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A perfect place to unwind yourself and soak in the sun, Ko Raya Island, a stunning coral island is located towards the south of Phuket. A considerably remote island with white-shiny beaches that is still untouched by the overwhelming tourists.The postcard perfect bays, shimmering beaches and the crystal clear blue waters further adorned with coconut palms are some added features that make this island a ‘Must-visit-place’ in Thailand.
Things to Do: Once you reach Ko Raya, get ready to unwind yourself as this treasure box offers an array of water adventures. Explore the beautiful aquatic life by participating in snorkeling adventure. You can also enthrall in Scuba diving as the rocky reefs make this place an idyllic destination for diving. Apart from these activities, well, you can easily relax and calm your strained muscles on the sandy beach.
Getting There:This hidden slice of paradise can be easily accessed via chartered boat from AoChalong and Rawai. If you wish to spend maximum time on the beach then prefer travelling via speedboat which will take you to this bounty of joy within 20-25 minutes.
The party capital of Asia, Patong is best known for its nightlife and an array of activities that it holds for the regular as well as first-time travelers to this place. Comprising of primary restaurants, nightclubs and various other tourists hot spot, Patong, has both good as well as notorious reasons that make this place a hit among tourists from all over the world. This mysterious place lights up as the night approaches, while Bangla Road is the hub of the night parties, the eastern part of the beach, on the other hand, is well known for its neon lights, hot streets, and erotic massage parlors.
Things to Do: There is no second opinion that majority of the crowd come to Phuket just for partying. However, if you are looking for some other entertainment sources apart from partying you ca head to the ever-so-famous massage parlors in the region. Adventure seekers can indulge in an array of water adventures available at the Paradise Beach and Kalim Beach.
Getting There: Patong is easily reachable via a bus that connects to Phuket town every 30 minutes. However, if you are coming by flight, you can opt for a taxi from Phuket International Airport which is just 35 km to the north of Patong
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Wat Chalong temple: Whether you’re religious or spiritual by nature, you have got to visit Phuket’s most important temple – The Wat Chalong Temple. The place is beautifully decorated with tiny shredded glasses pieces and pagodas. On special occasions, there are numerous country fairs that are hosted within the temples’ premises making it a very exciting atmosphere. Snack on the thai food and get lost in the interesting history that lies behind Phuket.
Watch the Simon Cabaret show: Think Phuket lacks entertaining activities? Well, you certainly haven’t visited the Simon Cabaret show then! It is probably one of the biggest transvestite carbaret that you will ever witness. The show features everything, all the way from musicals to fabulous costumes to different dances and more!
Watch the sunrise/sunset at the Phuket viewpoint: What better way to start or perhaps end a day? Check out Phuket’s numerous viewpoint atop a hill and get a bird’s eye view onto the city island. Experience magnificence at its best but do make sure you don’t miss this.
Government website: Books to read on Phuket City: Thailand, a travel guide, Lonely Planet Thailand.
Books to read on Phuket City:
Thailand, a travel guide, Lonely Planet Thailand.
Phuket as a tropical climate so for most time in a year the weather keeps fluctuating between being warm, cool and rainy.
Phuket is well connected to all parts of Thailand as well other countries. The Phuket international airport is considered to be the second busiest airport of Thailand.
Countries like India, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany and many more have regular direct flights to Phuket. Some regular airlines flying from India to Phuket are Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Jet Airways.
Regular buses to all parts of Thailand like Bangkok, Krabi, Phang Na and Surat Thani operate are available. These operate at the BKS terminal located just off Thanon Phang Nga in Phuket. Both, air-conditioned as well as non-air-conditioned buses are available at different prices.
There are no direct trains to Phuket. But you can always arrive at the nearest station and get a bus thereon. For example- You can board the Bangkok to Singapore train and get off at Phun Phin railway station which is another 5 hours by bus and is located in the Surat Thani Province of Thailand.
Being the largest island in Thailand there are a plenty of places to visit in Phuket. Let us take a look at some top places you must definitely visit on your trip to Phuket. These are all very beautiful and welcoming to tourists…
There are a number of things-to-do in Phuket for all its visitors. The largest island of Thailand has the best of food, entertainment, relaxation therapies, nightlife and everything you need on your holiday. Here are a few things you shouldn’t miss out trying while in the country-
With beautiful places come beautiful resorts. Your accommodation plays an important role in your trip as that’s where you tend to spend all your time relaxing. Here are some of the best resorts in Phuket that are a perfect blend of comfort, views, ambiance and hospitality. Check them out!
We have curated the best set of restaurants where locals of Phuket go to eat the authentic local food. It is a crazy ride for your taste buds and you are ought to enjoy these restaurants that are very simple and homely. A few of the best ones are-
Local commuting in Phuket is hassle free as you have a number of options to choose from as per your budget and convenience. Here are some modes of transport that local residents as well as tourists in Phuket usually use-
Songthaews are the most common mode of transport in Phuket. These are pick-up trucks with two wooden benches for seating on either side of van. Songthaews travel on almost all routes particularly from Phuket Town to all major beaches. However, they don’t go from one beach to another and don’t have any fixed stops. They pick and drop passengers as requested.
Tuk-tuks are small mini-vans that usually are coloured in red. You may also spot them in yellow. Since they don’t have meters you must make sure you negotiate on a price before getting on it. Or there is a fair possibility that you end up paying a lot more than you should.
These metered yellow and red taxis are a cheap mode of transport and are very dependable. However, there are very few of them so you might not be able to find one easily. You can ask your hotel for the number of a metered taxi. So if you do find one, take it because they are safer and more comfortable than tuk-tuks. You may need to bargain during peak tourist season.
Motorcycles are easily available on rent in the Patong area of Phuket. These rentals are quite reasonable and fares vary depending on the type of vehicle. Don’t forget to negotiate for discounts and do wear a helmet to avoid being fined 500 THB. Also, it is advised to check the condition of the bike before hiring it so that you don’t get charged for pre-existing damage.
If you plan on island hopping, you may like the idea of taking a long tail boat from one island to another. The cost should be about 500 THB per hour or 1,800 THB for a day. They’re not usually equipped with lifejackets so be careful if you are with children or non-swimmers.
Phuket is like the hub of shopping and literally has everything you would want to take back home. So here are some incredible shopping destinations where you can splurge all your money and not regret a bit!
Phuket has a beautiful coastline. The beaches are beautiful and well maintained. The waters are worth soaking in and the sunlight is apt for some sun bath and sun tanning. Here are some of the best beaches where you can enjoy all of this in Phuket-
Phuket is an ideal destination for water babies. It gives you immense opportunities to conquer all your fears and have the perfect adrenaline rush. For all those who find the waters alluring but cannot get a toe in it because they can’t swim, we have a good news... These amazing water sports in Phuket don’t even need to know swimming! So get ready and try them all!
There are a number of island from Phuket and most of them are not very far. But there are so many big and small ones that it will take an life to explore them all. Exactly why we have decided to help you with the best islands that are easy to travel to and worth exploring.These islands make up for a great day-out from Phuket. Check them out below!
Distance from Phi Phi Island to Phuket is 55 km and it takes nearly an entire day for your travelling.The best way to reach Phi Phi islands is to use a transport which is easily available at every hotel. There are regular ferries and speedboat that go to this island and are a fun ride. A Speed boat is 900 baht and takes only 50 minutes. On the other hand, you can book your ferry at Rassada Pier, in case that’s your choice.
Phuket to Krabi is one of the most commuted routes. You can board a ferry, bus, or taxi to reach Krabi from Phuket.
By Bus- You can get to Krabi bus station by public transport that have a fixed route.
By Ferry- The Phuket to Krabi ferry is a very exotic, fast way to get from one province to another and is overall a very fun ride.
By Taxi- You can use a taxi service for a convenient and private journey. It is advisable to book one in advance.
Krabi Island is a beautiful stretch of an exotic location. At no point do tourists feel boredom because there is so much you can do here. A few not to miss things are...
Imagine sun-drenched beaches, romantic sunset cruises, intimate and romantic restaurants and create memorable moments. That’s exactly how a honeymoon in Phuket feels like. And, to add to the love trip are a few very romantic destinations that make it all the more beautiful. Some of these places are…
With mostly an international crowd, Phuket has maintained a decent nightlife. There are many bars, clubs, ladyboy cabaret shows, discos and clubs, live bands and international DJs who manage to keep you entertained for the whole night. Most parts of Phuket have their own private party scenes and you can enquire about these with the locals. But, there are some places you can go to anyway to experience the best of Phuket nightlife.
If you are a water baby, you are going to love Phuket. Except for a number of beaches and watersports activities, Phuket has many water parks as well that let you have some chilled out time with your family and friends. Some of these are-
Temples in Phuket comprise of Watts and Shrines. Wats are among the most important symbols of Thailand, mainly because majority people in Thailand are Buddhist. Similarly, Chinese shrines also have a great importance in Thailand, and especially Phuket, due to the great Chinese community that migrated to Thailand through the centuries. Some of the best temples worth visiting in Phuket are…
Phuket invites adventure sports enthusiasts from all over the world for many activities. Some of which are….
Cruise rides are fun, especially when you are surrounded by clear blue waters. Cruising in Phuket is a similar experience that should be done at least once by every tourist. These cruise rides are of different types so you can take one according to your preference. The different types of cruise rides in Phuket are-
Phuket is the base for sailing in the stunning Andaman Sea. There might only be a few places on earth that compare to the Andaman Sea when it comes to sailing and Phuket is blessed to be its hub. Here’s where you can try your hand on sailing in Phuket..
Elephant trekkings in Phuket are very exciting rides. For many people, riding on the back of these giant creatures and exploring different parts is an exciting thing to do and is on their bucket list. You can also try this fun activity at any of the below places in Phuket-
Diving like any other watersports activity is very safe when practised with precautions and safety measures. Phuket is one of the best destinations in Thailand to have some of the best diving sites. Some of these sites are…
There really is nothing quite like a spa treatment and Phuket has dozens of independent spas and massage parlours for your rescue. Indulge in some self pampering at one of the below listed spa resorts in Phuket and we bet, you will have the best of time!
Some of the local and independent spas are-
Phuket has a few markets that only open after the heat of the day. These night markets have a special festival feel to them and are accompanied by street performances and music. These are absolutely fun to visit and attract tourists with the perfect lightings, food feasts, fancy clothes, souvenirs, etc to shop. If you plan to visit one, here are the best ones to choose from…
Traveller Tales from Phuket
22 September 2017
Our first honeymoon to Malaysia was not that great and we wanted a perfect customized package to somewhere else but in Asia itself. When we got Thailand honeymoon package from Thrillophilia, we did not expect it to be this amazing. But you guys made it an unforgettable one with a lot of activities incorporated into the six day package very beautifully. We have done Phi Phi Island tour, dinner cruise on the Chao Phrayo River, floating markets exploration and bridge on the River Kwai train journey, Phuket Island hopping, Phang Nga Cave Tour by kayaking and a lovely food tour which gave us the traditional tastes of Thai food items. We loved each of the sights we visited and every activity we have done was extremely enjoyable. It was a fantastic escape into the better form of nature than we used to see in our city in Mumbai.
22 September 2017
My honeymoon trip with my wife to Thailand was really the best. Very nice arrangements were made for us. It was just perfect when we entered our room at Phuket, it was very beautifully decorated. Phi Phi Island was great and so was our romantic cruise where we saw the sunset together with a glass of wine. Our ferry ride to Krabi was really great and we had so much fun when we enjoyed the hot springs. We did some island hopping and visited the famous Chicken Island, Tub Island, Poda Island, Pranang Island which was very beautiful. We also went for snorkelling and scuba diving. The ocean was beautiful, the colourful fish and the corals were really fantastic. Food and accommodation during our trip were really awesome. Thanks to the team for making our honeymoon trip such a special one.
22 September 2017
I booked Thailand for our honeymoon after one of my friends suggested me Thrillophilia. I wanted to go to Bali but my wife had Thailand in mind. Certainly, Thailand was the perfect stop for honeymoon days and both of us liked the way the island treated us with plenty of exciting sights. The first visuals of the island made us believe that it was going to be a nice trip altogether. Pattaya Tour and Coral Island Tour were offering us so much thrill. A cruise in Phuket was showing us the final rays of sun sinking into the turquoise blue water. Marvellous sights taken over the whole island. Great trip and I appreciate the service provided by the local travel agent in Thailand we got connected with.
22 September 2017
Couldn’t stop sharing such a wonderful experience with you guys. Such a perfect honeymoon trip it was, all was very nicely arranged. From our food to our stay it was awesome. The beaches were amazing and we did a lot of activities like scuba diving and snorkelling. Best of all was our sunset cruise from Phi Phi island. The day at Krabi was another great highlight of the trip, we went for the hot spring bath and enjoyed a dinner with the view of the sea.
22 September 2017
I have gone through a lot of reviews about honeymoon in Thailand and I think both me and my wife have the same experience to share. Thailand is a gem of Asia which stores heart-aching beauty of islands and a wonderful greenery. But what we have enjoyed the most was the Como Shambhala Spa which was a complete retreat from the problems of our mind and soul. It was rejuvenating.
22 September 2017
Thank you guys for customising the Thailand honeymoon package as per our need. Thanks to team for suggesting us lot of activities along with sightseeing. With snorkelling, island hopping, dinner cruise, helicopter ride, kayaking, waterfall trekking etc, the package gave us the best vacation time.
22 September 2017
Wow! What an incredible trip it was. Loved what they did with the arrangements, the package was very decent with all the things mentioned. Food was awesome and so were our rooms. Thailand was just fantastic with so beautiful spots and islands. Loved the romantic dinner with wifey while at Phi Phi island. She really loved the food and still talks about it. Everything was just perfect for us, only we had a little problem with the vehicle when we were coming from Phuket but our guide quickly arranged a good one for us. It was a trip to remember.
22 September 2017
We went to Thailand to celebrate our 5th anniversary and it was really great. Thailand was amazing with the beaches, sunset, activities and yes lots of good food. We went island hopping and went for a dive as both of us are good swimmers. Snorkelling was fun too. We saw the best attractions while we went to Tub island, Poda Island and Pranang Island. But the best part came when we went for that perfect candlelight dinner by the beach at Krabi, it was on special request. The hot spring bath and the sunset cruise was fun too.
22 September 2017
Wonderful trip. Was driven around the places by an awesome driver who knew Thailand, the island and history, we came to know a lot about the places. Island hopping was another great highlight from the trip. Beaches were lovely and we played beach volleyball, went for a dive and swim.
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