Thailand has lately emerged as one of the top tourist hotspots for travelers around the world. There was a time when it was considered a tourist destination for budget travelers only, however, over the years it has managed to attract everyone from luxury to economy travelers. Whether you need some serenity and seclusion or whether you are looking for some happening party scene, Thailand has everything in store for you. There is no doubt that it is difficult to have enough of the country in a single holiday given that each region of the country has so much to offer. However, if you are planning for a shorter trip and you need to filter down to one location that will give you a bit of everything, Phuket comes out as a clear winner.
Phuket is by all means Thailand’s star island. It has been one of the Hollywood's favorite shooting location for its exotic beaches, blue waters, rich aquaculture, and dense forest and wildlife along with a vibrant culture and happening lifestyle. Phuket has every element of a perfect holiday destination that you can think of. If you are planning to head to Phuket, here are some of the top things that you should not miss out on.
Going to Phuket and not going for an island hopping trip does not make sense at all. Phuket is the largest island in the country and is dotted by many smaller and much more beautiful and exotic islands. A quick search on island tours in Phuket will land you with several tour options. Although you can pick and choose from the various options, the Phang Nga Bay and Koh Phi Phi are a must visit. You can pass through the beautiful picturesque limestone formations of Phang Nga Bay on your way to Koh Phi Phi. If you have some spare time, spending a night or two at Koh Phi Phi is highly recommended. Experiencing the emerald water of the Andaman washing down the soft white sand of this lush green island and sleeping to the sound of waves is an experience in its own. If an overnight stay is not possible, then a day trip ts a must. Other must-visit islands include Similan Islands, Maya Bay, and James Bond Island.
Walk down the Bangla Street
On the main Phuket Island, there is a walking street on the beach strip of Patong that comes to life as the sun sets. All the Phuket has several beaches, Patong is known as the most happening, touristy and lively beach on the island. Bangla Street is the beach town's main commercial street that is lined with eateries, shopping options, and bars and nightclubs. The evenings at Bangla Street are dominated by color, culture, music, delicious food and fantastic shopping.
Unwind at the Beach
It is perfectly reasonable to be overwhelmed by the number of attractions that Phuket offers, but no beach holiday is incomplete if you do not dedicate a day or two at relaxing on the beach itself. Phuket has some of the best beaches in the world. From a very touristy Patong to the more secluded and calmer Kata and Karon, you will find something that will perfectly to your mood and preferences. You can choose to lie down and enjoy the natural beach sand or head to one of the beach clubs for some extra oomph and entertainment.