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Family Holidays in Phuket

Oct 12, 2007
The largest island in Thailand, Phuket is an incredible tourist destination, blessed with magnificent island-dotted blue seas, hidden coves and secluded bays, beautiful lagoons, forested hills, lush green forests, and enchanting view of tropical sunsets.

However, the glory of Phuket lies on its wonderful coastline, with an exceptional variety of beaches such as Patong, Kata Beach and Karon Beach, Rawai, Nai Han, Bangtao, and Kalim. Hence, no doubt Phuket is truly a mecca for water sport lovers. Let it be sailing in the Andaman Sea, canoeing through the Phang-nga, water skiing in Hat Patong, deep sea fishing on the offshore islands or Scuba diving in famed destinations such as Phi Phi Islands and Surin, Phuket renders incredible options.

There are also superb options available for such adventure activities such as jet skiing, kayaking, and parasailing, along with required equipments like boats and kayaks. If you are a beginner in any of these activities, then you can make use of services of an experienced instructor.

Aside water sports, Phuket provide superb options for activities like sightseeing and golf, with a range of world-class championship golf courses. Further, Phuket boasts of a plethora of bars, disco centers with Simon cabaret, and discotheques, all of which provide an exciting as well as lively nightlife. With these umpteen attractions and options, no wonder why Phuket is acknowledged as the 'Pearl of the South.'

Located about 860 km south of Bangkok - Phuket holds the distinction of being the only island in the country with provincial status. Phuket has to its credit a continuum of interesting destinations. One of the prime attractions is the Crocodile Farm - a colorful aquarium containing some estuarine alligators and crocodile. Set in tropical gardens, Phuket Zoo is another great destination, with attractions like friendly tigers and interesting snake shows, apart from a variety of exotic birds and animals.

Highlights also include aquarium containing a variety of tropical fish and corals. A must-see attraction is handicrafts center, where some unique artifacts made by local artisans can be seen, such as silverware, jewelry, and lacquer ware. Also, take a tour to Thai Village while your stay at Phuket, which is much favored for its Thai cuisine as well as cultural shows including sword fighting, Thai dances, and Thai boxing.

Other popular destinations in Phuket are Phromthep Cape - the southern most part of the island providing scenic vistas of the sunset; Wat Phra Thong, whose focal point is a half-buried Buddha; and Wat Chalong, where the statues of most revered monks are enshrined, such as, Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang. Above all, Phuket is noted for colonial structures, reflecting old European architecture.

Surrounded by 39 islands, Phuket is perhaps the most family-friendliest of all the islands in Thailand, since it caters to every type of vacationer. For honeymooners and newly weds, Phuket's secluded tropical beaches, each of them with fascinating caves and lagoons, offer endless options to enjoy a romantic vacation. Despite being a popular honeymoon destination, Phuket has now become one of the most desirable places to get married. Majority of the resorts and hotels in the area render first-classes services for wedding.

Even specialized packages are made available for getting married. Likewise, Phuket is considered an excellent as well as a safe destination for those traveling with kids. Kids can enjoy aplenty of activities through visiting Butterfly Garden or by taking an elephant trek. Options are also available for kids in the form of summer camps organized and conducted by the British Curriculum International School (BCIS.) Also, a range of kid-friendly hotels and resorts operate here, with a supervised kid club, kid's pool, and restaurants coupled exclusive menus for kids. In addition, Phuket offers a variety of choices for aged people and senior citizens to make their vacation truly a memorable one.

Equally worth mentioning is the accommodation choices available in Phuket. Whether you are a budget-conscious traveler or a luxury-loving vacationer, a plenty of options are available, ranging from boutique resorts and budget bungalows to most sophisticated villas and six-star hotels attached with all facilities including world-class room amenities and fantastic restaurants.

Majority of hotels and resorts offer packages exclusively designed for families. Mostly, they are inclusive of accommodation with oversized bedrooms, kids pack, dining options, and Thai massage and spa facilities. In addition, many of the hotels provide some kind of discount on family and honeymoon packages.

From the aforesaid discussion, it is evident that Phuket is indeed a major resort for a relaxing family vacation!
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Few, private estates in the world match the unsurpassed luxury and tranquility of The Samsara Estate, built atop a private and secluded peninsula, our villas offer views over a stunning juxtaposition of rocky shoreline, tropical forest, and the crystal blue waters of the Andamans in Phuket, Thailand.
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