Phuket has been an all-time favourite destination for tourists from all over the world for it's rich and colourful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, which had it's Influence on the culture, religion, attire, food & architecture found in Phuket.
The Island is accesible by air, water and land. Phuket International Airport (HKT) has frequent conectivity of International and domestic flights. For International flights the arrival gate number 3-4 is the meeting point and for domestic flights arrival gate number 1 is the meeting point. Phuket International Airport is the second busiest airport in Thailand and the second nearest airport to Phuket is Krabi Airport (KBV). Sarasin bridge connects Phuket Island to the mainland through Phang Nga Province by road. The Island connected by water through major points like Royal Phuket Marina, Boat Lagoon, Pan-wa Pier, Rassada Pier, Yamu Pier, Leam Nga Pier, Chalong Pier, Ao Po Pier.
As Phuket is a large Island and has a vast topography so you need a reliable source of ground transport to go around the Island conveniently. Though public transport is there but it is very limited and requires knowledge about routes and pick-up/drop-off points which is not worth working on when you are on a holiday to relax. Better book In advance and save your precious holiday time and energy for activites worth doing.
The Island is rich of flora & fauna, the unique feature of this Island is the fusion of world famous beaches and coastal roads over the mountains with mesmerizing views. Another unique feature of the Island is the Sino-Portuguese architecture found at Phuket old town, also known as Chinese Baroque. These Peranakan houses stand vibrant and colourful at both sides of the roads of old town and showcase rich heritage of the Island. Weekend night markets around the Island more Interesing and hapenning.
Phuket International Airport (HKT)
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As Phuket is known for it's beaches and nightlife, things to do In Phuket is needless to say. Spend you day relaxing at the beach or at a cozy cafe among the many tastefully built by locals. Famous beaches around the Island are Patong beach, Kata beach, Karon beach, Rawai beach, Surin beach, Bangtao beach, Nai Thon beach, etc. There are various view points like Karon viewpoint, Khao Rang viewpoint, Laem Singh viewpoint, Khao Khad Views Tower, Big Buddha, Promthep Cape, Windmill viewpoint, etc. Evenings should be let free to experience the lively and bright nightlife of Phuket at Patong.
With a variety of shopping malls and weekends/night markets Phuket has a lot to offer to shoppers who are Interested in handicrafts and local products of Thailand. One Tambon (meaning sub-district) One Product, famously known as OTOP markets are shoppers paradise with abundance of unique and organic products from each Thai tambon all over Thailand.
Food being an Important part of Thai lifestyle it has been given Importance everywhere, being in the coastal region expect to relish fresh seafood, vegetables and fruits. Thai people savour variety of flavours and healthy Ingredients In their daily meals. There is an eat out culture on the Island and affordable and healthy food can be found almost everyhwere. There are daily markets refered as "Talat" by locals where once can buy fresh raw and cooked food. Apart from the local eating joints, Phuket has to offer a range of high end fine dine and sea food joints to pamper your soul and body.
Phuket is a safe destination for tourists since it's evolvement. Make sure to adhere the guidlines and advisories by the administration and weather department while travelling and swimming on the beaches.