Archive for the 'Sightseeing & activties' Category

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 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 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

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 08 2013

Baan Chinpracha heritage house, Phuket

The inner courtyard with a cooling koi pond.

Baan Chinpracha is a stately Sino-Colonial mansion at the edge of Phuket’s Old Town area, and the island’s only historical home we’re aware of where visitors are allowed a peek inside. Built in 1903 by Phra Pitak Chinpracha (also known as Tan Ma Siang), it was among several grand homes built after the wave of … read the full post

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