Archive for the 'Phuket' Category

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

Apr 29 2013

Thavorn Museum, Phuket

Under the dust there's some really neat stuff here.

The Old Town historical district of Phuket Town is home to a number of strange little nooks and crannies to explore, none stranger perhaps than the Thavorn Museum in the Thavorn Heritage Hotel on Rassada Road. Dusty and a bit spooky, this small museum resembles a flea market except nothing’s for sale. But like a … read the full post

Apr 15 2013

Cheap eats in Phuket

Published by under Food

Get your fill of veg and spice with Phuket kanom jeen noodles.

Phuket is Thailand’s most expensive province and if you limit your eating to the beach resort areas you’ll certainly be shelling out a premium price for food. But you can eat cheaply too — here’s a sampling of some of the best cheap eats in Phuket and where to find them. By far the best … read the full post

Apr 08 2013

Dino Park mini-golf and restaurant, Phuket

A terrifying T-Rex to send the kids running.

If you happen to be walking the streets of Phuket’s Kata beach in the evening, you might come across a surprising sight: a lava-spewing volcano surrounded by some fierce-looking prehistoric beasts. This Jurassic-themed scene is home to Dino Park, a mini-golf park and restaurant set along the road that links Kata and Karon beaches. The … read the full post

Mar 25 2013

Phuket Pride gay festival

Published by under Festivals

Subtlety was not her strong point.

With the Songkran New Year celebrated nationwide, April is a festive month in Thailand, Phuket included. But the Phuket party continues to rock past the Songkran days of April 13-15 right to the end of the month with the week-long Phuket Pride gay festival set to run from April 22 to 28. Thai society in … read the full post

Mar 14 2013

Standup paddling (SUP) in Phuket

standup paddle SUP phuket sunset beach

Standup paddling (SUP) has become a popular water sport around the world, and Phuket is no exception. Here’s where you can try it out. SUP is a highly versatile sport that can be done in most any water conditions, making it ideal for surfing fans who might find Phuket’s wave action to be rather listless … read the full post

Mar 04 2013

Ao Yon, Phuket

Arrive to Ao Yon early and be treated to a spectacular sunrise.

Those in search of a more rustic beach scene on Phuket need look no further than Ao Yon, a small bay on Phuket’s east coast set between Ao Chalong and Ao Makham on Cape Panwa. Just six kilometres away from Phuket Town yet largely unknown to tourists, Ao Yon is split into two beaches by … read the full post

Feb 25 2013

Review: Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel, Phuket Town

Published by under Accommodation

The lobby: inviting and cool.

Found on Phuket Road near the Old Town streets of Phuket Town, Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel offers a good base for exploring the area’s restored Sino-Portuguese buildings and sampling some of Phuket’s tastiest and best-value local food. Its rather grand lobby with a chandelier is a cool and tranquil retreat from the motorbike-clogged street out … read the full post

Feb 18 2013

Ko Siray sea gypsy village, Phuket

Phuket's largest sea gypsy village, as seen from Wat Siray hill.

While Phuket’s west-coast beaches are home to ever more modern hotels, swanky beach clubs and sun-baked tourists, Ko Siray on the east coast reveals a lesser-known, more humble side of the island. Just six kilometres from Phuket Town and a world away from the five-star resorts sits Phuket’s largest sea gypsy village. Some 1,900 Chao … read the full post

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