How to Make the Most of a Holiday in Phuket

If you are planning to visit Phuket, there are many more things other than just buying traditional jewellery. For an island so small, Phuket can surprise you with the range of activities that you can do here. Whether it’s on the island, or off the island, this small island has something for everyone.

Known for its awesome climate, here is a list of 10 things that you can do during your holidays. Even if you visit, half of these places, you will have an amazing holiday that you can cherish for the rest of your life.

#1-Phang NGA Bay

Phang NGA bay is famous for its green water and James Bond island. The first time it came in to limelight was because of a shooting of a James Bond movie. Since then it has been a popular destination among international tourists. The limestone island is spectacular and full day cruising in these areas is a great way to start your vacation.

You must also visit Koh Panyee village in Phang NGA bay. This is a great place to have lunch and shop for some handicraft items. The other places to visit include hongs and limestone cliff.

#2-Phuket Town

Take a day to explore the Phuket town. Unlike other Thai cities, this town is a mixture of modern and age-old ancient culture. You will find traditional shops along with some spectacular Buddhist statues. The places that you must visit in this town are Amulet Market, Baan Chinpracha, Old Street, Hua Museum, and Soi Rommanee among others.

#3-Soi Bangla

If you are the party type, make it a point to hop into Soi Bangla. This place awakens when the moon rises and the party picks up as the night progresses. Soi Bangla is open 365 days a year and bars in this region fiercely compete with each other for customers. Most bars are outdoors, and if you are lucky you might end up getting a free drink or two.

Phuket Simon

This cabaret is one of the best examples of how engaging a traditional show could be. It is a mix of colours, originality, skills and loads of fun. It is famous in whole of South Asia and draws thousands of spectators around the globe. This is a single show and comprises of musical theatre of all the prominent regions in the world. The costume, make up and the overall package will surely blow you away.

Wat Chalong

This temple is very famous among the locals as well as the international tourists. The locals mostly come here for prayer and tourists come to visit the spectacular architecture and learn about Buddhism. This temple has been standing for over a century and it extends a warm welcome to the tourists. The temple functions from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Big Buddha

This is one of the most important landmarks of the country. It is located at the Nakkerd hills. The sheer size of the statue makes it visible from far away. This site will give you an entire 360 degree view of the whole island and it is a spectacular site to say the least.

Phuket Fantasea

This is the biggest show of the island. Animal play with trapeze artists involving a catchy story is one of the star attractions of the show. It doesn’t end here. This place boasts of holding the biggest buffet in the whole of Asia. Along with it, you get to experience theme park, shopping place, centre for adventure and much more. If you want to conclude your trip on a high, this is the way to do it.

10 Best Destinations for a Golf Holiday

Golfers are always looking for the perfect destination where they can play their favourite sport and have a wonderful holiday at the same time. If you want to take your friends and family out for a holiday while you enjoy some excellent golfing, the world is full of such amazing destinations.

Right from resorts in Scotland to deserts in Arizona, you will be surprised at the number of options available for a mesmerising golf holiday. Here is a list of 10 best destinations for a memorable golf holiday.

#1-Scotland

Scotland is the origin of the golfing sport; hence, the number of options for your perfect golf holiday is unlimited here. St. Andrew’s is one of the most renowned places for golfers and most desired by one and all. But that’s not all. You will be astounded at the hundreds of resorts that offer excellent golf holidays to tourists from around the world.

#2-Arizona

This place gives you a diverse number of options to choose from. You can opt for some exciting resorts or choose lush greens against the golden sands for a picturesque landscaped golf holiday. You will find a number of resorts along the countryside, the mountains and the wonderful landscapes that will take you to another world of beauty while on your golf holiday. Each place is different from the other, which is what makes Arizona so exciting to visit.

#3-Hawaii

This is one destination that has something for everyone. No one ever goes disappointed from Hawaii. This is true for golfers as well. You will find a number of exclusive golfing destinations, along with some great resorts where your family can have a wonderful time. It is the perfect destination for a family holiday with some golfing on your itinerary.

#4-Florida

If you want a golf holiday that will entice your senses, Florida is the place to be! The sun always shines in Florida, the grass is always green here and the fun is always unlimited on the golf courses in Florida!

#5-Colorado

Owing to the climate here, the season for golfing is limited. However, when it is suitable to play, the place is surely mesmerising. You can hit the ball to infinity in the high mountains and inhale the fresh air all around. The golf courses here are surely out of the world.

#6-South Carolina

This is known as the golf destination for many tourists around the world. Whether its Hilton Head or Charleston, this is the perfect place to indulge in some great swinging action and holiday at the same time. The place offers excellent resorts along with some fantastic golf courses.

#7-Palm Springs

Here you get the desert experience along with continuous sunshine, which makes it an ideal place to enjoy your golf. There are over 100 picturesque golf courses to choose from at Palm Springs, CA.

#8-Bermuda

This is another destination that offers something for each tourist. From the lovely beaches to the open blue skies, it is a paradise for one and all. If golf is on your mind, you won’t be disappointed here. There are more golf courses in Bermuda than fast food restaurants. This will tell you how much people love playing golf here!

#9-Las Vegas

So you thought Vegas was only famous for casinos? You will be surprised to know that it is also one of the best golfing destinations in the U.S. So, if you like gambling and golfing, it can’t get any better than this!

#10-Turkey

Turkey is a wonderful country to visit and have a good time. But the golf courses here are the cherry on the cake. You can get a complete golf package at an affordable cost and enjoy your stay and your play in this beautiful and serene place.

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