The tragedy of 2004 will not be forgotten in the minds of many but eight years later there are hardly any signs of reminder in the city of the Great Tsunami. Phuket is back to the bustling beach city it once was and even better than before. Very much, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, so has Phuket risen from the mud and devastation. Phuket is now the all-night-long party city of the Eastern side of Thailand. Half-naked party animals are a common sight every weekend and during festivities but it seems like Phuket has everyday weekends and festivities! Patong Beach is the height of a pleasurably decadent lifestyle. You can find anything here from shopping to all-night hedonistic parties. Phuket also invites travelers of all budgets from the budget hitchhiker to the infamously famous!
On the flip side, Phuket is also a daring adventurer’s haven. There are numerous cliffs to scale, clear waters to dive around in, and jungles to explore. Those who however had one too many drinks the night before can find themselves lazing out at the many pristine beaches, tanning to perfection like a nice grilled red lobster!
Phuket is still the biggest draw to the Andaman. Year in and out throngs of travelers pass the gateways into Phuket, each looking for a piece of the action pie that is Phuket and an affordable holiday. Watching the travelers and revelers at the full moon parties cavorting and cajoling can be just as amusing. Therefore, no matter what your party flavor, Phuket in the blissful Andaman has it all and once having tasted it, you will definitely be back for more!
The Fantasy World of Phuket Fantasea
Everybody enjoys a good laugh and there is no other place on Phuket that you can enjoy an epic style fantasy that is packed from start to finish with absolutely riveting performances. Phuket Fantasea is like Alice in Wonderland Thai style, only you need not fall through the rabbit hole to enjoy this. Instead of rabbits you have elephants and a host of other animals including even chickens and a cockerel all there on stage to entertain you. This is a show of Thai fairytales that just keeps getting better with each performance. A cast of trapeze artiste, performers and animals are there to make you laugh right off your seat so unless you lack a sense of humor this might be a good show for you to start developing one!
Be a 007 agent on James bond Island
You remember how James Bond always gets his girl and sails off to some exotic place for we all know what? This island, now popularly known as James Bond Island is just a short boat ride away and the place for 2 of the films. The familiar sight is the limestone formations that jut out from the sea much like nails hammered into the sea bed, which coincidentally is the name of the island – Nail Island. Strike your Bond pose like in the movie, maybe if the girls like you then you can make like James Bond and sail into the sunset, if not, just go back with whom you have come with! The island is best known for its view and don’t expect any memorabilia for sale that has a 007 flavor to it, there is none. So just make your own picture souvenir to brag about!
Relive the past of Old Phuket Town
Make sure you have your camera with you to snap loads of pictures here in this Sino-Portuguese old town known popularly as Phuket Old Town. It is not the sleepy hollow you might think it to be but underneath all that oldie but goodie façade is one of the funkiest towns this side of Phuket Island. A walk around town will delight you with the many quaint shops and fancy eateries so you can’t really complain about the food and shopping there. There are surprising little delights tucked away in some corner that will catch your eye and mooching around is like a treasure hunt in itself!
Strut Your Best “Saturday Night” Pose at Bangla Road on Patong Beach
Let your hair down or if not just keep your shirt on! Bangla Road on Patong Beach is where the night owls and party animals come out to play. Eye-ball the girls or the guys, whichever is your flavor and spend the whole night drinking and partying away. Just don’t wake up the next morning semi-nude from a massive hangover with a tattoo in some obscure place and not remembering the night before. It is very easy to get carried away with the cheap booze and all night parties!
Ogle At The Beauty Of The Ladyboys In Simon Cabaret On Patong Beach
You might think that some of the performers at this famous cabaret are some of the most beautiful women in the world until some of them start speaking. The “Ladyboys” are transgendered and transvestite performers who are some of the most musically talented people in Thailand. They have the beauty that kills and the humor to match. It will be hard to stay seated during the performance and is a must go see when you are in Phuket. Standing next to one of these performers is like standing next to one of those beauty queens in Las Vegas. Work those stomach muscles with a good laugh before you head on down to the drinking street to work off the rest of your muscles!
Bring Your Sunglasses When You Visit Wat Chalong
Noted as one of the shiniest and most glaring temples in Thailand, Wat Chalong is the iconic temple of Phuket. If you have not been here, you have not been to Phuket. Thousands of tiny glass pieces and many pagodas make up this temple. The gleam of light reflecting from these glass pieces are enough to bedazzle you, so to look through all that gleam you might need your sunglasses! If you visit at the right time, you will get to visit some of the local country fairs that are held where you can munch your way from the start of the fair all the way to the end from the many local Thai snack vendors. Be prepared to part with your cash at the variety of stalls that sell just about anything, you’ll even end up buying what you don’t need just because it looks nice!
Everything Is Big Not Only In Texas But Also In Thailand Starting With The Big Buddha Of Chalong
At a whopping cost of USD1 million to construct, the Big Buddha of Chalong stands 45 meters tall in the Nakkered Hills overlooking Chalong, Rawai and Kata. If you are thinking of carting this away, just settle for the smaller souvenirs! Not all that glitters is gold but it sure looks like it from a distance! There is also a great view from this place that makes for a great snapshot, so again, don’t forget your camera!
“Move Like A Butterfly And Sting Like A Bee” with Muay Thai Boxing at Phuket City
Muhammad Ali used to say “Move like a butterfly and sting like a bee”, well you will get to watch plenty of this action in a Muay Thai boxing match at the Phuket City Muay Thai stadium! There is no limitation on just using your fists but every part of the body is used as a weapon which is better than watching a kung-fu movie on TV! The pre-fight rituals are interesting to watch not to mention the super-fit fighters. It is a colorful sport to watch albeit all the betting behind the scene and in the quiet! If you are aspiring to be a future Muay Thai boxer, you can take training lessons from the many Muay Thai schools on Phuket Island, just be prepared for a regimental lifestyle!
Sea Walking With The Fish At Coral Island
You have heard about walking on the moon, why not try the latest craze on Coral Island with the Sea Walk? Even if you do not know how to snorkel of scuba dive, there is no stopping you from walking on the seabed with the Coral island Sea Walk. Put on a sea helmet and you can pretend to be in the Jules Verne story of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Be an explorer wannabe and play with the parrotfish or watch a real life “Nemo” among the sea anemones or even spot a forgetful “Dory” among the many colorful fishes!
Get In The Seat Of A Kayak And Paddle Your Way Around Phang Nga Bay
Too much energy to expend and can’t sit still then hire a kayak in Phang Nga Bay and paddle till your heart is contented around the bay. Do your part in eco-tourism and use those strong arm muscles rather than the diesel fuel from a speed boat! Well, that is about the only way you can really explore all those fascinating sea caves in the bay known as “karst” or “hong” in the Thai language. There are some interesting things to discover in there including “leftovers” from civilizations past. Those who have the adventurous soul of a pirate will relish this exploration!