Encompassing a multitude of pristine beaches and forest-fringed cliffs, as well as, world-class luxury resorts, high-end dining venues and exclusive nightlife, the island of Phuket is a tropical paradise for adventurous pursuits.
Phuket grew as a vital trading port in the sixteenth-century, and has since attracted affluent international visitors to become one of the wealthiest regions of Thailand, known as the ‘Pearl of the South’.
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The Pearl of the South & A Paradise for Outdoor Activities
Phuket grew as a vital trading port in the sixteenth-century, and has since attracted affluent international visitors to become one of the wealthiest regions of Thailand, known as the ‘Pearl of the South’. Rich in natural reserves, Phuket has a long history of luring explorers and traders in search of ivory, pearls and tin, and two centuries ago, extensive tin mining generated remarkable revenue, bringing thousands of Chinese workers to the Island. Modern Phuket is now a living testimony of this historical impact, represented today by its distinctive Chinese-influenced architecture, cuisine and culture.
Old Phuket town is a quaint historical quarter, built on the riches reaped from Phukets tin boom of the nineteenth-century. Here you will find a labyrinth of exquisitely preserved Sino-Portuguese architecture, ornate Buddist and Chinese shrines and maze-like streets embellished with traditional Thai shops, cafes and galleries. To gain a fascinating insight into Phuket’s colourful past and present, the Thalang National Museum chronicle’s the islands daily life in addition to its varied history. One of the most interesting exhibitions is the Monument of the Two Heroines, which explores the legend of two sisters linked to the successfully repelled Burmese Invasion in 1795. Other exhibits include Phuket’s history of tin mining as well as artifacts of the ancient Sukothai kingdom, which date back as early as the ninth century.
The main appeal of Phuket lies in its glamorous resort life; however, for adventurous individuals, the island is also a paradise of outdoor activities offering a prime location for diving, yachting and golf. As a world renowned destination for diving and snorkelling, in Phuket you can explore an enthralling underwater world of tropical fish and exotic coral formations and there are many diving schools to provide modern equipment and expert instruction. Amongst the most scenic diving areas around Phuket are Coral Island, which offers excellent diving all year round against a backdrop of particularly beautiful natural scenery, and Ko Phi Phi where you can dive amongst whitetip reef sharks, stingrays and moray eels beside a rainbow of colourful coral fish.
The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is Asia’s biggest and most popular regatta and is a must-visit cultural event for sailing and yachting enthusiasts. With Royal Patronage, the regatta was inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the sixtieth birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, and the exciting event is held annually during the first week of December. Organised by the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organizing Committee under the auspices of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club and in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the regatta has become a prominent yacht racing event and a principal fixture on the Asian Yachting Circuit, with lively beach parties hosted on most nights during the regatta week.
Phuket is celebrated as a golfers delight, and the highly rated Blue Canyon Club is ranked by international media as one of the most prestigious golfing establishments in the Phuket region. Offering two award-winning championship golf courses and luxurious clubhouse facilities, both courses were designed by Yoshikazu Katomix, one of Japan’s most prolific golf course architects. Challenging golf lovers of all abilities, the courses feature a mix of holes surrounded by natural tropical landscape and numerous taunting water features.
Sheer Nightlife Buzz
From upscale cocktail lounges and rooftop bars to lively clubs, Phuket is infamous for creating a sheer nightlife buzz to rival any other major Asian city. The Famous Nightclub and Rooftop Beach Club guarantees to indulge you in sophisticated famous style. Boasting Thailand’s one of a kind rooftop bar experience, the Rooftop Beach Club offers an eclectic cocktail menu with a glamorous VIP area and a glass-bottomed swimming pool which looks down onto the Famous Nightclub. The nightclub itself is a mind-blowing space which features state-of-the-art sound systems and a beautifully decorated interior which plays host to big-name international DJs to keep you partying through the night.
Offering infinite views of the Andaman Sea, Silk Restaurant and Bar is a visually stunning creation of contemporary Thai design with a romantic atmosphere, which glides effortlessly from day to night. With an extensive list of cocktails and a vast selection of wines, Silk is the perfect place to end the night if a peaceful drink is what you desire.
Spectacular Alfresco Settings
Phuket has an outstanding variety of Thai and International Fine Dining experiences to sample in the most spectacular alfresco settings. Located north of Patong Bay in an open-air two-story teak house, Baan Rim Pa has long been established as one of the most famous restaurants in Thailand. Offering an enchanting dining experience set amidst inspirational scenery, the restaurant serves a range of Thai cuisine complemented by the views of Patong beach and the sounds of waves crashing on the rocks below.
Meaning ‘at ease’ Kang Eang oozes tasteful design and dining comfort, providing a tranquil ambience in a magical setting. Specialising in freshly caught seafood and traditional Tai cuisine, Kan Eang@Pier is situated next to the pier in Chalong Bay, making it a particularly relaxing and picturesque setting to dine alfresco.
Serving Thai and European specialities, the Mom Tri’s Kitchen is an award-winning restaurant inviting guests to try delicious creations from a choice of two exuberant menus. With panoramic sea views adding to a sensually indulgent setting, the best way to absorb the serene atmosphere is to dine on the open-air terrace above the rocks of the Kata Noi Beach.
New Levels of Exotic Luxury
Top resort hotels in Thailand are pushing luxury to new levels, as elegant style, exotic settings and personalised service combine to create superlative resort experiences. For breathtaking sea views, world-class service and a range of luxury accommodation options, Andara Resort and Villas is the perfect beach resort for a romantic getaway or a holiday with family and friends. Offering two private motor yachts for guests to use, the yachts offer the same level of luxury and service as the Andara resort, enabling guests to island hop in ultimate style and comfort.
The beach-fronted Shore at Katathani is a fusion of indoor and outdoor living which combines nature’s coastal splendor with sophisticated oriental design to provide a refuge of relaxation and pampering. Each villa features a private infinity pool, sunken lounge and breath-taking ocean views, and the resort’s Serenity Spa offers a range of luxurious packages to revitalize your senses.
Trisara Phuket is a super luxury hotel offering refreshingly bright and airy private villas which exude an essence of tropical cool. Set within exotic gardens, every pool villa features a marble infinity pool and is designed with a simple, rich interior in which you can enjoy a wonderful sense of seclusion. Renowned for indulgent spa treatments, the friendly Thai service staff at the Trisara are always on hand to ensure that all guests are cared for with the warmest hospitality.