Phuket Thailand – A Melting Pot of Beliefs, Traditions, And Spirituality
The largest island in Thailand, Phuket is the proverbial melting pot of religious and spiritual beliefs. From Buddhists to Thai-Chinese, and Muslims, Phuket is beautiful, charming, and has a unique flavor. Nestled in the pleasant Andaman Sea, it is at quite a distance from south Bangkok. With tourism being the mainstay of most people on this Island, Phuket is a greatly popular with travelers worldwide. While unimaginably beautiful tropical sunsets, unblemished scenery, and deliciously warm azure waters, Phuket is undeniably one of the most popular water bound destinations in Asia. Think talcum powder beaches lined with white palms swaying in the wind, excellent hospitality and comfy accommodation. Think Phuket.
There is much to see and do in Phuket. Here’s the not-to-be-missed things.
- Phang Nga Bay, North East Phuket - If you are looking for an unforgettable experience in Phuket, Phang Nga Bay is the place to visit. Consider the sharply etched limestone cliffs that stand in attention to the sparkling green waters, or the wide range of protected fauna or the Koh Panyee and James Bond Island (two very famous holiday spots here).
- Old Phuket Town – If the local architecture is of interest to you, then Old Phuket town has plenty to offer. From Sino-Portuguese (mix of Colonial – Chinese) architectural marvels to funky shops, to a definitive serenity, this laidback provincial capital of Phuket has more on its plate than just delicious food and sights. Be prepared for the unexpected, and carry your camera along!
- Bangla Road in Patong Beach - When in Thailand, an exciting after-dark adventure is in tune with expectations of most travelers. And when in Phuket, take the Bangla Road in Patong Beach to enjoy “ladyboys”, “enchanted” western men, and exotic girls along with several others who are either shopping or enjoying a chilled beer at one of the several pubs that dot the road. An open-mind and a good sense of humor is a must here!
- Simon Cabaret Show Patong Beach - As the name may suggest, it’s the largest cabaret show that consists of transvestites only. With a spectacular visual spread, glitzy lights, outrageous costumes, and plenty of fun, Simon Cabaret is definitely a ‘Dear Diary’ experience.
- Wat Chalong and Phuket Temples - Wat Chalong, a temple visited by thousands of devtees each year, is a majestic in appeal and decorations are beautiful. Considered to be the spiritual center of Phuket Island, this temple hosts ‘country fairs’ on special days where one can experience ‘real local’ flavor and indulge in shopping and gourmet therapy to heart’s content. Remember, Wat Chalong is the reflection of the soul of Phuket.
- Big Buddha Chalong - 45 meter tall, this idol of Buddha is a recent addition to the city scape of Phuket Island. Big Buddha stands atop the Nakkerd Hills and protects the people of Chalong, Kata, and Rawai. The drive up to the Big Buddha site is a scenic one where you can see plenty of sights that represent the ‘Real’ Thailand.
- Phi Phi Islands - One of the most recognized of all Thai islands, Phi Phi is a superstar island! It’s been a favorite of Hollywood, Bollywood and many more. It’s beautiful, alluring, and makes you fall in love with it at first sight!
Phuket has a hot and humid weather most of the year. Summer is from March to May, while monsoon lasts from May to October. The rains tend to take over the island during evenings, leaving the mornings as well as afternoons free to amble around. The pleasant or cool season is from November to February.