Nov 03 2012
With Samui’s rainy season on the doorstep, it’s best to be armed with a few bad weather alternatives — even if they are not exactly authentically Thai — for when the heavens open up. Samui does not have big malls like Phuket, but a few indoor entertainment options offer some family fun.
Samui is home to several karaoke venues — some more obviously for adults down the bar strips — but Tesco Lotus has family-friendly karaoke booths. Here you can rent your own sound-proof room and howl away to your heart’s content to a wide selection of Western and Thai tunes. The booths are located next to the cinema, with some smaller ones next to the play area opposite the food court.
Tesco and Big C both have kids’ entertainment halls — you know the ones — where music that is unbearable to anyone over the age of 18 years bores straight into your brain. Here you will find kid-size karaoke booths, electronic TV games, and small-scale padded climbing play areas (no padded areas for parents driven insane, sadly). Always located next to the food court, parents can put in the ear plugs and grab a coffee while the kids get TV eyes and damaged eardrums.
Fairways is located along the airport road, and is suitable for kids from 18 months to eight years old. Open from 10:00 to 19:00, the upstairs soft play area comprises padded climbing and play equipment, in an air-conditioned room. Entrance is 100 baht per child for the whole day. Parents can relax in the downstairs coffee shop while little ones burn off some steam.
Samui has one movie theatre, Major Cineplex, with three screens. Mainstream movies are often played, with Thai subtitles; or go for a Thai movie with English subtitles. The theatre is located at Tesco, opposite the food court. It is comfortable, affordable and has great caramel popcorn. Try the spacious honeymoon seats where you can cuddle up on your private sofa.
Major Bowling is located right next to the in Tesco. There are two kids’ lanes, and food and drinks are available to order. Games cost approximately 100 baht per person per game, excluding shoe rental. Lanes can be booked in advance — advisable for the kids’ ones. T: (077) 427 315.
Why not spend a few baht on disposable rain ponchos and keep exploring? There is nothing like puddle hopping for kids for some old-school rainy weather entertainment. In the tropics, rain does not mean cold, so getting caught in a tropical storm can be quite fun. Rainy season generally means fewer crowds and cheaper rates, so don’t be scared off by the monsoon.
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