Phuket – ภูเก็ต
The biggest island in Thailand is a mix of city and sea, the perfect combination for those who want chill at the beach without open hands of the big city buzz.
Plenty of attractions for all tastes and with relaxing mood and great view there’s much to love about the island.
But first, let’s make sure you gonna get there:
Bangkok to Phuket
If your plane goes directly to Phuket you can skip to the next tip.
But if you’re in Bangkok, here the ways you can get to Phuket:
1) Compared to another countries it’s really cheap to travel by plane in Thailand, sometimes cheaper than by bus.Knowing that, be sure to check online before make your decision.
Usually the cheapest flights are held by Airasia (www.airasia.com/th/en/home.page) with lower rates then other transportations and much quicker.On the other hand, if you got a lot of baggage, their excess rate is way overpriced.
In that case you may choose another company.
For addresses and information about Bangkok airports click here.
2)Not a flying kind of person?You still can get VIP buses that are really comfortable 24 seat coach.
The buses are clean and they stop for one free meal in the way, the seat lower pretty well and you have a place to put your feet either.
A free box with some snacks and water similar to plane kits are available.
Be sure to buy the VIP 24 seat bus, we’ve heard of people who had been misleading to buy the wrong ticket for the VIP price.
It’s a long 12 hours trip and you want to make sure to be comfortable so double-check your ticket information to don’t get your trip started tired and angry.
I advise you to buy it directly from the bus station, there are buses departing along the day.
Buses leave from Southern Bus Terminal and also from Khao San Road(less recommended).
Tip: Bring earplugs and sleep mask to an even more comfy trip.
Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) – สถานีขนส่งสายใต้ใหม่ตลิ่งชัน
Address: Borommaratchachonnani Road, Chim Phli, Taling Chan, Bangkok
Address in Thai: ที่อยู่: ถนน บรมราชชนนี แขวง ฉิมพลี เขต ตลิ่งชัน กรุงเทพมหานคร
Best way to get there is by taxi.
We’ve done the two ways, plane and bus, ourselves and they both went well with no complaints to be added.
From Phuket International Airport To The City
There are two ways you can get to your hotel, the best one depends on how many people you have with you.
Outside of the airport vans and taxis will be waiting for passengers, if you are in a group the van will be the right choice for you, otherwise taxi it is.
Our taxi ride (with meter) from the airport to the hotel cost us the same as the flight ticket from Bangkok to Phuket, it was a long way but the rates are surely higher than other cities.
Tip: Official airport website: www.phuketairportthai.com
Phuket Must See/Do Attractions
พระพุทธมิ่งมงคลเอกนาคาคีรี (Phra Phutta Ming Mongkol Akenakiri Or Ming Mongkol Buddha)
Up in a hill watching the city, sits vibrant Big Buddha.One of the must-see places in Phuket with special energy, great city view and a fun ride exploring the place up to the temple.
After spend the day at the beach we enjoyed the beautiful sunset at the temple, definitely a right choice.=]
The entrance is free and it opens from 6:00am-7:00pm.
Tip: Wearing appropriated clothing is advisable.For girls, a great tip is using your sarong as a dress to cover up a bit more from your beach attire.
Address: Nagakerd Hill,Yot Sane 1, Chaofa Road ( West ), Chalong, Phuket
Address In Thai: ที่อยู่: บนยอดเขา นาค, Yot Sane 1, ตำบล กะรน อำเภอเมืองภูเก็ต ภูเก็ต
If you’re going by yourself getting a city map is greatly advisable and will make your life much easier.The way up is simple, the street is good and has enough signs.
Parasailing, jet skiing, banana boating, kayaking, kitesurfing, sea walking, artificial surfing, snorkeling, diving and underwater scooter are some of the wet fun in Phuket.
The main beaches such as Karon and Patong have parasailing, jet skiing, banana boating and such being offered around, just keep an eye at the water or sky and you will see the activities going on, just walk towards the action and you will find them.
Snorkeling, diving, and underwater scooter trips can be easily arranged at tour booths around the city or even at your hotel front desk.At Coral Island tour, for example, you can do sea walk (check how it looks like here: www.coralislandclub.com/seawalker.php).
Artificial surf can be found right in front Kata beach at Surf House bar.
My favorite was parasailing at Patong beach and Diego’s fave the artificial surf.😄
The famous ladyboy cabaret show arouses curiosity and promise to impress the public.
One of the most popular is “Simon Cabaret”- ไซม่อน คาบาเรต์ ( www.simonstarshow.com ) with daily presentations.
At the front sea street and also distributed around the city you can find booths selling tours.At most of the hotels, they sell too.
They have many options, we personally highly indicate Coral Island tour and if you are not staying in Phi Phi and/or Similan Islands during your visit these are places not to be missed.
Diving tours and schools are plenty on the island.We personally can’t recommend one as we didn’t dive in Phuket, but we heard of many good experiences.
Sharks, turtles and giant fishes are seen frequently at diving spots around.
Tip: Just make sure to read reviews on the internet before booking a tour.
Relaxing is an important part of any vacation and massage just fits perfect with it.Trying traditional Thai massage is a must, don’t leave without it.
After walking around the street markets and stores a foot massage is all you need to complete your day.
Closing every day with this tranquilizing therapy is part of the experience.Tell me, oil massage facing the sea with the sound of the waves isn’t a dream?!
Hummmm, the food!Part of the Thai experience is delighting yourself with local dishes.
Yummy Thai food and its mix of flavors open your sense.
Forget about comfort food and discover a new taste everyday!
Want some adventure out of the ocean? Zip line tours are provided by few companies, giving the opportunity to explore beyond the sea.
I and Diego rented a moto to better explore the place.
Another options are renting a car or simply taking a taxi or songthaew(vehicle larger than a tuk tuk).
Taxis are overpriced, if you don’t plan on spending much on transportation renting a vehicle is a great choice.
Motorbikes and cars can be rented by leaving your passport or a money deposit with the rental store for decent prices.
Tip: Remember, don’t drink and drive.
Why NOT to choose entertainment with animals in captivity
Before going to my vacations my friends indicated me swimming with elephants as a top thing to do in Thailand.
When I first saw an elephant in Phuket I was astonished, I picked my phone and started to record, I bought bananas and fed them.I just couldn’t wait to touch those beauties.
Then someone came for a ride and the way the workers treated them was too harsh for me, I said to myself, you gonna find a place where they are well treated and do it, not here!
I ended up finding such place in Koh Lanta, I can’t lie, I loved it! It was for me a moment of total joy. But I couldn’t stop to remember afterwards how it may feel for the elephants.How many time they had to “have fun” with the tourists?Some of the beautiful moves they did, how did they learn it?Some of the scars they had, was it an accident?Were they taken from their families?Why should they be forced to work for me?
I truly believe most of the people go to the tours without really reflecting about this issues, without knowledge about the animals situation.I was one of them.
After researching the matter I was completely ashamed of being part of the suffering these lives were submitted to.I promised myself I would never cooperate with this cruelty acts again and I would love to help spread the message.
We all grow up in a world where animal rights didn’t count as they should, but we can re-educate ourselves and make the difference now.
This counts not only for elephants but for everything involving animals.Don’t try to fool yourself with excuses, they are not toys, they are not ours.
“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures.” Albert Einstein
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Have you been to Phuket?If not, do you feel like adding it to your bucket list now?Let us know in the comments below!💜