In light of the recent political protests in Bangkok, for those planning a visit to Phuket in the near future, we thought it might be a good idea to put your minds at ease.
At Serenity, we are constantly looking for new and exciting ways to ensure that our guests enjoy their stay with us and that information about our resort is as easily accessible as possible. This week we have launched our new Serenity mobile APP, in association with ‘APPY Hotel’, which contains the latest special offers and all the information about our resort that you need to know before you visit.
Thinking about booking your next visit to Phuket? Not sure when to come? To help you decide, here is a mix of some of the coolest, most fun, most different and most interesting events and festivals coming up in 2013 in Phuket. Gee, our very own Events & Marketing Manager, is ‘in-the-know’ about all the best places to see and be seen in Phuket, from Traditional Thai festivals through to International shows and Charity Events. So, without further ado, here are Gee’s Top 10 Events & Festivities for the remainder of 2013 in chronological order:
When: March 21 – 24, 2013
Time: 11.00 – 19.00h
Where: The Royal Phuket Marina (RPM), Kho Keaw
The Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), this year celebrates it’s 10th anniversary. Located at The Royal Phuket Marina (RPM) in Koh Kaew, the boat show takes place in a purpose built exhibition area, overlooking the marina, with a selection of fine dining venues. PIMEX showcases a range of luxury yachts as well as marine accessories, equipment, yachting services and more.
When: March 24, 2013
Time: from 19.00h
Where: Da Vinci Restaurant, Nai Harn Beach
Black is back, perhaps the most fashionable happening this spring, is the 3rd charity fashion show at Da Vinci Restaurant, in Nai Harn, not far from Serenity. This glamorous fashion event features special collections from European and Thai designers and an excellent selection of Italian food. Designers, models, photographers, stylists and all the islands fashion followers will be there.
When: April 13 – 15, 2013
Songkran is a magical time of year, where Thailand celebrates the Thai New Year. Family and friends gather together to ‘liberally’ spray each other, and often passers-by, with water as an act of wishing good luck for the coming year. Songkran is a unique and wonderful festival and is great fun for families and friends alike. Don’t be surprised if you get embroiled in a water-fight though!
When: April 14 – 21, 2013
Where: Patong Beach
This year is the 19th Annual Phuket Bike Week, dubbed “ASEAN Ride Together” and is the biggest motorcycle event in Asia. Phuket Bike Week attracts more than 5,000 motorcycles of all shapes and sizes, with more than 30,000 visitors from 26 countries. Featuring Bike Exhibitions, live music, custom bike competitions, beauty competitions, motocross and more, Phuket Bike Week is a great event to see.
When: 18-19 May 2013
Featuring activities, seminars, classes and a party, the 2nd Annual Rawai-Nai Harn Health & Fitness Festival kicks off on the 18th May. For the fitness enthusiasts amongst you, this is not to be missed.
When: July 17 – 21, 2013
Where: Cape Panwa Bay
The 10th Annual Phuket Race Week is a 4-day world class yachting regatta, with award ceremonies and parties after each day’s racing, with the races broadcasted to 140 million people worldwide. There are 7 racing divisions, with everything from small mono-hull yachts to large multi-hulls competing for honors.
When: October, 2013 (Date to be announced)
Where: Chinese Shrines on the Island
The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is a colourful and unique event, usually held over a 9 day period, celebrates the Chinese communities belief that abstinence from meat and other kinds of stimulant for that period, promotes good health and peace of mind.
When: November 24 – 1 December 2013
Where: Laguna Phuket
The Challenge Laguna Phuket Triathlon, is Asia’s number 1 destination triathlon, with a 12 kilometer Run, 1.8 kilometer swim and a 55 kilometer bike ride, through some of the world’s most spectacular tropical scenery. Entrants come from all over the world and are from all different age groups and is a fun day out watching and supporting.
When: November 17, 2013
Loy Krathong is Thailands ‘festival of lights’ and is held on the evening of the full moon of the 12 month on the Lunar Calendar.”Loy” which means to float and “krathong” which means a leaf cup or bowl, is a must see event for Phuket’s visitors and is a great evening for for families and couples. Krathongs are released into the ocean or rivers, at sunset, with a prayer, to promote good luck for the coming year.
When: 30 November to 7 December
Where: Kata Beach
The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, is Asia’s biggest and most popular Yacht racing event.Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th Birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the King’s Cup Regatta is more than just a boat racing regatta, with parties and events throughout the week.
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. **
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In keeping with our ‘Top 10′ theme, this week we have decided to showcase the ‘Top 10 Water activities and water sports in and around Phuket. As a keen sailor, this was perhaps the article that i was most looking forward to writing…and researching!
As Phuket is one of the world’s leading beach destinations, this was much harder than i first thought it would be, with a wealth of water based activities available, ranging from the thrill-seeking extreme water sports through to the water activities for children and families. Here i have presented a mix of the two, enjoy…
Take a local long tail boat from the East 88 Beach Lounge to the local Coral island, where you can enjoy the pristine beach, crystal clear waters and great snorkeling. Contact our concierge for details.
Phuket is among the top 10 diving destinations in the world, with some fantastic snorkeling and scuba diving locations. With spectacular reefs, rock formations and a stunning assortment of marine life, Phuket is a wonderful place for beginners and advanced divers to enjoy. There are a myriad of day trips, dive points and you can even complete PADI dive courses. Contact our concierge for details.
For the energetic amongst you, Sea kayaks are available to Serenity Guests free of charge from the East 88 beach lounge. Contact the East 88 team to find out about Tides.
Phuket Cable Ski & Wake board park offers fun and challenging water sports activities for adults and children from beginners to experts, with facilities for Water skiing, wakeboarding and knee boarding. Full safety and sports equipment can be hired with basic lessons given to beginners. Located near Kathu, the cable ski is a great place to spend an afternoon
Great for surfers of all skill levels, the Surf house in Kata, is every surfers dream, offering all year round surfing, no matter the weather conditions. The surf house is an artificial surfing platform with a high-pressure wave machine. Safe for beginners as well as experts, the Surf house is great fun for all the family.
Tour the various caves and mysterious ‘hongs’ (caves in English) by Sea Canoe in one of the romantic and beautiful day trips, exploring the wonderful scenery that the Phang nga bay has to offer.Â Contact our concierge for details.
Relatively new to Thailand, are the whitewater rafting tours though the tree-lined rivers of Phang Nga. Whitewater rafting is an unforgettable day out with visits to the local waterfalls, which are a sight to behold. Be prepared to get wet though!
Not for the feint-hearted and classified as an ‘extreme sport’, Kite surfing is rapidly becoming one of the most popular water sports. Phuket is a perfect destination for Kite Surfers, with the gentle breezes of the south-east coast ideal for less experienced kite surfers and the North-west of the island ideal for more advanced kite surfers. Kite surfing can be dangerous however and should only be done through a certified kite surfing school, of which there are many in Phuket, contact our concierge for details.
The new splash jungle water park in Mai Khao, has a range of water slides and rides,Â Ideal for children and families. The splash jungle features a 335 meter lazy river as well as the heart-stopping ‘boomerango’ slide to name a few. Splash jungle is also home to a kids aquarium and kids slide pool, making this a great day out for the kids.
While everybody knows that Phuket has some of the most amazing beaches, many people do not know that Phuket is also a world-class sport fishing and angling location. There are many great fishing tours available, contact our concierge for details.
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One of the most common questions we get asked by our guests, is which local restaurants we recommend. One thing that Phuket has a lot of is restaurants, with a huge selection, from Fast food all the way through to International standard fine dining.
Urs (General Manager) and Pascal (Food & Beverage Manager) are our resident (and in-corruptible) culinary experts, and were on hand to recommend a selection of some of their favorite local restaurants. So here they are…10 of the top local restaurants in Phuket, to help steer you towards the ‘Good’ food of Phuket, and hopefully avoid the ‘Bad and the Ugly':
Perhaps we are being a little bias here, but no visit to Phuket’s sunny shores would be complete without a visit to East 88. East 88 offers a wide selection of International and Thai dishes, including fresh seafood and new takes on classic dishes.
M&M’s Pizza is a bustling restaurant in the heart of Nai Harn Village, serving traditional Italian Cusine, with a wide selection of freshly made pizza’s, pasta’s and Italian delicacies.
Those with a taste for seafood, should not miss a visit to Palai, a few kilometers north of Serenity, with a stunning range of the freshest seafood, offering fabulous value for money.
Da Vinci Restaurant, is an upmarket International Italian fine dining eaterie, in the center of Nai Harn Village, not far from Serenity, with a selection of fine wines, pizza’s, pasta’s and meats.
Enjoy the marvellous view overlooking chalong bay and a wide selection of fresh seafood and Thai dishes, at the popular Kan Eang @ Pier Restaurant, 1 kilometer north of Serenity.
The Saigon Restaurant in Rawai, provides an excellent selection of traditional and authentic Vietnamese food.
The Wine Lovers Restaurant in Rawai, offers Thai Fusion and International cuisine including a wide selection of wines.
Nikitas in Rawai, popular is foreign visitors, offers a wide selection of Thai and International favourites, located beside the sea on Rawai Beach.
Rawai Fresh Seafood Market, a favourite of the locals, is your spot for some of the freshest seafood around, offering great value for money.
Enjoy a slice of Traditional Thai food and unusual surroundings at the Tamachart Restaurant in Phuket Town, with a large selection of meat and seafood dishes.
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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:
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.
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.
Chill with the family at Nai Harn Beach, recognized as one of Phuket’s best beaches, ideal for sunbathing, swimming and relaxing.
For the energetic amongst you, take one of our Free Sea Kayak’s for a spin around Chalong Bay.
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.
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.
Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime elephant trekking adventure in the jungles of Phuket, fun for all the family.
Our fully equipped in-house Kids Club is sure to keep the kids entertained for hours, with computer games, toys and more.
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.
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.
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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 â€˜The 10 best things to do in Phuket for Couplesâ€™. 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 didnâ€™t make the shortlist) who then hand-picked ten of the best couple activities for visitors to Phuket, here are the results:
Promthep Cape or Laem Promthep as it is known, at the most southern tip of Phuket, is perhaps one of Phuketâ€™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!
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.
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 enjoyÂ snorkeling, scuba diving and some truly spectacular sightseeing.
No visit to Serenity, would be complete without a visit to our famous Senses Spa, enjoy aÂ wondrousÂ range of treatments and therapies to help you relax and de-stress, ready for your next activity!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy some retail therapy at Phuket’s largest shopping center, where there are shops of all kinds, restaurants and even a movie theater.
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.
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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
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 :).