Loy Krathong, the Festival of Light, is celebrated across Thailand on the night of the full moon in the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar. In 2018, the Loy Krathong festival is on November 22. The main activity during Loy Krathong is to release into the water a floating
With some 40 beaches to choose from around Phuket, it’s not easy to narrow down a favourite, but if I had to pick one beach, the tiny Ya Nui is a clear winner. “Ya Nui” means “the little” in Thai southern dialect, so it’s literally called “The Little Beach”. Cute,
Maya Bay is one of the most spectacular sights in Thailand, with its white-sand beach, soaring cliffs and clear turquoise waters. Found in the Phi Phi island archipelago about an hour by speedboat from Phuket, Maya Bay was the paradise found for Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2000 movie “The Beach”.
I remember the first time I ever stepped foot on Laem Singh Beach, a tiny cove of soft golden sands found down a hillside path on a cape between Kamala and Surin beaches. It was 1999, and I had arrived to Phuket just a few weeks before. I hadn't landed
Kids in Phuket. What to do with them? As the mother of two pre-teen kids who were born here, I face the same struggles that many parents are experiencing: finding ways to keep them active and engaged with the world … i.e, keeping them off the stupid phones! Sometimes I need
Phuket is not exactly a paradise for literature lovers. Phuket has only one public library and bookstores are thin on the ground. The larger bookstores, including B2S and Se-Ed, carry a slim English-language collection of mostly mainstream reads and are found inside brain-deadening shopping malls. Within B2S at Central Festival in
Natai Beach, a 10-kilometre stretch of white sands just north of Phuket, remains well off the tourist track. But with an international airport set to open nearby in 2025, Natai’s days as an overlooked Andaman coast idyll might be numbered. Want to know how to find the largest, yet most pristine
Well, I guess the secret is out now. Phuket has some great places to eat! Michelin, the influential dining guide, is now set to cover the Phuket scene. It will release a new guide for the island and neighbouring Phang Nga province in late 2018. It will be interesting to see
High in the sky on a breezy hilltop sits the Big Buddha of Phuket, a towering figure in gleaming white jade with its serene face gazing east. Aside from the beaches, the Big Buddha is a top attraction in Phuket.
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Though it’s busy with tourists now,
Are you ready to join the world’s biggest water fight? Phuket, together with Bangkok, Chiang Mai and most of Thailand, celebrates the Songkran Festival in a big, boisterous way every April. Here’s our handy guide to Songkran in Phuket with some bonus tips on how NOT to be an idiot