Mookata Buffet Restaurants

Mookata Buffet in Phuket

What is Mookata? [toc] Mookata or Mu Kratha is an extremely popular and cheap buffet found all around Thailand. Here, you pick and cook yourself some raw ingredients displayed on a buffet-style at a very low fixed price. If you are travelling to Phuket on a budget and want to experience the real Thai daily lifestyle, then you should try it at least once. It’s fun, cheap and actually quite

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Phuket Smart Bus and Local Blue Bus

Phuket Smart Bus

How to ride the Phuket Smart Bus? [toc] The Phuket Smart Bus is a very comfortable and affordable way to go from beach to beach for a very reasonable price. It is doing pretty well on the islands and visitors love it. There are several ways to use the many Phuket local bus services. All are cheap, and all are slow, but if you are visiting Phuket with a small

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Phuket Markets

Phuket Fresh Markets

Where to find Phuket Markets and what to expect? [toc] Fresh markets in Phuket are always a great way to get close to real, local life with minimal effort. Markets are everywhere around the island, every community and every village has one, small or large, permanent or occasional. Some are daily markets, often open until the end of the afternoon, some are available only certain days of the weeks. Only

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Phuket Big Buddha

Big Buddha Phuket

How to get to the Big Buddha of Phuket? [toc] Big Buddha Phuket is a 45-meter-tall white marble statue visible from anywhere in the southern part of Phuket. It is probably at the top of everyone's 'Must-Do in Phuket', and for a good reason. The views from up there are breathtaking. The statue is built with people's donation and is still under construction. If you feel like doing something to

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Kopitiam by Wilai Restaurant in Phuket Town

Kopitiam Restaurant by Wilai

Kopitiam by Wilai Restaurant [toc] Never heard of Kopitiam by Wilai Restaurant before? Not a surprise since Thalang road changed from just an old busy street to a full-scale tourist attraction, bars and restaurants started to appear like flies on honey. And thinking of it, it is a good thing! Well, I do have an opinion on the way those houses are renovated, too often looking like dollhouses, but the

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25 Thai Fruits to Discover in Phuket

Thai fruits in Phuket

What Thai fruits can you find in Phuket? [toc] Thai fruits in Phuket range from the well-known pineapple or even watermelon, to the most surprising ones like the weird-looking Dragon Fruit, the huge pungent Durian or the enormous 'Jackfruit'. The choice of fruits in Thailand is endless and visiting a local market in Phuket is a chance to try as many as you can. Some of the best fruits displays in Phuket

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Super Cheap Market Phuket

Super Cheap Phuket

The cheapest market in Phuket! [toc] Super Cheap is quite amazing: you could organize a giant treasure hunt in it. We were writing a 'Phuket Price Check' story, trying to find 10 simple items we had written down on my list, but gave up halfway when we suddenly realized there was no way we could spot half of them, even after an hour of intense exploration! Sure, those items were

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Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central

Holiday Inn Express Patong

A good budget hotel near the beach in Patong [toc] Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central is a good budget hotel in a strategic location in Patong Beach. This modern hotel is just a hundred meters from the beach, but it is also at walking distance from the heart of Patong and its buzzing nightlife and shopping. The Hotel Holiday Inn Express is modern and well designed, a good

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10 Best Hostels in Phuket for Budget Travellers

Best Hostels in Phuket

Great cheap hostels in Phuket [toc] What are the best hostels in Phuket for budget travellers? Phuket is known for its luxury hotels, but there's also a great range of hostels around the island ideal for backpackers travelling with a small budget. Many Phuket hostels are also stylish and thoughtfully designed, usually with WiFi, and air conditioning included. Hostels in Phuket generally offer a mix of dormitories and private rooms

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Briley Chicken Rice Restaurant in Patong Beach

Briley Chicken Rice in Patong Beach, Phuket

Phuket Best Chicken Rice [toc] If you like delicious Hainanese Chicken Rice and you happen to be in Patong Beach, you need to visit Briley. Briley is one of the two famous chicken rice restaurants in Phuket, and it has been open for more than 20 years now, the other famous one is Kota Khao Mun Khai in Phuket town. Already in 1994, I remember enjoying this Briley restaurant because

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Shrine of the Serene Light in Phuket Town – Sang Tham Shrine

Shrine of Serene Light

Where is the Shrine of the Serene Light? [toc] The Shrine of the Serene Light (Sang Tham Shrine) used to be 'the little hidden Chinese temple' tucked away right under your nose on Phang Nga road, one of the most famous streets of Phuket Town. While most Thais knew all about it, only a few foreigners would be aware of its existence and proudly whisper its secret location to newbies

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Wat Sri Sunthon Temple – Phuket Reclining Golden Buddha

Wat Sri Sunthon

Phuket Reclining Golden Buddha [toc] Wat Sri Sunthon (Wat Srisoonthorn) is known for the immense golden Buddha reclining at the top of a large building in the 'Pang Sai Yat' posture, which corresponds to “Realizing Nirvana” (read more here). The statue seems to be staring endlessly at the frantic traffic on the nearby road to Phuket International Airport. Of course, you already knew that 'Wat' is the Thai word for 'Temple'.

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Phuket Bus Terminal 2 ▷ Bus from Phuket to Krabi, Samui and Bangkok

Phuket Bus Terminal 2

How to Catch a Bus from Phuket to Krabi, Samui and Bangkok [toc] If you are exploring Thailand on a small budget, riding a bus from Phuket to Krabi, Samui or even Bangkok makes sense and can see you a lot of money. It’s relatively comfortable and safe; it’s just time-consuming on the long distances such as Bangkok or Pattaya. Where is Phuket Bus Terminal 2 Phuket Bus Terminal 2

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Wat Chalong – Phuket’s Most Important Temple

Wat Chalong Temple

What is Chalong Temple? [toc] Wat Chalong, the largest, most revered and most visited Buddhist temple in Phuket was built at the beginning of the 19th century, 1837 according to some sources. Chalong Temple (officially Wat Chaiyatararam) is one of the Must-See places in Phuket, together with the nearby Big Buddha of Phuket as they are relatively close to each other. The tallest building on the grounds of Wat Chalong is

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Where to Change Money in Phuket? Where to Get the Best Exchange Rates?

Changing Money in Phuket

Where to Get the Best Exchange Rates in Phuket? [toc] Where is the best place to change money in Phuket? This is one of the most frequently asked questions on our Phuket blog. If you are travelling on a budget, exchange rates can make a significant difference for your holiday. We try here to list the different options available on the island, and we try our best to gather useful

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9 Best Night Markets in Phuket (Updated)

Phuket Night Markets

Where to Find Phuket Night Markets [toc] Night markets in Phuket are always fun, from the new Chillva Market to the giant Naka Weekend Market or the Sunday Walking Market in Phuket Town, almost everyone loves to browse the incredible array of things you don't need. Phuket night markets are intense, colourful, surprising, fascinating, puzzling, smelly, messy, confusing and overwhelming. But night markets all have one thing in common, and

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15 Best Viewpoints of Phuket (Updated)

Phuket, Thailand

Where are the best viewpoints of Phuket? [toc] Karon Viewpoint, the Big Buddha and Promthep Cape are the best-known viewpoints of Phuket, but there are many more, and all are great photo opportunities. Climbing on top of every single hill around the island seems to be an Instagram magnet for many travellers. Here is a list of beautiful places for some fantastic panoramic shots. Some are just hills; others are

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