If you’ve already booked or set your heart on a family trip to Phuket and are not quite sure what to see and do on the island, let us help with our expert list of the top five family things to do in Phuket. We’ve scoured the island from north to south and coast to coast to find the best activities to put a smile on the faces of mum, dad, and the children. From zorbing to ziplining, you’re sure to find something fabulous to experience amongst our tips. Let’s jump on in to discover why this tropical island is one of the most beloved family holiday destinations in the world.
- Zorbing Rollerball
Let’s start with something unique and memorable – zorbing! If you’re not quite sure what this is, let us explain. Zorbing entails being stuffed into a specially designed plastic sphere filled with water and thrown down a mountain. While the experience is hard to define, the result is always the same, lots of fun and laughter. Suitable for all ages, this is a great activity for the whole family. Pairs (i.e., mum or dad and child) can together roll down the 190-meter-long hill in a frenzy of dizzy, watery fun.
- Splash Jungle Water Park
Of course, no family vacation to Phuket would be complete without a visit to a water park, and boy does Splash Jungle deliver! Located in Mai Khao Beach, this one is unparalleled in southern Thailand and offers the most bang for your buck. Under the watchful eye for professional lifeguards, your little ones of all ages can get wet’n’wild on 12 exhilarating water slides, rides, and attractions; one of the most popular of which is the flowing Lazy River, slowly meander 355-meters around the park in an inflatable tube.
- Flying Hanuman
Watch out Tarzan; you’ve got competition! Flying Hanuman is an amazing eco-friendly attraction for those who are looking for a real adventure. Here you can strengthen your courage and challenge your senses in a safe environment, knowing that you’re in the care of experienced instructors and using top-quality equipment from France. Once you’ve been strapped into your harness and attached to the zipline, you’ll be able to fly through the jungle canopy 40 meters above the ground, navigating obstacles and sky bridges along the course. The flight lasts from 1 to 3.5 hours, depending on which package and skill-level you choose.
- Trickeye Museum
Phuket Trickeye Museum is an interactive painting exhibition where art comes to life and offers unparalleled photo opportunities and great fun for the whole family. The venue houses a gallery of over 100 painted and sculpted trompe-l’oeil (`deceive the eye’) scenes; created with a clever technique that creates a 3D illusion on a flat background, in this case, the walls, floor, and ceiling. You and the family will be able to put yourself in fun, daring and downright hilarious situations. Imagine running with the bulls in Spain; hanging from a helicopter via a rope; sitting beside a zombie on the subway; crossing a rickety bridge over rapids, or getting punched in the face by Mike Tyson!
Phuket Aquarium in Cape Panwa offers an afternoon of educational (all the displays come with detailed signage) and fun diversion for the whole family. Beyond tourism, this aquarium also houses the Phuket Marine Biological Center, dedicated to rescuing distressed local dolphins, dugongs, and turtles. Get up close and personal with thousands of different freshwater and seawater sea creatures in various shapes, sizes, and colors. Beyond the 30 main tanks, the biggest attraction is a 10-meter-long tunnel which you can walk through, surrounded by a swirling kaleidoscope of rays, snappers, groupers, wrasses, sharks and more.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article about the ‘top five family things to do in Phuket’ and wish you and your family a great vacation in the Land of Smiles ?