Yacht Charter Phuket – Thailand Unplugged
Despite the fact that the island of Phuket and the homonymous town retain a very Chinese influence, there is still plenty of Thailand
here to satisfy your need of the oriental. Typically, the prices here are low (or at least lower than they would be in an European resort) and the scenery fascinating, with warm waters and plenty of sailing opportunities.
The largest settlement on the island of Phuket is Phuket Town. The island, which is the largest in yacht charter Thailand
, together with the town also constitute the richest province in the country, which is good news for tourists. Phuket town also accounts for the largest population on the island, the largest harbor and the most attraction for tourists.
It sports a typical Sino-Portuguese architecture, meaning it draws both from the local style and from the colonial Portuguese, creating an unique style which reminds yacht charter holidaymakers of the old days of the barons.
The island’s main tourist entry point is the Phuket International Airport, located to the north of the city, 32km away, with a transfer time of about 30 minutes. The best way to transfer is either by a car rental because local public transport is erratic at best.
The only road leading to the island from the mainland is the 402 which leads straight into Phuket town ad which then continues round the whole island, great for exploring some of the beaches on other parts of yacht charter Phuket.
There is a ferry linking Phuket island with the mainland, which leaves from Krabi and lands on Ko Phi Phi beach in a trip that lasts around 90 minutes. Previous yacht charter travelers have said that this is the best to get on the island since they are fast and cheap, though in rougher waters your stomach might revolt if it’s not used to the sea.
Once in Phuket, you simply have to visit the old part of town and the Chinese district. Then a visit to the local temples of Jui Tui and Put Jaw is in order. A visit to the Phuket Culture Museum will allow you an in-depth look into the Thai way of life. Outside of town there are other kinds of attractions, like the beautiful Orchid Farm and the Thai village.
When it comes to shopping, not only the tourists come here in yacht charter Phuket
but also some of the locals who can then be found wondering in one of the local markets or in any of the department stores from the Chinese district. This would be the best place for you to pick up a typical Thai souvenir.
You’re surely to gain a few pounds on a trip to Phuket because local food prices are low and food is decent in most restaurants. Also, as you can imagine, in the Chinese district, there are plenty of Chinese restaurants but also venues which serve an International menu.
Even if it’s not as colorful in terms of nightlife as the neighboring Patang, Phuket does have an after dark scene mainly revolving around the clubs and bars downtown although you should be warned that it’s not the typical atmosphere westerners are used to.
Though some might consider yacht charter Phuket as a boring provincial town, it has to be said that for those who arrive here, the city more than makes up for the slower pace with the nice beaches which can be called the finest on the island.
Among the local celebrations there are the Vegetarian Festival in September, the Songkran Festival (Thai New Year) in April, the Loy Krathong Festival in September, the Chinese new Year in January, the Gay Fest in March and the Phuket King’s Cup regatta in December, for all the yacht charter enthusiasts out there.