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Phuket – the biggest island of Thailand and sits on the Andaman Sea. A rain forested and mountainous island is a home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. Blue lagoons and salmon sunsets make for a dream-like atmosphere, and indeed, a vacation in the island can feel a bit surreal. As the word Phuket itself, its means – the mountain jewel.
When you think of the destination, one thing will come to mind – night life. It is where when all people gathered altogether and enjoy, either it’s dining with family or a partner, or group of friends. Nightlife is active in Kata Beach and Karon Beach. The hottest place on the island is at Soi Bangla. Due to its party all night thing, there are many special events are added to their list – the Songkran festival, Loy Kratong and Phuket Vegetarian Festival.
Phuket is widely known for its outstanding beaches with beautiful soft sand, nodding palm trees, clean waters with a soft seabed, good surfing and snorkeling spots, and a fantastic laid back atmosphere. Few of Phuket’s beaches attract more people, but this doesn’t mean the beach has lost if natural beauty, but it depends on the holidaymakers what options they want. Almost all are lovely setting with great views across the bay and island.
POPULAR PLACE TO VISIT IN PHUKET
- Phuket Town – the central point of the island where colorful 19th century shops and houses and Sino-Portuguese buildings are still much preserved. The city features an exciting mix of old and new, simple and sophisticated, peaceful and pulsating.
- Patong – the largest beach resort on the island of Phuket with a world famous night life. This may not be a good destination for the average backpacker except in the rainy season when prices are far lower.
- Chalong Bay – Phuket’s principal boat anchorage and the largest bay in the island. Speed boats, fishing boats, snorkeling companies and yacht charges are located on this area. From this bay, you can go Coral Island, Phi Phi Island, and Koh Racha for day trips, diving and deep sea fishing.
- Kamala – travelers who prefer quieter life, this is the perfect spot. Friendly service and village feel and a diversity of restaurants and small bars can be found on the area. Cheaper food options/market stalls are available.
- Kata – a scenic gem with its clear water flanked by hills and the picturesque Pu Island sits offshore. This place is busy but clean tourist beaches with good surf, and split into Kata Yai and Kata Noi. Kata Beach safe for children and non-swimmers but always take notice of the flags that fly, and that you will know it it is not safe to swim. Lots of fun.
BEST TIME TO VISIT PHUKET
Phuket is hot and humid throughout the year.
The hot season is generally considered to be from March to early May. During the summer monsoon season from May to October, mornings and afternoons are still sunny and clear, but it tends to rain in the evenings and water clarity goes down.
Locals consider November to February the "cool" season, and the weather is quite tolerable, much more so than in the tourism centers around the Gulf coast. It's comparable to Florida's summer weather in temperature and intensity of rain storms: 25-33°C, flying clouds, short and thunderous rainfalls in the afternoons and evenings. Surfing is possible off the western beaches.
TOP THINGS TO DO IN THE PHUKET
- Getting married in Phuket – undeniably romantic in any way with an abundance of stunning locations not just necessarily on the beach but also in luxury ocean view villas and resorts. Your wedding will be a great memory to remember by your grandkids. Who doesn’t love to get married in a romantic place?
- Swimming and Sun Bathing – Of course, if you’re not an expert swimmer but can swim, marvel the white sands and clear waters on foot. You can also sun bathe in front of your hotel, no problem or by beach itself. Perfect location to get your tan!
- One Day Tour in Phuket – To discover the history, the modernization of the city, and its people – it is always advisable to at least, explore the city in one full day. Or you can island hopping where you can see the natural landscapes and how the islands existed until to this very moment.
- SPA, what you say? – home to secret oasis of comfort and pleasure that are difficult to leave when the time comes, be it a one-hour massage down the street for US$10 or a complete wellness package from the Oasis, Siladon or Let’s Relax spas. Pamper yourself!
- Familiar of Medical Tourism? – Many people overseas travel to Phuket for medical and dental tourism as the cost is usually much lower than in their home country. There are number of descent hospitals with experienced, professional medical staff, modern start-of-the-art equipment and premier services, available.
- Party as in You Only Live Once! – Phuket has a busy nightlife with plenty of bars, discos and clubs. They also have a cabaret with outstanding set designs, extravagant costumes and glamorous performers. Center of the maelstrom is the Bangla Road which also have a couple of good night clubs with dance floors, a rarity in Thailand.