Just arrived from South East Asia, we summarizes the must-visit places and the recommendations you should not be missing for your trip, with this 5 must-visit places you can now design a perfect itinerary and maximize your time. We also reccomend you the accommodation, The Yama Phuket Hotel that we have chosen for our paradise-like stay in Phuket.
#1 Visit the temples
This is my favorite part of the trip, I am in love with buddhist temples and the peace that you can feel on them. The two that you cannot miss in your itinerary are the Big Buddha and the Wat Chalong Temple.
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The Big Buddha is a temple chaired by a big Buddha statue made of white marble, its contruction began in 2004 and mayority of the cost has been covered by donations. The entrance is free, however you can give a small donation on the boxes you will find along. Inside if you are lucky, you will get to see the buddhist monks that sometimes recite and give you their blessings.
From the top you will have an amazing paronamic overview along the Phuket coast.
Address: Soi Yot Sane 1, Chaofa West, Phuket. Be careful with this road, is not in very good conditions and has some unpaved areas.
Wat Chalong or Chalong Temple is the biggest temple and most visited by tourists and locals that go there to pray and show respect to the monks. It has beautiful painted walls with ilustrations about Buddha’s life and golden statues that has been donated to the temple. It is worthwhile to visit it.
Address: Chaofa Road West, Chalong Phuket 83000. You will see many signs that show you how to get there.
#2 Buy and eat in the street markets
You will find many Street markets everywhere but the ones that have lower prices are open certain days of the week. Karon Temple Market is open Tuesdays and Thursday and the Sunday Walking Street Market is only open on Sundays
In these street markets you will find infinity of food stands where you can eat much cheaper and so delicious. They sell fresh juices, drinking coconuts for coconut water, grilled fish and meat, seafood, soups and all kind of meals, all made in front of you at the same moment.
You can also buy your souvenirs there and of course, bargain to get lower prices.
#3 Get a boat to Phi Phi Islands
Better known as the famous James Bond Islands, these are a must visit if you are staying in Phuket.
To get there you have two option: arrange it with a touristic company or do it by your own. If you decide to make it by your own, it is obviously much cheaper but they won’t take you on a tour around other islands. If you book it with a touristic company it will costs around 1.000-3.000 baths, including meals and the renting for the snorkel equipment (swim fins and diving goggles).
Bare in mind that the boats to the islands depart very early, around 7:30-8.30h to come back around 17:30h, last ship. Book it with at leat one day in advance, if you decided to get there on the same day (if it happens to us) you will not be able to make it, unless you are thinking about staying there overnight.
If you prefer to travel independently, you can get directly from Rassada Pier port departing at 8:30h in the morning or book it here in advance. This will cost approximately 10-22€ per journey.
#4 Go party in Patong
Neon lights, nightclubs, live music, 2×1 drinks, shows, dancers in bars, this is what you’ll find in the Patong area.
Although if your plan is not to party, it is curious to walk around the biggest party area on the island to have a drink and experience the Thai nightlife. Of course, I would not recommend it to families with children.
#5 Have a swim in the beach
Aww how beautiful Phuket’s beaches are! Most are not overcrowded, with its crystal clear waters, white sand and a beautiful landscape that mixes with the green of the area.
We recommend Kata Beach, quiet beach located near the hotel zone, Karon Beach, a large beach where you can do water sports. And if you still have time, Kata Noi beach, Freedom Beach and Banana Beach are also some of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket.
WHERE TO STAY IN PHUKET
During our stay in Thailand we stayed at The Yama Phuket Hoteel, yes! it is as beautiful as seen in the photo. The hotel is located in Kata about 5-10 minutes by transport from the beach. This was not an inconvenience since we were moving on a motorcycle. The hotel also offers a free shuttle bus service directly to Kata Beach.
The rooms are spacious as is the pool and the 24-hour gym. The breakfast buffet has a big variety and you could ask for it to be prepared freshly made pancakes, omelette or eggs. The staff was very attentive and you can hire tours, massages or rent a scooter directly with them.
If you plan to visit Phuket and looking to stay in a quiet place, we recommend you to stay at this hotel. The value for money can not be better and as it is not right on the beach, it is not so busy and you can really rest. If on the other hand, you are looking for a party area, we recommend you to look for accommodation in the area of Patong.
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