The Three Best Things about Phuket

Phuket, Thailand is one of the world’s best tourist destinations. It has year round wonderful weather. It is affordable and inviting. Phuket is one of those unique travel destinations where it is virtually impossible to have a bad time. No matter what your interests, you will find something to do in Thailand. You can have a great time walking down the beach or the street and just people watching. That said, people flock to Phuket on cheap flights to Thailand for three reasons. They come for the beach, the food, and the nightlife.

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The Beaches of Phuket

Phuket is an island off the south coast of Thailand. It makes sense that it will have magnificent beaches, and it certainly does. There are no less than ten named beaches in Phuket and several smaller beaches scattered across the island.

Patong Beach is the most popular beach in Phuket. There are plenty of opportunities for fun in the water. This is a popular beach. It does get a bit crowded during the high season.

Kata Beach is not as crowded at Patong beach, but it still has enough of a crowd to draw vendors. There is a coral reef just off the shore if you are interested in snorkeling.

Kata Noi Beach is the place for surfers. It is less crowded than the other beaches mentioned and features excellent surf breaks. There are also areas to snorkel along the southern end of the beach.
These three beaches are some of the more popular beach in Phuket, but there are plenty more. Just take a walk, and you are bound to run into a beautiful beach or beachside bar.

The Food of Phuket

In a nation renowned worldwide for its cuisine, Phuket stands above the crowd. Every region of Thailand is represented in Phuket. You may have had Thai food at home. Almost every major city in the world has a Thai restaurant, but no matter how good you think the Thai food at your local eatery is, it pales in comparison to the authentic fare found in Phuket. You can go to one of the many restaurants in Phuket for a nice sit down meal, but you do not have to go to a white tablecloth restaurant for a four-star meal. The street vendors offer meals that rival anything you might find in a restaurant, and they are much cheaper.

The Phuket Nightlife

The nightlife in Thailand is exotic, strange, and bewitching, and the nightlife of Phuket puts other regions to shame. Be prepared to leave any western conventions back at the hotel room. When you venture out into the Phuket night, be prepared to be shocked and have a good time. Bar Beers are everywhere. They are a great place to indulge in a few libations and play a spirited game of Jenga or Hammer the Board to the Tree. You will understand when you get there. There are also cabaret shows featuring Thailand’s famous Ladyboys. If Go-Go Bars are your thing, you will find them. There is a large expatriate population in Phuket. Because of this, you can also find traditional western Irish Pubs and Sports Bars.


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