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Phuket for kids: Read with me

PHUKET: Phuket is a lovely place for young children to grow and learn. The breeze is balmy, the sea is warm, and the beaches offer hours of entertainment for little ones. Yet where can children go to listen to stories, be inspired and emerge themselves in a good story.

By Donna Stephens

Monday 13 January 2014, 10:41AM

The British International School Phuket has undoubtedly the loveliest library on Phuket or even within Thailand. The sunny, palatial room, lined with children’s books, is undoubtedly the best on Phuket or indeed Thailand. What’s more it is open to the wider community.

Every Monday at 8.30am the Primary Library school holds a Twinkle Tales story time for toddlers and preschoolers. What a great way to introduce children to the magic of a library, make new friends and share a wonderful story!

For more information call 076 335 555 or email

Question of the week: Real questions from real parents…

We are going to Phuket with our 7 month old daughter and will be staying at a resort in Patong. Could you answer a few questions?

  • Is there a place within walking distance to buy nappies / diapers and if so, is it a reasonable price or should we plan to bring them with us?


Local supermarkets are on every corner and prices are reasonable. You should find everything you in regards to diapers, clothing and baby goods. I would recommend to bring a car seat as many taxis and even hire will not have one. If you do bring a wheeled transport bring a light weight and portable stroller. Many pavements are uneven and you may spend time carrying the stroller and your toddler.

  • Any tips or advice for visiting with an infant?

Take the heat and sun seriously! Ensure your child wears a hat, sun protection swim gear and wears sun-cream. Better still avoid the hottest times of the day between 1-3pm and ensure your child drinks plenty of water.

  • How would I hire a babysitter?

If you are staying at a hotel visit the Kid’s Club with your child. If your child enjoys the visits try leaving them for an hour or two. Many hotels have arrangements whereby staff baby-sit after hours- which means your toddler can be cared for by someone they know and you have met.

Check out PhuketforKids for venue details or purchase the book from

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