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!
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!
It’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. Read more!
Beware! This is not the trendy section of Phuket Restaurants! This is all about the food, only the food and nothing but the food! Here are the Top 10 Most Popular (very) Local restaurants in Phuket. None are fancy and all are cheap: they don’t care about the decor and they don’t have time to smile, it’s all about efficiency and taste! Some of them might appear dirty if you are not prepared, so if you don’t like crowd, plastic plates, toilet paper as napkins you won’t need this page. But if you want to find out what makes people queue in Phuket… get ready for some experience!. Read more!
Here is our little collection of 14 great hotels in Phuket. We personally tried, enjoyed and would recommend any of these resorts 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. Read more!
Finally it’s here! The longest and most costly page we ever wrote: ’10 Great Romantic Restaurants in Phuket.’ We tried them all, paid our bill like you would, never informed in advance, and never got any special treatment. The ten restaurants listed were among the best dining experiences we had in Phuket. To get ten, we had to try a lot more than ten. Some renown ones were a disappointment, some others almost made, it but a little something was just missing. Read more!
Finally, the mission is complete and we are happy to share with you ’10 Great Local Seafood Restaurants in Phuket’! We didn’t say ‘The Best’, even though I believe they probably are, but there are so many of them in Phuket it would be a Top100! So as we decided to stick to the concept of really LOCAL seafood only. We went around, ate a lot of seafood, then ate again and as we are now fat and broke, let’s reveal the results! Read more!
We told you about our Best 10 Local Restaurants in Phuket Town… One question remains to make the experience even more enlightening. What Phuket specialties should you try and where to find them? (Seafood is not a specialty… Phuket has great seafood, but it’s not ‘unique’). Here are 10 really local dishes or popular Phuket variation of Thai dishes. To make it easy for you, most of them can be found around the intersection of Dibuk Road and Yaowarat Road, mainly at Loktien Restaurant (also known as ‘Mee Siam’). Read more!
There is no need to talk about the popularity of Thai food around the world. If you reached this page you probably already heard plenty about it, and hundred of blogs talk about it at length. The list of Thai dishes available is vast and I’m certainly not an authority in Thai cooking! But just like many of you, we really love eating local when we travel abroad so we listed here 10 Great Classic Thai Dishes you can try on your first trip to Thailand, just as a hint to start. Read more!
Like most people you want to visit Phuket but you would prefer to see it from a less known angle, places most people haven’t heard of, and where the chances to meet another tourist are rather thin. Many would say there are no such places in Phuket anymore, but there are! After seventeen years spent on Phuket Island, I found a lot more than you think! So here are some of the little places I rediscovered in the past months and where I spend time when I feel like getting away from it all, and these are just few among many!! Read more!
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! 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! Read more!
Not all Phuket beaches are suitable for good snorkeling, so as we were often asked which is best for this activity, we listed beaches with rocky and peaceful areas. None will ever be as rich as Coral Island or Similan Islands, but will have enough marine life to make your day. The best beaches are often the remote and hidden ones, not too disturbed by boats and swimmers, so we sorted them by preference. Read more!
Phuket with a Small Budget is not as difficult as it may seem. Of course it’s not easy, in general Phuket is more expensive than anywhere else in Thailand. But if you start with these few suggestions, you will be able to make the best of your holiday without spending a fortune. You might find the experience a lot more enlightening too! Read more!
Who said Phuket was an island for guys? Here’s the list for of fun thing to do for girls! Read more!
If you have never been in Phuket before, you probably don’t know what to expect apart from those annoyingly beautiful photos everyone posts everyday on Facebook. If you are not in the mood to search the net for hours and you just want to get an overview, we compiled here 10 Quick Facts about Phuket that will summarize some of the interesting facts. It is not meant to tell you everything you should know, but you will get the big picture in few minutes, maybe enough to know the basics to start, then you can follow the links to more detailed information. Read more!
How often do we hear “I don’t like Phuket because I don’t like crowded beaches”. So here are 32 Beaches to choose from, you will be surprised to see how many are still untouched! Read more!
Phuket has a nice collection of view points and here is a list of ten beautiful places to take amazing photos from or even have a romantic dinner. Read more!
Thalang Road is where everyone goes on a Phuket exploration, it’s a nice walk and a must do. But if you too have a passion for old houses, you might want to explore a bit deeper to uncover some amazing mansions still standing right before our eyes, but everyone still drive too fast to even notice them. It is so easy to imagine Phuket hundred years ago when standing in front of one of these beautiful mansions. So I enjoy as much as I can because we all know the value of such houses, sooner than later, someone will buy them and refurbish with more or less respect for their ‘spirit’. Read more!
Is that girl you are chatting with not a bit ‘too good to be true’? Tall, slim, pretty to die for, big assets and really sexy… Ah Ah, you fell for it! she’s a katoey! So here are 10 tips for you not be fooled next time. So what is a katoey anyway? A katoey, or ladyboy, is a transvestite that is actually considered by others as a ‘woman’. Read more!
Everyone expects something different from his holiday, but everyone wants to see the best of it in a minimum amount of time and (almost) everyone wants to PARTY! This is not a Top 10 that would suit everyone, just 10 Fun and Wild Party Tips I would recommend to my friends. The list could go on and on, but these below are a good start.. Read more!
Here is a fun story you might find useful: You can actually lose weight while enjoying your holiday by trying local food, experiencing fun or unusual things, exploring the island and even proudly coming back with a tan… The majority of Thai people are slim and healthy, but don’t be mistaken: they do love to eat! a lot! and often! I’m not going to list here all the sports and physical activities you could join: these are just too obvious to be interesting. This Top 10 has to be real, unusual… and FUN! Read more!
Living in Phuket for so many years has brought a lot of fun sights, and we should get used to them! But sometimes I still smile (or clench teeth) when I witness one of the following weird or strange things that are now so much part of our daily life. I’m not only talking about the good old ‘Phuket Vegetarian Festival’. These 13 strange things below are visions we encounter regularly. We all get shocked the first time, then it just becomes part of our landscape. Read more!
Here we focus on real dishes Thai people cook daily and really enjoy. After 17 years in Phuket I still can’t eat several of them, but I can tell when someone had some for lunch! Some look weird, some smell really bad, some taste terrible and some get all of it. Be daring! Try some of them when you visit! From the ‘Toughest’ to the ‘Less scary’ I give you the ’10 Hardcore Thai Dishes’ you have to try to say you have ‘Really Been in Thailand’. Read more!
How many of you had a bite at one of these appetizing insects sold on carts in the streets of Thailand? A few, I suppose. How many of you did LIKE IT? less! How many of you actually ENJOY eating them and would order more? I only see two hands left! It’s all about culture isn’t it? If you look at them objectively, many just look like brown shrimps, but our moms and instinct said : Shrimp = good, grasshopper = bad! But it’s not like this everywhere, often related to economical hard times in history, people ate them first by necessity, then taboos start to fade and it’s by taste or just fun or fashion? Read more!
Phuket on half a shoestring? That sounds cliché or impossible. It doesn’t even fit the style of our blog with all our fancy restaurants and trendy hotels, but it was just too tempting! So just for fun, you can try the 10 items below and come back with a pretty fun story to tell. Read more!