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Splash Jungle Water Park in Phuket

Phuket Water Park - Splash Jungle Waterpark Phuket

Phuket Waterpark

Splash Jungle Phuket Water Park in Mai Khao Beach, just next to the airport, is the attraction we have been waiting for a long time in Phuket. It's not really huge and it's a bit pricey, but you can spend a good part of the day having fun, eating or even drinking in the water of the pool bar.
Splash Jungle is divided in five main attractions; for starters, drift gently in a tube in the 335 metres long stream of the 'Lazy River' circulating around the entire water park, easy and fun to hang and splash with friends before the 'big one' called 'Boomerango'.

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.

Katathani resort has no less than six swimming pools, six bars and six restaurants! And surprisingly we never had the feeling we were staying in a large hotel. This probably has to do with the immense garden stretching along the entire beach, peppered by a hundred immense coconut trees… the hotel low rise building also blends very well in the tall trees. Anyway, your eyes are too busy enjoying the tropical setting to notice it anyway.

We stayed in a Junior Suite and could fully appreciate the amazing location from the comfortable setting of our balcony, with nice chilled drinks in hands of course. The rooms have been recently renovated and are spotless (we checked). Not only the design is pleasing to the eyes, but the rooms are also very functional, planned with the user in mind: large working station, fast wireless internet connection, space for your luggage, plenty of amenities (a bathtub of course) and very important: lots of electric plugs!

Promthep Cape in Phuket

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

Radar Hill Viewpoint in Phuket
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.

Phuket Fantasea

Phuket Fantasea Show
Phuket Fantasea Show in Kamala Beach
Phuket Fantasea in Kamala Beach

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.

Phuket Walking Street Market on Thalang Road (Lard Yai)

Phuket Walking Street and weekend Market
Phuket Walking Street

Phuket Walking Street Market

Phuket Walking Street and weekend market is called 'Lard Yai' by the locals and is now the most popular attraction in Phuket Town. This weekend street market was an instant success wasn't long to catch up, denoting a need for something to happen in Thalang Road, the historical part of town.

Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon

Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon

Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon

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.

Freedom Beach Phuket

Freedom Beach
Freedom Beach in Phuket

Freedom Beach

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?

Top 10 Best Everything of Phuket

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!


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

Loy Krathong in Phuket - 6 November 2014

Loy Krathong in Phuket
Loi Kratong
Preparing for Loy Kratong

Loy Krathong in Phuket

Loy Krathong 2014 will be celebrated in Phuket on 6 November 2014. 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 6 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.

Similan Islands

Similan Islands in Thailand
snorkeling in the similan islands
Similan Island clear waters

Similan Islands

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 (Talad Tairod)

Phuket Weekend Market

Phuket Weekend Market

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
Vegetarian Festival in Phuket
Bamboo pole rising day at Phuket Vegetarian Festival

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.