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    Phuket Travel - Phi Phi Island

    Baht Bus

    If you saw the news about the tsunami that hit South East Asia, you will have seen horrible scenes from around Phuket. Well it turns out that those images came from a few "hard hit" areas but the rest of Phuket was spared catastrophic damages. With the exception of Phi Phi Island and a few out of the way spots, Phuket is definitely open for business. In fact, this is probably the best time ever to come! Because people are scared of coming here, occupancy is low and the bargains are fantastic. The best kind of tsunami relief that you could do is just come here and enjoy a normal vacation, lay on the beach, and go spend money. Businesses in Phuket are dying, not because of the tsunami, but because of the drop off in tourism afterwards. Come help the people of Phuket get back on their feet by having a great vacation at a great rate!

    How To Get Around

    The best way to get around Phuket is by Baht Buses. Sometimes they are called "Red Buses" or "Blue Buses", depending on their color. These are pick up trucks with roofs on the back and seats in the back. You will find them outside of Bangkok. Just make sure that they are going where you want to go and ring the bell for them to stop when you reach your destination. The fare is usually 10-20 Baht a person depending on where you are going. Another way to go is motorcycle taxi, but they are very dangerous. You will need to take a taxi from the airport, if you are staying in Patong Beach it is about a 45 minute drive, it is a lot closer if you are staying in Phuket Town.

    What To See

    Patong Beach

    Phuket is another "beach attraction" here in Thailand. Whether you are staying in Patong Beach or Phuket Town, everything here revolves around the beach or the water. The photo at left is of Patong Beach, which is as famous for its beach as it is for its night life. Phuket Town is the quieter part of the island and is where the Thais stay when they go on vacation to Phuket. Phuket town is close to some great golf courses. Patong has jet ski rentals and parasailing as well. Be careful about the Jet Ski rentals as they are notoriously bad and the vendors can get pushy if you do not want to pay them.

    Gatooy Thailand - Transvestite

    Gatooy Cabaret Show - The lovely man at the left is a dancer in the cabaret show in Patong Beach. You can see just how easy it is for somebody to be fooled, so all you single men out there, be careful!

    Bungy Jumping - There is a company here and in Chiang Mai that does bungy jumping. My brother went and he really enjoyed it, so if this is something that you have always wanted to do, why not do it in a very picturesque location.

    Moped Tour - They call them motorcycles here but they are really just souped up mopeds, but you can rent one and drive around the island and see all the famous and deserted beaches. Just remember that in Thailand they drive on the left, so be careful, especially going around some of the sharp corners in Phuket, I have seen trucks coming flying around them and almost hit motorcycles. When renting a moped NEVER give them your passport, they will usually ask for some ID as a guarantee, but never ever leave your passport with them.

    Phi Phi Islands - You can either go out and spend a few quiet days at a hotel on one of the small islands there, or you can take a day trip out to the Phi Phi Islands, they even have dive trips out there. You can lay on the sand in the spot made famous in the movie "The Beach". Another famous spot that you can reach from Phuket is Phang Nga Bay, this was also made famous by Hollywood, except this was for a James Bond movie. I have also heard that parts of the movies Apocalypse Now and The Killing Fields were filmed on Phuket, but I cannot confirm that. One thing I can confirm is that Phuket is an area of incredible natural beauty and a true "water lovers" delight.

    Where To Eat

    No Place Special - When I have visited Phuket I have eaten in several different restaurants, but there were none that really struck me as unique. Perhaps some of you can visit and write me with your recommendations, and on my next trip there I will check them out!

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