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Reasons to rent a car in Phuket
Do you know that the island is only an hour drive from north to south? Quite frankly, a car rental in Phuket is the best way to see everything whether you are here for a month or only a few days. In times gone by you, could hire a car and driver for the day for only a few dollars but those days are gone and now that sort of service costs a small fortune. With a rental car and a map, you are set to explore and find all the places you wanted to see and a lot that you didn't know were there.
Upon arrival at Phuket Airport, you will find the usual multi-national car rental firms that you find everywhere else but you will also find a number of local companies which will usually be a lot less expensive. Of course you want to be sure of the standards you will receive from these local companies as not all have international standard insurance and service checks. One of the most reliable rental car suppliers is Braun car rentals which have been providing high standard vehicles in Phuket since 1996.
Top attractions in Phuket
However pleasant the beach or resort of your residence Phuket Island has an amazingly wide variety of things to do and places to visit, Jungle, History, Culture, Temples, Museums, Markets and Beautiful Beaches below are some suggestions to start you off but there is much more out there for you to discover. You can also take a speed boat tour to Phi Phi island combined with water sports for a fun day out or charter the boat for water sports and tours of the islands of the Andaman sea.
Phuket's BeachesOne of the main reasons people visit Phuket are for the world class beaches. Here are some short summaries of some of the best known ones as well as some hidden gems.
Great places to swim and get a tan
Patong Beach: Phuket 's most developed beach is the centre for tourism on the island. Hotels, bars, nightclubs, discotheques, shops, and restaurants front the crescent bay. Windsurfing, snorkeling, sailing, sunbathing, and swimming dominate the major activities in the day whilst there is no shortage of things to do at night.
Kata Beach and Kata Noi Beach: South of Patong Beach are more family orientated all are long and peaceful beaches and eminently suitable for swimming and sunbathing.
Nai Harn Beach: Although not so long, the beach has white, clean sand. Swimming is not recommended during May-October due to the monsoon season but is great for the rest of the year. A small bay next to Nai Harn Beach past the Phuket Yacht Club is Ao Sen, which is peaceful and picturesque with white, clean sand.
Rawai Beach: This palm-fringed beach is home to Phuket 's sea gypsies. Several offshore islands have gleaming white beaches and dazzling underwater scenery, which attracts fishing enthusiasts and scuba divers. It is also excellent for inexpensive seafood.
Surin Beach: Quiet and peaceful, good for those that want to escape the bustle of Patong
Bang Tao Beach: This is a long stretch of sandy beach north of Surin Beach suitable for swimming and other water sports. Phukets most famous hotels (Amanpuri, The Chedi) are located nearby
Kamala Beach: The beach is about 2 kilometer long, pretty, quiet and not crowded.
Kalim Beach: Once in Patong, turn right to Kalim Beach, which is a small beach with large rocks and a coral reef. Accommodation is available
Phuket DaytripsThe night markets too are not exactly a daytrip but a pleasant way to spend an evening. The island has vendors who set up stalls along the side of the road in various locations, which seem to change with remarkable frequency. In Patong, the beach road night market seems to be fairly permanent with pavement stalls selling handicrafts, silk scarves, luggage and wooden toys, extending to the back road and into small secondary soi (lanes). For something really different, try the night market in Phuket Town. Surrounding Robinson's Department Store, this colourful market offers a wealth of Muslim, Thai and Chinese food and sweets. Simply point at what you want to take away, or eat right there. Most vendors have tables and chairs and are perfectly happy to share the business with other vendors. What they don't have, they'll get for you from another vendor. Enjoy. (For daytime colour, try the fresh market in Phuket Town or the fishermen's market on Rawai Beach - not suitable for sensitive noses!)
Sight seeing around the island
Golf on PhuketBlue Canyon Country Club: Located at Mai Khao on 730 acres of prime land, it is recognized as being amongst the most exclusive golfing establishments in the region. Cradled in a secluded, verdant valley, against a magnificent backdrop of majestic mountain views.
4 of the islands best courses
Phuket Country Club: This is a challenging 3575 yards (championship tee) par 37, 9-hole course, particularly suitable for the low handicap golfer. The picturesque beauty of the scenery and layout, somewhat softens the difficulty of the course. Watch out for those wayward shots; all are penalized either landing in water or out-of-bounds. However, with five tee-off boxes at each hole, you have a choice of making it less of an ordeal. The distinct feature is water- water comes into play 90% of the time.
Loch Palm Course: The golf club is built around Crystal Lake, the glistening central feature of the course and the largest body of water on any Phuket golf course. Loch Palm has smooth slopes and dramatic elevation changes. It will take you across and around ravines and plateaus that will test your skills at many levels of play. The front nine sits amid lakes and palm trees. The second nine moves you though mountains, hitting uphill and downhill with woods, irons and even your putter.
Laguna Course: This 18-hole Par 71 championship golf course is 6,850 yards long and features a wealth of scenic lagoons, coconut groves and undulating fairways set against the dramatic backdrop of the surrounding mountains. Meandering through the labyrinth of lagoons, the course requires golfers to play with great accuracy and to select woods carefully. On a windy day, the sea breeze will spice up your game further, but that is part of the fun.