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Phuket, Thailand

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As Thailand's largest island, Phuket is known as the "Pearl of the Andaman Sea" for a reason. With a constellation of 32 smaller islands, this tropical paradise is located in the southern province. The region has pristine beaches, verdant hills, and a vibrant culture that entices travelers from around the globe. Ancient temples, lively markets, and a vibrant culinary scene showcase the best of Thai culture, community, and cuisine.  Best time to travel: November to February (peak season), March to May and September to October (shoulder season), June to August (off-season) Time zone: Indochina Time (ICT) Currency: Thai Baht (THB) Noteworthy: Phuket Old Town Festival (February), Songkran Thai Water Festival (April), Phuket Vegetarian Festival (September-October), King’s Cup Regatta (December) Best for: Beach Lovers, Budget Travelers, Nature Enthusiasts, Religion & Culture Seekers, Wellness Retreats, Relaxation Getaways Get Away: Getting To and Around Phuket, Thailand By Air  The Phuket...

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  • Phuket Old Town Festival (February)
  • Songkran Thai Water Festival (April)
  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival (September-October)
  • King’s Cup Regatta (December)
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Gourmet: Places To Eat In Phuket, Thailand
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Black Ginger Restaurant 

Located in The Slate Resort, the Black Ginger Restaurant combines gourmet with gastronomy in avant-garde dishes. It received a prestigious ‘Michelin Plate’ rating as recognition for its excellent food by Executive Sous Chef Anongrat Meklai.

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SUAY Restaurant

Led by renowned Celebrity Iron Chef Tammasak (Noi) Chootong, SUAY Restaurant was awarded the Michelin Plate for four consecutive years. Every dish promises an explosion of Thai flavors. With a view of the Andaman Sea, guests also enjoy gorgeous views and live music with their delicious meals. 

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Aqua Ristorante

Acqua Ristorante is led by the award-winning Spaniard Chef Alessandro and embraces his authentic Sardinian heritage with a contemporary twist. The menu includes pan-fried scallops with foie gras, Tajima Wagyu beef carpaccio, and Babá Napoletano soaked in dark rum. 

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Surf and Turf by Soul Kitchen

Surf and Turf by Soul Kitchen is a chic yet cozy eatery. The seasonal menu changes every month with well-curated specials, like authentic ramen, homemade ravioli, and the region’s signature sea bass. The restaurant takes a summer holiday from May to June before the high season, so plan accordingly.

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Jampa Restaurant 

Jampa Restaurant stands out on many restaurant lists for its commitment to sustainability using a farm-to-fork concept that changes daily. Jampa's dishes include wood-fired baby corn, sea bass with Hua Hin caviar, and farm mulberry yogurt. They adhere to zero-waste food preparation and a zero-carbon footprint using organic compost on their property farm. 

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Kan's​ Haus Cafe and Bistro

Kan's​ Haus Cafe and Bistro is the perfect spot for brunch, lunch or dinner dishes. The menu uses locally-grown ingredients and the natural wicker decor creates a relaxing atmosphere steps away from the sandy beach. 

Stay
Stay: Places to Stay In Phuket, Thailand
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Beautiful Well Designed Studio At Surin Beach

The tranquil vibe at this modern studio apartment is the perfect retreat for couples, remote workers, and solo travelers. It’s a ten-minute walk from two stunning beaches: Surin and BangTao. The loft has a fully equipped kitchen, a comfortable king-size bed, and a separate balcony with a breathtaking mountain view.  

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Marvellous Designer Villa With Private Pool

This designer villa has internet, a fully-equipped kitchen, and mountain views with easy beach access. It has a dedicated workspace for digital nomads and a hot tub to enjoy after those long work days abroad. Take advantage of the private pool and relax with the 65" HDTV.

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Villa Royale 

The Villa Royale is a luxury boutique resort inside a tropical jungle oasis. The forty-two suites overlook the Andaman Sea and Kata Noi's white sand beaches. It has a saltwater swimming pool nestled into rocks, two freshwater pools, and a private path leading to the beach. 

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The Slate

On Nai Yang Beach, guests at The Slate are close to turquoise waters, coral sands, and a protected national park. The hotel blends bold design and inspiring innovation with the island’s cultural traditions. Luxury amenities include the Coqoon Spa, Ondigo Gym, and Kru Precision Wellness Centre, for a holistically rejuvenating experience.

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Chanalai Garden Resort

Chanalai Garden Resort is on the Southwest coast of Kata Beach in Phuket, Thailand. This exotic resort offers guests an escape with stunning views of the Andaman Sea and tropical gardens bursting with color. The spot has vibrant shopping, Thai massage parlors, and deliciously authentic street food.

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Mai Morn Resort Phuket

The 4-star luxury Mai Morn Resort Phuket is a unique stay with wide pool access outside of every patio door. There’s a 24-hour concierge, a garden, shuttle services, and an on-site restaurant & bar. The air-conditioned rooms have essential amenities, like a refrigerator, tea/coffee facilities, and a flat-screen TV. 

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Play: Things To Do In The Phuket, Thailand
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Phuket Thai Cooking Class

The Phuket Thai Cooking Class teaches guests the art of crafting authentic and delicious Thai cuisine with fresh handpicked ingredients. The local instructor teaches how to use traditional mortar and pestle along with Thai culinary secrets passed down through generations.

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ATV And Zipline Experience in Phuket Paradise

This off-road ATV and zipline tour takes place in the rugged terrain and lush jungle of Southern Phuket. There are panoramic vistas and a view of the majestic Big Buddha statue on this small group tour.

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Phuket Old Town Food Tour for 8 Exclusive Guests

This exclusive Old Town food tour is the perfect way to experience the most delicious authentic local cuisine. Guests receive personalized attention from a knowledgeable guide while sampling Phuket's diverse culinary community.v

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A Morning with the Elephants at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

This elephant sanctuary is a majestic place to see the gentle giants live their final years in peace. The sanctuary borders 30 acres of stunning tropical landscapes at the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park in North East Phuket. Visitors can enjoy a vegetarian Thai buffet with welcome snacks and beverages. 

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Luxury Boat to James Bond Islands with Lunch and Sunset Dinner

A luxury yacht and sunset dinner with a chance to emulate the sophistication of James Bond allows guests to kayak through the captivating Hongs of Phang Nga. With an onboard DJ, free Wi-Fi, and fun water activities, this exhilarating water tour makes for an unforgettable vacation moment.

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Old Town Cultural Heritage Tour of Phuket

The Old Town Cultural Heritage Tour is a great small group activity with spectacular views of the historic city center. There's also a family-style dinner included in the tour. Guests get an up-close view of local markets, pagodas, colorful architecture, and convenient door-to-door transport. 

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Phuket Giant Water Lilies &amp; Temple Tour

The Phuket Giant Water Lilies & Temple Tour is iconic for its drone shots and gorgeous landscapes. It takes place on a long-tail boat amidst colossal Victoria Amazonica lily pads. This half-day private journey explores the history of three remarkable temples and Phuket's most enchanting landscapes.

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Spa Burasari Phuket

Enjoy the ultimate spa day at the award-winning Spa Burasari Phuket with individual and couple packages. The skilled spa specialists use all-natural products, like aromatic herbal massage oils and healing body scrubs.

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