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Issue No 23, 30th September 2011

Hello and welcome to this issue of Phuket Travel Secrets monthly e-zine

People often ask us….what is the best beach in Phuket?

All beaches in Phuket beckon visitors with their white sand and turquoise waters and everyone has their favourite making it extremely difficult to pick the best beach as such.

For many visitors, location to their resort or hotel is a major factor in selecting which beach to visit. The majority of first time visitors to Phuket base themselves in and around Patong, mainly as the area provides easy access to a host of activities, shopping and not to mention the colourful nightlife of Bangla Road..

While most returning visitors and those travelling with children prefer the quieter areas such as Kata Noi, Kata Yai, Karon Beach or Nai Harn which are all ideally suited for family vacations. With the northern beaches of Nai Thon, Bang Tao or Mai Khao attracting couples in search of romantic getaways.

But one shouldn’t forget about the secret beaches in Phuket, the less known and quieter beaches, the ones still hidden from mass tourism.

Banana Beach is a secluded little beach, located on the North West coast between Bang Tao Beach and Nai Thon Beach.

Freedom Beach is surrounded by lush green mountains, located in a small cove just south of Patong Beach.

Paradise Beach is one of our favorite beaches, located close to Patong Beach but worlds apart.

The warm clear waters surrounding Phuket are bursting with marine life and there is no better place to go scuba diving then Phuket. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver Phuket Scuba Club can organise diving courses, daily dive tours and liveaboard cruises around Burma and Thailand. For more information on scuba diving courses or diving day trips and liveaboard cruises contact Chantal & Kevan and their professional instructors at Phuket Scuba Club.

There is also a fantastic range of adventurous activities such as climbing through the tree tops at XtremeAventures Phuket or Zorb balling at Phuket Rollerball , or for nature lovers and fishing enthusiasts go freshwater fishing at Phuket Fishing Park, there’s no reason why anyone should ever be bored in Phuket.

Traveling to Phuket has never been more affordable, with so many direct flights from full service carriers to budget airlines offering cheap airfares and a host of affordable places to stay.

For the best deals on hotel bookings in Phuket, we recommend you have a look at Agoda where you will find fantastic discounts and special promotions.

If your planning a holiday to Phuket from December through January, ensure that you book your accommodation in advance as thousands of people flock here for their annual holidays.

What’s on in Phuket during October 2011

From the 27th September to the 5th October, visitors can witness the truly bizarre and extreme purification rituals and join in the celebrations of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival. Warning this festival is not for the faint-hearted; try not to cringe as you watch devotees walk barefoot over hot coals, climb ladders with razor-sharp rungs or by piercing different parts of their bodies with iron needles and sharp blades. The vegetarian festival mainly takes place around Phuket Town and the Chinese shrines in Phuket, a must see is the amazing street processions. For the complete schedule Click here.

For readers who are planning a wedding in Phuket and want to arrive in style, check out the services provided by Phuket Stretch Limo, they can also arrange airport transfers, shopping and tours in style.

Important travel tips when holidaying in Phuket

Even though Phuket is generally a very safe place to spend your much awaited holiday or family vacation there are certain things you should be cautious of.

During the low season, monsoon winds can bring large waves and very dangerous undercurrents to some of Phuket’s west coast beaches. When conditions are dangerous lifesavers will place red flags on the beach to warn people of the dangerous conditions.

If there is a red flag flying on the beach, play it safe and don’t go in the water…..

Carefully think about your safety and the implications of accidents if you decide to hire a motorcycle or jet ski in Phuket. Jet ski riders are often victims of major scams that can turn out to be a very costly experience. Before you go on your holiday to Phuket you should check with your travel insurer whether these types of activities are covered by your policy.

Drink spiking can and does occur in Phuket, as well as other popular destinations in Thailand, so never leave your drink unattended.

It's also recommended to only carry enough money on your person when you go out at night, and to make sure to leave your passport and credit cards locked up in the room safe. Your passport is a valuable document that is attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. It should always be kept in a safe place. If your passport is lost or stolen overseas, you should report it immediately to your Embassy or Consulate.

If you have friends or family who are planning a holiday to Phuket help them stay informed with up to date room rates and travel tips, by suggesting they sign on to our RSS blog or like us on facebook.

Whilst you’re enjoying your holiday vacation in Phuket, there is no need to worry about missing your favorite sports on TV. Head to Duke’s Sports bar at Kata Beach where you can enjoy a cold beer and watch your chosen sport live on one of their big screens. You will be assured of a great time with Karen and Mark and their friendly staff.

We hope that you have enjoyed this issue of Phuket Travel Secrets e-zine.

Enjoy your travels

Jeff & Paula

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