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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!|
2) The PeopleThe 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?
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 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 - 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...
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
Phuket Weekend Market
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 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
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.
Phuket Radar Hill Viewpoint
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.
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.