We went to Karon beach during monsoon time, facing a very dangerous beach to swim.
Patong was only ten minutes distant, and was absolutely secure.
That made it "our" beach; only the color of the water, with too many algae, reminding us the monsoon.
If your an animal lover it may not be the best place to go! I felt sick at how the elephants looked and where chained. Wasnt the cleanest zoos. There was an unchained elephant in the centre washing him self, which started to walk to towards us this was pretty scary! You can also have your photo taken with a fully grown tiger, i did this but have to say was pretty horrible. The tiger was chained and when you sat with it the handler started to poke it with a stick to make it growl for the photo......i didnt like this, especially as the handler only had one arm!!!!!!!!!!
The trip includes a show and meal. The show is about the history of thailand, and includes fantastic trapeze artists, elephants and dance. Definitly worth seeing.
The food is an all you can eat banquet, with food from various countries. The surrounding are fabulous.
There is a small zoo area, and plenty of shops.....a good family evening.
We took the island trip, where you visited monkey island, phi phi island, this trip is a must, you visit about 4 islands, have time to swim and snorkel with the beautiful sea life (underwater camera a must).
Phuket is host to many Scuba places, not all are organized so it is very important to be very precise with your instructions. I recommend places that have a pool for your to do the introductory or refresher course. This way you can do your dive with greater ease and convenience. Dont forget to buy a "underwater disposable camera" very cheap and they take great pictures!
Oh bring seasickness pills just in case and dont eat the breakfast they serve just in case of rough seas...
If you stay at Patong, rent a motorbike, a scooter will be more fun.
try to explore the southern beach line of phuket. start from Patong beach, headed south to Karon beach. drive slow to enjoy many shops around the lane to Kata beach. far south you will find the Kata view point where you can see the whole beach line of Kata plus the city light at the night. the path quite up-hill, so be sure to pay attention to the road. just go for more south till you find Nai Harn beach, and the end point of Prompthep Cape where you can enjoy the afternoon by watching sunset. try to climb down the cape until the end point, the view of the sun set down much more magnificent. often lot of people came here at week end. wind breeze quite hard here.
Visiting phi phi island is a must! when you came to phuket, phi phi island is one of the beautiful islands of thailand that you should be seen. phi phi island contain by 6 separated islands, and the two major island is phi phi don (the larger island) and phi phi ley (second larger). there's two type of tour would be offered, one is by big boat and the other is by speed boat/express boat (contain of max 20-40 passangers). the big boat can only circling the phi phi ley for sightseeing and the express boat can entering into some of its beaches. i took the express boat tour for only 1100 bath/person that can be arrange in Sweet Home Tour Travel Service. They give us very good price that if you compared by other offer in Patong or even phuket (average tour service would give you not less than 1700 to 1500 bath for express boat tour), you would never find any cheaper than they could ever gave us. They also offered us for the big boat tour in price of 800 bath/person. the trip include hotel transfer for patong area (return), lunch, water and softdrink during the trip, english speaking guide, life jacket, snorkle and google for diving. the trip took about 7 to 8 hours. if you take the express boat trip, the itinerary would be : 20 minutes sightseeing in maya bay (down to the beach), snorkling, sightseeing pileh cove (stunning landscape!!), sightseeing viking cave, sightseeing monkey beach (the monkey are so funny!! the guide will gave them some coke or softdrink which the would drink it as human do!!hahaha...), lunch at phi phi don (the food are not too bad i guess) and 20 minutes free time to exploring the island, and the last is laid back at kai nok island for 2 hours (a white small sandy beach island, they will accomodate us with 2 beach benchs with a single beach umbrella, but every two passanger should pay an extra 150 bath for those bench - i think this is one of the tourist trap that anyone can't avoid), they would serve us too with fresh fruits (from the boat operator of course). be careful, there's lot of express boat that do this journey also, so don't be surprised when the island getting peak by many boats parked and those tourists came to the island as most of the phi phi tour operator would give the same itinerary. the kai nok island differed into two spot activities, one side for snorkling (there's couple of coral area suite for snorkle activity) and the other one is suite for swimming. at the other end corner you can find some coral beach where when you swim around there, there would be some school of coral fish approaching you around. take some snorkling to see some coral if you swim a bit far from the beach line. the trip is a must! as you would seen the beauty of phi phi islands with those white sandy beaches and blue-green (coral effect) clear water.
Wat Pra Thalang or the Golden Buddha Temple is situated on the Thep Krasattri Road (402) in the Thalang district of Phuket.
Within the temple stands a large Buddha image which has been half buried in the temple floor. According to legend there was young boy who was tired and looking for a suitable place to tie up his cow. Due to changes in farming practices many trees which the young boy would usually tie his cow had been removed to create large open spaces for growing crops. After searching around for a while the young boy found a large rock which he used to tie up his cow. After a short time the young man became very ill and without delay he returned home. To his parent’s surprise the boy later died and his father immediately returned to the spot where his son had last been. When he arrived he found to astonishment that his sons cow was also dead. The villages worried about these strange happenings gathered together and proceeded to dig up the rock and the area around for clue’s. Very quickly they became aware that this was no rock but a buried Buddha image which only appeared to be a rock due to the fact it had soiled with age. Nevertheless, the it wasn’t long before the villages who helped to dig up the Buddha image later fell very ill and died whilst others died in horrific accidents
Did a 2 day jungle trek which included a 1.5 hr elephant ride. We start off in a "pew" like saddle, then you get a chance to ride on the elephant's head. Your sorta like gnat to the elephant so dont worry about the weight. Umm you should worry about the coarse hair on the elephant as if your in shorts the hair will chafe soon. Also, bring a disposable camera (or some simple to use camera) and give it to the other people on the trek so they will have a good vantage to take pictures of "YOU"
Uh!... I mean... Come down as slow as you can!
His first (and last, as far as I know) paragliding experience was safe, not too expensive, and I envy the sights that he had from the air.
They are the most ornate and facinating place. I dont think words can describe then, just one of those places you should visit. Low cost trip too!
OK, OK, Tito.
You may rent the jet ski.
It is not cheap for local standards, but, we know, tourists will always be expected to accept exceptional fares everywhere.