Best Times to Visit Phuket

Asian countries are known to deliver unforgettable travelling experiences, one that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Why? Because Asian countries are one of the few places on earth where you get to enjoy well preserved traditions as well as unforgettable historical places. For your Southeast Asian leg tour, why not go to Phuket, Thailand.

The best advice you can get when travelling into a culture oriented place like Phuket, Thailand is to travel into that country during the celebration of a festival. After you book for a hotel in Phuket, the next eventful thing to do is to experience the following annual festivals.

the best time to visit phuket

August: The Hungry Ghost Festival

Lately in cinematic tradition, Thailand films are gaining popularity on the horror genre. It will only be fitting to the Hungry Ghost Festival in Phuket. What to expect?  You’ll get to sink your teeth into Thai-Chinese inspired delicacies like the odd Red Turtle Sweets. This custom offering is popular during this event. It’s believed that the red turtle symbolizes filial loyalty and dedication; it also symbolizes longevity and good luck. Wouldn’t it be nice to see this first hand?

October: Phuket Vegetarian Festival

If there’s one race who has the passion for food and culture, it will be Asians, particularly those who live in the Southeast. So head out to Phuket around October and experience firsthand the celebration of the annual Vegetarian Festival. Celebrated over a 9 days period, this festival is a celebration of the lunar month when local Chinese community celebrates it by abstaining from meat and various stimulants for overall good health.

You’ll be surprised that the attraction of this festival is not the showcase of different vegetarian dishes but the display of gruesome feats like fire walking, extreme body piercing; all aimed at invoking the gods.

The festival is endless here, will try to talk about more special events being held in my next post. Stay tuned guys…:)

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Search engine overload

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These days there are a million websites to help you plan your perfect trip – sure it makes it cheaper than the days when we relied on travel agents but all that choice often comes at a price to our sanity! Reliability is becoming a  huge issue in the travel market – with many sites such as Tripadvisor now struggling against accusations of paid comment, knowing where to turn for trustworthy advice can seem daunting.

The way I approach things is as always common sense goes a long way – use sites with a grain of sand, if a place in Tripadvisor only has three reviews and they’re all positive, then maybe move on, look for a balance of reviews with plenty of pictures, not everyone will love the same thing as you, so a true review will have pluses and minuses. Find your favourite search engines and recommendation sites and focus on them – you could spend days planning and searching for that cheapest best holiday, but you’ll be exhausted, and it will probably have been snapped up!

When it comes to airline booking sites remember they each have pluses and minuses – some are great at looking for the cheapest day to fly, some will find flights using non-direct paths while some will let you build in a stop-over easily. My favourite recommendation is to set up a secondary email account, then sign up for the most relevant websites you use (last minute, rental cars etc.), you’ll get their current offers emailed regularly without bothering you until your actually interested.

Travelling to Thailand – What’s there to do?

I’ve been looking recently at potential things to do in Thailand and all the interesting sites to visit. There is so much history in this country and the surrounding South Asian countries that you could spend years visiting everything while living there and still come up short. It’s so cheap as well to travel around there I had a friend who was living there and took 2 weeks to travel to 3 other surrounding countries for site seeing. He only ended up spending around 200 bucks for the travel and staying in some beautiful places. I was reading an article in Forbes. It is a good idea to go soon to this country as it is a blooming tourism industry with some great deals on really upscale hotels.

southern beaches in thailand

If you go south you can hit some pretty nice beaches and serious party life down near Phuket. If you go north you can also find great night life but it’s a little cooler and along the way up to Chiang Mai you can see some ruins from ancient cities lining the bus routes up to the north. If you go even further north there are some wonderful little places not as touched by the tourism industry. I urge you to check out some of the great deals coming up for flights to Thailand and just go.