Holidays in Phuket: what do I have to know
There is more than one reason why so many travellers are drawn to the idea of treating themselves to a trip to Phuket. As the star of Thailand, the island is bordered by the Andaman Sea and is filled with verdant scenery. It has a rich heritage that will delight lovers of history and culture. It also offers a wide range of entertainment and party facilities. From its capital Phuket Town to the rest of its land, find out everything you need to do and know to make the most of your holidays in Phuket.
What to do in Phuket Town
While the beaches are the stars of the island, the capital Phuket Town is also worth a visit. Founded just over a century ago by Chinese and Malay traders, it is ready to surprise and charm you on your stay in Phuket. Start with its heritage in which various influences can be found. The Chinese colonial buildings, also known as Sino-Portuguese, are a reminder of the city's past. These shophouses were generally renovated to house cafes, restaurants, and hotel shops. Step into this historic centre to soak up its atmosphere and admire its buildings.
- Karon Beach is the third longest beach on the island. Considered Patong's "little sister", it also has a lively nightlife, all you need to indulge in a shopping spree and a moment of relaxation during the day.
- The beach at Mai Khao is the longest in the island. You can relax on its 11 kilometers long beach where there is little to no nightlife. There are also cheaper accommodations available here than on other beaches in the area.
What are the excursions to do in Phuket ?
From its land and those around it, Phuket offers many excursions. Check out the two must-see tours we have selected as well as the other Andaman Sea areas we invite you to explore if only for a day.
The Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
The Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is Phuket’s first elephant sanctuary. It is a residence built to accommodate working and retired elephants. It is set in ten acres of lush tropical jungle. Here you will be able to watch the children re-integrate into the forest life after years of abuse.
The Big Buddha of Phuket
Inescapable, the Big Buddha of Phuket can be seen from everywhere in the southern part of Phuket. This is due not only to its 45 meters height but also to its location on a mountain between Kata and Chalong. When you arrive here, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of three large bays: Chalong, Phang Nga and Kata. You can also visit the museum that traces the history of the Great Buddha. You will discover that a smaller golden brass Buddha can be found at its sides.
Located in the province of Krabi, Koh Lanta is an archipelago known for its diving sites and white sand beaches. Composed of multiple islands, the main ones are Koh Lanta Noi (the small Lanta island) and Koh Lanta Yai (the large Lanta island). The larger one is six kilometres wide and has nine beautiful sandy beaches and lush green landscapes. The culture on this archipelago is a mixture of Buddhist, Thai, Chinese and Muslim influences. The majority of the population is Muslim and all inhabitants live in perfect harmony, respecting each other. You will be able to attend Buddhist, Thai, Chinese and Muslim ceremonies without any worries. Finally, note that the dialect spoken here is Southern Thai and is slightly different from other Thai dialects.
Phi Phi Islands
Located between Phuket and the mainland, the Phi Phi Islands are known for a variety of reasons. The most popular of these is Koh Phi Phi Don. It attracts people for its scuba diving, its beautiful sandy beaches, and because it was made famous by the film The Beach, which was shot here. Thus, the lovers of the sea will be able to discover an incredible aquatic fauna. You can also take a walk through the village of Tonsa. There you will find a memorial to the victims of the 2006 tsunami. Also, don't miss the smallest island of Phi Phi Leh. Finally, note that travel here is exclusively by boat, so there is no need to look for roads.
When to go?
Before you ask yourself when to leave for Phuket, you need to know what motivates your getaway there. Although it is warm all year round (temperatures average around 30 degrees Celsius), there is a rainy season and a dry season. Each of these has its advantages and disadvantages, which we will cover right away.
If you want to enjoy the beautiful beaches of the island for surfing, the rainy season is ideal. The rainy season lasts from May to October and creates a swell that is ideal for surfing. This season also allows you to take advantage of much lower prices offered by hotels. You will also be able to participate in events such as the October wine festival and enjoy the sunshine between the torrential rains. high season, prices rise very quickly. So it is advisable to book your accommodation well in advance. The same goes for your flight ticket. It is also during this period that you will be able to go diving in Phuket in the best conditions. The clear waters will allow you to observe the seabed without worrying and the warm waters to dive without a wetsuit.
And if you want to enjoy the omnipresent sunshine without thinking too much, the solution is to go during the intermediate season, i.e. during November or mid-January & March. Although it is still crowded, prices are lower and the sea is not too rough.
What to eat in Phuket
Thai gastronomy is recognised worldwide as one of the best. Finesse and variety are the key words. Malaysian and Indonesian inspirations can be found in this gastronomy because of the populations that migrated to the island. This re-interpretation in the Thai way gives rise to tasty, spicy dishes.
Among the most famous specialities are:
- The unmissable Pad Thai fried rice noodles
- The Roti Má tà ba, a kind of crêpes or pancakes with curry or concentrated milk. The yellow fried noodles, which are not very spicy and differ from the Pad Thai in the noodles used.
You can enjoy all of these dishes at your choice of a street food restaurant or a gourmet restaurant. In Phuket, it's not uncommon to see the woks waving in the street and people enjoying their food as they walk around. And if you're vegetarian, don't worry. There is almost always a meat-free option offered in restaurants. In fact, there are so many people on the diet that there is even a meatless festival. It takes place every year in the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar and lasts nine days and nights. During this festival, participants eat vegetarian food in order to purify themselves. A great experience to live!
Where to stay in Phuket?
When booking your trip through VeryChic private sales, you will have the choice of several types of accommodation. Check out this overview of the most common options and get an idea of what you might be looking for:
- A hotel in Phuket in All Inclusive or half board at Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort
- A villa with private pool at Banyan Tree Phuket *****
- A room with a stunning sea view like at My Beach Resort Phuket or at Novotel Phuket
- A hotel in Phuket with many fun activities at the Akyra Beach Club *****
- Have the choice of great pools and a private beach at Cape Panwa Hotel *****
- Be surrounded by lush gardens like at the Novotel Phuket Resort **** or the Banyan Tree Phuket
- Enjoy a typical Phuket massage at the Amatara Wellness Resort *****
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