Holidays are the ultimate time for relaxation but anyone with kids will know that planning them isn’t exactly a breeze. The food on offer has to appeal to all ages (and varying degrees of fussiness!), the hotel pool needs to be kid-friendly and the area should ideally offer enough activities to keep everyone entertained. Step up Khao Lak in Thailand, a tourist hotspot ideal for families.

From beautiful beaches to national parks and family friendly hotels, this tropical paradise is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face. Here, we sum up where to eat, stay and explore with your loved ones during your time in this fabulous area.

Thai curry

Top three family friendly restaurants

Patty’sIf your group is split between those who want to get stuck into some traditional Thai food and others who won’t eat anything that doesn’t come with a side of fries, Patty’s is the perfect compromise. Alongside local curries and noodle dishes, you’ll find western favourites including pasta, burgers and chicken schnitzel.

Khuekkhak, Takua Pa District, Phang-nga 82190, Thailand

Qcumber: Your teenager’s on a vegan health-kick but the rest of the family don’t want to be stuck with a salad and a superfood smoothie – at Qcumber, you can keep everyone happy. There are heaps of healthy vegetarian and vegan options available, plus some really tasty wraps and sandwiches. Qcumber also runs cookery classes, doubling up as a fun activity for the whole family.

Khuekkhak, Takua Pa District, Phang-nga 82190, Thailand

Ben’s RestaurantIt would be a shame to leave any beachside town without trying the seafood – but fish isn’t always an option that suits the whole family. At Ben’s, fresh seafood sits on the menu alongside delicious stone-baked pizzas and more traditional Thai dishes. The very best bit: there’s usually free ice cream for everyone at the end of the meal.

Khuekkhak, Takua Pa District, Phang-nga 82190, Thailand

Le Menara Khao Lak

Image credit: Le Menara Khao Lak

Top three family friendly hotels

The Leaf on The Sands by Katathani CollectionPart of the iconic Katathani Collection, you can expect a fabulous family holiday at The Leaf. Adults will love the lush green tropical garden and the swim-up bar at the Fun Pool, while younger guests will be kept entertained by the adjacent Kiddy Pool. Stay in one of the spacious Villas if you and your family need more space.

Le Menara Khao LakIf you’re looking for a resort with activities to keep all ages entertained, look no further than Le Menara. Adults can relax with yoga and Tai Chi lessons or enjoy a rejuvenating treatment at the luxurious on-site spa, while kids can be kept busy with Thai Boxing lessons and fun craft classes. In the evenings, the whole family can come together for a hearty buffet dinner at the on-site L’Amore Restaurant.

Centara Seaview Resort Khao Lak: The resort’s location on beautiful Nang Thong beach is perfect for families, making trips down to the seafront completely hassle free. It’s also just a short walk to the markets, local restaurants and shops, so organising days out should be a breeze. When the adults want to make the most of on-site spa, fitness centre or tennis courts, the complimentary on-site Kids’ Club, offering activities such as painting, drawing and Thai language lessons, will come in handy.

Khao Lak Lamru National Park

Top three family days out

Khao Lak Lamru National Park: If you’re a family of nature lovers, a day out at the national park is a must. It’s the perfect spot for trekking, watching waterfalls and spotting wild animals. Small monkeys such as langurs and macaques are common, as are black squirrels, bats and small reptiles including monitor lizards. The on-site open-air restaurant makes a good pit-stop for cold drinks and ice creams.

Royal Thai Navy Third Fleet Turtle Nursery: Kids both big and small will love seeing the turtles, who have been rescued and are cared for here until they are strong enough to be released. See turtles of all ages and sizes and speak to on-site conservationists, who are happy to share information about the programme and sometimes even allow you to hold the turtles under their supervision.

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