When planning a Phuket family holiday, there are plenty of small, niggling questions which may prey on your mind as the departure date draws nearer. What do I need to pack? Will I be able to buy the right brand of diapers there? Do they have proper hospitals? Can I find a babysitter? Do I need to bring the stroller with me? We have attempted to cover the important things to know when visiting Phuket with children on this FAQ page. We hope that this will answer all of your questions and give you more peace of mind, enabling you to relax and properly enjoy a fantastic family holiday. Please note that you will find the answers to more general questions on our general FAQs page, which answers questions about the local electricity supply, water safety, money and more.
Is Phuket safe for children?
Absolutely! Naturally, we can’t claim that Phuket is 100% safe because nowhere in the world is. However, there are no direct threats likely to harm children or families. Crimes directed at tourists are quite rare and are mostly limited to pick-pocketing and occasional drunken brawls. If you have any concerns, check the website of your country’s Thailand embassy for any travel advisories.
The greatest danger in Phuket comes from swimming in the sea during low season. The waves coming in are very powerful and the west coast beaches are known to have strong rip tides. Be sure to pay attention to warning signs, lifeguards and flags marking the safe places to swim and there should be no problems.
Do children need vaccinations when visiting Phuket?
It's not required but medical organisations recommend it. Children aged from 18 months to 5 years usually already have most recommended vaccines administered by your paediatrician. Older children may require boosters for the Hepatitis A, Tetanus-diphtheria and Typhoid vaccines, administered 4 to 8 weeks before you arrive. Please consult your doctor for more information.
What should I pack for my holiday with kids in Phuket?
A lot of basic baby products are widely available in Phuket supermarkets, including common western brands. In many cases, buying such products locally will work out cheaper than carrying them from your home country. We recommend bringing the following essential items with you:
- Diapers (for the flight and through the first days)
- Clothes and swimsuits
- Non-allergenic sunscreen
- Baby food (for the flight and over the first days)
- Milk powder (unless breastfed)
- Small volume toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, mild body wash and shampoo, baby wipes, etc.)
- Favourite toy or book
Non-essentials, which you can find at your hotel or purchase in Phuket:
- Extra diapers (most international brands sold at malls and supermarkets)
- Extra baby food (most international brands sold at malls and supermarkets)
- Extra toiletries
- Bottled water
- Hand sanitizer
How do I get around with kids in Phuket?
There are plenty of alternatives for getting around Phuket, but those best suited to families are taxis or even hiring a car with a driver. With the use of taxi booking apps such as Grab, there is no need to struggle through explaining to the driver where you want and no haggling over the price, which takes a lot of the stress out of the process. Additionally, various sizes of vehicle are available, so that even large families with a lot of luggage can be accommodated.
Where do I go for medical help with kids in Phuket?
There are many small clinics and pharmacies all over Phuket, but particularly in the tourist destinations like Patong, Kata and Karon. There are also several hospitals across the island. For international-standard treatments, the top hospitals are:
Are there any babysitting services in Phuket?
Most family-friendly hotels in Phuket have a kids club and can provide a babysitter. There are also some independent companies offering a more comprehensive child-minding service, including:
Can I rent baby equipment in Phuket?
You can save on the hassle and excess baggage charges of trying to bring your own strollers and infant car seats (among other baby equipment) to Phuket by hiring it locally at reasonable rates. Local companies can provide a meet-and-greet service at Phuket International Airport or can deliver the items you need directly to your hotel.
What should I consider when booking a family hotel in Phuket?
While the ideal selection of facilities will vary depending on the age of your children, we recommend looking for those resorts which have:
- Kids’ club or playground (in most cases, this will be free)
- Children’s swimming pool
- Babysitting or child care services upon request
- Cribs or baby cots available
- Connecting rooms available
- Alternatively, take a look at our recommendations of the best family resorts around Phuket.