Archive for the 'Phuket' Category

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

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

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

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

Sep 10 2013

Ao Chalong Yacht Club, Phuket

Kids queue up for a free sail session on the club's open day.

The Ao Chalong Yacht Club, set at the edge of Ao Chalong along Phuket’s southeast coast, is a great spot to learn the ropes of sailing, enjoy some waterfront dining and mingle with some of the region’s most skilled and salty sailors. While ‘yacht club’ usually conjures up an image of white linen-clad snobs swanning around … read the full post

Sep 06 2013

Bang Pae waterfall, Phuket

A relatively easy mini trek for the kids.

Found in the more sparsely populated northeastern interior of Phuket, Bang Pae waterfall is among the more tranquil sights of the island. A cool alternative to the beach, this 16-metre cascade sits within Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, a protected virgin jungle covering about 22 square kilometres. A popular weekend escape, Bang Pae usually teems … read the full post

Aug 26 2013

Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, Phuket

Brownie, Dodo and Dr Tum -- a gibbon family set to be released into the wild soon.

The Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, found at the edge of Khao Phra Thaeo national park near Bang Pae Waterfall, has been working since 1992 to help rescue gibbons and other animals from the animal tourism and exotic pet trade. From elephant riding to monkey shows to playing with tigers, encounters with animals are a highlight … read the full post

Aug 19 2013

A trio of tiny Phuket beaches

The happy sands of Laemka beach.

Phuket is known for having kilometres-long beaches along its west coast, but sprinkled in between the main beaches are some wee stretches of sand that offer some scenic alternatives. Three of Phuket’s cosiest little beaches are Laemka, Ao Sane and Ya Nui at the island’s southern end. Just down the hill from Cape Promthep between … 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

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