Archive for the 'Phuket' Category

Jul 09 2013

Review: Friendship Beach Resort, Phuket

Published by under Accommodation

Let the crab-hunting begin. Friendship Beach at low tide.

Friendship Beach Resort on Rawai beach is mainly a retreat for wellness seekers but it also welcomes anyone looking for a peaceful place to stay on Phuket with some added comforts. As its name suggests, this small resort is a friendly place that offers — for Phuket — reasonable value for beachfront accommodation. Found three … read the full post

Jul 02 2013

What to do when it rains on Phuket

A sailboat seeks shelter from the storm on Phuket's east coast.

Phuket can be a wet place during the southwest monsoon from May through October. But as Thailand’s largest and most developed island, there are plenty of things to do and places to escape to on a rainy day when the beach is not an option. Curling up in a dry spot with a good book … read the full post

Jun 25 2013

Phuket Mining Museum

Mini diorama of an open-pit mine.

Phuket’s fortunes are now made in tourism but in the past it was home to a thriving tin mining industry. The Phuket Mining Museum, found in a rather remote area of Kathu district, tells the story of the island’s tin-powered history. Set by a lagoon on sprawling grounds in a large pink Sino-Portuguese style building, … read the full post

Jun 17 2013

Exploring Ko Siray, Phuket

Keep a sharp eye out for suicidal monkeys.

Travellers looking to get away from the crowds of Phuket and see the island’s more traditional, peaceful side are well advised to head east. Off Phuket’s southeast coast lies Ko Siray, a small island with great hilltop views, scenic roads to explore and some good beachfront dining. Connected to Phuket by a short causeway, Ko … read the full post

Jun 10 2013

Review: The Memory at On On Hotel, Phuket

Published by under Accommodation

From just plain shabby to shabby-chic: On On's lobby area.

Open since 1929, the On On Hotel is Phuket’s oldest hotel and for the past few decades it was known for having cheap but dismal backpacker rooms. But extensive renovations have changed all that. A flophouse no more, the On On has blossomed into a bright, stylish midrange hotel in Phuket Town. Found in Phuket … read the full post

Jun 03 2013

Rang Hill, Phuket Town

Park yourself here for a relaxed afternoon.

If you’re looking for a leafy-green alternative to the beach, Rang Hill in Phuket Town offers a pleasant place to cool down in the shade of its pavilions and stately trees. There’s a fitness park and a few pathways to explore, but most visitors simply relax and take in the views out over the town … read the full post

May 27 2013

Sang Tham Shrine, Phuket

Craftsmen have been carving out a new future for the 1891 shrine.

Sang Tham is a small Chinese Taoist shrine in Phuket Town that’s a microcosm of the transformation taking place in the town’s Old Town district. What was once an oft-missed sight hidden away down a narrow lane is now revealed in grand style with an ornate streetside archway topped by lively dragons. The shrine, also … 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 14 2013

Phuket Art Village

Love Art Studio - the home, gallery and studio of artist Pui Ngowsiri.

Phuket Art Village is a creative community tucked away down a small lane in Nai Harn at the southern end of Phuket. Home to a diverse and growing collection of home studios and galleries, the village was built from the ground up by the artists themselves. The village is set on a small plot of … 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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