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Phuket for Families

Kata Beach with Kids: How to decide...

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Kata Beach is arguably the finest stretch of coastline on Phuket, being very large, with soft white sand and a beautiful blue sea. In the high season, it is calm and perfect for swimming, snorkelling and other beach activities. During the low season, it is one of the best surfing beaches on the island. A good all-rounder of a destination, Kata has a good (if modest) choice of shopping and nightlife. The choice of restaurants is excellent, with a huge range of local and international eateries.

Families will love the range of activities available in Kata Beach, with the star attractions (other than the beach itself) being mostly sports-oriented. The impressive range of hotels, including a very varied selection of affordable options, is also a major plus.

What's Good:

  • Large, beautiful sandy beach
  • Great choice of activities
  • Good selection of local and international restaurants
  • Good range of hotel prices

What's Not so Good:

  • Not many facilities right by the beach
  • Few cultural attractions

Bangtao Beach with Kids: How to decide...

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At the heart of Bangtao Beach is the Laguna Complex – a group of some of the best hotels in Phuket, all located around a beautiful lagoon. The resorts each share their facilities with each other, giving guests of any one of them access to a fantastic choice of restaurants, activities and amenities. The beach – the second longest on Phuket – also offers a great choice of attractions including horse rides and beach chairs.

With complementary access to kayaks, pedalos and some of the best swimming pools in Phuket, there is a lot to keep the kids entertained while the grown-ups relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Even if you are not staying in the Laguna Complex, the beach itself has a great mix of facilities to entertain parents and children alike.

What’s Good:

  • Sun loungers on the beach
  • Excellent restaurants
  • Great choice of family-friendly activities

What’s Not so Good:

  • Fairly isolated, a long distance from most of Phuket’s top attractions
  • Limited selection of affordable accommodation

Kamala Beach with Kids: How to decide...

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The beach at Kamala is one of very few in Phuket with a selection of beachfront restaurants, allowing you to enjoy delicious Thai and international dishes (at a reasonable price) without having to leave the sand. The seafront is also home to at least one beach club and a number of hotels from varying price ranges. While the town has extremely limited shopping options, it has a good number of spas and a modest nightlife.

Families looking for a quiet and safe setting for their holiday will certainly find it in Kamala. With the exception of the lovely beach, the main attraction is the Phuket FantaSea Show, which is well worth a visit.

What's Good:

  • Great choice of affordable beachfront hotels
  • Many beachfront restaurants
  • Convenient for Phuket FantaSea and close to the attractions of Patong

What’s Not so Good:

  • Few attractions and activities, other than Phuket FantaSea

Karon Beach with Kids: How to decide...

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Karon Beach is sometimes thought of as ‘Patong Lite’. It has a much larger, arguably nicer beach with a great range of activities available from parasailing to volleyball. It also has a modest selection of shops, bars and restaurants, mostly clustered around the main part of town close to Karon Circle. All that it lacks is the hedonistic nightlife of Bangla Road, making it therefore rather more family-friendly than its neighbour.

Being a much larger beach than Patong, there is a greater selection of hotels within easy reach of the sand, many of which have excellent facilities for those travelling with children. You will also find a good choice of beachfront restaurants at the northern end.

What's Good:

  • A lively main town area with good dining, nightlife and shopping
  • Big beach with many activities available
  • Beachfront dining available
  • Several high-quality hotels within easy reach of the beach

What’s Not so Good:

  • Karon Beach Road separates most hotels from the beach
  • Very widely-spaced town, with most of the attractions clustered in one area
  • Few attractions, other than the beach

Patong Beach with Kids: How to decide...

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While it is perhaps best known for its nightlife – particularly around the famous Soi Bangla – Patong has an impressive range of other attractions and attributes which can make it a good family destination. Being the most popular tourist destination of the island, there is a great deal of choice and variety in the accommodation options, which range from city centre to isolated bays and high-end to budget.

While Patong after dark is not what you would call family-friendly, as a central location for taking advantages of the nearby attractions and activities, there are few places better for those travelling with kids. Add a lively and pleasant beach into the mix and there is no reason why anyone in your group should even be bored.

What's Good:

  • Great choice of attractions, activities and shopping
  • Good range of hotel prices
  • Lovely, lively beach

What’s Not so Good:

  • Nightlife is far from family-friendly
  • Heavy traffic throughout the day
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