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A Guide To Phuket, Thailand

You are virtually amidst the palm-lined ivory-white beaches fondled by crystal clear cerulean waters, under lazuline skies featuring captivating crimson sunsets, while in Phuket, floating in Southern Thailand, in the Andaman Sea. Well, the island certainly deserves to be nicknamed as the “pearl of the south” or “pearl of the Andaman”.

Phuket, the largest island of Thailand, has all the ingredients of a perfect vacation destination. Of course, the island has numerous exotic holiday resorts, elegant beachfront hotels, lovely vacation retreats hemmed in by puffed out palms, vivacious nightlife, bars, restaurants, and fine eateries, which make it the South’s finest, busiest, and the most visited holiday destination.

Enjoying hot and humid climate year around, Phuket is best for vacationing, from November to May. Summer monsoon season is rainy, but the island is still sunny and clear. The “cool” season runs from May to October, but weather is pretty tolerable. On the whole, the island is very much reminiscent of Florida’s summer weather.

Phuket is chiefly celebrated because of its snow-white palmy beaches. However, Thais view nudity as highly violative. Nudity is considered socially incorrect in Thailand. Still, Phuket beaches have their own charms. The beaches are really nice for swimming, diving, sailing, surfing, and numerous other beach activities. The western beaches are really good for surfing. The fine beaches of Phuket include Bang Tao, Surin Beach, Laem Singh Beach, Kamala Beach, Patong Beach, Karon Beach, Kata Yai Beach, Kata Noi Beach, Ao Chalong, and Rawai Beach.

Laem Singh Beach, located between Kamala Beach and Surin Beach, is mesmerizing place, particularly famous for its picturesque views. Kamala Beach, located just to the north of Patong, on the west coast of Phuket, is widely known for Phuket Fantasea show, a wonderful cultural theme park, and a Buddhist temple at the southern end of the beach. There is a small park with a tsunami monument at the middle of the beach. Patong Beach is known for its nightlife and after dark funs. Kata Yai Beach, a beautiful clean tourist beach, is nice place for surfing. And, Ao Chalong is home to the most popular yacht anchorage of the island.

Koh Yao Noi, one of the islands, located east of Phuket, halfway to Krabi, is another fine destination for tourists. The beautiful island is known for its four fine resorts including The Paradise Koh Yao Boutique Resort and Spa, Koh Yao Island Resort, Koh Yao Pavillion Resort, and the New Evason Hideaway. Phuket offers regular public boat services to Koh Yao Noi.

Phuket City however hasn’t much for tourists, but the Chinatown Area, with its several great Thai-style shopping facilities, and a few other sites can be visited. Some of the attractions include Jui Tui and Put Jaw Temples, Sino-Portuguese Mansions, Wat Mongkol Nimit, and Phuket Culture Museum.

Phuket can be accessed by air, road, or sea. Phuket International Airport is the main air gateway to the island. It’s located 32 miles from the centre of Phuket City, in the north of the Island. The island is also directly linked to the Thai mainland by a bridge.