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History and Activities That Make Phuket a Special Destination

March 01, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 200

Phuket is an island resort destination that lies off the coast of Thailand. The Island is connected to mainland Thailand by two bridges. The name Phuket is derived from the Malay word meaning hill. The Island has been well known since ancient times as an important stop along the Indo-Chinese trade route. Many rare and precious items have been traded along that route by the great civilizations of the time including the French and the British.

The Island of Phuket is now a well renowned modern tourist destination with lots of activities to keep any vacationer busy; some of the numerous activities to do include diving, surfing, even yachting.

Kata Noi is a very popular beach in Phuket that will provide plenty of thrills for the avid surfer. There are boards for rent if you don't have one. There are also many other well trained surfing instructors available to give surfing lessons to the inexperienced and aspiring surfers.

Diving has become especially popular on the Island of Phuket because of the peculiar qualities of the Island so that it is now regarded as one of the world's choice diving locations. The water is usually not too warm or too cold at a temperature of around 28 degrees Celsius and visibility is often good for depths of up to 45 meters. These are conditions that are hard to come across in many places but are ideal for diving. On the dive there are also a number of sights to see. Shark point is a place that attracts many visitors because of the many sightings of the rare Leopard sharks. In case you might be wondering why this might be attractive to divers, I'll point out that Leopard sharks are harmless to humans and are mainly sought out for their beautiful markings. Many divers also love to visit the king cruiser wreck which can be found close to Shark point. Anemone rock is also a beautiful attraction for divers.

There are a good number of beaches on Phuket to provide variety for the avid beachcomber. If the beaches are not quite your thing, there are also a lot of other destinations that will make a trip to Phuket one you'll always remember.

There are also elegant Buddhist temples and priceless artifacts available for public viewing. The temple of Chalong is an interesting place to visit; there are also the temples of Luang Poh Chuang and Luang Pho Gleum. These temples are all rife with paintings and artifacts that depict the life and times of the Budha. One of the temples is even said to hold a fragment of bone from the Budha himself.

The attractions of Phuket are not just restricted to the beaches and water alone. There are plenty of things to do on land. Phuket is famous for its night life. On Friday nights, there are many local Muay Thai matches for tourists to watch. It is the national sport of Thailand and anyone interested in combat sports should not miss the opportunity to see one of these at the popular boxing stadium in Phuket town. Nature loving tourists also have the option of visiting the Khao Phra Thaeo national park which holds a virgin rainforest teeming with lots of wild life.

Phuket Island has many different types of luxury as well as affordable accommodation to meet the needs of every tourist and all at reasonable rates.

If you're looking for some great accommodation in Phuket, visit Phuket Hotels.

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