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Phuket Remains One of the Favourite Holiday Desitnations in Asia

Nov 28, 2007
Taking a vacation is a great way to enhance your mental health, rekindle your relationships, and gain self confidence. But, you could enjoy the full benefits of a vacation only if the location you have chosen for your vacation is mesmerizing.

Location for taking a vacation usually depends upon the personal interest of the travelers. Some may find pleasure in vacationing in hi-fi destinations packed with modern attractions as well as cityscapes while some may prefer to spend their vacation in a tranquil destination. There are also vacationers who would like to tour a destination which are a blend of both modern and old.

Phuket would be perhaps the first location that comes into your mind when you think of a memorable as well as an enjoyable vacation amid serene settings filled with magnificent beaches and action-packed adventures. Dubbed as 'the Pearl of the Andaman' or 'the Pearl of the South,' Phuket has become a favorite spot among holiday makers from across the world. Bounded by the sparkling blue waters of the Andaman Sea, Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, and is located about 850 kilometers from the capital city, Bangkok.

With an incredible variety of beaches, the island is truly a haven for beach lovers. Every beach in the island has its own uniqueness. When some are noted for its stunning and serene caves, others may be favored for excellent facilities that they provide to enjoy a range of activities. Most popular among the beaches in the area are Patong, which becomes lively during night, Kamala, Surin, Nai Yang, and Karon and Kata beaches.

All of these together form a paradise for ocean lovers. You just think any of the water sport activities, it would be readily available in the island. Phuket has been rated among the top ten scuba diving destinations in the world. A host of other activities can also be enjoyed here, which among many others, are boating, fishing, deep sea fishing, jet skiing, sailing, sea canoeing, water skiing, para sailing, and swimming.

Apart from these, Phuket is also a popular destination among golf lovers, with a variety of superb golf courses including Phuket Country Club, Banyan Tree Club in Bangtao Beach, Blue Canyon Country Club, and Loch Pam Golf Club, each of them set within the backdrop of lush green mountains and scenic vistas.

Options are also available for travelers who want to experience the indigenous art forms of the region such as Muay Thai or Thai kickboxing, which were once used by warriors to protect the kingdom from external powers. Similarly, if you are weary after a full-day activity in any of the fabulous beaches of the area, then take a refreshing spa massage to rejuvenate your mind and body.

Further, Phuket is a kid friendly destination, with a myriad of options for children such as nature parks and yoga sessions exclusively designed for kids. Above all, Phuket is a shoppers' paradise, with a myriad of shops selling antique and handicraft items, pearls, gems, jewelry, and apparels. In short, Phuket has something for everyone!

A visit to Phuket would be incomplete without taking a tour to its unbelievable temples and shrines, among which perhaps the most famed is the Wat Chalong, a Buddhist temple with an expansive prayer hall enshrining three statues of most revered monks such as Luang Por Chaem, Luang Por Chuang, and Luang Por Gluam. Also, popular are shrines such as Wat Phranangsang, dedicated to two heroines who defeated Burmese attackers during the Thalang Battle, and Wat Phra Thong, enshrining an enormous half buried image of the Lord Buddha.

Apart from these, make a visit to old Phuket town, which is home to a range of attractions such as Heroine's Monument and several Sino-Portuguese colonial mansions. To take a peep into the historical past of the region, a great way would be to visit the museums here such as Phuket Sea Shell Museum and Thalang National Museum. Also, while your stay at Phuket take a tour to Khao Phra Thaeo National Park with diverse flora and fauna, Marine Biological Research Centre, Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, with thousands of butterflies, and Promthep Cape.

With these umpteen attractions, the tourism industry in Phuket is steady as well as stable. The destination boasts of accommodation choices to suit every budget and taste. For those who can spend extravagantly for their Phuket vacation, some excellent options are available in the form of hotels attached with high-end facilities and amenities. For those seeking solace and privacy, one of the best options would be to go for accommodation choices such as rental villas inclusive of superb accommodation, transportation facilities, dining options, and maid servants.
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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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