I'll be going w/ my two boys (8 and 10) this coming fall - yay!
It's our first time in Thailand, and it's just me and the kids so any words of advice on any subject are more than welcome.
We'll probably be spending most of our time in or close to the the resort - partly bc one of the boys has a chronic illness and thus is often tired/in pain, and partly bc it is usually pretty much impossible to get them away from any swimmingpool... But I do plan to go snorkeling with them (am relying on the kindness of strangers to watch one of the kids in the boat while I swim with the other and then switch). Will we be able to buy or rent gear for snorkeling, or should I bring it?
Also, any details about the beach at merlin would be apreciated- will it be safe for them to practise snorkeling there (with me watching as a hawk, of course)? Neither of them is a strong swimmer; I'm an ok swimmer, but due to bad shape, not more than that. (And no, they won't be swimming in obvious bad conditions - I'm talking about days with quiet water).