The Lowdown on Phuket
The sun is shining here in Hong Kong and summer has well and truly arrived. If you have left the summer holiday planning to the last minute, then Phuket is a quick flight and offers accommodation and experiences for every budget. Here Nicola from Jetlag and Mayhem gives us her insights into why Phuket should be on your destination hit-list.
It can be cheap(ish) to get there!
In comparison to Koh Samui where Bangkok Airways has a monopoly on the route, you can reach Phuket with Dragonair (why not use those Asia Miles) , Thai Airways , Hong Kong Airlines and Air Asia. You also have the option of flying indirect via Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
Accommodation a plenty!
Phuket is enormous. Whatever you want, Phuket has it.
- Fancy an all singing, all dancing kids club? Then the JW Marriott is for you.
- For a sexy getaway with no kids and cash to splash, I highly recommend Sri Panwa on the southern tip of the island.
- A luxury getaway on my Phuket wishlist is the Six Senses Yao Noi. A 45 minute James Bond speedboat ride from Phuket Airport, it looks to be barefoot luxe at its best.
- If you’re hunting a bargain, Agoda and Openroomz have numerous Phuket offers with rooms in 4* hotels from USD $70 per night.
- When travelling in a larger group then research hiring a villa instead of a hotel. A villa gives you a living area to relax in and even the option of a chef ! The last few Christmases I have holidayed in Phuket and stayed within the Sai Taan villa complex, booked through Asian Luxury Villas. Most recently, I went on a girl’s weekend away and booked a spacious 4-bed villa near the Laguna golf course using PIPS Phuket who manage a number of properties. At $450 per night, I felt this was extremely good value.
So much to do!
You can be lazy like I normally am and sit and enjoy the sunshine on one of Phuket’s beaches. For those more active why not go snorkeling, scuba diving, boating or kite surfing.
Kids will love Dino Park Mini Golf in between Karon and Kata beach, Splash Jungle Water Park at Mai Kao Beach and the Aquarium. For a wet weather educational activity, there’s even a mining museum in Kathu!
It wouldn’t be a trip to Thailand if you couldn’t go for an elephant ride. Have a look at Kok Chang Safari .
So much to eat!
Catch Beachclub offers a gloriously gluttonous twice weekly buffet. The setting on Surin beach is the perfect place to sup a few cocktails and stuff your face with the buffet. Luckily there’s usually a DJ on hand to dance it off.
Divine Asian/Mediterranean mix at Tatonka, the culinary odyssey of a German chef now cooking in Cherngtalay.
Continuing with the area of Cherngtalay is the fabulous trio of Bake, Flame and Pasta which keeps on growing and growing. On my recent trip I saw they’ve added a Sushi section to the repertoire.
Book a table at Raya House where Auntie Rose will serve up sumptuous Phuket style Thai food.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret but please keep it to yourself. For a really fun night out, book a babysitter and table at Ka Jok See (phone +66 76217 903). It’s so popular that tables in peak season get booked months in advance. I’m not going to spoil what’s in store but remember to pack your dancing shoes!