Thailand is known for its culture, religion and James Bond Island to say the least. Phuket has spectacular scenery, stunning tropical sunsets and warm blue sea water. Overall, Thailand is full of memorizing beaches and cities……from Bangkok to Phi Phi Island. Thailand is truly a must for those that love outdoors, nature, spirituality and learning new cultures.
Thailand has many things to offer, including wildlife sanctuaries such as Tiger Kingdom where you can play with tigers, Elephant Trekking ride elephants through the jungle or just sun bathe by the beach.
Where to Stay:
Phuket. Phuket has tropical weather, it is both hot and humid. Rainy season is typically from May to October. I was there in early May and had perfect weather with minimal rain. It is full of adventures! Luxury hotels, beautiful beaches, exciting tours, island destinations, unforgettable nightlife, tropical food, shopping and many other things are awaiting for you in Phuket. Phuket is an island located in the southernmost part of Thailand. It is divided by beaches: Patong, Kata, Karon, Kamala, Bangtao and Phuket Town. All are beautiful and great to stay in. Patong is where all the nightlife is; Kata and Karon are more relaxing with shops and restaurants all around.
Where to Eat:
The food is one of the reason why I decided to visit Thailand. It’s hard to choose a good restaurants when you are visiting foreign countries because you never know if you are going to like it. But, Ii you stay in Karon or Kata Beach, I recommend Dino Park. The food is amazing, every place was delicious and reasonable. There is also Kampong Kata Hill Restaurant with beautiful décor, scenery and delicious food.
The Must See:
Big Buddha – Breathtaking view from the top of the hill. You are literal under a 147 ft Buddha statue. Monks pray inside and dress code applies.
Old Phuket Town – is a blend of colonial and Chinese architecture. Funky shops, great restaurants and local sights.
Wat Chalong – One of Phuket’s most important temples, Wat Chalong, is beautifully decorated with several pagodas.
Phuket Fantasea – a Vegas like show with trapeze artist, elephant show combining traditional myths with humor and fantasy. Dinner show is available by reservation.
Phi Phi Island – travel from Phuket to Phi Phi Island by speedboat. It is one of the most beautiful islands in the worlds featured in many movies such as James Bond and the “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio. I used Phi Phi Cruisers and loved the tour. One thing, beware of jelly fish, they are small and the tours guide don’t always tell you but these 1-2 inch jellies sting really bad but the pain subsides after a few hours.
Patong – is the nightlife city. You will find shops, nightclubs, bars and lady-boys trough the main street. A place to spend the day but beware of pick-pocketers which are mainly kids. They work in teams, one will distract you while the other takes your stuff so definitely travel in groups.
Health & Safety:
People always overanalyze health issues and expect the worse simply because it’s a third-world country. However, Thailand is a growing country and lots of tourists from all over the world. The Thai natives take great pride in their country and actually do take health seriously. I personally did not have to get any vaccines even the CDC recommends it. It really all depends on where you are staying: Bangkok is more populated and a little more unsafe than Phuket, which is more touristic. I always recommend checking out the US Center for Disease Control: Health Information for Travelers to Thailand. My only recommendation is “Do not drink tap water”! J
Currency: Thai Baht (TBH). $1 US = approx. THB 30.00. Thailand is fairly cheap once you are there. You can have a great 3 course meal for $10-12 US.
Traveling to Phuket is an approximate 16-20 hours flight from Los Angeles. Prices of course vary upon season but can range from $1,300-$2,000 on Expedia.
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