This terrible 2020 is over. We can already begin to hope that we will leave the pandemic behind and at some point in the future we will be able to travel in peace again. And when it's like that, how about Phuket?
Phuket is the pearl of thailand. The best if you want paradisiacal beaches, fun, relaxation and an international atmosphere. After the pandemic, luckily Phuket will still be there and will welcome us with really open arms.
It is a province of Thailand, located south from the country. It is also Thailand's largest island in the Andaman Sea. It has a great chinese influenceSo there are many Chinese shrines and restaurants everywhere. There is even a Chinese Vegetarian Festival held once a year, further celebrating the popularity of the local Chinese community.
Pghuket Island it has many beautiful beaches, including Karon, Kamala, Kata Noi, Patong or Mai Khao, and perhaps the best place to see the sunset in the world: Laerm Phromthep. But not everything is beaches around here, there are also lots of night life and historical routes that invite you to know their past.
So let's start with the Old Phuket, the old townGreat for exploring and getting to know the town and its people, the Thais, the Chinese, the Europeans and the Muslims who have chosen to live here. The architecture It is in many cases of Chinese - Portuguese style, on both sides of the streets, and they are so picturesque that some have been converted into museums or restaurants or shops or lodgings. Visit, for example, the Phuket Thai Hua Museum.
It is through the streets of the historic center that you can taste the local cuisine, take photos of the people living there and perceive the culture. If you are on a Sunday you can enjoy the street market, the Lat Yai, great to try all kinds of food.
Leaving Old Phuket outside the route heads south. Ko Racha has two islands, Ko Racha Noi and Ko Racha Yai. Both are excellent white sand beaches and crystal clear waters so ideal for diving. Ko Racha Yai is equipped with all the facilities, but Ko Racha Noi is the best for diving and in fact only professional busos are authorized as there are stingrays and white sharks.
On the other side is the small island of Ko Mai Thon, southeast of Phuket, only 15 km, with more beautiful beaches. Travelers with little time generally pass through here as it is reached quickly by boat. Another cool beach is Hat Patong. It is in a curvilinear bay with white sands and the possibility of practicing all tourist water sports. At the same time there is a small town around it, well equipped in any case with shops, a hospital, restaurants and hotels.
Hat Nai Yang is another beach, located in Sirinath National Park and with a beautiful pine garden. It is surrounded by coral reefs and there is a lot of marine life, especially sea turtles that come to spawn from November to February. This is also reached by car, by road, from Phuket, leaving the city of Thalang behind. On the other hand, Hat suron It is a small beach at the foot of a hill covered with pine trees that used to be a golf course for King Rama VII.
The beach is quite steep and in rainy weather the waves are very strong so you cannot swim. The beach is 24 kilometers from Phuket town. Another quiet and clean beach is Hat Laem Sing, with reefs and trees that provide shade. it is only 1 kilometer from Hat Surin, to the south. That is, with so many beaches in Phuket the main thing is to enjoy the sun, the sea and the activities on the coast: sailing, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, etc.
We talked at the beginning about one of the best places in the world to watch the sunset: Laem Phromthep. It is the southernmost point of the island, a cape, ideal for taking great photos. From the edge of the cliff you can see a line of palm trees that lean over the abyss, there are rocks in the sea and beyond it the island of Ko Kae Phitsadan appears. There is a lighthouse also, built in the Golden Jubilee of King Rama IX, and from there the view reaches 39 kilometers.
Another iconic Phuket site, visited by all tourists, is the Wat Chalong Temple, a historical temple reminiscent of the figure of a monk, Luangpho Chaem of Wat Chalong, a master of Vipassana meditation and traditional medicine. It was given an ecclesiastical rank by King Rama V and the items sold here, amulets, are believed to bring protection and good fortune. Another inevitable destination is the Phuket Big Buddha, on the hill, so imposing.
A good time to go to Phuket, if you like to party, it is go for Phuket Chinese New Year, right after the Chinese New Year. The objective of this second festival is to show the local life of the city and give tourists a great experience as many of the streets of the historic center are closed to cars and become pedestrianized.
There colorful parades, people dressed in traditional costumes, food demonstrations, food stalls everywhere and other activities. The last day is Prayer Day, an old local tradition.
Following the wave of events with many people in Phuket is the Phuket Fantasea Theme Park, a show dedicated to Thai culture. The best thing about this is a performance called Surprising Kamala, a combination of Thai arts and cultures with effect of sounds, lights and music and more than 10 elephants and other animals in a large stage. A buffet is served and there are souvenir shops as well. It opens every day except Thursday, from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm.
So far, the review of the beauties of Phuket, but before finishing we leave some tips for traveling to Phuket:
- . The beaches on the south coast are always the most populous, while those on the north are quieter and have fewer people. The party is in the south.
- . All the larger beaches (Kata, Karon, Nai Han, Patong, Nai Han, Nai Yang, Mai Khao), have facilities and equipment for diving, windsurfing and sailing.
- . Phuket is a pretty safe destination, even at night.
- . You can move around the city by tuk-tuk, there are taxis, buses, rental motorcycles and cars. The tuk-tuks here are not like the ones in Bangkok, but they have 4 wheels and are red or yellow. The buses, the Phuket Smart Bus, go from beach to beach, and from the airport, and are convenient. You buy a Rabbit Card upstairs or in a store and that's it.