Spectacular scenery, jaw-dropping tropical sunsets, the warm azure waters of the Indian ocean and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world; it isn’t hard to see why Phuket island in Thailand is one of the most well-visited destinations in South-East Asia
Nicknamed ‘The Pearl of the South’, Phuket is doubly popular with holiday makers because there are few other places in the world where you can have a luxurious island getaway on a budget. Everything from accommodation to food, drinks to the many attraction to be found on the island can easily be afforded on a shoestring.
The friendliness of the Thai people always makes foreigners feel completely welcome. They truly appreciate and try to please tourists in any way they can, which can be seen in any souvenir shop, restaurant or just by taking a walk along the beach.
Holiday in Phuket
A holiday spent in Phuket is one destined to be filled with island hopping, shopping, lazing the days away on pristine white sands – or partaking in the massive variety of water sports – and the unique cuisine and nightlife of the island.
World-renowned for the quality of its diving, Koh Phuket is in fact one of the best dive sites in the world. The best time to visit for scuba diving is between October and March, outside of the rainy season when the water’s visibility is crystal clear.
For souvenirs and shopping, your best bet is to either head to the western coast of the island and the (perhaps overly) popular Patong beach or to Phuket Town. In Patong you will find a huge variety of souvenir and clothing stores, including many of the cheap tailors that Thailand is renowned for. Patong is action packed, so this is the best spot to find jet skiing, wind surfing or any beachside activities you may want to try. However the locals avoid this area due to its overcrowding. If you are more interested in exploring authentic Thailand and Phuket, do not stay here long.
Phuket’s Old Town offers a unique culinary and historical journey into the local way of life. Filled with museums, ethnic Malay and Thai restaurants and the Phuket Weekend Market – a jumble of second-hand goods, curios and a huge variety of local foods.
Renting holiday accommodation in Phuket
When deciding on where to spend you getaway on this affordable island paradise, consider taking a step away from the overly crowded and often tacky tourist resorts and hotels. For a more authentic Thai experience, why not stay in a holiday rental? This option is especially perfect for groups and families, as you can all enjoy being in the same space, lazing by the pool or putting your feet up in your lounge. For a truly ethnic experience, consider buying some of exquisite, fresh off the boat seafood that abounds the island’s shops and markets, and bringing your ingredients back to your very own ingredients to prepare a Phuket feast.