Pearl of the Andaman

By on 16/05/2014
Phang Nga Bay

6 must do activities: Phuket is popularly known as the Green Pearl of the Andaman Sea and is an enthralling tropical destination that has seduced many travelers with its golden sand beaches and lofty mountain peaks sheltered with lush forests. The island offers the best of relaxation and indulgence and caters to the needs of all from adrenaline junkies and to those who simply want to relax. The Uptown Times lists 6 of the must-do highlights in Phuket that simply just cannot be missed.

Island Hopping:islandhopping

Island hopping is a ‘must do’ when you visit Phuket as its surrounded with as many as 32 beautiful islands and each of them has something different to offer. The islands neighboring Phuket are some of the worlds most stunning and compelling and no traveler to Phuket should fail the chance to discover them. With its location, the island allows you to discover surrounding marvels like Phi Phi Islands, Krabi and Similan Islands. Only minutes away from Phuket are sandy beaches, rare birds, beautiful fauna, secluded coves and amazing weather. Island hopping by speedboat is the best way to get around.

Scuba DivingScuba Diving:

Rated among the world’s top dive sites, visitors must take the opportunity to dive in Phuket’s clear turquoise waters. The underwater scenery boasts of reef formations and a vibrant marine life. The warm waters of around 30 degrees also boast of a visibility down to 30 meters. Whether you are a beginner or have been diving for years, you are certain to have a memorable experience exploring Phuket’s underwater world with spectacular waters, huge boulders, coral gardens, whales, sharks and a huge variety of other marine life.

 

Phang Nga BayPhang Nga Bay:

The picturesque Phang Nga Bay is a visually remarkable bay between Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi and features distinctive limestone rock formations that penetrate dramatically through the shining emerald waters. A popular attraction here is Ko Tapu or James Bond Island where he shot for his movie, The Man With the Golden Gun. The island also has a small village called Ko Panyi, which is built on stilts. Everything on the village except the mosque and graveyard is built on stilts here over the sea. Sea canoeing is a popular activity in this region.

oldtownOld Town:

Phuket, a former tin trading hub is essentially the island’s cultural center. The Sino-Portuguese architecture provides tourists with beautiful glimpses into Phukets history. The Old Town is now home to exquisite boutiques and boutique restaurants. When walking along the streets, visitors will be able to view the beautiful temples, shrines, preserved shop-houses, tiny café, museums, tiny printing shops and a mini red-light district area.

babanest

Baba Nest:

New to the Phuket bar scene, Baba Nest is an exclusive rooftop bar that offers exceptional signature cocktails and light Japanese bites on a rooftop deck, an infinity pool with panoramic views of the neighboring islands. The bar is located in the Sri Panwa Resort and Villas and boasts of some of the best sunset views in Phuket. The deck is scattered with bean bags and low tables that is surrounded by the pool, giving swimmers a delusion of floating between the sea and sky. Must try cocktails here are the Lemongrass and Vodka Sri-Jito and a Lychee Martini.

Muay ThaiMuay Thai:

The popular viewer sport from Thailand is now gaining world recognition. The martial art of Muay Thai will get your blood pumping with the furious elbow strikes, crushing punches and lethal kicks. This one’s surely not for the faint hearted as the intense games tend to be very aggressive. Along with passion is drama of onlookers, whose applause is convoyed with shrill clarinets, finger cymbals and drums.

We hope you enjoyed reading our list of the 6 must-do activities in Phuket as much as we enjoyed trying and compiling them. Is there anything that we have missed out on? Tell us about your favorite activity in Phuket in the comments below.

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