Phuket, a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The island is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. Patong, the main town, has a more casual vibe and is filled with wild nightclubs, bars and discos.
We spent two weeks in Phuket, staying in Patong. From there we enjoyed the beauty of the island. We also endured the warm, humid days and were very thankful for reprieve in our air conditioned hotel.
These iconic, simple wooden boats, are called long tail boats and are powered by gasoline engines. The propellor located at the end of a long pole is submerged underwater. They are a great way to cruise the beautiful emerald coloured waters around Phi Phi Leh. I definitely would have loved to partaken of more leisurely long tail boat rides.
Located south-west of Phi Phi Lei is the secluded rocky cover that is the home of Maya Bay which is famous being a location used in the film “The Beach”. An opening in the rocks allows access for boats (and limitless tourists). The best time of day to enjoy this secluded hideaway is before 9am, because from that time of day the tourists arrive on their organised tours from Phuket and the place is swarming with boats and people. (we can testify to that fact). The water is a treat, warm, and clear. Even in low season the beach is filled with people and the bay full of long tail and speed boats. Nevertheless, a delightful gem in the Andaman Sea.
Phuket Big Buddha has the best 360 degree views of the southern part of Phuket Island and is one of the island’s most revered and important landmarks. The massive image is located on top of Nakkerd Hills between Kata and Chalong and is very visible with a height of 45 metres. The Big Buddha is 25 metres across the base and is made of reinforced concrete, layered with burmese white jade which glistens in the sun. When you are close to the image, the only sounds you will here are the tinkling of the bells and the Buddhist flags flapping in the breeze. A definite must see when visiting Phuket.
Ko Phi Phi Don is the largest of the Phi Phi islands being a non-volcanic island, made mostly of limestone. Phi Phi Don is accessible only by boat and has some great beaches along with popular diving and snorkelling locations. Much of the island is a protected marine reserve.
Bamboo Island would have to be one of the most beautiful and peaceful National Park islands in Phuket. We enjoyed swimming in the clear blue water. The white sand beaches are truly a delight to the eye and the feet!
Located on Phuket’s west coast, you’ll find an exclusive, 300 metre long beach to relax, known as Freedom Beach. The exclusivity of this beach is due to the limited access. We traveled to this beach in a Long Tail boat from Patong. This boat trip took around 30 minutes and the beauty that awaits is delightful!
Surrounded by granite rocks and luxuriant vegetation, you can enjoy the quiet of this location, which is only interrupted by the hum of the Long Tail boat engines. Your boat driver will wait as long as you pay him while you enjoy the water and beach.
During off season there isn’t much in the way of facilities, however you can purchase a drink from the locals there.
Freedom Beach would have to be one of the last beaches in Phuket where you can spend a relaxing time away from the busy, tourist filled areas.
I’d like you to meet Jim Lim, this beautiful 38 year old female elephant that carried us on our elephant adventure! What a delight she was, so graceful and eyes that seems to look right through you.
Siam Safari provided an excellent elephant trek for us. The trek took us along the Chalong Highlands with spectacular views of Chalong Bay and surrounding islands. We were able to enjoy the jungle from a birds eye view, while enjoying the gentle tread of our Jim Lim. After our trek we were able to touch and feed our elephant. A true Asian delight!
The view from Kata View Point is spectacular, but so was the up close experience with Rambo the sea eagle. Andy enjoyed a close encounter with this magnificent bird.
This alley cat at Kata View Point was a great model and had no trouble in posing for a photo session!
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