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Relax, refresh and rejuvenate at The Pearl of Andaman – Phuket

An Article by Mr. Gulu Lalvani, Chairman, Royal Phuket Marina

   Sunday 18-Nov-2012  | Mumbai

Islands, beaches and crystal seas promising pleasures, escapes and beauties have created the most elusive destination in South East Asia – Phuket. Famously tagged as ‘The Pearl of Andaman’,Phuket is the perfect paradise island surrounded by a myriad of smaller islands with white sands and crystal seas.

The waters in this island, shimmering in the sun like liquid jewels, take on every shade of turquoise, aqua, emerald, azure and cerulean imaginable; while the sands, appear as everything from powder white to tawny gold. With the landscape of the lush forested hills featuring outstanding and sandy beaches, tropical climate, beautiful diving sites, coconut groves, great value for money and some of Asia’s best golf courses, Phuket has become the favourite holiday destination for many. 

Measuring approximately 21km wide by 48km long, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island. The island offers a matchless combination of ecology and lifestyle conveniences. From excitement to relaxation, sophistication to rural charm, the buzz of winding up to the relief of slowing down, and being one of the regions with lowest air pollution index in the world, Phuket provides it all to the discerning traveler. 

EXPLORE THE BEAUTY OF PHUKET:

Phuket justifies the word ‘scenic’ with all sincerity. Phuket is well equipped with all forms of attractions for tourists ranging from art, culture, heritage, beaches, nature, wildlife and places of worship. It also offers educational gardens, museums, recreational & entertainment options, shopping and spa & wellness facilities. 

Phuket Province is made up of 33 islands, including Phuket Island, the largest in Thailand. Of the numerous beaches in Phuket, Patong beach is one of the most famous attractions of the destination. With a wide variety of activities and shopping, Patong is an ideal place to party. The Kata beach entices and charms visitors with its white sand and clear waters, while the Surin beach is a place to gather to snack on barbequed seafood, enjoy a cool drink and escape the heat of the day. Several other beaches like Hat Nai Han, Laem Phromthep, Laem Sing, Hat Karon and many more offer an array of attractions and activities to lure and entertain the tourists. 

Thailand is known for its wildlife sanctuaries and marine parks. If this interests you, you should visit the Sirinat National Park. Situated 30 km from Phuket city, the Sirnat National Park occupies 90 square kilometers of area and has a beach which spreads for 13 kilometers. 

Phuket also has endless leisure and entertainment possibilities to offers tourists. If one enjoys sporting events, animals, amusement parks, theatrical performances or simply taking a bike ride through the park, there is a wide selection of recreation opportunities and entertainment venues ideal for families, couples, friends and sports enthusiasts.   

In order to explore the wide array of attractions, Phuket is also very well connected internally as well as with the other cities of Thailand with a good frequency of trains, busses and cabs. Apart from these, Phuket has a domestic as well as international airport. However, the best mode of transport one can explore is, through the seas in Phuket. A yacht ride in the clear waters rejuvenates and energizes, while exploring the beautiful Phi Phi islands and the James Bond Islands, allowing worth a lifetime experience. 

PHUKET – THE SAILING HAVEN

With the year round sailing conditions and the other suitable factors such as the sun, sea and sand, Phuket is the haven for sailing enthusiasts. Islanders in Phukethave the option to engage in water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving and yachting. With the world class Royal Phuket Marina built on the eastern coast, Phuket which is considered as one of the best cruising grounds has transformed to a retreat for those who wish to lead a luxurious life and indulge in a lavish hobby such as yachting. With zero percent import duty on boats along with beautiful surrounds, breathtaking landscapes and the year round tropical weather makes this island ideal for yachting. 

THE IDEAL WEDDING AND SECOND HOME DESTINATION:

Phuket has become the favourite wedding destination owing to its spectacular white sandy beaches, clear blue sea and rustic scenery. The islands and the culture offer something different and exotic for a special occasion like wedding. Phuket offers a variety of options such as sunset beach ceremony, resort wedding, exotic island weddings and luxury villa wedding. Another mesmerizing option provided by Phuket is the wedding on a boat, where a range of sailing boats, traditional junks and luxury motor yachts are available for the couples, thus helping them to personalize the event and make it the most memorable moment of their life. Due to Phuket’s close proximity to India,it has increasingly become the most sought out destination for weddings. 

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