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Racha Island – Divers Paradise

My recent tour to Phuket was focused on exploring the small islands around the place. I have been to Phuket in 2010 by the recent trip was simply amazing. One of the memorable times of the tour was a day spent on Racha Island or Raya Island as indicated by one of the locals. Getting a long tail boat to get you to these small islands around Phuket is a common practice and you can easily get to the Racha Island by the same means. The beautiful white sand beach with sparkling clear and calm blue water touching your feet is the exclusive part of the island. There is so much to do on the island and I am sure you will have an adventurous and exciting day at the Island. Phuket and some popular Islands around have been the main destination for tourists since years and has become a little crowded. On the other hand Racha Islands provides you the peace you have been looking for along with the exciting water activities with less traffic of tourists around. Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Snuba, or simply a relaxing swim; you name it and Racha Island has it all. It is also known as the “Divers Paradise” because of the clear water, ideal depth, natural topography and physical layout of the Island. Enjoy the miraculous marine life while snorkeling or go for Scuba diving as this is definitely one of the ideal places to dive in. If you are with family that chose the option I went for, that is Snuba which easily combines the amusement of snorkeling and provides you with the diving excitement. To be on the safe side, make sure that the guide offering you Snuba services is licensed. Special swim areas are marked for an undisturbed experience of a relaxing swim in the clear waters and some local restaurants near the bay offer scrumptious food to the visitors. You will also find some upscale restaurants offering you 5 star menus along with the coconut water stalls on the sideways. My day at Racha Island was full of adventure and I advice an all day trip to Racha Island for a relaxing yet exciting diving experience with your family and...

Koh Sirey – Tiny Island with Immense Peace

Koh Sirey is linked with the Phuket Island by a small bridge and is just a 15 to 20 minutes drive from the town itself. Some people count it as a part of Phuket and not a different Island as it is a small area just like a separated cape of Phuket island by a Mangrove River. The area is small but worth visiting. If you wish to stay away from the town hassle and still want to enjoy the modern life with the local touch, this place is the right decision with a newly built resort on the perfect location of the hillside. This resort offers you the calm and peaceful stay while getting all the facilities you can expect from a newly integrated hotels in Phuket. Besides the attraction of the new resort, to fulfill your spiritual needs you will find a temple with a golden reclining Buddha on the hill top of this small island. On the way to the temple you can walk through the park and enjoy the amazing hill top view of Phuket. This can be very relaxing and can earn you a few memorable pictures of the marvellous view. If you have never had an experience of paying a visit to a Sea Gypsy Village, than here is a chance to explore the nomadic lifestyle of these simple living people. These Shy individuals have their culture, traditions and language intact and live an easy undemanding life. There are other attractions waiting to be enjoyed on the island like the relaxing rubber plantations, mangrove swamps, long walks on the beach and amazing local sea food at restaurants easy to find all around the place. The green signs with a Monkey on it mean some fun is stored for you around. Click pictures with the little Monkeys but be careful as they are not tamed. Enjoy the stay at the Koh Sirey Island or simply pay a few hours visit to the place while your stay in Phuket as you will definitely enjoy the sight seeing and the interesting close look at the Gypsy...

Koh Panyee – The Floating Island

I love exploring new places and this urge of adventure provided me a chance to travel around the beautiful small islands around Phuket. I was having lunch with my husband in a local restaurant at the James Bond Island when a fellow tourist suggested us to visit the Koh Panyee Island. The place sounded interesting so we squeezed ourselves in a long tail boat with few other people heading towards the same destination. This saved our traveling cost and we were there in no time. Panyee is a simple village with Muslim population mostly relying on tourism and fishing to earn their living. The island has its own interesting history. It is said that a few families left their homeland to live at a place where they can find plenty of fish to earn their living. It was decided amongst the families that if such a place will be discovered, others will be informed by raising a flag high on the cliff as a signal. After discovering the Koh Panyee Island by one of the families, a flag was raised on a high sea cliff and the island got its name as the island of the flag. In a glance it seems the whole village is floating over water but this is actually how it is built. The houses and pathways are all constructed on the waters or on the silt with elevated structures. Though the water around the island is mostly shallow, but walking on the old wooden elevated paths with water underneath was an exciting experience for me. The local fisherman told us that these wooden houses and paths are regularly repaired as the wood planks needs special care in this humid environment. The security situation around the Island is quite satisfactory and I was surprised to know that the policeman on the island all day has no or little work to do. Although I paid a short visit to the Koh Panyee Island but it is surely an interesting place to...

Koh Bon – Spectacular Marine Life Ecstasy

Koh Bon is about 145 km to the north of Phuket and is great spot for the professional divers and for the marine life lovers. The island has formed a horseshoe protective shape and there are no beaches to climb. For this reason the water us calm on the surface but the currents around the place can be strong at times and the surface conditions can be rough too. For this reason the beginner divers are not advised to enjoy the diving experience without a professional guidance around them. There are about 3 to 4 diving sites at the Island which are an attraction for the divers especially in the diving season which starts from November to April. You can visit the place at the day time or can stay for a day to enjoy the marine life and the early morning view of colorful ridges with soft coral loves visible in the cracks and little caves around. If you wish to enjoy the colorful marine life, Koh Bon provides you with a great opportunity to see Manta rays, bat fish, leopard sharks, fire gobies, lion dish, schools of rainbow runners, snappers, pipe fish and colorful shoals of different fishes. You can also be lucky to see octopus, scorpion fish, eagle ray or a reef shark. There are several diver centers which offer professional services to the tourists. They will not just provide equipments and guidance but will also assure the secure diving experience. The dive cruises of Thailand visit “Koh Bon” for the spectacular sight of Manta rays and the breathtaking colorful corals along with the titan trigger fish and other fishes that swim around the “Koh Bon” island. You can simply pay a visit in these dive cruises and click your life time memories or you can stay for a night dive...

Koh Rang Yai – The Island of Pearls

Koh Rang Yai is a beautiful small island near Phuket with two sandy beaches on the eastern and western side of the Island. You can easily rent a long boat to get to the Island in affordable charges offered by the boat owners. This island is full of adventures and activities and you can easily spend a whole day enjoying at the Koh Rang Yai Island. Starting from the small soccer fields to the volleyball court you will get it all here. There is even a air-pistol shooting range near the beach and the island offers you the amazing golfing experience too. If you like adventures you can go for mountain biking, hiking or snorkeling. Relaxing activities like fishing and paddling are also offered or you can simply enjoy your sunbathing and a cool swim in the water. If you wish to stay for a few days, bamboo bungalows along the beach are available for rent and offer a great view of the tree shades and the beach. After travelling to these beaches and Islands, I have figured out that the rush of tourists is concentrated in some 50 to 100 miles where the boats are parked. This makes the area congested and you are less likely to enjoy the amazing peaceful beaches. Tip is to walk a little to these peaceful areas around and relax back with a less rush around you. One of the most interesting and fascinating things you can experience at the Rang Yai Island is the pearl farm. There is a shop cum display center at the island where you can see the pearls displayed in the different stages of their growth. Fresh water pearls and Sea water pearls, both are cultivated on the Rang Yai Island. You can get a lot of information about pearls by the locals at the farms who can sometimes take you to get a closer look at the pearl cultivation process. Jewelry made of pearls is also available for sale with a guarantee of being real pearls. For this reason the Rang Yai Island is also famous as the Island of...

Koh Kaew – Island with Foot Print of the Buddha...

The island Koh Kaew comprises of Koh Kaew Noi which is a good place for kayaking and snorkeling activities. Koh Kaew Yai on the other hand is larger and has a beautiful beach which provides a nice swimming spot. You can get to these islands by the local long tailed boats which are ready to give you a tour to the small islands around Phuket. The place is famous for the Lord Budha’s foot print preserved on the Island. The spiritual importance of the island has made it an important destination for the tourists who wish to spend a peaceful time in an inexpensive surrounding with a good swimming experience too. There a few bungalows at the island which can be rented but no proper accommodation are available. For this reason it is advisable to pay a half day or a short visit to the Island. When you are travelling towards the Koh Kaew Yai, you can easily see the huge golden Buddha statue coming closer and being clearer in view. The water is calm but the beach is not so clean. There is some population of the monks who live a simple life in the woods. There are a few small shrines on the way to the big statue which is a mesmerizing sculpture. You are allowed to take pictures but showing some courtesy to the monks is important. On the north tip of the island is another shrine but you have to be very careful of the steep slippery rocks. If the weather is favorable and you manage to get to the top, to your amusement you will find the “foot print of Buddha”. It is said by the legends that the great Buddha visited this island before moving to the mainland at Rawai. For this reason the Island holds importance in terms of Buddhism and it is said that monks from different areas come to pay visit and stay for a while at the Koh Kaew Yai...

Koh Maphrao – The Coconut Island

Koh Marpho is amongst the beautiful small islands around Phuket. It is on the East coast of Phuket, located at some 500 miles. The island is popular as the Coconut Island because of the heavy plantation of palm trees and the shape of the island. The mangrove plantations on the island can be explored on your way to the island by a long tail boat. While traveling from Phuket to the Koh Maphrao Island you will come across the floating restaurants which are very famous for their amazing seafood variety amongst the tourists and the locals too. The shape of the island is a rough rectangle with three easily accessible beaches. Out of these two beaches the ones on the southern and northern coast have mangrove plantations and the eastern coast is the third beach of Koh Maphrao. The coast on the north is the largest and the other two are rather small. On the southern coast a new resort has been inaugurated this year which has shifted the tourist traffic to this part of the Island. The central island is where the local grow fruits and vegetables. The basic livelihood of the people on the island is fishing and farming. If you wish to see some lavish green tracks, than move towards the north-east of the Island and explore the refreshing mountainous rainforest. The life on the island is simple but you can find some hotels and resorts on the Island. I recommend a few hours stay at the Island instead of staying for a night as there is only privately generated electricity available and there is no much development on the local side which means an expensive stay at the 5 star resort and private resorts. “The Village at Coconut Island” is a 5 star resort which is in its extension stage and offers a relaxing stay at the Island. If you travel a little across the 5 star Resort, you can also stay at the beach resort at Jindarin which offers own boat service to the guests and traveling is made...

Koh Phi Phi Island – The Phuket’s Most Famous...

Phi Phi Island is the most famous Island amongst the tourists. Even if people are visiting Thailand for a short time, Phi Phi is in the list. The Island is said to be the greatest attraction for tourists all around the world. There is so much to see and explore that everyone can easily find something of their interest at this place. Basically Phi Phi is a group of six islands and stands high to the south east of Phuket with its limestone mountain cliff, green forests and amazing white sand beaches. Two of the most famous Islands of the Phi Phi group are the “Phi Phi Don” and the “Phi Phi Le” Island. When I visited Phuket I was on a mission to explore all small Islands around the place but the attraction and magnetic nature of Phi Phi Island made me alter my plans and I decided to spend good two days to experience the most memorable days of my trip. I went in March which is said to be the hot season of the Island that starts from January to April and than comes the other season of the Island that is the rainy season which starts from April to December. The pattern of rainfall is heavy but for short irregular intervals. If I start with all the attractions of the Phi Phi Island, the page would extend its limit. So let’s give a quick look at what you can expect from a trip to the Phi Phi Island. Snorkeling in crystal clear waters, swimming, climbing, water sports, cliff jumping, cruising, sight seeing, and even Thai cooking classes for the foodies is small list. Phi Phi Island has mesmerizing beaches and colorful corals to take your breath away. Besides this you can visit the highest view point of the Island and take deep fresh breaths, relax and click some pictures as the view here is amazing. There are a lot of private adventures that the Island offers with Disney like attractions, state of the art décor and fun filled activities like shooting ranges, adventure rides, theatre, haunted house, 4D with awesome effects and a lot more to add some amusement to the trip. The Island has all modern facilities, massage parlous, traveling services, luxurious hotels and everything you need to make your trip...