Phuket

Phuket, one of the southern provinces of Thailand. It consists of the island of Phuket, the country’s largest island, and another 32 smaller islands off its coast. It lies off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket Island is connected to Phang Nga Province to the north by the Sarasin Bridge. The next nearest province is Krabi to the east, across Phang Nga Bay.

Phuket Province has an area of 222.4 square miles, somewhat less than Singapore, and is the second-smallest province of Thailand. The best time to visit Phuket is between November and April.

Phuket, a mountainous island filled with dense forests, in the Andaman Sea, has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The island is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. Phuket City, the capital, has old shop houses and busy markets. Patong, the main resort town, has many nightclubs, bars and discos.

Phuket, a city that never sleeps. It offers a variety of activities and entertainment day and night for different age groups.

You can visit Temples like Wat Chalong, Phuket Big Buddha, Wat Phra Thong, Wat Srisoonthorn, Wat Mai Luang Pu Supha and Wat Khao Rang. Phuket old town has a whole city view from Rang Hill Viewpoints or a whole sea view from Promthep Cap or Radar Hill.

Tours to several smaller surrounding islands include Phi Phi Island, Similan Islands, Coral Island, Racha Island, Phang Nga Bay, Krabi Bay, Koh Yao Islands and James Bond Island.

A day in Phuket includes jungle trekking at Khao Phra Thaew National Park, the last remaining virgin rainforest in Phuket. Soak yourself in the Ton Sai waterfall or go sea kayaking in Phang Nga Bay. Take amazing photos in Phuket Trickeye Museum, experiencing the upside-down house at Baan Teelanka. Get lost in the maze garden, enjoy a game of mini golf at Dino Park, zip through the sky 40 metres above a jungle at Flying Hanuman, learn about what you eat at Phuket Aquarium, see hundreds of beautiful birds at Bird Park or animals in the Phuket Zoo. There is an exciting animatronics museum called the Ghostinium Phuket, a challenging live escape at Escape Hunt Phuket. Touch the tiger in Tiger Kingdom, enjoy various gentle slides and pools at Splash Jungle Water Park, ride the waves in Surf House Phuket, learn how to fly through the air with the greatest professional trainers at Mid-Air Circus Arts Academy, cable water-skiing at Anthem Wake Park, trampolines, slacklining and a climbing wall in 50 FLY!, Bubble Football in Zorbing at Rollerball, KidzSole Flying Trapeze, Rawai Park, The Kids Club, Kidzoona and Molly Fantasy providing entertainment for little ones, Snorkeling, Scubaoo Diving, Kayaking, Surfing, Kitesurfing, Stand-Up Paddle (SUP), Sepak Takraw, Go-Kart, shooting, bowling at several locations for different ages.

Entertain yourselves from the performances at Phuket Fantasea, Simon Cabaret Show, Thai Boxing (Muay Thai), Dolphins Bay show or Ping Pong show (for adults only).

Take up Thai Cooking Classes or Muat Thai classes.

Feel the nightlife at Bangla Road Patong. The biggest collection of nightclubs, bars, shows and general nocturnal fun.

Our trip:

16 Mar 2017

We only had 4 days for our visit to Phuket, which was not enough. We start our journey immediately after the flight early in the morning. We visited Sarasin Bridge and had our seafood lunch near the river, our first and nice meal in Phuket. We progressed over to Wat Phra Thong for their famous half-buried golden Buddha statue; it’s a pleasant place to visit. The main attraction is the Buddha which is said to be ‘untouchable’. Every person who has tried to dig it out has been reported to be cursed. Legend has it that a farmer boy who tied his buffalo to an object that looked like a post in an open field fell very ill. He died not long afterwards, along with his buffalo. The boy’s father dreamt about this incident and went to check the post – it turned out to be the top part of a big buried Buddha. Many villagers came to help with digging it up but only managed to expose half of the statue; they simply couldn’t dig it up no matter how many times they tried. The idea to build a temple around this half-buried Buddha came when a monk on a pilgrimage spotted the holy image. We visited Baan Teelanka & The Garden Maze, Baan Teelanka is an upside-down house, I personally prefer the trick eye museum, however, the drunk house inside is very interesting. You can really feel as if you are dizzy immediately when you step into the room. Garden Maze is a small maze, it is quite easy to complete. It is actually harder to go in reverse. Next, we go to Rang Hill Viewpoints to view the entire Phuket town, and Phromthep Cape to view the southern sea view of Phuket. Central Festival is the final destination, Phuket’s fully equipped one-stop shopping mall lying just outside of Phuket Town for shopping and dining.

17 Mar 2017
We went to take the common route to James Bond Island. Arriving at Royal Phuket Marina pier early morning, we got drinks and pastries waiting for the speed boat for the departure to Phang-nga Bay. By 9:30am, we arrived at Panak Island looking at the wonderful stalactites, caves and lagoons. We enjoyed canoeing among the mangrove forest at Hong Island, then we visited Khao Phing-kan and Khao Taipu (James Bond Island), where a part of a James Bond movie was filmed. We had buffet lunch at Panyi Island and visited the village on stilts after lunch. We then took the speed boat to Khai Island for snorkelling. This was my first snorkeling experiense near the beach, it was very interesting and a great experience. We spent our night at Bangla Road Patong to feel the nightlife in Phuket.

18 Mar 2017
We departed from the hotel around 8am to Suwankuha temple (monkey cave), the journey took one and a half hours. Then we proceeded to Ton Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary for my first white water rafting, a thrilling itinerary, followed by flying fox through the forest. There was a buffet lunch at Ton Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary. After lunch, we went for elephant trekking to Tone Pariwat waterfall, and ATV rides in the jungle. It was very excited and I personally like it very much. At Banzaan Fresh Market, we ordered a lobster and fish for a seafood dinner, as lobsters are fairly cheap here. Then we spent the evening, shopping and getting a massage in Jungceylon shopping centre, the biggest shopping centre in Phuket Patong.

19 Mar 2017
The Big Buddha of Phuket and Wat Chalong were the highlights in the morning, then we visited the Expo Fair wholesale central at Phuket town for shopping and crossed over to Uptown Restaurant for lunch. We drove around at Phuket town after lunch and proceeded to the airport to complete our holiday in Phuket. One thing that disappointed me in Phuket was that most of the workers here asks for tips and name you the amount to give.

I was surprised that Phuket has lots of foreign workers from Myanmar. I thought their labour cost were already so low and foreign labour was not necessary.

In conclusion, I like Phuket very much, the Thai people are very friendly and well organized in tourist attractions. This was the second travel to Phuket for me, but it is a complete different experience compared to the first visit.

Trips

Home