Among the island destinations of the world, Phuket is one of the most popular. With its breathtaking mountain and coastal scenery, wide array of diverse activities, and world-famous Thai hospitality, it’s easy to see why travelers return to this tropical corner of paradise regularly.
It’s no wonder then that Thailand’s largest island is leading plans to reopen the country to international travelers. Welcome is easily found in this utopian palette of deep azure and emerald green, with the tides and palm trees literally waving their greetings. And so early in the season, you might have it all.
A DESTINATION OF REJUVENATION AND ADVENTURE
Singapore has been chosen as one of the countries to benefit from quarantine-free entry into Thailand from November 1, 2021, just in time for the holiday season.
Phuket and its neighboring region of natural beauty present an irresistible invitation. Why not find respite in the wellness sanctuary that is Amanpuri on the west coast, before exploring limestone caves or swimming in a perfect lagoon in Thung Tiao Forest Nature Park in Krabi? Or perhaps you prefer a getaway to The Racha boutique hotel, before setting out in search of the idyllic golden beach of Nang Thong in Phang Nga for an afternoon of snorkeling.
BEACHES FOR DAYS
The plethora of beaches in Phuket alone can fill a sun seeker’s bucket list.
The south side of Phuket is where all the action takes place, with Patong and Karon as the hub of activities, thriving thanks to its good mix of expansive beaches with clear waters, exhilarating seaside sports and businesses. and various services. Off the main buzz, Rawai Beach offers sumptuous and affordable grilled seafood, while Kata, Kata Noi, and Nai Han see a revival of quiet with a 10 percent sales area applied.
For more serene getaways, head to the northern part of Phuket. Kamala Beach offers peaceful waters for swimming and is suitable for families as well as couples. Alternatively, visit Mai Khao, Phuket’s longest beach, a quiet stretch that’s home to the best resorts.
Get away from the mainland and find time to go from island to island. Ko He is aptly named Coral Island for its underwater kingdom, calling divers, and on Racha Island, the car-free haven really allows you to get away from noisy distractions.
FOR PLEASURE OR HOLIDAYS
Beyond the beaches, Phuket’s distinct identity also comes from its extravagant array of activities one can participate in. From luxurious and quaint to exciting and historic, the iconic destination satisfies all kinds of vacation desires.
Savor the beauty of the sparkling Andaman Sea dotted with limestone islets from the balconies of Six Senses Yao Noi Resort, and relax with yoga or massages that are both traditional and modern. For more unusual accommodation, you can’t do better than the pod enclaves of Keemala. Here you will stay in woven wood structures fitted with glass panels to allow you to contemplate refreshing forest scenes.
You will also discover many unique sites in the city center. The region’s history has contributed to the city’s Sino-Portuguese architecture, including places offering authentic Peranakan cuisine, and a walk through the heart of the city will envelop you in vibrant colors and unmistakable character. When the sun goes down, the many lively night markets invite you to taste their delicious regional dishes. For the more wild, the electrifying nightlife of Soi Bangla, Beach Road and other beach clubs scattered around the island will not disappoint.
Travel takes us away because of what the world has to offer – culture and interesting sites for us to find novelty and be amazed by exotic experiences. And Phuket presents its own menu of breathtaking attractions.
At the top of Nakkerd Hill is the Big Buddha, an imposing 45m high alabaster statue that allows you to tap into the spiritual energies of the earth. Admire the panoramic views all around, to the melodious soundtrack of the ringing bells. For other energizing views, the Windmill’s Southern Viewpoint offers an unobstructed view from a lookout, while Laem Phromthep remains a favorite for its sunsets plunging over the scenic peninsula.
To complete the holistic itinerary, contribute to the exclusive Gibbon Rehabilitation Project and get up close to these gentle and intelligent primates while aiding their recovery. Observe their habitat with a hike from Como to Laem Krating and travel through the deep green heart of Khao Phra Teaw National Park.
Book early to benefit from special rates, before the start of high season.