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27 Sep
2019

Your Handy Nai Harn Beach Guide

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Everything you need to know before you visit Nai Harn beach 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…

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18 Sep
2019

Koh yao islands

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The Koh Yao Islands sit in the middle of the idyllic Phang Nga Bay location. This incredible tourist destination consists of two large islands known by the locals as Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai. Koh Yao Yai Situated between the mega popular tourist destinations of Phuket and Krabi, lies one of Thailand’s last remaining, relatively untouched islands in Koh Yao Yai. It contains an array of magnificent beaches, set around a myriad of coconut plantations. The quiet nature of the island caters perfectly to those looking to immerse themselves in the local culture. As you are probably here to escape the busy nature of some of the other beach attractions in Phuket, visiting Son Bay Beach and Ao Muang Beach are a must while on the island. These two beach locations are largely untouched and provide glorious sea views all in the absence of the crowds that invade some of Thailand’s other famous beach locations. Koh Yao Yai really gives you a sense of what Thailand was like prior to the tourism boom and its natural beauty and the friendly locals will afford you a stay to remember. Koh Yao Noi While slightly more popular with tourists than…

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12 Sep
2019

Things to do in Phuket

Posted by: Simba Sea Trips

26 Things to do in Phuket The most common question that we get asked from the guests on our boat tours is "what are the best things to do in Phuket" (other than our Simba tour of course!). The answer is not an easy one. There is an abundance of enjoyable locations, events and activities that can be experienced by couples and families alike. Therefore, to help us help you we have polled our staff and collated a list of the 23 things that we believe are the best of the best when it comes to enjoying Phuket! 1. Take a boat tour to Phang Nga Bay Unless you are actually on board our Phang Nga Bay tour, we often encourage those on one of our other tours to put Phang Nga Bay at the very top of their wish list. A day trip to this location will provide you with some exceptional scenery and memories that will last forever. The most memorable location within Phang Nga Bay is Ko Tapu, otherwise known as James Bond Island, made famous in the Bond classic "the man with the Golden Gun". Be sure if travelling to this location to book a tour…

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02 Sep
2019

Why Kata Beach stands out from the crowd

Posted by: Simba Sea Trips

Why you should visit Kata beach Quite likely the finest beach on Phuket island that can be reached without a boat trip, Kata Beach is a must-see for many tourists who travel to the region. Much like many of her sister beaches throughout Thailand, Kata is blessed with crystal clear water and glistening white sand. These are not uncommon features amongst the hundreds of Thai beaches but there are some major reasons why Kata stands alone as the pre-eminent beach in the Phuket region. So why should Kata beach be at the top of your things to do in Phuket list? Well there are a number of reasons: The Beach itself It's an obvious statement but it really needs to be said - the reason most venture to kata beach is for the beach itself. Upon arrival, visitors are met with a 1.5 kilometre strip of brilliant white sand that meets crystal clear blue waters that is a pure feast for the eyes. The value of the kata beach region lies in the amount of people that it serves to great satisfaction. The southern end of the beach is ideal for mothers and fathers looking for a massage or a…

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27 Aug
2019

The best sunset view points in Phuket

Posted by: Simba Sea Trips

Top 7 Phuket sunset view points If you have the good fortune of traveling to Phuket on a holiday, then the chances are that you'll be looking to take advantage of the glorious sunset view point opportunities that the region provides. This is precisely why we have created a list of the best Phuket locations to experience an idyllic sunset. The glorious backdrops that Phuket has to offer, combined with the tremendous weather (for the majority of the year) provides visitors with the opportunity to soak in sunset views that have to be seen to be believed. From dining at restaurants situated on the ocean in full view of the sunset to boat tours that provide an equally intimate experience, Phuket is rife with places to take in the evening spectacular. Here is our list of the 7 best places to witness the sunset in all it's glory. 1. On a boat in Phang Nga Bay Without question, in our (slightly biased) opinion, the best place to witness the natural beauty of a Phuket sunset is as a part of a boat tour of the spectacular Phang Nga Bay region. With Simba Sea Trips you'll experience a complete afternoon in…

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15 Aug
2019

Top Things to do in Karon Beach

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Karon beach Situated on the west coast of Phuket Island, Karon Beach is easily one of the most popular holiday destinations in the whole of Thailand. In pure length, it is the 3rd longest beach on the Island and is situated between Kata (to the south) and Patong (to the north). Karon beach is renowned for its idyllic setting making it the ideal place for snorkeling, diving and other water activities. Despite the large number of tourists that the location brings, the beach is wide enough that those on the beach can usually spread out and not feel too crowded. The Top 8 things to do near Karon Beach 1) Chill at the beach at every opportunity Ok, ok, we know that there are many beaches throughout the Phuket region that you can relax on but what makes it special? Well for starters Karon Beach is perfectly located within short distance of urban life yet venture down to the beach and you wouldn't know you were so close to the hustle and the bustle of the city. This provides you with the opportunity to soak in the sunshine in perfect peace yet walk back into town for a bite to…

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02 Aug
2019

Monkey Hill Phuket

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Day Trip to Monkey Hill Phuket One of the most commonly sought after activities while in Thailand is a day trip to Monkey Hill Phuket. Let's be honest, a major draw card when holidaying in the region is to witness monkeys up close and personal. Many of the travelers who venture to the Phuket region are coming from locations where monkeys are not inhabiting (such as Australia, England and the USA) and therefore have not witnessed monkeys in the flesh. This is where Monkey Hill comes into play. This popular attraction affords visitors with the opportunity to trek up to a location where monkeys are rife. Enabling tourists with the chance to interact with wild monkeys up close. Where is Monkey Hill Located Monkey Hill, known to the locals as Khao To Sae, is an extension of Toe Sae Road and can be reached easily. The most common route to the hill is via Thepkasattri Road. If travelling up Theapkasattri Road, turn left following Phuket Prison. This places you onto Toe Sae Road and in perfect position to either park your car and hike up to the top of the hill, or to take the car directly to the top.…

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31 Jul
2019

Best Islands and Island Groups in Thailand

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Thailand islands The world renowned beauty of the Thai region stems, in large part, from the wide array of spectacular Thailand islands that surround this spectacular country. All along the Andaman Sea and throughout the Gulf of Thailand sit a wide variety of sensational islands each with something to offer those who are fortunate to venture to the region. The difficulty comes in trying to decide which of these islands to visit (especially if limited by time), the best way to get there and how to make the most of your time once there. In this article we'll go in-depth and provide ample detail about, what we consider, to be the can't miss islands throughout the country that we consider the greatest on Earth! How many Islands in Thailand If you are wondering exactly how many islands in Thailand, well, put simply, there are too many to count! There are hundreds upon hundreds throughout both the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. At best there are over 1430 islands in the region. They range from those barely big enough to step onto, to the more attractive islands where you can easily waste the day away bathing in glorious crystal…

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21 Jul
2019

Phuket Weather

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The ABC’s of Phuket Weather PHUKET WEATHER If you are planning a holiday to the spectacular Phuket region it is essential to know the best time to visit Phuket and the weather conditions that you are likely to encounter while on your island adventure. This article will detail all the crucial information you require in order to best plan your island getaway to, what we consider, to be the most incredible place on Earth! Phuket Weather by Month Thanks to a tropical climate, the weather in Phuket varies drastically depending on the period in which you are visiting. Below is a monthly breakdown of the Phuket weather so that you can be best positioned to plan your island escape: JANUARY – The Phuket weather in January is generally hot with minimal rainfall. The average maximum temperature in January is 32 degrees Celsius with an average minimum of 22 degrees Celsius. The average rainfall is 40mm and there are approximately 8 hours of daily sunshine. The average sea temperature in this period is 28 degrees centigrade making for ideal ocean swimming conditions. FEBRUARY – In the short month of February the temperature really starts to rise with rainfall really drying up…

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17 Jul
2019

Ko Hong Island

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Experience the spectacular Hong Island  ­ Widely regarded as the crown jewel of the Krabi region, Hong Island is a must-see for tourist visiting Thailand. Known for its breathtaking scenery and crystal clear waters, the island­­­ is located within Thanbok Khoranee National Park. Koh hong highlights Pilae beach Hong lagoon Refresh your thirst at the Koh Hong shops Things to do in Hong Island There are plenty of exciting things to do in Hong Island. This is precisely why most recommend setting aside at least a complete day to explore the island. Below are our selections of the best hong island Thailand activities that you just have to experience for yourselves: STROLL ALONG PILAE BEACH Considered one of the most ‘Instagrammable’ locations in Thailand, Pilae Beach offers the perfect backdrop for that perfect photo. A glorious white sandy beach offers the perfect opportunity to stroll hand in hand with a loved one while embracing the company of huge limestone cliffs and casting your eyes on idyllic crystal clear waters. But don’t stop there, grab a snorkeling mask and head out into the shallows for a glimpse of hundreds of tropical fish frolicking beneath the water’s surface. BATHE IN HONG LAGOON…

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11 Jul
2019

Elephant Trekking Phuket

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Elephant Trekking Phuket - What you need to know Elephant Trekking Phuket is one of the most famous activities in Thailand and it is definitely bucket list material. Fun fact, the elephant is the official national animal of the country of Thailand. There are plenty of ways you can enjoy the company of elephants in Thailand. There are many people who visit places that offer Elephant trekking as an activity that you can do. At these places, you are able to take a ride on the elephant on a special seat mounted on his back, and go through jungles and nature trails that are around the sanctuaries and the rescue parks. There is elephant trekking available in locations across Thailand including Krabi, Koh Samui, as well as elephant trekking Koh Phangan. Elephant Trekking Krabi Elephant trekking Krabi is super popular since the elephants traverse through some of the most beautiful locales in Krabi. The jungle trekking is amazing. The vistas you can see on your ride are breathtaking and the nature is vast. Besides the ride on the elephants, some tours also offer some distance to be traversed on foot. Besides trekking, there is Krabi Elephant Sanctuary, where you can…

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10 Jul
2019

Best Time to Visit Phuket

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Best time to visit Phuket For tourists seeking the ultimate travel experience, deciding on the best time to visit Phuket is a vital component of your travel plans. While travellers flock to Phuket all year round, there are to noticeable seasons that provide a vastly different experience. These two seasons are detailed as follows: The 'High Season' The High Season is also commonly referred to as the 'Dry' season. In the high season the weather is spectacular and as a result you are bound to find a large number of tourists taking advantage of the fantastic conditions. This season generally lasts from early November all the way through to May. The Low Season starts towards the end of May and lasts right through to October. It is characterised by tropical conditions and is the period of the year where the majority of rain tumbles down upon the region. The Low Season coincides with the Monsoon season and the two names are commonly interchanged to describe this period of the year. Best Months to Visit Phuket To help make the decision on the best time to visit Phuket, we'll give an overview on each month while pointing out a few pros…

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