With turquoise blue water, soft white sand, and jaw dropping limestone cliff edges, it’s easy to see why the beaches of Phuket continue to be rated among the top 10 in the world. Unfortunately, being located in the hugely popular tourist spot of the south, and being heavily influenced by the Thai mafia, prices in this region are a lot steeper than they should be. That said, the town still remains an interesting place to visit, with a huge mall in the centre, crazy night life that goes well beyond what is normally accepted in Thailand.
Getting Around Phuket
There aren’t a huge number of choices for getting a round the city. There are songthaws which are the cheapest method of transportation, but a lot more expensive than other parts of Thailand. The set rate for a somgthaw is 100฿ and it will jump between the beaches.
Tuk tuks can be seen on every street corner, but these will tend to over charge tremendously. Note, if you miss the last bus back from the beach or town, you will be left to the drivers wrath, who will invariably at,to to charge 250฿ to take you somewhere.
Most people instead rent motorbikes. Although they are a lot steeper than other parts of the country, at 180 per day plus fuel, this could be a good option for 2 of you if you want to do a bit of exploring.
If you are heading to or from the airport, there are buses to and from the old town that will cost 100฿. Alternatively, there are minivans to the different beaches which will set you back 180฿, all routes and options are on ExitTheAirport.
What to do In Phuket
The most popular thing to do in Phuket is island hopping. The most popular tours include Koh a Phi phi, which covers snorkelling, gla,as bottomed boat , visiting Koh Phi Phi where The Beach was filmed. This tour can be found for as low as 800 during low season, but you may be quoted 1,500฿ to start with. The second most popular expedition is James Bond island (Koh Phangnan Tapu island).
Water sports are also very popular in the island, with jet skis costing about 500฿ for a 15 minute ride.
Phuket Fantasea is a spectacular Las Vegas style show, featuring lights, elephants and water. Prices aren’t cheap.
Floating markets – shopping.
Eating In Phuket
Budget travellers will enjoy the many street stalls that line the streets of Bangkok, open every day except for Monday (street cleaning day). Meals will vary in price and quality depending on where you are, but you will be looking at 35-60฿. The most exciting food market in Bangkok is unarguably the train market.
For casual diners, Siam square will offer you the best range. With meals ranging from 100-250฿. Fare includes a come international range from Japanese, Western and Korean.
Those looking to treat themselves will find a number of high end boutique restaurants in Ekami. Prices here start from around 300฿ and rise up to 1,000฿ for imported steaks. Some of the best quality restaurants in Bangkok are Baan Khanitha and seven spoons. Fireplace grill at intercontinental hotel.
Quirky restaurants include dine in the dark.
Where to Stay in Phuket
There are a number of main beaches that people choose to stay in. Some will choose Patpong beach (backpackers and nightlife lovers), others the old town or Surin, Katu and Karon (all inclusives).
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