On the southeastern coast of Phuket lies the picturesque Phuket Town wherein multicultural architectural styles fuse together. Now an architectural melting pot, Phuket Town used to attract Arabian, Chinese, Indian, and Portuguese merchants. Phuket Town, as a result, is now a blend of cultural influences which can be seen in the structures throughout the neighborhood. The community is popular with tourists due to the Sino-Portuguese houses lining its streets, and the row of coffee shops, textile stores, excellent restaurants, and galleries across the neighborhood. The classic Thai residences go well with the architectural fusion—much like one of our Phuket vacation rental properties, Villa Rom Trai—dotting the area. Phuket Town is also a refreshing cultural break from Phuket’s beaches as it also has Chinese Taoist shrines, which can be visited by tourists.
One of the interesting Phuket attractions is located in the southernmost part of the province—the Rawai Village. The Rawai village is where tourists can get a glimpse of the Moken, or the tribe of sea gypsies, lifestyle. With roots in the Andaman and Nicobar islands, the some of the sea gypsies live by this seafront Rawai village wherein they make a living by fishing, pearl diving, and guiding tourists on their trips to the sea. The Rawai Village may not be as popular as other tourist destinations in Phuket, but it certainly is a great attraction to experience the authentic local culture. If you could, schedule your visit to the Rawai Village in June or November to catch the sea gypsies’ Floating Festival. To make your stay enjoyable while waiting for the sea gypsies’ event, All Luxury Apartments can provide you with long-term villa rentals like Villa Hale Malia that would give you a home away from home experience while vacationing in Phuket.
In addition to the enjoyable waves of the sea, Phuket also has kid-friendly attractions, one of which includes the Phuket Aquarium. Located in the Muang District, the Phuket Aquarium allows tourists to see the marine wildlife first hand. Not only is it a fun attraction, it’s also a place wherein visitors can gain knowledge about sea resources and Thailand coasts. The learning center features aquatic animals in their freshwater and saltwater environment and rare marine creatures that visitors may have never heard of before. On weekends, visitors are given a chance to have a close interaction with the animals through the animal feeding activity. The Phuket Aquarium is open daily from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and the entrance fee only costs 100 Baht for kids, and 180 Baht for adults.
Located along the west coast is Phuket’s main tourist resort, Patong Beach. As the longest beach strip in the province, Patong is not only famous for its pristine beaches but also the variety of entertainment and nightlife it has to offer. All Luxury Apartments has Phuket vacation rentals by the beach that would guarantee access to this entertainment hub. An ideal place to party and play, Patong beach has it all--from sunny sparkling beaches and shopping outlets to nightclubs and Go Go Bars. With its crowded beaches and crowded streets, Patong is the place for people who would like to experience action over relaxation. There are numerous shopping outlets in the area as large shopping centers and street markets lined with stalls fill the Patong streets that are open on both day and late at night. Patong also caters to the range of taste buds that its tourist has for there are a variety of restaurant and food chains within the vicinity--from traditional Thai and Middle Eastern cuisine to American food chains and coffee shops. Patong is also a good starting point to go to off-coast islands such as Phi Phi Island, Maya Bay, and Khai Island.
Another attraction that exhibits the natural aquatic beauty of Phuket is the Sirinat National Park. Located in Thalang District, the national park has 22 square kilometers of coastline and 68 square kilometers of sea and is famous for its well-preserved beaches: Hat Nai Thon, Hat Nai Yang, Hat Mai Khao, and Hat Sai Kaeo. With its beach forests, forest birds, mangrove forest, coral reefs, and sea turtles, Sirinat National Park exhibits the diverse ecosystem of Phuket. On the stretch of Hat Mai Khao and Hat Nai Yang, leatherback sea turtles even used to lay their eggs between November and February. The park is also a good place to kitesurf, particularly from May to October. Sirinat significantly has less tourist traffic than other attractions in Phuket, and it is a good place to cap the day off due to the relaxing atmosphere of the area.
If you’re looking for private villas in Phuket to maximize your vacation experience, All Luxury Apartments offers luxury vacation rentals by the beach in Phuket that would fit your budget and duration of stay. With a number of vacation properties in Phuket, All Luxury Apartments can provide private villas—be it for short-term or long-term rentals—that would suit your needs.