|Fitness club, monthly fee for 1 adult||$69.24|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre||$1 004.64|
|Pack of cigarettes||$2.79|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$2.78|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$18.86|
|1 Pair of Jeans||$69.47|
|Chicken breasts at the market||$3.76|
|Mid range bottle of wine||$18.55|
|Local draught beer||$2.16|
Thailand boasts a lot of natural wonders, from its mountainous heights to the pristine waters in the beaches along its coastline. We are not even talking about the mystic city of Bangkok. Places like Phuket deserve an equal notoriety for its cool, azure waters fit for an escape from the daily tediousness of living in the city.
The city can be reached by air to Phuket International Airport, which is the second busiest hub in Thailand. If you are after a tight travel budget, airline companies offer cheap flights to Phuket online. During off-peak seasons, more cheap flights to Phuket are offered at attractive prices.
You must plan your itinerary very well, because you may miss out on some important destinations. One of the most important natural destinations in Phuket – and the one that we would dare you not to miss – is Pha Nang Bay. The emerald limestone karsts jutting out from the sea stands proud like jewellery. What made it famous are the numerous films shot against this wondrous scenery, including a James Bond film, which explains why they call Nail Island “James Bond Island”. You can kayak or cruise on an old-style Chinese junk around Pha Nang Bay.
Phuket’s beaches are also open for snorkeling, diving and kayaking. Enjoy in the white sand of these Phuket beaches, and maybe get acquainted with the underwater critters for later. You may even just lie down and let a masseuse take care of your body and release all muscle tensions.
Notable beaches include Ao Sane, Kata Noi and Laem Singh Beach. If you would snorkel, try to go where you’re easily visible and avoid going far off the sea. Also apply thick sunscreen if you are not after the tan.
If you are hungry, you can eat at restaurants that offer top delicacies, exquisitely prepared Thai cuisine. However, if you are just strolling through the streets for the meantime and hunger gets at you, indulge in a Moo Ka Ta “All-you-can-eat” buffet on local eateries. It is a smorgasbord of veggies, fish, and pork. Remember to eat what you can; you’ll be charged for leftovers.
Every type of traveler can find suitable hotels in Phuket. There are budget hotels like Phuket Backpacker Hotel or the Phuket Ecozy Hotel that offers accommodations lower than 200 baht. There are also recommended hotels include high-end hotels like Holiday Inn and Dusit Thani.