A popular destination with families, Thailand’s biggest island of Phuket has lots of ways to fun and relax. They are plentiful activities and sightseeing opportunities for active families, and the beaches offer loads of relaxation as well as fun and games.
Because it is such a popular destination, the main beaches can sometimes feel a bit crowded, especially in the peak tourist seasons. Just a short distance away from the hotspots though you can find some quieter spots that are great for families. Kids can paddle and swim away from the crowds and build sand castles to their heart’s content. Most of the quieter beaches do still have a few basic facilities where you can buy food and drinks, as well as public bathrooms. Why not mix and match your beach days, alternating lively places with plenty going on, with those where you can feel like you’ve found your own little slice of tropical paradise?
Some of the more peaceful beaches (that are still great for families) include:
Freedom Beach. The best way to get to this beautiful beach is by longtail boat which, for kids, is a great part of the experience. The clear sea is perfect for swimming and there are a few restaurants on the beachfront.
Nai Harn Beach. A laid-back vibe is perfect for families and there’s a lovely wide stretch of sand. Near to the beach you will find some shaded seafood restaurants and there is also a lagoon which is a safe place to swim if you don’t feel happy letting your children in the sea. A play area gives children something else to do, and it’s a nice place to have a picnic.
Mai Khao Beach. Part of a national park, it is a stunning long stretch of beach. Facilities are few and far between, so make sure you take provisions with you.
Layan Beach. There are plenty of small restaurants and beach shacks and visitors can enjoy the clear waters, which are free from jet skis, and the soft white sands.
Ao Sane Beach. A small but nice beach, it is a favourite place for families. It doesn’t get very busy and it’s a great place for snorkelling. Children can see a good selection of aquatic life in a natural environment. There is plenty of shade under the palm trees.
Had Sai Kaew Beach. You will probably need your own transport to get to this long and quiet stretch of sandy beach, but if you do make the trip you really will be rewarded with a serene little spot. The water is good for swimming, the sand quality is good, and there is a handful of simple restaurants.
Karon Beach is a good middle of the road compromise if you’re looking for somewhere with a bit more going on than the “quieter spots”, but not as active as the main beaches.
Important to Know When Visiting with Children:
You will hear about some other pretty deserted beaches too, but make sure you check whether they are suitable for swimming before you go. Some of the quiet beaches are very pretty and perfect for sunbathing and chilling out on the sands, but rocks and corals in the water make them unsuitable for kids who want to cool down with a dip in the sea.