Thailand Tourist Destination - Phuket

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Phuket is a tourist island in Thailand. The island was hit by a tsunami disaster in 2004. The natural disaster claimed thousands of casualties and damaging some of the beauty of this tourist island. Nowadays Phuket has recovered from the disaster that happened to him and has become one of Thailand's prime tourist spot again.

The island tourist which predominantly by Buddhist offering outstanding natural landscape with warm water and clear, making it one of the most popular beach resorts in Asia. Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand, but an island of 576 square KM is still smaller when compared to Singapore.

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Geographically, most of the Phuket area is mountainous. The mountainous region covers approximately 70% of the total area of ​​the island. About 60% of the Phuket area is forests and plantations. With a tropical climate, Phuket has two seasons, dry and rainy seasons. The rainy season usually occurs in May to October, while the dry season takes place in November to April with an average temperature of 23 degrees Celsius when cold, and around 29 degrees Celsius in the summer time.

Since the 1980s, the area has been already developing as a tourist area by the Thai government. Until now, new hotels and resorts continue to emerge in Phuket. In addition to resorts and hotels, many villas and private houses were built on the island that has been named as one of the best retirement destination. Currently, there are thousands of pensioners from various countries living in Phuket.

How to Achieve Phuket

To achieve Phuket, there are three ways, by using air, sea and land.

Phuket has an airport that is located in the northern part of the island. The airport serves a variety of routes, direct to Phuket. Reaching Phuket through the air is usually the most inexpensive when compared to other ways.

Sea lanes are also one way of achieving Phuket loved by travelers. By boat from the mainland of Thailand, you will reach Phuket in about 1 hour. The trip to Phuket by ship usually quite fun for those who like to enjoy the atmosphere of the sea, but in windy conditions, the vessel can sway enough to make some people dizzy.

Landline is another option that can be taken by tourists to reach these attractions. This pathway is usually less desirable because it takes a long time. You can use the bus from the terminal in Bangkok until the terminal in the city of Patong, Phuket. This bus trip will take about 13 hours so that in addition to spending time, it also be very tiring.


Phuket is a big enough island so you will need adequate transportation when you have arrived in Phuket. Public transportation around Phuket are minimal, so you'll use a lot of taxis. There are four types of taxis in this area:

Tuk-tuk: typical Thai vehicle, but in Phuket tuk-tuk has four wheels, not like in Bangkok, which has three wheels.
Metered Taxi: Common taxis with sedan car, use the metered to determine the price
Unofficial taxis: ordinary vehicles used to transport passengers
Motorcycle Taxis: Taxis are using motorcycles
It is strongly recommended to use the metered taxi because besides comfortable and secure, the price is not high. However, the metered taxi is often difficult to come by if you do not book in advance. In addition to the bustling holiday season, most of the metered taxi meter would prefer not to use the meter. My advice, take a note the telephone number of metered taxi provider as you will need it later.

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Tuk-tuk is a unique vehicle and can not be found in other countries, but they do not use the metered to determine the cost of the trip. The price of a tuk-tuk ride is often much higher than the cost of a metered taxi. I recommend avoiding using tuk-tuk because besides less convenient, the price is also expensive and according to local people, tuk-tuk operated by Thailand's mafia. If you must use a tuk-tuk, bargain the price before boarding to a vehicle.

Unofficial taxis are a common vehicle used by Phuket residents for transporting passengers. This type of Taxi do not use the meter but use the price that can be negotiated before departure. The price offered is usually quite expensive, even more expensive than riding a tuk-tuk, but the vehicles used are usually more comfortable than tuk-tuk.

Motorcycle taxis are the cheapest transportation in Phuket. Motorcycle taxi indistinguishable from the regular motor by looking at the driver. Motorcycle taxi drivers usually use a jacket or vest that has a number. This kind of transportation is less advisable if you want to make a long trip because it is less convenient. However, if you just want to make a short trip in the city, motorcycle taxis is suitable.

Additionally, you can also rent a vehicle and drive by yourself. If you want to rent a car, my advice avoids jeep-type vehicles. Driving habits of local communities are also very bad, many of those who violate traffic rules, therefore, be careful on the road.

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Places in Phuket

  • Patong Beach: gently sloping beach with the waves were quite large. This beach is the most famous beach in Phuket, which has an atmosphere similar to Kuta Beach, Bali. On the side of the beach, there are many hotels lined up and crowded with tourists.
  • Kamala Beach: Beach with a quieter atmosphere than Patong Beach. Not The coastline is not as long as Patong Beach, the number of hotels and tourists are also less.
  • Bang La Road: The road at night just reserved for pedestrians, nightlife center of Phuket. There are also souvenir shops along this street.
  • Phuket Island Safari: The place to enjoy typical animals of Thailand. You can ride an elephant and see the animal attractions here.
  • Simon Cabaret Show: The show is very popular in Phuket, featuring many men who are dressed like a woman.
  • The Big Buddha: Giant Buddha statue that was built on the highest hill Phuket.
  • Wat Chalong: ancient temple with interesting architecture.
  • Phuket Old Town: The old houses with an antique architecture.
  • Phuket FantaSea: Performing of Thailand's cultural attractions.
  • Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect World: Museum and the breeding of butterflies and other insects.
  • Phuket Aquarium: Giant aquarium to see Phuket's marine life.
  • Crocodile Farm: Place to see thousands of live alligators.
  • Phuket Fishing Park: Place for Fishing huge variety of freshwater fish.
  • Prom Thep Cape: the southernmost point of Phuket, a place to see the beautiful scenery.
  • Siam Safari Nature Tours: Trekking the forest by riding an elephant.
  • Central Festival: A mall which offers a range of branded goods, located in the city of Phuket.
  • Jungceylon: A mall in Patong Beach, a luxury shopping center.
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Tourism activities in Phuket

  • Swimming
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Parasailing
  • Fishing
  • Playing Jet Ski
  • Canoeing
  • Yachting
  • Wind Surfing
  • Kite Surfing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Spa
  • And others

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  • Don't drink water straight from the tap.
  • Look at the sign on the beach, when the current was strong, do not swim because it is dangerous.
  • Pay attention to your valuables, because quite a lot of pickpockets.
  • Be careful when approached and offered something by the local community, offers that are too good is usually just part of the scam.
  • If you have a problem, contact the tourist police at number 1155.
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