Phuket is a luxurious tropical beachside destination and is one of the most visited places in Thailand for its various wonders. For one, they may be touristy, but apart from Patong Beach, they have really stunning and well-maintained beaches.
We would like to think of Phuket as a destination for a quiet, self-pampering and luxurious retreat – where we’d do nothing but laze in our villas, enjoy every sunrise, take a dip in our private pool, treat ourselves to a spa session, indulge in good meals, and take a stroll by the sea of blues.
Imagine doing all these in mansion-sized villas; waking up to a breathtaking ocean view is not a just a dream in Phuket. Because Phuket is home to some of the best villas in the world. Here is our take on the 12 Luxurious Villas in Phuket That You Must Stay At Before You Die.
Karon Beach is not the top-of-mind destination for travellers to Phuket. Which is a shame, because the beach is so much cleaner and prettier as compared to your usual Patong Beach and Kata Beach.
It is relatively untouched by tourism – as compared to Patong Beach - and perhaps this is why food recommendations for the area is scarce too. Our first time to Karon beach had us struggling to find good eats, and most places look like tourists’ traps – which we loathe and always avoid. We’ve had several horrible meals at Karon Beach, got ripped off, and we were always grumpy after meal times.
But this was not until we found Mama Jin – an unassuming eatery that sits on the beachfront at the north of Karon Beach near to the lake. Yes, it looks like any other tourists’ trap along that stretch, but trust us on this: Mama Jin is your best bet at Karon Beach. We had an unforgettable Thai meal that was authentic, inexpensive and very satisfying.
There are many things to fall in love with at Phuket. The beaches sparkle in the prettiest jewel tones, the satisfaction that Thai food brings is unrivalled, the countless gorgeous beach resorts and villas to call home, the cheap Thai massages to soothe those tensed muscles, and the list goes on.
As much as the well-loved holiday destination is popular and sees constant tourism, there is this one system that stains the beauty of the Thai island, one that makes commuting a headache and frustration, one that does not benefit anyone, one that needs change.
Getting around Phuket means you either take a tuk-tuk or you go for “private taxis”. Or you rent a bike, but that is beside the point. Quite unlike Bangkok, the transport here does not offer you an option to “charge by metre”. In other words, everyone sets a fixed price across board, and you either pay them what they ask for, or you are on your own – by foot. Because most places and points are very far apart, sometimes separated by hills, and walking is almost impossible.
So how does Phuket’s Taxi Mafia system come into place, and why do we think it is warped?
Phuket is one of the most well-known beach destinations in Asia; travellers fly in from all around the world for some soaking up in the sun and relaxation at the prized Thai island. Among all the beaches in Phuket, Patong Beach is the largest and busiest one on the island.
While Patong Beach is known for many things – from water sports, to nightlife and luxe resorts – it can be quite a challenge to find affordable authentic Thai food when you are there for a holiday. Most restaurants along Patong Beach are tourist traps, and they serve mediocre Thai food at exorbitant prices.
We made several trips, and picked out some fantastic places to dine at when at Patong Beach. They may not be the cheapest by Thailand’s standards, but they are authentic enough with reasonable price tags, some of which are favourites even among locals. Here is our guide on where to eat at Patong Beach, featuring five restaurants and eateries that offer delicious Thai classic dishes and seafood.
Phuket is a highly popular Thai island, with millions of tourists flocking there every month for a retreat at the many beaches. And because everything is so affordable, and that options are aplenty, you will never have to put up at shabby and dirty hotels. Home at Phuket can be a nice and quiet villa with your own private pool!
Some months ago, we took a flight out for a weekend getaway, and we chose to stay at the Kata Beach area. We are particularly fond of that area, because it is less crowded, slow and has a little rustic charm to it – just the way we like our Phuket to be. It was a vacation to relax, so we chose to put up at Metadee Resort and Villas – an ideal spot for couples who want to be lost in each other’s worlds.
I have been to many hotels and resorts around the world, but a trip to Sri Panwa Villa at Phuket and it has immediately rocketed to my all-time favourite list – I am head over heels in love with this gem of Phuket.
Here are 9 reasons why I love Sri Panwa Resort in Phuket.
There are many reasons why so many people fall in love with Phuket – white sand with turquoise waters and blue sunny skies; luxurious beach villas that will make you feel like royalty; cheap and delicious Thai street food; and wonder spa treatments for your tense shoulders after your flight.
Granted, Phuket has become very touristy in recent years as travellers escape there for a getaway, but there are still many beautiful beaches that are waiting to be explored. We spent a weekend in Kata Beach and had a memorable experience.