Phuket, Thailand: A Magical Island Getaway
Thailand is known as the land of smiles. Come along as we take you on this journey to one of the most enchanting places to visit in the world.
Phuket (Thai: ภูเก็ต, [pʰūː.kèt] is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand and is compared in size to Singapore. Located off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea, this magical island is a highly-sought after spot for weddings and honeymoons, and deep relaxation.
Phang Nga Bay is one of the most beautiful bays in Thailand. Since 1981, a large part of this bay in the straight of Malacca between the island of Phuket and the mainland of the Malay peninsula of southern Thailand has been protected as the Ao Phang Nga National Park. When you tour it, you’ll see why. It’s incredibly beautiful.
The U.S. dollar exchange rate was approximately 31 baht for every $1.00 at the time Live Fit Magazine traveled there in early 2015. So your money will go far. Plan to get a massage and maybe a pedicure or manicure at least a few times while on the island. You can get a massage right on the beach for about 300 baht ($10) for one hour. A pedicure was just 200 baht. [Exchange rate is for reference only.] However, a pedicure really just means polishing your toes; foot scrub (which includes a foot massage is extra).
Phuket is the country’s largest island but smallest province. Nakhon Ratchasima, or “Khorat” is the largest Thai province. There are about 32 smaller islands and most people who visit Phuket will elect to tour several of the other islands including the famous one named for the Hollywood legend: James Bond. The island’s real name is Koh Ping Kan but when the film ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ starring Roger Moore and Christopher Lee was filmed there the early seventies it became known as the James Bond Island and tourism skyrocketed.
Today, most of Phuket’s income is from tourism. Although it once was a major trading route between India and China. It was a source for tin and rubber.
Phuket is connected by bridge to Phang Nga Province to the north. You’re sure to see Krabi, another close by province when you tour the islands. It’s east jus across Phang Nga Bay. You can easily take day-trips to explore other mountainous areas of the province and you’re certain to have an enjoyable time. But remember, this is a sought-after travel destination, so there will be crowds at some of the islands. You can, however, find some quiet locations. A private boat and tour guide can be money well spent for a fantastic day of sightseeing, relaxing, and good eats. They often catch and prepare fish for you.
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LFM Phuket, Thailand