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Phuket - An Island of Possibilities

March 01, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 174

Whenever one hears of Phuket Island in Thailand we automatically assume that the only places worth exploring are its world famous beaches. We also conclude that the only activities we will be able to indulge in are water sports and sunbathing on the beach. You will be pleasantly surprised however that this island is more than its beaches and its activities are more than just water sports.

Whenever one travels we always want to experience a part of the country's culture and to hopefully bring part of that back home with us. What better way to learn about the Thai way of life than through their cuisine. The Phuket Thai Cookery school hosts Saturday classes where you are not only taught to cook Thai food but also how to shop for fresh ingredients at the local market. The school is located in an airy house by the beach so the theme is in keeping with your vacation. This whole day experience is highly recommended by the island's visitors because the lessons are very well organized so learning how to cook is simple, enjoyable and delicious.

If you have children with you when you go to Phuket then the Butterfly Garden and Insect world is a must see. This authentic insect garden sits on 1 acre of land with anywhere from 6000 to 9000 butterflies at any given time. Visitors are allowed to walk around the butterfly enclosure and observe the insects in their natural state. There is also a breeding room lecture in which the butterfly's life cycle is explained in detail. Another crowd drawer is the adjoining insect world exhibit where live insects like the giant millipede, walking stick, leaf insect and others are shown. As silk production is also a part of Thai culture there is also a museum dedicated to silk production and the silk worm.

If shopping and food is more your cup of tea then Phuket town is a must see for you. This provincial capital is best toured while walking as there are many small local restaurants which offer special native cuisine and numerous shops with local wares at bargain prices. Walking through the town also helps one better appreciate the unique architecture of the island's buildings which is Sino-Portuguese.

Surprisingly, golf is a sport you can definitely enjoy in Phuket. The Laguna Phuket gold club has consistently been praised by both amateur and professional golfers alike. The clubhouse and facilities are first rate, in addition the caddies and staff are friendly and helpful.

Last on my list but not the least is the Phuket heritage trails tour. This must see tour was created to showcase the historical and cultural features of the island. It includes information on the native beliefs, food, lifestyles, architecture, religion and much more. This is head and shoulders better than other Phuket island tours because it is about the richness of the island's culture and its people rather than a promotion for shops, restaurants or rentals. So if you have plans of vacationing in Phuket remember to explore more than just the beaches.

If you need accommodation in Phuket, visit Hotel in Phuket.

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