It has grown up with the smorgasbord of first-rate hotels and resorts, residential buildings, restaurants, and certainly night scenes. As the result of mass-market tourism campaign ever made, the Phuket island becomes the star attraction of the country that discerning travelers have to visit after Bangkok as the wonderful line up of annual tourism events has been irresistibly playing as a major role to promote tourism industry in many tourist destinations throughout Thailand.
Phuket, at 539 square kilometers in size, is not only Thailand’s largest island but also one of its wealthiest provinces. The beauty of the island is matched by its consistently tropical climate and undoubtedly the island’s largest source of income comes from the tourism market, but there are also thriving rubber and cashew nut industries. One of the good point of Phuket is that it’s very accessible, Phuket is linked to nearby Phang-Nga province on the mainland by bridge, but most of its visitors currently choose to arrive by air. Phuket International Airport enjoys direct air services to major Asian cities like Hong-Kong, Singapore, Japan and Tapei, and now an increasing number cities outside of Asia, including London, Frankfurt, Perth, and connecting flights to anywhere in the world. The island actually benefits greatly with this solid infrastructure and it now sets to continue to grow further as several low-cost carriers from abroad have been increasingly announced the air network to Phuket Island during the past two to three years.
Old Buildings and City Museums, the fascinating city of Phuket provides you with the handful of classic or ancient buildings and old houses built in Sino-Portuguese style, the symbol of the Thalang Road, Dee Book Road, Yaowarat Road, and Kra Road. Must-visited museums include Thalang National Museum, Phuket Sea Shell Museum, Phuket Cultural Center, and Phuket Art and Gallery. Wat Phrathong (Wat Phraphut) and Wat Chalong (Wat Chai Thararam) is the must-visit place to make merit in Phuket.
When in Phuket, don’t forget to stuff your stomach with delicious Thai food options, local cuisine, tasteful seafood, and other mouthwatering and spicy dishes that come from the clever blend between the affectionate authentic southern style with Chinese food such as Mhe Phuket (Noodle). Meet with the wide selection of noodles like Mhe Phad Hok Kiean, Ba Mhe Hoon, Mhe Sua, and Mhe Chek. This also includes Khanom Jean Phuket, O-Tao, and other famous line up of desserts.
Nightlife at Patong Beach, witness glimpse of Thailand’s art and culture and other traditional uniqueness through the spectacular stage performance, light, and sound at Phuket Fantasea at Hat Kamala. You will see an extravaganza of color and light in a multi-million-baht theme park theatre complex showing cultural dance and music under the theme of Thainess. Open daily (9pm), except on Thuesday. For more info, contact +66 (0) 7638 5000, www.phuket-fantasea.com. Annual Festivals, Phuket is not only the cluster of sought-after beaches and resorts, but also the center of fantastic events and festivals, especially when the high sea arrives during October-February. Interesting fests include Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, Laguna Phuket Triathlon, Phuket Vegetarian Festival, Phuket Seafood, Turtle Release Fair, and Chao Le (Sea Gypsy) Boat Floating Festival, for example.
Looking at the real estate aspect in Phuket, the industry has been one of the fastest growing and most sustainable industries, and the number of property developments currently underway. Developments in locales such as Hat Karon, Laem Panwa, Patong, and Hat Rawai, including other high potential beaches on the western side of the island, are still providing good investment opportunities. Phuket is one of Asia’s most sophisticated and certainly Thailand’s best established property market outside of Bangkok. For the past twenty years, developments have been sprouting up around the island, encouraging a large influx of investors. At present, there is an increasing demand for new developments in areas such as Bang Tao Beach, Surin, Cherng Talay and Layan, as well as the southern coastal areas of Nai Harn and Kata.
Scuba diving is one of Thailand’s most popular water sports as it also has many beautiful diving sites, the water is clear, sea live are plentiful, transport and accommodation is available with a very high standard. They are also cheap and available both Andaman side and the Gulf of Thailand. And once you have achieved your certification of being a scuba diver in Thailand, you can use it to go scuba-diving all over the world. This is the best opportunity for both foreign tourists and local people to expand their horizon and witness the beauty of the underwater world of the south of Thailand.
Located 48km from Phuket Island and 40km from Krabi Town, Phi Phi, one of the most unique and attractive clusters of islands in the world, features a number of beaches, a variety of accommodation options and many outdoor activities. The main characteristics of these mountains and islands are their steep cliffs, large caves and dwarf trees growing out of the rock crevices. It was devastated by the Indian Ocean Tsunami of December 2004 and nearly the island’s entire infrastructure was destroyed. But, as we early said, every thing is beyond concern and everything has been restored and still regarded by travelers from all walks of life as being among the most beautiful tropical islands of the world and still one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand. In addition, the islands are famous as the location where the movie “The Beach” featuring Leonardo Di Caprio was shot.
Phi Phi Island is consisted of six islands in Mu Koh Phi Phi-Nopparathara National Park, including Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Ley, Bamboo Island, Yung Island , Bida Nok, and Bida Nai. Only Phi Phi Don is inhabited; all others are undeveloped and protected by their National Park status. Tourists like to go to visit Susan Hoi or Fossil Shells, featuring a huge number of embedded various types of mollusks which can be dated to about 75 million years ago. Test your adrenaline with the cliff climbing at the limestone cliffs at Hat Rai Le and then take a boat to see the stunning limestone cliffs, nearby islands and beaches, including Tha Le Weak (the separate sea), one of the country’s unseen natural wonders. One day trip from Phuket, Krabi, and Phi Phi Don provided by travel agents is ubiquitously available along the beaches.
Both Phuket and Krabi province have international airport, but getting to Phi Phi from Phuket is much easier. So, why do we have to lavishly spend much money traveling so far away when the western coastal part and some of Thailand’s Andaman coastal provinces can provide you with the comparable touch of Maldives or even Hawaii and other exciting exotic destinations waiting for you to explore, especially in Phuket and Phi Phi island, one the country’s major magnets and star attractions to help lure million of tourists and national income.
There are blissful choices of first-rate accommodations both in Phuket and Phi Phi Island. Hotel and resort with a stunning ocean view is definitely the most sought-after summer place, which cast as an ideal hideaway for vacationers throughout the country and may be the world to come to sleepover and indulge. That’s just the basic element to fascinate discerning travelers and draw them to check-in at some hideaway destinations available on both islands. And we are sure you’ll meet and be impressed with the unique blend of the distinctive Thai hospitality and the warm and unpretentious touch of Thainess that will make you decide to stay a little bit longer in Thailand. Now, it’s time to book your date and flight, your wait is over.