Are you travelling to Phuket with kids and looking for activities the whole family can enjoy together? There are plenty of family-friendly tours in Phuket that are suitable for kids of all ages and are sure to create awesome memories for you and your family. Check out our list below of the best tours for families in Phuket.
1. Water Sports Boat Cruise to Koh Racha Yai Island
This adventurous boat cruise takes you to the beautiful crystal blue waters of Koh Racha Yai Island (off the southern tip of Phuket) for an exciting day full of water activities the whole family can participate in. Once you arrive at the island, you can take your pick from a variety of different water sports activities including snorkelling, canoes with transparent bottoms, stand-up paddle-boarding, a fun inflatable water slide from the boat deck into the ocean and scuba diving for the more experienced. The main beach on Koh Racha island is calm, shallow and peaceful — perfect for young children to play at. This family-friendly tour also provides a tasty Thai buffet lunch throughout the day and a convenient pickup and drop-off service from your hotel.
Check it out: Phuket Boat Cruise to Koh Racha Yai Island
2. Monkey Jungle Cruise
Monkey Jungle Cruise is a varied trip that takes you to different locations around the northern areas of Phuket. First you will be taken to see an authentic floating fish farm, where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the local Thai Sea Gypsies and observe how they live and work. Then you will be guided through the depths of a Mangrove Jungle on a kayak tour, where you will visit local Thai villages, eat lunch and play with some friendly wild monkeys. As you slowly make your way back to Phuket at the end of the cruise, you will have the chance to visit some of the smaller sheltered islands along the coastline. Here you can swim in shallow waters, do some more kayaking or simply go for a walk to explore the beautiful deserted beaches.
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3. Raya Island and Coral Island by Speedboat
Spend the day snorkelling, exploring and chilling out on two of the most picturesque islands in the Phuket area — Raya Island and Coral Island. Your expert tour guides will take you to a selection of tranquil bays (that are suitable for young children), where you are sure to see an abundance of local marine life including plenty of tropical fish and turtles. You will also be given plenty of time during the day to relax and walk along the white sandy beaches of Raya and Coral islands. During the day you will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious Thai lunch, fresh coconuts and plenty of snacks from local restaurants with your family. This tour also provides a convenient pickup and drop-off service which takes you directly from your hotel to the speedboat, then back home again after you are finished.
4. Deep Sea Fishing and Adventure Cruise
Customized fishing charters are a great way for families who want to combine fishing, swimming and snorkelling in some truly stunning locations just off the coast of Phuket. This is a private fishing charter, which means you have exclusive access with your family to your own private boat, captain and personalized tour guides. You can also tell your boat captain exactly what you want to do and where you want to go. You’ll spend the day exactly how you please. During this full-day excursion, you’ll be taken to some superb fishing spots near Racha Island. You can also request to be taken ashore to spend quality time with your family relaxing on the beach or exploring the local areas. A traditional Thai lunch, pickup and drop-off service is also provided in this family tour package.
Check it out: Sommai Fishing Tour Phuket
5. James Bond Island Tour from Phuket
Visit the magnificent caves and limestone formations of the Khao Phing Kan area in Phang Nga Bay (better known as ‘James Bond Island). This full-day tour includes a traditional Thai lunch and involves a variety of different activities for you and your family to participate in throughout the day. First, you will be picked up from your hotel or villa. Then you will head to a private pier to depart on a speedboat over to Phang Nga Bay. Once you arrive at your destination, you will then have the option to go swimming, snorkelling or kayaking among the beautiful limestone cliffs. You can also grab yourself a helmet with an attached light (provided by your tour guides) and go to explore the mysterious Mango and Ice-cream caves.
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6. Private Long-tail Boat Hire
Hiring a traditional Thai long-tail boat for the day is a fantastic experience the whole family is sure to enjoy! Long-tail boat hires are available from almost every beach around Phuket. You’ll be able to customise your day by simply telling your driver the things you want to do and the places you would like to see. These tours are typically run by local Thai people who can take you and your family to some really amazing places — like hidden beaches which are not on the normal tourist trail for those who travel in larger groups. While the vessels themselves may not be as glamorous or luxurious as some of the other boat tours on this list, long-tail boats do provide a truly authentic touch when it comes to exploring Phuket.
7. Tour Phuket with a Local Guide
Professional local tour guides are available to take you all over the beautiful island of Phuket via car, scooter, boat, tuk-tuk, bicycle or walking. Hiring the services of a local guide means you’ll be able to gain some truly unique insights about Phuket from the people who know it best. They will give you a personalized tour of some amazing (and lesser-known) Buddhist temples around the island. Local Phuket tour guides will also be able to tell you all about some of the other historical monuments you will see throughout the day. They will even assist you with bartering for the best prices at one of the many local markets and show you the best local Thai restaurants that serve fresh regional Thai cuisine.
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8. Elephant Trekking Tour and Jungle Adventure
This specialised tour is much more than just elephant trekking through the jungle. You can customize a full day of adventures for the entire family and request to add extra activities to your itinerary. The list of additional activities includes bamboo rafting, whitewater rafting, waterfall excursion, monkey temple visit, overnight camping in bamboo huts and a night-time safari boat tour through the Khao Lak National Park. You also have the choice of joining a larger group to enjoy your activities with, or you can simply hire your own personal tour guide for just you and your family. It should also be noted that Phuket Elephant Trails is an eco-friendly elephant trekking tour operator. You can be assured that the elephants are well cared for.
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9. Similan Island Snorkeling Tour from Phuket
The Similan Islands National Park (just north of Phuket) is known for its calm crystal blue water, vibrant coral reefs and pristine white sand beaches. The Similian islands are also home to a huge variety of rare marine life and endangered species — making it a world-famous diving and snorkelling destination. This is one of the best island tours for families in Phuket as the calm ocean, warm waters and reasonably shallow reef here provide excellent conditions for young children to enjoy the beautiful underwater scenery. You have two different options of how you travel to the islands and can request to travel out to the islands by speedboat or in a much larger ‘slow-boat’ (perfect for young children or those who are prone to seasickness).
Check it out: Phuket to Smilian Islands Tour
10. ATV Jungle Adventure
This exhilarating ATV tour allows you to choose from either 1, 2 or 3 hours of riding in the Phuket Jungle. The tour operators always put safety first and you will be given a full briefing on how to operate your vehicle before heading out on your 4-wheel adventure. You can also combine your ATV tour with a bunch of other fun activities, including a challenging rope bridge among the tree-tops, a flying fox zip-line, elephant trekking and whitewater rafting down some wild rapids. All thrill-seekers from the age of 8 yrs old and above are welcome to participate in these activities.
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