Thailand often brings to mind the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Alternatively, the other imagery is the blue and green landscapes of Phuket. Phuket is Thailand’s largest island surrounded by another 32 islands. With a yearly average temperature of 32 degrees, it is no wonder Phuket sees over 100 million tourists a year. Pack your sunscreen and get ready for lots of fun in the sun!
1. the MUST see… Phi Phi Island. This is Thailand’s Superstar Island pictured on virtually every postcard. It does not disappoint. There are several options to get there and I highly recommend you spend an entire day so depart early morning. If you are looking for ‘The Beach’, head to Maya Island. It does get crowded with tourists, but it’s still a beautiful beach to see.
2. the MUST eat… I will be brutally honest here. Just about every restaurant in Phuket does Thai cuisine and all offer some sort of additional cuisine to accommodate foreigners. The most popular are Italian and German. With international cuisine considered, I can’t help but recommend The Corner Restaurant; their buffet is delicious. It is a bit out of the way but a short ‘Grab Taxi’ ride will get you there for much less than the regular taxi cabs.
3. the MUST shop… If shopping malls are your thing then Jung Ceylon and Central Festival are your two main choices, but if you happen to be in Phuket on a Sunday you absolutely must go to old Phuket Tow and stroll along Lard Yai or Walking Street. It features many shops and food stands where you can grab a souvenir while sampling some wonderful Thai street food.
4. the MUST stay… For a five star luxury experience that won’t break the bank, look no further than the Phuket Panwa Beachfront Resort. Situated on a secluded bay with its own private beach, you will at times feel you are in a James Bond scene. Almost all rooms have a view of the Andaman Sea, and the service at this resort is top shelf. Definitely check out their spa packages.
5. the MUST do off the beaten path… Big Buddha. At 45 meters tall sitting atop a mountain with spectacular 360 degree views of Phuket, Big Buddha is worth the ‘Grab Taxi’ ride. It is a free attraction and you can also see monkeys on the grounds there (be careful not to get too close).
You may have noticed I have mentioned the ‘Grab Taxi’ app twice in this article and I must say it is a money saver. Compared to the ‘normal’ taxi rates, ‘Grab Taxi’ will save you a tremendous amount of money.
For more information check out http://www.phuket.com< Back