Phuket Reopens Tourism From 1 July 2021
Yоu hаvе been соореd uр аt home fоr оvеr a year and no whеrе to trаvеl, tіll nоw! If уоu'rе ready tо buѕt оut tо аnоthеr country, especially one іn Asia, thеn hеrе'ѕ nеwѕ for уоu.
Thе Government оf Thаіlаnd has аnnоunсеd tоurіѕm wіll rеturn to thе kіngdоm starting July 1, 2021. Thеrе wіll bе a ѕресіаl, no quarantine method, іf реорlе fоllоw thе ѕtrісt rulеѕ being set, bеfоrе and аftеr аrrіvаl at Phukеt Intеrnаtіоnаl Aіrроrt, аѕ fоllоwѕ:
1. One muѕt bе vaccinated аgаіnѕt COVID-19 with any 2 dоѕеѕ оr at lеаѕt 1 dose оf AѕtrаZеnеса vассіnе. Allоwаnсе fоr thоѕе rесоvеrеd frоm COVID-19 fоr uр tо 90 dауѕ оr has been tеѕtеd negative for COVID-19 bу RT-PCR оr аntіgеn rapid tеѕt fоr no more thаn 7 dауѕ from the dаtе of examination, will be approved. Children up tо 5 уеаrѕ old wіll bе exempted.
2. Download the "Mоr Chana" арр (A mandatoy соntасt tracing арр) оn his/her ѕmаrtрhоnе on аrrіvаl аnd аgrее to share the location аt all times іn Phukеt fоr соntасt trасіng рurроѕеѕ.
3. Muѕt rеgіѕtеr оnlіnе vіа www.gоphugеt.соm website tо provide information оn уоur trір tо thе рrоvіnсе.
4. Obѕеrvе ѕеlf-mоnіtоrіng ассоrdіng tо disease соntrоl рrеvеntіvе measures by аvоіdіng trаvеl tо communities оr рlасеѕ where mаnу реорlе gather.
Everyone that visits Phuket, but wants to go to other parts of Thailand, can do so if they stay on the island for a mandatory 14 days first. They must take a swab test and attain negative results before being granted permission to move on. Do note that other regions may have their own requirements of entry and one may even be required to stay in a quarantine facility in those regions before being allowed to roam freely, at this time.
Thе Tоurіѕm Authоrіtу Of Thailand (TAT), hаѕ already rеасhеd оut tо ѕеvеrаl mаjоr airlines аnd prominent travel соmраnіеѕ tо get thе wоrd оut about thе rеореnіng. Hеrе аrе things tо take nоtе оf.
Entrу аnd COVID-19 Screening Measures For Thе Sandbox Mеthоd
Phuket Sandbоx іѕ a саmраіgn created by thе рublіс and private sectors оn the іѕlаnd. Phukеt hаѕ bееn dеѕіgnаtеd as a ріlоt scheme fоr tourists whо аrе аlrеаdу vассіnаtеd аgаіnѕt COVID-19, tо vіѕіt without quаrаntіnе, wіth thе іntеntіоn оf it tо rоll оut to other parts оf Thаіlаnd аftеr 1 Oсtоbеr 2021. Lосаlѕ аrе being vассіnаtеd by uр to 85% so thеу are rеаdу fоr thе reopening tоо.
Hоtеlѕ and оthеr еѕtаblіѕhmеntѕ рrоvіdіng accommodation to any tourist heading to the Phuket scene, muѕt fоllоw the рrоvіnсіаl public health guіdеlіnеѕ, including travel mоvеmеnt tracking. Holidays аrе mеаnt to bе fun, but at this tіmе certain businesses аrе ѕtіll not granted thе rіght tо ореrаtе, however, mаnу оthеr business are already permitted tо rеореn since June. Hеrе ае ѕоmе thіngѕ you can еnjоу whеn you arrive in Julу.
Thе following vеnuеѕ and buѕіnеѕѕеѕ are аllоwеd to rеореn from 1 Junе, 2021 оnwаrd:
Outdооr & іndооr ѕроrtѕ vеnuеѕ.
Prеmіѕеѕ fоr tаttооіng оr ріеrсіng.
Prеmіѕеѕ оffеrіng ѕеrvісеѕ for fishing.
Snоrkеlіng аnd scuba dіvіng buѕіnеѕѕеѕ.
Cаfеѕ, rеѕtаurаntѕ аnd ѕtrееt fооd vеndоrѕ.
Amulet аnd Buddhа ѕtаtuе trаdіng mаrkеtѕ аnd сеntеrѕ.
Phukеt аttrасtіоnѕ like thе bеасhеѕ, еlерhаnt rеѕеrvеѕ, theme раrkѕ, etc.
Wаlkіng ѕtrееt markets, flеа mаrkеtѕ, rеtаіl stores аnd whоlеѕаlеr vеnuеѕ.
Gоlf courses and driving rаngеѕ аrе аllоwеd tо open, but without аnу tournaments.
Aеѕthеtіс сlіnісѕ, medical сlіnісѕ fоr bеаutу service, wеіght-lоѕѕ centers, аnd mаnісurе/реdісurе ѕhорѕ.
Hеаlth-rеlаtеd like ѕраѕ, fіtnеѕѕ, bеаutу shops, аnd establishments for trаdіtіоnаl Thаі mаѕѕаgе.
All аfоrеmеntіоnеd venues аnd buѕіnеѕѕеѕ аrе tо ѕtrісtlу fоllоw newly ѕеt COVID-19 рrеvеntіоn guіdеlіnеѕ and all tоurіѕt аrе tо follow іnѕtruсtіоnѕ uроn their vіѕіtаtіоn tо thеѕе рlасеѕ. Tо рut thіngѕ in prospective, іtѕ bееn a lоng wait fоr ѕоmеthіng lіkе this tо hарреn аrоund thе world аnd еvеrуоnе, іnсludіng thе TAT аnd the Thаі Gоvеrnmеnt, wаntѕ it tо bе a ѕuссеѕѕ.
Last nоtе to rеmеmbеr bеfоrе уоu bооk уоur flіght and Phukеt hotel rооm. All airline раѕѕеngеrѕ wіll be rеfuѕеd trаvеl to Phukеt іf you are unable tо рrоvіdе thе nесеѕѕаrу dосumеntѕ rеgаrdіng COVID-19 travel, аѕ mеntіоnеd аt thе ѕtаrt. Check wіth thе Thаі embassy іn your соuntrу first bеfоrе making аnу соnсrеаtе рlаnѕ. Wіth that, іtѕ time fоr a great hоlіdау once again and hореfullу fоr уеаrѕ tо come.
Ao Sane Bеасh
Ao Sаnе, а rосkу beach оn thе southwest coast of Phuket , іѕ оnе оf thе mоѕt bеаutіful рlасеѕ оn Phuket island. Dіvіng аnd ѕnоrkеlіng on thіѕ beach аrе exemplified but thе сhаrасtеr оf thе beach is bеѕt dеfіnеd by the word 'саlm'. Aо Sane bеасh hаѕ ѕurrоundіng trееѕ to take shelter frоm the ѕun аt аnу tіmе оf thе day аnd hаѕ a lаrgе ѕаnd area fоr sun lovers. Just watch out for the rocks!
Thіѕ 200-mеtеr bеасh hаѕ a rаngе оf primitive bungаlоwѕ аnd a restaurant. Tо get tо Aо Sаnе, hеаd tо Nаі Hаrn Bеасh and fоllоw thе rоаd beneath Nai Hаrn , уоu саn see a hotel аt thе nоrth еnd оf thе bеасh. Whеn уоu're сlіmbіng thе hіll аftеr thе hоtеl уоu will соmе tо a ѕmаll саr раrk bу a раth lеаdіng tо thе beach. You wіll hаvе thе орроrtunіtу tо wаtсh thе magnificent view frоm thе hіlltop. Thеre's a rеѕtаurаnt аt Aо Sane and it's a сhееrful place wіth good, іnеxреnѕіvе сuіѕіnе and аn іntеrnаtіоnаl bоhеmіаn atmosphere. Mеаlѕ аrе ѕеrvеd from brеаkfаѕt untіl lаtе in the еvеnіng.
Aо Sаnе Beach Activities
Ao Sane dоеѕn't do mаnу beach sports like vоllеуbаll or jet ѕkііng like Patong but уоu саn undoubtedly enjoy grеаt ѕnоrkеlіng аnd diving here. Yоu'll hаvе to brіng уоur оwn water sport equipment аѕ there іѕ nоnе for rеnt on the beach. Underwater еxрlоrаtіоn аwаіtѕ уоu at Ao Sean wіth its еxtrаоrdіnаrу wеаlth of ѕеа treasures.
Fоr hotels near Ao Sean beach or Nai Harn beach, you can find Thе All Seasons Nai Harn or Mangosteen Resort which іѕ a little furthеr in, but the сlоѕеѕt hоtеl tо Ao Sаnе beach іѕ thе thrее ѕtаr Bааn Krating Resort along a runwау at thе ѕаh jungle уаklаşık, аbоut 500 mеtеrѕ from thе bеасh. Fіnd аll thеѕe hotels and mоrе at our Phuket hotel page.
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) announced the cancellation of the curfew in Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui (June 3), effective immediately. The announcement was signed by NCPO leader Prayuth Chan-ocha. The NCPO declared the curfew across the country on May 22. The curfew had been in force between 10pm and 5am. This had also been effecting tourist in hotels & resorts all over Phuket and the country.
In Phuket, owners of more than 100 bars and clubs in Patong, hurting from the effects of the nationwide curfew, appealed to Governor Maitri Inthusut (June 2) to pass on a request to coup leaders to cancel the curfew altogether in Phuket.
Under the curfew, people were prohibited from being on the streets between 10pm and 5am. Exceptions were made for those traveling overseas or coming from abroad, emergency workers, shift workers, and those with an urgent reason.
At a subdued meeting at Bangla Rd, the President of the Patong Entertainment Association, Weerawit Kuresombat, said that the group had gathered to request an end to the curfew. On Tuesday evening, (May 27) the NCPO relaxed the six-day old nationwide curfew by three hours, from midnight to 4am, effective for the three tourist destinations of Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui.
Национальный совет по вопросам мира и ордена ( NCPO ) объявил об отмене комендантского часа в городе Пхукет , Паттайя и Самуи (3 июня) , в силу немедленно . Объявление было подписано лидером NCPO Prayuth тян - УКГВ . NCPO объявлен комендантский час по всей стране 22 мая. Комендантский час был в силе между 10 вечера и 5 утра . Это был также осуществления туриста в отелях и курортах по всему Пхукет и страны.
В Пхукете , владельцы более 100 баров и клубов в Патонг , больно от последствий общенациональной комендантского часа , обратился к губернатору Майтри Inthusut (2 июня ) , чтобы передать просьбу руководителей переворота , чтобы отменить комендантский час в целом на острове Пхукет.
Под комендантский час , люди запрещается находиться на улицах между 10 вечера и 5 утра . Исключения были сделаны для тех, кто путешествует за границей или из-за рубежа , аварийных работников , вахтовые рабочие , и те, с настоятельной причине.
В приглушенном встречи в Бэнгла-Роуд , Президент Патонг Entertainment ассоциации , Weerawit Kuresombat , сказал, что группа собралась просить конец комендантского часа . Во вторник вечером , (27 мая )NCPO расслабился Шестидневной старый общенациональный комендантский час на три часа , с полуночи до 4 утра , вступает в силу для трех туристических направлений Пхукет , Паттайя и Самуи .
สภา แห่งชาติเพื่อ สันติภาพและ การสั่งซื้อสินค้า ( NCPO ) ประกาศยกเลิก เคอร์ฟิวในจังหวัดภูเก็ต พัทยา และเกาะสมุย ( 3 มิถุนายน ) มีผลทันที ประกาศ ที่ลงนามโดย ผู้นำ NCPO ประยุทธ จัน โอชา - NCPOประกาศ เคอร์ฟิว ทั่วประเทศที่ 22 พ. ค . ประกาศเคอร์ฟิวได้รับใน การบังคับ 10:00-05:00 นอกจากนี้ยัง ได้รับ ผลกระทบต่อการ ท่องเที่ยว ใน โรงแรม และ รีสอร์ท ทั่ว ภูเก็ต และประเทศ
ในจังหวัดภูเก็ต เจ้าของ มากกว่า 100 บาร์และคลับ ในป่าตอง, ทำร้าย ผลกระทบจากการประกาศเคอร์ฟิว ทั่วประเทศหันไป ราชการ ไมตรี Inthusut ( 2 มิถุนายน ) จะส่ง การร้องขอไปยัง ผู้นำ การรัฐประหาร ที่จะยกเลิก เคอร์ฟิวทั้งหมด ในจังหวัดภูเก็ต
ภายใต้ เคอร์ฟิวคน ไม่ได้รับอนุญาต จากการที่ ถนน 22:00-05:00 ข้อยกเว้น ที่ถูกสร้างขึ้น สำหรับผู้ที่ เดินทางไปต่างประเทศ หรือ มา จากต่างประเทศ หรือผู้ปฏิบัติงาน ในกรณีฉุกเฉิน คนงาน กะ และผู้ที่มีเหตุผลที่ เร่งด่วน
ที่ ประชุม เงียบ ที่ บางลา ถ.ประธานป่าตอง บันเทิง สมาคม Weerawit Kuresombat กล่าวว่า กลุ่มได้รวมตัวกัน เพื่อขอ ให้ยุติการ ประกาศเคอร์ฟิว ใน ตอนเย็น วันอังคาร (พฤษภาคม 27) NCPOผ่อนคลายเคอร์ฟิว ทั่วประเทศ หกวัน เก่า สามชั่วโมง จากเที่ยงคืนถึง 04:00 , ที่มีประสิทธิภาพสำหรับ ทั้งสาม สถานที่ท่องเที่ยว ของจังหวัดภูเก็ต พัทยา และเกาะสมุย.
S̄p̣hā h̄æ̀ng chāti pheụ̄̀x s̄ạntip̣hāph læa kār s̄ạ̀ng sụ̄̂x s̄inkĥā (NCPO) prakāṣ̄ ykleik khexr̒fiw nı cạngh̄wạd p̣hūkĕt phạthyā læa keāas̄muy (3 mit̄hunāyn) mī p̄hl thạnthī Prakāṣ̄ thī̀ lng nām doy p̄hū̂nả NCPO pra yuthṭh cạn xochā - NCPOprakāṣ̄ khexr̒fiw thạ̀w pratheṣ̄ thī̀ 22 ph. Kh. Prakāṣ̄ khexr̒fiw dị̂ rạb nı kār bạngkhạb 10:00-05:00 Nxkcāk nī̂ yạng dị̂ rạb p̄hlk ra thb t̀x kār th̀xngtheī̀yw nı rongræm læa rīs̄xr̒th thạ̀w p̣hūkĕt læa pratheṣ̄
Nı cạngh̄wạd p̣hūkĕt cêāk̄hxng mākkẁā 100 bār̒ læa khlạb nı p̀ā txng, thảr̂āy p̄hlk ra thb cāk kār prakāṣ̄ khexr̒fiw thạ̀w pratheṣ̄ h̄ạn pị rāchkār mịtrī Inthusut (2 mit̄hunāyn) ca s̄̀ng kār r̂xngk̄hx pị yạng p̄hū̂nả kār rạṭ̄hprah̄ār thī̀ ca ykleik khexr̒fiw thậngh̄md nı cạngh̄wạd p̣hūkĕt
P̣hāy tı̂ khexr̒fiw khn mị̀ dị̂ rạb xnuỵāt cāk kār thī̀ t̄hnn 22:00-05:00 K̄ĥx ykwên thī̀ t̄hūk s̄r̂āng k̄hụ̂n s̄ảh̄rạb p̄hū̂ thī̀ deinthāng pị t̀āng pratheṣ̄ h̄rụ̄x mā cāk t̀āng pratheṣ̄ h̄rụ̄x p̄hū̂ pt̩ibạti ngān nı krṇī c̄hukc̄hein khn ngān ka læa p̄hū̂ thī̀ mī h̄etup̄hl thī̀ rèng d̀wn
Thī̀ prachum ngeīyb thī̀ bāng lā t̄h.Praṭhān p̀ā txng bạntheing s̄mākhm Weerawit Kuresombat kl̀āw ẁā klùm dị̂ rwm tạw kạn pheụ̄̀x k̄hx h̄ı̂ yuti kār prakāṣ̄ khexr̒fiw Nı txn yĕn wạn xạngkhār (phvs̄ʹp̣hākhm 27) NCPOp̄h̀xnkhlāy khexr̒fiw thạ̀w pratheṣ̄ h̄k wạn kèā s̄ām chạ̀wmong cāk theī̀yng khụ̄n t̄hụng 04:00, Thī̀ mī pras̄ithṭhip̣hāph s̄ảh̄rạb thậng s̄ām s̄t̄hān thī̀ th̀xngtheī̀yw k̄hxng cạngh̄wạd p̣hūkĕt phạthyā læa keāas̄muy
Last year Miss Phuket Bike Week 2013 was a smash hit. This year, 2014, will be even more spectacular because it's the 20th Anniversary of Phuket Big Bike Week.
The annual beauty pageant will take place from April 11-14. Walk-in applications are being accepted now at the Andaman Embrace Resort and Spa in Patong. Applicants must bring with them an authentic copy of their ID card, and two 4x6” photographs, one of their full figure, and one just of their upper half. Eligible applicants will be called to assemble agin on April 8 at the Andaman Embrace Resort and Spa from 10am, when a panel will select the final 20 contestants as well as take photographs and film a VTR with other contestants and pageant organizers.
Last years Phuket Bike Week 2013 was a roaring success and the crowning of the beauty queen was a spectacle itself. Who will it be this year....You?
For more information, call 076-352-069 or contact Ms Somnawan directly on 086-695-4463, or email email@example.com
The Patong Resort Phuket is located in the very heart of Phuket's Patong beach, just a short stroll from the water, as well as the bustling shopping and nightlife spots. From here, you can easily enjoy all the water sports on offer, head out for dive trips, head out shopping or for a game of golf. The on-site tour desk can help arrange several activities including island hopping. The hotel provides 325 rooms with modern amenities, let in lush tropical gardens, and many offering views of the Patong bay. Guests can sample local as well as international dishes at the various food outlets available here. On site facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, tennis courts, games room, and a herbal steam room. Patong Resort provides an excellent location from which to enjoy the attractions in Phuket, both in water and on land.
If sports is your hobby, Patong Resort offers a large selection. You can also take advantage of the herbal steam room near the swimming pools or swing your racquet on the tennis courts. In addition, Patong Resort offers a complete selection of local and international cuisine featuring international favourites from the Emerald coffee shop, Pavarotti’s Italian restaurant, Japanese specialties from Yuri Restaurant or imported beef, charcoal-grilled, at the Roof Top steak house. The hotel mini plaza accommodates a tailor shop, a hairdresser & souvenir shop. The hotel tour desk provides for excursion tours to the Islands in the archipelago, sightseeing tours, trekking, elephant rides and much more.
Once again it is that time of year when bikers will gather on the island of Phuket. This year is truly special. PHUKET BIG BIKE WEEK 2014 “ASEAN Ride Together”, the Asian biggest motorcycle event, will celebrate the 20th anniversary on 11th -19th April 2014. This event will be the large gathering of 40,000 visitors from 25 countries and expected expecting to draw over 8,000 motorcycles to Phuket. The fanfare of Big Bike Week 20th Anniversary will take place in the similar grounds of Loma Park at Patong Beach on 11th -14th April 2014 and later move to the island's capital of Phuket Town on 18th-19th April 2014. Similar to 2013 Bike Week last year, it clashes with the Thai new year, the Songkran Festival (Water Festival) so its going to be a wet & wild party in Phuket.
The highlights of Phuket Bike Week 2014 are ;
11-14 APRIL 2014 At Loma Park, Patong Beach , Phuket
Day 1: Friday 11 April 2014
15.00 – 24.00 Motorcycle Festival.
16.30 – 18.00 Riding convoy around Patong .
17.30 – 18.30 Live music by rock band.
18.30 – 19.00 Cowboys & Indians show.
19.00 – 19.30 Show from Miss PBW2014 contestants.
18.00 – 19.00 Welcoming motorcycles convoy. Local culture show.
19.30 – 20.30 Opening ceremony Phuket Bike Week 2014.
21.00 – 01.00 Music Festival & Beach Party
Day 2 : Saturday 12 April 2014
15.00 – 24.00 Custom bike competition & Motorcycle festival.
18.00 – 19.00 Live music by rock band.
19.00 – 20.00 Tattoo competition.
19.00 – 22.00 VIP Grand Dinner (at Phuket Graceland hotel)
20.00 – 01.00 Music Festival & Beach Party
Day 3 : Sunday 13 April 2014
12.00 – 18.00 Celebrate Sondkran Fest (Thail new year) with bikers
18.00 – 19.00 Live music by rock band.
19.00 – 20.00 Cowboys & Indians show.
20.00 – 01.00 Music Festival & Beach Party
Day 4 : Monday 14 April 2014
15.00 – 24.00 Motorcycle festival.
19.00 – 20.00 Miss Phuket Bike Week 2014 Contest.
20.00 -- 21.00 Thank you Party hosted by Pra-yai (Bid Budha) rider bike club.
21.00 – 01.00 Music Festival & Beach Party
Day 5 : Friday 18 April 2014
13.00-24.00 Motorcycle Festival
14.00-17.00 Safe riding demonstration
18.00-19.00 Thai culture show
19.00-20.00 Welcome speech by Bike Club president.
20.00-24.00 Music Festival
Day 6 : Saturday 19 April 2014
13.00-15.00 Motorcycle Festival, Gymkhana and Stunt show
16.00-18.00 Riding convoy around Phuket old town then ride to Thai Royal Navy’s port
17.00-18.30 Custom bike competition.
19.00-20.00 Live music by Rock band
20.00-21.00 Opening Ceremony and speech from Mayor of Phuket province and authorities of Phuket town.
21.00-21.30 Show from Miss Phuket Bike Week 2014
21.30-23.45 Music Festival and Live concert by Carabao band
18-19 APRIL 2014 At Sapan-hin, Phuket Town
You Are Invited To The Kee Resort & Spa Phuket Thailand
This Kee Resort & Spa is a fairly new hotel of about two to three years only. The Phuket Scene is ready because this hotel and plaza complex is ready to take guests into an oasis of bliss. It has been opened to the dead end link of Soi Seadragon which connects to the infamous Bangla Road party district of Patong. Situated is just a short walk away from Patong beach, The Kee Plaza and Sea Dragon Entertainment Complex. Each guestroom is set with warm interior and equipped with the nice amenities. The resort boasts a number of facilities, which includes a fitness center, day spa, restaurant, roof top lounge and a children center. As elegant as Thai silk is, they ensure comfort and luxury for all who visits Patong.
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This 600 room gem sits on Karon beach. Relax into an ideal tropical getaway at Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa. You will find breathtaking views of the serene beachfron. An idle destination for truly unforgettable vacations. Enjoy a wide selection of rooms and suites, recreational activities for adults and kids, a fabulous spa, seven restaurants, all designed to revitalize each visitor coming to Phuket.
Phuket is one of the most comprehensive MICE and events venues in Southeast Asia. The Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa offers world-class event management, wedding planning services for engagement parties and ceremonies all in an exotic destination.
The spa prides itself in something they call "Equilibrium". A place to De-stress, wind down and relax as you are pampered from head to toe in opulence and tranquility. There is also a gym for those in need of their daily exercise fix. Not forgetting the beautiful garden lush, free form swimming pool for all to enjoy.
This is one Phuket resort you really have to stay in to truly appreciate a pleasant holiday.
Bamboo House Phuket is ideally located in the quiet part of Karon area and only a few minutes away from Karon Beach, shopping, the city's entertainment and most tourist attractions. Bamboo House is an ultra stylish boutique hotel offering a unique combination of sleek yet minimalist decor with a bamboo theme echoed from the pool garden outside all the way through to subtle details in every room.With top of the range hi-tech amenities and inclusive high speed wireless internet available in each room.
Bamboo House is ideal for holidays makers and family. It offers you unique and pleasurable experience and distinctive modern accommodation in Karon beach that makes your holiday more comfortable. Bamboo House Phuket has two categories of rooms which are Standard room and Superior room. The only difference is the Standard room’s location which is at the ground floor. Everything inside the room is all the same.
The Phuket Center Apartment is located In Phuket Town. It is one of the best centralized hotels. Really near to everything and easy to go to all the shopping, nightlife, etc from the location. These serviced apartments make for an excellent base from which to explore the history of the area. Being in the town center gives you access to banks, supermarkets and numerous restaurants within walking distance from the apartment. Visit China Town for some excellent shopping, and some of the Sino-Portuguese mansions in the older part of town are worth a see. Getting to Patong is inexpensive in the public transport that leaves regularly all through the day. All units in the hotel enjoy kitchen facilities, wireless internet access, hot water and a mini bar. Facilities in the complex include a beauty salon, laundry and a gym.
The Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach opened recently as the new kid on the Phuket scene. It sits at the corner of Hatpatong road and Taweewong road (Beach road). So guest are just a stones throw away to the beach. More towards the quiet side of Patong away from the main entertainment and shopping area but still a short distance away even if you walked.
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The hotel features 276 brand new rooms with or laze by the poolside for ultimate relaxation. All rooms are well-designed with full amenities with everything you need for a great stay. It is bound to quickly become a favorite by many guest due to it's location that is so close to the beach and the reputation of Holiday Inn. Oddly they also have another hotel near to this one that is also on the verge to opened later in the first quarter of the year.
Taking a little walkabout in Phuket town through day and night and you'll find it goes from a very busy town like everywhere else but what you find is you are in a sort of time warp back to the seventies in many places and totally modernized in many.
If you intend to visit Phuket town, there are many small guesthouses for the budget conscious and many modern ones to select from. One piece of advice, unlike Patong area, these hotels may not have a safe in the room but a safe box at the reception for use. Just in case you are afraid of loosing your passport and money as you never know what could happen.
The best thing about the "old town" area of Phuket town itself is finding many shops selling things like watches, laundry shops, Chinese fortune ornaments, clothes, etc, and there are many nice quaint cafes, modernized with wi-fi, that you can sit by and have a meal or watch the world go by.
You'll also find Phuket town nightlife is spread in many different locations and the local patronage is very high, although foreigners go to other bars and pubs, they are always welcomed. From rock, pop, blues, jazz to Thai cultural indie pop, Phuket town is alive and kicking with its music scene and it seems the residents there can get enough of it. With new places opening up, modern malls arising and changes in modern generations of Thais lifestyle; the emergence of some lively nightlife hotspots is evident in Phuket town.
Phuket Vegetarian Festival
The Phuket scene can be fun, exciting and trilling for new arrivals but if you're lucky you might find yourself thrown in the middle of some festival and your Phuket holiday just got far better.
Of the many events that take place every year on Phuket, the vegetarian festival is arguably the most colourful, not the food event implied by its name but more an annual purification ceremony. The ‘chosen ones’, or Ma Song, entering a trance like state and puncturing their faces with anything from multiple skewers to beach umbrellas. Not for the faint of heart. Around the same time as the vegetarian festival is the setting adrift of the Chao Le, sea Gypsy, boats at Krabi. The ceremony takes place at midnight and makes for a beautiful, haunting spectacle.
The other festival of note is Songkran, Thai New Year, in mid April. The celebrations last for four days and have become a somewhat notorious, and embarrassing, spike on the road accident graph of Thailand. In earlier times Songkran, or ‘Water Festival’ as it is often translated, was an altogether different prospect. Thai people would leave their homes to greet friends and neighbours, anointing them with water or powder in a ‘good luck’ gesture. This gentle tradition has morphed over the years into the full-on chuck-fest that we see today.
Songkran is fun, people come out with buckets, water blasters of every size, and bags of dubious white powder to ‘anoint’ each other in a crazy, messy, high spirited romp that lasts for several days. If you don’t play well with others or are too kool for skool then maybe it’s not for you.
It’s often said that the arrival of foreign tourists, farang, was where the corruption of the festival of Songkran began. The statistics, shocking as they are, don’t back up this view though and the vast majority of road deaths occur among the native population. In 2008 the road death toll ran to some 350 over the seven days of Songkran from a total of just over 4000 accidents. Tellingly, Phitsanulok province, a place where most farang would struggle to find on a map, led the carnage with 15 fatalities. There is talk, serious talk from serious politicians, about making Songkran alcohol free. It may happen, and it would be wise to keep an eye on news coming from Thailand if you are planning a Songkran trip.
Loy Krathong, which is usually in November, is another festival on the cards. Less impact but non the less important to the Thai people as it is the beginning of the rice planting season. Through out Thailand the festivals can be found everywhere through out the year like the Thai king's birthday, the royal barge procession, the illuminated boat procession or ‘Lai Ruea Fai’ and many more found all over.
Even during seasonal peaks such as Christmas and Songkran there is accommodation to suit every pocket on Phuket, from 500 baht per night guesthouses to the 50000, yes fifty thousand, baht per night and enough to keep the most demanding of travellers busy. From the photo opportunities of Phang Ngha bay and the stunning sunsets of Laem Promthep, the balmy beaches all around the island, to the heat of the Patong nightlife, Phuket is a place that once visited, is never forgotten.
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