From the many islands of Thailand, Phuket stands out as the most popular destination choice in Thailand. Travel agents book the most travelers in Phuket than the other cities. Many Hollywood celebrities are no stranger to Phuket because they have spent countless holidays in the island. And Phuket is proud to receive that recognition from the international travelers and celebrity jet setters. Phuket must have something that the other provinces, cities and islands in Thailand did not know about to make it a preferred holiday destination. What makes Phuket the best tourist destination in Thailand?
As an overview, Phuket has beautiful and magnificent scenery, postcard-picture-perfect tropical sunsets, soft white beaches and palm-lined beaches and world-class holiday facilities. The numerous water sports activities that holidaymakers can line up during their stay in Phuket are just unbelievable – kayaking, sailing, yachting, jet skiing, diving, snorkeling and other eco-adventures in tropical forests. Then there’s the exciting nightlife in Patong or the Muay Thai training camps that thrive in Phuket. The list can go on and on…
But for those who want to know the specifics, the following are the reasons why Phuket is the unrivalled best destination in Thailand.
White Sandy Beaches – Surin, Kamala, Bangtao, Karon, Patong
Scattered all over the island are white beaches that foreigners can’t get enough with. Patong is the most crowded beach in Phuket. However, if you’re looking at a more quiet beach to relax, Surin, or Bangtao beach is the place. There are other small beaches not mentioned here. I would recommend that you rent a motorbike or car to drive around the island. There’s more to discover.
Phang Nga Bay
A day out in Phang Nga Bay is an opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable experience. Patong Bay has a distinctive feature – the sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the emerald-green waters. Needless to say that Phang Nga Bay has a rich and thriving marine life. Two of the popular spots in Phang Nga Bay are the James Bond Island and Koh Panyee.
Bangla Road Nightlife in Patong Beach
Thailand is known for its active and vibrant nightlife. In Phuket, no other place can beat Patong Beach Bangla Road when it comes to after-dark happy hours. Bangla Road’s common nightly sight includes ladyboys, exotic girls, enchanted westerners (mostly male) and enough extraverts to fill a Disney cast of thousands.
Temples: Wat Chalong
One of Phuket’s most important temples is Wat Chalong. Thousands of visitors come to the temple every year. The temple glistens under the sun with its beautifully decorated reflections from hundreds of tiny glass pieces and several pagodas capturing the eyes and soul of the visiting travelers. Wat Chalong hosts country fairs on some special holidays. Wat Chalong has an interesting history and Phuket Island has made it the island’s spiritual center. No visit to Phuket is complete without seeing Wat Chalong up-close.
Phuket Viewpoints: Kata – Nai Harn – Panwa
The opportunity to see Phuket in a panoramic view is provided by the numerous viewpoints in Phuket looking out over east and west Phuket affording sunrise as well as sunset views. Viewpoints like Promthep Cape, Phuket Big Buddha, Radar Hill Viewpoint and Kata Viewpoint are just some of the most popular in Phuket.