More than 30 million tourists annually visit the Asian region of Thailand. But at least they come here because of the stereotypical sex tourism. On the contrary. The country has wonderful natural paradises, cultural highlights and many other attractions worth visiting. What you can not miss on Phuket is revealed in the following lines.
It is the largest island in Thailand, has about 220,000 inhabitants and is a popular holiday destination in Asia: Phuket. With almost always 30 degrees Celsius, many hours of sunshine and numerous beaches, it invites numerous tourists for a holiday. Millions of people flock to this island during their free weeks to sunbathe on the countless beaches, to relax and to enjoy their free time.
However, it is not just the beach stay that is interesting in Phuket, because the 543 square meter island has more attractions to offer. In addition to the famous beaches, Phuket is worth a visit. The island is known for its nightlife, natural paradises await discovery and cultural highlights can be found here in the “Andaman Sea”. The tourism focuses mainly on the west coast and the southeast. In the north are still lonely spots and in the east of the island are the mangroves – tree and shrub species in salty water – an important habitat for nature, but rather less suitable for tourism.
There are smaller beaches and coves as well as larger and smaller towns. Phuket Town has an outstanding 19th century old town. But also the cities of Patong, Kamala, Kata, Karon, Surin and Bang Tao are popular destinations. Divers, sailors, families with children and golfers will also get their money’s worth on the island. Phuket is more versatile than many visitors might think at first glance.
If you want to discover Phuket, you can experience many different sights:
The island can be excellently explored with your own rental car. For short trips within the cities, a taxi is worth a visit. Tuk Tuks are more “Songtaews” on Phuket, as they resemble more small delivery vans than the three-wheeled vehicle. Local buses are also possible. If you want to get into the water adventure, you can do so with longtail boats. Because exploring the relaxing hours in the sun is definitely worth the island with its various highlights.
Note: Thailand is a very popular holiday destination. Millions of times it attracts tourists from all over the world. So on Phuket sights are rarely lonely. Visitors should expect a lot of traffic and longer times at some places in Phuket – but it’s well worth the wait for the breathtaking views, insights and experiences!
Phuket Town is the capital of the island and the largest urban area. Restaurants and boutiques as well as regular, local markets attract as well as living history. Phuket Town is a great place to get to know the real Thailand. Above all is Phuket’s old town – the “Old Phuket Town”. Behind it lies a charming and lively neighborhood in the Sino-Portuguese colonial style. But also influences of British architects are to be discovered in the facades. Atmospheric murals complete the look of the city. To beautify the appearance in recent years, even the everywhere ugly drooping power lines were removed.
Between the pubs and restaurants are still hiding old Chinese shops, pharmacies and printing houses. The “Thalang Road” and the “Soi Rommanee” are particularly interesting, but the Chinese shrine “Jui Tui” is also worth a visit. In addition, the city offers the “Golden Dragon” a wonderful statue in the “Queen Sirikit Park”, where it is wonderful to stroll. Wat Mongkol Nimit is a Buddhist temple on Dibuk Road.
Backpackers stay overnight at “On On Hotel”, which was once the film set for the Hollywood strip “The Beach”. The “Chinpracha House” on Krabi Road is also worth a visit – a 19th century manor house where a governor once lived. The ground floor can be visited in its original state.
In addition, no one should miss the nightlife, who once visited the Thai island – and if it is only the curious look. Sex tourism, prostitution and ladyboys are just as much part of this as are the party night in the many discos and bars. Spectacular shows are also offered to the spectators on the island. The latter includes “Phuket Fantasea” in the amusement and theme park near Kamala Beach and “Siam Niramit” in Phuket, which are in the style of Las Vegas. The 90-minute stage shows feature numerous actors, extras and animals. While “Phuket Fantasea” is more oriented towards spectacle, “Siam Niramit” offers a journey into the Thai history of the kings and the legendary world of the Asian country.
Patong is the main holiday destination of the island on the west coast. More than 500 hotels are located here on different levels, so the spa is very populated. Here visitors will find restaurants, shops as well as beer pubs, go-go bars, massage parlors, night clubs and cabarets – especially in the “Bangla Road”.
Fairytale shows take place in the colorful cabarets. Out stands the “Simon Cabaret”. But also for the wellness centers Patong is known. In the “Rock City Bar” the rock fans get into the mood at the daily concerts – many celebrities are among the guests. Jazz and blues fans should visit the “Saxophone Club”. But also well-known DJs put on in the discotheques. The best skybar on Phuket Island can also be found in Patong – with the “Wassa Homemade Bar”, which offers a breathtaking view over the bay.
Much transfer is not necessary in Patong – in the health resort the taxi or the way on foot is enough. Here is little to experience the traditional Thailand. One of the highlights is the temple “Wat Suwan Khiri Wong”, which marks the entrance to Patong at the end of a hilly road from Phuket Town.
However, Patong is also excellent for shopping. The city has impressive shopping malls and unique trade tents – even the beaches mutate into the evening when the locals set up their colorful tents. In the southern area of Patong the angler fan gets his money. At the mouth of a small river indigenous people offer the necessary equipment for rent. Windsurfing, jet skiing, water skiing, deep sea fishing, sailing and diving are all possible on the beach itself.
The small village Karon borders with its beach south to Patong. There are far fewer hotels and resorts to be found here. The place has no real center and is divided into several areas. On the one hand, there is the lively area with shops, restaurants and a wild nightlife.
On the other hand, the cultural part with the Buddhist temple “Wat Suwan Khiri Khet” along the “Patak Road” is considered to be one of the most attractive temples in Phuket. Two snakes surround the main building, while another is guarded by a “yak” – a blue monster designed to drive away ghosts.
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