Villages and Beaches, Phuket
We paid 1600 baht each for 4 for a full day island hopping tour. The price includes hotel transfer, lunch, ferry service, unlimited refreshments onboard, snorkelling equipment and of course gorgeous beaches to frolick at. Compare this with the hotel reservation at 2800 baht and you will cry if you didn't shop around first.
Form as big a group as you can and bargain for your money's worth. Singapore is worried that we are losing out on the tourism pie. In Singapore, just a 2 way ferry for the same 45 minutes to nearby Indonesia's Bintan island resort cost about 1250 baht before taxes. No wonder Phuket attract millions of tourists every year.
This was the back of "James Bond Island",When you've managed to clamber out of the boats theres a 50meter stroll up the beach where there are a few stalls selling all sorts from t-shirts to shells.Carry on past and there in front of you is the Rock alot is made about it,but as they say...When in Rome !!
I though it was a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
This picture is taken at Nai Harn Beach. This beach is quieter and very peaceful. It is unlike Patong beach which is exploited by tourist. In the evening, the waves are strong so it is not advisable to swim when the waves are strong.
The village on Koh Pannyi is inhabited by Chao Nam or Sea Gypsies, who have given up their traditional way of life as sea nomads. The whole of the village (which is mostly Muslim) is built on stilts, with a giant rock monolith guarding its rear. It is the second destination for the tourists, packed on boats to see the James Bond Island, to come and take their lunch. Around midday, up to 3.000 visitors will flood into the small village via tour boats. But as soon as lunch is over and the tourists leave, the community closes up its restaurants and gif shops and returns to the quiet community of fishermen again.
This is really a good tip! try to find a cabdriver and let him drive you around - it´s cheap and he will show You his secrets - top beaches and very cheap resaurants (50 THB for nice food an a coke) and so on.
The famous landmark of James Bond Island first found its way onto the international map through its starring role in the James Bond movie 'The Man With the Golden Gun'. It is possible to land at the tiny beach and marvel at the 100ft cliff that is naturally split in two forming a cave complete with stalactites and a natural floor of sand.
Panwha Cape is on the southernmost tip, 7km (4mi) from the town of Phuket. There is a small fishing village with shops and restaurants.
Because of the peninsular, there are not the long sweeping stretches of beaches you find in other parts of Phuket, but it is private and secluded.
It is a really small beach that you can reach only by boat, when in Patong beach ask some of the guys near the small boats on the seaside to bring you there and then agree with them the time they come and pick you up.
You will find a really desert beach( at least it was desert a couple of years ago), white sand and incredible water.
Pay a visit to Boat Lagoon on the east coast of Phuket.
It's a quiet backwater - lots of yachts and cruisers and even a lighthouse.
The perfect way to relax is to sit outside one of the excellent cafes and restaurants and watch the world sail by.
Hire a Jeep or even a motorbike if you know how to ride one. Phuket outside Patong is great.
Phuket town has some great old buildings although the traffic can be horrible at rush hour.
Go to the remaining bits of rainforest that haven't been bulldozed into golf courses.
Lovely, lovely beaches. No jellyfish stings but some fishes do bite or nibble, shall I say. Don't forget your sun block. Enjoy the sun but play safe.
This is taken at the Patong beach. Although it is very congested with tourists, it's beauty still remains.
This lake is located just 5 minutes away from Nai Harn beach. When under bright sunlight, the is extremely green. A soothing view for the eye.
Cruising out around the islands or the bay you will see small shacks in little fishing communities along the bay areas. Life is simple and uncomplicated.