Discover Real Phuket

Phuket Travel Guide

Phuket is known worldwide for its beautiful beaches, its wild nightlife and prolific scenery but there's much, much more to the island than that. Its rich history has left a legacy of colonial architecture, colourful temples, Chinese shrines and a mixed and tolerant culture.

Phuket also has its quirky sides with a lurid and bloody vegetarian festival, strange (to us) customs and cross-gender and transvestite shows along with a culture both alien and fascinating to westerners; even the driving is 'original' in Phuket!


Phuket Mini Guides 1st Time in Phuket - Mini Guide

It's your first time to Phuket. You’re confused. You've got more tour brochures in your hotel room than you know what to do with and time is running out. What to do? Where to go? What to see?  Read More...

 
Discover Khao Lak Discover Khao Lak

Khao Lak, a one-hour drive north of Phuket, has one major resource to fall back on; an asset so in demand that it is worth its weight in gold – its beautiful natural and unspoiled beaches. Read More...

Discover Phi Phi Islands Discover Phi Phi Islands

The Phi Phi islands are some of the most idyllic, postcard-perfect islands in the world. The recipe is all there: nodding palms, white sandy beaches, plentiful coral and crystal-clear water. Read More...

 
Driving In Phuket Driving In Phuket

Here are few things about road sense and manners, especially for those who have never been here before. Do plan in advance if you are thinking of renting a vehicle in Phuket. Read More...

Phuket, a Perfect Film Location Movies Shot in Phuket

Movie makers like the spectacular scenery and bright sunlight of the Andaman coast, and dozens come here every year. That translates into very good business for Thailand. Read More...

 
Phuket Elephants Phuket Elephants

Not many years ago, there was considerable debate about elephants in Phuket. Elephants are not native to Phuket but were brought here to work in the tourist industry. Read More...


 

Phuket Island Temples Phuket Temples & Shrines

Phuket's temples represent a touchstone, both religiously and culturally. Locals frequent them to maintain ties with their past as each of the island's temples has a story to tell. Read More...

 
Phuket Waterfalls Phuket Waterfalls

It's rare to see a Thai family spend a day out on a west coast beach if the sun is shining, so where do they go? The answer is to Phuket's shadier east coast beaches, the parks and the waterfalls.  Read More...

Mangrove in Phuket Phuket Mangrove

Images of mangrove forests rarely appear in material advertising the delights of Phuket, but they are a crucial part of Phuket’s tropical and coastal ecology. Read More...

 
Fresh Markets in Phuket Fresh Markets in Phuket

There's a saying that if you really want to get to know a country, you should visit its local markets. In Thailand you can soak up a whole lot of local flavour just by walking around the local market. Read More...

Big Buddha of Phuket Phuket Big Buddha

Phuket's Big Buddha sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and at 45 metres high it is easily seen from far away.  Read More...

 
Sino Portuguese Architecture in Phuket Town Old Phuket Houses

A must-do in Phuket is a walk in the old part of Phuket City, around Thalang, Dibuk and Krabi roads. The beautiful architecture along these roads will take you back the charm of a century ago. Read More...

Do's and Don'ts in Thailand Smile & Body Language

Smiling is consider one of the trademarks of the Thai people – this is, after all, The Land of Smiles. Thais tend to smile about anything. To Thais, smiling is a friendly, quiet, Thai way to say hello. Read More...

 
The Art of Wai The Art of Wai

Do learn how to wai. For Thais, the wai is everything. It's a beautiful way to greet people, to say thank you or goodbye. You will feel more at home in Thailand if you learn to wai. Read More...

Unusual Thailand Unusual Thailand

What is unusual to a visitor can be quite normal to locals and Thailand is no exception with its fair share of quirks and unusual sides. Here are some out-of-the-ordinary sights. Read More...

 
Visiting a Thai Homeuket Visiting a Thai Home

To your delight, you receive an invitation from a Thai friend to visit his or her home. Here are some things you should know before you say, "Yes, I would love to."  Read More...

Sarasin Bridge Sarasin Bridge

Saphan Sarasin is the first bridge built that linked Phuket Island to the mainland of Phang Nga Province. This 700m bridge was built in 1967 to replace the ferry which was then the only connection to the mainland. Read More...

 
Wat Chalong Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong has been extending a warm welcome to visitors for over a century. Locals come to pray and Westerners come to learn something about Buddhism. Read More...


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