Phuket might be the second smallest province in Thailand, but it sure does pack a punch when it comes to its adventure factor.
Internationally known as a haven of unquestionably priceless beaches, the province’s attractive features are not limited to the beauty of its coasts. It’s people who have grown accustomed to warmly serving visitors and is a strong part of the province’s reputation. Just around every corner in the urban districts, you will encounter the bustle of society, and on the outskirts of the beaches are places where tranquility can be attained. It’s not only that, with their own rich cultural and historical structures and landmarks, Phuket is definitely a must-visit.
Activities in Phuket are numerous, and all are equally satisfying; well, it depends on your fancy after all. Of course, first on that list are the golden coastlines graced by crystal clear waves – especially on Phi Phi Island. After enjoying some fun splashes, you can embark on an island-hopping adventure or take a hike towards the elevated areas of the place and enjoy nature at its finest. Tired of beaches? You can bask in the liveliness of the inland areas like the rowdy markets or immerse yourself in Thai culture in the temples and the Big Buddha. You can also enjoy the magnificent elephants at the elephant sanctuaries around the city. Come night time, the fun doesn’t end. With ladyboy cabaret shows, seaside shows, active night markets, and the Bangla Road’s nighttime establishments, you are guaranteed full 24-hours of enjoyment.
Phuket has an airport that caters to international flights, so flying into the city is easy. The airport is located at the northern part of the island where there are no tourist destinations. So, you still need to grab a ride with a taxi, shared minibus, or the airport bus to arrive at the city or your desired location. Do note that the airport is small and during peak seasons and immigration queues are very long – so keep that in mind and bring with you a lot of patience.
The island’s tourism industry has been well-established since it started gaining traction in the international scene. This stability brought forth business establishments on the island. Currently, tourists have easy access to financial services in every corner of the island, especially in tourist areas. Most established hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, and shopping districts also honour card transactions. But it would still be best to have cash on hand at all times.
The best months to visit Phuket is from November to April, with January as the busiest month, which will decrease as every month pass. This is because these months are considered the dry season – with clear skies and manageable temperatures. As March approaches, temperatures rise. which might become bothersome for some, but this is still considered summertime. The rainy season starts in May and runs until the end of October. September is considered as the month with the most rain. The good thing about the rainy months is that prices during this time are low and affordable compared to the peak, dry months.
Tourists demand an abundance of transportation options – which is prevalent in Phuket. For short trips, tuk-tuks are the best pick. Long trips around the island can be done at a cheap price with songtaews (open-air buses). For an adventurous travel experience, you can opt to get a motorbike taxi or rent a motorbike of your own. Lastly, for the highest degree of comfort and service, you can take a ride or rent the services of a taxi or a GrabTaxi.
Phuket cuisine means lots of seafood – shrimps, prawns, crabs, lobsters, fish, and a whole lot more. These main ingredients are accompanied by abundant amounts of healthy vegetables, fried or steamed noodles, and other delicious condiments. The curry sauces are rich and mouth-watering, while soup dishes are heavy like a whole meal. Flavours are dominated by two qualities: spice especially the scorching effect of chilli and the creamy richness of coconut milk perfectly unnoticeable until tasted. Lastly, Phuket’s chefs and cooks have taken into account the different food preferences of their guests – offering both vegetarian and meat versions of most dishes. Fast food establishments have become common in Phuket, so if you want that good ‘ol taste of hamburger – go to Burger King or McDonald’s. The market is also brimming with fresh fruits that you can enjoy, so don’t hesitate to look around.
Phuket truly is an amazing place – its sheer amount of fun cannot be restricted by its small territory. With surprises that encompasses nature, culture, and cuisine, Phuket is one of Thailand’s shining tourism success standard.