7 Fantastic Reasons to Visit Phuket, Thailand!
Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, is one of the world’s first tropical seaside resorts.
Thanks to its stunning landscapes and the tourist infrastructures it has set up, this small town of fewer than 500,000 welcomes nearly 10 million visitors every year. No doubt there are many reasons to visit it. Here are seven.
Difficult not to succumb to the splendor of the coast of Phuket, which alternates between pretty bay’s leaning against green hills and rocky promontories whipped by the waves. Although different from each other, the beaches have the form of large croissants of white sand. Leached by the turquoise and crystalline waters of the Andaman Sea, they are a paradise for diving and swimming.
James Bond Island
It was so called because it was on this island that scenes from the film “The Man with the Golden Gun” were staged in 1974, featuring Her Majesty’s famous spy. Its real name is Tapu Island in the Ao Phang Nga National Park. It is a place of great beauty with cellars, limestone cliffs, coral reefs, white sand beaches, forests, etc. Numerous excursions are organized.
The Weekend Market
In this night market, on the outskirts of the city, you do like the Thai people, and in front of each stand, you can choose from fried, boiled, steamed, crushed, chilled, rolled, sliced and fermented foods. Sometimes you have to be bold! Once satisfied, one continues his visit to the objects of counterfeit sold in a very open way: copies of a cd, DVD, clothes, shoes, bags, watches, perfumes, etc. By abandoning these prohibitions, one can still find some local designers or artisans.
Wat Chalong Temple
Built in the early 19th century, this temple that houses the statues of the two most revered monks of Phuket is the largest and most visited Buddhist temple in the city. It includes several buildings, many statues, beautiful gardens and an oven in which an attendant lights the garlands of firecrackers that the firm offer to show their gratitude when their wish has been fulfilled. As it often lasts, it is certainly a right place to ask for favors!
The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project
In Phuket, many animals become tourist attractions; Snakes, birds, elephant towers … You can even be photographed with Gibbons, cute little monkeys. If we question this exploitation of animals (some ten wild gibbons are killed so that only one can become an attraction), one must visit the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project. The visit of this center tells us that these monkeys are taken very young from their natural environment. As many tourists enjoy giving them sweets or alcohol, they develop diseases such as alcoholism or diabetes and, of course, have not developed the necessary reflexes to satisfy their primary needs. Can survive when their master returns them to nature. This rehabilitation center takes ten years to reprogram them. A fascinating visit that makes us aware of the exploitation of animals. (www.gibbonproject.org)
The Big Buddha
Whether you like it or not, it is a must. Dominating the city, the huge Buddha statue (45 meters high) built in 2007 is still unfinished. It’s believed that it will still take at least ten years of work. Although it can be seen from anywhere in the southern part of Phuket, a visit to the site is worth it, if only for the magnificent views of tropical forests (they cover almost 70% island). On the spot, one can buy small plates on which one engraves his name and his requests and which become offerings. Tip: We go there very early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Phuket’s PresitigeousThai Massage & Spa
A one-hour, very professional and smiling massage costs about 400 baht in a chic hotel complex (around 15$) and about 250 baht/hour (about 10$) in small lounges. The various treatments are often provided on the beach, by the pool, in a wood-burning sauna decorated with herbs or squarely on the sidewalk.
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