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Phuket - The Pearl of the Andaman Sea
Around 30 miles in length, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and the country’s second most-visited destination after Pattaya. Despite the 2004 tsunami and the development upsurge in its wake, Phuket’s 30+ sandy beaches retain their magical allure. Along its western shores, exclusive resorts hug the rugged coastline, twinkling to life at night. Hedonistic haven Patong continues to draw crowds with its notorious party strip and the arrival of many wallet-friendly hotels. In the south, island-capital Phuket City has a thriving historic heart and is the gateway to Ko Phi Phi with ferries leaving from colourful and chaotic Rassada Pier.
A City Full of Surprises
Phuket City makes for a fascinating tour by foot, moped or tuk tuk. In its historic heart, colonial mansions, traditional Chinese-style shophouses and Sino-Portuguese properties mingle. Phuket City’s thriving restaurant scene offers travellers all manner of culinary adventures. English menus and talented local chefs are a given, while street-food vendors offer a fast fix at every turn. Souvenir-hunters delight in the dark antique shops, quirky gift-shops and small galleries. Known also as a destination for day-spas, Thai cookery schools and Buddhist retreats, there really is something for everyone. For panoramic views over Phuket City, visitors climb, cycle or take a tuk tuk up to the viewpoint and restaurant on Monkey Hill. At the very walkable city’s outer limits, the climate-controlled Central Festival Mall is where locals and tourists alike gather to cool down when the late-summer humidity becomes unbearable.
Take the Temple Trail
Phuket Island’s main districts have their own distinct cultural flavours. South-west coastal district Kathu is home to the 45m-high Big Buddha and the impeccably maintained Wat Karon temple complex which hosts a colourful bi-weekly night market. In northern district Thalang, visitors flock to see the half-buried Temple of the Golden Buddha, or the Thalang National Museum and the Heroines Monument, which mark the defeat of Burmese invaders back in the 18th century. Phuket City has several shrines to visit including the atmospheric Shrine of the Serene Light. The city’s historic architecture also includes a museum dedicated to the stamps of South East Asia, and another celebrating Phuket’s long trade-relationship with the Chinese. Further south, in the Chalong district, salmon-pink Wat Chalong has 36 golden Buddhas in various states of repose. Chalong Rum is Phuket’s only distillery and offers 30-minute tasting tours. Also in the south, Rawai is the home of the bohemian Phuket Art Village.
Living the Island Life
This super-sized Andaman island makes it impossible for visitors to stay indoors, with a zoo and a butterfly farm, three national parks and several world-class diving sites within easy reach. A few miles from Phuket’s shores, underwater enthusiasts can explore the abundant marine life at Koh Racha Yai, Shark Point and King Cruiser Wreck. In the far north, and just 15 minutes from the airport, Sirinat National Park offers pristine beaches and a wildlife reserve with sea turtles. In the east, Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is home to gibbons, Malayan sun bears, flying foxes, mouse deer and other fantastic beasts. Dotted around the coastline, raised viewpoints allow for envy-inducing selfies, the finest of those being the Phromthep Cape Peninsula at the island’s southernmost point, which offers sublime sunset views and a strange ¬¬crab-shaped lighthouse, while nearby Siray Island has a long-established Sea-Gypsy community.©
Ain’t no Party like a Patong Party
Follow the general flow to find yourself shoulder-deep in vice-fuelled nightlife along neon-lit Bangla Road, where you’ll stumble into strip joints, massage parlours and karaoke bars brimming with beautiful hostesses attempting to bewitch tourists of their baht. Watch Thailand’s best boxers competing at the Bangla Road Stadium or explore the night markets near Jungceylon Shopping Plaza and marvel at some quality counterfeit goods. Try a spicy papaya salad in a backstreet restaurant and prepare to be hooked for life. Take a bayside nightcap on the balmy terrace of a promenade pub, or step inside to find talented cover bands and wildly dancing tourists. Pay a party tuk tuk to whisk you back to your hotel and enjoy blaring dance music and flashing disco lights en route. Recover on the spotless sands of Patong’s 2.2-mile beach and find your stamina for the inevitably long night ahead.
Where to stay – Phuket’s West Coast
Though many independent travellers fall for the lesser-visited districts in the south and east of Phuket, most package-tours focus on the west coast, where many of the island’s most striking beaches have evolved into small but vibrant seaside communities. Here, beach shacks and diving schools rub shoulders with luxurious spa resorts. Resort towns Karon, Kata, Nai Yang and Kamala are popular destinations for travellers in search of down time. On the northwest coast, seven-mile-long beach Mai Khao in Sirinat National Park offers several four-star spa resorts and the Splash Jungle Water Park. This area is a popular choice with families and those who need a hotel close to the airport. From here, travellers can reach the terminal buildings in 15 minutes and most resorts offer shuttles.
Price rangefrom R84to R162,221
Hotel Hotel Hilltop Patong Beach
The Hotel is under Danish management, who is always available with a wide range of services which will make your stay unforgettable. At the Hotel we have a restaurant with a well assorted menu card with Danish, International as well asThe resort is proud to offer all quality and elegant guestrooms. They have comfortable furnishings and living set amongst retreat lush tropical garden. Complementing views of large swimming pool makes a stay in the resort memorable forever.The Hilltop Phuket is a hotel..The resort is accessible within about 50 minutes drive from Phuket International Airport. It is perfectly located at the area of Patong Beach, the most beautiful beach in Phuket, on Chalermprakiat Road. Many attractions places, like a shopping center and entertainment complex are just nearby. more
Hotel Coconut Village Resort Patong Beach
Coconut Village Resort is a casual resort offering rooms and suites in Patong, Phuket, only 100-metres from the beautiful white sands of Patong Beach. Modern rooms feature a furnished balcony or terrace, free Wi-Fi, and a flat-screen satellite TV. They also include air-conditioning, a minibar with complimentary bottled water, and private bathroom. Suites also have a living area and bathroom with rainfall shower, and some have Jacuzzi bath. Rooms receive a daily housekeeping visit. Facilities at Coconut Village Resort include a freeform outdoor pool, children’s pool, hot tub, and sun terrace. The 24-hour reception offers a concierge service, tour desk, laundry, and babysitting services. Massages and airport transfers can be arranged. Coconut Coffee Shop and Restaurant offers a buffet breakfast and a menu of Thai and international cuisine. There is also a pool bar. Patong Pier is 400-metres from the property. Jungceylong Shopping Centre is one-kilometre, while Tiger Kingdom wildlife reserve is seven-kilometres away. more
Hotel Hotel Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Patong Beach
Hotel Grand Mercure Phuket Patong offers luxurious accommodation just a short walk away from the beach. A choice of rooms, suites and villas is available with features including hairdryer, flatscreen cable television and en suite bathroom with toiletries. Some rooms and villas also benefit from a balcony or pool access. Free Wi-Fi access is offered along with an airport shuttle service. Guests can relax and unwind in the Ryn Spa where a range of treatments can be booked and the fitness centre is an ideal place for a workout. A babysitting service is also offered as well meeting and event space. Bubbles Restaurant boasts an extensive menu and Chou Chou Deli Shop serves light snacks. Enjoy a drink in the Craft Beer Lounge or at the Bounce Pool Bar which also serves food. Hotel Grand Mercure Phuket Patong is around 55-minutes from Phuket International Airport and Tiger Kingdom Phuket is less than 15-minutes’ drive away. more
Hotel Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach Patong Beach
Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach is located in a quiet, 12-acre garden that overlooks the Andaman Sea, yet is close enough to Patong that guests can experience its lively nature as well. Rooms at this hotel include air conditioning, private bathrooms, satellite television, in-room safes, minibars, work desks, and refrigerators. Many rooms have balconies featuring garden views or sea views. And others have terraces providing direct pool or beach access.Rooms at this hotel include air conditioning, private bathrooms, satellite television, in-room safes, minibars, work desks, and refrigerators. Many rooms have balconies featuring garden views or sea views. And others have terraces providing direct pool or beach access. Guests of this property will have access to three large swimming pools, a child's pool, a kid's club, a fitness centre, and spa. On-site activities include aqua aerobics, yoga, thai boxing, reef education center tour, butterfly sanctuary tour.Guests of this property will have access to three large swimming pools, a child's pool, a kid's club, a fitness centre, and spa. On-site activities include aqua aerobics, yoga, thai boxing, reef education center tour, butterfly sanctuary tour. Restaurants at Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach include D.O.C.G., Merchant Kitchen, Thai Pantry, Beach Grill, Phuket Coffee Co., and swim-up bar. Guests can also get a drink in the lobby lounge and Sabai Club.Restaurants at Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach include D.O.C.G., Merchant Kitchen, Thai Pantry, Beach Grill, Phuket Coffee Co., and swim-up bar. Guests can also get a drink in the lobby lounge and Sabai Club. The property is 4.1 kilometres from Bangla Street and 5.4 kilometres from Jungceylon shopping mall. The beach is just a few steps away.The property is 4.1 kilometres from Bangla Street and 5.4 kilometres from Jungceylon shopping mall. The beach is just a few steps away. more
Hotel D1 Patong Beach
D1 Hotel Patong is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests in Phuket. The hotel offers a high standard of service and amenities to suit the individual needs of all travelers. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park are there for guest\'s enjoyment. Guestrooms are designed to provide an optimal level of comfort with welcoming decor and some offering convenient amenities like internet access– wireless (complimentary), air conditioning, soundproofing, telephone, internet access – LAN. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. For reliable service and professional staff, D1 Hotel Patong caters to your needs. more
Hotel Lemongrass Patong Beach
Set among an array of restaurants, nightlife and shopping, this three star hotel is just a five minute drive to Karon Beach, and features a 24 hour reception. The 16 air-conditioned guest rooms at Lemongrass offer dark wood furnishings and a tiled floor, while a mini-bar and coffee maker are standard. The private bathroom includes free vanities. Amenities at this hotel include 24 hour tour/ticket assistance, while guests can make use of the on-site laundry and fax facility. There is also a fax machine for added convenience. The on-site restaurant serves local cuisine, while the convenience store includes snacks and beverages. The cosy bar serves specialty after dinner drinks. The town of Phuket is a 25 minute drive from Lemongrass, while the Phuket International Airport is a 45 minute drive away. The Patong Football Club and Thai boxing activities are within close proximity. more
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