Fly To Phuket, Thailand
This mountainous island possesses some of Thailand's most popular sandy white beaches like the famous Bang Tao and Nai Harn beach. It is hard to believe but Phuket is not all about its beaches it is a full holiday experience, from their nightclubs and bars in Bangla Road, to a restaurant that floats over the crystal blue ocean at Krachang.
Phuket is a place where you are able to create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.
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Why visit Phuket?
- Experience a fun filled holiday for the whole family from adrenaline filled water sports, zip-ling at Patong beach and swimming with the dolphins at dolphins bay!
- Phuket has some of the best shopping facilities like the famous Patong which is the largest shopping area in Phuket-you are able to find anything and everything at bargain prices!
- Phuket is the most beautiful place in the world, this land of vibrancy experiences the best beach weather throughout the year-filled with such a rich culture this island is definitely one for the books!
The best time to visit Phuket would be during December till March which is also their peak season, during this time it is not as humid with generally a cool breeze which keeps things comfortable.
The hottest months fall between Aprils through till May where temperatures can reach highs of 36°C.
Locals usually enjoy months June, July and August as the weather is cooler, temperatures reach highs of 33°C. The island also remains uncrowded, and everything at this time of year is less expensive.
Thai is the official language that is spoken in Thailand.
Thais really appreciate it if you make an effort to learn some basic phrases. Sawatdee Ka is how you say hello if you are a woman, while Sawatdee Khrap is how you greet someone if you are a man.
- Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand.
- Phuket is made up of over 30 beaches with Patong beach being the most famous beach.
- On European maps, Phuket was previously known as 'Jung Ceylon' which is a corruption of the Malay name 'Malay Tanjung Salan' which means Cape Salang.
Phuket is an island city so the first thing to do would probably be to visit some of the many beaches that make up this place like Surin, Bangtao, Rawai and Karon beach which is the second largest beach in Phuket.
It might be hard to believe but if relaxing on the many beautiful beaches in Phuket become too tiring then maybe you should explore the many things that this places has to offer. One of the most visited places on this island is Patong which is the largest beach resort in Phuket.
Patong is known for its world famous night life and their great beaches there is many activities that travellers can take part in which include scuba diving, snorkelling, jet skiing, and not to mention the amazing restaurants and nightclubs on Bangla Road can be enjoyed when the sun goes down, this is a resort that never sleeps.
For those out-door adrenaline junkies Phuket is home to some of the most thrilling activities which include Phuket AVT park and Jungle Bungee for example.
The well-known Phi Phi island is located not to far from Phuket this island does not disappoint with the amount of beauty it has to offer, it is also known as one of Thailand’s most developed and extensive climbing area.
Other popular attractions include:
- Phuket Aqarium
- Phang Nga Bay
- Central Festival Phuket
- Thalang National Museum
- Patong's Bangla Road
- The Big Buddha
- Wat Chalong
- Phuket Zoo
- Phuket FantaSea
Phuket is the second place in Thailand that has the widest variety of food choices. This island has a long history as an international place and the unique, exotic flavours of Thai cuisine is always a highlight when visiting Phuket.
This place offers the finest cuisine that is not always in the most expensive places, most of the time the best food can be found at street vendors that is usually located all over the island.
Thai food is infused with distinct flavours that can be found in Thai food they include; sweet, sour, salty, and creamy, being able to combine these flavours and balancing them is the secret to making the most mouth-watering Thai food.
For those who love spicy food you would love Thai food as they are known for having spice in basically everything like Tom Yam Goong, Som Tham and Pad Thai which are national favourites.
The best restaurants that are in Phuket include:
- DeDos Restaurant
- Boat House Wine & Grill
- Mom Tri's Kitchen
- La Gaetana
- Breeze at Cape Yamu
- Le Versace
- Home Kitchen
- Joe's Downstairs
- Raya Restaurant
- Old Siam Restaurant
- Ka Jok See Restaurant
Phuket has been classified as the melting pot of indigenous Thais, Thai-Chinese, ethnic Malays and even sea gypsies. Buddhism is the most prevailing religion in Thailand, this country has approximately 18,000 Buddhist temples.
Muslims are the second-biggest religious group in Thailand but there are other religions that can be found here which include Christians, Hindus and other faiths. Religion is something that is not only taken seriously but it is something that is respected by locals.
Buddhism has a strong influence on the daily life of most locals. In towns and villages the temple Wat Chalong is the heart of the social and religious life in Thailand.
There are religious restrictions that need to be understood before visiting Phuket or Thailand they include the following:
- Visitors should dress neatly in all religious shrines and temples and should never enter without shirts, or in shorts, hot pants or other unsuitable attire.
- It is acceptable to wear shoes when walking around the compound of a Buddhist temple, but not inside the chapel where the principal Buddha image is kept.
- Each Buddha image, large or small, ruined or not, is regarded as a sacred object. Never climb onto one to take a photograph or do anything that might indicate a lack of respect.
- Buddhist monks are forbidden to touch or be touched by a woman, or to accept anything from the hand of one. If a woman has to give anything to a monk, she first hands it to a man, who then presents it to the monk.
- A monk is not allowed to touch money, so if a man wishes to give money to a monk, he must place it in the alms bowl or pouch.
- Avoid touching people on the head especially if they are older than you as it is considered very rude as in Thai culture the head is regarded as the highest part of the body, literally and figuratively.
- Feet are regarded as the lowest part of the body and therefore unclean. Shoes should be removed when entering a private Thai home as a sign of respect. You should never point your feet at someone or an object as this is considered disrespectful.
During monsoon season there is generally very strong currents on many beaches and drownings have become increasingly common, so this is something that should be taken seriously and visitors need to have caution when swimming at the beaches around this time.
Due to the fact that Phuket has become so popular over the past couple of years especially with new tourists it is important that anyone who is visiting on holiday remains vigilant of anyone who wants to befriend them.
Pickpocketing is also something that is experienced regularly especially during the peak seasons in Phuket.
Another tip is to avoid consumption of tap water as it can make you sick, so stick to drinking bottled water which is relatively affordable.
Nigerians looking to travel to Thailand will require a Visa, a single or multiple entry visa is available for a validity of up to 3 months for tourists.
You will need to apply with the following documentation;
- Nigerian passport
- 2 photographs
- proof of status
- itinerary and a recent bank statement
Nigerian Embassy in Bangkok
Address: 412 Sukhumvit 71 Road,
Fax: + 66-2-392-6398
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|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||₦ 350||₦ 300||₦370|
|Cappuccino (regular)||₦ 100||₦ 98||₦462|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||₦ 143||₦ 500||₦131|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||₦ 300||₦ 250||₦540|
What do a 1974 James Bond movie and a vibrant Thai island have in common? Phuket in case you were wondering. And much like 007, the Kingdom of Thailand has proven itself to be a survivor after resurrecting itself from the devastation caused by the tsunami of 2004.
Phuket International Airport (Code: HKT) is the second busiest airport in Thailand. This airport is a gateway to Phuket Island which is a paradise for tourists in the southern part of Thailand.
Food and beverages: There are many restaurants and fast food outlets that are located within the airport they include Bill Bently Pub, Burger King, Subway, Big Burger, Chster's Grill, Coffee World and Dunkin' Doughnuts.
Exchange currency: There are 4 currency exchange counters in the arrival hall and one counter in the departure hall.
Lost luggage: Passengers can trace their belongs at the Counter of Thai Airways International on the 1st floor, or your handling airline and the information desk can assist you.
Airport hotel: The hotels that are located near the airport include Perennial Resort Hotel,My Place Phuket Airport Mansion Hotel, Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas Hotel, Baan Prayong Hotel, Canal Resort Hotel, Airport Resort Hotel, T-Villa Resort Hotel.
Car hire: The car hire dealerships that are located at the airport include Europcar, Hertz, Avis, Budget, Alamo, Thai rent a car, and National.
Airport hub: Phuket International Airport (Code:HKT) is a hub for Thai AirAsia.
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