Thailand, officially named the Kingdom of Thailand, stretches down the Indochinese Peninsula in the Southeast Asian region. Although Thailand’s neighbouring countries strike visitors with their breathtaking landscapes and engaging history, the Land of Smiles has achieved to develop an important tourist economy. Indeed, in the last few decades, the country has attracted an ever-increasing number of visitors (39 million in 2019 alone), becoming the most visited country in the whole region.
It is not difficult to understand why! Not only the country is world-famous for its white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, but it also delights visitors with a rich culture, tasty food and friendly people. Do we have to continue? What are you waiting for?
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Best period to visit Thailand and Phuket
When it comes to organise a trip to Thailand, it is highly suggested to take into consideration important factors, such as weather and season. As numerous other countries in Southeastern Asia, in fact, Thailand generally experiences three different season: cool, hot and wet. The best period to visit Phuket is during the cool season, which ranges between November and February. Temperatures will vary in this period between 23°C and 30°C, making this period the best one to enjoy the sun and outdoor activities. Yet, keep in mind that the cool season coincides with the peak-season, therefore, the country (and especially Phuket) will be definitely more crowded. The season to avoid is, instead, the wet season. During this period, the monsoons – a type of wind from the Indian Ocean – bring moisture to the continent’s inland, causing an increase of rainfalls.
Best sights in Phuket
Located in the western part of the island of Phuket, the shape of the shoreline, as the name implies, reminds a banana. The gorgeous beach, surrounded by a lush-green thick forest, has been spared by the huge crowds coming to Thailand due to its relative inaccessibility. Indeed, the parking area is not located directly at the beach, on the contrary, visitors will have to walk some time before reaching this wonderful location. Yet, if you want to enjoy peace and quiet, this is the right place!
Kata Noi Beach
On the southern part of the island, Kata Noi has becoming increasingly popular among holidaymakers, since the landscape has not being targeted by developers. Here, in fact, visitors will enjoy a wild stunning coastline, where it is possible to sunbathing, scuba diving and explore the nearby forest. Despite a slim choice, the small village in proximity of the beach offers some accommodation and catering facilities.
The Phuket Big Buddha
When in Phuket, visitors should not only enjoy the sun and the magnificent coastline, but, on the contrary, they should also include some excursions to the most important cultural and historical sights. We know it is difficult not to go to the beach when visiting Phuket, yet, it would be a shame missing these wonderful sights. Located at the top of the Nakkerd Hills, the 45-metre high Big Buddha represents for example one of the most interesting places to visit. From the top of the hill, visitors will also enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding territory.
Karon View Point
Don’t be lazy, Phuket offers also some extremely beautiful hikes! The walk to the Karon View Point is considered by many people the most beautiful one … and it is not difficult to understand why! From here, visitors can enjoy a stunning view of the Andaman Sea and the three west coast beaches. Yet, keep in mind that the place is quite crowded, therefore, don’t be disappointed if you won’t be the only one there.
Located on the southeastern coast, Phuket Town lies on a small beautiful bay. The vibrant city offers a great number of activities, which attract thousands of visitors: walking through the streets of the Old Town, experiencing the Sunday Street Market, visiting important museums (Phuket Trickeye Museum for example) and temples (JuiTui Shrine), as well as enjoying Phuket nightlife.
Wat Chalongis the largest and most popular temple in the island of Phuket. It is definitely worth a visit. Keep in mind that this is a place of worship, therefore, visitors should wear appropriate clothes!