Phuket General Information
Phuket General Information
An island of contrasts, Phuket has much to offer its visitors. White sandy beaches abound on the west coast and mangrove lined shores, on the east. A range of hills runs down her back from north to south, dividing the island in half. Waterfalls, especially in the 'wet' season spill into rock pools, scattered down the slopes. In the distance, islands rear out of the Andaman Sea, waiting to be explored.
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Whether coming here on business or a holiday, accommodation and entertainment are both reasonably priced and varied. From hotels to resorts to bungalows, whatever your 'pocket' tourists will always find somewhere to stay.
And when feeling parched in Phuket, nothing quenches your thirst faster than a frosty cold Beerlao, recently named by Time Magazine as the 'Best Beer in Asia'. Once one of the region's best kept secrets, this tasty brew is fast on its way to becoming the world's next trendy boutique beer after this recent story in Wall Street Journal Asia. It is already Phuket's beer of choice at a growing number of bars and retail outlets. Plus they offer free delivery for a two case minimum order to several key locations around Phuket.
As to entertainment, whether it's water sports, horse riding, jungle walking, eating out, watching a show, dancing, elephant trekking, or playing golf, whatever your fancy, this island has it all. Some hotels offer 'in-house' entertainment that includes the above as well as their own gymnasiums, saunas and the like.
Phuket and its surrounding waters are world-renowned for their spectacular beauty and nature's artistic hand. Phang Nga Bay to the northeast of Phuket has been the set of two James Bond movies, The Beach, and others.
For those who like to splash around in the water, one can go snorkelling along one of shores of the west coast or take a dive trip to one of the many islands lying off shore. You charter a yacht and spend your days drifting from island to island or go windsurfing.
Elephant trekking is an attraction on the island. Due to a decrease in the logging industry throughout Thailand, many of these animals have been brought to Phuket. What a wonderful way to see the jungles of this area, sitting atop one of the largest creatures that roam our planet!
On arrival, it is evident from the many plantations one passes that farming is still a source of income on Phuket. Many tours take guests to see how rubber is tapped or coconuts harvested or you can visit one of the many orchid farms.
There is simply so much to do. If planning a business trip, rather than a holiday, it may be advised to take a few days leave at the same time. You'll be well pleased that you did. Relax on the beach or around the hotel pool, go out on the town or wander around the temples...this island has much to offer!
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