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Your Phuket Holidays starts right HERE, Your going to love it, Phuket a Tropical paradise and Phuket Holidays are here so your Holidays and vacation is an experience to write home about, throw in some Phuket Hotels to fit all budgets and a climate and weather that is always warm, even when the skys open and trust us it can rain here but the temperature never drops below 26oC YOUR going to love it.
Experience spectacular limestone peaks, crystal blue water and stunning tropical Phuket Islands with white sandy beaches and exclusive Phuket Hotels. The answer to why many tourists individuals look for the World class Phuket Island destination is simple. Phuket, Thailand is the
"Pearl of Andaman"
attracting thousand's of travellers annually to hotels and luxury resorts, who spend their travel vacation and holiday in one of Phuket's hotels or beach resorts. Phuket is probably the most important tourism hub in Thailand and has been growing since the 1980s.
Very few Islands anywhere in the World will you find such an abundance of sandy beaches, a luxury hotel and all with super clear waters as in Phuket. Phuket’s Hotels are world class to compliment the tranquil and sometimes deserted beaches and even though this sounds like paradise lost, there is a modern road structure running from North to South, with winding coastal roads should you prefer the more ‘exotic routes’.
Of course these tranquil sandy beaches can be very dangerous in the Monsoon rains so if the red flags are flying be sensible and use the Phuket Hotels pool.
Your holiday and hotel can be perfect with some planning, Phuket has activities for everyone such as cruising, snorkelling, canoeing, scuba diving and swimming in the aqua blue Andaman Sea.
Besides, this fabulous island offers you the great range of Travel activities and packages tours - enjoy rafting, sailing, ATV off-roading (All Terrain Vehicle), elephant trekking, Fishing, Safari Touring, and some of the best Golf in Asia on this special holiday destination. Phuket offers so much for families.
Walking through several traditional open-air markets to explore the freshest seafood, fruits, vegetables. You can also visit Phuket Town's boutiques and antique shops situated in renovated Chinese shop houses, or Sino- Portuguese buildings.
Additionally, Phuket’s nightlife is great for everybody. Phuket night life centers around Patong on the west coast along with plenty to do see and entertain yourselves in Karon, Kamala, Surin, Kata Chalong, Nai Harn and Bang Tao.
All through the day there is plenty of action from lazing by the hotel pool or on the sensational tropical beaches or sightseeing and some excursions. Why not visit some Temples and Phuket Town.
Things To Do
Scuba diving, snorkeling, SNUBA, yachting, jet-skiing and parasailing are the on the whole popular activities on the island. Nearly all dive sites are off nearby islands, but distances are reasonably short and there are dozens of dive shops and boats to cater to your needs, mostly based near Chalong Pier. In addition there are excellent snorkeling locations located off several of the most fashionable beaches. Seek native information regarding riptides, currents, and safe snorkeling areas. You will find all the Phuket information at you hotel tour desk usually located inside Phuket Hotels.
Sailing and Yachting
Phuket holidays have grown to be the sailing and yachting center of Thailand and adjacent countries. It's home of the Phuket Race Week, Kings Cup Regatta, four modern marinas and several well sheltered anchorages which are crowded with yachts. The marinas are all located at the eastern side of the island which makes them an ideal first point to explore the natural wonders of the Phang Nga Bay. An whole fleet of traditional junk rigged boats is located present, offering day trips. But as well real sailing yachts are on offer for this. Phuket has sailing yachts of next to every size and for all budgets on offer to explore the surrounding beautiful islands on a yacht charter. Sailing you will find a wide array of sailing catamarans from budget to luxury, most of them located in Chalong Bay, Yacht Haven and Boat Lagoon. Small sailing craft like Hobie Cats and Lasers are obtainable at most of the holiday maker hot spots on the west side, especially Patong, Kata and Bang Tao beaches.
Phuket Island has some decent dive sites and the principal diving center in Thailand if not the whole of Asia. The reefs around the area are in a healthy condition with both solid and colorfully soft corals. Here is also an abundance of marine life. Most of the dive locations are fit for all levels of divers but there are also a few that are quite deep.
The largely well-known dive site in the Phuket area is Racha Yai with its sloping rocky reefs and its plentitude of solid coral forests. There is also Ter Bay where there is an exciting wreck in the depths of 25-35 meters. The area south Racha Yai, Racha Noi, is a haven for experienced divers as the depths are greater and the currents stronger. The overall topography is strikingly diverse from Racha Yai with massive granite boulders. The diving in Racha Noi compared to Racha Yai is definitely extra challenging but the rewards are far greater.
Just off Phuket, is the limestone island of Koh Doc Mai that soars vertically from the sea-bed. It is home to a diversity of fish and offers the opportunity to view leopard sharks, moray eels, octopus and turtles. Further afield, most particularly around the enduringly fashionable Phi Phi Islands in neighbouring Krabi province, some 2 hours east of Phuket, and the Similan Islands, in Phang-nga province, some 110 kilometres northwest of Phuket, and the Raya Islands, 1-3 hours due south of Phuket, depending on the type of boat. Diving in Phuket's warm clear blue waters is superlative from mid-October to May, when the calm seas and rain free days make Phuket diving a truly unique experience.
This can be enjoyed in sheltered bays all around Phuket. It is particularly enjoyable at easily accessible reefs at Patong, Karon and Kata beaches. Fins, mask and snorkel can be rented on a daily basis from shops all over the island. Full and half day trips are available to the islands surrounding Phuket. Most popular are Coral Island, Racha Yai (Raya Island), Khai Islands, and Phi Phi Islands. There are many tours available at very cheap prices and the speedboats will be filled with up to 65 people. Research your options before signing up for any tour.
Snuba diving is the safest and easiest way to try diving on holiday in Phuket. Popular in Hawaii, the Carribean, Mexico, and Japan, Snuba gives an introduction into the world of diving. No certification required, children 8+, just like scuba diving except easier. Snuba trips go to most Phuket dive sites. No heavy equipment to wear, no long classes, maximum depth of 7 meters, professional dive guides accompany each group. Snuba is available only through licensed and insured Snuba Recreational Centers.
This can be enjoyed right through the year, and is mostly safe. However, during the summer season squals this can be very risky. Look for posted signs and flags indicating conditions for safe swimming; if the red flag is flying, do not go swimming in the ocean use the hotel pool please!
Boards may be rented by the hour, half day, full day, or week at most major beaches. Tuition is available free.
Daily tours are available throughout Phuket, hotels on Phuket make early morning departures and late afternoon returns, mostly to lesser islands to fish for Red Snappers, Rainbow Runners and other game fish.
Canoeing and Kayaking
Sea Canoe and Kayak. Limestone, unspoiled caves, lagoons, mangroves and local animal, canoeing and kayaking is one of the most popular activities while taking trips in Phuket. Your holiday can bring you to the beautiful Phang Nga Bay, one of the world's most picturesque and spectacular landscapes. Paddle past mangrove swamps and cliff-lined lagoons that thrust up from the ocean, or tuck into hidden lagoons when tide just right. You can either choose the original sea canoe or canoeing visiting James Bond Island.
You can go surfing in Phuket on most of the Western facing beaches from April to September. PLEASE BE AWARE OF LOCAL CONDITIONS.
This is a first-rate way to support the remaining domesticated elephants of Thailand during your holidays and their mahout, it's fairly cheap, and can be an interesting original experience. The elephants are well trained, and you can tip the mahout by giving the money to the elephant who will give it to the mahout with its trunk.
Phuket Golf Course
The golf courses of Phuket are of international standard. Each one has its own particular challenges and scenic splendour that only Phuket can offer. Discount green fee are available by booking through Phuket golf booking agencies. Karon Beach also has a minigolf course.
Muay Thai or Thai Boxing martial arts lovers, a visit to the live Thai Boxing competition is a must. Don't anticipate the blood bath as fights are aimed at visitors, but you always anticipate the good match for real spectacle. If you are enthusiastic to learn Thai Boxing, there are several gymnasiums or training camps around the island.
It’s easier than it looks. almost any person can enjoy themselves on a mountain bike whilst on your Phuket Holiday, most bikes have gearing sufficient to take the mightiest incline, but perhaps you may not!!!
Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Park offers the best trekking in Phuket with a well preserved natural environment. May through October is the best time for jungle trekking, when the forest is full of blossoms. The park has a marked hiking route for visitors to follow.
Other sports and games such as go-karting, bungy jump and paintball are available and don't forget Muay Thai, it's all available all over Phuket, again just check with your hotel tour desk.
Now don't forget the TWO S's... the what?
Spas and Shopping?
Phuket Island is a shopaholic's paradise, trust me I know, there is Central Festival right in the centre of the Island, close by Tesco and Big C supermarket, on the South a Villa Market complex and and the usually frantic Patong the wonderful Jung Celyon with it’s huge under ground parking, and lots of places to eat, do not miss The Irish Times in the centre and say hello to Tommy and Ron the owners. Towards the North you’ll find shopping and excellent Spas at Laguna and further north Turtle Village at Mao Khoa beach.
Phuket has it all from bustling open-air village markets, weekend and night markets that can be a very noisy, street stalls and local shops through to international shopping malls with all the famous brands.
When it comes to Spas your really spoilt for choice.
Your Phuket Hotel will probably have one and if not the Hotel next door will. Spas and their concept blend with the ancient traditions, healing, herbal baths, meditation, inner and outer beauty and of corse massage.
There are many Spas and herbal treatments available and traditional Thai massage should be experienced by every visitor, check out the various treatments available and the service, varied menu and prices of pamperrment, (we like that word) on offer. Go on Spoil yourself.
Phuket holidays has it all, and you can find out latest information on Phuket radio whether your a backbacker, one of the retired expats that live here all year, the budget famliy vacation makers and not forgetting the many cosmopolitan, social jet set that come and stay in the Luxurious 5 star Hotels and resorts.