Phuket is a tropical playground, perfect for beach relaxation, pampering and partying. The young crowd enjoy the nightclubs and beaches around the main town of Patong on the west coast. Families seek out quiet corners and explore the natural beauty of Phuket. It is also a great destination for couples seeking peace, tranquility and romantic beaches and secluded hotels along the coast.
Phuket lies in the Andaman Sea and is attached to south west Thailand via a causeway. Patong beach is busy with high octane entertainment, whereas Karon Beach is Phuket’s second largest beach and is less crowded.
Things to do in Phuket
The most recent arrival and is visible from most of the south of Phuket is the Big Buddha. It stands on top of the Nakkerd hills looking down over Chalong, Kata and Rawai. Another sacred site is the temple of Wat Chalong is one of the most significant in Phuket and is visited by thousands of tourists every year.
In Phuket, you will find powdery white sand, sparkling waters and for those who enjoy snorkeling or diving, tropical coral reefs to the south. Further on is Kata Beach which is backed by stunning mountains. For more stunning views, Phuket has beautiful waterfalls. Ton Sai and Bang Pae are the two biggest in Phuket and both can be found in the Khao Praew Thaew National Park.
If you wanted to venture further afield it is possible to visit the nine small islands called the Similan Islands just offshore.
Shopping in Phuket
Phuket has a great variety of shopping, from bustling open air village food markets, noisy night markets, street stalls and local shops to western style department stores and up market specialist shops.
There are traditional handicrafts, beautifully designed clothing, jewellery, antiques, housewares and much more to choose from. You won’t be short of ideas for souvenirs!
Nightlife in Phuket
Phuket is home for Go Go bars, ladyboys cabaret shows, discos and clubs, live bands and jazz. It’s certainly not a sedate scene.
A stroll down the infamous Bangla Road in Patong is definitely an activity for the more open minded tourist, but if you are looking for both an enjoyable and entertaining night then this is the place to be. Bangla goes all out to entertain with girls, beers and music.
Beer bars are basic outdoor bars with barstools and a sound system. Although most bars cater to men, women and couples are equally welcome with no hassle.
Eating out in Phuket
Phuket restaurants suit every taste, serving a huge selection of western and Asian food. The variety of cuisine and dining experiences is one of the major attractions to the island. You can eat breakfast at your hotel, lunch at a local noodle stall by the roadside, and have dinner with fine wines in a sophisticated air conditioned restaurant. Whatever you feel, whatever you fancy, there’s food on tap in Phuket.
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