20 Most Instagrammable Spots in Phuket

Where to get the best selfie in Phuket? [toc] What are the best places for your Instagram photos in Phuket? Pictures and selfies have become part of our lives. They are a fantastic way to keep travel memories alive for a very long time, not to mention the irresistible bragging rights on Facebook and Instagram. Who doesn't enjoy posting tropical beach photos for friends freezing in the snow or those

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Tha Rua Shrine

Tha Rua Shrine

[toc] Tha Rua Shrine is one of the oldest Chinese shrines in Phuket, found in Thalang District on Thepkasattri Road about 800m south of the Heroines’ Monument. It’s an important site during the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival when thousands of devotees come to hold ceremonies and eat vegetarian food during the event’s 9 days. Tha Rua Shrine is also an important place for local worshippers to pray for recovery from

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Kio Thian Keng Saphan Hin Shrine

[toc] Kio Thian Keng Shrine is a colourful Chinese shrine that is set on the seashore inside Saphan Hin public park in Phuket Town. It’s a place of worship for the local Chinese-Thai community and it plays an important role as the site of the final farewell to the gods during the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival. Kio Thian Keng Shrine is one of the newer Chinese shrines in Phuket, and

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Koh Racha Yai – Racha Island near Phuket

Koh Racha Yai (also called Raya Island or Racha Island)

What to Do on Koh Racha Island? [toc] Koh Racha Yai (also called Raya Island or Racha Island) is a small island just 12 kilometres south of Phuket, popular for day trips, snorkelling and scuba diving. The island is so small it can only accommodate a few resorts: The Racha, a real luxury hideaway, Racha Island Resort, Baan Raya Resort and the modest Bungalow Raya Resort. Believe it or not,

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27 Best Things to Do in Phuket and around

Best Things To Do in Phuket

What to do in Phuket? [toc] What are the best things to do in Phuket? The popularity of this fantastic island comes from the incredibly vast range of activities and tours, from fabulous beaches and natural wonders to glittering temples and human-made attractions. Phang Nga Bay is an absolute must-do, with jaw-dropping limestone cliffs and flooded caves. Phi Phi islands are everyone's second favourite even though they can be a

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4 Waterfalls to discover in Phuket

Phuket Waterfalls

[toc] Phuket waterfalls are modest in size, especially during the high season when the lack of rain reduces the stream to a trickle. There are three waterfalls in Phuket, distributed around the island, and they seem always to attract kids, families and couples during the weekend. Thailand is a tropical country, and the weather is warm or hot all year round, and the water is just cool enough to dip

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8 Chinese Shrines in Phuket

Chinese Temples and Shrines in Phuket

Phuket Chinese Temples [toc] The Chinese shrines of Phuket offer always an excellent opportunity for some good photo. There are quite a few around, and each of them has its own characters and unique features. The large ones are very popular during Chinese New Year in February, or the Phuket Vegetarian Festival in October, and can get extremely crowded, not to mention very loud from firecrackers. 1. Jui Tui Shrine

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Kathu Shrine – Lai Thu Tao Bo Keng

Kathu Shrine

Kathu Shrine [toc] Kathu Shrine is one of the oldest Chinese shrines in Phuket, and it’s believed by many to be the birthplace of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival nearly two centuries ago. The shrine is located in the subdistrict of Kathu in the island’s interior, between Phuket Town and Patong Beach. Though it’s not well known as a tourist attraction, Kathu Shrine is an important part of the local Chinese-Thai

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Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2021 – October 5 to 14

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2021

When is Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2021? October 5 to 14, 2021 Note: This is a typical coverage from past years. In 2021, processions may still happen, but many gatherings will be limited because of COVID-19. [toc] The Phuket Vegetarian Festival (or Nine Emperor Gods Festival) happens once a year, during the ninth lunar month, and is one of the most auspicious events on Phuket island. For this unique occasion, a

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Kayaking in Phuket, Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay Kayaking in Phuket

Hong by Starlight by John Gray SeaCanoe [toc] Kayaking in Phuket is a fascinating experience, and the best way to explore Phang Nga is 'Hong by Starlight' by John Gray Seacanoe, slowing gliding among giant cliffs in a silent kayak. The cliffs and caves are ‘out-of-this-world, sceneries you must see with your own eyes if you travelled half the globe to come here. We have been in Phang Nga Bay

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7 Great Things You Can Do in Phuket during COVID-19

Phuket during COVID-19

Phuket Today [toc] How does Phuket look like during COVID? There is no doubt that Phuket is going through an incredibly difficult year because of COVID-19. Phuket relies almost entirely on tourism, and after more than a year without international travellers, most businesses have closed, temporarily or permanently. Thailand is trying to revive tourism with the sandbox program and even advertise on major international TV channels. A huge campaign of

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Wat Phra Nang Sang Temple in Thalang

Wat Phra Nang Sang

Wat Phra Nang Sang [toc] Wat Phra Nang Sang was built more than 200 years ago and was originally known as Wat Takian; and is one of the oldest Thai temples in Phuket. This unusual temple was built when Thalang was the main city of Phuket Island and even was the scene of a battlefield during the Burma war in 1785. For many years, Wat Phra Nang Sang was a

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Freedom Beach, a Hidden Beach in Phuket

Freedom Beach Phuket

What is the secret of Freedom Beach? [toc] The beautiful and secluded Freedom Beach is an anomaly. It is one of the prettiest beaches in Phuket, with incredibly soft white sand and clear blue waters. It is just a few minutes away from Patong Beach, the busiest beach on the island and yet, it is surprisingly peaceful and quiet. So what is the secret of Freedom Beach? Freedom Beach Video

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Koh Yao Island – A Weekend in Koh Yao Noi

Koh Yao Islands

A Weekend in Koh Yao Noi [toc] The Koh Yao Islands are just 5 kilometres away by boat from the east coast of Phuket. The smallest and most populated is Koh Yao Noi (Noi stands for small), and the largest but mostly uninhabited is Koh Yao Yai (Yai stands for large). Koh Yao Noi is where most people spend long weekends in one of the many hotels along the coast.

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After Beach Bar Phuket Panoramic Restaurant

After Beach Bar Phuket on Kata Noi Beach

A sunset bar in Kata Noi Beach [toc] After Beach Bar Phuket is a very popular Thai restaurant perched high on a cliffside above Kata Noi Beach, on the way to Nai Harn Beach; from the outside, the restaurant looks modest, with low thatched roofs and an old fashioned reggae atmosphere that seems to defy time on any tropical island around the world. As you walk through the restaurant from

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Saphan Hin in Phuket Town (Sapan Hin)

Saphan Hin in Phuket Town

[toc] Saphan Hin in Phuket Town doesn't look like much during the day: a dull-looking rectangular lake, a waterfront with not much to enjoy except for a sunken boat, a vast empty parking, and a massive abandoned shopping mall once called 'Lucky Plaza' and a Chinese shrine. Now come again around 6 pm, and you will feel transported in a buzzing fitness and jogging playground city public park with hundred

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