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Known as the Pearl of the Andaman Sea in southern Thailand, it’s easy to see why Phuket attracts droves of tourists, young and old, year after year that it has become one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country. The island is the perfect mix of white sand beaches, aquamarine sultry waters, natural beauty and culture, heritage and fun! With its own convenient airport, it’s easy to get here and enjoy the abundance of Phuket attractions, which most holiday makers look for -family-friendly resorts, hotels and activities, luxurious low-key hideaways, beach club cocktail sunset sessions, night market food frenzies, and pumping go-go bars and clubs- whatever takes your fancy.
There are endless things to do in Phuket, with the main attraction being hitting the beaches along the west and southern coasts. Phuket tours around the island are easy to arrange once you are there.
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Here are some sights and sights for you to mark for inclusion in your Phuket holiday packages, in your list of must-see and must-do.
A popular destination among animal lovers, also known as Toh Sae Hill, this is the highest hill in Phuket Town. Its name stems from the hundreds of macaques living there. A popular shrine honouring three holy spirits lies at its bottom, as people come to ask for lucky lottery numbers.
Also known as Bangla Walking Street, this road serves as the heart of Phuket’s nightlife. After sunset, the road is closed to traffic, transforming into a venue for street performers, street vendors, bars, clubs, restaurants, and adult entertainment. One of Phuket’s night markets is also found here on Walking Street.
Samet Nangshe Viewpoint
One of the most popular spots to explore for a relaxed atmosphere in Phang Nga is found on a hilltop. Here, you can take in a view over the karsts of Phang Nga Bay while also being able to indulge in stargazing unobstructed by any light pollution.
JUI TUI Shrine
Visitors will admire this traditional Chinese temple, one of Phuket’s oldest and most respected spiritual centres, playing a major role in the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival, as well as being a place where locals can celebrate special occasions or visit during hard times.
MISSION HILLS PHUKET GOLF RESORT
Travellers who wish to explore combining work and pleasure will enjoy this resort as it allows room for both activities while enjoying good food and a relaxing environment as well.
Phuket Walking Street
Also known as Lardyai, this night market can be found on Thalang Road in the Phuket Old Town every Sunday evening. Here, families can relax to get a taste of southern Thailand’s delicacies, find marvellous deals in local handicrafts, toys, and gift stalls to go with entertainment such as musical performances.
Wat Chalong built at the beginning of the 19th century is the largest, most revered and visited of Phuket’s temples. The tallest building on its grounds is a 60-metre stupa housing a bone shard believed to be from the Buddha.
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Patong’s 3-km golden-sand strip is the busiest and most developed beach, lined with coconut palm trees, offering shelter from the main road. There are plenty of water activities on offer and beach vendors peddling their goods with good deals to beachgoers.
Popular inclusions in Phuket holiday packages are Kata and Kata Noi – among the best beaches on the west coast offering family-friendly paradise fun with good food and hotels. Karon Beach, located between Patong and Kata, is another one popular Phuket beach with great snorkelling and kayaking spots and a long sandy strip so it feels like there’s room for everyone. Nearby you can find the lively Karon Centre for dining, shopping and nightlife, making the precinct ideal for evening strolls.
Bang Tao, is the longest beach in Phuket, and home to luxurious villas, large resorts and beach clubs, which makes it a preference in Phuket holiday packages. This beautiful powder-white stretch of sand offers a good number of accommodation options and the ultimate relaxation in-store with world-class wellness spas available, restaurants, many family-friendly things to do and water sports.
Surin Beach on the west coast has beautiful fine white sand and crystal clear water during the dry season making it a fantastic snorkelling and diving spot. This 800-metre sandy strip is one of the less developed, more natural beaches in Phuket, located a little further south of Bang Tao and a relaxing destination to explore.
Rawai beach lies in the southernmost tip of the island and is the departure port for boats heading out to the surrounding islands. This is not a swimming or sunbathing spot, but a good area for travellers to capture insights into local life. There’s a seafood market in the Panyee Sea Gypsy Fishing Village, lots of food stalls and restaurants, street food and beachfront dining without pre-booking requirements.
For those looking for Phuket holiday packages with deals providing a bit of Thai culture and a nice alternative to the beach, the capital city and cultural hub, Phuket Old Town is definitely the destination worth a visit. Step back in time and enjoy the colourful Sino-Portuguese architecture of mansions and quaint shophouses, Buddhist and Taoist temples, museums, art galleries and cafés.
The most revered landmark on the island is the Big Buddha and is a must-see. This 45 metres tall giant Buddha statue perched on Nakkerd Hills, offers the best sweeping views of the island and the bay and is a very peaceful religious site. Don’t forget to cover up and dress modestly when you tour this spot.
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Beginning Nov. 1, all foreign tourists—including medical tourists—arriving in Thailand must meet several conditions to gain a permit to enter the country.
According to the Bureau of Risk Communication and Health Behavior Promotion of the Disease Control Department, the foreign tourist must:
Countries deemed “low risk” by the Thai government as of Oct. 27 include Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, the UK, the US and Hong Kong.
The full list of approved countries can be found on the Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Thailand and Phuket weather is warm all year round but it’s best to visit during the dry season from November to April with full sun, blue skies, good sea conditions for swimming and other water activities. During the monsoon or wet season, sea conditions are dangerous and it’s humid and rainy most days. The dry season is the most popular booking time among most travellers from Australia so rooms and suites, even airfares will be quite steeper at this time. If you don’t mind a little rain, you can consider booking your travel from Australia during the wet season, there would be more deals for your rooms and give you more room to choose other things to do in your holidays!
For the most part, Phuket is safe to spend your holidays in. To combat any local scams or annoyances, the province has English-speaking tourist police especially deployed to manage any emergencies or difficulties. They are a reassuring presence just in case. Regarding ocean currents, it is advised to avoid swimming during monsoon season, when the sea is choppy with strong currents.
Yes, Phuket is the largest island and among the popular tourist destinations in Thailand. It is most famous for its stunning tropical beaches so if you are looking primarily for a beachy holiday with modern comforts, then Phuket is a great choice. Phuket city is a quaint heritage-style town with colourful Sino-Portuguese architecture. Phuket airport is international so it’s easy to fly and out. Bangkok to Phuket is only a 1-hour 25-minute flight.
Phuket beaches are world-renowned for their fine white sand, balmy aqua seas and water activities with ten main beaches, making it the ultimate tourist magnet. Relaxation, rejuvenation, water sports and fun- are the main attractions of this tropical paradise. Although Phuket nightlife is a further allure to this famous tropical Thailand paradise, you will be able to find Phuket holiday deals to suit your interests, budget and lifestyle.
Phuket has just one city, the rest of the areas are considered to be towns.
Phuket is in Thailand. It is the largest island province situated in the Andaman Sea near Phang Nga Bay in the south of Thailand.
Firstly, Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and does not have any official public transport system, so you will have to arrange transport to get around. Secondly, like the rest of Thailand, Phuket’s tap water is not safe to drink so it’s best to stick to bottled mineral water. Ice is produced in licenced factories from filtered water, so it is safe to consume. Keep in mind Thailand is a Buddhist majority country so you should observe Thai culture and customs. You should never touch a monk and dress modestly when visiting religious temples and shrines such as covering the shoulders and knees. Furthermore, the head is considered to be sacred by Thai people, thus you should never touch a local person on the head. Be aware, that the Thai monarchy is highly revered and it is illegal to make slanderous remarks about them. You can be arrested, fined heavily and even imprisoned by Thailand authorities.
Take your pick! Phuket hotels are vast, with a huge range of accommodation options to suit all types of budgets, so it really depends on the type of holiday you want to have. Do you want to be in the middle of the tourist hotspots like lively Patong or Kata beaches, or are you looking for more a secluded hideaway in Bang Tao or Surin, or indeed somewhere in between; busy yet not overcrowded, like Karon or Kamala beaches? For culture enthusiasts, then quaint Phuket Town is the best choice.Choices: Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town near shopping district – Vijitt Resort Phuket – Mai Khao Beach – The Malika in Tambon Talad Yai, Amphur Muang.
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