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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.
Once a secret remote beach hard to access, Laem Singh is now almost a tourist attraction on itself, blame it on internet. Three rows of beach chairs, not less than six restaurants and bars, access stair as wide as a highway... it can accommodate a serious crowd on a sunny day. Parking is scarce and expensive (40 baht for a car) and if the stairs to go downhill are easy to walk down, you might be surprised how steep they are on the way up... or was it that Singha beer I had?
Phuket Walking Street Market
The Phuket Walking Street, or as the locals call it 'Lard Yai', is the latest and most popular attraction in Phuket Town. Opened since September 29, this new weekend street market had a rather wet start but success wasn't long to catch up, denoting a need for something new in this part of town.
Night markets are not new to Phuket Town, the original Phuket Weekend Market (Talad Tai Rod) located on the outskirt of town near Central Festival has always been very popular but what is on display there is quite different and less fun (think copy tee shirts and cheap jeans).
Bang Tao Beach
Bang Tao Beach (or Bangtao) is one of the longest beach in Phuket, half way between airport and Patong Beach on the west coast of the island, where all the beaches are. With its beautiful stretch of sand, Bangtao is always associated with the gigantic resort complex known as 'Laguna Phuket'. This area was one of the tin mines which made the fortune of Phuket few centuries ago, but was abandoned later and the land was consider worthless. Laguna Phuket managed to transform it in an very profitable award winning 'eco project' with international resorts such as Banyan Tree Resort, Dusit Thani Resort, Laguna Beach Resort and The Best Western Allamanda Resort, which is more of a serviced apartments.
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...
Probably the most obvious activity on a rainy day, for both men and women. I recommend to my friends not to book this activity in advance, keep it for that occasional rainy day! But if you stay in a Spa Resort, make a booking early if you think rain is here to stay. All the hotel guests will have the same idea! (read more)
Surin Beach is certainly popular for a good reason, with plenty of dining venues along a large beach blessed with a beautiful sand and an amazing clear blue water. Maybe it is already a bit too popular, with four of even five rows of beach chairs in some parts. But the quality of the water and sand still makes it one of the nicest beaches on the island. Swimming is great but jetskis can be a bit disturbing.
'Twinpalms Phuket' a trendy hotel nearby, opened the very popular 'Catch Beach Club', the only really fancy beach bar, restaurant and lounge anywhere on the island. Catch often feature good live music in a really cool atmosphere, but it comes with a serious price tag. Anywhere along the beach, you'll find cheaper places to sit and have a nice cold drink in the shade, so just follow your mood of the moment.
Loy Krathong in Phuket
Loy Krathong 2013 will be celebrated in Phuket on 17 November 2013. Vastly popular in Thailand and surrounding countries, Loy Krathong is an important yearly event and an occasion to celebrate. It occurs on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, which is November 17 this year. On this night, everyone goes to the closest river, lake or beach to release a floating offering hoping for luck in the year to come.
Loy Krathong is meant to thank and apologize the water goddess. Thanking her for using her water to grow the crops and support all life year round, and also a way to say sorry for making the water dirty.
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
Patong Beach is the pulsating heart of Phuket Island and what makes it popular to some, is often what other people complain about. It's big, it's bold, crowded, bright and loud, yet people flock there like flies on honey. If Bangkok is the Big Mango, then Patong is the Big Durian: you'll love it or you'll hate it...
The original success and popularity of Patong beach only rotates around two things: its amazing beach, and its worry-free wild nightlife. The rest? shopping, dining, and foot massage is just the cream on the cake. Just walk in Soi Bangla at night and you will understand: everyone is there: guys, couples and even families with kids. For most it's party zone, for others it's a curiosity to witness and to talk about once back home. Just look at the crowd staring at some sexy and very feminine ladyboys dancing on a street stage in very tiny outfit and you'll get the picture, literally. And don't forget to close your mouth.
|So you like small hidden beaches too? Who doesn't! Laem Ka Beach, in the very south of Phuket near Rawai is a little gem hidden from view, only the ones in the know might find it (and the ones reading Phuket101 of course). But you have to be a bit curious or adventurous to get something different and obviously some did their homework since I found about fifteen people lazying on sun loungers. |
Even the street leading to the beach is really hard to spot and the gate you will meet half way looks like some government property, but it is a public area and there is even a large parking.
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.
Similans consist of nine islands, but you will have time to visit two or three only. The first one is very well known for it landmark: some giant boulders piled on a hill overlooking a beautiful white beach. You'll arrive in the morning and will have just a bit of time to explore, maybe an hour... Climbing the boulders isn't too hard since steps and ladders were added. This will give you a nice bird view of the bay. Seeing the shadow of the boats floating above white sand will give you an idea of how clear water can be. Anyway there is not much more to see than the rock and the beach.
Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2013 Calendar
|In case you are coming to Phuket in October, here is a schedule of each day event, in which temple events will occur, when and where the famous processions will happen. Remember to bring a mask for the smoke and ear protections as the firecrackers sound will leave you deaf for a day.|
Read all about Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2013
Ya Nui Beach
Ya Nui beach is tiny but has the charms of a small bay, tucked in a cove between the Windmill Viewpoint and famous Promthep Cape in the very south of Phuket Island. Coming from Nai Harn Beach you would drive through, keeping your eyes on the curves, and miss it if it was not for the amount of cars parked alongside the road of this hollow.
Ya Nui beach is a popular though, so don't expect to find a deserted secret beach such as Banana Beach, in the north of Phuket. The water here is blue and rather tempting, except maybe in the northern part where a small stream reaches the sea, and sand is thin and powdery. You'll find a good number of beach chairs, the compulsory reggae bar and even a diving center operating right from the beach. Tiny thatch roofed restaurants serve all the usual Thai foods, nothing fancy, but you get to drink cold and eat with your feet in the sand, and this only is enough to stop for a break.
|Kata Viewpoint is a strange place: last time I took a photo of it, it was called 'Kata Viewpoint' and now they call it 'Karon Viewpoint'! If you know just a bit of Phuket geography, you'll realize how odd it is to rename it this way when in fact, it is far away from Karon Beach, and way past Kata Beach. Probably has to do with the Karon district or someone had too much time on his hands.|
Anyway Thai and residents continue to call it Kata Viewpoint and most never noticed the name change or the huge sign on the building anyway. Note that the Thai name in is Kho Sam Haad which means 'Hill of the Three Beaches'.So if it is your first trip to Phuket, you probably won't care and will stop few minutes at this popular and beautiful Kata viewpoint to admire the panorama from the top of the hill.