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Long stretches of sun, sand, and surf are the norm for this island off the coast of Thailand. Having been almost completely rebuilt after the tsunami, Phuket has once again become a wonderful beach destination, offering the very best in diving, snorkeling, and an assortment of other watersports. And although the calm, turquoise waters are the biggest pull, the nightlife is an activity in its own right. Whether you go for the raucous party scene on Patong Beach, or the more cool and collected lounge bars found on Kata and Kalim Beaches, you will definitely have plenty of options for how to spend your evenings. While you lounge on the stunning beaches made famous by Leo DiCaprio in "The Beach," look out at the beautiful Andaman Sea, sip your cocktail, and think about how lucky you are to be lounging in paradise.
Hat Karon & Hat Kata Beaches
On the western side of this beautiful island, these two beaches are relatively undeveloped and a great way to spend a quiet day in the sun.
One of the biggest beaches on the island right on the calm Patong Bay, this is another beach worth visiting. If you stay until the sun goes down, you may also want to enjoy the young—if a bit raucous—night life.
Of Phuket’s 29 monastaries, Wat Chalong is the largest and most revered. Many locals come to the temple to be blessed, have their fortunes told and receive a good luck charn that they believe will keep them happy and healthy for the rest of their life.
Sirinat National Park
89/1, Mu 1, Sakhu
Tel. 0 7632 7152 (info)
Protecting one of the last remaining mangrove areas on the island, the Sirinat National Park consists of both land and sea. A must for nature lovers and bird watchers, enjoy the day in one of Thailand’s beautiful National parks.
Phi Phi Islands
A great day trip, hop on a ferry just off the coast of Phuket to the Phi Phi Islands, a series of six islands made famous by the filming of The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. One of the islands, Phang Nga Bay, is a designated Marine World Heritage Site and is a great way to fulfill all your water sport desires.
Ka Jok See
26 Takuapa Rd, Phuket Town
For a chic, intimate eatery with unbelievable charm and class, head to this hidden specialty of Phuket. Offering great food, music, and dancing this sure is the place to go if looking for some fun. Ka Jok See provides Asian/seafood delights to those lucky enough to experience it!
Baan Rim Pa
223 Kalim Beach Rd, Patong
Probably Phuket’s most famous restaurant, Baan Rim Pa is a Thai-style steakhouse. One has a choice of outdoor seating with a fantastic view of the bay, or a more romantic setting indoors. Expect a great amount of seafood on the menu but also many meat dishes as well. The owner of this hotspot also has a few other ventures on the Cliffside.
382/19 Moo 1, Bang Thao Bay
For those looking for more variety in cuisine, Tatanka is the spot for you. Harold Schwartz, owner and chef, puts his footprint on every dish making it unique in style and taste. Combining elements from Mediterranean, Pan-American, and Oriental traditions, there is something for everyone on the menu. Enjoy tapas, fresh fish, pizza, gazpacho and more!
15 Rasada Rd, Phuket Town
Tired of oriental cuisine? Not to worry, Salvatore’s is the premier Italian trattoria in Phuket. Pasta, salads, grilled dishes, and pizza are all part of this decadent menu. Enjoy a serene environment with calm music while enjoying traditional Italian cuisine.
94 Thaweewong Rd, Patong
Enjoy Thai cuisine at its finest. Sala Bua is located on the beach in the heart of Patong. Priding itself on award-winning food, this restaurant boasts an atmosphere like no other. Have dinner while the sun sets and experience the unforgettable ambiance.
The Boathouse Wine and Grill
114 Patak Rd, Karon
Located in the Boathouse Inn, this internationally renowned restaurant offers only the best. Providing a beach front terrace and a chic interior, expect an excellent dining experience upon Kata Beach. The menu serves a combination of French and Thai cuisine with Master Chef Tummanoon creating masterful dishes. This gourmet eatery also has a magnificent wine cellar with over 700 impressive labels.
Soul of Asia
37,39 Ratsada Road
Dutch owned and operated, Soul of Asia occupies two former Chinese shophouses, showcasing the very best in art, antiques, and jewelry. Stocking not only Asian art and antiques, this gorgeous shop also has a special collection of internationally renowned artists like Warhol, Picasso, and Dali.
10/2 Moo 1, Srisoonthorn Road
The spa product destination, Lemongrass House stocks an array of all-natural beauty treatments made from the freshed herbs and plants. Find anything from aromatherapy oils to facemasks, made from rosemary, thyme, or Thailand's native lemongrass. The ultimate luxury in farm-fresh treatments.
19/90 and 90/7 Chao Fa Nok Road (West)
The place to go for antiques, TouchWood is a veritable museum of furniture. Pick up some quality colonial collectibles, or purchase contemporary teak pieces--either way, you're sure to find something great in this neat little shop. Purchases can be shipped anywhere.
Phuket Art Gallery
74 Thalang Rd., Phuket Old Town
This art gallery in the center of town carries a plethora of fine Thai and Asain art. Carrying anything from classical landscapes to abstract social commentaries, the Phuket Art Gallery is sure to have something for any art enthusiast looking for the ultimate memento.
48 Ruam Jai Road, Patong Beach
Although it's located along the infamous Patong beach, La Baia is definitely a sophisticated alternative to those other kinds of bars. Enjoy a cocktail in this sleek lounge located in the Grand Tropicana Hotel, or hit the dancefloor and groove to Asian beats and Euro techno.
Baan Rim Pa
223 Kalim Beach Road
Tel . 076.340.789
Baan Rim Pa serves up deliciously authentic Royal Thai cuisine in the early evenings and turns into a swanky, award-winning wine and piano bar later. Enjoy the tunes while looking out onto Patong Bay and sipping on some quality vintage from their cellar, or head below stairs to La Comanche, the attached wine and cigar bar, and sink deeply into one of their comfy leather couches.
Located adjacent to Baan Rim Pa Piano Bar and Restaurant on Kalim Beach
at 223/3 Prabaramee Rd.
Owned by the same management as Baan Rim Pa, Joe's offers a stunning and elegant night spent on the outdoor terrace overlooking Kalim Bay. Its creamy interior is extremely conducive to high-class cocktails with a hint of breezy ocean air. Definitely not a place to be missed. Joe's also serves lunch and dinner--deliciously light alternatives to Thai classics.
Tapas & Wine
A bit of a scene change from your usual Phuket nightlife, Tapas & Wine serves, well, exactly that. Pulling from Spanish, Scandinavian (really), and Thai influences, this bar serves a variety of light tapas to accompany its wide selection of wines. A great place to start your evening, Tapas & Wine is a believer in you get what you pay for: have a glass or two in their spacious dining room and then simply take the bottle with you to your next destination, perhaps people watching along Kata Beach.
39/1 Bangla Road, Patong Beach
More of a run-of-the-mill Patong Beach style club, Seduction is a little bit more luxe than the others on the strip (relatively speaking). It draws a little bit of a younger crowd, a lot of tourists, but there are two dancefloors pumping techo and dance music until late in the night. Seduction doesn't get loud until 11pm, so it could be a definite second-stop on your night of fun!