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Freedom Beach is an anomaly on Phuket island. It is one of the prettiest beach with incredibly soft white sand and blinding clear blue waters. It is just few minutes away from Patong Beach, the most populated beach in Phuket and yet, it is surprisingly peaceful and quiet… so what is Freedom Beach secret?
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 Similan Islands are clear blue diamonds in the Andaman Sea... You don't even need to be a good photographer to get some striking photos. Ideally, you should go for a two days trip to make the best of it... it's far and can be tiring to reach by speedboat, plus you'll have the best beach almost for yourself in the morning. Better pick one of these tours that will take you around for some snorkeling, then drop you on the main island where restaurant and accommodation are available. I wouldn't go for the cheapest unless you are on strict budget, you don't want to travel like a sardine in a can. Of course, if you are a diver, you'll have dozens of dive centers offering this destination as a daytrip from Khaolak or even from Phuket as a liveaboard cruise.
Phuket Weekend Market is the name given by tourists to this overgrown Phuket night bazaar located near Central Festival, and occasionally even 'Phuket Chatuchak' by reference to the giant Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok. Thais call it 'Talad Tairod’, which literally means 'Car Boot Sale' but '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!
Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014 (Nine Emperor Gods Festival) from September 23rd to October 3rd 2014
Phuket Vegetarian Festival
The Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014 (or Nine Emperor Gods Festival) is held between September 23rd to October 3rd. This festival happens once a year during the ninth lunar month and is one of the most auspicious events on the island. Crowds of devotes assemble in all the Chinese shrines on the island, followed by a horde of photographs avid to get the photo of their life.
What to do on a rainy day in PhuketIt's not all gloom in Phuket when it rains... as any tropical countries you still can expect some good sunny days in rainy season, but better be prepared if it lasts. Here is my little list of suggestions... maybe you should print it and keep it somewhere in your bags! Note that you will need a car to do some of these...
Best Hotels in Phuket
Here is our list of the best hotels in Phuket. We personally tried, paid and enjoyed all these resorts and would recommend any without hesitation. Staying at a hotel is fully part of your holiday, so it should be an experience and a memory in itself, a memory you will bring back home as much as the beach or the food. These hotels might not appear cheap but all have personality and all were a great experience. The hotels below are not the only ones we tried of course, we sure did try a lot, but we started with the fourteen resorts we liked most and sorted them by alphabetical order... for now :)
Phuket Fantasea is big, bright, bold and crowded... Ten years after opening in Kamala Beach, it is still going strong, a giant melting pot of tourists of all nationalities, where the least spoken languages are probably English and Thai. But all have one thing in common, they all came to see a dazzling stage performance narrating the legend of Kamala, starring a dozen of adult elephants.
|Things to do in Phuket - If you are as lazy as I am, you don't want to read twenty pages to start your holidays somewhere. I don't enjoy reading endless prose to extract the facts I really need to know. That's why you'll find so many Top 10s on my blog. So these are 12 of Phuket all time favorites, if you can fit some of them in your holidays, you will have great memories.. You might only memorize some, and once on the island you will change your plan according to your own mood. I never plan much in advance. Reading about a place you never saw is like trying to imagine the taste of a dish you never even saw before.|
Phuket Big Buddha
Phuket Big Buddha, a 45 meter tall white marble statue, is visible from anywhere in the southern part of Phuket. It might not be my favourite attraction on the island, but the views from up there are definitely breathtaking. When reaching the top of the hill you will find a large parking and a road leading to a construction where people can donate, buy amulets and where occasional ceremonies are held. This place also serves as a museum narrating the history of the Big Buddha. You'll have to walk through this building to access the stairs climbing to the Big Buddha.
Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon is a superb new resort located on the still peaceful Naithon beach, a surprisingly beautiful beach away from any main road on the upper west coast of Phuket. The hotel is far from the usual crowds but not isolated and near a less known local life, making it an interesting starting point to enjoy what Phuket has to offer if you are not a party goer.
Things to Do in Phuket with Kids
Phuket is a great tropical destination for families. Yes it is! Obviously there is the beach and the sea, but that would be a waste not to add a bit of activities to your stay. These activities are great to enjoy as family, and your kids will love finally sharing some fun and good time with you!
Note that this is fun for boys or girl, but I might refer as 'he' or 'him' to keep it easier to read. And of course I know there is a lot more you can do, these are just some popular suggestions to have unforgettable time with the whole family! All these tours can be organized easily from your hotel. Prices are just an indication to help you planning.
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