Archive for the 'Phuket' Category

Oct 06 2014

Vegetarian restaurants on Phuket

Published by under Food

Ruamjai serves up a cheap and colourful vegan buffet.

As the home of the largest Vegetarian Festival in Thailand, Phuket has a decent choice of vegetarian and vegan restaurants that are open year-round. The vegetarian food scene in Phuket is growing, both within the local community and due to the island becoming a more popular destination for wellness and detox seekers. The quality and … read the full post

Sep 08 2014

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014

Published by under Festivals

Bad spirits begone!

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is a nine-day spectacle of parades, daring acts of self-mortification and avoidance of meat, all in the aim of purifying the body and mind, making merit and paying homage to the nine emperor gods of Chinese origin. Held every year during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, the 2014 … read the full post

Feb 10 2014

How long should you spend on Phuket?

Published by under Phuket

Nai Thon beach. Who said Phuket was crowded?

Phuket is a big island with plenty to do beyond its beaches. As one of Thailand’s pricier destinations, your budget will be a big factor in deciding how long to stay here, but if you’re interested to explore the island’s off-the-beach attractions, stay in a hostel or cheap guesthouse and eat at local food shops, … read the full post

Nov 18 2013

Hor mok fish custard, Phuket style

Published by under Food

Tastes better than it looks. Really.

If you’re exploring Phuket island and on the hunt for some local flavours, the local variety of the Thai curried fish mousse, hor mok, offers a cheap and easy taster. Usually served in small portions wrapped in banana leaf, hor mok is the perfect way to inject a little spice to your meal. The Phuket … read the full post

Nov 12 2013

Extending your visa in Phuket

Published by under Phuket

Discount airlines make the dreaded visa run a bit more budget-friendly.

Staying in Phuket and not ready to go home yet? If your Thai transit or tourist visa is approaching its expiry date, there are a number of ways you can extend or renew it on and around the island. Phuket has two immigration offices where you can apply for a visa extension. The main immigration … read the full post

Oct 07 2013

Staying safe in Phuket

Published by under Health & safety

Some boats are safer than others.

Is Phuket safe? That’s a question many ask when considering travel to Thailand’s largest island thanks to the occasional incident hitting international headlines. As a Phuket resident of more than a decade I’ve rarely felt unsafe and most travellers to Phuket come and go without any problems, but unfortunately a percentage of those visiting the … read the full post

Aug 15 2013

Hungry Ghost Festival, Phuket

Published by under Festivals

Red turtles at the ready to bring to the shrines.

For the Hokkien Chinese community of Phuket, ghostly ancestors are as much a part of a family’s daily life as its living relatives. And occasionally, these ghosts are haunted by hunger. Each year, on first day of the waxing moon on the seventh lunar month, it’s believed that the gates of hell open to give … read the full post

Jul 30 2013

Review: Pantai Seaview Restaurant and Coffee Shop, Phuket

Published by under Food

A cosy corner with Patong beach in sight just beyond.

Waterfront dining in Phuket too often means mediocre meals at inflated prices, but Pantai Seaview Restaurant and Coffee Shop on Kalim beach happily offers both good tastes and good value, with a five-star view to boot. Pantai, which means “beach” in Malay and the Southern Thai dialect, sits on the rocks overlooking the beach of … read the full post

May 21 2013

Phuket weather: When is the best time to go?

Published by under Weather

Sunny and safe to swim: Nai Thon beach in December.

If you’re travelling to Phuket it’s good to know what you’re in for, weather-wise, before you pack your bags and make your plans. But one thing’s certain: you’ll be comfiest in beachwear and flip-flops no matter what time of year you arrive. Rain or shine, Phuket is hot! Though temperatures vary little from month to … read the full post

May 06 2013

Review: Kan Eang 2, Chalong, Phuket

Published by under Food

Prawn, chili and lemongrass stirfry. A heavenly specialty here.

If you’re on the hunt for a family-friendly seafood spot right on the beach in Phuket, Kan Eang 2 in Ao Chalong is a fine choice, with a variety of delicious Thai dishes on the menu. This long-running, locally-run restaurant is large, offering mostly outdoor dining along the sands of Chalong Bay. Simply furnished with … read the full post

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