Phuket & Krabi Guide

Phuket is like marmite, you either love it or hate it. However, you can’t get away from the fact that after a very short flight (3hrs from Hong Kong) you can be in the wonderful place that is Thailand. A haven for littlies luxe, for less.

A slower pace can be found in Ao Phang Nga. of coast between Phuket and Krabi are the little town of Ao Nang, Railey beach or the lovely beach at Laem Phra Nang. An area known for its dramatic limestone formations and island hopping galore. Magical places like Ko Phi Phi and James Bond Island are just a longtail ride away...

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Phuket & Krabi 

Tourists have long voted with their flip-flops: Phuket province is one of Thailand’s most popular destinations. This most populous island is a mecca for sun-seekers and water-sports enthusiasts. Heavily developed and shamelessly urban it can feel a little like Bangkok-on-Sea or Costa del Farang.The majority of the resorts are well geared up for newborns and busy kids though. Plus it is possible to find your own hideaway place to stay that has worked hard to ensure your kids are kept happy. With tiny babes in tow you might be keen to be close to civilisation. Phuket has it all, an International airport for getting there and away, a renowned International hospital, many clinics and western supermarkets (so you can stock up on those essential baby basics).

Which Family Pod?  Squidgy baby ; Toddling around ; Energetic explorers

Tiny Tip: If you have a new baby or an active toddler (or two, dare we say it), this is probably one of the easiest and most relaxing places to head to in Thailand. Just keep away from the brouhaha and find yourselves a hidden gem (we might even give you some clues...).

Krabi or Ao Phang Nga?

Islands, islands everywhere: The stunning limestone rock formations that line Krabi province, 150 islands and beaches that will make you want to down tools and bring up the kids Robinson Crusoe style.22km West of Krabi (Songthaew from Krabi costs around 30baht for 20 minutes) lies Ao Nang, a favourite for package tour tourists. This is the main jumping off point for the nearby beaches of Railey only a 20m longtail ride away.The pretty isthmus of Railey, just around the corner form Ao Nang or Krabi, feel like a world away. Protected by impenetrable cliffs, the only way to get here is by boat. The combination of isolation, pristine beaches and impressive outcrops endow it with a serenity that’s hard to beat. Koh Phi Phi, made famous by the film The Beach, is 32km away by speedboat.

Which Family Pod?  Energetic explorers

Tiny Tip: Due to the nature of this region (lots of hopping on and off of boats, great walking, climbing and kayaking), this area makes for a great holiday with the slightly older kiddies in tow...

Koh Phi Phi

Beautiful Koh Phi Phi: made famous by the film The Beach, is 32km boat ride away from Hat Rai Leh West beach. Ko Phi Phi Don is arguably one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand. Although make no mistake, its popularity makes it one of the busiest islands in Thailand. Krabi province has many islands to discover though and islands like Ko Lipe, close to the Malaysia border very close to Langkawi have a feel of the Thailand of old for those wanting to show their littlies the real Thailand.

Which Family Pod?  Squidgy baby ; Toddling around ; Energetic explorers

Hop till you drop: There are so many islands and beaches to explore in this region it's worth booking a base in Ao Nang, Railey or Laem Phra Nang to get you and the little ones settled. Have this as a base and enjoy lots of day trips out to the islands.

Which Family Pod?  Energetic explorers

Tiny Tip: Take the essentials with you to the islands, they usually only have a small 7/11. Good mosquito repellent and mosquito patches for the kids clothes are an essential and might be hard to find. Re-hydration salts for both you and the kiddies can be a handy addition to your travel first aid bag.