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.

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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.

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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.

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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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20 Responses

  1. Kreete says:

    Jungle walks! Wow! I am planning to go to Bali in February, but I might now add Phuket in my itinerary as well! Thanks for sharing!
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  2. We really enjoyed our time in Phuket. My one caution is that if you are going there for the beaches and snorkeling, make sure you don’t go during monsoon season. We visited when the hotels were cheaper than at high season, and when we arrived, I realized it was because the water was so rough that all the beaches had red flag warnings up.
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  3. Vlad says:

    I’m hoping to visit Thailand next year and I’ll make sure to include Phuket on my itinerary as well. The view from Big Buddha is amazing! 😀 #TheWeeklyPostcard
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  4. Thailand is a popular destination for Norwegians as well! Many spent their Christmas holidays there to escape the darkness and cold and I honestly can’t blame them! I’d love to spend a beach vacation in Thailand myself 😉
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  5. I had wanted to return to Phuket for our annual family holiday this year, but my husband put his foot down and said 3 hour flight not 6 hours. So back to Bali this year – but next year my son and I want Phuket.
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  6. It’s been quite a while since we have been to Phuket, but I remember it being fun. It is a little like Kuta in Bali – it is what it is.
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  7. I haven’t been to Phuket in over 10 years (and even then it was only very briefly), but it’s not currently very high on my list of places to go in Thailand because it seems very touristy. That said, Bali is also very touristy and I enjoyed myself hugely there. There are definitely certain benefits to being touristy – amenities, kid-friendly options, infrastructure and so on.
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  8. Phuket looks and sounds great! I have a good friend living there who loves it. Thailand seems to have so much to offer 🙂

  9. I’ve been to Thailand but not to Phuket. I can see it somewhere in my future though! #wkendtravelinspiration
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  10. eileen g says:

    I’ve been to Thailand but not to its beaches, and they are on my bucket list. It can be easy in a beach destination like this or Bali or to forget that it’s not jut beach– there is also local culture to explore. So kudos to you for getting off the beach and checking it all out! #wkendtravelinspiration
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  11. Lolo says:

    Looks like another beautiful location! I don’t know much about Phuket but I am starting to see more things pop up on my Pinterst stream! #TheWeeklyPostcard
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  12. Rhonda Albom says:

    I have not yet made it to Thailand. There are so many areas to visit in this country that I have not yet decided which I’ll travel to first.
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  13. I have heard good things about Phuket, but your article makes it even more enticing.
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  14. Love the butterflies, very pretty!
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  15. Kemkem says:

    We are hoping to visit Phuket on our Thailand visit later on in the year. Lovely pictures. Love the butterflies and beer.
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  16. Jen says:

    Great butterfly shot!

  17. Nice butterfly macros and those girls in traditional attire are so cute!

  18. Kathy Marris says:

    I have been to Phuket three times and enjoyed the experience each time, however I don’t like the seedy parts in Patong Beach. We prefer to stay at Karong or Kata Beach as we feel the beaches are cleaner here. My favourite thing to do in Phuket would be hiring a long boat and going out to one of the little islands snorkelling and swimming. 🙂
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  19. Phuket is so close to my country India and I am kicking myself for not visiting it yet. After reading your blog, I feel like planning a trip there soon.

  20. I love butterflies! Can’t believe I miss this in Phuket! Next time….!

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