Forget your troubles in Phuket

by penguinferret

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.