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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
The Phuket Weekend Market is the name given by tourists to the immense Phuket night bazaar located near 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!
LONG TERM ONLY!
So what makes Dusit D2 Phuket a great choice? If Patong Beach is your choice, this superb resort is at walking distance from the beach, from the heart of Patong nightlife with the famous Bangla road and from the immense shopping and entertainment centre of JungCeylon.
And if this was not enough, just next to is you will find a large night market with tons of tiny shops to browse and thousands of item to bargain for (lots of copies here obviously). This night market (called OTOP) is also popular for having many friendly tiny bars all around, some of which even play sport channels on huge screens.
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...
Phuket Water Park
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'.
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 Phuket view point 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.
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.