Archive for the 'Phuket' Category

Feb 10 2014

How long should you spend on Phuket?

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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

Jan 15 2014

Wakeboarding and flowboarding in Phuket

Phuket Wake Park has some new and improved facilities.

Most water sports activities in Phuket are played on the sea but a few choices inland offer plenty of wet and wild action as well. The island is home to two wakeboarding centres and a flowboarding venue. Phuket Wake Park is a cable-ski operation set on a lake near Kathu waterfall between Phuket Town and … read the full post

Dec 30 2013

Swimming pools in Phuket

Angsana Laguna's pool is one of the biggest we've seen.

Sure, the best place to cool down in Phuket is in the Andaman Sea surrounding the island, but those looking to take a dip in a swimming pool have plenty of options, too. Many resorts around Phuket will let outside guests use their pool for a fee, or even for free if they dine there, … read the full post

Dec 23 2013

New Year’s Eve in Phuket 2014

Published by under Festivals

Fireworks galore on NY Eve. These were seen in Ao Chalong.

New Year’s Eve is a big deal in Phuket and it can be celebrated both on the cheap and in lavish style. With fireworks going off most everywhere across the island, those on a tight budget may simply pick up their drinks and snacks from the local mom and pop shop and head down to the … read the full post

Dec 19 2013

Christmas in Phuket 2013

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Phuket's gone polar! Central Festival mall goes all out for Christmas.

Okay, so Phuket is hot and tropical and certainly has no chimneys for Santa to shimmy down for gift delivery. But as a Thai island with an international outlook festive cheer infuses the humid air through Christmas and the New Year. Several resorts and restaurants across the island will be cooking up big spreads for Christmas Eve … read the full post

Dec 15 2013

Phuket’s best family beaches

Lots of space to throw a frisbee at Kata's north end.

As Thailand’s largest island, Phuket has several sandy beaches that kids bearing buckets and spades will love to visit, but some are better than others. Our ideal family beach has shallow waters and shade, child-friendly activities and easy access to food and drink. With these considerations in mind, here are our top picks for the … read the full post

Dec 02 2013

More Phuket secret beaches

Even the dogs are lazy at Laemka beach.

Lining the coastlines of Phuket are more than 30 beaches, so it’s easy to find a peaceful stretch of sand if you travel beyond the island’s popular west-coast beaches. We’ve already highlighted some of Phuket’s secret beaches, but we have more to reveal. So get your beach towel ready and read on … One of … 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

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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

Nov 05 2013

Viewpoints in Phuket

Another look at Chalong Bay from Khao Khad hill.

Phuket is a hilly island with several spots offering panoramic views over beaches and out across the Andaman Sea. More adventurous travellers may try to hike and hack their way up to the top of Phuket’s hills through the jungle, but several lookout points can be reached easily by road. Promthep Cape is found at … read the full post

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