With a rich past, an interior embracing lush vegetation, containing mangrove and pineapple clusters, rubber plantations, fishing villages, shrimp farms and floating seafood restaurants……..this is how you would recognize Phuket and as you venture in into Krabi……your eyes would sparkle at the caves, hard and soft colourful corals, and limestone cliffs………attracting you like a magnet to take on a………Phuket and Krabi Holiday Package!!!!!!
Phuket’s great advantage is that there’s always something to do on and off the island whether it’s raining or shining……. From the sublime to the seemingly profane, the range of activities and places to visit is remarkable for a destination of this size……. Be it far from us to tell you what to do in Phuket but there are some gems that you really should not miss out on seeing while on your visit here, and we don’t mean the kind sold at the jewellers…
Sino-Portuguese splendours and funky shops in the most unlikely places will surprise and delight you in the heart of this sleepy provincial capital…… Phuket town offers much more than you think with some excellent restaurants and local sights…… The unique blend of colonial and Chinese architecture along with a tangible quaintness makes for a fascinating and unforgettable afternoon spent sauntering around Phuket’s Old Town…..You can move around in songthaews, basically converted pick-up trucks serving as buses.
Expect the unexpected and don’t forget your camera……. Wat Chalong is one of the most important temples and visited by thousands each year……. It is beautifully decorated with infinite reflections from hundreds of tiny glass pieces and several pagodas……. On special holidays Wat Chalong hosts ‘country fairs’ with a real local flavour where you can buy just about anything and snack on Thai food to your heart’s content……. Wat Chalong has an interesting history and is Phuket Island’s spiritual centre…….. You haven’t seen this town if you’ve never visited this fascinating temple…….. Visible from most of the south of Phuket, the Big Buddha is a recent arrival to the island……. The drive up to the Big Buddha takes you through the ‘real’ Thailand and the view from the top is enhanced if you take a map to identify the many, many sights……. Activities for the family include trips to the Butterfly Garden and Insect World, Crocodile Farm, Phuket Aquarium, Fishing Farm and Phuket’s Waterfalls…….on your…….Phuket and Krabi Holiday Package!!!!!!
There are many viewpoints looking out over east and west Phuket affording sunrise as well as sunset views…….. Check out some other viewpoints such as the ‘Three Beaches’ hilltop venue on the road between Nai Harn and Kata or sip a cocktail at the After Beach Bar, while the golden ball slips into the western horizon.
Everyday tour buses packed with thousands of tourists leave Phuket for the daylong sightseeing trip driving two hours to Phang Nga Bay, often stopping at the popular Monkey Caves or Wat Suwankuha to see the large reclining golden Buddha inside the caves and the large flocks of monkeys outside…… Phang Nga Bay is unique and is located towards the north east of Phuket….. A day out here is an unforgettable experience that will definitely get you thinking…… A distinctive feature of the bay is the sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the emerald-green waters…… The islands on this side are home to sheltered fauna that are possible to observe on certain tours…….The James Bond Island and Koh Panyee are just two of the more famous spots in this bay.
After you reach Phang Nga Bay, you could travel by a long tail boat for lunch at Koh Pannyi, a floating Muslim fishing village that is referred to by some locals as “Bin Laden Village”…… After exploring the floating fishing village everybody gets back onto the long tail boat and heads for the prime attraction, James Bond Island…… The island that you disembark onto is crowded with stalls selling seashells and trinkets….. Beer is pretty expensive on the island at double the market price but it is not available at the Muslim fishing village so this is the place to get to get hold of this tempting beverage, in case you fancy a can.
Get on to Patong Beach, with its ladyboys, exotic girls, enchanted westerners, mostly males and enough extroverts to fill a Disney cast of thousands, shopping or sipping on a beer at Bangla Road at night is a definite ‘Dear Diary’ moment……You could go for the Simon Cabaret….. probably the biggest transvestite cabaret show to be found locally…… This show features a spectacular musical floor show performed by the world famous ladyboys of Simon Cabaret……. See for yourself, and would you be able to tell the difference?……. And ladies, wouldn’t you just die for a figure like that?…… Fabulous costumes, glitzy and fun.
It’s wacky but fun and very professionally done. Trapeze artists, elephants on stage and pyrotechnics combine in a Las Vegas-style show. You’ll see nothing else like it anywhere on the planet. Combining Thai traditional myths with humour, fantasy and a loose plotline that keeps getting more and more amusing, FantaSea’s extravaganza is a highly entertaining and riveting show that deserves to be top of our Top Ten Must See and Do in Phuket list.
Phromthep Cape is the island’s most photographed and perhaps best-known location. Every evening, large tour buses, scooters and private cars sweep through Rawai Beach and up the island’s southernmost hill in order to watch the sunset at its peak. On the top of the hill stands a busy car park where vehicles disgorge crowds of people from every corner of the world. Cameras flash, fingers point and lovers cuddle as Phuket’s most fabulous free show is re-enacted nightly – the sunset. also has a lighthouse that houses interesting historical maritime artifacts and commands spectacular views over the east and southeast of the island and its environs. The lighthouse/museum is air conditioned inside and if you go up to the outdoors viewing balcony you can see the distinctive shapes of the Phi Phi Islands, Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi on a clear day and of course a whole raft of nearer islands such as nearby Koh Kiaow with its Buddhist monastery. The view from the cape is like a huge eternity pool from which you can mentally project the far-flung shores of Sri Lanka and the Indian Subcontinent. Some people make the rather demanding trek down to the end of the cape’s promontory but most stay up in the viewing part for sunset. By the car park there is a handicrafts shop and a series of stalls that sell shells, batik, snacks, sarongs, shawls, toys and beachwear.
When travellers talk about the amazing Andaman, they are probably talking about Krabi, with its trademark karst formations curving along the coast like a giant limestone fortress. Krabi is a southern province on Thailand’s Andaman seaboard with perhaps the country’s oldest history of continued settlement. The rock faces at Railay Beach near Ao Nang have attracted climbers from all over the world and each year are the venue for the Rock and Fire Festival Rock climbers will find their nirvana in Railay, while castaway wannabes should head to Ko Lanta, Ko Phi-Phi or any of the other 150 islands swimming off the bleach-blonde shores.
Krabi Town is majestically situated among impossibly angular limestone karsts jutting from the mangroves, but mid-city you’re more likely to be awe-struck by the sheer volume of guesthouses and travel agencies packed into this compact, quirky little town. Western restaurants are ubiquitous, as are gift shops that all sell the same old trinkets. Yet if you hang out awhile, you’ll also see that there’s a very real provincial scene going on between the cracks. Though lately, it is the increasingly moneyed side of Krabi Town that seems to be blooming and growing.Wat Tham Seua (Tiger Cave Temple) is a sprawling hill and cave temple complex 8km northwest of Krabi that’s an easy day trip from Krabi Town.. Khao Khanap Nam…..It’s possible to climb one of these two limestone massifs, just north of the town centre. A number of human skeletons were found in the caves here, thought to be the remains of people trapped during an ancient flood… Krabi is a melting pot of Buddhists, Thai-Chinese, Muslims and even sea gypsies.
Phi Phi Island is Thailand’s island-superstar. It’s been in the movies. It’s the topic of conversation for travelers all over Thailand. For some, it’s the only reason to touchdown in Phuket. Even with all the hype, it doesn’t disappoint. Phi Phi’s beauty is a large chunk of the allure. The islands, when approached by boat, rise from the sea like a fortress. Sheer cliffs tower overhead, then give way to beach-fronted jungle. It’s love at first sight.Rugged Phi-Phi Leh is the smaller of the two islands and is protected on all sides by soaring cliffs. Coral reefs crawling with marine life lie beneath the crystal-clear waters and are hugely popular with day-tripping snorkellers. Two gorgeous lagoons await in the island’s interior – Pilah on the eastern coast and Ao Maya on the western coast. Ko Phi Phi has plenty of night life, but if that isn’t your cup of tea, then there are lots of really quiet places to chill out and take it easy. Phi Phi Don is quite stunning and has earned the title of one of the most fantastic islands in the world. walk up to the Viewpoint to get a breathtaking view of the entire island – particularly at dawn or sunset (bring a torch). you can check out a view almost as spectacular from Banana Bar, Phi Phi’s only rooftop bar. The great thing is, you can enjoy a tropical cocktail while you drink up the view! you can check out a view almost as spectacular from Banana Bar, Phi Phi’s only rooftop bar. The great thing is, you can enjoy a tropical cocktail while you drink up the view! there are several highly skilled and entertaining fireshows held nightly in several venues on the island, including at Carlito’s, Apache Bar, Hippies, Carpe Diem, and The Tia and Millie Sunflower Bar on Lohdalum.
Phi Phi Leh is extremely beautiful, and pristine, but is uninhabited because it is a national park. Phaya Naak Cave Cave with prehistoric paintings and edible-nest swiftlets that can be partially visited Maya Bay has arguably Phi Phi’s most fantastic beach and was the location for the movie The Beach (Leonardo DiCaprio) Lohsamah Bay Another bay situated on the west coast of the island, and has a U shape form with a large rock in the middle. There is a very small beach and small caves at the end of a very narrow gorge. Snorkelling Yoga Classes Rock Climbing Kayaking Cliff Jumping Kiteboarding Spa Bird Watching The best time of the year for bird watching has to be from Jan to Apr. Many rare birds are to be seen there: gurneys, finfoots, bigwinged brown kingfishers, egrets, bitterns, herons and more.
Krabi has plenty of anchorages, usually deserted and all so beautiful. There are many charter sailing boats available and some even offer “join-in” day trips for two or more people. Phi Phi offers a variety of ways for sailing and cruising. Longtails can be hired for sunset tours and island excursions, they can be found on any beach. The Original P.P. Sunset Tour is a big boat with plenty of space for snorkelling and viewing the sunsets.
Once the domain of backpackers and sea gypsies, Lanta hasn’t just gentrified, it’s morphed almost completely from a luscious southern Thai backwater into a midrange getaway for French, German and Swedish package tourists who come for her divine beaches (though the northern coast is alarmingly eroded) and nearby dive spots, Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Ko Ha…. Ko Lanta Marine National Park…..Established in 1990, this marine national park protects 15 islands in the Ko Lanta group, including the southern tip of Ko Lanta Yai… Ko Lanta National Park, also in Krabi Province, includes several coral-fringed islands with well-known diving sites. The largest island, Ko Lanta Yai, is the site of park headquarters, and is also home to Chao Le, or sea gypsies who sustain themselves largely through fishing. The islands are best visited during the drier months of October through April. Kayaking, sailing, bird watching, snorkeling are also among top activities. In the interior, two predominantly mainland national parks, Khao Phanom Bencha and Than Bokk-horani, offer inland scenic attractions including waterfalls and caves, and opportunities for trekking, bird watching and eco-tours.
Tham Khao Maikaeo…..Reached via a guided trek through the jungle, this complex of forest caverns and tunnels was created by monsoon rains pounding away at the limestone cracks and crevices for millions of years… Halfway down the eastern coast, Ban Ko Lanta (Lanta Old Town) was the original port and commercial centre for the island, and provided a safe harbour for Arabic and Chinese trading vessels sailing between Phuket, Pe.
Oh, how beauty can be a burden. Like Marilyn Monroe, Phi-Phi Don’s stunning looks have become its own demise. Everyone wants a piece of her. Though not exactly Hollywood, this is Thailand’s Shangri-La: a hedonistic paradise where tourists cavort in azure seas and snap pictures of long-tails puttering between craggy cliffs.
Krabi’s fairytale limestone crags come to a dramatic climax at Railay (also spelled Rai Leh), the ultimate jungle gym for rock-climbing fanatics. This quiet slice of paradise fills in the sandy gaps between each craggy flourish, and although it’s just around the bend from chaotic tourist hustle in Ao Nang, the atmosphere here is nothing short of laid-back, Thai-Rasta heaven.
Phuket is a shopaholic’s paradise! The island has a great variety of shopping, from bustling open-air village food markets, noisy night markets, street stalls and local shops to western style department stores and upmarket specialist shops.
With traditional handicrafts, beautifully designed clothing, jewellery, antiques, housewares and much more to choose from, the only thing you’ll regret about shopping in Phuket is that you didn’t bring a bigger suitcase!
Thai silk is on the top of most visitors’ shopping lists. It is sold in a range of colours, and in various widths, lengths and thicknesses, or as bespoke products such as shirts, blouses, men’s suits and ladies’ silk jackets, bedcovers and furnishings. Some of the most popular silk items in Phuket include handkerchiefs, scarves, pillow cases, photo frames, handbags, cosmetic bags and evening bags…… Jim Thompson’s vision enabled the art of traditional Thai silk-making to expand beyond its own geographical borders, but more impressively beyond the realm of existing habitual motifs and colours, with branches all over Phuket….. In the night markets at Patong they are very pretty and great for gifts to take home. Also available at most markets are imported Chinese silk garments, The Central Department Store you will come across gold and silverware manufactured in Belgium along with a pearls counter, shoes by Elle, St James, Charles & Keith, and Rococco; there are handbags galore as well as Parker and Sheaffer pens, sunglasses by the usual suspects – Evita Peroni, Guy Laroche, Magi, Carrera, Adidas and Raybans, Thai silk scarves, hats, handbags and even a souvenir King’s Cup Yachting Regatta silk scarf. clothing outlets such as Billabong, Camel Active, Ripcurl and a Marks & Spencers ….the Jungceylon Shopping Complex has radically changed the face of shopping in Patong. sell brand-name clothes, spectacles, sunglasses, colognes and perfumes, shoes, DVD-CD-VCD’s, computer games, electrical goods, pewter, gold and silver, sportswear and goods amongst myriad other items. The many goods displayed at Phuket Indy Market include jeans, flip-flops, shoes and ladies’ bags made from water hyacinth. But some items are quite unique such as customised handmade key rings. In Phuket Town you can find items ranging from antique Asian art & crafts, clothing boutiques, household knick-knacks to bolts of famous Thai silk. Whether you are looking for a special something for yourself or for your loved ones, the following are the best places to explore. Thalang and Dibuk roads. Then try Yaowarat, Rassada and Phang Nga roads and continue to the outskirts of Phuket. Thai, Chinese, Burmese and Khmer antiques are excellent buys. Statues, fabrics, woodcarvings and furniture are just some of the items available. Excellent reproductions of antiques can also be found. Produced in the warm waters around the island, Phuket pearls come in a variety of shades from black to cream or white, and in a variety of sizes. There are plenty of jewellers in Phuket who can make elegant settings for you at Phuket Pearl Factory and Wang Talang International….. Patong in particular is the place to go for paintings Many shops have original paintings for sale, and can also rustle up reproductions of classical or modern masterpieces…..
The art of batik is practiced by the locals. There are also a lot of Krabi handicrafts, such as pineapple paper.
Phuket’s floating seafood restaurants (‘krachang’ in Thai) are a novel way to dine out and can be found along the east coast of Phuket. The trip involves a fun, brief long-tail boat ride from Laem Hin Pier to the restaurants. It’s a great day out all year round, come rain or shine! Someone suggested a brilliant idea would be for them to go to a floating fish farm off Laem Hin and ask the fishermen’s family to cook something basic and simple using the seafood they reared. Le Celtique is an out-of-the-way French restaurant in Rawai that moved from Kata several years ago. It’s well known on Phuket for its no-nonsense approach to traditional French, Italian and Thai dishes and efficient and friendly service. JOES Downstairs The location alone brings guests to Joes for their well-known cocktails, cold beer or glass of wine from the extensive selection and sampling the excellent New World cuisine by award winning Executive Chef Aaron Hooper. The stunning white interior with NEW decking out across the rocks almost to the water’s edge offers something unique. Baan Rim Pa The Royal Thai cuisine is designed to suit all tastes from those who like hot and spicy to those who want it mild and tasty using only top quality local seafood and ingredients. The spectacular water views, the Piano Bar, the fabulous wines and exceptional Thai cuisine make Baan Rim Pa “Simply the finest in the Kingdom”….. Da Maurizio Bar Ristorante Romantic, sophisticated but yet comfortably casual is Da Maurizio Bar Ristorante. The contemporary Italian cuisine combined with the traditional Italian flair is exceptional which is why it has won many awards including yearly appearances in Thailand Tatler’s Best Restaurant Guide. Enter down sandstone stairs through tropical gardens to tables only a few feet above the sand.
Riesling and Gewürztraminer are some of the best white wine choices for Thai food. These wines offer floral, citrus, peach and mineral accents that pair well with spicy dishes and have won many fans among Thai food lovers.
Food on Ko Phi Phi is extremely varied, given the diminutive size of the island, but is not as spectacular as it generally is in Thailand, because most ingredients have to be brought in by boat from the mainland. Reasonably priced and tasty seafood is obviously what most tourists long for when visiting a coastal province like Krabi. In this connection, the wing shell (หอยชักตีน) is Krabi’s famous dish and is eaten with a spicy dip. In addition, stirred fried Spotted Babylon (หอยหวาน), which is found in mangrove forests, with chillies and basil, is also famous. This dish is common in Krabi’s restaurants. Calamero Resto – The usual suspects are served in this simple yet quality restaurant. A wide selection of breakfast, fresh pasta, pizza, Thai food, sandwiches and more is complemented by fruit shakes, liqueurs and evening cocktails. And the best “fried ice-cream”. All food is clean, good, and reasonably priced. Cosmic – Italian restaurant – has two outlets on the island and serves very good pizza. Little Britain – serves traditional English breakfast with eggs, Heinz baked beans, sausage, bacon, potatoes, mushrooms, black pudding, and English tea….Only Noodles Pad Thai – Small shack at the end of the lane between Irish Pub and Harmony Travel. Run alone by a friendly lady, and serves only pad Thai, with rice noodles, glass noodles, yellow noodles Friendly and fun, Pad Thai Restaurant serves great tourist-friendly Thai food behind PP Island Village Resort. Many hotel guests eat better food there each night for 1/3 the price. Hand made spring rolls are excellent as are the garlic pepper fish and fried squid, bought fresh daily from local fishermen. The Pirate’s House – Great Indian and Western food, but the Thai food is not the greatest. A bit pricey, but nice and clean.
Ton Sai Bay has a variety of night life; something for everyone’s taste. Jazz, blues, and classics can be found playing at the leading hotels. Or, if it’s romance you are after, you and your loved one can relax in one of the beach bars and sip a cocktail under the stars. Beach Bar – located in the tsunami wastelands and a good choice for those looking to have a quiet drink. Carpe Diem – Nice, relaxing beach chill out bar. Deaf Gecko – Chilled beach bar on Nice Beach. Great music, fantastic staff, and quiet beach! Fresh fruit shakes, daiquiris, and loads of Leo beer Ibiza Bar – one of the best beach dance bars. A live music band, playing classic rock and roll hits, is a great feature as well. Don’t miss the fire shows every night and great dancing and fun games…… Mojito Bar – great cocktail bar with fantastic views and the friendliest staff. At Viewpoint Resort.
To have the best choice of accommodation, Chaokoh Phi Phi Lodge Resort, situated on Ton Sai Bay just ten minutes by walking to the pier. Nice with both fan and air-conditioned rooms near the beach Holiday Inn Resort, . A great place to get away for couples and families. It is expensive by Thai standards. There are no clubs or bars in the area, and to get to any clubs or bars is by a 45 minute longtail boat ride. Oasis Guest house. Nice fan rooms with clean shared bathrooms for 500 baht. Close to bars/restaurants but the noise doesn’t make it to the rooms. Phi Phi Hill Resort Long Beach (Had Yao) Great budget bungalows. As the name suggests, expect to take plenty of stairs to and from the beach Viking Natures Resort On a quiet beach and gardens. Private and shared bungalows with good attention to detail. Safe, clean, and environmentally friendly with spectacular views.
Phuket features a tropical monsoon climate has a dry season that runs from December through March and a wet season that covers the other eight months. December to March is dry and sunny. May to October is rainy with May, September and October having the most rainfall. April and November are transitional months where you can not be certain exactly when the rainy season will start or end.
Facing the Andaman Sea, like Phuket, Krabi is subject to a 6-month rainy season between May and November, often with sustained heavy rains for days at a time during the monsoons