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Its Raining on Samui (and the kids are bored)!

If you have booked a beach holiday you will no doubt be asking why there is rain when it is supposed to be sunny? Well, just like otherplaces on earth, our island needs rain too. Its the rain that gives the island its fresh green color and keeps the eco-system in balance. Statistically, November is the wettest month, however if you are coming to Koh Samui at any time of year; expect some rain at some point and plan ahead!

As we live here, we are used to rain - anything from irritating, dull, 'threatening to rain, but not actually raining' rain, to full-on can't actually hear yourself speak monsoon storms. After 12 years of the "I'm bored, its raining", "what can we do" I have a few tricks up my sleeve.

The first thing I notice about my children is that they actually love (initially anyway) the rain and the heavier the better. From toddler upwards, they have loved playing outside, jumping in puddles, running on the beach in the rain. So if you can, cut them loose! If you have a nanny from Samui Nannies, so much the better. You can remain dry, whilst the Nanny plays with the kids in the rain. Find a playground, indoors or outdoors, or hit the beach, - settle yourself into a nice restaurant for breakfast, lunch or cocktails and allow the kids to have some fun with their Nanny (don't forget a change of clothes)!

If the rain persists, and DVDs, iPads, arts and crafts, board games and hide and seek have been exhausted, below are our go to rainy day activities:

1. See a movie

Central Festival and Tesco, Chaweng both have movie theaters. My kids love making an afternoon of it with drinks, popcorn, a mooch around the shops and dinner afterwards.

Tesco has an indoor play area and Central Festival has a sand play area and also some virtual rides and a Pirate themed haunted house.

2. 3D Art Gallery

Something great for kids and adults is a visit to Samui’s only 3D Art Gallery.

Samui 3D Art Gallery turns boring wall paintings into stunning works of art. 3D pictures and optical illusion images provide a lot of fun and some great photo opportunities. Located in Choeng Mon, the gallery is split into 2 levels with rooms filled with interesting images. This is a guaranteed place to have some family fun whilst it is pouring outside!

3. Family Foot Massage

I have been taking my kids for a foot massage since they were three years old. They both love it and the masseurs love having the children also.

Both my children also enjoyed getting their nails painted. Most masseurs will discount the children, charging just a nominal fee.

Whilst the children are having their foot massages, mum and dad can relax also, enjoying a massag