212 Soi Kepsub, Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Rd., Patong Beach, Kathu, 83150, Thailand
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Hi.its my first time to phuket and staying in patong.Can anyone help me with information on where to go what to see and where i can shop for cheap.
Everything is in walking distance in Patong, so just have a walk about a see where everything is and you soon see what is cheap and what is not.
But do remember Thai people like to bargain and you can get some good deals from them. Ask what the price is first then half it and go from there.
Apart from the beaches and nightlife of Patong, you must explore the natural beauty of the area:
The best trips to take from Phuket are boat trips to Ko-Phi-Phi and to the Phang-Nga Bay. See for eample:
The self-kayaking trip to the caves of Phang-Nga was an unforgettable experience for us.
If you want to see more quiet beach resorts than Patong, try Kata and Karon, south of Patong.
Agree with the above post as well, there is more to Phuket than Patong.
Thanks for the info.
Will remember that.
shop in the markets away from the beach road,one is behine the holiday in on the beach road, or a short ride away to Karon maket is worth th etrip,haggle haggle haggle,but keep smiling
Travel Tips for Phuket
When to go?
If you go to places like Phuket, sunny days is all that matters. November to March is the dry season, with not-too-hot weather. April and May is the hottest season with limited rainfalls. Wet season starts in June till October.
I went in March, no rain at all, all sunny days, the local even told me that they haven't had rain for almost 3 months. But the problem is the cloud. Can't get very good look at the sunset. Otherwise it's fine.
Another consideration would be the cost. The price of the accomodation drop tremandously in low season (during may and Oct), and so is the number of tourists in there.
The down side is, you may be trapped in bad weather for the whole time u stayed there.
Anyone wanting to take home a statue of Buddha may be interested to know that you can get Buddhas from temples. They are not for sale, however. In a back room at some temples, you'll find older Buddha statues, as they have been offerings at one time, but the temples get too many to keep on display and these ones are then available to anyone who would like to make an offering to the temple. We have found much nicer Buddha statues available at the temples this way. The Buddha's that are most sought after are the bronze/brass ones where the corrosion has started, verdis gris in the shape of a mushroom signifies more power/magic in the piece. One thing I've learned from the Thais is that certain pieces, whether amulets or statues have different amounts of power. Some people, including our monk friend can "feel" for the power.
When getting yourself a Buddha, bear in mind that there is a different Buddha image for each day of the week. The Thais place a level of importance on the day of your birthday, each day is represented by a different colour and Buddha image. To maximise your good luck, any amulets should be in the colour of your day. To check for your day colour and Buddha, see this website; Thai Birthdays
You can also ask a monk to "open the Buddha's eyes". A ritual is performed on the Buddha, where the monk touches the Buddha's eyes with his ritual balm. Once the Buddha's eyes are open, you can pray to him.
Please note that there is no problem taking Buddha images from the country, but they cannot be historical pieces. If you are buying wood, make sure that there are no pin-sized holes in it, as that means borer. You will have to declare any wooden artefacts to Customs when entering Australia or New Zealand.
We came across this Viking Caves when we were doing the Phi Phi Island tour. Viking Caves are located in Phi Phi Lay Island and is just prior to Maya Bay in the speed boat tour itinerary provided by the local travel agents. We could see the geologic Stalagmites formatons from the distance. Our tour guide informed us that lot of birds make their nest and lay eggs in the caves. Some of them are much sought after by the local for preparing Exotic Nest soups. This is not to be mixed up with the famous Birds Nest Soup served in some restaurants of Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia
We were brought to this huge jewellery shop during our city tour. The place is supposed to be the factory for all the precious stones. You get to see the workshops here and this really really huge showroom.
All the different kinds of jewelleries to entice a woman to part with their cash.
It was all nice but not part of the reason why I came to Phuket and definitely not part of my things to buy in Phuket list.
1. if you really filthy rich and really need to throw some money away.
2. you suddenly feel that life is meaningless if you dont get one of the stuffs
3. you want to propose to your loved ones but do not have a ring
4. its your wedding anniversary and you suddenly just remembered that you do not have a gift
5. if you find my tips are so good that you think I deserve one of the precious jewellery
There are Watson, McDonald, Kentucky Fried Chicken, 7-Eleven, Starbucks, Robin & Baskin 31 and Hagendaz.
Restaurants and drinking corners with good music are available everywhere in Patong.
Local travel agencies, car & motorbike rental, water sports, Thai massage and local products can also be found in Patong.
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