Thailand has emerged as one of the top travel destinations over the years. It is understandable why tourists across the globe are flocking towards this gem of a destination. The pristine white beaches, lush green rainforests, diverse wildlife and aquaculture, vibrant culture, scrumptious food and exciting activities all make Thailand an excellent holiday destination. The fact that it is much cheaper compared to other similar beach destinations such as Bora Bora or Cape Town makes it even more ideal for travel. The casual lifestyle and the budget friendly cost of living and leisure that the country offers makes it one of the favorite travel destinations for most millennials.
When it comes to Thailand, it is almost impossible to cover it all in a single trip. This is because every part of Thailand has its aura and has something different to offer. A vast majority of travelers opt for the beach destinations in Thailand. However, it is often confusing for most tourists to pick one or two beach destinations among more than half a dozen choices that Thailand offers. One of the top picks for a beach holiday in Thailand is Phuket, the largest island in the country.
The best thing about Phuket is that it has a little bit of everything Thailand bundled in it, which makes it a great destination for a fully-fledged holiday. Here are a few reasons why Phuket beats all other places in the country whether you are a solo traveler, a honeymooner or on a family holiday.
Easy to Reach
Although Phuket is not as close to the capital as Pattaya, it does have an international airport, which caters to direct flights from many countries. If you are coming from the West, you can take one of the Middle Eastern airlines such as Qatar Airways, Emirates or Etihad, which operate direct flights to Phuket. Alternatively, if you want to take an airline to Thailand that does not offer a flight to Phuket, you can land in Bangkok and get a connecting domestic airline to Phuket with a layover as short as an hour and that too at very low prices.
Phuket is a paradise for beach lovers. It is home to more than half a dozen beaches, and every single beach has its distinct feel. From the touristy and happening Patong to the secluded and serene Kata beach, Phuket has something for every mood. If you want to head to the more picturesque white beaches, get a boat or a ferry to Koh Phi Phi and you will land in the heaven on earth.
The Neighboring Islands
When you are in Phuket, you do not get to experience Phuket alone, but you can hop around the islands neighboring the island. If you want to experience the picturesque white beaches with blue water shoreline, head to Koh Phi Phi. Islands such as Phi Phi islands, Maya Bay and James Bond Island have also been the shooting spots for some of the famous Hollywood movies. You can find many day trips and Phuket Tours to these islands easily, and you can choose the one that fits your criteria.
Phuket is not merely a beach destination and has a lot to offer when you are just bored of sand and water. From the exhilarating jungle safaris to the adventurous zip lining and white water rafting to the fascinating Phuket FantaSea show, the island has something to cater to everyone according to their tastes, preferences and pocket.
If you want something beyond beaches, you can go around the Phuket town for some interesting sightseeing. People who are into history and culture will fall in love with the rich culture and the beautiful temples. If you want to cut down on your transport costs to get around, simply hire a bike. It costs less than 10 dollars a day and is super budget friendly. If bike is not your thing, renting a car is also very affordable.
Phuket is full of lush green jungles with diverse wildlife. If you are in to nature walks, jungle trekking and safaris, you should not miss out on this experience. The elephant trekking is a lifetime experience where you get to explore the forests on an elephant ride. If you are an adrenaline junkie, give a go to adventure activities such as ziplining and white water rafting.
Phuket has amazing options for those who love to shop. From the highstreets brands at the Jungceylon mall to the street markets of Patong, you will find something for every budget. The walking street at Patong is a must if you are one of the millennials on a casual bachelor trip. The street comes to life at night with dozens of bars and night club dotting its pavements. You will find the best of booze, music, fun and all that topped with the most delicious food options.