We're only a few months away from the fifth edition of the Thailand Yacht Show, held on the beautiful, tropical island of Phuket. If you're planning your winter holidays, why not combine a trip of a lifetime to Phuket with a visit to the Thailand Yacht Show and see the country's definitive yachting and luxury lifestyle event at the same time?
Steeped in history, Phuket has long been Thailand's favourite holiday destination. This picturesque island provides an unbeatable combination of white beaches, superb restaurants and accommodation, plus some of the best sailing in the world! As the country's largest island, it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of fun things to do in Phuket. From lounging on gorgeous beaches to exploring the legendary Phang Nga Bay, indulging in the local cuisine and culture to embracing your inner Jacques Cousteau and discover some of the best diving sites in Southeast Asia.
With so much going on, planning a trip to Phuket can be a little daunting. However, the Thailand Yacht Show team have come up with our top five things to do in Phuket to make your life a little easier! Happy planning!
DIVING & WATERSPORTS
As the saying goes, there are only two types of people who come to Phuket; those who dive and those who haven't yet! The Andaman Sea and the many tiny islands around Phuket offer some of the best diving in the world and showcase beautiful seascapes and vibrant marine life. From colourful coral gardens to busy reefs, majestic sea turtles to swimming with whale sharks, both beginners and experienced divers will appreciate the wide range of underwater scenery in the waters around Phuket.
HERITAGE & CULTURE
Often overlooked by travellers who head straight to the beach, Phuket Town is a great trip back to the island's Sino-Portuguese past when it was the centre of Asia's tin mining industry. Today, the colourful shop-houses have been restored to their former beauty and now house art galleries, boutique restaurants and hipster cafes, jewellery shops and wine bars. And, when the weekend arrives, practise your haggling at the famous Night Markets; the perfect place to spend a casual evening out and about.
Just because you're already on an island doesn't mean you can't go and see a few more! Island hopping is probably one of our favourite things to do in Phuket. Just imagine yourself surrounded by emerald blue waters, karst formations on the horizon and tiny islands dotted on the seascape. Perfect! As well as a trip to the aforementioned Phang Nga Bay, other popular tours include Phi Phi Island, Racha Noi, Maithon Island and Piley Lagoon and most tours provide snorkelling equipment.
For more information on day trips and private charters, contact:
+66 (0) 80 076 1680
Chartering your own yacht and experiencing the beauty of Phuket all to yourself is surely one of life's most memorable pleasures. Private charters are a fantastic way to explore the hundreds of islands and spectacular karst formations around Phuket in comfort, privacy and style! Whether you're looking to relax and unwind with a crewed yacht or, for more experienced sailors, want to explore the Andaman Sea without a crew on a bareboat charter, Phuket provides the perfect gateway to this stunning region.
For more information on crewed or bareboat charters, contact:
Simpson Yacht Charter
+66 (0) 7 631 7305
SUNSETS & LANDSCAPES
When all is said and done, nothing can match Phuket's unmistakable natural beauty. With its rugged, mountainous interior and vast coastline, fringed with karst formations and tiny islands, Phuket is truly blessed with some extraordinary landscapes. From stellar sunsets at Promthep Cape and Cape Panwa to beach views at Karon or Kata viewpoints, there are plenty of places where you can enjoy some incredible panoramic views and, moreover, plenty of bars and restaurants for you to relax and gaze in style and comfort!