Phuket, Thailand is one of the most magical places in the world. Ironically, people were reminded of the beauty of Phuket through one of the ugliest disasters that befell the island, the Asian tsunami in 2004. Today, there are no traces of the devastation and, in fact, many believe that Phuket recovered so well that it is actually more alluring today than it was before 2004.
This paradise destination is located in the Andaman Sea to the west coast of Thailand. The fastest way to get there is by plane from the capital city of Bangkok, the cheapest is by train, the least practical is by inter-city bus, while the most romantic is by sea.
Bangkok is about 840 kilometres away. Getting there by land will take about 12 to14 hours, which is a good thing for those who want to see the countryside. Buses can be hailed at Bangkok’s southern terminal station or at the Khaosarn Road.
Cruise ships are slow, which is why it is perfect for travellers who are not in a hurry but would love to enjoy the journey as much as the island. Cruising from Bangkok to Phuket is the most popular cruise package in the country simply because the waters are lovely and the island destination is the best that Thailand can offer.
The island of Phuket is home to the most pristine Asian beaches, lovely seaside restaurants, pulsating bars and nightclubs, ancient temples, and simply the most beautiful views and sights. The island has 17 white sandy beaches, the three most popular of which are Karon Beach, Patong Beach and Laem Singh Beaches.
Meanwhile, two religious attractions are the buddhist temple of Wat Chalong and the Big Buddha on Nekkerd Hill. Two destinations worth visiting are the nearby Phi Phi Island, and Pang Nga Bay for its emerald green water, limestone cliff formations, and intriguing island caves.
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