Stunning beaches, spectacular shows, breath-taking sceneries, tasty food, all night and all day. These are some of the things you can expect to experience in one of the most famous islands in the world, Phuket.
Accessible by air, sea and land, it’s never too much of an effort to get there. One can also never have too little or too much money to enjoy their stay in the largest island Thailand has to offer. From budget backpacking to lavish high end waterfront villas, Phuket certainly has it all.
Even after the devastating 2004 tragedy which ravaged most of the west coastal areas, it evidently took only a few months for life to resume back to normal and put the tsunami episode behind. Nowadays, with better equipped prevention and warning systems, life seems to be bustling back more than ever.
Nobody can resist a good beach vacation 😎⛱
1. Beaches galore
Among the attractions in Phuket are obviously its beaches. From the ever-packed and lively Patong beach…
…family filled fun Karon beach…
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…to secluded and quiet Freedom beach where you can contemplate on the mysteries of life…
There’s always one on the island to suit your mood any time of the day! These names are just a handful from the stunning number of beaches accessible at both east and west coasts of the island.
2. Phuket Fantasea
Truly a one-of-its kind theme park. For one, it only opens at night and is dubbed as the ultimate night time cultural theme park. Watch elephants dance in its world famous show. Marvel at the amazing lights adorning the brilliant architectures and enjoy the fun games available in this experience like no other.
3. Phang Nga Bay
Of glorious limestones, islets and emerald waters, this is one place you should never miss should you find yourself in Phuket. A day trip by boat, exploring this absolute treasure of God’s creation will certainly make you feel many ways indescribable by words.
4. Old Phuket Town
More sightseeing, more fun. Located at the south-eastern coast of Phuket Island, walking around the town will instantly transport you to a different place. Distinct from the more traditional Thai styles seen around, this part of the island shows the diverse culture, heritage and influence embedded in the lives of the locals.
As part of its diverse culture, looking for halal food is never a problem when you are here. For instance, kebab stalls, Thai food and Chinese cuisine are among the choices that are always available. Set your budget and dine away, be it cheap fried rice by the beach or seafood served at a fancy restaurant.
1. The Golden Kinnaree Buffet Restaurant
While this kind of restaurant might not be everybody’s cup of tea, you should try and immerse yourself in this exclusive setting and dining affair. Located as part of the Fantasea Theme Park, experiencing the excitement and bustling of guests having their meals awaiting the famous show certainly gives a buzz like no other.
Offering numerous of choices, from local, Asian, to Western cuisines besides exquisite delectable desserts, these food prepared by some of the top Muslim chefs on the island can actually make it a chore for you to leave without feeling satisfied. On top of that, the halal food is served in a private area to avoid any discomfort whatsoever.
Note: Please make sure you request for halal food in advance before dining here!
Address: Phuket FantaSea Public Company Limited, 99 Moo 3 Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand
Contact: +66 76 385 111, +66 76 680 888
Opening Hours: 18:00 – 21:00 (Normal days), 17:30 – 22:00 (On busy days)
2. Kusuma Halal Thai Seafood
Located right smack in the middle of Patong (where it all happens), Kusuma has always been the go-to spot whenever any local is asked on where the best halal food is. Serving authentic Thai, Malaysian and other seafood dishes, having a hearty meal here would not cost a bomb. Not to mention, together with it comes the famous Thai hospitality – friendly and helpful staff as well as owners.
Personally handpick fresh seabass, mussels, crabs and even lobsters for them to prepare as you please. Also, it goes without saying that you need to try the Tom Yam… as you should do wherever you are in Thailand.
Address: 104 Rat-Uthit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket, Thailand
Contact: +66 (0)83 596 0885, +66 (0)81 078 8160
Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00 (Everyday)
3. Casablanca Restaurant
Whenever out of your comfort zone and looking for halal food, a good Indian or Arabic dish can never do you wrong. Casablanca offers you one of the best you can find in Phuket. Granted, it’s a bit pricey being part of the Royal Wing of the Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa. My advice is, some dining experiences are worth it, and this is surely one of it.
Like most other places, you can expect Briyani Rice, Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Tandoori and the sort. However, unlike other places, the food is first class.
Address: Casablanca at The Royal Paradise Hotel, 135/23 Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong
Contact: +66 (0)76 340 666
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00 (Everyday)
Halal food isn’t difficult to find in Phuket, and you’re bound to bump into more while you’re there. Phuket has at least 50 mosques, with many surrounded by halal restaurants. The largest Muslim community on the island can be found in the Patong Beach area, which is also the most famous resort town on Phuket’s west coast!
All in all, if you ever have a chance or thought to explore Phuket, please do yourself a favour and just go. There are always things to do or explore even on the fifth time (personal experience) which still makes you want it more. Perfect for romantic getaways, backpacking wanderlusters and even family vacations, be sure to explore the whole island.