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Phuket – The Pearl of the Andaman

The culture of any destination is a manifestation of its civilization. Phuket culture is very captivating as well as fascinating. It tells regarding the people of the destination, their beliefs, and their lifestyle. I viewed the culture of Phuket that gave me a reasonable idea regarding the practices and traditions that are yet pursued by the locals. The attractions, the events, the festivals, all imitate the culture of Phuket. I met some local people of Phuket who have a quite high level of affluence and are fairly prosperous as well as being gracious and polite towards me and maybe to all travelers. Though, it was hard for me to talk with older people because they generally speak in their local language. The younger crowd, learned in the English lingo, is more amicable. Get nearer and be enthralled by the invigorating culture of Phuket.

I visited Baan Panwa Resort and Spa which is rightly situated for leisure and business visitors in Phuket. This hotel is situated at 5.13 km away from ko rok nok region in the city and 8.43 km away from Phi Phi Island. It is 31.25 km far from the nearby airdrome – Phuket airport. A 24-hour reception is available here for guests as well as the hotel provides free parking space. From the moment I entered to the time I left, I felt as if I was in a delusion. This is no doubt the greatest hotel I have ever lived in. The hotel staff were incredibly welcoming always greeting me with a beautiful smile and were indisputably happy to help me with whatever I needed.

The hotel was eye-catching, the rooms are furnished and are perfectly clean with excellent maid facility. The main swimming pool along with swim-up bar are all unbelievable as is the foodstuff. I also went to the Dream Beach Club often where the whole thing was the identical all to the high-standard with exquisite staff who oversee everyone and so you feel incredibly special. Again the food was awesome with a different menu to gratify most people’s necessities. The view was superb neglecting the Andaman ocean with the striking sunset. The amusement was again extraordinary and I also attended various evening programs which were exceptional. Unsurprisingly I would greatly suggest the Baan Panwa Resort and Spa unluckily my dream is over for the moment but I will be coming back as anyone visiting Phuket must go to Baan Panwa Resort and Spa to see how comfortable this hotel is. I genuinely found this hotel best in terms of locality and amenities.

Baan Panwa Resort and Spa also has a café that caters a range of beverages, snacks and food. The resort features an inclusive list of facilities to make the stay of all the visitors a comfortable one.  The service-minded staff of the resort is always ready to welcome and guide the visitors. Comfortable guestrooms at Baan Panwa Resort and Spa make sure a good night’s nap with some rooms offering amenities such as television, toiletries, air conditioning, refrigerator, and desk. You can also enjoy the resort’s leisure facilities which include fitness center, solarium, garden, private beach, outdoor pool, before getting back to the room for a well-merited rest. Close proximity, great amenities, and friendly staff are three big reasons you must stay at Baan Panwa Resort and Spa. There are various attractions in the city close to the Baan Panwa Resort and Spa. Some of the tourist attractions include Chalong Beach, Phuket Zoo, Boxing stadion Phuket, Chalong Temple, Clocktower, Tri Trang Beach, Phuket Aquarium, and many more.

After having some rest from travelling to the city I decided to go to the Ko Phi Phi Island. I spend a lot of time there and it was definitely the best time of my whole Thailand experience. Phi Phi is an attraction for young (typically gorgeous young Swedish) party lovers, and people with thoughts of discovering their Beach. The island is very chaotic and touristy, and fairly classy for Thailand. There are in fact more than a few islands, and most tours stop for a snorkeling journey on the way. Packed lunch is typically served once you arrive at PhiPhi Ley’s heaven-like Maya bay. As no one but campers and park rangers are permitted to stay here overnight. PhiPhi Don is more theatrical and was terribly overdeveloped earlier than the tsunami cleaned it all away.

Romantic and Family Getaway to Phuket

The “Land of Smiles”, Thailand is a holiday destination where you can have it all. Enchanting turquoise beaches, gorgeous islands, diverse wildlife, glittering Buddhist temples, lip-smacking cuisine, Luxury accommodations and the very hospitable Thai people. Because of the diverse offerings that Thailand makes to its tourist, this island is one of the most popular vacation spots in South East Asia. Among all the different things to do and places to stay in Phuket for all type of visitors, in this article, our team has listed some of the most suitable luxury hotels for families and couples looking for a memorable and comfortable holidays at the best price.

Phuket is one of the popular destinations in Thailand. It has everything from party spots, sightseeing, nightlife, and loads of street shopping as well as street food. In the last few years, Phuket has been gaining high popularity among tourists. Formerly known as ‘Thalang’ which means cape, Phuket contains of two words; ‘phu’ meaning hill and ‘ket’ meaning jewel, and therefore it is now known as “The Pearl of Andaman”.

There are tons of tourist spots in Phuket, but you need to plan well and prioritize the spots, in case you are on a short trip of 3 to 5 days. A well-planned itinerary helps you to see the places of your interest and also keeps the budget in check. Our team has prepared you with suggestions and recommendations to make your holiday in Phuket with family or partner not just memorable, but also affordable.

What to do in Phuket
Tuk tuk Traveling with family or partner is really fun, and Phuket really delivers the true meaning of being fun with the things to do for families and couples. You can start by renting the famous Thailand ride “Tuk-Tuk” for the whole day to visit places in Phuket. Please bear in mind that most of the regular taxis prefer to operate from the airport to the hotel, and vice versa. For that reason, besides hotel taxis or motor-taxis, “Tuk-Tuk” is an optional transportation around the island.

phi phi island, phuketOne most famous destination to visit from Phuket is Phi Phi Island. The island consists of 6 islands, out of which the famous ones are normally covered in a tour. Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Leh with Maya Bay, which featured in the movie “The Beach”, and the “James Bond” Island are one of the most preferred islands to visit. Phi Phi Islands are famous for its limestone cliffs rising sheer out of the emerald green waters, white powdery beaches and its many coral reefs.

Promthep Cape, phuketNext up, there is The Promthep Cape, which offers an irresistible view for those who are keen for a good old-fashioned sunset photo. Another such spot is the Karon or Kata viewpoint, which means “Hill of the three beaches”. You can view Kata Noi Beach, Karon Beach and Koo Poo or The Crab Island form this spot. The best way to enjoy this view would be going on an elephant trek through the hills and forest of Phuket, and then view the beaches atop the hill while sitting on the elephant.

big buddha, phuketAnother must-see tourist spot in Phuket is the “Big Buddha”. It is a 45-meter-tall white marble statue and is visible from anywhere in the Southern part of Phuket. The huge Buddha statue gives you a greater than life feeling. Follow this up with a visit to “Wat Chalong”, which is the largest Buddhist temple in Phuket. Offer your prayers with candles and lotus, before view the walls and ceilings which are decorated with beautiful paintings that illustrate the life of Buddha.

Siam niramit showWhat good is a visit to Phuket if you have not witnessed the world class spectacular performance of Siam Niramit? Spending an evening to watch this dazzling show is a must. The Siam Niramit show boasts an 11-meter proscenium which is certified by Guinness World of Records as the world’s highest stage. The show comprises of royal processions, sword dances, bamboo dance, boxing matches, realistic rainfall, thunder and lightning. Huge ship, elephants with state-of-the-art special effects will make you wonder whether it is actually a stage show.

Another interesting place to visit would be Phuket’s “Trickeye Museum”. It is an interactive 3D painting exhibition offering amazing photo opportunities, perfect place to go if you are traveling with children. Needless to say, Phuket has so many shopping destinations, like Ranong Road, Phuket Weekend market, Patong market, and many more.

Where to stay in Phuket
Our team has featured for you some of the high-end accommodation in the island, specifically for families and couples. This information will help you choose the best place to stay according to your needs, while at the same time narrowing down the selection among the large number of luxury hotels that Phuket has.

Starting from the west coast, The Centara Blue Marine Resort & Spa is located in Patong Beach. It is designed in Thai contemporary Style and offers four distinct room categories. Rooms and Suites offer both Thai and Western amenities. The beautiful Patong beach is famous for its aquamarine water, and the ultimate party destination “the Bangla road” is just around the corner. The Phuket Fantasea, a nighttime cultural park, is also within a convenient reach from the resort, making The Centara Blue Marine Resort & Spa a perfect place for families.

If you are around Nang Thong Beach, you could stay at Centara Seaview Resort. While it is perfectly framed in the emerald blue waters of the Andaman Sea and a lush mountainous background, the resort offers a wide range of accommodation options ranging from comfortable garden view rooms to relaxing pool villas, along with a stunning beach. This tranquil spot is, however, only minutes away from the center of Patong, with its endless leisure attractions, shopping opportunities, and amazing nightlife. For travelers interested in restaurants, diving or sunsets, Nang Thong Beach is just a few walks away. The tranquil location, the facilities and easy access make this resort an ideal place to stay for families.

If you are looking for a place closer to the beach, Twinpalms Resort is only 100-meter distance from Surin Beach, which is perfect for couples who are looking for soothing tranquility of a secluded getaway. The area is famous for its beautiful stretches of golden tropical sand, making it a romantic spot to spend valuable time with your lover. The resort is surrounded by palms and features a private terrace facing the lagoon pool with garden view. For sure, by now you can imagine how lovely your holiday is going to be staying at Twinpalms Resort.

If you are keen for a mix of lavish gardens, clear sapphire-blue water and a sparkling white sandy beach, then The Haven Khalo Lak is a place to be. Situated on the famous Khuk Khak Beach, the resort offers a private beach, very suitable for a long romantic walk at sunset. For honeymooners, the Oceanfront Jacuzzi villa is highly recommended to embrace the perfect ambience.

Phuket holds a special place in everyone for its amazing hospitality, natural splendor and unique culture. It is a perfect destination if you are traveling with family or your loved one. At the end of the day, the most important thing in travel is not simply just about where you want to go, but it is also about how to spend most of your valuable time with the special people next to you. Now, how about sharing your holiday in Phuket with us? Let us know about other things to do that are not mentioned in this article, or luxury hotels that you think would be perfect for families and couples. However, if you haven’t been to Phuket, our team is also available to give the best recommendation to make your holiday in Phuket memorable.

This article is also published at Luxly Indonesia & Luxly Singapore