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Songkran 2015 in Phuket - April 13th – 15th

Songkran Festival Phuket 2015

Songkran Festival 2013 Songkran 2015 in Phuket

What is this Songkran Festival everyone is talking about lately? If you choose to come to Phuket or Thailand in April, you'd better know what Songkran is about. Songkran is the Thai New Year, and it occurs when the sun moves position from Pisces to Aries. According to Thai calendar, we are already in year 2558! That's for the technical bits.

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

Phuket Weekend Market (Talad Tairod)

Phuket Weekend Market in Phuket Town

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!

Our House is for Rent or Sale in Phuket - Kathu

Our very large and privately owned Sino Portuguese style house for rent,  only 5 years old, located at The Heritage Phuket a beautiful high end property strategically located between Patong and Phuket Town, only 5 minutes to Central Festival, 2 minutes from Lotus and Big C. Great location near 2 international schools, a new fresh market and a golf course, easy access from main road. The Heritage Phuket property includes a large community pool, and a small fitness.


Dusit D2 Resort Phuket

Dusit D2 Resort Phuket
Dusit D2 Phuket is a great hotel with a great location if you can’t afford to be on the beach front but still want to be a walking distance from the beach and all what Patong has to offer. This rather large resort is only 200 meters from the sea and Dusit D2 really has a lot to offer to travellers  who want the best of everything without having to spend a fortune, and without having to drive!

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... 

"Stop everything and look at this baby elephant's first time on the beach"
How many times did you see such catch line?

4 things you should know about these photos:
  1. NO it's not the first time he sees the sea! The baby elephant actually comes here to play everyday
  2. In 90% of the cases I was not credited for it,  someone removed my name from my photos: Booooh!
  3. The photos were shot on Bangtao beach, Phuket Thailand.
  4. The baby elephant name is 'Lucky' and he must be 4 years old.
So how did it become viral:

It all happened on a casual lunch with friends  on Bangtao beach in Phuket. I saw a small elephant walking alone toward the water and I of course thought he would just stop there and wait. But no, once approaching the sea he just started to run faster and rammed into the waves like the kid he was! He came in and out several times; his mahout was casually waiting nearby, apparently used to the elephant's behaviour. The elephant suddenly did something really funny, totally unexpected: he put his head into the sand and pushed himself forward. I happened to carry a 28-300 mm lens on that day, giving me this interesting perspective... and the photo of a lifetime!

Splash Jungle Water Park in Phuket

Phuket Water Park - Splash Jungle Waterpark Phuket

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'.

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
 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.

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.