Travelfish correspondent Lana Willocks
Lana Willocks is a freelance writer from Canada based in Phuket. Her love affair with Thailand (and, ok, a Thai man) began on a university exchange programme in Bangkok, then she returned to Phuket on the auspicious date of 9-9-1999 and never left.
Lana’s travel and property writing has taken her across Thailand, and to Indonesia and the Philippines but her favourite writing subject remains her island home of Phuket, which she believes has more to offer the independent traveller than its given credit for.
She’s still with that Thai man and since had two kids with him. Their garden full of critters and the occasional cobra keep life exciting when they’re not out exploring the island.
Lana’s website: www.phuketwriter.com
Posts by Lana Willocks:
Though it’s a small and humble attraction, the Thalang National Museum reveals a side of Phuket that’s unknown to most visitors coming here for their sun-drenched tropical holiday. Found just 100 metres east of the Heroines’ Monument roundabout off Phuket’s main thoroughfare, Thepkrassatri Road, the museum is set in leafy green surrounds with a large … read the full post
How do you review a place like Ka Jok See? This long-running restaurant in Phuket Town, set in a softly-lit, restored Sino-Portuguese shophouse, is not just a place to wine and dine. It’s a nightly social experiment. It’s a place where even the most reluctant wallflower finds herself twirling on top of a table, shed … read the full post
Update June 25, 2014: Skyla’s is now closed. Found in an area of Phuket that’s becoming known as a multi-million-dollar villa enclave, the simple Skyla’s Beach House on Kamala beach is a pleasant surprise for those of us seeking seafront dining without having to shell out big baht for the privilege. Skyla’s Beach House is a … read the full post
With millions of visitors arriving to Phuket for sun-drenched holidays each year it’s safe to say that there are no hidden beaches left on the island, but Banana Beach comes close. Found on a tiny bay and reached only by longtail boat or a jungle path, Banana Beach offers a peaceful escape from Phuket’s tourist … read the full post
Tenta Nakara on Naka Yai Island is a resort that truly earns its ‘eco’ badge. Found just 15 minutes by boat off the east coast of Phuket, Tenta Nakara has 16 tents set in a serene jungle-meets-the-beach setting. Open since 2008, the resort occupies a stretch of white-sand beach on Naka Yai’s east side, with … read the full post
Update: The Lighthouse has closed The Lighthouse restaurant on the waterfront of Ao Chalong has long been a Phuket sailor hangout. But for anyone simply looking for a solid meal with a sea view it’s a fine place to linger. Found along the narrow seafront road that leads south from Chalong Pier, The Lighthouse is … read the full post
Ao Chalong is a bustling harbour on Phuket’s southeast coast and one of the island’s main launching points for dive and snorkel trips. Chalong means “celebrate” in Thai, but unlike Patong Beach, its hedonistic west-coast cousin, it’s far from being a party zone. Chalong Bay’s coastline runs from Rawai Beach to the south and over … read the full post