Phuket Blog 2016 | Best Activities and Places to Visit

I have been in Phuket a bit over 10 years now. Naturally I get a lot of questions about the best place for shopping, nightlife, restaurants ect. Also where to find the best hotels and even the best dentists. I should have written all this stuff down years ago, but now finally, I am putting it all to print, all the great (and some not so great) places I have been to around Phuket.

This is a labor of love, because I love Phuket, and I want people to see the best that it has to offer. Phuket is more than just Bangla Road and Patong Beach. Its a big island with heaps of great stuff to see and do.

I think I’m a typical traveller, I like a bargain, I like to immerse myself where the locals do, and I like fun

So here it is. All my thoughts about Phuket/Thailand for the world to see. I hope you enjoy my blog, and I hope you can take something away from it and make your time in the ‘Land of Smiles’ much more enjoyable.

Sam Kelly

Outdoor Dining at Kaset Markets

Talad Kaset –  Or otherwise known as Kaset Markets is located at the back of the Robinson Shopping Mall in Phuket Town. There is a great strip of outdoor restaurants at the back that serve up the freshest Thai food with the products being sourced directly from...

Isaan Food! Jao Noi Restaurant, Chalong

Isaan is known as the heartland of the Kingdom of Thailand. It is located on the borders of Cambodia and Laos, the language is different to the rest of Thailand, they speak Khmer and a dialect of Laos. Around 70 percent of the population in Thailand are from Isaan, it...

A Short History of Phuket

Phuket was known by Indian traders as early as the 3rd century BC. The original name was Jung Ceylon. Phuket has always been rich in natural resources such as timber, rubber, ivory and more recently tin. It was also a well known haven for pirates. The name Phuket...

Dim Sum, the Chinese/Thai Breakfast

Dim Sum, the Chinese/Thai Breakfast One of my favorite breakfast meals is Dim Sum. My family and I generally go 2 to 3 times a week to a very busy little restaurant on the Chao Fa East Road. The shop is located right at the traffic lights just at the east end of the...

Gold Shops in Thailand

Gold Shops in Phuket Everyone knows Thailand is famous for its bargains. But have you ever thought about buying gold? There are thousands of gold shops around Thailand, they are in almost every shopping center and on every street corner. It’s actually not that well...

NS Money Changers

NS Money changers NS Money changers is located in Phuket Town on the road behind Robinsons Shopping Centre, and down that road towards The Royal Phuket City Hotel about 200m. I am yet to find a money changer that has better rates in Phuket than here. I see Chinese...

Naka Weekend Markets

Naka Weekend Markets. The Naka weekend markets is located in the Naka area of Phuket Town. Every taxi driver on the island knows where the Naka Markets are. They are open from about 6pm every Saturday and Sunday Night. If you insist and driving yourself. To get there,...

Visa Runs to Penang by Air

If you’re staying long enough in the land of smiles you will have to hop out of the country and grab a new Visa. The easiest and most convenient Thai consulate nearby Phuket is Penang. Me personally. I hate travelling by minivan. Its torture for me being a bigger...

Pinky’s Gallery Cafe

Pinky’s Gallery Cafe Pinky’s Gallery Café, now in 2 great locations, Chalong Branch and Phuket Town Phuket Town: Pinky’s Gallery Café, Phuket Town is located in the old part of Phuket Town on Yaowarad Road. It is located in an old style Chinese shopfront. The café...

Le Meridian Resort

Le Meridian Resort This beautiful 400+ room resort is conveniently located just 3 kilometers south of party central, Patong Beach. Its a huge and beautiful complex with lots of different activities. If you want to learn to dive, then there is a dive shop called Sea...

Dragon Muay Thai Gym

Of all the Muay Thai gyms in Phuket, Dragon Muay Thai is my favourite. Dragon is Thai owned and Thai run, so you get a pretty authentic training session. The gym consists of 2 rings. The one in the front is generally for beginners to intermediate, and the one out the...

Phuket City Tour

See Everything That Phuket City Has To Offer Going on a guided tour of Phuket City is one of top things to do when you are visiting the island. Not only is it great value for your money, but it gives you a really good perspective and sense of direction to continue...

Chalong Bay Bar – Chalong Bay

Chalong Bay Bar Chalong Bay Bar is located right on Chalong Bay. Its right between Dicky’s Lighthouse and the Bullship Bar. I would say this place is about 90% expats with just a few tourists, and even some Thai locals. The food consists of mainly Thai and a bit of...

Nikita’s at Rawaii Beach

Another one of my favourite hangouts in the afternoon is down at Rawaii Beach. And one of the best venues down at Rawaii is Nikita’s. Nikita’s has the best seats in Rawaii, you literally have your feet in the sand when you sit down. (Ok so a little might have been...

A Night at the Fights in Phuket

Muay Thai is really exploding in Thailand, with MMA gaining popularity a lot of these fighters come to Thailand to hone the deadly arts of kicks, knees and elbows which are the main attack weapons in Muay Thai. Points are awarded a bit differently to Western Boxing,...

MK – Restaurant chain

Another one of my favorite places is MK. Basically its a do it yourself Suki. Suki may sound Japanese but its actually a variation of a Chinese hotpot dish. But the brand is unique to Thailand. The menu consists of, vegetables, noodles dimsum and fresh fish. The basic...

Banyan Tree, Bang Tao

Banyaan Tree is truly a 5 star resort. It is located up in the Bang Tao area and its only just a small stroll from your villa to the beach. The Villas are absolutely sensational. They are a Thai style with fully self contained kitchen, plus 2 bedrooms and bathrooms, a...

Renting Scooters in Phuket

Riding a bike in Phuket is great fun, but its not without risks. The roads in Phuket can be a little dangerous and they are not particularly well maintained. The local police rarely enforce road rules and this can lead to some quite unorthodox driving habits. The main...

Motorcycle madness in Phuket

Ok so this isnt my post, I borrowed it from another forum. But its extremely funny and I would like to credit the writer but dont know who he/she is. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Madness THERE are two things about Thailand that are totally incomprehensible to...

The Hardcore Thai curry

Almost all of us on the planet love the exotic flavours and tastes of really nice spicy Thai food. Resorts tend to tone down their food a bit, and even when ordering a la carte food the Thais will try to not kill you with spices. For those with serious hardcore taste...

Dental 32 Clinic

Are you thinking about getting some dental work in Phuket? Well your not alone. Medical tourism is big business in Thailand. The doctors and dentists are world class but are a lot cheaper than the west because of lower overheads. The savings generally amount to about...

Tattoos in Phuket

Bamboo Tattoo in Soi Ta-ied at Chalong is a great little joint, they have been there about 1 year already. They have a very clean and well run shop. They do mainly traditional ‘Suk Yant’ Thai style tattoos I recommend a lot of my friends to go there. Rit...

The Bull Ship Bar

This great little bar has just opened right near Chalong Pier, you are practically right on the beach here. The owner has done a great job with the decor. Its got a couple of big TVs comfy seats and a great selection of very cold beers. The food is sensational. They...

Fuk Boong Fai Dang

Another restaurant review from Phuket’s harshest critic lol OK so I was going to head down to Escape Bar or Tamarind tonight for a feed but it was chockas in Chalong and no place for the family tonight. Heading back towards Phuket Town I saw a restaurant that...

Pongpan Seafood

I have spent 3 days of the last week going to the most amazing restaurant and I feel I have to share The name of the restaurant is Pongpang and its on Soi Pla Lai near the zoo. Now the reason I chose this restaurant is the usual restaurant I like to eat at in Pla Lai...

Cosa Nostra

Restaurant review time. I just went down to Cosa Nostra at Patak Villa in Chalong with my wife. It’s basically a converted house that’s now a restaurant. It has a good Italian style feel to it. Starters ranged from 90 baht to 180 baht. We took some ham...

Alis BBQ

Got to give credit where credit is due… if your fanging for some Arabic style pita breads and wraps. Hands down Ali BBQ in Soi Ta-ied(Tiger Muay Thai soi) is the shit. For 150 baht you get a stonking feed. I’ve got nothing to do with the business and...

Noodles

These little noodle stands are located all over Thailand, and I think they are the ultimate bargain. For 50 baht you can get a ‘Bamee Pi Set’ which is basically a noodles with the works. The noodles are stacked with fresh meat and vegetables plus your...

Private Drivers and Taxi Service

If the thought of driving in a foreign country terrifies you, we can arrange a private driver with their own car to take you around the island for as little as 3000thb a day. We can also offer a Point A to Point B Taxi service based on pick up and drop off points, 24...

Public Transport Around Thailand

Thailand has an amazingly cheap and reliable VIP bus and minvan service reaching all parts of the Kingdom. However there are reputable companies with decent drivers and courteous service, and there are companies who employ drivers with zero regard for safety or...

Phuket Tailor Service

If you’re in the market for some threads, Thailand is well known for its unbelievable bargains. Here’s the thing though: Quality varies widely and choices abound. You never know what you are going to get…But we do, and we’ll send you to Omi, who stocks the highest...

Dicky’s Lighthouse – Chalong Bay

Dickie’s Lighthouse is located at Chalong Bay, before it was  known as Jimmy’s Lighthouse. The food has improved out of sight since Dicky took it over. My personal favorite are his breakfasts. The Lighthouse Breakfast is 180baht, and it consists of...