Phuket is a popular place to visit in Thailand. But I have also found that Phuket is often misunderstood. When I tell some of my friends that I am planning a trip to Phuket, I’d receive mixed reactions ranging from “lucky!” to “Why would you go there?”
Like anywhere in this world, Phuket is not for everyone, but at the same time, it has something for everyone. Want to avoid the party scene? No problem. Don’t want to haggle while shopping? No worries. The island of Phuket is so much more than Patong Beach. In fact, the island itself is so big that there is plenty to do and see, plus there are many hidden gems.
You see, Phuket is beautiful. It is an island surrounded by beautiful turquoise colored water and filled with lush green nature, with a culture and a Sino-Portugese history. Best of all, Phuket can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be.
Here are my top 10 reasons why you should visit Phuket.
Because… Phuket has Many Beautiful Beaches
Long stretches of white sandy beach with turquoise blue water – that is what you’ll get in Phuket…and there are many to choose from. I believe that some of the more beautiful beaches can be found in the northern part of Phuket, from Surin Beach onwards. I say this because I find them to be less crowded, the beaches clean and the waters so enticing to swim in.
Because… Phuket is a Haven for Sailing
With its calmer waters, the Andaman Sea that surrounds Phuket island is the perfect spot for sailing. Whether you are just learning or are already a pro, there is something for everyone here. If you are planning to learn how to sail, then Phuket is an excellent spot to learn. It’s affordable, and there are plenty of excellent companies (such as Sunsail) to put your skills to the test.
And if you don’t want to do any work, fear not – you can join a sailing tour. There are various packages available, but I recommend sailing for at least 3 nights so that you can explore the beautiful islands that surround. You can read all about my experience here.
Because… Phuket has many Islands to Explore
There are so many islands that surround Phuket – some more well known, and some hidden gems that you’ll get to explore on a sailing trip. And it’s easy to explore, because there are many tours offering day trips out to the islands. If you want a more intimate trip to explore the islands, then I recommend doing a few night sailing trip.
Because… There are many options for Snorkelling & Diving
Whatever level you are in the realm of snorkelling and diving, there are options all around Phuket. It is beautiful and worth exploring the diversity of life that exists in the water that surrounds Phuket.
Many tours offer day trips out to the islands, which usually will include a few hours of snorkelling. If Diving is more your scene, there are numerous diving centres around the islands to book diving trips.
Because… Thai food is delicious
Ahhhh Thai food, it is one of my favourite cuisines, and there are plenty of options for good Thai food all around the island at every price point… from cheap street food to fine dining options. Just take your pick! And if Thai food is not your thing, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes offering a more international cuisine.
Because…. Phuket has a beautiful Sino-Portugese History
The old part of Phuket Town is filled with a rich Sino-Portugese history. Just stroll along Thalang Road, Krabi Road and Dibuk Road to see some beautiful architecture in the buildings and shop houses. Many are so well maintained and are rich in colour. There are also plenty of lovely restaurants and cafes to Nyonya style Thai food.
Because… A day at the spa is affordable
It is possible to get a good 60 minutes Thai massage starting at 500 THB (A$20). Spa treatments around Phuket can range in price from low to high, depending on what you are looking for.
If you want all the bells and whistles, there are some amazing spas that will blow your mind. Just check out the Cool Spa at Sri Panwa or The Spa at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa at Karon Beach.
If you are looking for a good spa on the cheaper side, then there is that too. Check out Thai Carnation or Namaste Massage, both in Laguna.
Because… There are plenty of spots to watch the Beautiful Sunset
One of my favorite things to do when I visit any place is to watch the sunset. It is a relaxing way to reflect on the day that you have just had and peacefull watch the day turn into night. There are so many vantage points along the west coast of Phuket to catch the sunset, including the many stretches of beach along the coast line. If you love watching the sunset, then a must do is sunset drinks at Baba Nest.
Because…. You can experience top notch Resort & Villa Living
Ahhhh you know what one of my favorite things to do is while on a tropical holiday? Staying at a beautiful resort or villa. And there are plenty of options all around Phuket for top notch resorts and villas, which provide a real bang for your buck for what you get.
Don’t believe me? Check out some of my experiences:
Mövenpick Resort & Spa in Karon Beach
Ayara Kamala Resort & Spa
Sri Panwa Resort at Cape Panwa
Because… Phuket has some stunning views
Phuket is an island filled with many hills. This means several vantage points around the island, which lets you soak in stunning views of the Andaman Sea and surrounding islands.
So dear readers, have you been to Phuket before? If so, what did you like most about it?
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