Archive for the 'Phuket' Category

Jan 29 2013

Hospitals and medical care in Phuket

Published by under Health & safety

Rather posh: the lobby at Bangkok Hospital Phuket.

No one likes to think about getting sick or having an accident while on holiday, but if you do fall ill when travelling in Phuket it’s easy to find a decent hospital or clinic to fix you up. Phuket has by far the best health care facilities in the north Andaman coast region, so tourists … read the full post

Jan 14 2013

Coral Island, Phuket

Not the worst place in the world: Coral's Banana Beach.

Coral Island is an easy 15-minute boat trip away from Phuket’s southeastern coast. Though Coral’s main beach gets busy with day-trippers, if you plan it right it’s possible to enjoy the island in the idyllic glory promised on the postcards. Known locally as Ko Hei, Coral Island has two sandy beaches lining its shore, backed … read the full post

Jan 07 2013

Wat Chalong, Phuket

The central worship hall.

If you’re looking for the heart of Phuket’s Thai Buddhist community, Wat Chalong is the place to go. The 200-year-old temple has grown in size and stature in tandem with Phuket’s development, and it’s now the island’s busiest and biggest temple. Far from being a place of quiet contemplation, Wat Chalong is a lively and … read the full post

Dec 31 2012

Review: Kopitiam by Wilai, Phuket

Published by under Food

The look is vintage, but the noodles are fresh.

Kopitiam by Wilai is a newish place but its retro design complete with vintage photos of the island’s past makes it feel like an old favourite in Phuket’s Old Town. The word kopitiam should be familiar to travellers around Southeast Asia, a Malay-Hokkien phrase that translates simply to “coffee shop”. It’s a fitting name for … read the full post

Dec 24 2012

New Year’s Eve on Phuket

Published by under Festivals

Known to be epic: Catch Beach Club's New Year's Eve party.

Phuket hosts plenty of festivals throughout the year, but its party spirit really comes to life in crackling form on New Year’s Eve. The island’s two New Year’s Eve party hotspots are Patong beach and Phuket Town, but if you head down to any of the main west-coast beaches on December 31 you’re in for … read the full post

Dec 17 2012

Christmas in Phuket 2012

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Toot toot! The Central Christmas train.

While the vast majority of Phuket’s populace is Buddhist and Muslim, the Christmas season always arrives in full glittering force to its sandy shores. Phuket malls are cranking out festive ambient tunes, hotel lobbies are lit up with sparkling faux-pine trees and young cashiers at various shops are sporting sexy Santa hats. Most Phuket resorts … read the full post

Dec 10 2012

Phuket scams and rip-offs, part 2: Taxis

Published by under Health & safety

The Phuket tuk-tuk: a modest ride at an opulent price.

Of all the scams to watch for in Phuket, the taxi rip-off deserves special mention. Anyone who has travelled through any other part of Thailand will be shocked the first time they hire a Phuket taxi or tuk tuk, which can be four or five times more expensive than trips of a similar distance in … read the full post

Dec 04 2012

Phuket scams, rip-offs and hassles

Published by under Health & safety

The water's inviting but the jet-ski ride could come at a high price.

As Thailand’s tourism cash cow, Phuket regrettably attracts some unsavoury characters looking for quick and dirty access into the wallets of the unwary visitor. Here’s a rundown of some of the most common Phuket scams and rip-offs to be aware of to avoid becoming the island’s next victim. The jetski scam is Phuket’s most notorious … read the full post

Nov 27 2012

Thalang National Museum, Phuket

Thalang National Museum offers a peek into Phuket's past.

Though it’s a small and humble attraction, the Thalang National Museum reveals a side of Phuket that’s unknown to most visitors coming here for their sun-drenched tropical holiday. Found just 100 metres east of the Heroines’ Monument roundabout off Phuket’s main thoroughfare, Thepkrassatri Road, the museum is set in leafy green surrounds with a large … read the full post

Nov 20 2012

Review: Ka Jok See, Phuket

Published by under Food

This is before things really got wild

How do you review a place like Ka Jok See? This long-running restaurant in Phuket Town, set in a softly-lit, restored Sino-Portuguese shophouse, is not just a place to wine and dine. It’s a nightly social experiment. It’s a place where even the most reluctant wallflower finds herself twirling on top of a table, shed … read the full post

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