Who doesn’t love a couple of beers while lying in a hammock underneath a coconut palm tree in the sun? Yes please! What are we talking about? Only one of the most visited islands in Thailand, Phuket. No matter how many times anyone visits this country, there will always be something more to go back to, something new and adventurous, if that’s your preference.
When you think Phuket, you hardly get the words luxurious relating to it, but the surprising thing about this island is that it has some of the most deluxe accommodations options, for people with any sized budget. Filled with sleek luxury hide-away’s an elaborate cultural adorning’s, this is a place that will stay in your memories for a very long time.
Some have been there for days while other weeks. In the current pandemic, the trend of working from home or anywhere on your laptop has become the norm. many people are looking for budget-friendly places to go to, so they don’t have to stay indoors the entire time while working.
Places such as these are perfect for such a reason, you can easily book yourself into a reasonable hotel or sea-side lodge for a week or even just 2 to 3 days to get away from the city life. Click here to read what it’s all about. In our guide below, we touch on a few exciting things that you can do while in Phuket, whether it’s for work or pleasure, so you don’t miss out on the good life.
Kata Noi Beach
While in Phuket, if you haven’t already been to the Kata Noi Beach, it should be on your to=do list. Just a short drive from the kata beach itself, this is one of the most scenic beaches in the region. It has sand, clear water, sun, and palm trees. What more could you ask for? Take a walk on the beach and immerse your feet in the warm water. There is also a viewpoint to climb to, to take in the breath-taking beauty and serenity of the sea.
The Chalong Bay Rum Distillery
If you’re a fan of Rum, this could be something to look forward to. The Chalong Bay Rum Distillery produces high-quality white rum which is exported all around the world, and you get to see how it’s done first-hand and get a taste of it too, their website can tell you more: https://www.chalongbayrum.com/en/home The distillery offers an assortment of activities from, taking a tour of it, to educating the public on how this natural cane white spirit, is produced, and get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes.
What would a rum tour be without a bar? After your tour end exploration, you get to visit the distilleries cocktail bar which is set up with a workshop as well. This is the highlight of your trip because you get to learn how to make various rum cocktails, and then drink them while you relax and enjoy the surrounding landscape.
Phuket’s Big Buddha/ The Great Buddha of Phuket
No one has ever completed their trip without seeing Phuket’s Big Buddha, and rightly so. Traditionally named the “Phraphutthamingmongkhol-akenagakhiri Buddha” and translated as “Happiness on Top of Nagakerd Mountain”.
Where else will you find a magnificent statue of a sitting Buddha on top of a mountain that measures 45 meters tall and 25 meters wide? Once you have climbed up the top of the Nagakerd Hill, you will get the magnificent views of the ‘Ao Chalong Bay’ and get to visit the temple as well. Made from white ‘Burmese marble ‘it is the most treasured piece in Phuket, this status cost almost 30 million to build.
This is a revered cultural landmark and as such those who visit it must respect it and can pray near it. Because some of the primary communities include Buddhists, thus the statue has been added to overlook the town. It is a quiet and serene space for many to practice some meditation, and quiet time with themselves. The only sounds you will hear up top are those of small bells chiming and ‘dharma’ music.
Phuket Town Weekend Night Market
Why not do some shopping while you’re there? Items sold here are seldom found in western countries, and here you will get the originals of everything hand made and cultural. The night market happens on the weekends and in the evenings. The locals refer to it as ‘Nasa Market’ and is a short distance from the town.
You can spend your wear on various clothing items, Jewellery, traditional food, animals, and decorative items. It is recommended to visit the area later in the afternoon before it gets busy. Try your hand at the local delights and cuisines such as corn on the cob with butter.
Visit A Phuket Tattoo Studio
Some of the best tattoo artists in the world, live and work in Phuket. Who wouldn’t? if you think their work is sub-par, think again. If you do your research, you will find a few of the most professional artists ready in their studios to mark their customers, and what better way to get a permanent memory on your skin, than a tattoo of a buddha?
The modern studios, for example, the tattoo studio Inked Machine in Phuket, have very high standards of hygiene and always use new packed and disposal instruments on their customers, such as needles and gloves. Prices can range anywhere between the starting rate of 1000 baht, which is about USD 35, for a simple line art drawing done in only black ink, to larger ones that have cost up to 60,000 baht, which is just under USD 2000.
As a going-away present, when tourists depart the island, they often get themselves a simple one to commemorate your trip, in the hopes of visiting the splendid island again.
Even though we haven’t even touched the surface of other exciting things to do, we hope some of the above suggestions will help you make the most of your trip.
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