Phuket being a popular beach destination attracts tourist all across the globe. But before becoming a global tourist spot it was an important trading station for the Indians, Arabs, Malay, Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese, British and the French. The island was called ‘junk ceylon’ at that time. Phuket is a colourful cosmopolitan concoction of culture and traditions. Phuket has some lush inland vistas, including a few remote swathes of rainforest on Ko Yao, but the island really comes into its own along its western shoreline, where hunter-green foliage meets the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. The mile upon sandy mile of coastline boasts tons of water sports, wonderful restaurants and luxurious resorts. Traces of Sino-Portuguese architecture remain and the city streets, which move to the rhythm of everyday Thai life. Feel the energy of Patong. Phuket has lots of bars where you can experience lively exuberance of famed nightlife of Phuket.
Enjoy a speed boat ride to Phi Phi Island where you can experience snorkelling, scuba diving and get lost in the tropical paradise combining crystal clear blue turquoise water, amazing rock formations, white sands and swaying coconuts. Enjoy the night at the Bangla Street. Have a great time in Fantasea show and Simon Cabaret. Thai boxing Muay Thai is must visit where you can see the well trained Muay Thai boxers fight it out among the presence of locals and tourists. Pay a visit to Chalong Buddha a 45 meter tall statue of Buddha and a visit to Wat chalong and the old temples of Phuket. Check out The James Bond island named after the famous James bond movie Man with the golden Gun released in 1974 originally named as Ko Tapu or the nail island. Eco conservationist can enjoy trek in Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre, Sirinath National Park which offers various Flora and fauna attractions to the naturalists. Have a relaxing day at the any of the world renowned Spas.
Things to do in Phuket
Phuket City Tour on Sharing Basis
Phuket is Thailand's largest island, 867 km from Bangkok, and the country's only island province. Today, Phuket is the country's major tourist attraction. The surrounding waters contain much varied marine life and the island itself is blessed with lovely seashores and forested hillsides. Phuket Town also has some wonderful examples of Sino- Portugese architecture. The landscape is one of lush green hills, coconut groves, rubber plantations and a coastline dotted with a dozen spectacular beaches.
Sea Sports with Combo Pack
Coral Island (Koh hey) is situated on the south of Phuket island. The island is surrounded by multicolored coral reefs. The island has two long stretches of white, sandy beach with crystal clear water with plentiful of tropical fishes waiting to be fed, and a few quiet bays on the other side. A short trek over the small hill and rocks leads to a small quiet cove with a beautiful beach, an excellent hideaway during the day. Sea activities as scuba diving, banana boat rides, parasailing and sea-walking are available on the island. The Underwater Sea Walk is one of the most unique attractions that one must experience .It is a true once in a life time experience for all the non divers out there!
Coral Island with Scuba Diving
Spend a day in a tropical heaven on this trip to lovely Coral Island. This is the kind of island that no one would mind being cast away on, especially with all the amazing facilities you would find there! Coral Island is a beautiful getaway destination located three kilometers southeast of Phuket. The island features two main beaches, Long Beach and Banana Beach. Swim or snorkel in the tempting warm waters. Feed and make friends with the countless multicolored fish and enjoy the shining beauty of the corals, or paddle around gently in a sea canoe.
James Bond Island Tour
James Bond Island, known originally and locally as Ko Tapu or Nail Island, found fame through the 1974 Bond film "The Man with the Golden Gun".
Everyday thousands of tourists leave Phuket for the daylong sightseeing trip driving two hours to Phang Nga Bay, often stopping at the popular Monkey Caves (Suwankuha Temple) to see the large reclining golden Buddha inside the caves and the large flocks of monkeys outside.
Phuket Fantasea Show
Phuket FantaSea - an Ultimate Thai cultural theme park.
Phuket FantaSea is a Thai cultural theme park - the world’s first entertainment park that presents Thai Culture and Tradition as its main theme. The name “FantaSea” is a combination of the word “Fantasy” and “Sea” to mean “a Sea of Fantasy”. A successful platform entertaining people since more then 10 Years. Phuket FantaSea is the biggest investment venture on Kamala, a beach known for its tranquility and picturesque view. It is spread in an area of around 140 Acres. It is the World’s first entertainment park that presents Thai Culture and Tradition as its main theme. All the attractions in the Park, be it the show, the restaurant, the shopping street and all other areas are inspired by Thai mythology, legends and folklores. Here itself you could Experience the wonderful evening by enjoy the exotic surrounding while you watch the sensational cultural show inspired by the nation’s cultural heritage.
Phuket has a tropical climate and remain hot and humid round the year. The average temperatures remain constant and the hot season starts from March to May. From May to October, Phuket receives sufficient rainfalls and remain humid throughout the year. November to February is cooler and the weather is tolerable.
You will find various cuisines in Phuket as many foreigners have set up shops. Besides this Thai cuisine is available everywhere. Being close to Malaysia, Phuket’s regional cuisine is influenced by Malaysian cuisine. Good quality sea foods are widely available and are recommended. Many exotic fruits like cashew nuts and pineapples are widely available and are worth a try.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Phuket is certainly in between the months of November to March when weather is much bearable and remain dry compared to the rest of the year. Occasional rain may happen during the afternoon or evening but it will pass soon and making the remaining day very pleasant.
How to Reach
By Air: The Phuket International Airport has many connecting flight with Bangkok and all the major Southeast Asian budget airlines operate regular flights connecting Bangkok and Phuket. Many international airlines also arrive in Phuket from European cities and Far East.
By Road: Phuket can be reached by bus from various cities like Bangkok, Chumphon, Hat Yai, Krabi, Phang Nga, Ranong, Satun, Sungai Kolok and Surat Thani. The BKS terminal is the main bus terminal in Phuket Town. Reliable BKS public service connects Bangkok and Phuket and operates daily.
By Train: One can reach Phuket by train also. But there is no rail link till Phuket. Trains travelling to Singapore from Bangkok are the only option. You have to get off at Phun Phin railway station in Surat Thani Province and from then you have to take a bus to reach Phuket and will take near about 5 hours.
By Boat: regular ferry service is present from Ko Phi Phi and Krabi to Phuket. Many small boat charter companies are also present in Phuket. One can also visit Phuket by a cruise ship from Singapore.