Destinations
Bangkok  September 04, 2009 08:41 PMSunny83°
 

 

PHUKET

 

The Pearl of the Andaman
 

Phuket is Thailand's largest island, approximately the size of Singapore. Nestled in balmy Andaman sea waters on the Indian Ocean, it is blessed with magnificent coves and bays, powdery and palm-fringed white beaches, sparkling island-dotted seas, sincerely hospitable people, superb accommodations and seafood, delightful turn-of-the century Sino-Portuguese architecture, numerous sporting and leisure opportunities, and a lush tropical landscape – all of which combine to create a delightful ambience for a truly memorable getaway.
 

 

 

01 Life is truly a beach in Phuket

Few islands can boast of such an abundance of sandy beaches and clear waters as Phuket. The winding coastal roads along the west coast offer stunning views and easy access to some of the world's finest beaches. Among the most popular are Patong, Karon, Kata, Nai Han, Rawai, Kamala, Surin, Bang Thao, Nai Thon, Pansea, Nai Yang and Mai Khao.

 


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A water sports enthusiast’s paradise

Scuba diving expeditions regularly leave Phuket for dives around neighboring islands and further afield, most particularly around Phi Phi, the Similan Islands, and Raya Islands. Warm clear blue water provides a truly unique experience for all divers. Snorkeling can be enjoyed in sheltered bays all around Phuket, while windsurfing, sailing, yachting, and deep-sea fishing are popular water sports.
 

 
 03 Commune with nature at Phrom Thep Cape

Phrom Thep Cape is one of Thailand’s famous landmarks and is located at the very southern tip of the island. The cape has spectacular views of the Andaman Sea and is a particularly popular place to enjoy the sunset.
 

04 Architectural wonders at Old Town Phuket

The beginning of the tin boom in the 19th century led to construction of many fine mansions and shops that are still well preserved. The architectural style, typical of the region, is described as Sino-Portuguese, and has a strongly Mediterranean character. A walking tour of the area is easy and delightful.
 

 
 

05 The most revered Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong is the most popular temple in Phuket. Here stands the cast statue of Luang Por Cham, who helped the people of Phuket put down the Angyee, or the Chinese Coolie Rebellion in 1876. There are also statues of Luang Por Chaung, Luang Por Gluam and other monks, who were abbots of the temple during later times. The statues are objects of much deference to the Phuket people.

 

06 Pearl farming and rubber harvesting: Phuket’s eco & agrotour

Phuket is well-known for its pearl farming industry. Discover the process of farming pearl-producing oysters in a farm off Ao Sapam. You can see how pearls are transformed into ornaments, and try making your own bracelet. For another experience, visit the village of Ko Maphrao, a model community for agro-tourism. Stay overnight to experience the charm of a rural society, observe the work on rubber plantation, and learn tapping the trees and collecting the latex to be processed into rubber sheets. Fishing, trekking and biking are add-ons for a fun vacation.

 

 
 

07 Batik lovers, rejoice!

Brilliant colors and distinctive designs have made Phuket batik cloth famous among tourists. While in Phuket, learn the techniques of batik and display your creative imagination by producing your own batik masterpiece.

 

08 A holiday filled with sailing & yachting

Phuket has become the sailing and yachting center of Thailand. It is also home of the Phuket Race Week, Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, and 4 marinas. Be sure to visit Chalong Bay, the adopted home of Phuket’s yachting society. It is an informal, bustling community comprising of restaurants, shops, pubs, a yacht club and more. Spend a few days anchored off Phuket’s beaches, such as Nai Harn and Kata on the island’s southwest shore.

 


 
 09 World-class golfing

Enjoy first-rate golf courses in Phuket, many with views of the ocean. Challenge yourself at the Blue Canyon’s signature hole #14, with its island green, and Tiger hole #13, with its rough canyon terrain. Here, Tiger Woods once carried the mass of bunkers and trees to reach the green during the Johnny Walker Classic.   

10 Step into the greatest show on earth: Phuket Fantasea

The biggest of all Phuket's extravaganzas, Phuket Fantasea brings Hollywood-sized, Las Vegas-style entertainment to the island. To bring to life tales of history and mythology, remarkable acrobatics, dazzling light work, stunning set designs, and an array of animal tricks are combined in a song and dance spectacular. Set upon 140 acres in Kamala Bay, it also houses a festival village with carnivals, games, handicrafts, and the world's largest Thai and international cuisine buffet.

 

 

11 The night is always young: Phuket Entertainment & Nightlife

 

Patong is undoubtedly the epicenter of the Phuket’s entertainment scene, with a wealth of bars, clubs, live music, and cabaret shows. However, there is still plenty to discover around the island, with Kata, Karon and Phuket Town offering diverse nightspots. Go-karting, bungee jumping and paintballing are also available at Patong.

 


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Indulge and escape with the ultimate spa experience

Home to a collection of Asia’s most ambient and exquisite spas, Phuket offers varying comforts in different environments. You’ll find a blend of Asian and Western techniques and natural products made form local herbs, with fruits and oils used to produce that "feel good" sensation. Choose from a wide range of soothing, healing and relaxing treatments done seaside style.
 

 
13 Fantastic Phuket events

Whether religious or for fun, the festivals of Phuket are always exciting. The island's most distinctive event is the annual Vegetarian Festival, held over nine days in October. Other lively and colorful events include the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, Asia's biggest and most popular regatta, and the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, famous for its adventure routes along Phuket’s tourist attractions.
 

14 Complete a trip of a lifetime with some Phuket shopping

Phuket is the source for cultured pearls, nielloware, pewterware, ornaments and Batik. Souvenir products can be found on Ratsada, Phang-nga, Montri, Yaowarat, and Tilok-U-thit roads. In Phuket Town, visit Thepkasattri Road, which is at the north of the town. For local souvenirs, try the beach centers of Patong, Kata, Karon and Rawai.

 

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15 Indulge in a world of savory, sweet, and spicy

Phuket has its own cuisine style. Local specialties include all kinds of seafood: Nam Phrik Kung Siap, a mixture of dried chili and smoked shrimp eaten with various fresh vegetables, Khanom Jin, a version of noodles taken at breakfast and usually served with a spicy curry sauce, and Phuket-style noodle dishes, such as Mi Ton Pho, Mi Sapam, Mi Ao Ke, and Mi Hun Pa Chang. Cashew nuts and pineapples are favorite treats. For a cosmopolitan experience, visit Patong Beach for various restaurants catering to travelers.

 

   

 

 
  

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Thai Airways International operates flights from Bangkok to Phuket. International flights to and from Kuala Lumpur and Seoul are also provided.

Bangkok Office

Tel. 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000 or Hotline 1566
Phuket Office

Tel. 0 7636 0444, 0 7636 0400
www.thaiairwaysusa.com

Bangkok Airways offers several flights on the Bangkok – Phuket as well as flights from Phuket to Samui and Pattaya (U-Tapao).

 

Bangkok Office

Tel. 0 2270 6699

Phuket Office

Tel. 0 7622 5033-5
www.bangkokair.com

Nok Air offers flights on Bangkok to Phuket

 

Bangkok Office

Tel. 0 2627 2000 or

Hot Line 1318
Phuket Office

Tel. 0 7635 1464, 0 7632 7633
www.nokair.co.th

One-Two-Go offers daily flights from Bangkok to Phuket.
Hotline1126
www.fly12go.com

Air Asia offers flights from Bangkok to Phuket. International flights to and from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore are also provided.
 

Bangkok office

Tel. 0 2515 9999
www.airasia.com

 

Destination Air offers shuttle service from Phuket to Phi Phi, Krabi and Lanta.

 

Tel. 0 7632 8638
www.destinationair.com

 

 

 

 

The 13-hour journey from Bangkok can be made by either air-conditioned or non-air-conditioned bus, leaving from the Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal.

 

Tel. 0 2435 1199, 0 2435 1200
www.transport.co.th

 

 

  
From Bangkok, take Highway 4 (Phetchakasem Road) via Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani and Phang-nga, then cross the Thep Krasattri Bridge or Sarasin Bridge to Phuket, a total distance of 535 miles.

 

 

Useful Links

Phuket Race Week

Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

Laguna Phuket Triathlon

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Thai Airways International

Bangkok Airways

Nok Air

One-Two-Go

Air Asia

Destination Air