Phuket needs to be on your list of favourite island getaway for a multitude of attractions. Here’s our top 6!
The biggest aquarium in Thailand, Aquaria Phuket, located in Central Phuket Floresta Mall, houses over 25,000 marine life forms in over nine different thematic zones such as The River Cave, South China Sea, Legends of the Sea, Canopy Walk and Jewels of the Jungle, amongst others. From oceans to rivers, guests can embark on a fantastic journey of discovering the magnificent world of marine life including hands-on experience at the Touch Pool and, watching ‘mermaids’ feeding the aquarium’s inhabitants. Also, visit Andasi, a world-class underwater restaurant that houses a viewing tank with over 100,000 fishes!
2. Beach Hopping
Patong Beach is the first that comes to mind but move away from this famous but congested beachfront and be astonished by a plethora of other beaches that will leave you gobsmacked and, often deserted too. Kata, Surin, Karon, Kamala and Panwa beaches are just some of the more famous ones but if you hire a motorbike and travel the length and breadth of the island, you’ll find powder-white beaches lapped by azure waters at Laem Singh, Ya Nui, Nai Harn, Mai Khao, Sai Khaew and Rawai beaches. So many choices, so few bikinis to wear!
3. Phuket Night Markets
Malls may be bright and swanky but for a truly immersive experience of the local culture, a trip to the night market is mandatory. Phuket offers many such night markets where tourists can savour authentic dishes or stock up on handcrafted souvenirs and gifts for a fraction of the price. Phuket Sunday Street Market at Thalang Road is popular for Thai food and desserts, clothes, souvenirs and gadgets. Chillva Market at Yaowarat Road attracts a young crowd stocking up on funky apparel, shoes and costume jewellery. Phuket Naka Weekend Market near Central Festival is often compared to Chatuchak Market for its size and sheer diversity of products. Most of these night markets feature local bands entertaining the crowds with Thai rock and pop numbers while you eat, shop, eat, shop…repeat.
Brewed from locally sourced organic sugarcane juice, Chalong Bay Rum Distillery produces handcrafted fine spirits using traditional distillation methods in French copper vats, making it one of Thailand’s finest rum makers. With a minimum maturation of eight months, the rum produced here offers truly tropical flavours such as lemongrass, Thai sweet basil, cinnamon, kaffir lime and lime. Don’t just swig from a bottle but go visit the distillery located in Chalong Bay for intoxicating insights into how rum is distilled. Sign up for the cocktail workshop and dine on garden cuisine paired with finely crafted tipples made from Chalong Bay Rum. Don’t forget to buy a bottle or two. Or three.
If you love animals, make that trip to Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket! Thousands of stray dogs and cats on the island have been rescued, treated, vaccinated and put up for sheltering/adoption in a humane and sustainable way. Funded purely by animal lovers, the foundation rescues dog and cats all the way from Bangkok and other provinces in Thailand. Your involvement can be in many forms: shelter volunteer, vet volunteer, flight volunteer (help transport animals to a foreign location), animal adoption or cash and supplies donor. Do that and you are a superhero in our books!
Downy pillows, sumptuous beds and mouthwatering meals aside, cookies – chocolate chip specifically — for every guest is a brilliant idea in showcasing unique hospitality. DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort hits the sweetest notes by continuing this tradition already renowned at all its sister properties worldwide at its latest property on Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand. To make your stay worthy of bragging rights, the hotel invites you to experience the Cookie Suite Experiential Package, available till 31 December 2019. Guests can stay at a cookie-themed King Deluxe Suite with a dedicated cookie bar to satisfy their sweet cravings. But why stop at eating them when you can indulge in all things cookie inspired in the suite with cookie-scented candles and body scrub to customised cookie bathrobes, bedroom slippers, plush cushions and even a huge neon cookie sign! Cookies and a tropical beach resort? This is what heaven must look like.
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