The Family went to Phuket.

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Planning for a relaxed, laid-back, nature-themed getaway? Don’t go to Phuket.

Phuket is not really a very romantic and relaxing place to go to.  A lot of people for sure will disagree with me on this.  This is my stand, though.  Prior to going there, I had the same idea as most people. But after two trips to Phuket, I already know that it is no place for relaxation.

Don’t get me wrong! Phuket is a nice and very progressive city. It is one of Thailand’s business hubs. But for a long-awaited and well-deserved vacay with your special someone or your family, I hardly think Phuket is the right place.  If you are planning to go there to have quality time or to relax, I don’t think Phuket is the place.

Heavy traffic is one of the worst that I have experienced.  You can’t go to a temple and expect to get out within an hour because you will be spending quarter to a half an hour getting through and another 15 to 20 minutes looking for space to park.  From a distance the scenery is really spectacular with the eye-catching, well-designed villas on the mountain slopes and beautiful hotels by the beach, but if you take a closure look the water is full of rubbish. The water is dangerous and not suitable for swimming for kids, even for me. LOL. The strong rush of the waves towards the shore is quite typical but what really scared us the most was when the water recedes back to the sea it sucks you back so strong that you have to dig your feet deep into the sand to avoid stumbling over. We have been to many beaches. We live near a beach in our home town Davao in the Philippines but we have not experienced such pull by a receding wave. So, we have to stay really very near the shore. Very near that it is as if you are already swimming in sand. I particularly did not enjoy my swim.  I was worried and desperately trying to take all the sand from my skin the whole time.  I was stressed instead.

There are a lot of big shopping malls, bars, spas, and restaurants, though.  But for me these are just side dishes.  The main course, which is the reason why we went there in the first place isn’t what exactly as advertised.  It did not meet our expectation of clean, relaxing, and tranquil nature.

If I’d go back to Phuket, it would definitely be for a different reason other than vacay.  I would recommend Ao Nang Krabi and Island hopping for your vacay here.

No wonder I don’t remember that much of Phuket except the fact that we spent most of our time in the car.

What is your idea of Phuket?

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16 thoughts on “The Family went to Phuket.

  1. I was once based in Thailand. But I did not get the chance to explore Phuket yet. Thanks for sharing about your experience. I would rather explore Krabi then when I go there for a vacation 🙂

    1. Krabi is great. Guesthouses and the rent for long-tail boats aren’t too overpriced. We’ve been there quite a few times, and still looking forward to going back.

    1. My idea prior to going there was that of a very nice place with beautiful beaches and scenery. But after our trip, Dakak in Dapitan, Mindanao and Boracay are a lot better.

  2. Hmm, I might not have enjoyed that beach also. I’m not a great swimmer, nor do I swim on any pool or beach where I can’t reach the floor for that matter. So I won’t like that feeling of getting pulled deeper into the water. I had a similar experience back in 2006 I think, at Puka Beach in Boracay. The waves were pretty big and the ocean floor goes deep rather fast, the shoreline isn’t great as the ones at Station 1 and 2. But the sand is amazing though so that’s just what we came for.

  3. Friends who’ve been to Phuket say similar things about it,too. Parang Boracay daw na na-exploit. But I’ve been hearing good things about Krabi! Hopefully someday we could visit Krabi as a family 🙂

  4. We were just about to book a trip with the kids to Phuket! It’s a good thing I stumbled upon this post. So we’re booking a family vacation to Bohol instead. Thanks for sharing!

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