Phuket – Fun in the Sun
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island surrounded by sweeping expanses of clean white sand, with the warm waters of the Andaman Sea lapping at its edges. The island caters for everyone, with luxury hotels, restaurants, raging night clubs, water sports, local markets, shopping malls, Butterfly Park, aquarium, traditional Thai experiences and forests of untouched beauty.
Phuket is visited by thousands of Australians every year and some consider the island as their second home. Australians are divided between Bali and Phuket as to which is the best location, how could you not be passionate about both islands.
Things to do in Phuket include a visit to the Phuket Butterfly Garden & Insect World where you can interact with some of nature’s most amazing creatures. But if insects are not for you then a five minute stroll from Patong Beach will take you to the Jung Ceylon Shopping Mall. You could spend the day wondering the shopping malls, checking out some of the international brands or sitting back enjoying a Belgium Beer or two.
Come down to the local markets and taste the Duran, interact with the locals and use your Thai baht to purchase some unforgettable memories. Take a ferry ride to one of the 32 smaller islands dotted around the coast line or spend the day on Bon Island.
If you’re looking for a little culture visit the Phuket Orchid Garden and Thai Village where you’ll get to see inside an authentic Thai village and experience the making of traditional arts and handicrafts . You will also get the opportunity to experience some traditional Thai dancing and fire-sword dancing with two shows daily. Wander down to the orchid gardens and immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquillity of the serene gardens with rare and exotic orchids.
For the photographer the island offers many photo advantage points with incredible views across the bays and beaches of Laem Phromthep. Visit the Big Buddha for the ultimate views with a 360 degree view of Phuket and surrounding islands. If you’re feeling a little more energetic then there’s always the jungle walks along the well mapped trails designed for all fitness levels.
Kids are also catered for with Splash Jungle Water Park, Phuket Fantasea, movie theatres and amusement arcades, or just send them off chasing Pokémon Go. Spend some time at the Phuket Aquarium which is part of the government run Phuket Marine Biological Centre or go snorkelling at Laem Sing beach.
Kata Beach and Patong Beach are some of the more popular beaches on the island with soft white sand and the calm warm ocean makes for a beach lovers paradise. Some of the hotels provide sun lounges and serve food and drinks on the beach for visitors, such a glorious way to pass the day.
You are spoilt for a choice of hotels in Phuket with all the modern comforts of home catered for. Some close to the tourist areas and others a little further away for those looking for a little peace and tranquillity.
How would you choose to spend your time in Phuket? Does this post entice you to put Phuket on your radar?
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