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29 Jan
2019

Revel in the Phuket Nightlife

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Embrace the Phuket Nightlife experience When visiting Thailand, almost everybody will experience the Phuket nightlife in some form or another during their visit, and you may be surprised to hear…. there’s a lot more to the nightlife scene than you’d imagine. The Phuket nightlife area So where is the nightlife in Phuket? The Phuket nightlife area is actually dispersed all over the island, however, you’ll find the more intense, party scenes in only two areas. Patong is centralized around Bangla road while a less condensed collection of cool, small, independently owned bars and restaurants operate at night in Phuket town. Phuket nightlife activities Whilst most travelers come to Phuket for the pristine beaches, resorts and fun tours throughout the day, below you will find the best of Phuket things to do at night. The options for family-friendly nightlife in Phuket activities are many and varied.  Here’s a few to get you started…. Phuket Night Market Most visitors to Phuket find the night markets near Phuket town fascinating as they have a huge number of vendors offering a very interesting array of products to choose from.  Clothes, Street food, souvenirs, knock-off handbags, real leather goods made locally, the leather of which…

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14 Feb
2019

The Best Restaurants in Phuket that you should definitely visit

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The 5 best restaurants in Phuket you should definitely visit Phuket is a melting pot full of different resorts and hotels as well as individual restaurants that offer some amazing food for all budgets and palates. Most people think that there will only be Thai food available but there are plenty of choices when it comes to Phuket food. So you are probably wondering what are the best restaurants in Phuket, and where are the best places to eat in Phuket? Well read on and I’ll give you our list of the 5 best restaurants in Phuket you should definitely visit. Remember, this is just our favourite spots from living here in Phuket as expats for the last 8 years. We tend to favour some Western food restaurants over Thai food restaurants as you don’t necessarily need to go to a Thai restaurant to enjoy some amazing Thai food. There are so many street carts around that serve up traditional and delicious food. Suay Restaurant (Cherng Talay) There are actually two branches of this restaurant. One is in Phuket Town, which opened in 2010 and the other is in Cherng Talay which opened in 2017. Both of these restaurants serve…

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22 Feb
2019

Big Buddha, Phuket

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The island of Phuket is packed with magical and breathtaking destinations, and there is something to do each and every day that you are here, but one of the most important destinations and landmarks is the Big Buddha, Phuket. Phuket Big Buddha is one of the most respected and well-known places to visit, not only in Phuket but in the whole of Thailand.   It is without question one of the biggest and most important landmarks in Phuket. The statue was built back in 2004 and it has been standing there proudly ever since. The name of the statue, as known among locals is Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha. The structure is an astonishing achievement, a tremendous combination of concrete and shiny Burmese white jade marble. Making it eye-candy, both from down the hill, but most importantly right beside with a spectacular view of Phuket that surrounds the structure. Besides the Big Buddha, Phuket’s biggest landmark, you will also find a smaller statue of Buddha that surrounds the site which is golden in colour, making the spot feel even more sacred. These two monuments sit alongside an array of other statues of Buddha and monks. The serenity of this spot is…

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26 Feb
2019

The Magic of Similan Islands

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Thailand is known for its natural beauty and its impressive locales, and the Similan Islands only add to its legendary reputation. This small group of islands off the coast of Phang Nga have created one of the most visited national parks in the province. And for good reasons. The cluster of islands has become a hotspot for tourists from all over the world, not only for its natural beauty and the unmatched views from every square meter on the island, but also from the plethora of activities the island has to offer. Once you are in the Phang Nga Province then it is hard to miss opportunities to get to the luxurious destinations, and in our opinion, you owe it to yourself to visit the Similan Islands. Why visit the Similan Islands, Thailand? It would be easier to list reasons not to visit the islands since there are little to no reasons not to. There are a plethora of reasons you should not miss the opportunity to pay a visit to the largest commercial island destination for people from all over the world. From the dive centers to the coral reefs and the day trips that are organized during its…

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27 Feb
2019

Bamboo Island – Your New Favourite Place on Earth

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One of our favorite places to visit while on our Phi Phi Islands tour is Bamboo Island. This serene spot is one of our favorite places on Earth, and this evidenced by the number of times we visit it during our open season. Every single time, the view and the beauty of the island still amaze us. This is probably one of the best spots on the planet to just sit there and relax, take in one of the most beautiful sceneries you will ever witness in your life. A breathtaking destination of the Phi Phi Islands Bamboo Island, Thailand, is one of the favorite destinations when people visit the Phi Phi islands in general. When in Thailand, Bamboo Island is a must for many of the visitors. Some other highlights of the Phi Phi islands are the amazing Pileh Lagoon, the Maya Bay and the Viking cave located next to each other, the islands Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Leh, monkey beach and of course, the main highlights are the white sand and the turquoise waters that surround the beautiful islands. Please note that you can organize your day trip with us for the Phi Phi…

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24 Jan
2019

Alluring Things to Do in Krabi

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Most alluring things to do in Krabi We often like to describe Krabi, located in the province of the same name, as Phuket’s little sibling. It’s smaller, quieter (although it doesn’t always feel like this!) and overall a more casual destination. A holiday in Krabi is often a more affordable destination versus Phuket and whilst it still reflects its backpacker origins the area now offers many mid-market and some up-market dining and accommodation options. Of course, this doesn’t mean to say that there is a lack of attractions, indeed quite the opposite when considering things to do in Krabi, and for many people on a once-a-lifetime holiday to the south of Thailand, it makes complete sense to combine both Phuket and Krabi in a single trip. When people say ‘Krabi’ most really mean ‘Ao Nang’. This town, and nearby beach villages comprise a strip along the West Coast of about 4km. The strip starts from Nopparat Thara Pier in the north and journeys to the commercial zone at Ao Nang beach in the south. It is along this coastal strip that most will source accommodation for a holiday in Krabi. There is also a huge range of restaurants and shops…

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08 Jan
2019

Best restaurants in Thailand worth checking out

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The Best Restaurants in Thailand that are worth checking out What are the best restaurants in Thailand that are guaranteed to provide a unique dining experience? I will have you know that Thailand is loaded with restaurants that deliver incredible experiences that many visitors will never forget. From fine dining to local cuisines to street food, you’ll be mesmerized by the meals and the great service that is provided. It’s normal to hear visitors shocked at how little they paid for well-prepared meals. As for spots where you can spend lavishly, you are assured to get value for your money. Read on and discover some of the restaurants within Thailand that will deliver an experience unrivaled anywhere else on Earth. Places to eat in Phuket Blue Elephant Found in the center of Phuket is the Blue Elephant specializing in Royal Thai cuisine. If you want to be treated like Thai royalty, eat here. It is an actual mansion of the old Chinese colony offering fine dining in retrospect. It takes you back in time with its lavish surroundings that reminds you of a more genteel era. It also has an epic underlit bar. Blue Elephant offers an amazing blend of…

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28 Dec
2018

Thailand National Parks – The most breathtaking parks in the world

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If the white sandy beaches, the yummy tropical cocktails, the breathtaking temples, or the awe-inducing archaeological sites come to mind when you think of Thailand, then you might be surprised to find out just how captivating Thailand National Parks can be. You will have an unforgettable experience, especially since you get to observe the wildlife in their natural habitat and from a safe distance. Visitors and locals attest to the fact that Thailand National parks are priceless gems that make the country an irresistible choice for holidaymakers and locals alike. If you are wondering how many national parks in Thailand there are, note that Thailand has hundreds scattered across the country. So which Thailand National Parks are worth seeing? We have made it easier for you to choose from. Read on now! Experience the Khao Sok Nature Resort Located in Southern Thailand, the Khao Sok Nature Resort has the most compelling features that you must see when in the country. One of the most beautiful and most visited of all Thailand National parks was founded in 1980. The nature resort is part of the Thailand government’s efforts to preserve the environment and natural development. Once you visit Khao Sok, you…

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13 Dec
2018

Phang Nga – One of the world’s most famous bays

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Where is Phang Nga Bay Phang Nga Bay is located next to the Andaman Sea which in turn forms part of the Indian Ocean.  It’s on the west coast of Thailand and lies to the east of Phuket Island. Phuket is its nearest city. It is easily accessed by all forms of transport with an international airport and cruise ship port.  Three major towns surround Phang Nga Bay. Phuket town to the west, Krabi town to the east and Phang Nga town to the North, of which the bay is named after. The Phang Nga Bay The bay covers an area of 400 square kilometers and comprises of 42 islands. In 1981, the Ao Phang Nga National park was formed. The area was later classified as a Ramsar protected (World heritage) site # 1185 of significant ecological importance in 2002.  It is quite a shallow bay and protects one of the largest native mangrove forests left in South East Asia. Hence, increasing its importance and the need to take care of its environment. Coral reefs are less frequent in the northern parts than they are the south of Phang Nga Bay as the floor of the bay to the north…

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03 Dec
2018

Thailand Honeymoon Ideas for the traveling newlywed couple

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In search of unique and exotic honeymoon ideas? Thailand, the Land of Smiles, is a top destination for unforgettable honeymoons. Thailand is full of diverse, exotic places and offers limitless possibilities for romantic things to do. So what do couples do on honeymoons in Thailand? Thailand offers a big city, islands and the jungle so there are honeymoon ideas for everyone. Let’s start with the big city, Bangkok. Bangkok will be an eyeopener for many first time visitors to South East Asia. It’s busy, it’s hot, there’s strange smells and it’s huge. But don’t be scared off by this, there’s still plenty of romantic things to do on honeymoon in Bangkok. Check out some of our recommended honeymoon ideas below; Couple Massage and Spa Sessions First up there are some amazing spas to check out for a couple’s massage. Our favourite is Organika Secret Spa. It truly feels like you’ve stepped into an oasis secret garden. Even all the doors to the treatment areas look like hidden doors leading to magical rooms. It is such a romantic spa and any of the treatments there would be perfect honeymoon ideas. Our favourite is the couples’ treatment called ‘Lost in Neverland’. It…

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15 Nov
2018

The 7 Best Beaches In Phuket

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A holiday to Thailand means exploring some of the best beaches in Phuket and boat tours to the nearby islands. Phuket has some of the best beaches in Asia if not the world. Phuket is very unique in that there are in excess of 20 high-quality beaches to visit in a relatively compact area and indeed most of the island’s principal resort and accommodation locations are built around very accessible beach front. We focus on 7 beach locations for this article – they are all favourites of the Simba team and all definitely the best beaches in Phuket. Kick back and check out these places of natural luxury, lush sands, tall palm trees and clean waters, ready to welcome all the visitors with their lovely smooth waves! Some Common Sense Tips It is important to remember that substantially all of the best beaches in Phuket Thailand are located at the southern tip of the island or along the length of the West Coast. The East Coast (ie facing Phi Phi Islands and Phang Nga Bay) is dominated by estuaries and mangrove forests; good for the local fisherman but not at all suitable as a beachside location. With respect to safety,…

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13 Nov
2018

The famous Monkey Beach, Thailand

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One of the most interesting places to visit on Phi Phi Island has to be Monkey Beach Thailand. You may also hear Monkey Beach Thailand referred to as its traditional Thai name which is Yong Gasem Bay or Ao Ling. Ao Ling is an exact Thai translation for Monkey (Ling) Beach (Ao), whereas Yong Gasem Bay is the area. Monkey Beach Thailand is also called Monkey Island Thailand. The Monkey Island Phuket Experience Monkey Island in Phuket is a small cove located on a peninsula on Koh Phi Phi Don, the larger of the two main Phi Phi Islands. This peninsula helps form part of Ton Sai Bay which is where the vast majority of boats coming and going from the busy tourist area of Phi Phi load and unload their guests. How to get to monkey beach Phi Phi Island Monkey Beach is accessible only by boat or Kayak from Phi Phi Don. Our recommended method would be by tour boat, as the boat traffic levels are quite high in this area, in-experienced Kayakers may struggle with the constant wakes generated by boats, some of them being quite large and fast moving. The bay is quite a small area…

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12 Oct
2018

The allure of Ko Tapu (James Bond Island)

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  If you’re lucky enough to be traveling through this beautiful part of the world and find yourself researching what to do while you’re here, then you’ll come across a countless number of tour options to visit Ko Tapu (James Bond Island). This Island is also sometimes referred to as James Bond Beach and the vista has appeared in the James Bond Movie "The Man with the Golden Gun". If you’re a James Bond fan and find yourself asking the question, where was The Man with the Golden Gun filmed? …then here’s your answer. More on this later.  Also, Star Wars III- Revenge of the Sith used this local scenery as a landscape for the planet Kashyyyk. Similar to the Leonardo Dicaprio film, The Beach, pop-culture references of Phi Phi islands’ Maya Bay, there’s a lot more to Phang Nga Bay’s James Bond Island than a step back in cinematic time. Its main drawcard is obviously its stunning natural beauty. The merge of green of the nature and the crystal waters of the beach mix to create a spectacular memory with one of the world’s most beautiful destinations on the planet! The region Phang Nga, named by King Rama III…

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11 Oct
2018

Things to do in Phi Phi Island

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Are you still looking for things to do in Phi Phi Island? Visiting the Island will give you memories to last a lifetime. So, you have decided to visit Phi Phi Island? There are a few things you will need to know before you go such as, ‘How far is Phi Phi Island from Phuket?’, ‘How to get to Phi Phi Island from Phuket?’ and once you are there you’ll want to know ‘What to do on your visit?’ and also you’ll want to find out about all the Phi Phi Island Activities you need to know. Experience Phi Phi Island the right way! Read on below how to experience Phi Phi Island. How to get to Phi Phi Island from Phuket? The Phi Phi Islands are situated 50 km from Phuket. How to get to Phi Phi Island from Phuket you ask? Well, there are a few different options. We think that a speedboat is the most efficient way how to get to there from Phuket. A speedboat ride will take you only one hour and prices start around 1,000 THB per person. A speedboat is a great option since you can stop at different locations rather than just visit…

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19 Sep
2018

Five Things to do in Phuket when it Rains

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If you happen to be in Phuket when it’s rainy season then you’ll definitely need to check out this list for some alternative things to do when it’s raining. Here’s some of our favourite things to do. 1 – Simba Sea Trips’ Jungle Tour This land based tour is definitely THE tour to do when it’s raining. The rain just adds to the mood and the clouds make it look like you are entering the Jurassic era when on the lake. There is a fair bit of time spent in the comfortable van enjoying the scenery. We stop at a few temples along the way and check out some monkeys too before arriving at the lake. 2 – Simba Sea Trips’ Phang Nga Bay Tour Phang Nga Bay is a pretty special area as it is very protected and quite often has different weather patterns to that of Phuket and Phi Phi. More often then not, it can be raining in Phuket and dry in Phang Nga Bay. Even if it does rain it’s rarely a problem and a good part of this tour is spent exploring caves and canoeing through caves to get into sheltered hongs. 3 – Shopping…

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19 Sep
2018

Best Island Restaurants

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If you’re lucky enough to be chartering one of our private charter boats then you may want to consider visiting some of these fabulous restaurants that you can only reach by boat if you are staying on Phuket   Here’s our favourite selection on Kho Yao Noi La Sala Restaurant – This hidden gem dishes up some amazing, authentic Thai food. It is located with Pavilion Resort so if you are staying there it will be easy to find. Our favourite dish was the Pomelo Salad. It was full of juicy prawns and tangy pomelo. Chaba Café and Gallery – If you’re looking for something on the healthier side then this is the place for you. The café serves up not only nutritious but delicious food too. They have plenty of options for the vegan traveller. Our top picks were the Buddha bowl and the coconut ice-cream, yum! Our top picks for Koh Yao Yai Baan Rim Nam Restaurant – Perched on stilts over the water, this unassuming little restaurant could be easily missed. It doesn’t look like much but boy does it deliver! Amazing bbq seafood is what is on the menu here. Note, they don’t serve any alcohol…

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28 Aug
2018

Which speedboat tour for me?

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It’s the old age debate. You’ve come to Phuket and decided to do a speed boat tour. Which one to do? Phi Phi Island or Phang Nga Bay? Well if you ask us we’d say both, but let us give you the difference between the two so that you  can make a decision. In our opinion Phang Nga Bay and Phi Phi Island are both very different experiences so it depends on what sort of an experience you are after. Phi Phi Island  is best know for it’s starring role in the film The Beach. Tourists have been flocking to Maya Bay every since the movie put it on the map.  Phi Phi is made up of 6 islands but commonly people only know of Phi Phi Lay and Phi Phi Don. It is surrounded by stunning waters and blessed with white sandy beaches. If your idea of a good day out is snorkelling and swimming in these clear blue waters followed by soaking up some rays on a beautiful beach, then a Phi Phi tour may just be the one for you. At Simba we offer several opportunities for snorkelling and also hanging out on the beach. Phang Nga…

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27 Aug
2018

Simba’s new fun, relaxed, private sunset cruise.

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Allow us to introduce our latest private charter offering....  A fun, relaxed, late afternoon, fishing and sunset cocktail cruise. This is a great value private charter, that departs our marina at 3:00 pm and returns around sunset at 6:30 pm.  Priced at 19,500 Thai Baht for up to 6 people, this is a great way to get out on the water for a relaxing afternoon cruise. You choose the format of your day out, with several different activities to choose from such as snorkelling at Koh Nok, swimming at a secret sandbar beach, or  try your luck at some relaxed fishing for up to 2 or 3 fisherman. Take in some of the classic limestone Karst scenery that Phang Nga bay is famous for without all the expense of travelling all the way to the Phi Phi islands, or James Bond island.  The route of this sunset cruise stays closer to the Royal Phuket Marina to allow more time for fun activities and relaxing on our luxurious day boat, Simba 4. Light snacks, fruit platters and an assortment of beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic are included. Transport to and from your hotel on Phuket island is also complimentary, and of course…

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11 Jul
2018

Why such a large variation in price for boat tours??

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This is one of the most common questions we are asked! For the holidaying tourist, boat trips can be one of the most financially driven decisions made when visiting Thailand. In an increasingly competitive marketplace there have been an growing number of tours marketed as a ‘Sunrise Tour’ at different price points and understandable this can cause confusion amongst holiday makers. Here we try give you an unbiased view of the tour boat adventure market in Phuket, and explain what to look out for in helping you make up your mind which company is right for you. Of course we understand Simba’s pricing won’t be suitable for every budget but we do think it is important to shed a little light on what drives the cost of providing a tour and in turn how these factors can and will impact upon the price of a tour. There is a reason why people ask the question "why are yachts so expensive to hire" when they go to book a tour in some cases. Think of the following as a bit of a checklist to help guide your choice and please remember that the old adage ‘you get what you paid for’…

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11 Jul
2018

Monsoon Season

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So, we find ourselves in the monsoon season once again. Our familiar friend that brings life-giving rain, yet larger sea-swells, cloudy skies yet cheap hotel beds! At Simba, this annual event can be the hardest to explain, especially predicting trips to distant islands. With this in mind, the following is a brief introduction to the monsoon more generally, and then how this affects us. What is the Monsoon? The word monsoon literally means ‘season’ in Arabic. Traders traveling the waters off the Arabian and Indian coast noted for centuries that dry, cool, northeast winds blew for 6 months and then suddenly changed to warm, moist air from the southeast. So in a nutshell, the monsoon weather is a change in the type and direction of winds (and therefore swell) that brings moist air. When and how does it work? Between April to September, the wind blows from the southeast as the land mass of India, the Himalayas and beyond heats up relative to the ocean. This causes moist warm air from the Indian ocean to rush into the gap as the warmer air rises. This is the moist ‘maritime’ air that brings the monsoonal rains. Between October and March, this phenomenon is reversed, as the temperature…

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