The Land of Smiles is brimming with activities for kids (or adults) that want to treat their dads to something special on Thai Father’s Day.
Father’s Day is an important celebration in many countries around the world, but in Thailand, the day is extra special due to the fact that H.M. the King of Thailand – who is honoured as the Father of the Kingdom – celebrates his birthday on this day.
On December 5th
, Thai people are encouraged to wear yellow (the colour associated with His Majesty) as a sign of respect, and traditionally make merit to monks at the temple. They also treat their fathers to a special meal or treat.
If you are visiting Thailand over the Father's Day holiday, here are five activities you can organise for different types of dads in the holiday havens of Koh Samui and Phuket.
If you are organising something for an adventurous dad, why not send him on a snorkelling or diving trip? The rich waters and colourful marine life of the Andaman Sea (Phuket) and the Gulf of Thailand (Samui) attract divers from across the world. If you think your father will enjoy exploring under the sea, book him onto a PADI dive course at one of the numerous dive schools as a Father’s Day gift that will last him for years to come. Guests staying in a private holiday villa can also arrange for some of the Open Water course sessions to be conducted in the convenience of your own pool.
A kite surfing discovery day is the perfect Father’s Day gift for the active dad who loves trying out new activities. Kite Boarding Asia have centres in both Phuket and Koh Samui, so get your dad booked onto one of their taster days to learn the basics, including how to set up the kite and how to work the wind window to get to the ‘power zone’. If the taster simply isn’t enough and your dad wants to feel the thrill of the sport and sea spray in his hair, there are also three-day course available. Find more information at kiteboardingasia.com.
If you think your father would fancy a day out on the greens, then organise a day for him at one of the championship golf courses on Phuket or Samui. Thailand is renowned for quality courses, stunning landscapes, friendly caddies, and great value for money. Phuket is home to no less than seven golf courses that will offer a challenge to golfing dads of all levels. The island’s 730-acre Blue Canyon Country Club, which has hosted several high profile tournaments in the past, and is home to two championship courses and a sure-win for an unforgettable day in the tropical warmth.
Father’s Day Feast
If your dad is the foodie of the family, sign him up for a traditional Thai cooking class. Cooking courses are offered at accredited schools on both Phuket and Samui, and often include a trip to the local market in addition to in-kitchen tuition to teach participants about the fundamental aspects of Thai ingredients and flavours. However, if you are staying at holiday rental, why not arrange for a professional chef to come to your villa for some one-on-one tuition? For more information, head to www.blueelephant.com to learn more about one of Phuket’s top cooking schools or sitca.net for the Samui Institute of Culinary Arts. Alternately, contact your villa concierge to arrange a personalised cooking classes.
If your father seems like he needs to escape the stress of a hectic day-to-day life, there are plenty of options to help him relax and reboot. Resort destinations including Phuket and Samui are home to a wealth of luxurious health retreats where it is possible to try a yoga or meditation course. Samui’s Kamalaya spa retreat, for example, is set around the site of a cave once used by Buddhist monks as a place for spiritual retreat. Holiday villa rental guests also benefit from the possibility of arranging for in-villa yoga or meditation instruction to help dad on the path to quiet contemplation.