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In the past, Phuket was commonly known as Junk Ceylon. The city remained a backwater for centuries as it was too far from the capital and with no bridge link to the main land. Roads on the island were bad and there was lack of interest in developing the island to promote tourism. Later, the town appears to Westerners as a way station on the route between China and India. In the 19th century, Chinese immigrants arrived in a large number to work for tin mining industry and take over ethnic composition. However, the coastal settlements are remained populated by the Muslims.
Phuket became more popular in the late 1970's. Budget travelers came and stayed in fishermen's bungalows and camped out at Patong Beach. The luscious Phuket beaches and wonderful scenery in the area had attracted more and more visitors, leading to a construction of the airport and road links. Phuket rapidly grew into what is is today as the richest province in Thailand, second only to Bangkok offering numerous Phuket nightlife venues, incredible Phuket diving locations and of course the beautiful Phuket beaches. Find out everything you need to know when you are planning a Phuket holiday with Wired Destinations' Phuket Travel Info, Phuket Insider Travel Tips and Phuket Travel Tips.
Phuket International Airport
Phuket International Airport is the second busiest airport in Thailand. Domestic airlines, such as Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways, Air Asia and Nok Air offer flights between Bangkok and Phuket. The airport houses several flights between Phuket and other international destinations including Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Sydney.
Traveling by either air-con or non-air-con buses from Bangkok usually takes approximately 12 hours depending on traffic. The main bus terminal is the BKS terminal which is located in Phuket Town.
Visitors can travel to Phuket island on ferries from Phi Phi Island and Koh Lanta. During high season, boat services to Koh Racha and the Similans will also be available at Chalong Pier.
Phuket Taxis and Tuk-tuk
Transportation around Phuket is easily accessible throughout the island. Frequent bus services and songthaews (small trucks) run to various areas of the island. Taxi meters and tuk-tuk are also another great forms of transportation available. Car and motorcycle rentals are popular options for those who wish to fully explore the island.
Traveling cheaply means relying on the blue-and-white song thaew, two-row, wooden buses that leave Phuket town market for every point on the island. Alternatively, small cramped red vehicles called tuk-tuk function as taxis. Barter for the fare before starting off.
From budget bungalows to five star Phuket hotels, Wired Destinations offers you a memorable holiday on this paradise island with a list of Phuket hotels and resorts. Here are our recommended Phuket hotels.
There are dozens of ways to pass the day here in Phuket. Elephant Riding is a great way to experience and appreciate the forests of Phuket. Phuket golfing is also internationally renowned for its excellent standard courses that cater to players of all ages and levels. A multitude of water sports are on offer, including Phuket Diving, jet skiing, para sailing, scuba diving and plenty more. In December, Phuket houses Asia's biggest sailing event of the year, the King's Cup Regatta. Travel agents also arrange island guides which feature go-karting, caves, bungy jumping, waterfalls and islands around the area.
Phuket has many old Chinese shrines that color the town with bright splashes of shades. Two brightly painted temples, Jui Tui and Put Jaw are located past the market on Ranong Street. Like other Chinese shrines in Asia, Phuket shrines are dedicated to the goddess of Mercy, Quanyin.
Wat Chalong is located 6 km south of Phuket Bypass, a ring road that runs west of town. The temple is famed for the statues of Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Por Chuen, the two famous abbots in Phuket's history. Other temples around Phuket that worth a visit include Wat Phra Thong, Wat Kathu and Wat Phra Nang Sang.
Sightseeing in Phuket also takes place under water. Take a trip and discover the underwater world with the Phuket Submarine. Besides the beaches and underwater, Phuket has some fine museums where visitors can discover the history of town. Phuket Sea Shell Museum in Rawai offers a display of beautiful seashells from around the world including ancient fossils and rare pearls. For those who want to learn more about Thai culture and tradition, don't miss the famous musical stage performance at Phuket FantaSea.
Phuket should be on the list of those who wish to spend a pleasant and relaxing Phuket beach vacation. With numerous beautiful golden sandy beaches stretching along the coast, fascinating snorkeling spots, and friendly and warm welcoming locals, Phuket Island, consisting of more than 20 attractive beaches, is now one of Thailand's top tourist draws. Many fun attractions on the beach of Phuket will never fail to create a memorable impression on any visitor all year round. Phuket nearby Islands will also impress.
Batiks, pearls, pewter wares, antiques, ceramics and clothings are Phuket's best buys. Street vendors are located on every street corner, selling a wide array of clothes and souvenirs. Precious gem stones can be found and bought at “World's Biggest Jewelry Strore” in Kathu district. Phuket is also famous for its pewter ware, including plates, vases, boxes and pocket flasks.
A food lover's paradise, tanks of live fish, crabs and prawns are waiting to be served in many restaurants in Phuket. Romantics can also find a selection of beach restaurants serving freshly caught seafood and an array of international cuisine.
Patong is a gourmet's heaven, with numerous variety of seafood and local dishes. Patong is also a great place to sample Western, Mexican, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean specialties.
Patong Beach is the heart of nightlife in Phuket. Soi Bangla is known for hundreds of bars, pubs, nightclubs and entertainment. Soi Vegas is where the popular Katoy's R Us is located, featuring beautiful ladyboys. Sala Muay Soi Eric is run by a team of professional European DJs and provide thumping music to the entire sub street.
Thaweewong Road or the Beach Road has more upscale nightlife and less geared towards the bar girl scene. Cocktail lounges and some beer bars are found here, as well as most of the best music pubs in Patong.
Patong has numerous open-bars along Bangla Road. Bar beers, pubs, nightclubs lure customers with a heady mix of female company, great music and an array of booze.