Phuket, Thailand: A busy weekend in Phuket

A busy weekend in Phuket

Phuket is a famous island in Southern Thailand, known for resorts, beaches and sizzling nightlife. I went with my Thai friend Pete to see for ourselves what Phuket was all about. We went by luxury coach and arrived in the morning, and we were swimming and floating in the warm, blue Andaman Sea right after lunch!

Phuket is known for its world class resorts. There are the fanciest and hippest resorts to small family guest houses and down to the simple backpackers dorm in Phuket town. Luckily for us our Thai lesbian friend opened her humble " Thai Muslima gurls house" and her generous hospitality showed us Phuket from an insider's view.

There is a real lack of public transport in Phuket so one has to be really careful and have good fare negotiating skills when riding in an expensive tuk tuk or even a taxi to get around Phuket city and the island.
There are many options for water fun in Phuket, including playing in a water park which not only children but adults could have a wonderful reprieve from the tropical heat. There are fun slides, a thermal hot tub and a lazy river where one could lazily float around the watery wonderland. One could spend the day there!

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A famous landmark in Phuket which affords photo opportunities is a hike to the Big Buddha. Wear a hat and bring some water but the good news is this adventure is free so you can spend your money in the evening as Phuket parties in the sunset.

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 Patong beach is famous for most of the tourist night life. Places like Soi Bangla are notorious for all assortments of interesting as well as raunchy bars, and also for some interesting drag queen shows. Why not go to see a cabaret show? Some of the males performers are more beautiful than real women! 

Other beaches in the area like Kata and Karon are famous for resort complexes which line these beach shores. If one is looking for less excitement at night the beaches on the West Coast are quieter. Kamala beach is famous for stunning sunsets with your romantic date and partner!

Another day could be spent at Phi Phi islands, which are known to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Only a 50 minute ride out if going by speedboat, incredible snorkeling experiences abound as the exotic marine life as well as local nature is at its best.

If you want to get away from it all, there are plenty of small villages in the countryside just minutes away from Phuket town. In those villages, which used to be in the old days Chinese settlers from tin mining which was prevalent here. The towns today have a laid back feeling. 

With so much more to explore around Phuket island and surrounding beaches, and small islands which I haven't visited yet, they all will be waiting for my future return.


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