(Article by TBEX Asia 2022 host sponsor, Tourism Authority of Thailand)
Phuket is undoubtably one of the world’s most popular beach destinations, holding a special place in the hearts of tourists who visit there, and many who revisit. And it is easy to understand why, with its beautiful beaches, lush greenery, and hilly landscapes, along with stunning surrounding islands to explore, there is much to offer the intrepid traveller.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given Mother Nature a respite, with the Andaman Sea becoming clearer than it has been in years, marine life flourishing, and local reservoirs full of fresh water.
There are many beaches around the famous island waiting for visitors all over the world to craft their amazing moments. In Northern Phuket, Kamala Beach is still a popular destination for families and couples looking for a quiet break and safe place to snorkel and swim.
Bangtao and Surin Beaches are quieter than before but remain a social epicentre for nightlife and home to some of the island’s most popular beach clubs. In Cherngtalay, the area surrounding Laguna Phuket has also enjoyed the patronage of locals and expats in the community who are always on the lookout for something different.
Also in Northern Phuket, Mai Khao, Nai Thon, Nai Yang, and Sai Kaeo Beaches, have all had a year to rejuvenate and flourish during the new normal. These four beaches are part of the Sirinat National Park where Olive Ridley sea turtles used to lay eggs from November to February. The break has also proved auspicious for these turtles. Leatherneck turtles have also been seen laying eggs there for the first time in almost a decade.
For fans of Karon and Patong, the beaches themselves are ready to welcome visitors on arrival with their gorgeous sands and inviting waters. The rapid regeneration of nature has also helped establish a possible blueprint on how to strike a balance towards sustainable development and tourism revenue.
Further south, Kata, Kata Noi and Nai Han Beaches have some of the best surf on Phuket from May until October and feature the convenience of being close to Phuket Old Town, which continues to welcome new restaurants and bars with a lot of quirky charm, in addition to local attractions like the Big Buddha. There are also some dramatic viewpoints in the southern part of the island to catch the sunset, with Promthep Cape and Windmill Viewpoint being two of the best known.
Visitors will find Phuket as always, a fantastic destination to experience. The ensuing wave of visitors to Phuket could find special deals, serene beaches, azure blue seas, excellent local cuisines and quieter hotels, while also experiencing a different pace of life on one of Thailand’s most famous island destinations.
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