Phuket Island is one of the most resilient islands in the world considering it was almost on its knees in December 2004 after the Tsunami and yet, it is now attracting over 5 million tourists every year. Phuket Island is the largest of Thailand’s great islands but also dwarfs all the others in terms of tourist gems. The historic island hitherto known as Junkseilon has a rich history dating back to the 17th century and if you really want to unwind in an idyllic and almost ethereal place, then this is the place you need to be. Why are vacationers flocking to this great island?
a) Awesome Beaches
Everyone in need of a cool vacation will attest to the fact that beaches provide the perfect getaway. Phuket Island is unrivalled when it comes to sandy beaches and clear blue waters. With over 540 kilometer stretch of beaches to enjoy and the picturesque panorama that accompanies them, you might be forgiven for imagining you are watching a postcard. Some of the magnificent beaches include Karon, Patong, Nai Harn, Mai Khao among myriad others. Though they have disparate activities, you will not miss fine sands on any of them and all accompanying treats such as nice restaurants and beach games. In fact, the phrase ‘mai pen rai’ which translates to ‘do not worry; be happy’ summarizes what you expect on the Phuket Island beaches.
b) Invigorating Activities
The first thing that crosses every tourists mind is what to do once they get to their chosen destination. For Phuket Island the question will easily be answered once you land. You can take your family out to the beach and enjoy snorkeling over amazing looking coral reefs in areas such as the Freedom, Kata, Tri Trand and other beaches and this will be an indelible memory in their minds. Other activities include scuba diving, fishing, yachting, and kayaking, surfing, water skiing to mention a few. Your kids will enjoy family elephant rides on the hills above Chalong, mini gold at Dino Park, ATV fun rides, and go kart at Patong the FantaSea show at Kamala beach and the list goes on.
c) Phuket Island Attractions
The island provides you with a wide array of attractions such as ancient temples including Wat Sri Sontoon, Wat Chalong, Wat Phra Thong, and Chinese temples in the old town. Other attractions or areas you have to visit on the island include Phang Nga Bay, Old Phuket Town with its amazing old shops dating back to over 100 years back, Big Buddha at Chalong and many viewpoints that will blow your mind away.
d) Excellent Accommodation and Dining
No one likes to vacation without comfortable lodging and fine dining. Phuket Island offers everything for everyone from Asian to Western cuisine. The restaurants are located on amazing sea fronts and you can even dine on floating restaurants such as Black Crab on Koh Maprow or any other you choose. In terms of accommodation, your family’s needs will be addressed conveniently whether you want budget options, mid or high range hotels. Some hotels for families include Paradise Ko Yao Noi, Ban Raya, Coral Island Resort and hundreds of others.
These factors on why Phuket Island is the ideal vacation spot do not even scratch the surface. Consider for example the efficient transport system, museums, waterfalls such as Ton Sai, and other incredible possibilities. Without an iota of doubt, Phuket Island should be at the top of your vacation wish list especially now that online booking is easy and convenient.