where to stay:
Sala Phuket Resort and Spa: You can’t go to Phuket without staying at one of the many beachside, luxury resorts. Luckily, you can stay at many of these resorts without breaking the bank. Starting at $148 USD/night, Sala Phuket boasts many beachfront pools, as well as a personal pool for each room. Away from the hustle and bustle of Phuket, Sala is located on the quiet Mai Khao beach that is perfect for those needing a bit of a getaway. After sightseeing throughout all of Thailand, this is the perfect place to unwind and put your feet up- in style! Ideal for couples. http://www.salaresorts.com/phuket/default-en.html
Southern Fried Rice Guesthouse: If you’re able to look past the name of this hostel, you’ll recognize this is a cozy, home away from home. Not all of us travelers can afford the $100+ nights at the beachside resorts of Phuket and this guesthouse is a great option for you backpackers. Just steps from the beach, Southern Fried Rice has all the necessary amenities- free WiFi, clean and spacious rooms, and private bathrooms. A great homebase for exploring the island of Phuket and friendly staff that will go above and beyond to help you with all your travel planning. Room prices starting at $9 USD/night. http://southernfriedrice.com/home.html
where to eat:
The Corner Restaurant: If your mouth is urging you for a taste of home while in Phuket, look no further than this charming restaurant serving up International, German, and Thai food! The Corner Restaurant is a spot loved by many for its clean atmosphere and fresh food options. Everyone raves about the friendly owner Jens, a German expat with a passion for delicious food. We recommend starting with the Tom Yum Martini (a flavorful blend of lime, lemongrass, and chili) and then trying the German beef role or seafood kabobs. A place not to miss! About $37 USD will get you dinner for 2, including dessert and 2 drinks each.
Floating Seafood Restaurants: Catch a long-tail boat from Laem Hin Pier off the east coast of Phuket to one of the floating restaurants in the bay. Choose from several restaurants, such as Bang Gaan Seafood or Kru Suwit’s to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner made right in front of you. Some say the best time to go is later in the afternoon, around 4:30 pm when the weather has cooled down a bit. A relaxed, simple atmosphere can describe the floating restaurants of Phuket, most are situated on rafters with roofs and wooden benches. Choose between various fish or crustaceans for your meal and then sit back and relax while they prepare it for you. A unique experience you don’t wait to miss out on while in Phuket.
who to tour with:
Phi Phi Islands by Speedboat: Book a full day tour exploring the islands of Phi Phi, just off Phuket, known as some of the most beautiful in the Adaman Sea. Begin the day at 8 a.m. and depart in a speedboat to see the beautiful beaches of Maya Bay, Lho Samah Bay, and Pi Leh Cove where you will be able to snorkel and swim in crystal, clear water. Enjoy a lovely lunch at midday and take some free time to relax in the sand. By taking the speedboat, as opposed to the ferry, you’ll spend less time in travel and have more time to explore. http://www.viator.com/tours/Phuket/Phuket-to-Phi-Phi-Islands-by-Speedboat/d349-3685HKT20C