Welcome to Phuket in May!
Welcome to Phuket in the sunny month of May. At this time of year the island is getting more and more crowded with pelople that enjoy the high season of phuket, prices of accommedation is a bit higher than in the low season, but if you are a first time visitor to phuket, this is the season to come. As phuket has grown alot for the past few years, where as now you have 3 major shopping centers in the middle of the island, just outside phuket town, that offers great shopping. Central Department Store and shopping mall is well worth a visit, apart for all you need to shop, they also have a range of great restaurants (MK, Sizzler, Pizza Company, Pizza Hut, KFC just to mention a few), and a world class cinema (SFX Coloseum) that is showing all the latest movies, in English or Thai. You also have Big C Superstore & Shopping Mall and Lotus Superstore & Shopping Mall, all three of these is well worth a visit the first days of your stay, if you lack any beachware or stuff, you'll be able to find it all here and at great prices far better than what you are used to pay back home. They are all located near eachother so it is very easy to move from one to the other.
So Come here and enjoy the blue sky, calm ocean, sandy beaches, wonderfull food and great accommedation, at unbelivable good prices.
Phuket in the low season is also an attraction as it's less crovded, and the prices are
far lower, you can now find luxury accommedation
for a bargin compared with the overpriced high
season. Even though the sea can be a bit rough,
and the sky might not be clowd free, you can find
loads of things to do, and don't worry you will
get a great tan even if it is a bit of clowdy.
For the adventurous, there are live-aboard diving
trips, mountain jungle treks, sea cave explorations
and rock climbing. (See our various sections highlighting
the best of these activities) These are all available
on and within a small travelling radius of the
island. For the more sedate visitor there are
beautiful beaches, wonderful views and shop-till-you-drop
facilities for all. And for the Party Animal in
you, you've got to try a night or three out in
Patong, Kata/Karon or the increasingly popular
Phuket Town, with its down-home eateries and chic
The annual Phuket King's Cup Regatta (the biggest
in Asia) is held here from the 1st to the 8th,
bringing an influx of colourful sails and yachtes
from around the world. This ecent is part of the
celebrations of the king's birthday on the 5th
- a national holiday.
If you are lucky enough to be here towards the end
of the month, you'll notice that Christmas on
Phuket is an extraordinary experience. Thais have
a special word for fun: 'Sanuk.' It's a part of
their social creed and is woven into their everyday
existence. Anything that is sanuk is warmly embraced,
even in the work place, so don't be suprised when
a Buddhist Thai joins in the celebrations by wishing
you a 'Melly Chlistemas' as Chstristmas, to most
Thais, means an additional party to celebrate.
Phuket Beaches : Nai Harn Beach
As the most enjoyable of the southern beaches, Nai
harn is located just abowe Laem Promthep, the famous
sunset spot, and just as laem promthep, you can
enjoy the sunset here, and why not do so while dining
at one of the beach restaurants, that serve excelent,
and not to expensive food. After a day on the beach,
it's just the kind of relaxation that phuket has
to offer. Not to many people find the way down to
this beach, during low season. It is probaly one
of phuket's cleaner and more beautifull beaches.
Not to miss on your holliday here... The waters
are crystal clear compared to some of the other
beaches, but not as crystal clear as the small islands
Even during low season when it's more windy than the
rest of the year, you might be able to do some 'surfing'
on the waves here. But even so it's quite safe to
take a swim here all year around.
This is a five star beach, and if you drive the
west coast down here, you will enjoy alot of sights
on the way. One hotel is located right on the beach,
but it's quite far away, so it's not disturbing
Phuket Beaches : Nai Thon Beach
Just abowe Bang Tao and below Nai Yang, you will find
this rather quiet and desolated beach. Very beautiful
as it streatches from north to south, during low
tide it's excellent for swimming and snorkeling,
here you can see some of the tropical fishes that
lives around phuket, just a few hundred meters outside
from the beach, don't worry, it's worth the swim,
just look at the darker water areas of the beach,
and head there.
During low season it's usually quite windy here and the
waves can be very huge. Since this beach is not
even crowded at high season, and there are no major
resorts located here, it's just the ideal place
for a swim and you might even be able to go for
a nude swim.
There are some restaurants here that
serve excellent food. The extremely clear waters
just makes the experice even more awesome. Don't
forget a visit to this beach, and if you are able
to, maybe stay for a few days at one of the resorts
Phuket Beaches : Surin Beach
Located between Bang Tao and Kamala on the westcoast of
Phuket is this rater small but quite beautifull
beach located. Beautifull that is when it's NOT
high-season and packed with sun-bathing chairs and
farangs, during low season you don't have to much
of either here, the past weeks it's been just to
much of that, and if one wiches for a quiet beach
don't bother to visit this one during high season.
Even if they do have great food here, high-class
and an meal for 2 end's up around 500 Bath, including
beer and 2 dishes from the menu. During low tide,
the beach is quite children friendly, and you can
walk forever before your nose is under water and
during high tide, you can just walk a few meters.
There is a lot of locals here who also come for a swim,
but keep away from the expensive chairs, and usually
takes their swim in the late afternoon.
Recomended during low season, but be carefull when
you swim, several people has drowned here, during
the monsoone season.
Not Recomended in high season, if you are looking
for a quiet beach to relax and have a wonderfull
Phuket Beaches : Nai Yang Beach
Just next to the airport and below Mai Khao you will
find Nai Yang Beach, one of the more interesting
and quiet beaches on the island, here you can dine
in thai style, rather inexpensive and very good
barberque seafood, like crab, clams, fish and ofcourse
chicken, with sticky rise or fried rise, and have
a big bottle or a few of the local beer (Singa or
Chang) at a attractive price. Next to the beach
is also the Nai Yang National Park Located, which
makes it even more attractive, since there can be
no development of hotels at this end of the beach,
futher south you have a small 'comercial' area with
some hotels and shops, still quiet and not to noisy
if compared with some of the other tourist filledbeaches
on the island.
The beach it self is quite a long stretch and merges
with Mai Khao in the north, and run almost all the
way down to Bang Tao, the home of the famous Laguna
Especially in low season some parts of this beach
is good for taking a swim, as the waves break a
long way from the shore, alot of local thais and
expats find this beach rather attractive, due to
it's quiet nature, and lack of tourists.
Phuket Beaches : Patong & Emerald Bay
One of the most attractive and tourist filled spots
on the island must be Patong Beach, not attractive
to those seeking a rather quiet holiday, but for
those who which to have fun and sun, the beach is
crowded with people during the day, and during the
night this place turn into one big bowling pot of
entertainment, filled with anything you can imagine
and more. One should not miss to visit here, during
the evening and night hours.
The beach itself is quiet a nice place to have a swim,
if it wasn't for all the people and noise this would
be a lovely place.
But if you don't want to go far from patong to find
a more quiet and relaxed beach, you can head down
to Emerald Bay, to get youself there you need to
drive south along the beach and up the mountain,
keep on driving for abouth a kilometer or two, and
you will end upp at the beach, even know as Crystal Bay.
If you continue up thenext mountain there is quite
a nasty off-road drive to another smaller lovely
beach. Anyway, the beach itself is not as good for
a long swim, could be somewhat interesting for snorkeling,
but it makes a great place for a picknik, so bring
soem food and beer along and you will have a great
time here, as the tree line also offer some shade
when the sun is rather hot, just make sure you come
here duing the high tide. Low tide is ok to, but
it's less attractive to swim here then.
Touring in the Andaman Region
It's undeniable that certain global tourist destinations
are dangerous, once off the beaten track. Tales
of robbery and even worse get around, discouraging
visitors from touring the region. Happily, this
is not true of Phuket and the surrounding Andaman
region. In fact, for many, a day trip to Krabi
or Phang Nga provinces a welcome break from the
frenetic pace of Patong.
This region is deceptively easy to get around
in, whether by bus, air-conditioned coach, motorcycle
or, safest of all, by car. The main roads through
Phuket's neighbouring provinces have recently
been laid and the result is a pleasurable, smooth
Here are some suggestions and destinations:
hours drive north of the island lies Khao Sok
National Park: a trekker's dream. There are cheap
guesthouses, awesome sights, fauna and flora.
It's best to rent a car to get there, although
there is a bus service from Phuket bus station,
with a connecting bus at Takuapa. You won't be
able to return to Phuket on the same day if you
use this option.
On this same coast, before the turn off to Khao
Sok, you'll come to a series of seaside resorts
and accommodations at Khao Lak National Park.
Snorkeling, scuba diving, waterfalls (in the 'green'
season) are all attractions; as are the elephant
trails and fishing opportunities.
if you head east when you leave Phuket, once over
the Sarasing bridge and motor down to Phang Nga
Town, you'll soon begin to notice the magnificent
limestone mountains that characterize this area.
Photogenic and atmospheric, this part of Thailand
features many caves and possible off-road exploration,
although you'll need a 4x4 to get around safely
if you leave normal roads. Farther south from
Phang Nga lies Krabi Town. Krabi's simply charming
and is a spring off point for the many worldwide
rock climbers that congregate on Railey Beach.
Accessible only from the sea.
Phuket Town Nightlife
Some of the Hot spots in the city would be places like Timber and Rock, Formerly
the Timber Hut, this place is the talk of the town with regard to rock and roll. With lots of
seating space and not much of a dance floor, it's a great venue to catrch its famed house band.
Kurt (a local music legend) comes on at 10pm and rocks until 2am.
Another brand new addition to the evergrowing nightlife scene in Phuket Town, Jamming' Music
Club focuses on live music, marrying a Caribbean atmosphere with a Thai vibe. At Kon Thai Pub,
you'll get in - house musicians, the Kon Thai Band, play a host of Thai country and rock tunes
every night. The place has a mellow atmosphere and a geat bar.
Downtown, centrally located, just next to Robinson's you'll
find Candy Pub, the resident band plays modern
Thai and European pop tunes nightly. A great atmosphere.
Almost next door you'll find Gitano's Music Cafe,
Michael's the man to see here. Impeccable taste,
groovy sounds, wild cocktails and inventive cooking.
Live music twice a week, just opposite to McDonald's.
On Rasada Rd. you will find Dance Feaver, popular
with the locals. Kicking Thai tunes playes into
the wee hours. Futher upp the road you have Future,
another nightclub popular with Phuketians. Playing
to the younger generation, this is a great place
to party in local style, just opposite Thavorn Hotel.
A stay in Patong wouldn't seem right without
a foray out into the nightlife for which this
town is justly famous. Quality dining, exciting
shopping and busy bars are some Patong's nocturnal
attractions. There are also some seedy elements,
though: gibbons, taken out of the wild to sit,
chained to bars (where's the fun in that?);
child vendors and aggressive hawkers vut all
in all it's a fun place to be on an evening.
On Soi Bangla, at around midnight, things get wild.
Local Katoeys (transsexuals) shake their (often
brand-new) things in the beer halls off the
street. Not for the faint hearted. By the amount
of sob stories we've heard over the years concerning
gullible men and guileful women, one could fairly
say that Patong - as well as Karon/Kata by night
- in not the sort of place to let your guard
down in - especially if you're lonely and looking
One of the big disapointments lately is the
early closing hour for all entertainment complexes,
by 02:00 all places has to be shut down and
this enforced by the local police each night.
hoplefully as soon as Phuket's 'Entertainment'-zones
are in place they will be opened all night as
it used to be, dance until sunrise, and then
chill down the beach.
If you have any problems at all in this area
please call the Tourist Police. Tel. 1699 (Toll
Recomended Hot-Spots :
Safari - On the southern edge of Patong, the Safari
gets going abouth 10 pm and doesn't let up until
late. A big place, with jungle decor. Fun place
to dance and meet people. They usually have
great live music around 22:00, and later dance
music blasting all night, one of the places
one should visit, here you'll pay around 100
baht for a small beer, it's normal disco/pub
price, in beer bars the standard price is around
Tai Pan - is on the corner of Soi Sunset, across
from Soin Bangla. "Patong's top bar",
Live music from 22:30 to 01:45 and disco until
closing hours, one of the late night hot spots,
and is usually not crowded untill after the
beer bars closes, then it will be filled with
all to many nice local ladies, one of the places
to round of the night at.
Banana Pub / Disco - downstairs is a pretty casual
affair, a great place to have a cocktail before
going on to bigger and better things. Open 19:00
until late. Upstairs it's the techno-funk world
of the Banana Disco. Very loud and very energetic,
a great place to dance, if you like to scream.
Open 21:00 to 02:00, with it's big screen tv
and usually great club psy-techno music it is
quite a relief from the usual bar-street music.
Recomeded around 24:00 - 02:00.
The Shark Club - the absolute top spot for the last
years, a very nice and dark athmosphere to hang
around in, dancing until dawn, cerenly a must
for any patong visit, beer/drink prices are
all 100 baht to make it simple for you, which
ofcourse meens that rather than having a beer
you might want to try some new exciting drink,
the price is the same.
As for Beer-Bars, there are plenty and alot, the
right place to start your evening, streets such
as Soi Seadragon, Soi Crocodile and Soi Eric
are the more famous ones. One of the even nicer
places to relax and enjoy oneself is the a-go-go's
but that is more for an mature audience, that
enjoy to watch ladies performe sexy shows, and
ain't scared of nudity. The better places is
probably Pink Panther, Flash & Lipstick,
also Rock Hard one of the nicer places.