Whether it’s hours-long breakfast gazing at the bright blue Andaman sea, sipping cocktails by the beach, enhance your health with a vegetable buffet, or relaxing at one of the finest resorts in the world, there are endless good reasons to visit Phuket. Here are six to start with.
Phuket is the largest island and the most well-known attraction in Thailand. Although it draws a lot of tourists, it also offers quiet sports with secluded coves and hidden beaches. The spectacular limestones in Phang Nga Bay and the perfect turquoise water in Phi Phi archipelago are popular, but they’re hard to beat for their wow factor. That's the reason why Phang Nga Bay Island Hopping is always a must-do with travelers.
Cruising in Phang Nga Bay, in the Andaman sea
Triggered by the tin-mining boom in the 19th-century in Phuket, a great immigrant wave fleeing from China, Europe, and the Middle East to the island. But it’s estimated that at least 70% of Phuket’s population has Peranakan ancestral roots that are predominantly Hokkien ancestry. The heart of the community is located around its Thalang, Krabi, and Phang Nga roads, or the Old Town quarter. They have long held on to their unique culture and traditions that are distinguished by intricate architectures and fusion cuisine that mingles Chinese and Thai cooking techniques with ingredients.
Wandering in Phuket Old Town (Photo: Rudi Langer)
How about turning back in approximately 400 million years back in time with a visit to Khao Sok Nation Park that is considered as one of the oldest rainforests in the world? Or trekking to the top of Nakkend Hill to admire the 148-ft tall Great Buddha smiling over Phuket’s spectacular southern coastline? A day-to-night boat and kayak tour with John Gray Sea Canoe’s Hong by Starlight is a great way to take your adventure to a whole new level.
Kayaking to explore a Hong (cave)
Think Bangkok is the only place to savor the best Thai food? Think it again when you visit Phuket. Be amazed by culinary influences that you won’t find elsewhere in Thailand. Save your stomach for the aromatic charcoal-fried roti served with home-made curry or head to Thalang Road to experience traditional Baba cuisine - a blend of Chinese and local cooking style.
Savoring a delicious breakfast
If you’ve ever asked yourself why a sunset is considered romantic, you’ll find your answer at any beach in Phuket. But the sunset over Phang Nga Bay is exceptional when the sun rays are radiating their red-orange glow over the ocean, pain the nature to a spectacular picture that is not easy to meet twice in life.
Sailing an idyllic cruise in the sunset.
Although its undeniable appeal to backpackers from over the world, Phuket is seriously a luxury destination. It boasts retreats perching on pretty hillsides, tranquil beachside hotels, barefoot hideaways, and high-end resorts. They offer hours-long breakfast gazing at the sea, ultimate privacy, gorgeous rooms that are surrounded by lush gardens or have direct access to the beach with a spacious balcony to feel the blissful breezes and watch the stunning sunset over the Gulf of Thailand.
Refreshing at Villas Sala, Anantara Maikhao Phuket