About Kirsty S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Feb 2015
I have travelled extensively through Southeast Asia. I know Thailand and Malaysia particularly well, but also love Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. I travel to this part of the world whenever I can, sometimes on a short trip while on route to Australia, and sometimes for extended periods of time so that I can really get beneath the skin of a particular area – whether I’ve been to that spot before or not. I've spent a lot of time in Bangkok – it's a fascinating melting pot of a city where there's always something new to explore. I also love Hanoi and have explored it both independently and as part of an organised tour. More than anything, I love discovering something new while travelling and sharing it with those who have the same passion for travel as I do. I’m a bit of a foodie and never get bored of the beach.
Theme Parks, Performances, Theatres
Game & Entertainment Centres
Game & Entertainment Centres
Both the kids and adults in your family will love the Phuket Trickeye Museum. It's filled with 3D images that require your interaction to create fun moments and the ultimate photo opportunities! This is as fun and interactive as museums get and is ideal for that rainy day, or perhaps to escape the heat.
One for the older kids and teenagers, Surf House at Kata Beach is a safe place to ride the waves, whatever the weather conditions. Try Surf House’s high-pressure wave-generating machine that shoots water up a slope for you to surf upon. If you and your family are new to surfing, don’t worry; beginner surfers hold onto a safety rope held by a member of staff, and if you slip or fall, the strong water flow will ensure you never completely fall down!
Phuket’s Splash Jungle Waterpark features everything from mellow splash pools for the little ones to exhilarating water rides like the Boomerango. There’s plenty for the adults to enjoy too, with a swim-up Splash Bar and even a Spa Village for a spot of pampering. Situated at the edge of the jungle overlooking Mai Khao Beach, Splash Jungle is also set against a beautiful backdrop.
For a family-friendly restaurant that doesn’t compromise on service and ambience, try Tatonka near Bang Tao Beach. The food and atmosphere are both great for the adults, while the children are well looked after with a fantastic children’s menu catering to even the fussiest of eaters.
While you’ll probably visit the main Kata Beach during your time in Phuket, if you want something with less of a party atmosphere and where you’re less likely to be hassled by vendors, gather the kids and take them to Kata Noi Beach. It’s quiet and safe, yet has all the amenities you could want or need for a great family day out at the beach.
As clichéd as it sounds, FantaSea really is a great night out for the whole family. It features a huge cast of circus performers and exotic animals, and celebrates Thailand’s fascinating ancient traditions, history and culture. Set within its very own theme park, you can also enjoy a buffet dinner, carnival games and even a spot of shopping during your visit.
For a fun and educational afternoon, head to the Phuket Aquarium. This is home to over 30 tanks of fresh and saltwater creatures, including thousands of tropical fish and other exotic marine life. The aquarium will allow the kids to get up close and personal with a unique and diverse range of sea life such as cuttlefish, eels, crabs, shrimp and even sharks.
The Kids Club based in Patong is the perfect indoor haven for when younger children want to let off some steam in a fun and secure environment. You can sit back with a coffee while the kids enjoy the fantastic play facilities on offer, and there is also a restaurant with some great food options for both the kids and adults.
Elephants are such a significant part of Thailand, yet most people are reluctant to embark on elephant trekking tours due to fears that these magnificent creatures might be mistreated. Kok Chang Safari Elephant Trekking is an exception, where the elephants are refreshingly well-cared for and happy. It’s not exactly off-the-beaten-track stuff but the kids will love it and it’s an experience the whole family will remember in years to come.
It’s dinosaur themed mini-golf! Navigate your way through swamps, lava caves, a waterfall and an erupting volcano – plus meet a dinosaur at every hole. The course itself is well-planned with lots of twists, turns and challenges to keep interest levels up. Popular with both kids and adults, it can become quite busy, but the atmosphere is always fun and friendly.