About Phuket, Thailand’s Island Paradise
Thailand’s largest island is known for luxury and championing play over work. The picturesque surroundings make it easy to forget your cares and bask in the sun. Along with the easy-going, relaxed atmosphere, the island knows how to celebrate – there are dozens of festivals held here every year, like the Vegetarian Festival, which is a raucous celebration with parades and firecrackers.
Resorts and Beaches
Tourists come for the beautiful landscapes, white sand beaches, and fun in the sun. Ritzy hotels complement fine dining, designer shops, and expensive outings, like deep-sea diving or cruising around the cerulean waters on yachts.
The coast stretches for 49 km (about 30 miles) and doesn’t disappoint, with mountains and rainforests to go along with its lovely shores.
The capital, Phuket Town, is brimming with markets and local shops as well as a plethora of heritage. Here you’ll see a Portuguese influence in the architecture, and the remnants of the tin boom of the last century, when “tin barons” built grand mansions with a combination of Chinese and European architecture. Today, these have been re-imagined into accommodations for travelers who want a unique place to stay.
Another relic leftover from the Chinese immigrants is 19th-century Chinese temples that dot Phuket Town, all of which are interesting in their own right.
Those looking for some nightlife in Phuket will find it in Patong. The largest, busiest city in Phuket also holds lots of bars, nightclubs, and discos, so you can dance or imbibe to your heart’s content. One of the most popular areas for late-night shenanigans is Bangla Road.
To get back to nature, Phuket also has Sirinat National Park, which encompasses a few prized beaches as well as almost 70 square kilometers of the surrounding sea. This is a good spot to watch for sea turtles, as they like to lay their eggs on one of the beaches.
Meanwhile, another great place to escape from civilization is Laem Phromththep, the southernmost point of Phuket that affords gorgeous views of the Andaman Sea.
Don’t forget to check out the island’s evergreen monsoon forest at Khao Phra Thaew Royal Wildlife and Forest Preserve. This swathe of rainforest encompasses 23 square kilometers and boasts wildlife like monkeys, gibbons, flying foxes, cobras, wild boars, and even squirrels.