PHUKET HOLIDAYS FOR 2015
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How to Spend Time in Phuket
It may be Thailand’s largest island, and fringed with sugar-white sands and swaying palm trees, but there is more to Phuket than just amazing beaches that regularly make their way onto 2015 A-list holiday destination wishlists.
After spending a day perfecting your tan on one of the many beautiful beaches, cool off by grabbing a snorkel and exploring the beautiful underwater world off one of the many tiny islands. With shoals of tropical fish and fascinating water plants, it is an absolute must-see.
Alternatively, you can charter a small boat and spend your days lazily fishing and drifting among the myriad of tiny islands just off Phuket’s coastline.
For the livelier among you, Phuket is home to some fantastic waterfalls, rock pools and freshwater streams that are just waiting to be explored. Join a mountain trekking excursion to dive among the waterfalls and explore the plethora of fantastic plants and vegetation, many of them exclusive to Asia’s tropical islands. If climbing really isn’t your thing, tag onto an elephant excursion trip and take in those beautiful views whilst riding an elephant.
Take a cruise through the fantastic limestone karsts of Phang Nga to explore the island’s worst kept secret -- made up of over 100 unusually shaped islands, they are mostly under National Park protection. Recognisable by the giant limestone karsts rising majestically from the clear ocean, a leisurely cruise among the deserted islands, occasionally stopping off to relax with a chilled drink or two on the beaches, is a fantastic way to de-stress. Most of the bus tours also include a fish lunch on James Bond Island, made famous by starring in the Bond movie ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’. You can also buy trinkets made of shell and bone from the tiny fishing community that exists there too.
Finish off the day with a visit to Koh Ping Ghan, a secluded beach made of tiny caves that are great fun to explore. A particular must is to go sea-kayaking: Phuket is made up of many ‘rooms’ or ‘Hong’ which are collapsed caves open to the sky, so grab a canoe and weave your way up hidden rivers to the centre of mysterious islands.
With organised jungle safari tours among the lush rainforest of the Khao Sok National Park, you can ride an elephant, explore the fantastic waterways and enjoy the magnificent natural beauty of the park. With a package trip you can even check out the Tsunami Museum and enjoy a traditional Thai lunch of noodles, peppers, pork and chicken at their restaurant by the river.
From sea diving, mountain trekking and canoeing to lazing on deserted, secret beaches watching elephants graze in the forests; you will be spoiled for choice when you visit Phuket.
Phuket is a fantastic island with strong influences from Europe, China, India and Portugal, with their creative influence still found in the beautiful Sino-Portuguese architecture and in the cuisine. Whether you decide to check out the delicious Thai food in one of the many restaurants and beachside fish bars or grab some sun on those famously perfect beaches, there is something for everyone.
Drink in the fantastic views from Cape Promothep or visit Wat Chalong temple, one of the most revered and beautiful Buddhist shrines on the island, for a fascinating insight into Asia’s cultural history. Perfect for grabbing some awe inspiring photographs, the many temples and shrines are also home to some fascinating local folklore and tales. Exploring the small fishing communities that live along the coastline is also fascinating; most of them are sleepy, with a small trade in fish, shells and beautiful woven cloth.
Phuket is sleepy by day but at night it truly comes alive. As the biggest island in Thailand, Phuket has big shoes to fill and rises to the occasion magnificently. With fantastic beachside A-go-go bars that offer own brewed alcoholic drinks, colourful dancers as well as regular festivals and beach parties, Patong is the undisputed centre of Phuket’s nightlife. With a dazzling range of cabarets, all-night bars, cocktail lounges and international DJs at top terrace clubs, Phuket’s reputation as the hard partying soul of Thailand is well deserved and best taken with a strong sense of humour! Not for the faint hearted, Phuket is also home to live band venues featuring musicians, dancers, cabarets and comedians. Phuket is also home to two major stadiums featuring regular boxing and Muay Thai boxing matches, possibly the most intense body contact sport in the world.
Phuket’s Climate: It’s Hot, Hot, Hot
Phuket is part of Thailand and has a sub-tropical climate, with very high temperatures and humidity. The hottest times of the year are from April to June, where temperatures often reach the upper 80s. This is also the time when rain and thunderstorms are common. The most popular time to visit is from November to March, when temperatures are hot and rainfall is low.
Flying to Phuket
The UK is 6,137 miles from Phuket and flights typically take around 11 and a half hours, while non direct flights can take around 15. 2015 UK to Phuket flights are available from all major UK airports including London, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow.
Booking Your Holidays to Phuket with Travelbag
Booking your 2015 and 2016 holiday to Phuket could not be simpler, with Travelbag’s easy booking options. Give one of our friendly and highly trained travel agents a call today. With a wealth of knowledge on the best hotels, resorts, restaurants and flights they can help tailor your holiday to your personal requirements. Our call centre is open seven days a week on: 0871 911 0073
Alternatively, follow the simple steps to book your 2015/2016 Phuket holiday online. We are fully insured with ABTA and offer a secure, safe service.
Arguably Thailand’s best-known and best-loved iconic holiday destination, Phuket lives up to its lofty reputation as a tropical paradise the moment you step foot on its ravishingly beautiful sands.
Spread out on one of Phuket’s glorious beaches, indulge in a traditional Thai massage to the soft sounds of the waves breaking, reside in a luxurious private villa, admire an epic sunset each evening, discover a majestic underwater world... Phuket is Thailand at its most spectacular.
A sublime blend of relaxation and exhilaration, a Phuket holiday offers everything you could want – and more – from a dream tropical Thailand escape.
Key Highlights of Phuket
- Relaxing on the pristine sands of Phuket’s glorious coastline
- Indulging yourself in one of the many luxury resorts
- Enjoying a traditional Thai massage in beautiful tropical surroundings
- Diving into the majestically crystalline waters of the Andaman Sea
- Teeing off on one of Phuket’s impressive golf courses
- Immersing yourself in Phuket’s exhilarating nightlife
If you would like to know more about Travelbag’s excellent tailor-made holidays to Phuket, call us on 0871 703 4698 and speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable travel experts.
The most iconic of all Thailand destinations, Phuket is a place of pristine beauty where a tropical coastline plays host to exhilaration and relaxation. It is an island near the neighbouring Krabi and Phang Nga provinces and boasts the title of the ‘pearl of the Andaman’.
When packing, it is best to stick to casual clothing as this is accepted everywhere and it is too warm for much else. Men and women alike can stroll up and down the beach in tank tops, shorts and t-shirts all day. Then, in the evening you can put some light fabric pants and maybe a long shirt on to relax, whilst also keeping the mosquitos at bay.
Do remember that for any religious trips you will need knee-length bottoms and a top that covers you shoulders.
Aside from this, don’t forget things like suncream and insect repellent while a small bag for day trips will be handy for carrying anything from a bottle of water to a poncho! If you are going out in the evening then wear something a little smarter but always go for comfort first. High heels can stay at home.
- Capital – Bangkok is the capital of Thailand. Patong is the largest city on the island of Phuket although Phuket City is the official capital.
- Currency – Baht.
- Language – Thai.
- Time Zone – GMT +7.
Warm temperatures grace Phuket throughout the year thanks to the tropical monsoon climate that the island is afforded. There are, though, three main seasons to look out for when planning a trip here.
The monsoon season between May and October are when the prices are lower and beaches quieter. This is because temperatures hit the late 20s and this, coupled with the high humidity, can make the days and evenings uncomfortable. It is wet at this time of year but downpours tend to be brief and followed by sunshine.
November through February sees the cooler weather come in with the dry season. As the winds reverse, both the humidity and temperatures drop to a more comfortable level and the crowds gather. This is then followed by the hot season where high humidity and high temperatures make for an uncomfortable time of the year between March and May.
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