Phuket is Thailand's largest and most popular island, Phuket is as colorful as it is cosmopolitan and one of the world's most famous dream destinations. Phuket boasts 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, delectable restaurants and decadent resort
Although famous mainly for its beaches, and with a reputation as a laidback city, Phuket has its share of nightlife for the adventurous. A beautiful city and an exciting one, Phuket is a jewel in the proverbial crown.With its string of stunning beaches, awe-inspiring temples, the fascinating old town and a wide array of things to do and places to see, Phuket is one of the most sought after holiday destinations, not without a reason.
The beaches of the south coast are typically crowded, while the north is far more tranquil.All the major beaches (such as Patong beach, Kata beach, Karon beach, Nai Han beach, Mai Khao beach , Nai Yang beach) offer instruction and equipment for diving, snorkeling, windsurfing and sailing. Phuket is also considered one of the top destinations for scuba diving. With its emerald waters and scenery to die for, a session of scuba diving is a must at the famous James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay. Don't forget to notice red flag! before swim.
Much like the rest of Thailand, Phuket too is a delight when it comes to food. From delicious Thai food to international cuisines; with its rich flavours and aromas, food in Phuket is sure to please the tummy and the senses! With a number of local markets and shopping malls.
With a tropical climate, the weather in Phuket broadly varies between warm, cool and rainy. It never really gets too cold. The high tourist season is from November to February when it’s cool and dry, after which it remains quite hot until May. Monsoon season begins mid-May and goes on till October.
November to February: This is the coolest season in Phuket after the rains are over. With the best weather, naturally, this is also the busiest time with most tourists planning their trips around this period. The temperature varies around 23°C and 30°C. While December is the coolest month in Phuket, February is the driest. This is the perfect time to spend the day relaxing on one of the gorgeous beaches in Phuket and enjoying water sports in the calm sea. You can then party it out till the wee hours of the morning at one of the many nightclubs.
March to mid-May: These are considered as the hottest months in Phuket just before monsoon hits the island. The temperatures vary in the mid-thirties, with humidity levels steadily on the rise. One of the good reasons to visit Phuket in April is to witness the Songkran Festival, the Thai New Year, when people sprinkle water on each other!
Mid-May to October: Monsoon season in Phuket lasts from May to October. Average temperature during monsoons is 28 °C-29 °C. While the weather is at its humid best, the prices are at an all-time low, making this one of the cheapest seasons to plan a trip. Apart from being cost effective, it’s also a peaceful time to visit because it’s not as crowded as the high season. The wettest months are May, September and October, but it’s rare that the island would get continuous day
GETTING AROUND IN PHUKET
The Phuket International Airport is the second busiest airport of Thailand after the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. There are two terminals in the airport; Terminal 1 is used for international flights while Terminal 2 is used for domestic flights. The airport is well-connected to Bangkok with daily flights. There are also direct flights to India, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Germany, among other countries.
Buses to other regions of Thailand including Bangkok, Krabi, Phang Na and Surat Thani operate at the BKS terminal located just off Thanon Phang Nga in Phuket Town. Buses from the Southern Bus Terminal of Bangkok to Phuket are the most reliable and convenient way of travelling between the two cities and take up to 13 hours to reach Phuket. Both air-conditioned as well as non-air-conditioned buses are available at different prices.
Tuk Tuks in Phuket are not the iconic three-wheelers from Bangkok and other parts of the country.These are probably the most common form of public transport on the island, with dozens of them parked up waiting for customers outside all of the major attractions and resorts. Unfortunately, tuk tuks have also developed a reputation for being among the most expensive means of getting around Phuket,
Must See in Phuket
Phi Phi Island
The Phi Phi islands are some of the loveliest in Southeast Asia. Featuring classic tropical beaches, stunning rock formations and vivid turquoise waters teeming with colourful marine life, it is paradise perfected. Phi Phi is a group of six islands. The two main islands are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh.The rest of the islands in the group, including Bida Nok, Bida Noi, and Bamboo Island are not much more than large limestone rocks jutting out of the sea. The Islands are reachable by speedboats or long tail boat most often from Krabi Town or from various piers in phuket province. The larger and inhabited Phi Phi Don attracts hundreds of visitors to stay on its lovely shores while the smaller uninhabited Phi Phi Leh hosts stunningly beautiful bays and beaches, including the world-famous Maya Bay, which was the set where The Beach (with Leonardo Di Caprio) was filmed.
Phuket Fantasea Show
Phuket Fantasea is the new theme park complex that promises to be the ultimate night time entertainment venue on the island. Inspired by thailand rich & exotic heritage, Phuket Fantasea not only showcases the charm & beauty of Thailand, but also enriches ancient Thai tradition with the wonder of cutting edge technology. It offers an exciting assortment of carnival like games, cultural parades, street shows, handicraft demonstrations, Thai costume rental & photography, live performances, lots of shopping opportunities and the Palace Of Elephants. There is also a sea themed arcade called the Similan Adventure Center. Special mention to the award-winning Las Vegas style theatrical production. With trapeze artists, a cast of hundreds, performing elephants and other animals in an exciting storyline that blends tradition with fantasy, you’ll have a wonderful evening out here.
James Bond Island
James Bond Island & cruise the Phang Nga Bay is the second most popular activity in the region. It consists of numerous dramatic limestone cliffs rising sheer out of the water.The main attraction on this island is the standing-upright rock which led to the name "Tapu" or "nail" in Thai. It is perhaps considered as one of the most famous rock in Thailand!The famous filming location of 'The Man with the Golden Gun" in Phang Nga Bay, and canoe among the dramatic rock .Phang Nga Bay found its starring role in the James Bond movies starring Roger Moore as 007.Phang Nga Bay is best explored by small boat! but be prepared to get wet. The Muslim fishing village on the island Koh Panyee is another popular spot to visit.
Simon Cabaret Show
Experience the ultimate extravaganza at the Phuket Simon Cabaret Show. Simon cabaret show is one of the Thailand largest & most spectacular shows performed on a scale that would rival the shows of Las vegas.With its extravagant costumes and stage design, astounding sound and light and incredible performances by Thailand’s famous Katoeys or Ladyboys, Simon’s Cabaret is a spectacular display of colours, glitz and glamour. The Simon Cabaret is a show that runs the entire range of musical theatre from cultures around the world.The themed displays classical dance and songs. The most surprising fact of the show is that all the beautiful women that you see on the stage are actually not women but transvestites. So,an entertaining night not to be missed!
Who wouldn't want to play with a real life of tiger or maybe just a cuddle for a few minutes!This is the opportunity of a lifetime. Tiger Kingdom is located at the foot of Patong Hill and allows visitors an opportunity to get up close with Indochinese tigers of all ages and sizes. These animals have been raised since birth by a group of professional trainers. You can decide what size tiger you would like to visit in its cage, and get memorable pictures clicked by a professional photographer. It is a real treat to play especially with the baby tigers.This will be the best memory time in the Phuket.
Jane Bhatra Cruise
Cruise idyllic Phang Nga Bay in serenity and calm, away from the crowds.A unique and original discovery of Phang Nga Bay on board a traditional Chinese Junk. Lie back on deck cushions with a gentle sea breeze blowing under the sun canopy and let the experienced crew take care of the sailing. You'll sail through the amazing scenery of Phang Nga Bay, stretch your legs at a Sea Gypsy village perched over the water on stilts. Discover the wonders of Phang Nga Bay and its unique limestone formations sailing with the June Bahtra through the lush tropical archipelago of the south.Just enjoy a unforgettable trip to exotic destination.