Phuket, the island paradise!
Phuket is very different from the buzz you’ll find in Bangkok. It’s more of a serene-beautiful landscape that makes you want to turn into a photographer. Phuket means mountain in local language, it’s an amalgamation of 32 breath taking islands. Anciently famous for its rubber industry, now these rubber trees add up to the scenic beauty while the place now earns mostly through tourism.
Patong is the most popular area in Phuket. While the streets are lined with bars, eating joints and shops that sell everything from swim suits to souvenirs—Patong beach is full of options. It is as well famous for street food which lights up the markets, servings like hot pancakes, food noodles, scrumptious rice, mango pudding, barbeque fish, ice cream and a lot of other items that will make your mouth water. Most of Phuket’s nightlife and its shopping is in Patong, which has become increasingly developed.
One can visit the boats to sway along the waters to the James bond Island. It’s a two hour trip along the mesmerising islands. After the trip you can feast on various vegetarian options as well and the best part about it being feasting with travellers from all across the globe. After gobbling on amazing food another thing to enjoy in Phuket is a walk along Patong beach trying water sports. Para-Sailing to Jet Ski, you’ll get something or the other to match your taste, but be sure to negotiate for the right price.
You’ll like walking through Bangla Street, as it’s an experience one will never get in India.
Phuket’s temple, Chalong is not a miss either. The calm here will make you feel fresh, completely off the busy world. In order to see the town at a glance do visit the Kata view point. The old Phuket town is an architectural delight and the Big Buddha is definitely worth experiencing during your Phuket trip. Venture into Phuket Old Town, a former South-east Asia tin trading hub and the island’s cultural centre. Its Sino-Portuguese architecture is currently being restored and spruced up – the droopy webs of telephone wires are being moved underground and designers, artists and baristas are making themselves at home amid the traditional shop-houses, temples and barbers that line the streets. If lying on a four-poster day bed on an intravenous drip of cocktails loses its polish however, there are plenty of quieter escapes. Head north to the Khoa Sok National Park and you can partake in the full jungle experience, complete with elephants, lazy rivers and treehouse lodgings.
You’ll like walking through Bangla Street, as it’s an experience one will never get in India. It is the only buzzing spot in Phuket. During the day, it is full of tourists eating and drinking at the various bars and restaurants on both sides of the street. Best of resorts to be in while enjoying Phuket are:
Sea Sun Sand Resort & Spa, Devana Patong Resort & Spa, Chanalai Garden Resort at Kata beach and Baan Laimai Beach Resort all of which come under a budget of 7k to 9k INR. Alongside resorts, the best restaurants to munch in are: For fine dining, one can visit Sam Steaks & Grill and Sizzle Rooftop Restaurant, for local cuisine visit Pad Thai shop and Red Duck restaurant and for Indian cuisine one must visit, Tandoori flames and Curry Night restaurant.
The best time being November to February there is a lot to wonder around in Phuket, the experience will make you feel the younger you as Thailand promises. With so many things to look out for in Phuket, renting a car or bike is best. Swim safe, avoid sun burns and hone your negotiation skills for a pleasant stay in Phuket.