Forget your troubles in Phuket

By Darshini Rogers, a Travel Enthusiast

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Phuket is blessed with pristine beaches fringed by tropical palm trees. So swim, splash and savour every smell, sight and sounds of this tropical paradise

Mesmerising, exotic, colourful – three words that perfectlt sum up the beautiful island of Phuket in southern Thailand, offering natural beauty and a true taste of the exotic lifestyle of the locals.

Situated in central south-east Asia, Phuket is easily accessible by air from prime Asian destinations such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok (visit www.airasia.com for affordable flight deals).  It is an ideal place to spend a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Hailed as the most famous strip of sun, sand, and sea in Thailand, the famous beach is home to everything pleasurable – from the bustling nightlife to the myriad of bargains one can gain from the blocks of shops available that suits any shopaholics’ tastes.

By day, Patong Beach is an adrenaline junkies’ playground with plenty of water sports to choose from. Swim, snorkel, and plunge into the aquamarine world that’s available, or rock the banana boat with your family members. As the sun sets, it transforms into the entertainment capital of Thailand, with plenty of cultural shows, nightclubs, pubs and restaurants to visit.

The Amari Coral Beach Resort is a good choice for travellers who are willing to break the budget, but it is very good value for money as it is a tranquil oasis in the midst of the typically vibrant and lively atmosphere of Patong.

This beach is suitable for holidaymakers who wish to have some peace and quiet time, whilst able to frolic in the crystal clear waters, and top up their tan. This destination is also perfect for shoppers who love silk, wood carvings and other exotic souvenirs. There are a lot of shops that cater for the discerning tastes of tourists and locals alike.

Tourists are also spoilt for choices when it comes to the variety of food. It is highly recommended to try food set up in street-side stalls as they don’t cost a fortune and are often delectable.

If you are serious about having a secluded tranquil holiday, why not pack up and head to Emerald Beach, as the beauty of the beach speaks for itself. This is the place to go for people who fancy a lazy and relaxing holiday. Be armed with sun protection products as this beach basks in direct sunlight. It is my favourite because I was blown away by how untainted and natural the features of the beach are.

It was pleasurable to feel how warm the golden sands are and how calm the beach is to safely have a quick plunge (and I am someone who can’t swim very well). Stay in the Baan Yin Dee Boutique Resort to complement the beauty of the beach. It costs £54 per night, and although it is situated in Patong, it is the nearest hotel to this wonderful beach.

Surin is a magnificent long uncluttered beach but in low season, care must be taken when swimming as surf can be rough and tides strong. During the calm months, Surin's clear waters are good for snorkelling or kayaking. Boogie boarding and surfing are also popular activities. This beach has the ability to spoil your five senses, developing a peaceful vibe after shopping for bargains, a head-to-toe pampering in one of those gorgeous spas and satiating your gastronomic desires for mouth-watering local cuisine.

I stayed at the Cape Sienna Phuket, as I was inspired by the sophistication it exudes. I would also recommend the Twinpalms Phuket for a mid-range priced, comfortable and modern hotel with all the amenities a modern traveller would look for.

I have seen the impossible made possible at the Phuket FantaSea. I was totally swept off my feet with the FantaSea buffet that boasts itself as one of Asia’s biggest buffets. It is the ultimate gastronomical adventure.

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Author:
Darshini Rogers
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Travel Enthusiast
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1. Baan Yin Dee Boutique Resort
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0 of 0 people found the following comment helpful.

Thanks John Everingham i have been to Phuket 3 times and this time i am staying in patong , if the beaches there are like you say al get a tuk tuk and spend my time in Karon or Katar but again thanks for the heads up mate ,

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Sorry, but this is a poorly researched and written guide that does not give potential visitors a realistic view of Phuket - neither the good nor the bad.
To begin with, there are way too many superlatives in this writing, and I doubt anyone else staying in the Patong area would call the over-developed, dirty and noisy blocks of shophouses and hotels here 'paradise'. Some other parts of Phuket do indeed earn such adjectives.

Realism is missing from this guide. The writer neglected to point out that the majority of Phuket island is now becoming over-developed with ugly buildings - reason many visitors are now looking for new destinations. 15 years ago there were beautiful rice paddies and wetlands across the island; today both have been completely replaced by cheap housing estates and rows of shophouses.

Happily it is only the interior of the island that is being rapidly concreted over, sans trees. The outer edges, the beaches, are still in pretty good condition, though Patong is generally considered the ugliest and sleaziest part of the island. The writer refers to Patong as "suitable for holidaymakers who wish to have some peace and quiet time". No way. This is the densest, craziest beach on the island, the place that has given Phuket a reputation for wild, sometimes distasteful nightlife. Patong is not for families nor those who want peace and quiet.

And the reference to Patong as "the entertainment capitol of Thailand" is absurd. Patong has little but cheap-thrill, tourist bars full of working girls and transvestites. Bangkok has an amazing range of real entertainment, not just sex-and-booze-oriented, making it 100 times better than Patong. Bangkok, not Patong, is the real 'entertainment capitol' of the country.

And the writer should get the facts correct: Baan Yin Dee is not the closest hotel to the beach. Patong has over 100 hotels, but only 4 of those are actually right on the beach, right on the sand. Baan Yin Dee is not one of those, as guests have to cross a road to the beach.

Basing a guide to Phuket on limited experiences in Patong is misleading. There are many quiet, beautiful beaches on Phuket, each with its own atmosphere. A fair, realistic guide to Phuket Island, which is 50 kilometres long, would need an assessment of the many different beaches and very different areas there.

My own credentials on Phuket? I've had an apartment in Phuket for over 20 years (I am a permanent resident of Thailand, based in Bangkok)and have published tourism guides to the island for the same number of years.
John Everingham

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