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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!
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.
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 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?
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
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.
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 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
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.