Luxtripper Travel Editor
Food is one of the most significant trademarks of Thai culture, so nothing would express the country you are travelling to better than a pot of an endlessly delicious ‘something’ made by the locals. After all, the language of food is a universal experience.
Dedicated foodies would be delighted to know that it is almost impossible to find bad food anywhere in Phuket. The key to any great tasting meal is always fresh ingredients, which you find in access in Thailand. For the best culinary experience, avoid tourist-traps as the dishes there tend to be accommodated to the Western tastes. The difference is that where western cultures are guided by their eyes, the eastern ones would rather be lead by tantalising fragrances.
Here are some must-try dishes: the famous zingy Tom Yam Goong and the light Noodle soup (Kuay Tiew), as well as the enticing Pad Thai and Green Curry Chicken which are unbelievable when cooked with the freshest choice of ingredients. Don't forget about Tom Kha Gai, super rich in flavour, and mouthwatering Massaman Curry!
If you are looking for a memento to bring home with you here arw a couple of places to visit. If you're in Patong, head to Bangala road, the perfect spot to get a vibrant city centre experience.
Phuket Weekend Market (Talad Tairod) is another busy place where the list of goods on offer is just endless. The colourful streets of Phuket Old Town will bring you an iconic historical experience; it is here that you'll find stores that were run by generations selling the highest quality clothing and materials. Alternatively, Phuket Walking Street is beautifully renovated and one of the latest attractions in the city famous for the Lardyai, or the ‘Big Market’.
And if you are looking for a place to shop in Karon Beach it is undoubtably Karon Bazaar. In A neon-lit building, it’s a lively and energetic place to visit.
The haunting sight of the limestone rocks and piercing through the emerald green waters of the Andaman Sea is an unforgettable experience. Phang Ng Bay boasts truly dramatic scenery, feast your eyes on the endless caves, beautiful lagoons and the secret miniature beaches.
A historical town in the heart of the sleepy provincial capital. The town’s architecture boasts a picturesque blend of Sino-Portuguese style buildings and Chinese structures. See what the colonial capital has to offer to the dedicated traveller: from exquisite restaurants and café’s to museums, temples, shrines and much more…
Then take a picturesque ride to the top of the Nakkerd Hills and marvel on the Big Buddha Statue overlooking Chalong, Kata and Rawai. Get a glimpse of the 45-meter statue of the god and get a sense of the ‘Real’ Thailand... Explore the sensual side of Thailand through a tour around its temples and shrines. Visit Wat Chalong and the ancient Phuket Temples.
A more exotic local attraction that is not to be missed is the Simon Cabaret Show, the most famous and definitely the most colourful transvestite show found locally.
For a more traditional taste visit the Phuket Fanta Sea Show. Combining the Las Vegas grand style, professionally staged and retaining the air of Thai culture it deserves to be at the top of your ‘things to do’ list.
Nature lovers are advised to take a sunrise tour; Phuket offers the most extraordinary and inspiring scenery which looks truly magical under the soft rays of the rising sun... a glorious sight to see.
Divers might prefer to explore the Similan Islands. Known for the one of the most vivid marine biodiversity under the thickness of the clear blue waters it is truly a divers paradise.
The variety of festivals, whether held in honour of gods or just for fun, are always exotic, these enticing spectacles are not to be missed! Attend the February festival celebrating Chinese New Year in its full glamour, take the rickshaw ride at the Phuket Old Town Festival in February, Bate your curiosity and be a guest at Thai New Year during the Songkran Festival in April, watch the parade at the Pride Festival in April-May, or call on the regatta show and see the fastest Asian yachts at Race Week in July for a more western style experience.