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Keep the kids happy

Lying on the beach getting a tan, shopping, eating out at fab restaurants and toasting the sunset with an ice-cold beer are fun for adults. But for kids they are probably the epittomy of boredom. So what can you do on Phuket that'll keep the kids happy.

By Alasdair Forbes

Monday 5 November 2012, 04:33PM

As the T-shirts say, 'Remember when sex was safe and diving wasn't?' These days, of course, diving is one of the safest adventure sports, and many diving companies will do family packages. Or, if you want to take a look at fish and coral without learning how to dive, find yourself a snorkelling tour. There are lots of them. Don't forget the sunscreen.

ATV, or All terrain vehicles, allow you and your kids to zoom through jungles of Phuket, or splash through muddy mangrove forests. If your children are a bit too small to drive the ATV, tour companies have certified guides to help steer. It's a lot of fun, and also a great way to learn about nature on Phuket. Do not wear your best suit for this - you'll get muddy. Guaranteed.

The Phuket Aquarium at Cape Panwa is not the world's biggest, but it's still fascinating. You and the kids can see everything from tiny, brightly coloured shrimp and clown fish (yes! Nemo!) to enormous grouper fish weighing half a ton, turtles, electric eels and manta rays. There's a tunnel through a tank that lets you feel as if you're on the sea bed, with sharks swimming over your head. A great half-day trip, and there are nice beaches and good restaurants dotted along the coast for afterwards.

Mini golf is a great for kids of all ages once they can walk. Fun, safe and not expensive, moms and dads can hang around as the kids play a round of putt putt. Or parents can join in, of course. Phuket Adventure Mini Golf near Laguna is the place to go in the north of the island or, in the south, there's Dino Park in Kata.

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Jot these down on your to-do list for kids fun: Splash Jungle at West Sands in Mai Khao - that's worth a whole day out for all ages. Extreme Adventures in Chalong, or Flying Hanuman in Kathu for ziplines and scary treetop walks 30 feet off the ground. Then there's elephant trekking in a bunch of places around the island, and go-karting near Chalong Circle or in Kathu. There's an awful lot more I could tell you about, but we've run out of time!


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