Being secluded on your tropical island vacation doesn’t mean your kids will be bored. Here are 7 activity recommendations for your island holiday that will entertain and fill in the time between eating buffet breakfasts and splashing in pools.
You can skip the tourist traps of Koh Samui and still have a great and memorable time in the more luxurious and quieter part of Taling Ngam Bay. If you’re spending a week in Koh Samui, we’ve got an activity ready for each day.
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#1 Cooking up a cultural storm
There are some amazing luxurious resorts in Taling Ngam Bay and most have cooking classes for adults and some have them for kids, too. This is a great way for your kids to learn about the culture that they are vacationing in. Sometimes, hotels and resorts start to look the same wherever you may be vacationing in the world, but the food doesn’t. Not only will your kids learn about Thai flavours and ingredients, but they might also pick up a new skill or two and may just be able to help cook a meal once a week back home! Are we dreaming?
#2 Boat rides and picnics
Taling Ngam Bay is a great departure point to see some of the amazing scenery of the Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park. You can hire a private speed boat to take you and the family around the coves, rock formations and islands from the shore of your resort. Kids love resort pools, but it could also be great to show them some of the natural and unspoilt landscape of Koh Samui. The speed boat adds to the sense of adventure and fun. You can go for the morning or the whole day and stop off on one of the islands for your own private picnic. The kids will love the sense of adventure and feel like island explorers for the day.
#3 Getting creative with sand drawing
There might not be room in your suitcases for beach buckets and spades. No worries. Send the kids on a mission to find some sticks. Then get drawing in the sand. You could play sand pictionary. Write out a list of things to draw on the hotel room note paper, pop them in a hat and get your teams to draw. You could also try Tic-tac-toe in the sand. It’s more fun life size – your kids can draw the circles around themselves.
#4 It’s time for Kids’ Club
There’s no shortage of kids’ clubs in Taling Ngam Bay. All of the well-known resorts are well equipped to take care of your little ones and keep them entertained for the morning, afternoon, or whole day. Thai people adore kids, and you can rest assured that your kids will be showered with attention under watchful eyes.
#5 Water is not just for swimming in
If you did have room in your suitcase for buckets, then the water bucket relay could be a fun way to burn some energy before the kids have their afternoon cabana naps by the pool as you sit at the pool bar sipping tropical cocktails. Dig two holes in the sand a few meters from the shore. Get two teams. Parents can join too. It’s a great way to burn off the daily buffet breakfasts. Start at the holes you’ve dug. Ready, set, go. Run to the ocean, fill up your bucket, run back to the hole, empty, and pass to the next person. Which ever team fills the hole first gets to choose the in-room movie for that night. If you didn’t bring buckets, ask the hotel. Plastic cups could work, too. It would take much longer and require more energy, meaning that the afternoon nap would be longer, which means there’s more time to read, relax, or keep sipping at the bar.
#6 Obstacle course drawn in the sand
Don’t throw away those drawing sticks just yet. Use them to draw an obstacle course in the sand. Circles are for jumping in, rectangles are for jumping over, zigzags are for sidestepping, squares are for hopping in. Use different shapes and patterns for different movements. To really tire them out, time it and see what their PB is. This could be a fun way to stat the day. You could get in some cardio, too.
#7 Island photography
Kids love pressing buttons. Set them up with their own kids’ digital camera for the trip. The azure ocean, amazing sunsets, tropical jungle and surrounding islands of Koh Samui are the perfect subjects for your child’s budding photography career. To really get them motivated, you could set up a private Instagram account for their Samui trip. While you’re enjoying the sunset with a cocktail in hand, let them edit and pick their best pics from the day to post. This should at least allow you to enjoy two cocktails uninterrupted.