Phuket with Kids: Family Stay at Best Western Allamanda Laguna Phuket, Thailand

Phuket with Kids

Visiting Phuket with kids is no doubt one of the most popular things to do when vacationing in Thailand. Last summer Phuket was high on the list of must-do for our family when we plan our trip to Thailand. Our last visit to Phuket was over 9 years ago and it was before Mr. Z joined our family. So this was his first trip to Phuket. As with other travel plan, we needed to figure out where to stay, what to do and where to eat. Luckily, for the first part we had it covered.

A Family Stay at Best Western Allamanda Laguna Phuket


Phuket with Kids- Best Western Allamanda Laguna Review

My sister is a member of Laguna Holiday club (similar to timeshare in the US) and she graciously offered us to stay for a few days using her points. After checking availability and points, we opted to book at Best Western Allamanda Laguna. The Best Western Allamanda Laguna is part of Laguna Phuket, the luxury destination resort that includes seven deluxe hotels and luxury villas along Bang Tao beach in Phuket. The Allamanda is the suite hotel that offers space perfect for a group of friends or families.

Secluded Beach Perfect for Family Getaway


Phuket with Kids- Bang Tao beach

With the great location in Bang Tao beach, the beach of Laguna Phuket is perfect for family looking for a true getaway vacation of relaxing and tranquility. The beach is away from most popular beaches in Phuket like Patong beach or Karon beach. Heck, you probably won’t even hear about Bang Tao beach as one of the recommendation on where to stay in Phuket.

Phuket with Kids- Best Western Allamanda Laguna Bang Tao beach

Bang Tao beach with over 4 miles in length is one of the longest beach in Phuket and yet mostly undeveloped. With limited public beach road, the beach is used mostly by hotels and resorts guests. This makes a perfect place to truly relax and enjoy the pristine beach all to yourself.

However, if you plan to explore other parts of Phuket, it will be a bit of a drive. The option will be to get a private tour for a day and a driver can take you around or rent a car like we did. Mr. Rojo was a sole driver during our time in Phuket and he had no problem at all after conquer driving in Bangkok. There are less traffic and the road is clearly marked.

Fun Activities for Kids


Phuket with Kids- Bang tao beach horseback riding Best Western Allamanda

We visited Phuket during the low season (in July) so it’s even more deserted. There are a few restaurants along the beach and few activities for kids to do. Most prominently is the horse back riding provided by Bang Tao Riding club. During the high season (from Nov-April), there will be other water sports fun like banana boat, paragliding, water skiing and jet skiing. But our favorite activity to do with kids at the beach was simply enjoying the wave of the beautiful emerald green ocean and walking along this quiet beach to truly enjoy our family time.

Phuket with Kids- Best Western Allamanda Laguna Pool


Apart from enjoying beach time, there are also other fun activities available at the resort as well. The resort has great swimming pool by the lake that we took advantage of. Within Laguna Phuket, there are also other pools available for guests including a pool by the beach.

After a quick shower, we also enjoyed a boat ride along the lake to check out other hotels within the resort. The boat is one of the inter-resort transportation that allows guests to travel within the resort area.

Great Space for Family at Best Western Allamanda


Phuket with Kids- Best Western Allamanda Laguna Suite

 The reason we chose to stay at the Best Western Allamanda Laguna Phuket because the suite room that provide a great value when travel with kids. All suites include dining area, living room and kitchenette. It’s something that we always look for when planning for our family trip.

Even though we won’t be cooking up a big meal on our vacation especially in Thailand where there are so many places to eat, it’s still nice to have full size refrigerator to keep drinks and snacks for late night. We actually did cook our breakfast daily. It’s cheaper and much easier than get everyone dressed up in the morning for breakfast.

Phuket with Kids- Best Western Allamanda Laguna Bedroom

We stayed at 2 bedroom suites which has 3 levels. The first level is the dining room, living room and kitchen with the view of the lake from the balcony. The 2nd level is the master bedroom with the lake view from the room and master bathroom. The 3rd level is the second bedroom with two twin beds and bathroom. There are also lounge chairs on the roof top, a perfect space to just soak in the beauty of the area.

Phuket with Kids- Best Western Allamanda Laguna-8

Our room is on the lake front so we had a perfect view to enjoy the Sunset right from our balcony.

Overall, we had a great stay at the Allamanda. The location is perfect for our travel style for this trip – relax, slow and downtime. But for those who are looking for doing things in town, might find that the location is not ideal.

Have you been to Phuket? Where did you stay? 



Travel Photo: Laguna Beach Phuket, Thailand

Phuket with Kids - Bang Tao Beach

We revisited Laguna Beach resort in Bang Tao, Phuket, Thailand this past summer after our first visit 9 years ago. It is still as beautiful as we remembered but more memorable because this trip we shared the moment with both our kids.

Laguna beach resort in Bang Tao is quite out of the way from most popular resorts in Phuket so the beach is empty that we felt that we had our own private beach.

Have you been to Phuket? What’s your favorite beach?

Our Family Travel in 2012

Family Travel: Stone Mountain Park Atlanta

Happy New Year 2013

My favorite post that I love to write each year and I have been consistently keeping it up for all 4 years of blogging is our family travel year end review post. With a lack of posting in the past few months, it’s surprising for me to see that we have done quite a few adventures this year. I can’t say enough of how bless we feel to be able to afford the chances to explore the world with our family. I hope you will find this post not as a bragging on ‘hey-see-where-I-go’ but more of an inspiration to create your own family adventures with your family.

JAN: Appalachian Ski Trip, Blowing Rock, NC


Family Travel: Appalachian Ski with Kids

We continued our ski-bug-bite from the previous year trip to Keystone resort with family ski trip with a group of friends to Appalachian Ski resort in North Carolina. The ski resort is nothing compared to the Colorado mountain but it’s the companionship that made the trip. Kids enjoyed playing in the snow when we got snowed in for a day and had a blast on the slopes the next day. It’s a great alternative for us to get some ski time near Atlanta area.

FEB: Cataloochee Ski Trip, Maggie Valley, NC


Family Travel: Cattaloochee Ski with kids

Yet another short ski trip from Atlanta to satisfy the kids new favorite sport. For a beginner in skiing, the Cattaloochee ski resort in North Carolina area is perfect for us. The within-driving distance from Atlanta, low-key ski resort, more affordable lift ticket and ski rental are great for us to learn how to master our skill after learning from Keystone Ski school. But we know eventually we will need to plan a proper ski trip out West or even further up North for them to enjoy. But this trip was yet another successful fun trip for them. It goes to show that traveling with kids doesn’t have to be fancy.

MAR: Legoland Discovery Center, Atlanta, GA


Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta with Kids

In March, we explored our own backyard and checked out the newly opened Legoland Discovery Center in Atlanta. With a boy whose currently toys collection consisted of only LEGO, it was beyond happy for Mr. Z.

APR: Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL


Disney with Kids- Disney's Art of Animation Resort: Playground

This month, we were invited to attend Disney Social Media Mom celebration in Disney World and got a chance to get a sneak peek at their new Disney’s Art of Animation resort, a great new addition to Walt Disney World resort that we plan to stay on our next trip.

APR: Stone Mountain, Atlanta, GA


Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta with Kids

During Spring break, we stayed in town and visited Stone Mountain park to check out their new attraction, the Geyser Towers. Kids had fun on the hot day.

JUN: Month long visit to Thailand


Phuket with Kids, Phuket, Thailand

The summer of 2012, we spent 2 months in Thailand with my family. It will take us a while to write about our visit. We took several side trips from Bangkok to Hua Hin, Rayong, Phuket and Ayutthaya. It was one of the highlight for us to be able to spend a big chunk of time with cousins and relatives.

JUL: Hong Kong


Family Travel: Hong Kong with Kids

With our long stay in Thailand, we took advantage of cheap airfare from Air Asia and went to Hong Kong for a few days. We explored the island slowly and enjoyed our time walking, eating and sightseeing.

JUL: Singapore


Family Travel: Singapore with Kids

On our way back from Thailand, we had a stopover in Singapore for a few days. My family flew there with us and we had a great time checking out Universal Studio Singapore and eating chilli crab. It was a short yet sweet trip for us to end our summer in Asia.

SEP: Anniversary trip to Savannah, GA


Trip to Savannah, Georgia

We escaped for a couple trip to Savannah to celebrate our anniversary. I fell in love with this historic mossy town. We plan to bring the kids back with us later this year. After all, Miss J is a girl scout so she has been asking about a visit to Savannah for a while.

After that, we have been staying put in town. I guess the months long trip to Asia has done it for us. It makes me realized that I love to travel but I also love to be home in my own bed, taking my dog for a walk and having coffee with my friends. So the last quarter of the year was all about friends and parties.

It has been yet another blessed year for us that we can continue to pursue our love of travel and adventures with our children.

So here come 2013, we are excited to the new adventures. What are you most exciting about your 2013 plan?


And if you have free time, you can check out our family travel in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.


Travel Photo: Buddha at Wat Yai Chaimongkol in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Thailand with Kids - Ayutthaya Wat Yai Chaimongkol

The Buddha statue at Wat Yai Chaimongkol in Ayutthaya, Thailand. We visit Wat Yai Chaimongkol during our family trip to Thailand this past summer.

Postcard from Thailand: Climbing the Big Pagoda at Wat Yai Chaimongkol in Ayutthaya

As I go through our thousand of photos from our 2 months trip to Asia, I will post weekly photo as part of our Postcard from Thailand series.

Our first postcard is from our trip to visit Thailand’s old capital in Ayutthaya. We climbed up the big pagoda at the famous Wat Yai Chaimongkol on the hot day. My family who live in Thailand is smarter and waited for us in the car with AC and ice water. So be warned, get ready for the heat!

Wat Yai Chaimongkol is a temple built in 1357 during the reign of King U Thong, the first ruler of Ayutthaya, to create a center of Buddhist studies (Ceylonese Sect). In 1592, King Naresuan built the huge pagoda to celebrate his victory when he killed the Burmese crown prince. The temple is a popular destination for locals and visitors to Ayutthaya.