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Phuket

Phuket is one of the southern provinces of Thailand situated off its west coast in the Andaman Sea. It has withstood its nickname as “Pearl of the Andaman” for many years. Despite it’s vastness, Phuket is Asia’s most popular beach destination. Beyond the quintessential beach life of Phuket is a whole other realm. The islands “sin city,” Patong, is the island’s biggest town. It’s the epicenter of nightlife, fashion and luxury; truly the place to people watch and rub shoulders with the rich and famous. Rain or shine, the possibility of things to do and see in Phuket is endless, inevitably making it an unforgettable holiday destination.

Map of Villas in Phuket

Introducing

Phuket Today

Phuket is just as busy as ever and continues to attract large number of tourists. The future certainly looks bright as long as the excessive pace of development will be controlled sanely, as there are still a lot of  unspoiled and beautiful spots all over Phuket. Thus, Phuket seems to be on track to retain its crown as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand. On Phuket, you will be able to enjoy not only its amazing and beautiful nature but also experience unique culture and  extremely genial hospitality.

The Indestructible Island

Phuket has known several crises but it never fell. Economic crisis due to stopping of tin ore mining, fire that burnt down the main city, tsunami in 2004… Phuket remains one of the most frequented destinations in Thailand, no matter what hazard strikes it.

King of Thailand

Bhumibol Adulyadej, also known as Rama IX, is the King of Thailand. He is the ninth monarch of the Chakri Dynasty. He was crowned King of Thailand on 5 May 1950 at the Royal Palace in Bangkok and he have reigned since 9 June 1946. He is the world’s longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history, serving for 68 years.

History and Culture

Early History

Phuket has a very rich and varied history which stretches back thousands of years. Phuket was even mentioned in classic literature by the  Greek philosopher Ptolemy. He remarked that ships on route to the Malay peninsula had to pass “Junk Ceylon” , the name of Phuket in those times. This name can still be seen on ancient Thailand maps today. The name Phuket is derived from a Malay word that means hill. Previous names also included Koh Thalang, which is still a town in the northern district. There have been many outside influences on Phuket throughout the times and it was a significant trading post and convenient stop over for  traders coming form Middle Eastern countries, Malaysia, India and China.

Phuket  Heroines

The most important and well known historical event in Phuket took place in 1785 when a Burmese invasion was repelled by local residents,led by two women Than Phu Ying Jan and her sister Mook. Legend says that they persuaded the island’s women to pose as male warriors, to frighten the Burmese away thinking that they were outnumbered and stood little chance. The Burmese were eventually defeated, the month long siege ended on March 13. The two women became local heroes and were bestowed honorary titles by King Rama I. Today, they are still respected in Phuket, and a monument to them has been erected at the Tha Ruea intersection about 12 kilometres north of Phuket Town.

Tin Mines and Rubber Plantations

Phuket has been a crucial area for mining and rubber plantations, and saw a massive rise in its wealth when tin mining and trading grew in the region. Around that time, large number of Chinese arrived to Phuket from Malasia and Penang. They have built many houses in the imprssive Sino-Portuguese style. Due to locals’ fear that the Burmese might invade again, west coast of Phuket was never previously settled muchToday, the tin mining industry has disappeared, as it became less viable after the collapse in the tin prices late in the last century. However, rubber and palm oil plantations are still remain an important source of income for local farmers.

Things to do

Phuket FantaSea

If you are looking for some fun time, then you might visit a Phuket FantaSea, which is the biggest performance show on the island. You will be able to enjoy the performance of dancers, trapeze artists as well as elephants and other animals. In addition, prior to the show you also may enjoy the biggest buffet in Asia.FantaSea is a Thai cultural theme park located on Kamala. The park is easily accessible from most beaches and areas such as Patong, Kata, Bangtao and Phuket town.

Water Sports

Every beach on Phuket offers various options of sport activities you may want to do. Phuket is considered as one the top ten destinations for scuba diving, thus you can enjoy an incredible underwater world of the Andaman Sea. Moreover, tropical, calm and crystalline waters of the Andaman Sea are perfect for snorkelling. West Coast of Phuket is an ideal place for surfing. Therefore, you will be able to find a perfect sport activity that suits you.

Phuket weekend market on Chaofa West Road

Weekend market (locally known as Naka Market) is a Phuket must visit place. There you will be able to find variety of goods and items such as local food, pirate items or live animals and many more. If you want to see the real Phuket and get local, authentic experience then you definitely have to visit weekend market.

Traditional Thai Massage

The island is one of the world’s premier centers for top-quality spas staffed by highly trained and qualified masseuses. Few people can resist the chance to spoil themselves rotten by getting the full luxury treatment at one of Phuket’s top spas.  If you are looking for something relaxing then you might want to opt for something else, Thai massage is more of a workout to release tension than a relaxing massage. As anyone who has ever experienced it will tell you, Thai massage can be quite painful but incredibly rejuvenating.

Places to see

Sirinat National Park

Sirinat National Park is well known for its preserved white sand beaches. If you are looking for a calm and relaxed atmosphere then you will adore isolated heavens of Kamala and Hat Nai Thon. In addition, you will be impressed by species of tropical trees growing in the forest such as Tulip tree, Tropical almond, mangrove and many more.

The Phi Phi Island

It’s the Thailand’s superstar : a famous must-see that has been used as setting in some movies. The islands, when approached by boat, rise from the sea like a fortress. Sheer cliffs tower overhead, then give way to beach-fronted jungle. It’s love at first sight. To get to Phi Phi you can take a ferry or a speedboat from Phuket or Krabi. Ferries take  about two hours from Phuket and 90 minutes from Krbi,  speedboats take around 45 minutes.

 

To see and to be seen

Dine at Eleven Two & Co in the old town

This is one of the most popular chic cafes/restaurants in Phuket located in the old town on Thalang Road. Moreover, the restaurant includes a souvenir shop. Thus, you will be able not only enjoy a unique Asian- Western fusion cuisine but also purchase some local souvenirs and explore the old town of Phuket with its beautiful architecture.

Baba Nest Exclusive Rooftop Bar

It is a must visit Bar on Phuket located on Sakdidej Road. It offers absolutely incredible 360-degree panoramic views. You will be able to enjoy high-end cocktails and fine food while observing a breathtaking sunset.

Ka Jok See Restaurant

“Unusual yet successful” that is what describe this restaurant. Ka Jok See is a place that you might pass by and not even notice located on the Takua Pa Road. The owner of the restaurant, Khun Lek prefers to do not advertise, as he believes that word of mouth is the most powerful means. Indeed, it is the most popular restaurant on Phuket and is packed every night. Moreover, this place is loved by celebrities coming to Phuket.

47 Villas in Phuket