Phuket is known as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman,’ and is the biggest of all Thailand’s islands. This much sought out beach destination attracts millions of visitors to its shores. The idyllic palm-fringed beaches, exciting water sports and world-class spas are a magnet for the tourists who wish to get away from it all. Here are just some of the activities that you can enjoy in Phuket.
Patong Beach: It is on this beach that the main action is concentrated. The beach has a lively social vibe during the day complete with resorts, bars, restaurants and vendors and has a quaint European feel. Patong is also the main venue for the famed nightlife.
Phangan Bay: The first sight to greet you of Phangan Bay is of awe-inspiring limestone karsts rising vertically out of the waters. Day tours are available that allow you to go in and out of the caves that are home to a vast variety of marine life. Apart from the caves, the island is also known for its full moon parties. However, for the rest of the time the island remains quiet and is perfect for those who wish to find solace in nature.
Phuket FantaSea (Kamala Beach): The theme park is an interesting mix of myth, legend, creativity and imagination. There is also some history thrown in for good measure. You can spend an interesting day watching airborne antics by acrobats, flying elephants and mock battles. There is also a bazaar within the premises that serves one of the largest buffets in Asia.
Bangla Road Nightlife: The nightlife in Phuket needs no introduction. Some find it depraved while others find it exciting but the fact is that none are able to resist it. The real action begins around nine at night when somebody lights off a firework and then continues till the wee hours of the morning. The night action includes live shows, music and everything else that adds to the chaotic yet exhilarating atmosphere. Those looking for something quieter will not be disappointed either.
Big Buddha: The massive 45 meters high statue of Lord Buddha sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Kata beach and Chalong. From the site you can enjoy 360 degrees sweeping views of Phuket.
Old Phuket Town: The old quarter flaunts a distinct Sino-colonial architecture and showcases the life of the Chinese migrants who came here over 100 years ago to work in the tin mining industry. While here, you can stroll through Thalang, Phang Nga and Dibuk roads as well as Soi Romani an enriching experience.
Accommodation in Phuket
Phuket is a very popular tourist destination not only in Thailand but all of South Asia. There are accommodation types to suit all tastes and budgets from luxury Phuket villas to budget guesthouses. Most of the resorts and hotels are located along the beaches and near golf courses.