I have not been in Snooky since 2008. It was nothing like Patong or Pattaya. Lots of beaches lots of backpackers.
I stayed at the Sokha beach resort, it has its own private beach and great facilities gym pools etc. unfortunately it was quite expensive and also rather boring and I spent my time on the beach next door which had real people.
You would have no problem with children, I would say from my experience perfectly safe
if a bit boring after a few days.
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