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Sri Panwa Resort in Phuket Stands Out in a Saturated Market

Sri Panwa Resort in Phuket Stands Out in a Saturated Market

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The world is full of vacation spots with great restaurants. Take a stunning vista, find a decent cook, put the two together, and people will come.

So, then, what differentiates a culinary destination from a pretty resort with good food? What makes a hotel something more than a place to sleep and eat and play? At Phuket’s Sri Panwa, the answer is joy — a love for food and drink that starts from the moment you enter and surfaces in hundreds of unexpected, charming ways.

Check-in comes with fresh juice on ice — pineapple, watermelon or bright green guava — and cool face towels that tingle with mint and lemongrass. After that, it’s a quick tuk-tuk ride to one of the hotel’s 52 vast villas, which outside smell of frangipani and the sea and inside, thanks to an infuser hidden next to the bed, like lavender and spices.

Each villa comes pre-stocked with a full refrigerator and minibar — all of which, except for the Champagne, is free to taste and try. There’s enough to keep an adventurous snacker occupied for days: ice pops in the freezer, Phuket beer in the fridge, salted broad beans on the side table. Even the bath is full of culinary touches, with mint body wash and salt scrubs waiting by Jacuzzi tubs and outdoor showers.

Full room service is available in-suite, but with seven different restaurants and bars it’s a waste to stay indoors. The names of each of Sri Panwa’s offerings start with “Baba,” the local term for a little boy of mixed Thai-Chinese-Malay heritage. It’s a perfect name for a collection of restaurants that blend the owners’ Thai aesthetic with Japanese, American, Italian, and even Mexican tastes.

At Baba Pool Club, start with the crispy chicken wings with lemongrass and chile (managing director Wan Issara says there was public outrage when he tried to take them off the menu) and the ghoong sarong: meaty shrimp wrapped in green vermicelli. Follow up with the tom yum pizza, a cheeky take on the traditional spicy and sour soup.

Spend an indolent afternoon at Baba IKI, the Japanese restaurant that’s Sri Panwa’s latest offering. The inside is beautiful — all sky-blue swirls and driftwood — but it’s hard to compete with the outdoor seats and their view of the sea. Order Champagne and endless plates of thick, quivering sashimi, and try to forget you’ll ever have to be anywhere or do anything outside of this one glistening moment.

As the sun sets, head to Baba Nest, the exclusive rooftop bar ranked second on CNN’s World’s 50 Best Beach Bars. Bright beanbags litter the wooden platform, which provides a 360 degree view of the city, the sea, and the islands. Enjoy the tiny nibbles that float around the bar, washed down with lemongrass-infused “sri-jitos” and a drink that mixes fresh local lychee with Grey Goose vodka.

Finally, if you can find room — and it’s worth it to make the effort — wind down the night with dinner at Baba Soul Food. Don’t be fooled by the lush surroundings; this is Thai comfort food, satisfying and unfussy. The “hell chicken” is the same dish Wan ate as a homesick schoolboy in England, and the crab meat in yellow curry is a recipe gifted from renowned Phuket chef Madam Rose.

There’s more to do at the resort than eat, of course, but no matter where you are on the grounds, flavors still meet you. At Cool Spa, the luxury spa club around the corner from Baba Nest, guests are greeted with a glass of cool chrysanthemum tea and invited to choose from dozens of treatments based around fruits, grains and spices. Papaya, honey, carrot, tamarind, turmeric, sugar: nearly everything that smoothes and scrubs and relaxes at Cool Spa is edible. And after treatment, there’s the tea again, this time warm to ease you back into the world outside.

In a saturated market, culinary travel destinations tend to be about fancy cocktails and avant-garde plates. But a trip to Sri Panwa is something different. Come for the villas, the placid sea views, the perpetual sunny days — but stay for its thousands of things to nibble and sip and luxuriate in, each carefully chosen for no other reason than to be enjoyed.

Tamarind Wards Off Flying Ghosts (And Other Things I Learned In Thailand)

My college roommate would travel there on the regular and would gush on about it as we'd share Pad Thai at our collegetown Thai restaurant.

Growing up in Los Angeles, where we have a large Thai town and big Thai community, meant I was pretty familiar with all things Thai (especially the food), but there’s nothing like seeing it first hand.

This first trip to Thailand was part of the #84PerspectiveOfThailand press trip and it was a total whirlwind—going from Bangkok to Isaan and south to Phuket in just ten days. And in those ten days I learned just as many things about the culture.

Here were are few things that stood out to me:

Serious Love For Coffee

I can’t function without a morning cup of coffee so I always do a lot of coffee research before I travel to a new place. From Bangkok's streets to the aiports to the side of the road in the countryside, we found quality coffee everywhere.

The best Flat White I had was at the Australian-based chain, The Coffee Club, and the best Thai-style Iced Mocha (read: with cardamom and coconut milk) was at Somjai Coffee on Bangkok's Soi Charoen Krung street. But there are also a ton of other specialty coffee shops I hope to get to on my next visit.

Purses Cannot Go On the Ground

Okay, this is one thing I learned really quickly. Purses and pretty much all bags are not supposed to go on the ground because it’s considered dirty. It’s a great idea in theory but didn’t always work out so well like, say, when I was trying to shoot photos and didn’t have a safe or secure place to rest my camera bag.

Bird’s Nests (And Butterfly Peas) Are For Drinking

It was the height of monsoon season when I was in Thailand so it was seriously hot and seriously humid everyday. But everywhere we went we were constantly offered a cool nonalcoholic drink.

A few of the cold drinks we saw a lot of were mulberry juice, chrysanthemum tea, butterfly pea tea (pictured above), and even a coconut water drink mixed with bird’s nests (which sounded really interesting but was my least favorite of all).

There’s So Much Color Even The Rice Is Purple

Thailand must be tied with India for most colorful country—everything from the temples to the tuk tuks to the food is fully saturated. One thing I didn’t expect was for the rice and the teas in Isaan to be a bright magenta. It turns out the butterfly pea pod (the same one used for that tea above) is used in all sorts of foods in the Isaan region and it makes for the most gorgeous colored food that has a slightly woody (in a good way) taste.

Ice Cream Is Fried

I had heard about “fried ice cream” before but had never had it until we hit up the night market in Udon Thani. To make it, melted ice cream is put on a cold griddle and spread and scraped until it forms Fruit Roll-Up like rolls.

There were all kinds of combinations but I liked the Thai Iced Tea ice cream that was topped with crispy corn flakes and whipped cream.

Speaking Of, Corn Flakes Are All Over

From the fried ice cream stand to our Khao Mao dessert at Sri Panwa’s Soul Food and even in the street food snack I bought in Nong Khai, corn flake cereal seemed to show up way more than I expected. No one could really give me an explanation for this so if you know what the deal is, please fill me in.

Snack Situation Is No Joke

Look, I’m not going to throw out any superlatives here because there are a lot of countries and cultures who have all sorts of interesting snacks. What I will say is that the snack game was on point in Thailand. Some of my personal favorites were: fried plantain crisps, larb-flavored pretzels, green curry-flavored crackers, dried coconut, salted tamarind, and a cornflake and puffed rice snack that tasted like the precursor to the Rice Krispies Treat.

Pom Poms (May Have) Started Here

No, seriously, I think the Thai might have invented the pom pom. A big focus of this trip to Thailand was on meeting local craftsman and understanding how they are preserving Thai traditions. The Karen tribe (from the north of Thailand) has a long tradition in weaving and textiles and almost everything they showed us had some sort of pompom on it.

They Get Seriously Funky

I’ve never been one to shy away from the funk that is fish sauce but in Thailand (especially when I was in the Isaan region) they do not hold back. It’s most evident in the Isaan-style papaya salad (claimed by some to be the original papaya salad, btw) where they go three-fold on the funk with fish sauce and dried crab and dried shrimp and/or anchovies.

And, Of Course, Tamarind Wards Off Flying Ghosts

When I was learning about how Pad Thai is like an edible history of Thailand (reference Thailand video), I learned that tamarind fights off ghosts. I didn’t quite catch the how or why and not sure if merely eating it suffices or if you have to do some sort of tamarind voodoo.

What about you? What did you learn about when you traveled to Thailand? Let us know in the comments below!

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Photo Credit: Coffee/Breakfast photo, Butterfly Tea photo, and Mixed snacks photos by by Kristen Kellogg All other photos by Aida Mollenkamp

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One: Learn The Art of Batik

Start off your tour in Phuket in the pretty area of Old Town. If you fancy yourself an artist, batik painting courses are available at many places in Phuket's Old Town including the walking market. And don't worry if you don't know where to start (I'm a low level crafter than gets panicky if I have to art). The wax outlines are already done for you. You just pick a pattern from the many offered and colour in the outlines. You will also learn the simple but effective techniques to building up colour and shade.

Tip: stop by nearby Soi Romanee for a photo (just off the walking market street). This pink street is a favourite for visitors. Even if you hate selfies the colours may just coax a smile out of you.

Insider's guide to Phuket

Thai chef Amy Chanta gives gives Pat Nourse an insider’s guide to Phuket that reveals Thailand’s party central is in fact home to a distinctive regional cuisine all its own.

GETTING THERE Thai Airways International
This airline operates regular flights to Phuket from Bangkok, and direct flights to the Thai capital from Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, and Auckland.

Jumpee Travel This Sydney-based agency specialises in Thai itineraries, and comes highly recommended by Amy Chanta for the food-interested traveller. (02) 9280 1222
STAY Sri Panwa
A deluxe resort that's at once chic and up-to-the-minute but thoroughly relaxed and relaxing. 88 Moo 8, Sakdidej Rd, Vichit, Muang, +66 76 371 000

Krua Alee
Rustic, home-style cooking on the water in a Muslim fishing village. Bang Pat village, off Baan Khao Thao, Phang Na, +66 86 274 4557
Mae Ting Get in well before 10.30am for unforgettable curry and noodles. The hor mok is not to be missed. 28 Satun Rd (near the corner of Maeluan Rd), Phuket Town, +66 76 258 284
Mee Ton Poe Phuket Town's oldest and most respected Hokkien noodle shop, and a mighty fine lunch spot. Phuket Rd (opposite the Surin clock-tower roundabout), Phuket Town, +66 76 216 293
Mor Mu Dong An essential stop on any Phuket itinerary. Not easy to find - get detailed directions from a guide or concierge before setting out. Mu Dong Soi, Chalong, +66 76 282 302
Nam Taohoo Samkong For your late-night sweet fixes. Yaowarad Rd (near the Shell station), Phuket Town
Rawai fish market The bounty of the local sea gypsies' catch sold at very friendly prices. Rawai pier, Rawai beach
Raya Thai Cuisine Phuket's best restaurant? The food and the charm of its heritage setting certainly tick the boxes. 48 New Debuk Cross Rd, Phuket Town, +66 76 218 155
Tiffin Mama Full-flavoured eats in a very contemporary (yet quite well priced) boutique-hotel setting. Foto Hotel, 218/9 Kata - Saiyuan Rd, Kata beach, Karon Muang, +66 76 680 900

Thaew Nam Roti Serving your charcoal-fired-roti-and-fried-egg needs for many a decade now. Cnr Thalang & Thepkasattri rds, Phuket Town, +66 76 210 061

100 Things To Do In Phuket

Phuket-an island that beckons you to its shores with its breath-taking beauty. An island that presents a splendid amalgamation of history, nature and adventure. An island that will have you smitten with its culture and serenity, an island you couldn’t get enough of!

Phuket is not just any ordinary beach destination. When you plan a vacation in this city, your itinerary might require quite some days to cover at least half of what Phuket has to offer. And if you do want to explore the length and breadth of this city entirely, we might need a separate forum to discuss the innumerable things you can do in Phuket.

Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and, needless to say, this large island definitely has a large list of ‘things to do’. To help you pick the best attractions and experiences for your vacation, we’ve compiled a list of hundred things to do in Phuket. Go on and pick what befits your itinerary from this exciting list. Of course, your trip could be filled with a lot more enthusiasm, experiences and memories if you can fit all 100 things in your vacation. So, don’t shy away from putting a tick against everything mentioned below.

  • Unwind by the Soothing Emerald Waters The tropical island of Phuket has a bunch of gorgeous beaches waiting to be explored. So, let the long stretches of scenic powdery beaches and emerald blue waters of Phuket mesmerise you.
  • Freedom Beach: As the name suggests, if you’re looking for some freedom from the hustle-bustle of city life, Freedom Beach it is! The way to this unspoiled 300m strip of beach is filled with adventure and thrill. You will have to hike through a thick but safe jungle to get a glimpse of the clear, turquoise waters.
  • Patong Beach: Famous for its watersports and nightlife, this beach is popular as a hub for youngsters. You can go snorkeling, wakeboarding or even surfing in the northern end of Patong Beach as the waves there can be quite fast and open to the wind. Do not miss the exciting nightlife of Patong that features a number of bars, pubs and nightclubs.
  • Nai Harn: If you are looking for a quiet beach in Phuket, look no more! The shallow waters of Nai Harn makes it the perfect beach for families with kids. Nestled in the green hills, the beach offers a picturesque view of clear blue waters. Visit the southern part of Nai Harn to see a beautiful stream pass by the beach.
  • Kata Noi Beach: Kata Noi is one of the smaller beaches in Phuket. With its powdery sand, clear waters and lush green jungles, this beach makes for an ideal destination to spend a few leisurely hours in the sun. Banana boat rides are one of the most popular things to do here. The rocks at the southern end of Kata Noi also offer a brilliant view of tropical fish and coral reefs while snorkelling.
  • Kata Beach: Soak in the glory of the sun while you lay on the soft white sand. The 1.5 km long stretch of the beach is flanked by towering palm trees and adorned with chic cafes and restaurants. From water sports to relaxing spas, the beach has something in store for all types of travellers.

Thailand’s temples are a proof of the serenity you will experience, the moment you set foot here. The temples offer a peek at the unique architectural styles against the stunning backdrop of hilltops and riversides.

  • Chalong Temple: Wat Chalong is the largest and most revered Buddhist temple in Phuket. Locals come here to pray everyday while travellers visit this temple to learn about Buddhism and its history. The walls and ceilings display surreal paintings that take you through Lord Buddha’s life. The tallest stupa (chedi) of Wat Chalong still preserves a bone fragment of Lord Buddha.
  • Phuket Big Buddha: Phuket’s Great Buddha is one of the most important landmarks in the city. This Buddha Statue is 45 meters tall and sits atop the Nakkerd Hills. You can catch a glimpse of its magnificence even from Phuket Town and Karon Beach. This lofty site offers stunning panoramic views of Phuket Town, Kata, Karon, Chalong Bay and more!
  • Wat Putta Mongkon: Wat Putta Mongkon features Sino-Portuguese style of architecture and a roof with elaborate decorations. The temple grounds are also home to a beautiful garden where several trees are adorned with Buddhist principles written on scriptures. Don’t forget to visit the yellow chedi which is located right behind the temple.
  • Doi Thepnimit: Doi Thepnimit is a small, yet alluring temple that looks over Patong Beach. This temple might find you admiring its carvings and architecture for hours at a stretch. The beauty of the chedi is accentuated with a vibrant seven heads Naga and other mythological characters.
  • Wat Khao Rang: Wat Khao Rang is situated on the popular Khao Rang Hill in Phuket. The golden statue of a seated Buddha was the first of its kind in this city. This temple will enrapture your heart with the Thai art forms and traditional carvings on the doors and roof. Make sure you catch a glimpse of the statue of Yommaraj (The Lord of Death) and other characters from Thai mythology.

If you’re wondering why the night markets need a special place on your itinerary, here’s why-the night markets in Phuket offer a festive ambiance to enjoy the shopping experience. Street performances and live music keeps the marketplace buzzing with tourists and locals. The markets display a wide variety of Thai handicrafts, modern-day clothing, accessories and a lot more with a great deal of bargaining, ofcourse. You can also find a lot of vendors selling fresh fruits and local Thai food here.
In a nutshell, Phuket’s night markets are a stunning place to devour Thai treats, catch some soothing live music and shop to your heart’s content in a pleasant and cool atmosphere.

  • Phuket Walking Street: Every Sunday evening, Thalang Road in Phuket Old Town takes the shape of a vibrant and lively market. From local handicrafts to delicious Thai food, you can find everything here. With the presence of toy stalls, musical performances and other entertainment acts, this market is a kid-friendly destination as well! Don’t forget to try the barbecued squid, chicken and pork here.
  • Chillva Market: The pleasant and bohemian vibe of Chillva Market will keep you here for hours. The market is a beautiful display of fashion, food and hand-made items. You can also find a small stage and amphitheatre here where live performances happen in full swing.
  • Phuket Weekend Market: Located along the Chao Fa West Road, right outside Phuket Town, Phuket Weekend Market is the biggest night market in Phuket. The market has an open section and a covered one. You can find a large variety of second hand goods and an extensive collection of jeans, T-shirts, souvenirs and curios in the covered section. The open section features jewellery, accessories, mobiles, electronics, DVDs and a lot more. Of course, there are some local thai treats too! From exotic fruits to fishcakes, you can savor authentic Thai flavors here.
  • Malin Plaza Platong: Malin Plaza Patong is a brilliant market to sample Thai food at cheap prices and explore a wide range of souvenirs. The market is particularly famous for its food stalls in front of the roofed space. A few things you should definitely try here are fried chicken, crepes, ice cream, sushi, 90 Baht cocktails and fresh fruits.
  • OTOP Night Market: OTOP stands for ‘One Tambon One Product’. The OTOP Market believes in promoting local products by picking a superior product from each district (tambon) across Thailand. OTOP then, brands it as its own product. You will find plenty of traditional handicrafts, silk garments, cotton wear, accessories and regional food items.

Neon lights, loud music and cheap beer-Bangla Road is packed with clubs, bars, restaurants and cafes. The road is a major hit among locals and tourists because of the live performances that lend a lot of zest, excitement and thrill to this place. Marvel at Phuket’s exciting nightlife or enjoy some great music at beer bars, Bangla Road is bound to make your trip lively and energetic.

  • Marvel at Phuket’s beauty from these viewpoints The island of Phuket opens to mesmerizing views which are bound to find you gaping at the stunning landscape of this city. Whether you want to catch a glimpse of the sunset, take panoramic shots of the scenery or get a bird’s eye view of Phuket’s sprawling natural beauty, Here are a few viewpoints that will sweep you off your feet.
  • Karon Beach Viewpoint: Situated between the beaches of Kata Noi and Nai Harn, this viewpoint offers a breath-taking view of Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon. This point makes for a great place to click some panoramic shots of Phuket’s beauty.
  • Phuket Big Buddha: The Big Buddha is one of the most revered landmarks in the city. The 45 metre tall statue of Buddha sits on top of the Nakkerd Hill and offers breath-taking views of Phuket Town, Kata, Karon, Chalong Bay and more. The picturesque views coupled with the divinity of Lord Buddha makes it one of the best places to experience peace and quiet in Phuket.
  • The Windmill Viewpoint: This point gives you a splendid glimpse of Ya Nui Beach and the bay of Nai Harn. The Windmill point gets its name from the massive white windmill that is visible even from a large distance. You can click some beautiful photographs against the picturesque backdrop of lush greenery and emerald green waters.
  • Promthep Cape Viewpoint: While some visit this place exclusively for the sunset, you can also witness the distinct shapes of Phi Phi Islands, Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi from here. You can also spot a lighthouse that displays historical maritime artefacts.
  • Black Rock Viewpoint: Getting to the Black Rock Viewpoint makes for an interesting adventure. You might need a car or motorbike and some energy to walk a little bit to reach this point. However, the toil is worth the view! You can enjoy a bird’s eye view of Promthep Cape, Nai Harn Beach and many other islands.

    Sunbathe all day long at these beach clubs Imagine yourself soaking up the sun at a chic and modern restaurant or bar, set up near the beach. The evening comes with breath-taking views of the sunset and refreshing cocktails prepared by seasoned barmen. Your day ends with an exciting party with international DJs.
    Beach clubs in Phuket are a perfect addition to your holiday. Well, nothing beats the comfort of lounging on a beach chair and treating yourself to a soothing ambiance, tropical cocktails and delicious food.

  • Catch Beach Club: Catch was the first to start the fad of beach clubs in Phuket. Catch Beach Club near Sunwing Resort in Bangtao is a great place for families with kids. You can enjoy some refreshing cocktails on the beach while your kids have their own share of fun at the ‘Kid’s Club’. You will also find an exciting menu of cocktails, wine and tapas here.
  • Pine Beach Bar: Pine Beach Club is the latest one in Phuket. This beach club offers direct access to the beach. Sip on some tropical cocktails or enjoy the delectable food by an alluring view, Pine Bar makes for a great place to unwind and relax. After sunset, the beach club is taken over by DJs and an exhilarating fire show.
  • Xana Beach Club: You can spot Xana Beach Club on Bangtao Beach. The immaculate white decor, private salas (cabanas) and a beautiful swim-up bar create a pleasant ambiance to enjoy the experience offered by Xana. You can also enjoy signature mojitos and classic cocktails with a wide range of tapas, Mediterranean, European and Thai cuisine.
  • Coast Beach Club: Coast Beach Club at Centara Grand Beach Resort features a cocktail bar and a casual restaurant with a soothing laid back vibe. The club is particularly famous for its fine cuisine with lobster, tuna and barbecued lamb served as daily specials. Coast also hosts a variety of performers like singers, magicians and acrobats.
  • Splash Beach Club: The charm of Splash Beach Club is slightly different from the usual beach clubs in Phuket. Nestled in a hidden spot between the Tri Trang and Paradise beach, the club does not offer a vast sandy beach and loud music. The menu here is very basic. So, you can head to this beach club if you’re looking for some peace and quiet, near the scenic views of the beach.

Phuket Old Town is a treasure trove of provincial charms. The streets are flanked by Sino-Portuguese style shophouses with arcades and you will spot Chinese shrines more than Buddhist temples here. Despite the rustic charm it retains, Phuket Old Town is constantly evolving with restaurants, cafes, boutiques and bars, making it an exciting spot to hang out after sunset.
During the day, the town hosts two major markets of Phuket. Every Sunday, Phuket Walking Street attracts throngs of tourists and locals who are keen to shop, eat and explore. While ambling down the beautiful lanes in the Old Town, don’t forget to admire the mural paintings and street art on most old buildings.

Phuket’s Simon Cabaret Show is sprinkled with a whole lot of glitz, glamour and pixie dust. When you’ve had too much of the beach, the flamboyant set-up and fascinating drama will prove to be your ultimate source of entertainment. The show features an extravagant combination of modern acts, traditional Thai dance and music, and comedy routines performed by Thailand’s famed kathoey (ladyboy) dancers.

  • Visit the elephant sanctuaries If you’re in a mood to get up close and personal with the majestic, yet friendly creatures, you would have a great time at the elephant sanctuaries in Phuket. These sanctuaries encourage healthy interaction with elephants who have been rescued from local logging and elephant trekking industries. These sanctuaries allow you to have a fun time with elephants without causing any disturbance or harm to them or their habitat.

Island-hopping is sure to add a lot more charm and adventure to your vacation in Phuket. While some islands are ideal for panoramic landscapes, others offer great opportunities for water sports. Many people also visit these islands to enjoy a few moments of peace and revel in the bustling nightlife and beach parties.
You can also opt for several island-hopping tours which can be customised based on your interests or preferences. Let’s take a look at some of the islands you should not miss out on while you’re in Phuket

  • James Bond Island: Ever since it was featured in the James Bond movie in 1974, the James Bond Island has seen a lot of tourists and locals. The most striking feature of this island are the abrupt limestone formations on the emerald green waters. In addition to James Bond Island, there are several other islands in the Phang Nga Bay. You can take a speedboat tour which can help you with exploring the caves and canoeing.
  • Phi Phi Island: A cluster of six islands, Koh Phi Phi is one of the most beautiful islands on Andaman Sea. Most day trips or tours involve two main islands-Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Phi Phi Lee. While the former is a popular tourist hub with a wide variety of restaurants, shops and accommodations, the latter is ideal for an evening of peace and quiet. Phi Phi Lee is an uninhabited island which is famed for its secluded and picturesque Maya Bay.
  • Similan Island: Similan Islands are a group of eleven islands located off the coast of southern Thailand. This island archipelago is one of the best diving and snorkelling sites in Thailand as the massive rock boulders in water form crevices that are thrilling to explore. You can also visit the sunset point and the Similan point while you are here.
  • Coral Island: Koh Hae, also called the Coral Island is particularly known for its massive coral reefs. The island makes for a perfect place to sit back and unwind amidst the white sand and blue waters. The island is also famous for diving and snorkelling. Don’t forget to hike to the Long Beach and Banana Beach to try some delicious Thai food.
  • Surin Island: Surin Islands are some of the remotest islands in Phuket. The untouched beauty of this island can be seen underwater too! The clear blue waters are home to exotic marine animals and coral reefs.While scuba diving, you can easily spot yellow mask angelfish and bumphead parrotfish here.

Surrounded by the Andaman Sea, Phuket offers an excellent diving arena if you wish to dive in the underwater world to admire the serene marine life.Diving in Phuket is a completely different experience because of its unique geography.

Whether you’re an amateur or a seasoned diver, there are many scuba diving courses which will give you a brilliant opportunity to learn about the underwater world.

Scuba diving trips in Phuket usually begin early in the morning. Shark Point, Anemone Reef, and the King Cruiser Wreck are a few diving sites that are home to the leopard shark, lionfish, wrasses, eels, and the occasional frogfish.

  • Enjoy snorkelling in the tropical waters of Andaman Sea

    Amongst the top water activities, snorkeling is a recreational activity that almost

everyone opts for. The exhilarating water and magical marine life allows you to witness the beauty of the sea filled with textured coral reefs that continuously add a pop of colour to the majestic view. Places like the Elephant beach and small islets, including Red Skin and the North Bay island offer great services for snorkeling.

A holiday checklist to Thailand is incomplete without an authentic Thai massage.

Thai massage or Thai Yoga massage involves use of gentle pressure and

stretching, often followed by yoga postures to relax the body. Being an ancient

healing technique, originating 7500 years ago, you have to try out these

  • Eforea Spa: Located in a peaceful setting, Eforea spa offers you a truly private spa with each of its treatment rooms housed in a villa. Whether you prefer to have your treatment in silence or get a couple’s villa, this place is full of choices. Only the finest spa products and herbal remedies are used at this Phuket spa resort, ensuring that your ‘relaxation time’ is in the best hands.
  • Banyan Tree Spa: Sit back and relax with the touch of the therapists who ensure an experience that is worthy enough to define the award winning, Banyan Tree Spa. Featuring a combination of eastern and western massage techniques, meant to improve blood circulation and ease muscle aches, the Royal Banyan never fails to deliver a loved and soothing treatment.
  • Le Spa: There’s more than one reason to indulge in a massage at Le Spa. This place does its best to provide a massage experience that does more than just calming your muscle aches. Revitalizing your soul is a key factor followed here. Whether it is providing respite from the ever-so-frustrating jet lags or relieving fatigue from a busy day, this spa has it all. A tranquil sanctuary, in the heart of Rawai, Phuket, Le Spa offers guests a relaxing treatment in the most elegant and luxurious way possible.
  • De Surin Health Spa: De Surin Health Spa offers one of the most special techniques of massages by professional spa therapists. From professionals to weekend joggers, the services of this spa are famous among all. A few signature treatments include the ‘Sport Massage Therapy’ and ‘De Surin Bamboo Massage’ which replaces the therapist’s hands with bamboo canes.
  • Mandara Spa: Tranquil and extremely calming, the Mandara Spa at JW Marriott Phuket Resort, provides a full-service beauty salon and several luxurious spa suites. A signature massage here, ‘the four-finger massage’, is an absolute tourist favourite. Exacting the skills of two specially trained therapists working in a rhythmic harmony, this massage is performed using aromatic, essential oils of sandalwood, patchouli and ylang ylang meant to calm the nervous system and relax the muscle tissues.
  • Tee off at a golf course
    If you’re a golfing enthusiast, Phuket’s tropical climate and unique topography has a lot in store for you. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player, the spectacular landscape and challenging placement of holes make for a fun and delightful round of golf. Let’s take a look at how the golf courses in Phuket have made a brilliant use of the greenery and local abundance of water.
  • Blue Canyon Country Club: You can not only enjoy golf but also a round of fishing because of the excellent layout of Blue Canyon Country Club. The club overlooks Phuket’s famous hills and is divided into the ‘Canyon Course’ and ‘Lake Course’. Even though you might encounter a few water hazards on 17 of the 18 holes, the five different tees ensure that the ‘Lakes Course’ can be enjoyed by golfers of any standard.

The terrain which is made up of red soil, granite rocks, hills and vegetation has a mesa-style appearance. This is the highest course in Phuket and some of the views from various points of the golf course are breathtaking. While you are here, don’t forget to check out the clubhouse which overlooks some spectacular natural surroundings.

  • Laguna Phuket Golf Club: Laguna is a beautiful parkland course that wanders its way through some of the most expensive hotels and real estate in Phuket. The club has been renovated with increased emphasis on natural surroundings and local wildlife to create a tranquil holiday paradise for golfers. The exclusive golf course furniture and traditional Thai fishing boats provide a local essence to this place.
  • Loch Palm Golf Club: Loch Palm Golf Club is a local’s favorite because of its unique and fun design. The opening holes are placed around Crystal Lake, a spectacular site measuring 48 acres, located in the centre of the golf course. The fairways are lined with more than 1400 palm trees which allow you to enjoy this leisurely sport amidst serene surroundings.
  • Explore the floating village of Koh Panyee

    Located in the northern corner of Phang Nga Bay near Phuket, this charming fishing village is built on stilts over water, which gives it the nickname of ‘the floating village’. The residents of Koh Panyee are open, warm hearted and friendly. The villagers are proud of how they live and are eager to share their experiences with tourists. If you’re thinking about adding Koh Panyee to your holiday itinerary, go for it!
  • Drive along Koh Sirey’s coastal road

    This mystery coastal road is an island within Phuket. Just from where you catch a ferry to Phi Phi, you cross a short bridge to Koh Sirey. Koh Sirey or Sirey Island is only about 20 square kilometers and you can take a drive all over the island in just half an hour. Most of the island is hilly with a lot of rubber plantations. Around the coast, there used to be small fishing villages, but now development is catching up. A number of villas and elaborate sea view houses have established this place as a prime estate. If you’re staying in Phuket town, it is only a 15 minutes drive to Koh Sirey and well, it’s totally worth it!
  • Hop onto your surfing board

    Even though surfing in Phuket is not regarded as the best in the world, it is the best in Thailand and shouldn’t be dismissed from your vacation itinerary. Usually, surfing happens along the west coast where there is some decent wave action. Some of the best spots to surf in Phuket are, Kalim beach, Kata Noi beach, Kata beach and the Nai Harn beach.
  • Enjoy the wakeboarding rides at Phuket Wake Park

    Phuket Wake Park offers one of the most adventurous and challenging activities in Phuket. Located near Kathu Waterfall, this park offers alluring views of surrounding trees and hills. Phuket Wake Park houses a 2-metre-deep freshwater with 12 obstacles, a 28-room hotel, a board shop, massage facilities, and a restaurant/bar . The park is open all year-round, and is usually busiest during the monsoon season when Phuket’s beaches are too rough for swimming. You can also approach their friendly staff members as they are always around to guide and assist visitors.
  • Spare some time for a round of fishing

    What if you could enjoy a round of professional fishing on your vacation? It’s true!
    Blue and Black Marlin, Tuna, Kingfish and even Swordfish have been caught around Phuket. There are several charter companies in Phuket that organise fishing tours to Racha islands, Similan Islands, Koh Ra, Koh Rok etc. These companies work with locals, especially Sea Gypsies who are well-versed with the seas of Phuket. You can carry your own fishing gear or hire the equipment as a part of your fishing tour package.
  • Navigate the beautiful waters on jet skis

    Tired of lazing on the beach? Not in a mood for swimming or diving? Looking for an exhilarating way to navigate Phuket’s waters? Just get on a jet ski! Jet skis can be rented on almost all the popular beaches in Phuket like Karon, Patong, Kata, Surin and Bangtao beach. Make sure you’re riding with a professional and taking all measures for your safety.
  • Try your hands at kitesurfing

    In simple words, kitesurfing is a wind-powered action water sport that uses a kite and a board to glide across water. Phuket is one of the best kitesurfing destinations in Thailand because it experiences good wind all year round. It offers an ideal environment for fast and safe learning with flat and shallow waters, medium wind and wide sandy beaches.You will not encounter any speedboat, jet ski or banana boats disturbing you during your ride.
  • Learn the tricks of stand-up paddle boarding

    Stand-up paddleboarding is an exciting water sport you can enjoy during your Phuket holiday. The warm and clear waters in and around Phuket serve as an excellent playground for this sport, especially during the high season. The best part about this cool sporting activity is that it doesn’t require any major physical capacity or experience. All you need is a few lessons to learn the proper position to balance yourself on the surfboard and you’re good to go!
  • Experience the adrenaline rush while windsurfing

    Windsurfing is a sport that combines sailing and surfing. If you are new to this activity, Patong Beach is a good place to start. You will find several windsurfing shops on the beach. This is because Patong Beach has calm waters and a wide bay which makes it easier for novices to try their hand at this sport. For people who are well-versed with the waves, visit the Kata Beach or Rawai. You can also rent high-end boards there. For a full morning’s sail, you should be out as early as 7am or 8am.
  • Rent out catamarans or yachts

    If you’re travelling with your family and friends, hiring your own boat is the best way to navigate the islands of Thailand with your crew. Hiring a speedboat, yacht or catamaran also enables you to plan your day based on your interests and preferences of island hopping and water activities. If you’re in the mood to cruise through the waters of Koh Samui in a luxurious way, renting a private yacht is the best option. The easiest way to go about renting your own boat is through a yacht charter company that can help you pick the right boat based on your preference for a comfortable onboard experience.
    Tip: Don’t forget to sail around the Ang Thong National Marine Park in Koh Samui.
  • Overcome your fears with the jungle bungee jump

    Operated and managed by a professional team from New Zealand, jungle bungee jump is one of the best things to do in Phuket. The setting of the jungle bungee jump is such that a 50 metre plunge will give you exemplary views of the jungle-surrounding lake (of course, only if you have the courage to look down). This bungee jump is fully licensed and insured so that you can indulge in this activity without any qualms.
  • Enjoy an evening of Football Crazy Golf

    As the name suggests, this game is a unique mix of football and golf. The 6400 square-metre-field offers an 18-hole and 69-par course. If you’re thinking that this game requires some special skill or training, we’d like to stop you right there. Football Crazy golf can be enjoyed by people of any age as it does not demand the knowledge of any particular skill at all.
  • Head to Patong Go-Kart Speedway

    Patong Go-Kart Speedway is a 750 metres long track situated at the base of Patong Hill in Phuket. The place is managed by a professional Thai team that will guide and assist you in this activity. The speedway also has a long straight start and finish lane which is suitable for acceleration. Apart from the racetrack, there is also a bar-restaurant here. So, you can grab a bite or sip on some beverages while having a 180-degree view of the track.
  • Glimpse into the upside-down world at Baan Teelanka

Yes, you can literally turn your world upside down at Baan Teelanka! This quirky attraction in Phuket has all the rooms like a standard house. The only difference is that you explore all of them while walking on the ceiling! This interesting place is not only entertaining for children, adults can have their own share of fun by posing for some funky pictures in this bizarre house. You can also spare some time to try out the Garden Maze here.

  • Witness the Thai Boxing scene at Bangla Boxing Stadium

    Bangla Boxing Stadium is a famous centre for Muay Thai in Patong Beach. With four beer bars and an amphitheatre surrounding the boxing ring, this 2-storey stadium is hard to miss. You can also spot large statues of esteemed Thai boxers at the front side of this building. This stadium also features real contestants fighting for various prizes, titles and ranks.
  • Visit the Chinese Shrines in Phuket

    There are a great number of Chinese Shrines all around Phuket. This is because Phuket has a large population of Chinese residents who immigrated from Southern China centuries ago. Their rich culture, heritage, and tradition, finds expression in the colours, symbols and architecture of these shrines. Here are a few shrines that you should definitely visit while you are in Phuket.
  • Bang Neow Shrine Located near the Robinson Shopping Centre, Bang Neow Shrine is significant during the Vegetarian Festival. The shrine’s interiors depict elegance and simplicity. You will also find carvings of the dragon and printings that talk about Chinese Literature at length.
  • Boon Kaw Kong Shrine: Don’t be baffled if you hear a lot of honking around this temple. Most drivers honk to show their respect and regard for the Boon Kaw Kong Shrine. The shrine is beautifully decorated with paper lanterns and sculptures of dragons, monkeys and lions. Ardent devotees usually light firecrackers here as a token of gratitude for their fulfilled wishes.
  • Hok Nguan Kung Shrine: This shrine was founded over 80 years ago and has been a popular centre for local families. Located on the Phuket Road, one of the most striking features of this shrine is the crafted image of Ju Su Kong. The statue is made out of sandalwood and is black, from head to toe.
  • Jui Tui Shrine: Jui Tui is one of the most famous and revered Chinese temples in Phuket. After multiple rounds of renovations, the shrine now displays three large altars with statues of Chinese Gods. Locals usually visit this temple on special occasions like birthdays, weddings, healing etc.
  • Kathu Shrine: Kathu Shrine is a relatively small temple. It is believed that Phuket’s vegetarian festival originated here. You can also find historical items here such as wooden Taoist deities and ancient elements used for various types of body piercings in the olden days. A statue of Guan Yin (the goddess of mercy) stands at the main altar.
  • Take a tour of the Chalong Bay Rum Distillery

    The Chalong Bay Rum Distillery was established by two French entrepreneurs who wanted to manufacture a high-end quality of white rum. The distillery also offers tours so that visitors can learn more about rum production and the backstage efforts of a successful business. The place also organises cocktail workshops where you can learn and sample rum-based beverages like Mojitos and Ti’Punch. You can also host private parties and special events here.
  • Enjoy an exciting round of mini golf at Dino Park

The Dino Park features a complete 18-hole golf course in a pre-historic setting. This funky park is located between the Karon and Kata beach on the Beach Road. As the name suggests, the park resembles a Jurassic Park setting where life-like dinosaurs are placed around each hole. The lush forestry, clever lighting and an atmospheric volcano that erupts every 30 minutes make for a fun-filled evening with your family and friends.

Located in northern Phuket, this park is the only remaining virgin rainforest on the island. Khao Phra is inhabited by a large number of species of langurs, barking deer, mouse deer, bears, wild boars and gibbons. Apart from marveling at the flora and fauna, this park is also a great destination for people who love hiking. There are several forest trails, one of which leads to the Tonsai waterfall.
You can also go for the 8km trail that passes right through the forest from Bang Pae Waterfall to Tonsai.

The best way to experience the local life of Thailand is by visiting the fresh markets in Phuket. Thai fresh markets are a melting pot of exotic fruits, vegetables and seafood. You can also find merchandise, DVDs, secondhand goods, handicrafts and brand copies here. The tropical colours of fruits and vegetables attract tourists and locals, alike.

  • Banzaan Market: Banzaan Market is a modern Thai fresh market on Sai Kor Road in Patong. It is designed by Chinese and western architects and the lay-out is quite chic and contemporary. The market is a very clean place where all the fresh produce like fruits, vegetables, sea food, meat and Thai sweets are laid out neatly. A food court on the second floor serves local delicacies at fair rates.
  • Central Markets: There are two main markets on Ranong Road in Phuket Old Town. Talad Sod Satarana opens at 5am and displays all types of products like fresh and dry ingredients, food items and clothing.
    The Downtown Market which is located in a small soi (alley) off Ranong Road is one of the oldest fresh markets in Phuket. You can find vegetables, meat, seafood, exotic fruits and condiments here. The market is also a place for wholesalers who park their trucks right opposite Downtown Inn.
  • Kata Market: This market is set-up on Kata Road. It is an L-shaped market that is open only on Mondays and Thursdays. This is another great place for fresh produce. One section of Kata Market is also dedicated to clothing, toys, souvenirs, massage oils and artefacts.
  • Kamala Village Market: Kamala Village Market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, at a foothill that separates Kamala from Patong. You can take a peek at the local life in southern Thailand and also savour a wide variety of fresh products here.
  • CherngTalay Market: You can find the CherngTalay Market right outside the Cherng Talay police station. The market features fresh fruits, vegetables, sea food, poultry and beef. Just like other markets in Southern Thailand, you can also find vendors selling clothing, accessories and artefacts here.

    Sit back and relax at the Loma Park Lounging under the shade of towering trees, sipping on cocktails and admiring scenic views of Patong Bay-sounds like the perfect way to sit back and relax?
    Loma Park is the perfect spot for people who are looking to spend a few moments in tranquility. The park is a common hang-out spot for families as it allows you to enjoy while your kids are engaged in the recreation zone. Loma Park also hosts a variety of important events in Phuket like the Phuket Bike Week, Tsunami Memorial Service and Patong Carnival.

  • Explore the mangroves of Phuket

    Even though the mangroves of Phuket are not spoken about, they are an essential part of the island’s coastal ecology. There are plenty of activities that you can undertake in the mangroves of Phuket. While some like going on ATV discovery tours, others like to gaze at the scenery while cycling. You can also try kayaking or go for nature safaris in the mangroves.
  • Hike up to the monkey hill

    Monkey Hill, also known as Toh Sae Hill gets its name from the troupe of monkeys playing around in gay abandon on this hill. A platform at the top of the mountain provides mesmerizing views of Phuket. You can also spot a colourful shrine at the bottom of the hill.
  • Get up close and personal with the marine life at the Phuket Aquarium

    Head to the Phuket Aquarium for an afternoon of fun with your family or friends. Featuring thousands of tropical, colourful and exotic marine creatures, the Aquarium is a place of delight for youngsters and adults who have never had a close look at marine life. The most exciting part of the aquarium is a large tank with a tunnel in the centre that offers a kaleidoscopic view of wrasse, sharks, rays and others.
  • Zorbing at Rollerball

    J ust a short trip from Patong beach, Zorbing at Rollerball takes place at the hills overlooking Kalim beach. This exhilarating joyride involves rolling around the 190m hill path inside a giant plastic ball, while enjoying the stunning views of Patong Bay.

The best way to experience luxury in Phuket? Royal Phuket Marina! As the name suggests, the Royal Phuket Marina is a royal and luxurious lifestyle marina located right next to the Phuket Boat Lagoon in Koh Kaew. With yachts, waterfront villas, penthouses and condominiums, this place is counted among Asia’s premier boating hubs. You can also find shopping facilities amidst landscaped parks and gardens here.

  • Attend the festivals and fairs at Saphan Hin Park

    Saphan Hin is a multipurpose seaside park in Phuket. The park is the main centre for most of the annual events in Phuket like Loy Krathong, Red Cross Fair and the last day of the Vegetarian Festival. Saphin Hin also has fitness centres, a stadium, jogging tracks, software development centre, food stalls, and a mangrove walkway. With multiple options for entertainment and recreation, this point is a popular picnic spot for families.
  • Plan a trip to Rawai, Home of the Sea Gypsies Whether you are on a budget-friendly vacation or a backpacking trip, Rawai should be on every traveller’s itinerary. You can witness and experience the seaside life of sea gypsies while some are fishing to make a living, others work as tour guides or sell sea shell souvenirs.
    Phromthep Cape is a famous landmark in Rawai that offers spectacular views of the sunset. Thai kickboxing, island hopping and horseback riding are a few other things to do here.
  • Explore the flora and fauna of national parks

    The national parks in Phuket are home to tropical and virgin rainforests inhabited by exotic wild animals. Here are a few national parks you should definitely visit to spend a few hours amidst the natural beauty of Phuket.
  • Sirinat National Park: Sirinat National Park is spread over an area of 90 sq km. Nai Yang, Nai Thon and Mai Khao beaches are a part of this national park. You will also find a mangrove forest on the northern end where the saltwater swamps host unique ecosystems. A nature trail and 800-metre wooden walkway will take you through the various species of plants and animals inhabited in the park through simple signs and information.
  • Mu Koh Similan National Park: Phuket’s Muk Koh Similan National Park is located on the Similan Islands which is a group of 11 islands in the Andaman Sea. The islands boast picturesque landscapes with white-sand beaches, large granite rocks, thick jungle supporting diverse fauna and flora, and crystal-clear azure waters.
  • Ao Phang Nga National Park: Ao Phang Nga National Park is a 400 km.sq. park that includes 40 different islands. The park has a number of caves that have historical and spiritual significance. So, don’t forget to try out canoeing here.

    Get on the exhilarating water slides at Splash Jungle Waterpark Whether you are looking for a relaxing day or an adrenaline rush, Splash Jungle Waterpark will add a lot of fun and excitement to your vacation. With 12 exhilarating water slides, attractions, beverages and bites, you are in for an evening of fun, adventure and thrill with this one!
    The waterpark also has a well-trained team of lifeguards who will assist you at every waterslide or pool.

  • Indulge in exciting activities at Phuket Shooting Range

    Phuket Shooting Range is the biggest complex for fun and exciting activities on the island. The range features a shooting range, a go-kart racing track, a snake farm and show, a paintball and airsoft (BB gun) skirmish field, an archery range and ATV rides. These activities are conducted in a huge park which is approximately 150,000 sq.metre.
  • Visit the museums in Phuket The fascinating tales of Phuket’s past find expression in the various museums scattered around the island. Let’s take a look at a few museums where you can catch up with Phuket’s local history.
  • Baan Chinpracha: This museum is a classic example of a Sino-colonial mansion in Phuket Town. One of the most attractive sights of the museum is the inner courtyard which opens to the sky. You can gaze at vintage Italian floor tiles, original furniture imported from Europe and China, and some old pictures of the Tandavanitj clan too!
  • Phuket Cultural Centre: Phuket Cultural Centre is located at the Phuket Rajabhat University. The centre is a great place to learn more about local Southern Thais, and Phuket’s history, culture and traditions. A Thai-Chinese House, vintage tin-mining items, old ceramics and Thai shadow puppets are a few other things to admire here.
  • Phuket Seashell Museum: This museum has an exciting collection of sea shells from all over the world. Many of them have been picked from the beautiful waters of Thailand. You will also find the world’s largest golden pearl (140 karats) here.
  • Thavorn Hotel Museum: Thavorn Museum exhibits a stunning collection of artefacts and photographs preserved by the Chinese-Thai family that runs the Thavorn Hotel Group. The items are showcased in a dim and dreary setting. You can spot traditional Chinese wedding hats, toy trains, vintage movie posters, opium smoking beds and a variety of other interesting things here.
  • Thalang National Museum: This museum preserves the artefacts from Phuket and Andaman region. You can learn more about the famous battle of Thalang here. One of the major attractions is the 9th century statue of Vishnu (Hindu God) which was procured from Phang Nga in the early 1900s.

The calm and alluring aura of the waterfalls beckons every traveller and tourist to experience its serenity. Walking around the lush jungles and exploring these secret waterfalls with your family is surely the most divine form of spending some quality time.

  • Bang Pae Waterfall: Home to some of the most exotic species, the Bang Pae Waterfall can be seen 10 meters high at any point of time in the year. The Bang Pae is not only the largest but also the best waterfall of Thailand. With magnificent landscapes surrounding it, the waterfall is located in Khao Phra Thaeo National Park in the Thalang district of Phuket.
  • Ton Sai Waterfall: Located in the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, on the opposite hill of the Bang Pae Waterfall, Ton Sai offers nothing less than a spectacular sight. Ton Sai Waterfall is home to some of the exotic species of birds, making it a perfect spot for all the bird watchers out there.
  • Kathu Waterfall: The challenging climb to Kathu Waterfall is definitely worth the effort! The Waterfall consists of a variety of drop pools instead of one incredible fall. During monsoons, Kathu is one of the best visited waterfalls because of its continuous water flow.
  • Ao Yon Waterfall: A waterfall surely difficult to find, Ao Yon is worth the struggle to cherish one of the most naturally enriching experiences. Located in Cape Panwa, within the residential colonies of amiable villagers, the route to Ao Yon can be confusing,however, it’s beauty and magnificence can be enjoyed free of cost!

    Phuket Heroines Monument Depicting the inspiring stories of two brave sisters- Lady Chan and Lady Mook, the Phuket Heroines Monument is one of the top tourist destinations for any one that is a history lover. The monument is located on Thalang’s Thepkasattri Road and is known for the story of how those two brave women fought against the Burmese intruders.

  • Board the John Gray’s Sea Canoe for a full-day kayak tour

    Developed by John Gray, the godfather of sea kayaking, The Hong by Starlight tour offers a magical experience to every traveller! The best part about this trip is that it lets you admire the beauty of the Phang Nga Bay at night too! John Gray’s Sea Canoe also recreates the annual ceremony of Loy Krathong on every tour. You will also be accompanied by professional guides while exploring caves and hongs (secluded sea caves).
  • Enjoy swimming among bioluminescent planktons

    Swimming with the planktons in the dark is nothing less than an underwater light show. You can also see these bioluminescent planktons by dangling and kicking your feet in water. However, the psychedelic light will be at its best when you hop in with a mask and swim along with them. There are several tour companies in Phuket that offer this experience. You can also charter a boat that goes on night time excursions.
  • Take a Bar Crawl Tour

    Take a Peek at Phuket’s nightlife with the Bar Crawl Tour. Hop from one club to another, create new memories with new friends, dance the night away and experience Phuket’s nightlife at its best. If you’re a party lover, look no more! This is the one stop destination for all your late night shenanigans!
  • Join the Blanco Boat Party

This is the biggest Phi Phi boat party that offers a chance to make new friends and even enjoy snorkeling and diving right off the top deck! The boat party also includes swim stops, international Djs and a visit to the monkey beach. Kayaks and snorkelling equipment is also available so that you can enjoy jumping from the diving platform.

  • Take the Blu Anda Catamaran Twilight Cruise

    The Blue Anda Catamaran Twilight Cruise is a 9-hour journey packed with adventure, thrill and excitement. The cruise departs from Phuket to the Phang Nga Islands in the Andaman Sea. The tour takes you through the mesmerizing limestone islands and rock formations and also includes stops at the La Wa Island and James Bond Island. You will also enjoy canoeing at Hong Island before you return to Phuket for a delicious spread.

If you’re bored of the usual walk-in restaurants, why not try the dining experience at the floating restaurants in Phuket? These restaurants mostly occupy the eastern coast of Phuket and are run by local fish farmers. Apart from the signature Thai seafood dishes, one of the must-try dishes at these restaurants is fresh oysters served with chilli, garlic, lime and herbs.

The beautiful Thalang Road in Phuket Old Town converts to a lively and vibrant night market every Sunday evening. From Thai culinary specialities to local handicrafts and souvenir stalls, this market is a shoppers’ paradise. The musical performances and other street acts will keep you entertained while you shop to your heart’s content.

This tour serves as a great opportunity to snap out of the clamor and commotion of everyday life and relax amidst nature’s wonders. The tour takes you through the jungles to bathe in a pristine waterfall which is followed by a tour to the orchid farm. If this weren’t enough, this tour also involves a peaceful ride down the canal on a bamboo raft. Is there a better way to sit back, relax and marvel at nature’s beauty?

  • Go on a rock climbing adventure in Koh Panyee The limestone cliffs on Koh Panyee in Phang Nga Bay are ideal for some fun, adventure and rock climbing, ofcourse. The rock climbing program commences in the floating village of Koh Panyee where you would be introduced to the climbing techniques and safety training. This is followed by a top rope climb and lunch at a Thai restaurant in the village.
  • Stay at the Memory at On On Hotel

    Narrating tales of Phuket’s glorious past, The On On Hotel is the first hotel in Phuket town. The Sino-Portuguese architecture style of this hotel is a sight to behold. This hotel’s walls, windows, doors and columns are crafted with elan and panache. Needless to say, staying at this hotel is a must if you want to travel back in time and experience the rustic and royal ambiance of a bygone era.
  • Learn the tricks of sailing a hobie cat

In simple words, hobie cats are lightweight catamarans suitable for fun sport on water. Sailing lessons are available all-year round as the lagoons provide an ideal setting, even in the rainy season. Places like the Laguna Complex have experienced members on board who are well-versed in the tricks and methods of sailing and enjoying a hobie cat.

  • Go on a bike tour in the rural area of Koh Yao Noi Koh Yao Noi is a small island in the Phang Nga Bay in Southern Thailand. The island’s simplicity will take you far away from the troubles of everyday life. Its main road goes through paddy fields, fishing villages and plenty of quiet beaches. The best way to explore the untouched beauty of this island is a two-wheeler.

A helicopter ride over Phuket is the best way to catch a bird’s eye view of this island’s attractions. In addition to its rich culture and tradition, Phuket also offers a large number of scenic views. The helicopter tour is usually for 10 minutes where you get a chance to witness Phuket’s beaches, rainforests and landmarks from high above. There are several tour companies like Skydance that offer this luxurious experience.

If the chirping and tweeting of birds delights you like no other, this is your place to be! A visit to the Bird Park is one of the best things to do in Phuket. It is the only privately owned bird park on the island. The park is home to more than 100 bird species from Asia, Africa and South America. This bird park also houses a natural waterfall and a beautiful garden so that the birds are kept closest to their natural habitat.

    Admire the surreal beauty of the Phuket Botanic Garden For people who fancy gardening and botany, Phuket Botanic Garden is an excellent place to witness the beauty of nature and learn about different plant varieties from all over the world. The park is located in the Muang District of Phuket and displays a brilliant collection of tropical and exotic plants spread over 30 zones. From tropical palm to orchid pavilion, you will find it all here.

If you have a keen interest in sampling the local flavors of Thai cuisine, food tours in Phuket are the best way to treat your taste buds. Typically, these food tours involve a guide who can tell you more about the food with significant information on its history and origin. There are a variety of food tours that are organized in Phuket. Phuket Old Town Food Tour and Phuket Night Food Tour are a few popular food tours here.

  • Spend a few hours at the Phuket Orchid Farm

    With more than 1500 hybrids and orchid species, Phuket Orchid Farm is the largest exhibition of orchids in the city. You can also take a garden tour to get more information on these beautiful flowers. The farm also showcases some stunning orchid jewellery that is made with real flowers and coated with 24k gold. And guess what! This jewellery is also available for sale. So, are you ready to add a natural piece of jewellery to your collection?
  • Take a guided ATV tour of Phang Nga

Exploring the natural surroundings of Phang Nga on ATVs not only helps you explore deeper stretches of the jungle but also makes for a fun and adventurous ride. These all-terrain vehicles are equipped to take you to hidden waterfalls and landscapes through untamed forests and vegetation. The tour program also includes a thorough introduction to these vehicles and its safety features so that you can navigate your way freely and easily.

  • Spot dolphins on the Maiton Island

    Maiton Island is a private tropical island located off the east coast of Phuket. If you’re not a fan of island-hopping, spending a day at Maiton Island is one of the best things to do in Phuket. You can also take a speedboat tour from Phuket so that you can spot dolphins at several spots in the Andaman Sea.
  • Enjoy the exotic adventures at Tribhum- The Mystical Three Worlds

Tribhum-The Mystical Three Worlds is the newest theme park in Phuket. The park will welcome you into a mystical territory transpired from the traditional Thai folklore. The park has beautifully blended an international way of storytelling with modern fantasy in a way that is bound to give you a larger-than-life experience here. It is also the world’s first 3D walkthrough adventure theme park.

Tip: Don’t forget to watch the 4D show on the mysticals creatures and urban legends of Thailand.

If you want to catch a glimpse of Thailand’s history in a grand and flamboyant way, book your tickets to Phuket’s Siam Niramit Show right away! This three-act show takes you on a journey to explore the glorious history of Thailand through an extravagant display of dance, music and acrobatics. It is one of the largest productions in the world and features over a 100 performers in more than 500 costumes. The pre-show is no less! It displays a traditional village, a fountain and light show, dance performances, Thai boxing and elephant rides.

Ton Pariwat Waterfall is close to a white water rafting camp and a part of most white water rafting tours. A beautiful jungle trek leads to the Ton Paiwat Waterfall where you can swim and relax in the different pools present there. The waterfall is a part of the Ton Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary where you can enjoy a couple of adventure sports as well. Rainforest walking treks, elephant trekking, ATV rides are a few things you can do here.

    Try White water rafting White water rafting through the jungle? This sport is definitely more exciting than it sounds! You can go for a white water rafting trip from the Phang Nga Rafting Camp which is located about 80 km north of Phuket. Each raft can carry six people with a guide on board who can take you through the rainforest on an exciting level II – III excursion. After navigating the white water in the jungle, you can hop on the ATV and go for a fun ride through the rain forest.

There are a couple of turtle sanctuaries in Phuket that preserve turtles and also allow you to feed them. One of them is the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation on the Mai Khao Beach. The foundation makes constant efforts to preserve turtles in the area. This place also hosts informative sessions where you can hear the story of the turtle population in Phuket.

Baba Nest Rooftop at Sri Panwa is the world’s most stylish and exclusive rooftop bar.

You can sip on delicious cocktails against the stunning backdrop of the most beautiful sunsets. The rooftop bar overlooks the Panwa Bay and offers a breath-taking panoramic view of the surrounding islands, Andaman Sea and Phuket’s Southeastern peninsula.. On some days, you can even watch the sun set behind the famous Big Buddha.

  • Learn about Peranakan Culture

    The Strait Chinese who had migrated to Phuket because of the tin mining industry ended up settling down in Phuket. Many of them married the local women which gave rise to a new ethnicity called the Peranakan or Baba Nyonya. The major part of Peranakan Phuket lies in the Old Town quarter where you can learn a lot about their culture and tradition through their shophouses and unique architecture.
  • Spend a playful evening with the tigers at Tiger Kingdom

Tiger Kingdom in Phuket is a unique zoo that lets you interact with these majestic creatures. The tigers in this zoo are hand-raised by trainers. The staff here is experienced to take good care of the tigers, allowing you to sit with them and stroke playful cubs as well as a fully grown adult tiger. Don’t forget to capture your playful moments with these majestic yet docile creatures on the camera.

What if you could watch the fierce crocodiles get playful with humans? It is possible! The crocodile show in Phuket gives you a chance to enjoy the sight of these wild animals getting mischievous with their human masters. This is definitely a once in a lifetime experience. So, don’t shy away from clicking pictures with these crocodiles as they are well-trained by professionals.

With towering limestone formations jutting out of emerald waters, Phang Nga Bay is famous all over the world for its unique natural beauty. The limestone cliffs, collapsed cave systems, archeological sites and pristine beaches have drawn people to this island for many years. Needless to say, your trip to Phuket is incomplete without taking a tour of the Phang Nga Bay Island.

Flying Fox is an adventure activity in Phuket where you hang from the height of a hill with high-quality equipment. This activity is usually coupled with rafting, elephant safari and ATV riding.

  • Enjoy paramotor flying in Phuket

    Paramotoring in Phuket is specially designed to satiate your adventure quotient. The activity requires no prior experience or training and is one of the safest forms of aviation. The low air speed and inherent stability makes it an activity that is easy to try and enjoy. You can soar like a bird with the help of well-trained pilots and efficient equipment. Are you ready for a unique visual treat?
  • Relish lip-smacking seafood

Is your vacation even complete without trying the oh-so-delicious seafood in Phuket? Phuket is renowned for its fresh seafood and delectable preparation of shrimp, crab, lobster, calamari and other fresh catch. Here are some of the best places to enjoy seafood in Phuket.

  • Floating Restaurants: Phuket’s floating restaurants are referred to as krachang in Thai. These restaurants offer a unique ambiance to enjoy seafood with breath-taking views of the ocean. You can find floating restaurants mainly on the eastern coast of Phuket. Some of the classic seafood dishes here are stir-fried crab with black peppercorns, fried shrimp with tamarind sauce and crab meat with yellow curry powder.
  • Mor Mu Dong: Mor Mu Dong will enrapture your heart with its rustic and unusual setting. Even though it is a seafood outlet, you must try their delicious pork dish that is served with a fiery chilli sauce.
  • Bang Pae Seafood: This restaurant is a popular choice among people who fancy seafood. It is located near the Bang Pae Waterfall in Thalang. The restaurant is set up against the mesmerizing backdrop of mangroves. Don’t forget to try their tom yum talay, steamed blue crab, deep fried tempura shrimp and fresh oysters with local herbs.
  • Thanoon Seafood: Thanoon Seafood is located by the Sarasin bridge that connects Phuket to the mainland. This restaurant serves a wide range of fish, lobsters, crabs and other seafood. It also features a live tank from which you can pick your fresh meal.

    Take a boat trip to Koh Bon Koh Bon is not a very well-known island in Phuket, however, that’s exactly why you should include it in your itinerary. You can reach this island by taking a long-tail boat from Rawai. The boat will drop you at the Bon Island Restaurant which is located between two small beaches. The island is the perfect getaway from the humdrum of Phuket’s West Coast.

Renting a scooter to explore the length and breadth of Phuket is not a very difficult task in this city. Most hotels and resorts will help you connect with rental companies that offer scooters and bikes. This is the best way to explore this city as you can plan your day the way you want to and even go on impromptu adventures.

Tip: Carry your license at all times and don’t forget to wear a helmet while riding.

    Try the fancy breakfast at Hype Luxury Boat Hype Boat is a stylish luxury catamaran that is designed to offer the ultimate sense of comfort. Its menu features a fine selection of mouth-watering food items, ranging from traditional Thai food to Sushi and tapas. The cruise presents a great opportunity to relish a fancy breakfast while cruising along picturesque views and landscapes.

  • Dine in luxury at Mom Tri’s Kitchen

    Mom Tri’s Kitchen is an award winning restaurant in Phuket. The restaurant is set up on multi-level terraces and is surrounded by thick tropical forests. Mom Tri’s Kitchen offers a fine dining experience with magnificent views of the Andaman Sea and the white sandy beaches of Kata Noi. You can also enjoy a ‘Royale Breakfast’ here which features a gourmet selection of freshly baked breads and pastries, egg station, Asian and Thai delicacies and cold cuts.
  • Fly on a hot air balloon

    One of the best ways to catch an aerial view of Phuket is from a hot air balloon. You can try this exciting experience at Phuket Air park. The view of green jungles, azure waters and Phuket’s stunning landscape is an indelible sight. One hot air balloon can hold six people with one instructor. After a 15 minutes flight, you can also enjoy some beverages at the park bar and watch the soothing sight of other balloons take to the sky.
  • Indulge in Phuket’s Street Food Experience

Phuket’s Street Food is fun, flavorful and cheap. If you need one more reason to indulge in the street food experience- the street food stalls in Phuket offer fast service and maintain complete cleanliness and hygiene. So, your tummy can heave a sigh of relief!

  • Kuey Teow (Noodles Soup): This one is the most popular dish as it comes in a variety of forms. You can make this dish with your choice of ingredients. Choose from pork, beef, chicken or seafood and thick, big rice noodles or yellow noodles.
  • Khao Pad (Fried Rice): Khao Pad is another classic. It is usually cooked with pork, chicken or seafood and served with three slices of cucumber. A drizzle of fish sauce with chopped chillies gives this dish an extra punch.
  • Moo Ping (Grilled Pork): Moo Ping is quite similar to grilled chicken. The best way to identify these stalls is by following the trail of smoke rushing into the sky. These are thin slices of fatty pork that is coated with a savory marinade and cooked over charcoal.
  • Kanom Jeeb (Thai dumplings and dimsums): The most common filling for these dumplings is a mix of spices, onions and peanuts, however, some vendors also use pork and shrimp.
  • Meatballs and sausages: Thai style meatballs are made with pork. The meatballs and sausages are pan-seared for a crispy golden crunch on the outside and a soft texture on the inside. This is usually served with Thai peanut sauce.
  • Experience gourmet dining Phuket’s dining scene caters to a wide variety of tastes and preferences. From western to Asian cuisine, you can relish a wide variety of cuisines in this city. Here are a few places where you can enjoy a gourmet culinary experience.
  • Blue Elephant: Blue Elephant is present in one of the most beautiful palaces in Phuket. Its menu mainly consists of southern Thai cuisine that is made with the finest selection of ingredients.
  • Acqua Restaurant: Acqua Restaurant is all about futuristic designs that have been brought together to offer a satisfying dining experience. From Sicilan Red Prawns to the best French Oyster, the restaurant has a never-ending list of delicacies.
  • Siam Supperclub: Siam Supperclub is one of the most recommended venues for fine dining in Phuket. The place features some of the finest meats, pizzas and fish in South East Asia. Don’t forget to try its cocktails and mojitos which are a class apart.
  • The Boathouse Restaurant: The Boathouse Restaurant offers a gourmet experience with its award-winning Western and Thai culinary traditions. This restaurant handpicks locally grown ingredients and uses freshly caught seafood for its preparations.
  • Black Ginger: This restaurant is certified by the Michelin Guide 2020. BlackGinger is designed to resemble a traditional mansion that serves a fusion of flavors. This place is particularly famous for bringing local recipes to the forefront.

Tourists from all over the world visit Phuket not just because of the exceptionally beautiful beaches and exotic marine life. Phuket is a popular vacation destination also because of the variety of food and cuisines available here, especially seafood! Here are a few cafes where you can grab a bite, sip on some coffee or just relax after a hectic day.

  • VT Namnueng Phuket Restaurant: If you love Vietnamese food, look no more! Serving a variety of soups, exotic Vietnamese delicacies, fabulous décor and reasonable prices, this place is a one stop destination for all your food fantasies.
  • We Cafe: Filled with the breathtaking aroma of freshly baked bread and hand tossed salad, you can savour all your guilty pleasures here! With the most creamy swirl of icing on cupcakes and delectable flatbreads, this café is filled with laughter, gossip and of course, food!
  • Pikgo Coffee and Zakka: This bakery offers some of the best cakes, pastries, croissants, bagels and a huge variety of coffees. With drinks brewed to perfection and a colorful decor that offers the ultimate comfort, this cute little café will surely cheer you up!
  • Cafe Kantary: This is a well designed café that will always make you feel welcome with its pleasant atmosphere and top notch selection of patisserie and drinks. Cafe Kantary offers the perfect ambiance to share a dessert or relax with a freshly brewed coffee.
  • Taitong Cafe: With delicious food and a comfortable place to rest after those long walks, this café will always provide you with a remarkable experience. The great service and creamy coffees will surely make you come back!
  • Go snorkelling in the Racha Islands

    Offering a plethora of marine life, this place is the dream destination for all those adventurous people that love diving and snorkeling! Ter Bay which lies next to the east of Racha islands is a favourite site for snorkelers and spotting sea turtles.
  • Traverse the rural area of Koh Yao Noi on a bike

With one of the most relaxed environments, the setting of Koh Yao Noi will make you feel very peaceful. Getting an all-round tour of this island is easier than most people think. Bike your way to cherish this wonderful, one-of-a-kind experience on this island.

Going to Phuket with kids? Don’t worry! While you enjoy your time at the beautiful white sand beaches, drop your kids for an adventure they will always thank you for! The Game Space Laser Battle is a huge entertainment area where you can have fun via access to the virtual world. Divided into three segments: Game Arcade, Laser World and Mixed and Virtual reality, this place is open on all days, including Sundays!

Being the heart of Phuket’s nightlife, Patong surely has some great experiences to offer. A 400m road in Phuket comes to life only when the sun sets. Yes, we’re talking about the Soi Bangla road. Lit up with neon lights, dances, street performances, food and what not! This road is a must visit for all the party lovers out there!

3 hours of an all new and unique experience! The Vanich Farms of Phuket will take you back to the roots as you reminisce those calm old days. Indeed, a farmer is the backbone of a country. So, do your bit by helping them with their agricultural work which includes working in paddy fields, bathing and feeding the thai water buffalos and cooking exotic Thai foods right from scratch.

100 Things that you can do in Phuket is right here. Whether it’s fine dine or street food, shopping or partying, island hopping or water parks, Phuket in Thailand makes the perfect vacation! Travelling with family, solo or the all-girls trip, Phuket has something for every traveller. Pick your favourites or make a checklist, tick them all off!

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It’s hard to explain Phuket’s allure.Perhaps the easiest way would be to compare it to a super-sexy but rebellious supermodel.The Naomi Campbell of the tourist trail.

Phuket’s beauty has never been in dispute. Its natural attractions are stunning.
What plagues Thailand’s biggest island is a reputation for petty crime, unsafe roads, aggressive taxi drivers, jet-ski scams and over-developed beaches.
Thai authorities promise they’re working to rebuild the island’s reputation as a family-friendly holiday destination by cleaning up these messes.
(Whether their efforts are cosmetic or concrete will play out in the months and years to come.)
But there is, of course, another, far more positive Phuket.
That would be the one that pulls in about a couple million visitors a year, including the world’s rich and famous, who come for world-class luxury resorts, spectacular diving, island hopping, beach bumming, dining and nightlife.
Too tempted to resist? Here’s a quick guide to the best of Phuket.

Trisara’s pool villas look like they pour right onto the treetops, with the Andaman Sea within reach.
A surprisingly child-friendly super luxury offering — the kids’ club is impressive — Trisara’s 39 villas represent no nonsense, non-gimmicky tropical cool.
Marble-tiled bathrooms and plenty of white paint make the one- and two-bedroom pool villas refreshingly bright and airy.
For larger parties, some of the 18 residential villas, ranging from two to five bedrooms, are put back into the rental pool, with the huge, four-bedroom oceanfront residence holding bragging rights thanks to a 30-meter-long private pool.
Trisara Phuket, 60/1 Moo 6, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay, Phuket 83110 Thailand +66 (0) 7631 0100

Sri Panwa
Sitting on the edge of the Cape Panwa peninsula, Sri Panwa is the coolest of Phuket’s luxe accommodation offerings.
The vibe on this best of Phuket resort is young and hip, lacking the stuffy air of pretentiousness found in many of the island’s top hotels.
If you’re particular about personal space ask for the adjoining villas, FS1/1 and FS1/2.
Looking to hold a big blowout?
The five-bedroom pool villa A5 is 2,000 square meters and has a 300-degree view of the islands off the cape.
Sri Panwa recently took delivery of a 14-meter speedboat that holds up to 20 passengers, which guests can charter to check out the nearby island, such as Koh Maiton, Phang Nga and the Similans.
The boat’s name is Free Willy, making it the perfect yacht for a stag party, no?
Sri Panwa Phuket, 88 Moo. 8, Sakdidej Road Tambon Vichit, Muang Phuket, Cape Panwa, Phuket 83000 Thailand +66 (0) 76 371 000

Indigo Pearl
This artsy island retreat advertsises “the most luxurious private pool villas in Phuket.” We can’t say we’ve seen every private pool villa in Phuket but we’ve seen more than a few and these ones definitely make a case for themselves as top of the class.
Rooms come with neat designer touches and pillow menus.
The Coqoon Spa is a bit gaudy but fun. It looks a place where the truly special might convene for tribal council.
The whole place exudes tropical class — raw timber, brass rivets, swaying palms, lots of landscaped greenery — and there’s a nice Thai restaurant on site.
Indigo Pearl, Nai Yang Beach & National Park, Nai Yang, Phuket 83110 Thailand +66 (0)7 632 7006

Baan Krating
This mid-priced Phuket resort with a jungle vibe is on Ao Sane Bay, just north of Nai Harn beach in the south.
Bungalows are tucked hillside, leading down to a small private beach.
With plenty of natural charm and lots of tall old trees on a secluded hillside, those who associate Phuket with overdeveloped modernity will be surprised such a resort still exists on the island.
There are 65 rooms total.
For something rustic and natural, the deluxe rooms have thatched roofs.
For a newer and more contemporary stay there are also deluxe pavilion rooms — all of which have private terraces.
Baan Krating Phuket Resort, 11/3 Moo 1, Wiset Road Ao Sane Beach, Rawai, Phuket 83130 Thailand +66 (0) 7628 8264

The modern and clean Chinotel opened in December 2010.
For a no-nonsense base in Phuket Town, there’s the Chinotel.
Its 24 basic rooms are compact, but have all standards such as LCD television, air conditioning and a minibar.
Set in a five-story townhouse — all rooms have a balcony/terrace — the higher floors (4th and 5th) that open up to Ranong Road enjoy views of Phuket Town above the power lines.
If a stronger (free) Wi-Fi signal trumps your desire for a non-obstructed view, stay in the lower half of the building.
This busy neighborhood is filled with wet markets open in the wee hours of morning till mid/late afternoon, so it’s a great place to witness how the locals really live.
Chinotel Phuket, 133-135 Ranong Rd., Phuket Town, Phuket 83000 Thailand +66 (0) 7621 4455

Acqua is among the best of Phuket’s Italian restaurants.
It’s owned by chef Alessandro Frau, executive chef at Sheraton Laguna Phuket for four years before starting his own venue in 2009.
Expect it all.
Traditional, regional and modern interpretations of Italian food, including pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven imported from Italy.
If you don’t know your Gillardeau from your Fine de Claire, Alessandro’s always around and happy to share his passion for food.
Signature dishes include “yellow fin tuna and swordfish Carpaccio” and Catalana-style lobster salad.
Acqua Restaurant, 324/15 Prabaramee road Kalim bay, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83100 Thailand +66 (0) 7661 8127

Kan Eang @ Pier

Satisfying hungry diners for nearly 40 years, Kan Eang means “at ease.” And that it is.
An unpretentious restaurant beside Chalong pier in the south, Kan Eang serves Thai, seafood and international fare. But skip the international.
The catch is delivered live every morning by local fishermen, thus the most popular items on the menu are barbecue seafood.
Sold-by-the-weight catch includes fish, cuttlefish, Phuket lobster sashimi, tiger prawns and blue crab.
Chefs at Kan Eang use coconut husks instead of a standard charcoal grill as they’re aromatic and cook slower and all the way through so the seafood is not charred on the outside.
Kan [email protected] Restaurant, 44/1 Moo 5, Wiset Road, Chalong, Phuket Town, Phuket Thailand +66 (0) 7638 1212

Kruvit Raft
You’re eating on a raft floating in the middle of the island so you can guess what the specialty of the house is.
The menu changes to accommodate the seafood catch of the day, but consistent faves include barbecued lobster, steamed tiger grouper with soy sauce and steamed blue crab.
The atmosphere is low-key and informal — the “raft” is like a floating mini-pier (it’s made of weathered wooden planks) and tables sit beneath cute thatch roofs.
Kruvit Raft, Moo 6 Front of Maphro Island, Ko Kaeo, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000 Thailand +66 (0)8 6687 0892

Baan Rim Pa
Baan Rim Pa’s lower level seats only 25, so it’s a popular spot for private parties.
Literally meaning “house next to the cliff,” Baan Rim Pa is on the rocky headlands north of Patong Bay.
An open-air dining institution open for more than 20 years and set in a two-story teak house, it serves a range of Thai cuisine.
Diners get to eyeball views over the entire bay as they listen to the waves crashing onto rocks below.
That is until pianist Tommy Doyle shows up to hit the grand piano on the main level’s Piano Bar from 7 p.m. nightly (except Monday).
If you tire of Thai food but don’t want to give up the view, Baan Rim Pa is adjacent to Joe’s Downstairs (modern cuisine) and Da Maurizio (Italian) — all part of the same restaurant group.
Baan Rim Pa, 223 Prabaramee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand +66 (0) 7634 0789

Raya House
No tourist fare here. A Phuket institution, Raya House serves island specialties.
Open for 17 years, this converted two-story residence serves Phuket-style Thai food.
Owner Pa’Gularb (Auntie Rose), a former Bangkok Bank executive, started Raya House because all her friends told her that her cooking was delicious.
And they weren’t just being nice.
Her dishes are damn fine.
Auntie Rose still goes to the market and picks out ingredients herself and follows traditional recipes from her own family.
Anything with crab is pretty much guaranteed to be great — leading the way is her signature crab with curry and coconut milk.
This dish is so popular that it’s regularly ordered up (via cargo) by wealthy patrons in Bangkok.
Raya Guest House, 153/7-8, Moo 5, Ao Nang, Krabi Town 81000 Thailand

Ka Jok See
Owner Khun Lek opened Ka Jok See (meaning “stained-glass window”) more than 10 years ago.
Today it’s one of the busiest restaurants/bars in town so reservations are recommended.
The place has bucket loads of atmosphere.
Set inside a gorgeous old shophouse with beamed ceilings, the photos on the walls are suitably aged and fight for space with quirky Thai art.
Later into the night things get a bit wild when Khun Lek turns Ka Jok See into a dance bar.
Ka Jok See, 26 Th Takua Pa, Takua Pa Thailand +66 (0) 7621 7903

Seduction Beach Club & Disco
Seduction adds a bit of cool to an otherwise sleazy neighborhood.
For the most part, Patong’s Bangla Road is a sleazy night zone — even a tad depressing if you’re sober.
But there are a few quality nightclubs that keep things going till the early morning hours.
Seduction Beach Club & Disco is one such venue bringing in top international DJs (Paul Oakenfold has played here).
Three separate levels pump out different styles of music.
The first level beach bar plays R&B and hip-hop.
On the top level is the actual nightclub, where DJs spin house and club hits.
For the VIP set there’s an exclusive members-only open-air lounge on the top floor called BLOW.
We’re not sure what inspired the name. It’s windy up there?
Seduction Beach Club and Disco, 70/1 Soi Bangla, Ratt U-Thit 200 Pee Road Patong Beach, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand

Sanaeha Phuket
Sanaeha Phuket is the place to experience live music as the locals do.
Recently renovated and expanded, this is where all the hip and trendy people of Phuket Town play.
Drink “Thai style” by ordering a bottle of whiskey to share with your friends.
The wait staff will keep the ice, soda water and cola coming as long as you keep emptying your glass.
The talented Joob and the Gang hits the stage at 8:30 p.m.
Like most local bands, Joob covers Thai songs but throws in a few Western surprises.
Sanaeha, 85 Yaowaraj Road, Kathu, Phuket 83110 Thailand +66 (0) 7621 8515

Skyla’s Treehouse
The bar here claims its drink are “infused with tastes reminiscent of sun, perpetual summer and exotic Thai coasts.”
We’ll let them get away with a little over-the-top lyrical indulgence because the place is so damn cool.
It’s right on the beach, the drinks are good — even if we’d like a little more of that solar flavoring — and the beach parties draw good-looking crowds of happy people.
Skyla’s Beach House, North End of Kamala Beach, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83100 Thailand +66 (0)8 2519 3282

What with Phuket being Thailand’s biggest island, finding a beach to collapse on for the day isn’t a challenge.
Picking the right one is.
Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular, as well as a few spots the locals don’t want you to know about.
One warning: for the less-crowded beaches along the west coast, take care to heed the color of the flags in the sand (i.e. red = don’t go swimming).
Tales of tourists drowning in Phuket hit the headlines far too often.

There’s no such thing as a “quiet day at the beach” in Patong.
When bulldozers move into an island destination, it’s always the nicest beach that gets sacrificed first for development.
In Phuket’s case it was Patong, now the busiest tourist spot on the island.
While most locals heap a fair share of scorn on this place, action seekers will find everything they could want here.
There are shops along Thaweewong beach road, restaurants and the Jungceylon mall close by at the end of perpendicular “entertainment” road Soi Bangla.
What you lose in serenity you make up for in activities.
Jet-skis rip through the water (watch out for scamming rental guys who pretend to find damage you didn’t create) and paragliders launch from the shore while beach chairs and umbrellas stretch across the sand as far as your sunburned retinas can squint.
Patong Beach, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83000 Thailand

Surin Beach

Small and relatively quiet, this lovely little stretch of beach north of Laem Singh and south of the Laem Son headlands has a more cosmopolitan vibe than Phuket’s other beaches.
The trendy Catch Beach Club is fun — it belongs to Twinpalms.
In-house guests are welcome to use the loungers, but if you drop in for just the day it will cost you 1,500 baht (price includes food, drinks, sun chairs and towels).
Away from Catch, less pricey beach massage beds and loungers for rent line the sand, and there are plenty of beachfront places selling cheap but quality Thai food.
Surin beach, Phuket Thailand

Nai Yang
Nai Yang is close to the airport so can be a bit noisy, but it’s a nice stretch of beach with plenty of beachside hut restaurants.
It’s also good for snorkeling as are there some pretty coral reefs off the shores.
On the north end is secluded Sirinath National Park.
It’s shady and lined with leafy trees, and usually only a handful of snack vendors will bug you.
Nai Yang Beach, Sakoo, Phuket Thailand

Kata Yai and Kata Noi
The beaches of Kata are good for anyone who craves a bit of action, but is put off by Patong’s madness.
When the rain comes down the surf’s up.
Kata Yai is the place to ride waves between April and October.
Sure, it’s not Oa’hu, but the surf is decent enough that it can host the yearly Kata Surfing competition.
It also offers the best snorkeling off the shores of Phuket during high season.
“This is the only beach in southern Phuket that has coral right off the northern and southern points of the bay,” says John Williams, co-owner of
“Tropical fish commonly seen are lionfish, schooling reef fish, parrotfish, butterfly fish, triggerfish and pipefish,” adds Williams, author of three dive guides including “Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Thailand.”
Kata Beach, Pakbang Road, Kata Beach, Phuket Thailand

Banana Beach (Haad Hin Kluay)
Between Bang Tao in the south and Nai Thon in the north (it can be a bit difficult to find), this popular-with-the-locals beach is close to hillside Trisara Resort.
It’s one of the most secluded stretches of beach on the island, with only one small bar/restaurant.
If you’re driving from the south, you can see the small beach through the trees — look for the orange “Banana Beach” sign nailed to a tree on the left, about 400 meters from the Trisara entrance.
Park and walk down the narrow steep-ish dirt path (not suitable for small children).
If it’s too difficult to find, get a round-the-island long-tail taxi man to take you on his boat.
Banana Beach, Coral Island, Phuket Thailand

Bang Tao
White like washing powder.
The sands of Bang Tao attract many an upmarket tourist.
Bang Tao is a beautiful, long stretch of beach facing the massive Laguna Phuket complex with its cluster of upmarket hotels — Sheraton, Banyan Tree, Angsana, Dusit, Outrigger.
A 10-minute walk southward along the beach will get you to a small, practically deserted beach — though there’s also the newly re-opened blue and white Babylon Beach Club run by the Watermark group.
There’s also a wooden Reggae Bar that cantilevers on stilts over the incoming high tide, and two unassuming Thai restaurants — a great place to catch the sunset then retreat to the elevated restaurants and/or bar as the tide comes in over the sand up to the steps.
Bang Tao Beach, Bang Tao Beach, Phuket Thailand

Things to do / Attractions

Water sports
Water sports rentals can be found at all the main beaches in Phuket, be it jet-skiing, diving or snorkeling.
Though most visitors tend to head offshore for their fish-watching needs, during the November to April high season snorkelers can explore the coral right off the shores of Kata Yai beach.
But much of the fun of visiting Phuket includes hopping on a boat to check out all those incredible, development-free beaches on the surrounding islands.
A hired long-tail boat will take you around to a few islands, such as Koh Rang Yai, Koh Maphrao, Koh Ratcha and Coral Island.
You can also book an organized day-trip through your hotel.
Though there are quite a few operators, the itineraries and prices vary little.
For something really special, professional operators such as Siam Dive n’ Sail and Elite Yachting run live-a-boards and crewed charters.
Siam Dive n Sail, 85/15 Baan Sai Yuan Soi 9 Mu 7, Rawai, Phuket 83130 Thailand

The smiling Big Buddha stands 45 meters high at some 400 meters above sea level.
Phuket has plenty of Buddhist temples and Islamic mosques.
But none top the 45-meter-high Big Buddha.
Towering over southern Phuket, this white marble statue is famous for its great big smile.
The grounds offer fantastic views of the island and sea.
To get there, drive toward the Chalong Circle and head north on Chaofa West Road.
Access roads up to the Buddha are well marked.
Phuket Big Buddha, Yot Sane 1, Karon, Phuket Town, Phuket 83100 Thailand

Phuket FantaSea/Siam Nirimit
Phuket FantaSea is the island’s biggest performance show, featuring dancers, trapeze artists, elephants and other live animals in a 3,000-seat indoor theater.
Tacky and touristy as it is, even the locals can’t deny it’s actually a pretty entertaining way to spend an evening.
Prior to the show, FantaSea puts on one of the biggest buffets in Asia.
The food served in the massive hall isn’t awesome Thai fare by any means, but the place is beautifully decorated so it’s a nice way to fill up before the main event.
Another great performance show is Siam Nirimit, modeled after the successful Bangkok version.
This cultural stage event — with an optional buffet dinner — takes viewers through the regions and eras of Thailand by highlighting traditional songs, dance and martial arts.
If you’re with kids and trying to decide between the two, go for FantaSea.
Those with a strong interest in Thai culture will want the latter.
Phuket FantaSea/ Siam Nirimit, most hotels offer transportations and tickets, which start from 1,500 baht ($50), or book online.
Dinner buffet starts at 6 p.m.
Phuket FantaSea, 99 Moo 3, Kamala Beach Kathu, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand
Siam Niramit Phuket, 55/81 Moo 5, Chalermprakiet Road Rassada, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000 Thailand

Splash Jungle Water Park
When lying on the beach gets old, live out your battle fantasies in Splash Jungle’s Aqua Play Pool.
Splash Jungle Water Park is among Phuket’s top kid-friendly attractions.
Though slightly on the small size, it’s a clean, safe facility with a decent selection of fun waterslides, a play area for younger kids, a wave pool, lazy tube river and “hot spring.”
There are two onsite cafés selling the usual Western fare — burgers, fish and chips and a few Thai dishes.
Splash Jungle Waterpark, 65 Moo 4 Mai khao Soi 4, Phuket 83110 Thailand

Phuket Weekend Market
Think Bangkok’s Jatujak weekend market, but on a much smaller scale. (That’s a good thing.)
Open Saturday and Sunday from around 9 a.m. till late, the Phuket Weekend Market has plenty more than just touristy items.
There’s food, clothing, jewelry, home decor, antiques, secondhand goods, plants, pets and probably even a kitchen sink or two as well.
Phuket Town Weekend Night Market, Wai-Rat-Hong-Yuk Road Kamala, Phuket Town, Phuket Thailand

Old Phuket Town
Far from the beaches, the traditional Phuket and its unique culinary and historical story can be found in the old quarter of Phuket Town, which dates from the end of the 19th century.
There are plenty of hip shops, cafés, restaurants and bars, including the batik shops along Thalang Road run by ethnic Malays and Indians.
The area is also filled with Chinese temples, crumbling mansions, cultural museums and a nunnery.
Phuket Heritage Trails, which specializes in walking tours of the Old Town, is one of the best ways to get a full view of the area.
Old Phuket Town, Thalang Road, Phuket Town, Phuket Thailand +66 851 589 788

Phuket Indy Market
Calling all hipsters. Open Thursday and Friday on Dibuk Road in Phuket town, along the Limelight Avenue complex, the Phuket Indy Market attracts a young Thai crowd.
There’s secondhand stuff, some food and handmade original art.
For refreshment, there’s a beer garden, which for better or worse has live Thai music.


Water sports
You can escape the Phuket crowds by chartering a sailboat. Don't worry, skipper. A crew is included. Water sports rentals can be found at all the main beaches in Phuket, be it jet-skiing, diving or snorkeling.
Though most visitors tend to head offshore for their fish-watching needs, during the November to April high season snorkelers can explore the coral right off the shores of Kata Yai beach.
But much of the fun of visiting Phuket includes hopping on a boat to check out all those incredible, development-free beaches on the surrounding islands.
A hired long-tail boat will take you around to a few islands, such as Koh Rang Yai, Koh Maphrao, Koh Ratcha and Coral Island .
You can also book an organized day-trip through your hotel. Though there are quite a few operators, the itineraries and prices vary little.
For something really special, professional operators such as Siam Dive n' Sail and Elite Yachting run live-a-boards and crewed charters.

Big Buddha

The smiling Big Buddha stands 45 meters high at some 400 meters above sea level. Phuket has plenty of Buddhist temples and Islamic mosques. But none top the 45-meter-high Big Buddha.
Towering over southern Phuket, this white marble statue is famous for its great big smile.
The grounds offer fantastic views of the island and sea.
To get there, drive toward the Chalong Circle and head north on Chaofa West Road. Access roads up to the Buddha are well marked.

Phuket FantaSea/Siam Nirimit

Tourist kitsch heaven. Outside the performance hall are games, shops and mini-shows -- all set in theme park-like grounds. Phuket FantaSea is the island's biggest performance show, featuring dancers, trapeze artists, elephants and other live animals in a 3,000-seat indoor theater.
Tacky and touristy as it is, even the locals can't deny it's actually a pretty entertaining way to spend an evening.
Prior to the show, FantaSea puts on one of the biggest buffets in Asia. The food served in the massive hall isn’t awesome Thai fare by any means, but the place is beautifully decorated so it's a nice way to fill up before the main event.
Another great performance show is Siam Nirimit, modeled after the successful Bangkok version. This cultural stage event -- with an optional buffet dinner -- takes viewers through the regions and eras of Thailand by highlighting traditional songs, dance and martial arts.
If you’re with kids and trying to decide between the two, go for FantaSea. Those with a strong interest in Thai culture will want the latter.
Most hotels offer transportations and tickets, which start from 1,500 baht, or book online. Dinner buffet starts at 6 p.m.

Splash Jungle Water Park

When lying on the beach gets old, live out your battle fantasies in Splash Jungle's Aqua Play Pool. Splash Jungle Water Park is among Phuket's top kid-friendly attractions. It opened in 2010.
Though slightly on the small size, it's a clean, safe facility with a decent selection of fun waterslides, a play area for younger kids, a wave pool, lazy tube river and "hot spring."
There are two onsite cafés selling the usual Western fare -- burgers, fish and chips and a few Thai dishes.
65 Moo 4, Thanon Maikhao, Thalang Phuket +66 (0)76 372 111 open daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. adults: 1,295 baht, children (5-12 years old): 650 baht, under-fives: free

Phuket Weekend Market

Think Bangkok’s Jatujak weekend market, but on a much smaller scale. (That's a good thing.)
Open Saturday and Sunday from around 9 a.m. till late, the Phuket Weekend Market has plenty more than just touristy items.
There’s food, clothing, jewelry, home decor, antiques, secondhand goods, plants, pets and probably even a kitchen sink or two as well.
Chaofa West Road, near Naka Temple

Old Phuket Town

Phuket Town's Soi Romanee is lined with Sino-Portuguese-style shophouses. Far from the beaches, the traditional Phuket and its unique culinary and historical story can be found in the old quarter of Phuket Town, which dates from the end of the 19th century.
There are plenty of hip shops, cafés, restaurants and bars, including the batik shops along Thalang Road run by ethnic Malays and Indians.
The area is also filled with Chinese temples, crumbling mansions, cultural museums and a nunnery.
Phuket Heritage Trails, which specializes in walking tours of the Old Town, is one of the best ways to get a full view of the area.
+66 851 589 788 tours cost from 1,800-2,100 baht per person, and include hotel pick-up and drop-off, all museum entry fees and meal costs

Phuket Indy Market

Calling all hipsters. Open Thursday and Friday on Dibuk Road in Phuket town, along the Limelight Avenue complex, the Phuket Indy Market attracts a young Thai crowd.

There’s secondhand stuff, some food and handmade original art.
For refreshment, there's a beer garden, which for better or worse has live Thai music.
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5 snack 'on each finger delicious' you must try when traveling Bangkok

One of must-do in Asia travel is eating street food here. Below are some special Thai street food you must try once coming to this country!

1. sweet sticky rice dishes Khao niew bing

Khao niew bing is the ideal snack for morning tea or a light meal at night. Sweet sticky rice cooked process Khao niew bing begins with glutinous rice cook traditional Thai with coconut milk and sugar. Then cover it away would be a banana or potato pieces, wrapped and then baked on a grill. Khao niew bing away dishes unique in that there are hard and crunchy on the outside, but soft and liquid at the pretty people. Not too sweet, the hint of coconut, and the staff plus the scent of banana leaves is quite interesting dishes.

In the culinary world of sweet colorful looks like Thailand, the Luk chup pie is always the most prominent types of sweets. Luk chup cake was the Portuguese introduced in Thailand in the 16th century made from mung bean cake, coconut milk and sugar and shaped into fruits like strawberry, orange zones, small watermelon, then is coated onto artificial colors to add vivid.

3. Roty
Roti buns originated from India. In addition to Thailand, this cake is also in many countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia. Thai roti pie somewhat crispy exterior but inside is very soft. Staff inside the banana or pineapple are made, what popular local fruit of tropical origin. Each flavor is expressed ingenuity of the workers in each cake is fried crispy outside, soft and sweet fragrance inside. Especially when you also do not forget to enjoy a little extra milk sprinkled on top to add delicious pie offline.

4. Coconut Cream (I-dtim mat Phrao)

After sightseeing or shopping in the hot weather in Thailand, it is difficult to refuse to see the car nutty coconut cream beckons. Just waiting for you to nod, sellers will quickly halved coconut, drain and serve immediately half cup coconut cream that do. Coconut cream is made from coconut milk and soft so greasy, this dish is decorated with fresh copra, groundnut, green corn, jellies, jaggery or pumpkin julienne.

5. mango sticky rice (Khao Mamuang niew)

Referring to the Thai street food you really can not miss the mango sticky greasy dishes, famous specialties are many visitors praised. This includes snacks fragrant sticky plastic, Thai mango and a little extra coconut milk on top, eating, blend ingredients create delicious flavors to match.

The Sukosol - hotels 'affordable' for you when traveling Bangkok

You want to find a cheap hotel to stay on your Asia travel to Thailand, don't you?

The Sukosol Hotel is a corporation owned by the system Sukosol famous hotels such as The Siam, Siam Bayshore, Bayview and Wave.

The founder of the group is Mr. Kamol, starting business by selling radio stations, then moved through assembly, as car dealers and real estate. Kamala Sukosol also her new daughter was the one who drove the boat in the direction of the hotel business. Currently the head of Mrs. Kamala Sukosol Group Sukosol ever Forbes Asia honored because of her charitable activities in 2009 but above all, she was known throughout Thailand as a jazz singer.

Located at 477 Si Ayuthaya Road address Phayathai, Thailand, this will be an appropriate residence for visitors to travel if Bangkok. From the hotel, it only takes about 5 minutes to MBK Center and Centralworld about 10 minutes to get to Siam Paragon, Platinum Fashion Mall and Siam Center. This hotel is also close to Jade Buddha Temple, Suan Pakkard Palace, and Wat Pho Grand Palace. The hotel's location is extremely convenient for you to visit the main tourist destinations of Bangkok without having to take a long time to move.

2. The various types of rooms

The Sukosol is designed harmonious architectural style Asian tradition combined with modern architecture and is decorated in an elegant style. Hotel The Sukosol include 500 rooms with a full range of rooms including Club Siam Suite, Club Deluxe, Deluxe Double Room, Deluxe Room Asian, family room, . All the rooms are equipped with amenities modern willing to please even the most discerning travelers.

3. Hotels "bold" quality Thai

Business motto of The Sukosol Hotel is in the context of the current globalization, retention of cultural identity of their own is difficult. Therefore, to meet the increasingly diverse needs of travelers while also being "dissolved" amid the current globalization, The Sukosol has an ongoing effort to keep the substance is present in Thai hotel from the decoration, design, food, clothes, . in addition, the hotel also showcases many works of ancient art, ancient writings and documents some precious antiques.

Cuisine is considered one of the pleasures of elegant while traveling, if you stay at The Sukosol is sure you will be extremely pleased with the food here. The hotel has a restaurant serving typical dishes of Thai and Asian cuisine, the other European.

Because the hotel The Sukosol owned by a family company with three generations, so they feel very happy if any children traveling with their parents or relatives. With each child staying at the hotel, The Sukosol will have dedicated play area for children, and each child will receive a bag full of toys, spoiled 'and naughty fun "without fear of people hotel staff upset.

6. Learn to cook with chefs Thai

Thailand is one of the countries with the extremely rich cuisine and attractive food is extremely eye-catching decoration. Especially, when staying at The Sukosol you will be enthusiastic chefs teach you how to do some Thai dishes. What is more amazing when the hands of local chefs teach how to make Thai food right? Who knows, you will create a dish typical Thai style of their own.

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Hot & Tasty: Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook

Let’s be perfectly clear. This isn’t your Grandma’s cookbook. Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook isn’t going to collect dust, forgotten and fading away on a bookshelf. In fact, it will probably end up on display prominently on your coffee table. Luckily, you won’t have to wait long to add it to your collection. Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook will be available November 14, 2015 through online booksellers and in select bookstores.

In addition to enough tasty recipes to whet any appetite, the 200-plus page cookbook features, as its name implies, plenty of beautiful photos of men to keep you entertained while you wait for that dessert to bake. “I wanted to do a cookbook that featured guys cooking in little to nothing,” says publisher Wes Smoot. “You would get some great recipes but also get some yummy eye candy to stare at.”

The idea for the cookbook came to Smoot a few years ago, but he ended up putting it off until another project inspired him. “I worked with photographer Adrian Lopez ​on a few shoots for ATOM Willis Jackets​,” he explained. “We shot actress Tina Rodriguez​ and singer/songwriter Adam Carmichael ​on a motorcycle. She was wearing the men’s jacket driving the bike and he was sitting bitch looking almost scared. I loved the results. Later, I asked Adrian if he was interested in shooting a gay-themed cookbook with me.”

A few models from Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook at the Austin Pride Festival / photo credit: Chase Martin/therepubliq

Smoot was somewhat concerned that Lopez, who focuses on commercial, portrait and women’s high fashion photography, also happened to be straight. “When he agreed to take on the project I thought he would feel somewhat uncomfortable getting on set and seeing these gorgeous men walking around in nothing but an apron or a jock strap. It didn’t faze him. He’s a modern man and a pro. We did a test shoot with some friends in their apartment and I loved the way they turned out. Been shooting like crazy ever since.”

Variety is the spice of life and the diversity of models in Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook ensures that there really is something for everyone’s taste. “One thing I really love is the variety of guys we been shooting,” Smoot explained. “Different body types, ages, and professions. From porn stars to industry professionals, the book is filled with all kinds.” The initial models were people he knew, “I messaged them on Facebook to see if they were interested in shooting. What can I say, I have some hot friends. I even got my graphic artist Christoph Michaud, ​who designed our logo and Nate Cordoba​, our design and layout guy to get down to their underwear for the camera.”

Make no mistake, while this cookbook is very easy on the eyes, it’s also very functional. The recipes come from Smoot’s family and friends, including his mom and Jehn Ngo, chef and culinary instructor at Main Course Cooking School in Houston. “I know a lot of cookbooks feature a specific chef and their recipes but having a network of family and friends that loved the kitchen as much as I do, I really wanted to get those dishes I already knew I loved. It was great having so many people contribute.”

The book is very tongue-in-cheek, with witty writing, silly references and a stylish layout and presentation. The models are paired up with appropriate recipes. The ginger bear making Ginger Bears, they’re like gingerbread men, but bigger and they’re bears. There’s the beefcakes marinating the beef steaks. Then there’s drag superstar Farrah Moan making sugar-free cupcakes. Even the chapter titles get in on it: Rise & Shine (breakfast). Afternoon Delight (lunch), Foreplay (appetizers and starters), A Sweet Finish (desserts), What had Happened Was..​(cocktails), Recovery ​(shakes, juices & smoothies) … you get the point.

Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook is currently available for pre-order online at and will be available for purchase through online booksellers and select bookstores starting Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Weslo Publishing will host a release party in Austin, Texas on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Rain on 4th starting at 6 PM. Attendees will enjoy nibbles and drinks from the cookbook while meeting some of the models and get their books signed. There will be a raffle benefiting AIDS Services of Austin. Prizes include copies of Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook, Tyler Curry’s Peacock amongst Pigeons and Fleshjacks. The event is free to attend. Please note that Rain on 4th is 21+ only on Saturdays.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Island Fun in Koh Samui

The 3rd largest island in Thailand Samui is only 247 square km and much smaller than Phuket and Ko Chang who beat it hands down in the size department. Coming from Bangkok, a distance of some 800km, it can be reached in an hour by plane and between 10 and 13 hours if travelling by bus or train, and boat. Around a million tourists travel to the island every year by whichever route, keen to discover its beautiful beaches and sunny skies for themselves.

Samui has come a long way from its backpacker days where the only accommodation you could find was a simple wooden bungalow on the beach. Booking accommodation nowadays you'll find a wide range of options from simply furnished but tasteful beach bungalows to 5 star luxury resorts, combine this with a nice blend of entertainment and serene beaches and you have the perfect island getaway that has a lot of attractions for visitors.

One main road runs around the island's coastline and only takes around a hour to complete. Lots of other smaller roads lead off from it and if you decide to go exploring you can easily get away from the tourist areas and discover the local way of life. The inner region of the island is mountainous and the roads can be quite bad so take care if you do want to explore. You can hire motorbikes for inexpensive rates, or a jeep or car for a day and cover the whole island in a short time.

Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand and this is evident when eating out at one of the many restaurants. Fresh fish and seafood is typically offered at the many beachside restaurants whether they are local Thai run places or large resorts, the many palm trees provide fresh coconut milk which is added to Thai local dishes, and as Thai people like their food spicy you might have to ask them to refrain from adding too many red hot chili peppers.

Apart from eating and sunbathing there are lots of other activities to keep you entertained in Samui. Golf is popular with locals and holiday-makers - Santiburi Golf Course is situated close to Maenam and Bang Por beaches and set within the country club of the same name, this 18-hole championship golf course is set in a lush tropical setting with coconut trees and panoramic views of Maenam Beach and Koh Phangan. Royal Samui Golf and Country Club is another 18-hole golf and recreation facility, and there is a 9 hole course at Bophut.

Samui is one of the best places to go to learn to dive, or if you are already an experienced diver it has great dive sites to explore with an abundance of marine life. Koh Tao, the Angthong Marine Park and the famous Sail Rock are all in the local area and numerous PADI diving schools can arrange courses and diving trips for beginners and experienced divers seeking out delightful colouful corals, schools of tropical fish, reef sharks and the grand whale shark.

Muay Thai is also an option on Samui and there are a few camps dotted around the island that can teach the basics to beginners and train advanced fighters. The World Muay Thai Council in South Lamai and Thai Pinyo Boxing School in North Lamai are the best well-known. Some Muay Thai camps offer accommodation for trainees but if you prefer to stay in more lavish surroundings then check out Koh samui hotels online for an extensive choice of lodgings.

Chaweng lies on the east coast and is one of the busiest beaches, you can find all kinds of watersports here from windsurfing and catamaran dingy, to jet skiing, water skiing and parasailing. Although busy day and night with cuisines from all over the world, bars and entertainment to satisfy everyone, it's still a stunning beach where you can find yourself a quiet corner to chill out with a good book.

Watch the video: Sri Panwa, The World Class Resort in Phuket, Thailand (July 2022).


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