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FALL & WINTER GUIDE 2010 – 2011
The best places to eat, sleep and play in Phuket this fall and winter
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All the major beaches offer instruction and equipment for diving.”—TripAdvisor Member. Be sure to check out the guides at www. In addition to the best hotels. and you might just have the “Vacation of 1.”—TripAdvisor Member. “Pack your most blatantly outrageous swimming suit and prepare for some serious beach lolling. the most trusted source for where to eat.” This is a destination rich in distinctive beauty (from blue lagoons to orange-robed monks). Melbourne.”—TripAdvisor Member 4. snorkeling.com. They’re great for taking shots anywhere you may get wet or the camera may be dropped.000 restaurants on TripAdvisor. Thailand’s largest island.” and Phuket has a plethora of forested hills. Inside PHUKET Thailand is known as the “Land of 1. You’ll find reviews for more than 479.com 2 . Bring a “waterproof/shockproof water camera. most beaches offer a perfect place to take a dip any time—except when the red flag is flying! You might as well start smiling now. Visit Phuket.”— TripAdvisor Member 2.000 attractions and 580.000 hotels. PACKING TIPS 1. But long beaches are its biggest draw. With tropical monsoon weather year-round.000 Smiles. “Pack your sunscreen and a big floppy hat and be prepared to work on your tan. Some of the best views are underwater. how to get around and where to find the best views. sleep and play in thousands of destinations around the world. The beaches of the south coast are typically crowded.com. Australia tripadvisor.000 Smiles” because of the renowned friendliness of the Thai people. “Pack light and leave lots of room in your bags to take touristy stuff back home. you’ll get great advice about what to pack. Learn from other travelers what to expect before you make your plans. wind surfing and sailing. Ao Chalong 3. has collected the best insider tips from its 34 million monthly visitors to produce a unique series of travel guides. adventure (from island hopping to sea canoeing) and delectable seafood (from raw lobster to grilled black sea crabs). The name of the island is derived from the word for “hill.INTRODUCTION TripAdvisor.tripadvisor. restaurants and attractions for every type of traveler. mountains and limestone cliffs to explore. while the north is far more tranquil. 93.
especially as the bioluminescent (light-emitting) organisms in the water were very active. The staff explained everything thoroughly and helped my kids adjust to the equipment. the southernmost tip of Phuket. Australia Phuket Sail Tours. Phi Phi Islands (Koh Phi Phi) TOP 10 Attractions 1. Kata Beach 8. Songkram Road. Karon Beach.”—TripAdvisor Member. “It was so good to have the Hongs to ourselves. Tambon Rawai. and the dinosaur-themed mini golf was one of a kind that all ages can play. This popular lookout point offers breathtaking views of several beaches. Phuket Thai Cookery School. China Aloha Snuba. calm seas that gave our children an excellent introduction to snorkeling. is a perfect place to see the sun setting on the Andaman Sea. Karon Beach. “You can find plenty of good dive sites all around Phuket. Sydney. 81 917 6822 “Dino Mini Golf has it all: food. We had a ball!”— TripAdvisor Member.”—TripAdvisor Member “…like a roller coaster with great views” Where to PLAY 6. 76 293 014 3. Rawai Beach 7. with lovely. Chalong 5. The visit to the Hong in the dark was terrific.”— TripAdvisor Member. 87 897 0492 ROMANCE “At Sukko Spa Resort. 20/8 Supamart. 076 254 5056 Call an Expedia Travel Specialist now 877 633 3716 tripadvisor. Marina Phuket Resort. Melbourne. Thalang. Phuket. 76 346 269 4.”—TripAdvisor Member. Phuket. Ontario Phrompthep Cape Try the view from underwater. it seemed like everything was done and organized to perfection. Rasada. Taweewong Road & Bangla Road. The pirate caves were truly magnificent. 76 263 222 Take a starlight tour with John Gray’s Sea Canoe. Toronto. Malaysia Sukko Cultural Spa & Wellness. 48/22 Moo 2. Patong. It’s a pretty island. and let us go at our own pace. Bypass Road. Australia Phuket Town to Patong Beach PHUKET’S BEST VIEWS “Phrompthep Cape. A drive along the coast is bursting with spectacular scenery. as well as the wonderful experience of fish eating out of our hands. Muang. Amphur Muang. Off the East Coast of Phuket “A beautiful and relaxing day. Wat Chalong. Pum’s Cooking School.. off Vichit. Shanghai. The food was good value. Phuket. They provided everything. Marina Phuket Resort. Muang Phuket. Sala Spa Massage. blue.”—TripAdvisor Member. and having our own chef aboard was a real treat. A beautiful and relaxing day. Phuket. 204/32 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road. 76 330 625 “We found Khai Island very relaxing. including lunch and snacks.”—TripAdvisor Member. Adelaide Khai Island.” “My husband and I enjoyed a gorgeous day aboard Phuket Sail Tours. 39/4 Thepatan Road. Khai Island 9. Australia John Gray’s Sea Canoe Ltd. Laem Sing Beach 10. We were truly both delighted and satisfied with the wonderful and memorable spa. 5/10 Moo 3 Chaofa Road. 124 Soi 1 Yaowaraj Road.”—TripAdvisor Member. Muang Phuket. Australia Dino Mini Golf. Phuket. They made them feel really safe and relaxed. Ban Pakhlok. My boys absolutely loved the entire outing. drinks and fun. 76 330 625 FAMILIES “We had a wonderful time on our Aloha Snuba adventure. 76 252 354 2.Top VIEWS “Going over the mountain from Phuket Town to Patong Beach is like a roller coaster with great views. Taladyai. Dino Park Mini Golf.”—TripAdvisor Member.com 3 .
It’s almost like being there! EDUCATIONAL/HISTORICAL “River Rovers is really a trip into natural. “I really liked the hands-on approach. Thalang.” RELAXATION “If you like your beach quiet.”— TripAdvisor Member. Birmingham.”— TripAdvisor Member. Do not be ashamed: Divide the offered price by ten and offer that. 204/32 Rajuthit 200 Pi.000 photos on the site.com 4 . New Zealand Kata Beach “Racha Island is an idyllic place to relax.”—TripAdvisor Member. Then.”—TripAdvisor Member. where many come to be blessed by monks. U. Royal Phuket Marina. One of the best courses I have been to.K. 76 210 861 “A full range of delicious food. we had a really chilled out.K. Italy Pum’s Restaurant and Cooking School. India Simba Sea Trips. Oxford. When you visit. Lancaster. 76 289 044 “The twin islands of Rok Nok offer unspoiled white sand beaches and clear blue waters. Some were flying around. 76 280 420 Learn to cook Thai food at Pum’s Cooking School. Soi Ao Chalong Chaofa Road.”—TripAdvisor Member.”— TripAdvisor Member. It really was a once in a lifetime experience. 76 346 269 “The Butterfly Garden & Insectarium was full of colorful butterflies. calm waters of Layan Beach. The good. you gotta haggle. 165. some would stop near us. unspoiled Thailand.Where to PLAY “You can in fact shop ‘til you pop in Phuket Town. Ampur Kathu. River Rovers. Australia Wat Chalong. Harrogate. U. Phuket. This is also a fantastic place for snorkeling!”— TripAdvisor Member. Thepkasattri Road. Patong Beach. Layan Beach “…unspoiled white sand beaches” ADVENTURE Simba Sea Trips “was probably one of the wildest and finest sea excursions I’ve had. My wife had a great time learning to snorkel. important Buddhist temple.K. Rome. Moo 1. Chalong Get away from the crowds and lounge beside the shallow. Overall. get a round in at the Blue Canyon Country Club. “don’t forget to cover your arms.”—TripAdvisor Member. we headed off to a sea village and were welcomed into one of the homes while the family cooked for us. “We could not believe we were in Phuket on arrival at Layan. Toronto.000. 1/16 Moo 9. the bad and the very candid. It was amazing. Mumbai. We sailed into the Mangroves and were given a kayak to explore freely. with a full range of the delicious food you can taste while in Thailand.”— TripAdvisor Member. Love it or hate it. We even saw one of them lay her eggs.”— TripAdvisor Member Phang Nga Bay TripAdvisor members have posted more than 3. England Racha Island “If you are into golf. Singapore Blue Canyon Country Club.”—TripAdvisor Member. Ontario Ko Rok Nok. Phuket Town. It’s a very colorful and interesting experience. 76 328 088 Call an Expedia Travel Specialist now 877 633 3716 tripadvisor. off Vichit Songkram Road. Kata Beach is the place to go. 71/6 Samkong. Butterfly Garden & Insectarium. it’s so quiet and peaceful. U. You can rent a boat to sail around the islands or go diving and snorkeling in the vivid corals. Bypass Road. fun and exciting time. Phuket Phuket Town BUDGET Wat Chalong is a beautiful.”—TripAdvisor Member. South of Phuket “For a colorful adventure you can explore the limestone caverns of Phang Nga Bay on guided tours in inflatable canoes.
com 5 .”—TripAdvisor Member “Tuk Tuks (three wheeled.What’s the TOUR How to Get Around “Riding on the back of a motorbike taxi is the most inexpensive of the transportation options. Long tailed boats are the most common form of local water transportation. Make sure to inspect the bike for pre-existing damage before renting it. a good option for extensive exploring. buses and car rentals are readily available and fairly inexpensive. with car rentals costing the most.”— TripAdvisor Member PHUKET Call an Expedia Travel Specialist now 877 633 3716 tripadvisor. open aired taxis). but is not always comfortable. Remember: Driving is on the left hand side of the road throughout Thailand. Make sure to request a helmet before ever getting on a motorbike. taxis.”—TripAdvisor Member “Motor bikes are available for rent all over the island.
Kamala Beach. Phuket The Karon Cafe. Karon Beach. 62/5 Soi Phutorn.”—TripAdvisor Member.”—TripAdvisor Member. 76 224 287 For “good. Norway Natural Restaurant. 41 Rat-U-Thit.”—TripAdvisor Member. 76 396 217 “Nicky’s Handlebar is just divine. Amphur Muang. Karon Muang . 100/3-4 Kata Road. 76 342 096 to eat “The Karon Cafe is a great place for some of the best steaks in town. affordable Japanese food with no frills.com 6 .WHERE FAMILIES C U Latte was “a sweet surprise. 76 249 861-2 “I am a food writer and editor. I’ve been eating at the Karon Cafe regularly since we came here 10 years ago. 74-75 Wichitsongkran Road. and the kids had lovely Western-style toasties. Patong “…the best steaks in town. “Roadside stands are known for offering their customers some of the tastiest culinary creations on the island. tapas or a fabulous meal. 15 Moo 6. Australia Nicky’s Handlebar. fun place for spectacular ocean views. Also a nice salad bar. candle-lit dining overlooking the ocean and an extensive menu of Thai specialties and western options. drinks.”—TripAdvisor Member. 76 284 510 SILK has “casual. Phuket. Muang. and the filet steak was the best steak I’ve ever eaten. Adelaide. New Zealand C U Latte. quality wasabi. The curries are spot on. 223/3 Prabaramee Road. so am very into food! I’d highly recommend the street food at the night markets in Phuket Town. served in hollowed out coconuts. Phuket Town Call an Expedia Travel Specialist now 877 633 3716 tripadvisor. My eightyear-old son fell in love with the place!”— TripAdvisor Member. 3rd Floor Central Festival Phuket. 200 Year Road. They have a large selection of very good food at cheap prices and very nice waiters. A. 76 344 254 “…a hip scene” BUDGET “The best restaurant in Phuket is Natural Restaurant. and the sashimi is fresh.”—TripAdvisor Member. We were there for sunset drinks and then dinner. Phuket Joe’s Downstairs. London. FANTASTIC!”— TripAdvisor Member. Moo 1. “It’s very nice and quite modern. Thailand Fuji Japanese Restaurant. Phuket. England Night Markets. 33/76 Patak Road. Kathu.” Want more information on Phuket? TripAdvisor. Patong. 143/18 Paradise Complex.com offers free weekly e-mail updates filled with new deals. They can be the best deals in town. Bangkok Road. 76 338 777 “Joe’s Downstairs is a wonderful.”—TripAdvisor Member. Hong Kong SILK Restaurant & Bar. The garlic and pepper prawns were the best seafood we had in Thailand.”—TripAdvisor Member 3rd Street Café Restaurant. Try the tropical cocktails.”—TripAdvisor Member ROMANCE Take your true love to 3rd Street Café Restaurant for a hip scene with nice music. with chef Eric’s homemade soups and breads.” try the Fuji Japanese Restaurant. reviews and articles for Phuket or any other destination you choose. a friendly staff and authentic Thai food. “Good.
green chicken curry.”—TripAdvisor Member. inexpensive food. Rawai. (November 20 – 21) Loi Krathong. the Thai style noodles with shrimps.kingscup.”—TripAdvisor Member.com Colorful street parades. rice. 86 682 2639. 76 341 111 Vegetarians can find myriad options at an Indian restaurant.com Soccer fans should check out the Phuket International Soccer 7s. Perth. The massaman curry. http://www. Various venues. a two-day event that features both local and internationally known musicians.WHERE HEALTH-CONSCIOUS Bon Island Restaurant is “a fantastic beachside restaurant. (November 27 – 28) Phuket International Soccer 7s. This is definitely our new favorite restaurant in Patong. It is really good. Soi Wattana Clinic Road. 64/39 Thaweewong Road. a festival of “colorful water” held during the November full moon and celebrated throughout the entire country. Phuket. London Sawasdee. The owner goes to huge efforts to make all her visitors feel extremely welcome. Bang Tao Beach “Sawasdee is excellent—very authentic.thai7s. Yachts from all over the world participate in the week long event held in the waters of the Andaman Sea. massaman curry. Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket.lagunaphukettriathlon. The unusual layout consists of jazz paintings and instruments on the walls. We can’t recommend it highly enough!”—TripAdvisor Member. 76 330 979 SPECIAL EVENTS Experience the beauty of Thai tradition during Loi Krathong. The menu itself is small. Kata Beach. the kale in oyster sauce. (February 25 – 26) Phuket International Blues Rock Festival 2011.”—TripAdvisor Member. Tik. Nai Yang Beach Road. I could go on and on!”—TripAdvisor Member. http://www.K. is an internationally recognized event that attracts top athletes and local enthusiasts alike. http://www. 022 505 500 (Tourist Info line) The Laguna Phuket Triathlon. U. http://www. etc. Patong. And the food! What a great menu. “If you like Indian food. (November 28) Laguna Phuket Triathlon. Ireland C @ Nai Yang.com Call an Expedia Travel Specialist now 877 633 3716 tripadvisor. A magical dining experience. Horizon Beach Resort. try Baluchi.net/. Phuket Bon Island Restaurant. (December 4 – 11) Phuket King’s Cup Regatta. Australia Sea Hag. Kata Beach Resort. 76 273 380. hosted by the Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket Resort. rustic decor. 78/5 Permpong Soi III. Patong Beach. odd and mismatched furniture and little personal touches at each table. Brisbane. Fresh fish straight out of the sea caught daily and prepared in whatever way you prefer. one of the largest invitational tournaments in Asia.com 7 .phuketbluesfestival. various venues.loikrathong. Patong. an annual celebration that marks the beginning of the tourist season in Phuket. The triathlon also includes a children’s course for ages eight to 17. Soi Kep Sap. (mid-December) Patong Carnival. 76 292 526 HIDDEN GEMS “C @ Nai Yang is the most distinctive restaurant in Thailand. Patong. We all enjoyed their spring rolls. sporting events and stage shows are just some of what you will experience at the Patong Carnival. They do only Thai and do it well. Sheffield.”—TripAdvisor Member.com Rock out to the blues at the Phuket International Blues Rock Festival. You can see that the ingredients are all fresh. Blackrock. but you will not be disappointed. but not too spicy. noodles. Patak Road. http://www. Amphoe Muang. Hilton Arcadia. Australia Baluchi. 022 505 500 (Tourist Info line) Enjoy the most popular sailing event in Asia during the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta. 81 892 1156 to eat “The quality of food at Sea Hag is amazing. Nai Yang “Tik should be packed every night! Fabulous beachfront position. friendly staff and delicious.
”— TripAdvisor Member. 76 284 480 “Heaven on Earth” LUXURY “The design of Twinpalms is fabulous—we never ceased to admire the gardens and our hotel room. and for anyone else. 23/3 Vises Road. you are struck by such beauty. Paris. just lounge around at the pool. Heaven on Earth.”— TripAdvisor Member. the beautiful view. 14 Kata Noi Road. for sure!”— TripAdvisor Member. Kukkak. 76 427 900 BUDGET “The service was the BEST. 2 Meun-Ngern Road. the feeling of being on a honeymoon each day. and the staff cater to your every need.”—TripAdvisor Member.com 8 . 5-star. Tambol Cherngtalay. Singapore The Sarojin. But the selling point for Amari Coral Beach Resort must be the ocean views from EVERY hotel room. Shijiazhuang. Super family holiday. Srisoonthorn Road. Cherngtalay. 125 Moo 3 Srisoonthorn Road. 76 316 500 Ayara Hilltops “was so lovely that it was hard to leave. We have never experienced such incredible service before. Nai Yang Beach and National Park. Kata. The majority of questions are answered within 24 hours. you found it. 76 330 124 “Your search is over. 76 271 271 Waking up at the Banyan Tree “is a real show opening for you: the sun.” Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort is “Phuket’s best resort for families with small children. Karon Beach.”— TripAdvisor Member. The Royal Phuket Yacht Club “is an absolutely beautiful hotel in perfect surroundings. which was great for accessing the pool and beach. Tambon Karon. San Francisco. Patong Beach. It was truly like having good friends excited to see us visiting their home. Germany Boomerang Village Cottages. Norway Ayara Hilltops Resort. 76 380 200 “From the moment we arrived at The Sarojin. 29 Soi Karon Nui. 33 Moo 4. The reasons are many: the staff. Calif. So if you want animation. 16 Soi 24 Patak Road. France Holiday Inn Resort Phuket. 76 398 350 “Sitting on out our balcony watching the sunset over Kata Beach was one of the best experiences we had. refreshing and relaxing. 60 Moo 2. Patong Beach. Amphur Muang. 76 327 006 Have questions about Phuket? Get insider advice from local experts in our forums. It is a rejuvenating place!!”— TripAdvisor Member. Takuapa. 106/46 Moo 3. luxurious home. The private beach is by far the best on Surin Beach. Sweden Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort. the garden and the surroundings. the spa is not to be missed. Surin Beach Road. revitalizing.” Pacific Club Resort “is a small hotel where the staff gives you a feeling of being at home.”— TripAdvisor Member.”—TripAdvisor Member. quiet place to stay.E. France Twinpalms Resort.Where to STAY The Holiday Inn is “a peaceful hotel right on Patong beach. Amari Coral Beach Resort. just step outside the hotel front gates! If you want peace. Kata. 9/11-13 soi 10 Patak Road. Naiharn Beach.A. the water and the vegetation. The meals were absolutely delicious. A very nice and sprawling. Indigo Pearl. France Banyan Tree Phuket. Boomerang Village is an excellent choice.”—TripAdvisor Member. The service is excellent. Very friendly. the suite. 52 Thaweewong Road. for that matter. Phang Nga. 76 340 480 “The Katathani Phuket Beach Resort was just fantastic! My wife had a great treatment at the spa. Soak up the ambiance and relax. something beyond the normal resort and yet something inviting. we had a sense that we’d been welcomed into something special. All picture-perfect views and a terrace overlooking the bay and beach—it could not have been more romantic. comforting and welcoming. Stockholm. 76 340 106 “If you’re looking for a nice. 76 340 608 FAMILIES “If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind location and HUGE pools and ramps available all over. 76 324 374 Call an Expedia Travel Specialist now 877 633 3716 tripadvisor.”—TripAdvisor Member. Cherngtalay. Paris. Kata Beach. then your search is over.”—TripAdvisor Member Katathani Phuket Beach Resort. U. Germany Pacific Club Resort. Amphur Talang. and my son loved the frog racing. China The Royal Phuket Yacht Club. If you’re looking for a relaxed place with a private atmosphere. This is paradise at an affordable price. a few minutes’ walk from the beaches and the main tourist action. You feel like a prince.” ROMANCE Indigo Pearl is “a pearl of a place and a real sanctuary—romantic. the breakfast and the beaches close by. Munich. We stayed in a junior suite on the ground floor. Paris.”—TripAdvisor Member. Dubai.
airlines and other travel products and services submitted by users of tripadvisor. just two-minutes’ walk from the south end of Karon Beach and an easy walk to Kata Beach.Where to STAY Phuket Baan Chang is “a real find.com. TRIPADVISOR. 9 Luangpochuan Soi 1. services.”— Cambridgeshire. where to stay and how to play for 72. 76 396 317 “Golden Buddha Resort is a little gem of luxury and quiet. Representations made in this brochure are current as of its publication date. Nothing seemed too much for them. 8 78934 636 HIDDEN GEMS Casa Brazil is a “gem of a guest house situated on a quiet road. your best vacation. you’ll have plenty of room on the 10 kilometers of sandy beach. Baan-Don. The staff were wonderful and very welcoming. reference to any products. all at a reasonable price. Inc... Such third parties are owned and operated by independent retailers or service providers.000 destinations around the world. Your host acts as a first-class concierge. photographs and other content regarding destinations.” About TRIPADVISOR TripAdvisor is the largest travel community in the world with 34 million monthly visitors and featuring more than 35 million reviews and opinions of 572. Germany Casa Brazil Homestay & Gallery. Reviews and ratings represent the opinions of such users. TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor recommends that you pursue any and all investigation you feel necessary or appropriate before transacting with any third party. T..000 hotels and attractions. sponsorship or recommendation of or affiliation with. Phuket Baan Chang.a little gem of luxury and quiet. 08 1892 2208 “. Soi Koktanod 8. TripAdvisor. comments.com 9 . such third party by TripAdvisor. This is what staying in Phuket is at its best. TripAdvisor does not sponsor or endorse any user content and therefore is not liable for any statements. Karon Beach. Kuraburi.”—TripAdvisor Member. Phangnga. All houses have beautiful architecture and are tastefully decorated. all rights reserved. Munich. 131 Moo 2.”— TripAdvisor Member.com also provides easy access to the major online travel sites to make booking your next vacation. easier than ever.K. Since this is the only resort on the island. accommodations. This brochure contains reviews. and TripAdvisor cannot ensure that you will be satisfied with their products. 23/6 Moo 6. Further. the owl logo and all other marks displayed herein are registered and/or common law trademarks of TripAdvisor and/or third parties. Call an Expedia Travel Specialist now 877 633 3716 tripadvisor. Cherngtalay. Ko Phra Thong. representations or other information contained in such user content. U. TripAdvisor. processes or other information of any third party does not constitute or imply endorsement. too.com is the most trusted source for travel recommendations about where to go. Edited/compiled by Kristyn Lak Miller and Sheila Koenig This brochure and its contents are copyright © 2010. services. Denmark Golden Buddha Beach Resort. Thalang. making this an ideal first step for seeing Thailand and its people from a very comfortable base. business practices or provided information.
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