What to do in Phuket
As one of the most popular and cosmopolitan Thai destinations outside of Bangkok, Phuket pretty much has it all—except peace and quiet. The west-side beaches around Patong are perpetually overwhelmed with tourists, as is Bangla Road, Phuket’s infamous Red Light District. Overall, the scenery in Phuket runs the gamut from downright seedy beer-bars to űber-posh. For a more wholesome and authentic taste of Phuket, visit the weekend market. It’s set apart from the main tourist drag, so you’ll have to hire a tuk-tuk or rent a motorbike to get there. It’s a great place to haggle over knock-off Versace handbags and pirated DVDs, but the real jewel is the street food, presenting a sizzling culinary fusion of Thai, Malay, Chinese, and Indian flavors.
Traveler Reviews of Phuket
Lacy rates Phuket
Phuket is an amazing place to visit -- but I would say that it is ideal for the younger crowd of travelers. There is always something going on, but the majority of the time that something is going on, it's a bit on the hedonistic side. There are bars and beer stands everywhere on Patong Beach, the most popular beach in town. This is a great place to hang out on the beach all day, buy cheap souvenirs, and to, well, get really drunk. I wouldn't recommend it for families. However, there are many other beaches in the area that are more family-friendly. I would recommend a stop in Phuket Town. One day trip should do it. This is where you'll get a glimpse of real Thailand.
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