I went on a Business trip to Phuket last Tuesday until Saturday. I’ve been in Thailand for over 2 years now and has gone to many places but never to Phuket considering it is the 2nd most popular spot in Thailand after Bangkok.
I arrived in Phuket International Airport past 10 am. It was teeming with tourists and locals alike. At the arrival area, hundreds of tourist are waiting for the pick-up transfers and so are the drivers who patiently wait for their passengers. Phuket is also not spared from the infamous traffic jam of Thailand.
I have at least 7 meetings per day during the visit and mostly until dinner time. Since Phuket is a big island, in some instances, I had to travel about 1 hour by car from one end of the island to the other. Luckily the scenery is breath taking, from beaches to stunning bays, hills and mountains and not to mention the thousands of hotels and resorts lining all the major beaches.
Phuket is really a tourist paradise. You will never get hungry as there are a lot of restaurants, bars and fast food. If you want to relax, there is a massage shop in almost every corner of the island. Definitely a lot more compared to Bangkok or Pattaya.
The most visited area is Patong popular for its vibrant night life and long stretch of beach but I prefer the Kata or Karon area which is less busy.
Phuket is also a shopping haven. Souvenir shops lined the beach and most of the streets. But if you want to go to a bigger place, you can opt for either Jungceylon in Patong area or Central Festival Mall in the town proper.
All over the island you can see signs like “Tsunami Hazard Zone” or “Tsunami Evacuation Site” etc. as Phuket was one of the hard hit areas during the 2004 deadly Asian Tsunami. It’s a good thing though that they make those signs visible and easy to understand because calamity can happen at any time and unexpectedly. Six years after the Tsunami, there was no sign of the damage or destruction at all. It shows the Thai’s optimism and resilience.
Though my trip is quite tiring, it is truly a fruitful and memorable one. I would definitely be coming back to Phuket soon for a holiday.
I’m sharing some of the snapshots I took in between meetings.
Enjoy a peek of Phuket! 🙂