Things to Know about Phuket
Spectacular coastlines, vivacious nightlife, a plethora of activities and sights with a good mix of culture; Phuket has all this and more to make it a favorite holiday destination.
Whether you are planning for your honeymoon, an office conference or a family holiday, Phuket is an ideal destination to select. With gorgeous coastlines, world class hotels at affordable rates and plenty of attractions and activities, Phuket has something for all kinds of tourists. And what’s more, because of its popularity, it’s easy to get cheap flights to Phuket from several major cities.
Phuket’s airport is Thailand’s second largest one, next only to Bangakok. You can get cheap tickets to Phuket from Bangkok as well as international locations in Europe, Australia and Asia since there are several direct flights to this city.
How to reach
Though Phuket is accessible by bus from Bangkok, if you are entering Thailand through this island, the best thing to do is to book your flights to Phuket. From the Phuket International Airport, you can take an airport bus to the city to reach your hotel or take a metered taxi.
The best way to explore the island is on foot; but if you want to visit as many places as you can in a short time, you can make full use of the tuk-tuks here. These are mini-vans that are available in plenty and cover various important, specifically tourist locations. Metered taxis are also available.
The Khao Phra’s rainforest, Khlong Thap Liang estuary, Temple of Gold Buddha, Hat Mai Khao and Khao Rang Public park are must visit places in Phuket. Phuket Fantasea is lovely place to visit with kids while the Hat Ya Noi is a favorite with honeymooners. The Phuket butterfly garden, aquarium and crocodile farm are also interesting places to visit. To get a taste of Phuket’s culture, visit the Shrine of Serene light, the Put Jaw Chinese temple, Wat Pho and Wat Nai Han.
Being a coastal holiday location, Phuket is more popular for its activities than its sights. Yachting, snorkeling, parasailing, windsurfing and canoeing are just a few options available for tourists. When you book your airline tickets, check into hotels that offer activities you are interested in and book your rooms there. If this is not enough, there are safari tours, bicycle tours and cave tours available to keep you fully occupied. If all this has tired you out, just visit a spa or get a Thai massage done by expert hands.
Phuket’s also a great place for shopping and dining. Central Festtival and Jungceylon are famous malls in Phuket that are sure to give a good shopping experience. As far as dining is concerned, Thai food is available in plenty, but if you are feeling homesick for your cuisine, you’re sure to find it in Phuket. Continental and international cuisine is available everywhere.
Phuket on a budget
Cheap flights, affordable hotels, good food and inexpensive public transport make Phuket a wonderful destination for budget travelers. Getting cheap tickets is easy if you book well in advance. And when you book your flights to Phuket, make sure, you book your accommodation too; this way, you can get to stay in a place of your choice. Use the tuk-tuks to travel around and bargain to your heart’s content at Phuket’s markets. Here is one destination that will not burn your purse.