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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...
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
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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The Kee Resort is probably one of the best located hotel in Patong Beach if you prefer to be in the very heart of the action. Its unique location at the end of Soi Seadragon makes if the perfect place for guests who plan to party but also enjoy well designed hotels equipped with all the facilities you can expect from a 4 star hotel with a good and very friendly service.
With 244 rooms and 6 room types, The Kee Resort is quite large but designed in a smart compact way with a modern style. The pool is clearly addressing to the young generation with an massive pool bar playing club music all day and very skilled bar tenders. Next to the pool is a superb spa with many beautiful private rooms and outdoor Jacuzzi, the perfect way to cure a hangover.
Phuket Trickeye Museum is a great new place to take your kids or your girlfriend/boyfriend a for a couple of hours of silly fun. Some of you might be familiar with the concept of Trickeye Museum, also called 3D museum, as similar attraction has been hugely popular first in Pattaya, then in Chiang Mai and lately in Bangkok. The Trickeye Museum in Phuket is actually not related the those 3 listed above.
Maikhao Dream Villa Resort is one of the most amazing hotel I had the chance to experience in my 20 years in Thailand, and I did stay at countless five star properties so I don't consider myself easy to impress. Maikhao Dream is not a resort for everyone. It is in the north part of the island where the beach is all yours, it is very exclusive which makes it rather expensive and it comes only with 2 or 3 bedroom villas. This is the perfect hideaway for a group of friends or 3 couples who want to travel together and share their holiday in style.
Maikhao Dream Villa Resort consists of 22 exclusive pool villas, each of them so huge I probably kept my mouth open for a while when I walked in. The first thing I did once my butler had shown me around, was to walk from the entrance to the back door: I counted 44 steps (casual steps). Now stand up, find the longest part of your house and count 44 steps, it will give you an idea of the size of my villa. And each villa has two floors!
Phuket Upside Down House (Baan Teelanka)
The Phuket Upside Down House, officially called Baan Teelanka as this is how it translates in Thai, is one of the latest an most surprising attraction in Phuket. Once you see it, there is no need for any explanation as this pink house is standing upside down in a garden like if some giant kid had casually dropped it after playing with it.