By The Sea

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

7/6 Moo 6 Soi Bor-rae, Sakdidech Road, Vichit, Muang, , Phuket, 83000, Thailand
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Costs about the same, but rated 14% higher than other 3 star hotels

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  • Families97
  • Couples88
  • Solo100
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by wen_viaggio

If you enjoy the sun, sand and the sea..Phuket is the place for you. The Thai local food is a must try too, especially their spicy Tom-Yam soup.(Tips: stand by a glass of water.)

Sun, Sand and Sea

by touraco


My 2nd visit to Phuket after a long 9 years. It's still as commercialised as I remembered it.

Things are much more expensive now as well, however if you can bargain hard, there are still a lot of things you can get.

The exchange rates also seem to be better there than back in Singapore.

Pearl of the Andaman Sea

by KernelPanic


Great marine life. Awesome scuba diving expedition. Photo taken in Phi Phi island.

"Daytrip or Live aboard in the sorrounding islands"

You can visit the island daily or liveaboard in a ship. Lots of destination to choose from. They are all awesome. But definitely don't miss a chance to go to Similan.

"Similan Island"

Daytrip to the Similan island is pretty hectic. It is advisable to stay a couple or few days. From Phuket it takes two hours by land & 1.5 hours via a speedboat. Give at least four plus hours of travel, one-way.

Phuket - Emerald of the Sea

by Jhepner

Phuket is a beautiful island in the south of Thailand. The beaches are nice. The nightlife absolutely rocks! Don't worry about booking a place in advance. You can get to town and walk around till you find a place that suits your budget and your tastes. If you want economy, you can find a place for about $10 per night USD. Or you can take it much more upscale to about $100 USD for the top hotels. Patong is the place to be if you want to party and see the crowds. English is generally spoken by most in that area. There are always plenty of ex-pats and Auzzies around. Hit the bar strip at night but be aware that every girl can be bought and will proposition their services constantly. In truth, it gets a bit wearisome. The fun is to just hit the bar and play the bar games with them.


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by dakgrl

Would like to know a good island/beach on adaman side -for solo traveler. Do not want major partying, but do not want to end up at a place that is all couples,families.

Re: solo

by bkarjee

You can go to Phuket or Krabi. Both are facing Andaman sea. Phuket is a bit crowded but there are lots of beaches less crowded. You dont need to stay at Patong-which the most crowded place in Phuket. Try to find accomodation in less crowded areas.
Alternatively, you may go to Krabi, which is not very far (3-4 hrs by road) from Phuket. Krabi is famous for white sandy beaches. If you plan to go in next 2-3 months, it will be monsoon time and may be raining (although not for the whole day)
Hope this helps

Re: solo

by bulldogtwo

Hey Dakgirl,
I would suggest going to Phuket and heading north. Khao Lak is a great little town that is peaceful and has some pretty nice beaches. If you want to know I can give you directions to beaches that are virtually secluded almost all the time. Khao Lak is not a party town but there are some bars to have a beer or two, but it's definitly not Phuket. If you decide on that I would suggest Phukhaolak resort. Great little place on the way into town, set off in a nice picturesque coconut grove that is made for a post card. The bunglaows are inspection clean and new but they do not have TV or radio, but are exceptionally comfortable at a reasonable price. Family run with a restuarant that is frequented by people from other hotels and resorts, Mom and daughter cook, good food! Dad runs the place and another daughter, Jim, is the hostess. National Parks are accessable from here as are other beaches and the Andaman coast. About 1 hour, 90 minutes out of Phuket by bus. One of our favorite places to go.
Good luck and have fun. If you have more questions let me know

Re: solo

by markbank

phuket fro me is crowded area,,,krabi also nice,,,khao lak also nice and not too crowded,,but i suggest u try the tiny island at andaman sea,,,named KOH LIPE,,,u can bet the boat from pakbara pier in satun province,,,,the best beach on lipe is pattaya beach,,,

1st time in Thailand

by brigittex

As this will be my first time in Thailand, i have booked hotels (3 days in each) Bangkok, ChiangMai and Phuket, that are, as i thought, the top places to visit.. I start fearing that IPhuket maybe is not a very good option as it might be overcrowded, dirty, and with all the drawbacks of a very touristic place. Is this fear well-founded? Should i change plans and go to KoSamui, Krabi or KoPhangan instead?

Re: 1st time in Thailand

by blackwaterz


I have been to Phuket times...and love it everytime... it depends on yr preference really..... wherever I plan to go (de islands I mean) I always make Phuket my base bcos from there....I can easily book my trips to de other islands.... even Krabi.... and in Phuket.. I have a good variety of dining, shopping & some simple nightlife in de evenings.....but don expect much from Patong beach....go out of pHuket to the islands....far better!

Krabi is much much quieter (if that is what you prefer) .... nothing much to do except lazing by de beach...... for me I'd choose Phuket anytime.....from can book a day trip to many islands like Phi Phi island.......Similan island....Koh Racha etc etc.....

Phuket itself has 3 main beaches.....Patong, Kata & Karon......again...Kata & Karon has only de beach - beautiful white beaches....(Karon has very strong waves) but nothing else........ I normally hop into a tuk-tuk to these beaches.....

HOpe this helps! :-)

Re: 1st time in Thailand

by brotherleelove

If you avoid Patong Beach on Phuket you can still have an enjoyable time there. Patong is overdeveloped and full of Western influences, KFC, McD's, Pizza Hut, Starbuck's Coffee, 7-11 Mini-markets, as well as cheap knockoff products from too many street vendors, girlie bars and way too much traffic noise.

Depending on when you go you might hit bad weather. The best months for the Andaman Sea (Phuket, Krabi, Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Ngai) is December through April. December in the Gulf of Thailand (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, etc.) is usually quite rainy.

Re: 1st time in Thailand

by Jockotwo

Hi there, Phuket is still good, its only Patong thats been spoilt.
Krabi is really great and i think the best part of the South, i have a very good Thai friend who lives and works on Ko Lanta, which is just south of Krabi, she would be happy to help you, her name is Kan, email
She tells me she is happy to help anyone interested in this area of Thailand, so send her a mail, i dont think you will be disappointed.

Where is the best SCUBA diving in Nov.?

by joshuah

I will be traveling to Thailand in Nov. 2003. Can anyone recomend diving with great visibity at that time of the year?

I have been condidering diving from Phuket or Ko Tao.

Thank much,


Re: Where is the best SCUBA diving in Nov.?

by buasaard

Koh Tao is on the Gulf side, and the weather in November/December is the worst of the year. On Phuket side it is much better (it improves during November, so the later you go the better).
Diving sites on Phuket side, could be Koh Racha, Surin Islands, Similan Islands (this is a national park, I don't know if diving is allowed), and other spots near Phi Phi island.

Re: Where is the best SCUBA diving in Nov.?

by gabyne

Hi Josh,
I'm afraid you won't find really great visibility in Thailand - at no time of the year. In Nov., you would have to go to the West Coast - Andaman Sea - Phuket, Similan/Surin islands oder South - Ko Lanta with Ko Ha, Hin Daeng, Hin Muang etc. I was there in Nov. 2001 and 2002 and visibility was about 10 to 15 m maximum. Close to Phuket, it is even worse, about 5 to 10 m.
I would recommend to do a liveaboard for 3, 4 or 5 days to Similan/Surin/Richelieu Rock or go South for the above named dive spots - these I liked most; although viz was not that good, fish life and corals are great. Have a look at my external website for some underwater photos of the different areas. Feel free for further questions.

Re: Re: Where is the best SCUBA diving in Nov.?

by koh_samui_suuks

Koh Phi Phi Leh for sure !!! Almost the paradise.

I heard there is a Koh Hae (Koh Heh) just off the southern tip of Phuket also offer great site for scuba dives - will try next time.

Travel Tips for Phuket

Negotiate prices before getting into the tuc tuc

by diana_caroline85

One of the greatest thing about Thailand is that you can negotiate everything without feeling like a "tide ass" - So ...remember to negotiate your ride if you travel in a tuk tuk.
I paid no more than 300BAHT from Patong Beach to my hotel in Rawai Beach (Evasson Resort)


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