A fantastic resort pool is something everyone looks forward to on their family holidays and, from freshwater lagoons dipped in lush and tropical gardens to wonderful waterparks, luxury resort pools get more fabulous all the time.

Every now and again, it’s fun to go back to nature, and experience the unique thrill of wild swimming too: an incredible adventure for kids, and surprisingly accessible with a little local knowledge. Sovereign Luxury Travel have insider knowledge on just about everything when it comes to the world’s most exotic destinations, so who better to ask for advice on child-perfect places for all-natural swims?

From marine reserves in the Seychelles to mysterious underground rivers beneath Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, here’s where they think kids might like to go a little wild in the water, without having to go far from the fun of resort pools.

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1/5  Ton Chong Fa Falls, Khao Lak Lam-Ru, Phuket

The lakes and waterfalls in Khao Lak Lam-Ru are almost as famous as the two majestic mountains this lovely national park is named after. It’s not short on gorgeous beaches or dense, jungle-like forests, and since it sits on the north west coast of Phuket, there’s even a hint of Andaman Sea in the mix here too.

To make it even more enchanting for kids, there are parts of the park you can bike, and hike too. Cycling through Khao Lak Lam-Ru on a sunny afternoon is particularly magical, not least of all because you get to cool off in Ton Chong Fa Falls. 

Swimming in Ton Chong Fa Falls

Ton Chong Fa Falls are great fun for kids, easy to reach, and wonderfully clear for swimming. They’re about an hour’s cycle east of Khao Lak beach, but take your time, there’s lots to see along the way. If you want to know more about the park’s history and wildlife, most local guided tours stop off at Ton Chong Fa too.

Location: Ton Chong Fa Falls, Khao Lak Lam-Ru National Park, north west Phuket.

Where to stay: The Sarojin, Khao Lak, Phuket.

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