ticket price: Show with Buffet Dinner: THB 2,200 per adult: THB 2,000 per child. For Show Only: THB 1,800 per adult, THB 1,800 per child. (Infants whose height does not exceed 100 cm (or 3’3″) are free of charge and will not be provided with theater seats.)
Opening times: 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Telephone: 076 385 000
#4 – Phuket Aquarium: Family Phuket Holidays
When it comes to wildlife options, Phuket Zoo in Chalong is a great place for the family, however, Phuket Aquarium, located at Cape Panwa, really is a top attraction in Phuket. Phuket Aquarium is not only a great place to see a vast choice of marine life, but is also an ideal place to learn a thing or two. There are over 30 tanks of freshwater and saltwater creatures such as cuttlefish, razorfish, stonefish, eels, crab, shrimps, sharks, and many varieties of tropical and multicolored fish.
Location: Cape Panwa
Ticket Prices: Adults: 100 THB. Children: 50 THB.
Opening Hours: 8:30am to 4pm, seven days per week
Tel: +66 (0)76 391 126
#5 – Phuket Zoo
When it comes to quality Phuket family attractions, not many can beat Phuket Zoo. Being stretched across 12 acres (30 rai or 5 hectares) of land, Phuket Zoo is a picture-perfect oasis that is hugely popular with tourists. Phuket is chocked full of attractions and things to do, but none more exciting than seeing camels, emu, crocodiles and tigers all in one fabulous location.
Phuket Zoo is located between Phuket Town and Chalong within Soi Palai on the calmer side of the hedonistic island. This privately-owned zoo is a perfect place not to just spend one hour, but the whole day looking at the exotic animals. Not only that, but you can even interact with the animals, get your photo taken with a tiger cub or feed elephants and watch them play football. Possibly the most thrilling and nail-biting event is the crocodile show. Watch as the handler braves putting his head inside the croc’s mouth!
Alongside viewing death-defying stunts with crocodiles, elephants playing football and a monkey doing math, the zoo also has a serene setting too. The large Orchid Garden is meticulously maintained, boasting a fantastic array of colorful plants. Vanda hybrid orchids, Dendrobium, Bulbophyllums and Rhynchostylis all grace the wonderful display. Some of the orchids might only be in-flower for one day or six months, so make sure you check out all of them. Phuket Zoo is also unique as it offers the world’s largest display of Grammatophyllum speciosum orchid.
Phuket Zoo is easily one of the most popular Phuket family attractions. Here is some info on showtimes and opening times:
Open Daily: 08:30 am – 18:00 hrs.
Prices: Adults – 500 Baht
Children – 300 Baht
Monkey Shows: 09.00, 12.00, 14.30 and 16.45 hrs.
Crocodile Shows: 09.45, 12.45, 15.15 and 17.30 hrs.
Elephant Shows : 10.30, 13.30 and 16.00 hrs.
When it comes to family-style holidays in Thailand, not many places can match Phuket. With so many great Phuket family attractions that are geared to wholesome fun, there will always be something to do during your Phuket holidays.