It’s easy to believe that when traveling in Phuket, people want to eat fresh seafood next to the sea, in a place with a great atmosphere. But if you come to Phuket for a longer stay, and you want to eat seafood everyday, then it is very possible that you will run out of money!

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So here’s some advice to help you find delicious food that is up to scratch and at an affordable price.

These places are not hard to locate as they can be found in the large departments stores such as Central Festival, Jungcelon, Tesco Lotus, Index Living Mall and BiG C. As well as having plenty of stores for shopping, these are great places to find a large variety of restaurants all serving delicious foods (except Index Living Mall which only has one restaurant).

These restaurants have all types of food including Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and even European ranging from 30 to 300 baht per dish. These prices usually reflect the service that you will find in each restaurant.

If you like Japanese food, Fuji and Zen have extremely fresh and tasty food. Or if you’re really hungry and want to eat as much as you can, go to Index Living Mall, and find Oishi Buffet who provide fresh Japanese buffet, where you can have all you can eat for 3xx baht.

If you like Thai food and great tasting coffee try S&P or Black Canyon, which have a good selection of Thai food that is tailored more for foreign tastes.

However, if you want to try something a little different go to the food court in every store, where they have a huge variety of foods at very reasonable prices.

Many people have a real headache when their check out time is many hours before their flight leaves. Spending 3 hours or more waiting in Phuket airport is no fun at all because there’s nothing to do, unless you have an unread book at hand.

If you don’t, here’s some ideas of how to spend the time

Shopping Shopping & Shopping :
Phuket has much more to offer than just white sand beaches and ocean.  It is also a center for shopping, catering to many types of shoppers. For example if you’ve ever stayed at Patong Beach, you must have passed the many street side stalls and shops.  Maybe you stopped and asked the price of something that caught your eye, or bought a nice t-shirt or watch.

These shops usually are open in the evening, so this may not be of use if you’ve an early flight to catch! If this is the case, you should try one of the many department stores, which have a huge variety of shops and restaurants.

The first to recommend is Jungcelon in Patong, which is a large store which has enough shops to keep anyone satisfied! Or, if you are staying in Phuket Town or at a different beach, you should try shopping at Central Festival. Shopping in Phuket Town is great if you are looking for brand named goods. Also, many shops give 5% discount for tourists!

Bowling/ Watching movies : Shopping is great if you have only 2-3 hours before your flight, but if you have more time, you may want to look for other activities such as bowling or going to watch a movie. There are two locations that have both bowling and a cinema, Jungcelon at Phatong Beach and Ocean in Phuket Town. Or, if you don’t mind a short walk, you could watch a movie at Central Festival, and then walk 400-500 metres to Big C for some fun bowling.

spa package : Many people come to Phuket for Sea, Sand and Sun but going to a Spa is another activity that Phuket offers in abundance. If you know that you will have a problem with an early checkout, you could plan to have a spa session to relax you and help the return journey be more comfortable. You may even be able to get some sleep on the journey home!

One thing you should know is that a ‘Spa’ and a ‘Massage Shop’ is not the same thing. We recommend that you don’t go for massages in the smaller massage shops, because they don’t have packages that ensure your full relaxation. Instead, you should choose one of the larger, more famous spas in Phuket. Also, the larger spas usually have a shuttle service that will pick you up and drop you off, so that you don’t have to worry about organizing transport for the round trip.

The first location we would recommend is the Cheraim Spa which is close to Central Festival, which is very convenient if you are on your way to the airport. And if you have spare time, you could also go shopping at Central Festival.

We would also highly recommend Sukko Spa which, as well as offering a variety of spa packages that last between 2 to 4 hours, or you could mix and match our facilities to create your own personal package to suit your schedule. And if you have kids, Sukko Spa offers a child care service to look after your kids, so you can really relax and get the best out of the last day of your holiday.

Phuket is a tropical island, and as like in any tropical paradise diarrhea or food poisoning could really be a hinder in your perfect vacation. Not that drinking water or food in Phuket is particularly unsafe, but taking just a few precautions shouldn’t be a problem.

Water 

  • Don’t drink tap water
  • Drink bottled water where possible (look for those with the ‘safety food’ sign or known in Thai as ‘or yor‘ given by the Food and Drugs Administration of Thailand).
  • Always check that the seal on the bottled drinks are intact

There are quite a number of local drinking water brands that are reliable – just be sure to check for the ‘safety food’ sign.

Food

  • Phuket has many exotic dishes to offer, but make sure you know what the ingredients are before you start enjoying the food, as allergic ingredients such as nuts and shellfishes are particularly popular in oriental cuisines
  • Be cautious when trying new, exotic local dishes, as your digestive may not be used to some of the ingredients.
  • When possible try to choose newly cooked food over those that are left for a long time, as in the warm weather food goes bad easily.

A good tip when trying new dishes is to trust your instincts – if you feel that the food is too weird for your taste, don’t risk it!

Staying in good health is a vital part of enjoying a holiday, so make sure that you are having a good diet as well as having fun experiencing new things. Happy Holidays!

When planning trips to small islands like Phuket, you may imagine the best way to tour around the island is to rent a motorcycle.

But wait a moment… Read this before you decide whether to rent a motorcycle in Phuket or not.

Driving a vehicle in Phuket is the same as in almost all places in Thailand in that many will not strictly follow the rules of the road.

You will see people driving slowly in the middle of the road, not close to the left side (we drive on the left here), or turn and cut you off without using turning indicators, less than five metres before a junction. Sometimes, you will see people talking on their mobile phone whilst driving. In Phuket, the safe recommended distance between you and the car in front is ten meters.  In Phuket the traffic is heavy in the morning and afternoon/evening.

There are many roads in Phuket Town that are one way. Sometimes, motorcycles will drive in the opposite direction, which may give you a surprise!  This makes driving confusing and a lot harder. You will waste about half an hour getting to a nearby resturaunt, that only takes 10 minutes to walk.

Besides this, when travelling between the town and the beaches Kata, Phatong, Rawai and Bangtao you have to travel along steep and dangerous roads and should apply all of your focus and skill to ride your motorcycle safely.

The things you should prepare for riding a motorcycle in Phuket include an International Drivers Licence, a helmet and make sure that you dress politely otherwise you will get a sick of being constantly stopped by the traffic police.

Another thing that you cannot forget is that it can rain at anytime in Phuket, even in the summer. Sometimes you may not see the clouds coming, as they may be blocked by the hills. It is important that you plan your schedule to be flexible, as if it starts raining hard, you should wait until it stops before riding your motorcycle.