MUM SAYS Koh Samui is great for kids!

The next time you visit this island paradise, try these activities instead of the usual water parks and mini-golf!

MUM SAYS Koh Samui is great for kids-main

“Earlier this year, the hubs and I were thinking of going away on a short, tropical holiday. My in-laws were visiting and my almost 3-year-old son was eager to go on a holiday ever since reading his favourite book Maisy Goes on Holiday.

But where would we go? We had visited the usual suspects of Bali, Phuket and Krabi countless of times. Thirsty for a new adventure and keen to show our visitors Asia’s unparalleled natural beauty, we started doing intense research. Since we were travelling with a young one, the destination also had to have enough kiddie activities to keep our curious kewpie entertained.

‘What about Koh Samui?’ my husband asked one evening. The only other time I had been there was almost 10 years ago with my girlfriends. I was single then, so I definitely hadn’t taken into account how child-friendly the island was. I remember it was rustic and less-commercialised than other parts of Thailand ― I was also blown away by its white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters.

It was laidback, relaxing and there were enough activities to keep kids entertained.”

When we asked friends who had kids, none of them had been there. ‘What’s there to do besides lying on the beach?’ one friend asked. Good question, I thought to myself. So, like a diligent journalist, I gathered several tips on where to bring my little one. I figured that I had better make it worth his while, especially since the last thing I wanted on vacation with me was a bored toddler!

I’m happy to report that our four-day trip to Koh Samui was a total success! It was laidback, relaxing and there were enough activities to keep kids entertained. The best part is that if you’re looking to escape the usual crowd and commercialism you will normally find at other tropical holiday destinations, Koh Samui is the place to be.

If Koh Samui is on your must-visit list, here are the top six things you can do as a family.

ACTIVITY #1 CHAWENG

Samui’s busiest and biggest town, Chaweng, is constantly bustling with clothing shops selling beautiful outfits made from Thai silk, eateries serving scrumptious local delights and international fare, plus bars. If you’re worried you won’t be able to find anything here for your picky eater, let me put your mind at ease. Almost every restaurant you enter serves kiddie food such as pizza, club sandwiches, steamed rice and soup, sausages and fries. The Thai people love children, so my kiddo was immediately the centre of attention wherever he went. Baby chairs are readily available and my little boy enjoyed cooling down with freshly squeezed fruit juices all day long.

ACTIVITY #2 CHAWENG BEACH

One of the most stunning beaches we’ve ever seen sits smack in the middle of bustling Chaweng town. Because it’s much less touristy than places like Bali and Phuket, there aren’t many beach hawkers trying to sell you things. Get to the beach early (not a problem if you have a little one who wakes up at the crack of dawn!) to ‘chope’ beach chairs. To maintain the surroundings’ unspoiled condition, beach chairs are kept to a minimum. You pay a nominal fee of 200THB ($8) per day for use of a chair. Once you’ve settled down, it’s time to frolic in the powder-soft sand and take countless dips in the azure water. The only child-related problem you’re going to have is to figure out a way to get them to leave, because they will be having so much fun!