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08 Jan
2020

All You Need to Know About Phuket City

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The Essential Info on Phuket City Considered one of the oldest cities in all of Thailand, Phuket City has much to offer those who travel to the region. Read on as we give you background information regarding this great Thai tourist destination. Where is it? The City of Phuket is located approximately 860 kilometres to the south of Bangkok. It is the capital of Phuket Province and is currently home to over 60,000 permanent residents. It encompasses two tambons (districts),  Talat Nuea and Talat Yai. The municipality covers an area of 12km sq and is one of the 32 municipalities situated throughout Thailand. By size alone, it is the 20th largest municipality. The city's history The Phuket province has an intriguing history. The region was previously known as Thalang (translation - cape) with the location of the old city in the North of the province as opposed to the south east location where the capital currently stands. Despite Phuket Town's rich and illustrious history it was only elevated to city status on the 13th of February, 2004. We say despite, because a simple glance around the City reveals an array of older buildings reflective of a time when tin mining…

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30 Dec
2019

Koh Poda (Poda Island)

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Koh Poda (Poda Island) - Krabi The Poda Island, also known as Koh Poda is a beautiful island in South Thailand. It is found just off the coast of Krabi. It’s the largest of four islets in the Poday Group of Islands. What makes it easy to explore is that its near major holiday spots like Ao Nang, Railay Beach and Klong Muang. So you only need a day or half a day tour for you to cover this holiday destination. This islet is heavenly… from the smooth sandy beaches, to the clear turquoise sea water that just invites you to jump in, the reefs which are perfect for snorkeling a magnificent backdrop with rock formations, this is a place worth visiting… Its dreamy I tell you. If you are looking for a place to unwind, then this is the perfect spot. How to get to Koh Poda Ko poda island can only be accessed by boat. The long tail boar tour is an experience to die for. So if ypu are planning a boat tour when in Krabi, then this is your first choice island. This island is owned by Had Noppharatthara – Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park.…

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25 Dec
2019

Correct Thailand and Phuket Pronunciation

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Nailing the Thailand and Phuket pronunciation If you are planning on traveling to Thailand, you're probably interested in getting the Thailand and Phuket pronunciation correct. The chances are you are pretty stoked about the holiday and you'll be telling everyone you know of your trip. In doing so, there is nothing more embarrassing than getting a city or country's pronunciation wrong. So with that said let's outline the correct way to pronounce the cities you'll be spending the majority of your time in. We'll also provide a video to illustrate the correct pronunciation, being put into practice. How to pronounce Thailand? This one is pretty simple and if you get it wrong, chances are you are going to look pretty silly. So lets minimize that risk by making sure you aren't including the 'H'in your pronunciation. To get it right, you need to understand that the T is a 'hard T'. Therefore, you basically bring it down into two words: Thai (pronounce it TIE) and Land (pronounced in the same way you would LAND generally). There you go, TIE-LAND. It's as simple as that! How to pronounce Phuket? The pronunciation of Phuket follows a similar strategy. You again need be…

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20 Dec
2019

Coral Island Phuket

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Everything you need to know about Coral island Phuket Known officially as Koh Hae, Coral Island is one of the finest tourist attractions for visitors looking for a time saving location that can be considered one of the best islands near Phuket. Koh Hae in Phuket is made up of two main beaches - Long Beach and Banana Beach. Each offering fun activities for those fortunate enough to visit. The two beaches get extremely busy during the day (especially during the high season) but offers a serene nighttime atmosphere. Despite the busy setting, if you are willing to walk, reaching the furthest points of either beach will afford you some space. Activities to do on Coral Island There is a large range of activities available on both Banana Beach and Long Beach. Not surprisingly, the majority of these are water-based activities. Some of the most popular include: Canoeing Snorkeling Scuba Diving Parasailing (only available on Long Beach) Kayaking Banana Boating Leapfrogging from activity to activity is bound to occupy your time and you can pick the activity best suited to you and your family. However, if you are looking for a less adventurous, more relaxing beach experience, Coral Island still…

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12 Dec
2019

Bang Tao Beach Guide

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Why Bang Tao Beach is well worth a visit Bang Tao Beach is one of Phuket's longest beaches - about 6 km long. It’s the second-longest strip of sand on the island and is located between the airport and Patong Beach on the western side of the island. So if you aren’t used to such big beaches, then it can be quite an overwhelming walk. Lots of people hail it for having some of the region's leading beach clubs. There is lots to see and do - scenery, restaurants, hotels and activities - and is free from the noise of business of Patong. At BangTao Beach you will also find some of the finest hotels and restaurants that Phuket has to offer. So if luxury is what you are going for, then luxury is what you will get. That is not to say that a person on a budget can’t have a great time. So if you are on a budget, then this guide will show you some of the great places to visit while you are in Bang Tao Beach. Plus, the good thing with this place is that it’s got more family oriented spots as opposed to the…

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01 Dec
2019

Soak up the fun at the Phuket Full Moon Party

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The Ultimate Full Moon Party No doubt if you are party-inclined and traveling to Phuket, you've likely heard of the Phuket Full Moon Party. The event occurs monthly and draws thousands of visitors to Haad Rin Beach on the Koh Pha Ngan island. How do you get to the Phuket full moon party Most visitors to the region venture to Koh Pha Ngan from either Phuket or Bangkok's central areas. From Phuket - The journey can be long but it is well worth the trip. Most Phuket visitors take a bus or minivan to Donsak. This journey takes approximately 5 hours. Once at Donsak you'll need to purchase a ticket and board the ferry for the 90 minute trek to Koh Samui. From Bangkok - Without a doubt the fastest way to Koh Pha Ngan is via light plane to Koh Samui from where you'll board a ferry for the final leg to the island. If you'd prefer not to fly, there are a range of budget-friendly overnight bus trips with tickets available from most Bangkok travel agents. Staying on the Island There is accommodation available close to the venue of the koh phangan full moon parties however they fill…

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17 Nov
2019

Experience the Emerald Pool in Krabi

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Bathe in the Emerald Pool Krabi Just a glimpse of the surrounds is enough to sell the Emerald Pool Krabi visitors are so keen to flock to. This spectacular tourist attraction continues to grow in popularity year after year and it is little surprise way. Where is the Emerald Pool Located in the South of Krabi Province nestled within the Klong Thom district is one of nature's great wonders. Nestled within the dense foliage this natural pond is location approximately 50 kilometres from Ao Nang. How do I get there? Getting to the Emerald Pool is probably best achieved by booking a tour with an excursions agency, hiring your own car or scooter. If traveling there by your own device, you'll need to follow road 4 towards Trang and divert after approximately 30kms via road 4081 and then 4021. Once you reach, 4021 the rest of your journey is well sign-posted so you are bound to find your way. Once you arrive in the car park there is still work to do. You need to decide on which entry to take in the baths. You can either venture in via the main road which is the quickest option and 1.4…

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10 Nov
2019

The best Islands near Phuket

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Top 5 Islands near Phuket If you're limited during your Thai holiday, chances are you need to make the most of your time and selecting islands near phuket worth seeing might be the best use of this time. So to help you make the most of your trip, we'll outline the 5 best islands to visit so that you make it all worthwhile. Koh Phi Phi Island Located between the Krabi and Phuket provinces, Phi Phi is a popular choice for many visitors to the region. This is because it is the home to one of the most famous  beaches within the whole of Asia - Maya Bay. Maya Bay came to the public's notice after the worldwide release of the popular movie, The Beach in 2000. Headlined by Leonardo DiCaprio, the premise of the movie revolves around three young tourists discovering, what they think at the time, is a secluded, uninhabited island. The beauty of the Maya Bay setting used in the movie immediately drove tens of thousands of locals to the region. In fact, Such was the volume of visitors many visited, that the Maya Bay beach was closed recently for reparation work. While sad news, there is…

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29 Oct
2019

Tonsai Beach Thailand

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Tonsai Beach Thailand Experience the fun and adventure at Tonsai Beach Thailand! While everyone knows that Southern Thailand is guaranteed to deliver white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and jagged cliff faces, finding a beach location rife with activities can be a bit more difficult. Well, don't despair, you are in luck. Located within the Krabi Province, Tonsai Beach provides hours and hours of fun for tourists and locals alike. So if you'd like to learn more about this outstanding location then keep reading as we outline all you need to know about this great Thai location. Why choose Tonsai Beach Unlike the neighbouring Railay and Ao Nang beaches, Tonsai has not been over-run to the same level by tourists, meaning the beach has retained much of its allure. While you'll be fighting tooth and nail for beach space in the hot summer months at Ao Nang and Railay, at Tonsai you'll generally not experience the same difficulties. But with that said, the entire Krabi region is surrounded by glorious beaches and deep turquoise waters and is well worth a visit. The best way to do so is with a seat aboard a Simba Sea Trips Krabi boat tour so…

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23 Oct
2019

The best things to see at Ko Phi Phi Lee

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Explore the Spectacular Ko Phi Phi Lee Considering all the amazing places to visit in Thailand, we always get asked what puts Ko Phi Phi Lee at the top of most people's lists. Put simply, Ko Phi Phi Lee is a place of immense beautiful. The island hideaway is surrounded by clear, crystal waters, golden sand and jagged cliff-face views. Such is its beauty, it was used as the location for the Hollywood blockbuster, The Beach. The movie is told from the perspective of Richard (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) who is in search of paradise and finds himself joining a secret civilization living in a location untapped by tourism. That the Phi Phi Islands was chosen as the location suitable to represent this 'undiscovered paradise, says it all really. Ko Phi Phi Lee offers more than just a place of natural beauty for those fortunate to visit. There are plenty of things to do here for those looking for an adventure. Therefore, to help readers decide, we'll now provide our list of the top 8 things to do while visiting the Koh Phi Phi region. What are the best things to see at Ko Phi Phi Lee? Step into Phi…

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16 Oct
2019

Kamala Beach

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Travel down to Kamala Beach   Kamala Beach is an extremely popular beach located along the main road that heads down from Patong Beach. It is an ideal destination for tourists and considered one of the best things to do in Phuket. This is in large part thanks to a combination of soft white sand, crystal clear waters, a shopping area and a variety of restaurant options for those visiting the region. There is also a great selection of hotels available within the Kamala region that provides plenty of selection for those looking to stay in the Kamala area for a sun-drenched holiday. These hotels vary from those that are ideal for young families through to those that are more suited for people looking to stay in romantic hotels. The best things about Kamala: Excellent conditions for surfing and other water activities A great range of hotels to choose from High quality restaurants with several located right along the beach Not over-run with beach loungers The less positive aspects of Kamala: Not the best scene for those looking for an active nightlife setting Not a great opportunity for sight seeing with the exception of the beach itself Dining out It…

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27 Sep
2019

Your Handy Nai Harn Beach Guide

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When it comes to beaches in Phuket that remain largely untouched after decades of tourism, yet still possess glorious white sand and crystal clear waters, it is hard to beat Nai Harn Beach. Hidden between lush green hills, Nai Harn has long been a favourite location for both locals and expats and its not difficult to see why. We'll delve into the reasons why Nai Harn Beach is one of the top things to do in Phuket right now: It's Never too Busy When you venture to Nai Harn beach you'll be pleasantly surprised by the space afforded. This includes during the peak season when the majority of beaches throughout Phuket and Thailand are filled to the brim. While December and January at Nai Harn can get a little bit crammed for space, overall, in the high season you'll comfortably be able to find some space. Plenty of dining options Nothing builds up an appetite more than a day on the beach. Thankfully, Nai Harn Beach and its surrounding streets provide a range of eateries to choose from. The majority of these establishments are located along the beach and shaded by the greenery that surrounds the area. As for which…

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