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Phuket Blog - 21 years of Phuket exploration in a photo blog for lazy readers and Phuket lovers, no ads, just real experience! Get a shortcut to all 35 beaches of Phuket, places you shouldn't miss, tons of travel tips and secrets, Thai food recommendation, naughty nightlife and all our Top 10 Everything Phuket! You can also enjoy our daily photos on our facebook and Twitter. Phuket 101 is pronounced "Pooket one-oh-one"

10 Reasons Why We Can't Leave Thailand

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What makes us come back to Thailand countless time? What made me settle in Thailand and Phuket some 21 years ago? We asked ourselves and asked our readers; the amount of answers were overwhelming... There are so many answers to this question, we had to pick the 10 most important. Of course there are some exception, some didn't like it, some had unfortunate experiences and not all people are good, but the vast majority are. So at the end of the day, why do people still come to Thailand? Because there are no other countries in the world offering the 10 things below... and a lot more!

1) The Beaches

Phuket is blessed with more than 35 amazing beaches and more islands than one could count in a lifetime. And that's for Phuket only! Trying to count all the dream beaches around Thailand would be impossible. White powder sandy beaches with turquoise blue waters lined by swaying palm trees don't only belong to postcards… there are real here, in Thailand. (Even if you are in Bangkok, you are just an hour away from paradise).  Read more...

2) The People

The first thing you notice when landing in Thailand is this strange habit Thai people have to smile at you for no particular reason. It's surprising at first but becomes quickly contagious. They are also surprisingly polite, prompt to share their food and very cheerful. After the tsunami I was amazed by their resilience in the face of such unimaginable events. They are friendly, tolerant, respectful and easy going… and isn't it nicer to live in a country where people are healthy, smiling and good looking?

Phuket Airport - Good To Know about Phuket International Airport

Phuket Airport

Phuket Airport

Note that Phuket airport is going through a major upgrade and will be completed by July 2015. Extensions look massive and hopefully will solve many of the current issues such as parking.

 Arriving at Phuket Airport - Everyone knows that the most stressful time for any traveler resides between the leaving home and arriving in a (satisfactory) hotel room. Everything in between is just a long list of things to worry about: taxi, luggage, lost passport, how far is the gate, why is the queue so long, etc. We can't predict everything, but at least we can give you few hints about Phuket International Airport.

Rawai Beach

Rawai Beach

Rawai Beach


Rawai Beach, located at the south end of Phuket island, is not a swimming beach but offers beautiful views on the many nearby islands in a peaceful local atmosphere. It's a great place to enjoy great seafood be the seaboard and a good starting point to do some island hopping.

When driving south, the left side of the main pier is known as the 'Gypsy Village', where long established fishermen in rather precarious houses make a living of fishing, boat chartering and selling shells. The right side of the bay is an anchorage for dozens of longtails boats and speedboats. And the far right side is often the starting point for good kite surfing when wind permits.

Kata Noi Beach

Kata Noi Beach

Kata Noi Beach


KataNoi BeachKata Noi Beach is a beautiful little bay if you want to be near Kata Beach action but stay away from the usual tourist herds. This nice wide strand of white sand has incredibly clear blue waters during the high season and fortunately, its 'out of the way' location kept it relatively quiet. Unless you know about it, you probably would miss it. Except the beach itself and two resorts, not much is going on around Kata Noi Beach, the usual tailor, convenience store, massage and few bars seem to be waiting for the hotel's guests.

Laem Singh Beach

Laem Singh Beach in Phuket

Laem Singh Beach

Laem Singh Beach - Weather is cloudy but you really wanted to go to the beach today... don't give up yet! Laem Singh Beach happens to look better in this weather. Beaches are always associated with blue sky, blue sea and sunshine, but Laem Singh has this beautiful tropical feel that goes well with any weather. It's like being in the Caribbean, a bit nostalgic, very green with palm trees leaning over the sand and you'll have the beach almost for yourself.

Baby Elephant Playing on the Beach: The real story behind the photos (and how I became anonymously famous)


Baby elephant playing on the beach : The real story behind it... 


"Stop everything and look at this baby elephant's first time on the beach"
How many times did you see such catch line?

4 things you should know about these photos:
  1. NO it's not the first time he sees the sea! The baby elephant actually comes here to play everyday
  2. In 90% of the cases I was not credited for it,  someone removed my name from my photos: Booooh!
  3. The photos were shot on Bangtao beach, Phuket Thailand.
  4. The baby elephant name is 'Lucky' and he must be 4 years old.
So how did it become viral:


It all happened on a casual lunch with friends  on Bangtao beach in Phuket. I saw a small elephant walking alone toward the water and I of course thought he would just stop there and wait. But no, once approaching the sea he just started to run faster and rammed into the waves like the kid he was! He came in and out several times; his mahout was casually waiting nearby, apparently used to the elephant's behaviour. The elephant suddenly did something really funny, totally unexpected: he put his head into the sand and pushed himself forward. I happened to carry a 28-300 mm lens on that day, giving me this interesting perspective... and the photo of a lifetime!

Top 10 Best Everything of Phuket

The Best of Phuket

So you are coming to Phuket and you are a lazy reader? No shame! Most people actually are! We travel quite a lot and we know how it feels like to go to a place you never visited before... where to start, what to see, what not to miss? As a matter of fact this also applies to places you visited many times: What should you do the second time, what did you miss the first time, what can you still do that you haven't done yet?

So we compiled here all our TOP 10s and divided them in five sections:
The Really Good Stuff, the Fun Stuff, the Useful Stuff, the Silly Stuff... and the Weird Stuff. There is a lot of research and work in each of them, so you won't have to! We hope you enjoy it and share it with your friends too!


The REALLY GOOD STUFF


10 Best Things to See in Phuket

If you are as lazy as I am, you don't want to read twenty pages to start your holidays somewhere. These are 10 of Phuket all time favorites, if you can fit some of them in your holidays, you will have great memories... Read more!
_ Things to Do in Phuket

Phuket Weekend Market (Talad Tairod)

Phuket Weekend Market in Phuket Town

Phuket Weekend Market

Phuket weekend Market
The Phuket Weekend Market is the name given by tourists to the immense Phuket night bazaar located near Central Festival in Phuket Town, and occasionally it's even called 'Phuket Chatuchak' by reference to the giant Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok. Thais just call it 'Talad Tairod’, which literally means 'Car Boot Sale'. Actually 'Chaofa Variety Market' seems to be the official name written on some signs. And big it sure is... crowded, hot, fun and overwhelming! You can walk for hours looking at this huge bric-a-brac that makes this kind of market fun, everything you don't need is here... and most of it is fake!

Dusit D2 Resort Phuket

Dusit D2 Resort Phuket


Dusit D2 Phuket is a great hotel with a great location if you can’t afford to be on the beach front but still want to be a walking distance from the beach and all what Patong has to offer. This rather large resort is only 200 meters from the sea and Dusit D2 really has a lot to offer to travellers  who want the best of everything without having to spend a fortune, and without having to drive!

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort


Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort is a great and yet affordable hotel located on Kata Noi, one of the most beautiful beaches in the south of Phuket. Built along a 450 meters sandy beach, this large but very well designed hotel can afford to offer a surprisingly large amount of rooms with real sea views.

The resort is divided in 2 wings: Katathani wing with mostly Seaview Junior Suites and just next to it, Kata Bhuri Wing without seaview but cheaper rooms and an immense pool.

Promthep Cape in Phuket - Phromptep Cape

Promthep Cape in Phuket

Promthep Cape

Promthep Cape at the southernmost point of Phuket island seems to be an absolutely irresistible spot for a good old-fashioned sunset photo. This landmark has always been the meeting point for a good hundred tourists, mostly Thai, to line up on the west facing coastline with cameras ready. Huge colorful buses download a horde of daily tourists hungry for a picture and the place starts buzzing with flash all directions. It's actually funny to see how many people take sunset photos with a flash!

Radar Hill Viewpoint

Phuket Radar Hill

Phuket Radar Hill Viewpoint

Radar Hill Phuket view point panorama is simply breathtaking. The island certainly has quite a few viewpoints but some less visible than others such as this one are actually the most impressive. This hard to reach Radar Hill viewpoint is located high above Patong Beach and is not frequently visited but once you are up there, you will barely see anyone but locals and you'll wonder why.

Phuket Fantasea

Phuket Fantasea

Phuket Fantasea

The Phuket Fantasea park is huge, colorful, bold and definitely crowded... More than 10 years after opening in Kamala Beach, Phuket Fantasea is still going strong, a giant melting pot of tourists of all nationalities, with one thing in common, they all came to see a dazzling stage performance narrating the Thai legend of Kamala, including a dozen of adult massive elephants.