Archive for the 'Sightseeing & activties' Category

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 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

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

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 05 2012

Banana Beach, Phuket

Banana Beach, unpeeled

With millions of visitors arriving to Phuket for sun-drenched holidays each year it’s safe to say that there are no hidden beaches left on the island, but Banana Beach comes close. Found on a tiny bay and reached only by longtail boat or a jungle path, Banana Beach offers a peaceful escape from Phuket’s tourist … read the full post

Oct 16 2012

Ao Chalong, Phuket

Dusky view at Kan Eang 2

Ao Chalong is a bustling harbour on Phuket’s southeast coast and one of the island’s main launching points for dive and snorkel trips. Chalong means “celebrate” in Thai, but unlike Patong Beach, its hedonistic west-coast cousin, it’s far from being a party zone. Chalong Bay’s coastline runs from Rawai Beach to the south and over … read the full post

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