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Ko Tao Leisure Park is great for families with kids in tow but also has something to offer those bored of the beach, or just looking for something different to do. It’s also great for those days when it’s not quite sunny enough to roast in the sun or when you have over-roasted and want a bit of time away from the glare.
You have a choice of entertainment here: 18-hole mini golf and bowling. Mini golf is what most people come for. It’s just 150 baht for unlimited playing around the well thought out and fun course. Play seriously or play the spin-the-wheel fun version. The golf course is floodlit every evening too, so if you want a quieter night and a getaway from the party in Sairee this could be a good evening choice.
Indoors you can play 10-pin bowling, however be aware that this is an unmechanised version and the lanes aren’t really competition grade — but you’re on holiday on a tropical island, right? So just have some fun. There’s a pool table too which you can play by the hour and petanque as well.
Located on the main road just outside Mae Haad on the road to Chalock, the park boasts huge, well-tended gardens, and the Hacienda is a peaceful place to dine too. As you’d guess by the name, the menu is full of Mexican specials like tortillas, layered bean dip and nachos. Make your own pizza or salad from a variety of ingredients, and those with a sweet tooth will love the lashings of ice cream and often crumble or cheesecake specials too. If you are missing your Sunday lunch, call a day or so beforehand to check if their special is running and order a bellybuster plateful.
There really is nothing similar to this offered anywhere else on the island, and Ko Tao Leisure Park offers great value for its activities and food too. Everyone is welcome but children should be supervised and food and drink should not be brought into the premises.
By Ayesha Cantrell
Last updated on 4th October, 2013.