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Top 10 Beaches in Phuket

Edward Kennedy   |   March 6, 2013   |   Expert Travel Tips   |   0 Comments

One of the most popular ways for visitors to spend their vacation in Phuket, is to go to the beach. Phuket is blessed with many beautiful beaches of all kinds, from secluded and un-touched beach spots with golden sand and crystal clear waters, through to bustling party and water sports beaches and everything in-between.

Beaches in Phuket

Having consulted the avid beach-goers amongst our team, I have come up with a selection of our favourite 10 beaches around Phuket for you to check out on your visit to Phuket:

1. Nai Harn Beach

Just a short distance from Serenity, is Nai Harn Beach. The south facing beach, which stretches for hundreds of meters, is surrounded on both sides by tree covered mountains and spectacular scenery. Nai Harn Beach has clear water and soft golden sand making it one of the best beaches in Phuket. A free daily shuttle service is available from Serenity to Nai Harn Beach, but book early not to be disappointed as spaces are limited.

2. Coral Island Beach

Coral Island or Koh Hae (as it is known in Thai) is a wonderful and secluded stretch of beach on a small island in the Chalong Bay, not far from Serenity. Named after the stunning snorkeling and diving coral reefs, Coral Island is just a short long-tail boat ride away from Phuket Island and is a great day out.

3. Ao Sane Beach

Ao Sane Beach, on the southern most tip of Phuket Island, is just a short distance from Nai Harn Beach and from Serenity. Secluded and quiet, Ao Sane beach’s tree lined shores make it one of the islands best beaches. Ao Sane is just 200 meters long with clear waters with a rugged charm and character.

4. Kata Beach

Kata Beach, which links to Karon Beach, is very popular with families, with it’s wide, tree-lined beach and plentiful restaurants and bars. Kata Beach is also popular among surfers, who are often seen enjoying the low season waves.

5. Karon Beach

Karon is famous for it’s beautiful 5km long stretch of golden sandy beach, with a variety of shops and restaurants. Karon is a great place for a secluded stroll on the beach or for a quiet relax on a sunbed with a book.

6. Freedom Beach

Freedom Beach, just south of Patong Beach, is a hidden gem, with emerald green water and white sand. The best way to get to freedom beach, is by long-tail boat, to what is one of the most isolated beaches on the island.

7. Bangtao Beach

Just a few minutes away from the town of Cherng Talay, Bangtao Beach is a 6km stretch of beach, with a few bars, where you can sometimes find yourself all alone on the beach.

8. Kamala

Kamala Beach, Patong’s quieter neighbour to the north, offers a relaxed and chilled-out atmosphere, in an enclosed bay, surrounded by trees. Popular among older visitors, Kamala, is a great place to relax and enjoy the sunshine.

9. Laem Singh

Laem Singh beach has the feeling of a secret beach. About 150 meters long, Laem Singh Beach is nestled in a hidden bay beside Kamala Beach and Surin Beach.

10. Patong Beach

No trip to Phuket, would be complete without a visit to Patong Beach. By far the most popular beach, Patong bay is home to bars, shops, restaurants and shopping centers, as well as water sports and more. If your looking for a bustling beach atmosphere, look no further than Patong.

** Please note that during the low season months or bad weather conditions, swimming can be very dangerous, do not swim when the red flags are displayed on the beaches. **

Do you agree? Do you think there are other some better local beaches that i didn’t mention? Think others would agree? Let us know your thoughts at blog@serenityphuket.com.

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The Top 10 Family Activities in Phuket

Edward Kennedy   |   December 12, 2012   |   Expert Travel Tips   |   0 Comments

Top 10 Family Activities in Phuket

Following the overwhelming popularity and stellar success of our post ‘The Top 10 Couples Activities in Phuket‘…by popular demand, here it is…The Top 10 Family Activities in Phuket!

As Serenity has spacious rooms with cooking facilities, our resort is also popular for families with children. Fortunately, several members of the Serenity Team have children and were on hand to recommend their families Top 10 activities and adventures in Phuket. After hours of deliberation and discussion…here they are, the results:

1. Family Shopping Trip to Central Festival

What family getaway would be complete without a shopping trip! Central Festival is sure to keep the whole family entertained with everything from shops and restaurants to computer games machines and even a movie Theatre.

2. Visit to The Big Buddha

Just a few kilometers from Serenity, is ‘The Big Buddha’, one of Phuket’s most revered and important landmarks, sat on the Nakkerd Hills with spectacular views over Phuket. Now open as a tourist attraction, Chalong’s Big Buddha is a must visit destination for all the family.

3. Family Outing to Nai Harn Beach

Chill with the family at Nai Harn Beach, recognized as one of Phuket’s best beaches, ideal for sunbathing, swimming and relaxing.

4. Sea Kayak from Serenity

For the energetic amongst you, take one of our Free Sea Kayak’s for a spin around Chalong Bay.

5. Day Trip to Coral Island by Longtail Boat

Just a short long tail boat ride from Serenity, visit Coral Island (locally known as Koh Hae) where you can snorkel off the coral reef and enjoy the untouched scenery.

6. Wat Chalong Sightseeing

Not far from Serenity, is Wat Chalong, Phuket’s largest and most famous Temple. Wat (Thai for ‘Temple’) Chalong features some amazing architecture and is a must-see.

7. Elephant Trekking

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime elephant trekking adventure in the jungles of Phuket, fun for all the family.

8. Serenity Kids club

Our fully equipped in-house Kids Club is sure to keep the kids entertained for hours, with computer games, toys and more.

9. Day Trip by Boat to Phi Phi island

Without doubt, Phi-Phi Island is one of the most popular day trips for visitors to Phuket. Take a family day trip to Koh Phi Phi and enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving and island sightseeing in one of Thailand’s scenic gems.

10. Phuket Aquarium & Butterfly Farm

Phuket Aquarium is home to more than 30 tanks with various fresh water and sea creatures, giving the kids a fascinating insight into underwater life in Phuket.

Do you agree? Do you think there are other some better family places to visit in Phuket? Think others would agree? Let us know your thoughts at blog@serenityphuket.com.

If you’re coming to visit us and would like some help booking your tour, contact our concierge at: excursions@serenityphuket.com.

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The Top 10 Couples Activities in Phuket

Edward Kennedy   |   December 7, 2012   |   Expert Travel Tips   |   3 Comments

Top 10 Activities in Phuket for Couples

As Serenity is such a romantic place for couples, popular for Honeymoons and weddings, we decided that it would be a good idea to write about ‘The 10 best things to do in Phuket for Couples’. We have scoured Phuket, searched high and low, for THE perfect 10 things that couples visiting Phuket should experience.

We selected the most romantic people in our team (sadly I didn’t make the shortlist) who then hand-picked ten of the best couple activities for visitors to Phuket, here are the results:

1. Couples Sunset stroll at Promthep Cape

Promthep Cape or Laem Promthep as it is known, at the most southern tip of Phuket, is perhaps one of Phuket’s most beautiful sunset viewpoints. Promthep Cape is a rocky headland, which juts into the sea, with spectacular views of the ocean and the nearby Nai Harn Bay. From here, you can take an early evening stroll or relax with a cold drink and watch the sun set on the horizon. A must see for couples!

2. John Gray’s sea canoe

Experience the exotic and stunning scenery with a Sea Canoe Adventure, exploring caves, and ‘hongs’ in a romantic day trip with the John Gray’s Sea Canoe tour.

3. Trip to Phi Phi island

Internationally renowned, Phi Phi island or Koh Phi Phi, is a great day out for couples. From nearby Chalong Bay, you can take a local speed boat to the islands, where you can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving and some truly spectacular sightseeing.

4. The Serenity Senses Spa

No visit to Serenity, would be complete without a visit to our famous Senses Spa, enjoy a wondrous range of treatments and therapies to help you relax and de-stress, ready for your next activity!

5. Nai Harn Beach

Nai Harn Beach is widely accepted as one of Phuket Island’s best beaches, ideal for those wanting to chill out in the sun or swim in the sea.

6. Phuket Fantasea

Phuket Fantasea is Phuket’s biggest show, with everything from trapeze artists to performing elephants. The Fantasea show presents a stunning story line, mixing Thai tradition and fantasy to create a spectacular night out.

7. Wat Chalong

Take a tour of Phuket’s Largest and most famous Buddhist Temple and experience a slice of traditional Thai Culture and Enjoy ‘Wat’ (Thai for ‘Temple’) Chalong’s wonderful architecture.

8. Romantic dinner on the balcony

Spend some quality time with your loved one or just to chill out and take advantage of Serenity Phuket’s exceptional in-room dining services, including breakfast in bed, private barbecues and chef-prepared gourmet meals.

9. Central Festival shopping

Enjoy some retail therapy at Phuket’s largest shopping center, where there are shops of all kinds, restaurants and even a movie theater.

10. Night life in Patong

The Infamous Patong has a myriad of bars and night clubs, with something for everyone, ranging from upmarket bars and eateries through to the more weird and wonderful night spots, an experience not to be missed.

Do you agree? Do you think there are other some better couple places to visit in Phuket? Think others would agree? Let us know your thoughts at blog@serenityphuket.com.

If you’re coming to visit us and would like some help booking your tour, contact our concierge at: excursions@serenityphuket.com.

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Phuket Vegetarian Festival – 2012

Elad Kushnir   |   October 2, 2012   |   Events & Celebrations   |   0 Comments

This October 14, Phukets famous Vegetarian Festival begins and lasts for 9 days. Dating back to 1825, this festival is a true cultural experience. The participants beleive that participating in the events and rituals bestows good fortune upon them. Sacred rituals are perfomed in various shrines (mainly in the Phuket town area – Around 15-20 minutes from Serenity) by the devotees of Thai Chinese origin. The history of the festival originates in the early 1800s when a Chinese Opera came to perform for Thai miners working in Phuket and when the entire group of performers fell sick, they all restrcited themselves to a strict vegetarian diet to honor the Emperor Gods. When their sickness disapeared, the locals began following this ritual once a year to bring good luck to its participants.

Be Warned – the festival is not for everyone to witness, especially not for the faint at heart. The tranced participants, belonging to local shrines, parade the streets while walking on burning coals, piercing their bodies, and other acts of self mortification. Specially prepared Vegan dishes can be found all over Phuket towns food stalls and markets during this event.

For those who want to preview the event, here is a short video. Please dont watch this if your not up to seeing the tranced locals doing their thing.

Here is a link to the formal Thai Tourism Authority 2012 Phuket Vegetarian Festival Guide with lots of details on what, how, when, etc. Phuket Vegetarian Festival – Complete 2012 Guide

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Day trip to Coral Island

Elad Kushnir   |   October 2, 2012   |   Expert Travel Tips   |   0 Comments

Coral Island is one of those activities that should be missed. Located 10 minutes away from Serenity via a boat trip that we will be happy to arrange.

The beautiful pristine waters are a perfect place to chill for an entire day. There are two main beaches on the Island, Long Beach and Banana Beach. We recommended that you spend your day on Banana beach which is not overcrowded like Long-Beach.

The water is clear and full of beautifully colorful fish which swim up to you offer them some bread. The beach is prefect for snorkeling, chilling on the beach with a glass of wine, and late afternoon lunch, and grabbing an afternoon snooze under one of the picturesque palm trees.

This beach is great in both low and high seasons and is perfect for all types of visitors.

Book your trip now via our Yim Siam front desk service. Ask about our day trip picnic basket while your at it :).

Coral Island Day Trip Serenity Phuket

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Ka Jok See

Elad Kushnir   |   September 21, 2012   |   Expert Travel Tips   |   0 Comments

Ka Jok See is one of those places that defines a vacation. Many a time we hear from our Guests comments such as “wow” thats an eve we wont forget or what a spot! I dont remember when I last had so much fun!.

What is it? Well its a restaurant with really good food but many a time its much more than that. Located in a quiet area of Phuket Town, Ka Jok See (which means “Stained glass”) is a small food establishment that has never really needed to market itself because the guests do the marketing for them.

Open only several times a week during the evening, Ka Jok See slowly turns into a wild party as dinner service ends. The waiters, many of which are dancers by trade will randomly pick a quest during dinner and begin dancing between the tables. Slowly but surely the music gets louder and without noticing how it happens this small and beautiful restaurant turns into a full blown party with everyone including the owner (who DJ’s by the way) goes wild late into the night.

Ka Jok See

Words dont do this place justice. Just try to get a table! Hopefully you will be on the lucky ones who gets a spot (reservations is a must! talk to our front office to book) Enjoy!

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