Welcome to the Phuket Tourism News. Each week Shaun and Jay will bring you weekly Phuket Tourism News. Phuket News that is for you, Phuket News for those coming to Phuket, and Phuket Tourism News that is what you need to make sure you have an amazing time when you come on holiday to Phuket.
Whale Shark Seen in Koh Ha and Koh Rok
Did you know? Whale shark mouths can contain over 300 rows of tiny teeth and 20 filter pads which it uses to filter feed. Well now you do.
Last week there was a sighting of a Whale Shark in Phuket, well we say in Phuket, it was sighted down in Koh Ha and Koh Rok which is technically Krabi.
Koh Ha and Koh Rok are both stunning, and the turquoise blue waters of Koh Rok and Koh Ha make this area one of the best snorkeling sites in all of Southern Thailand. Even if you are not lucky enough to see a Whale shark, you will be able to marvel at colorful marine life like puffer fish, anemones, sea turtles, coral, angelfish, and more.
You here many reports of Whale Sharks in the Similan Islands and so to have one seen at Koh Ha and Koh Rok is great news for those that don’t want to travel to far to see these awesome creatures. However, please do understand that we cannot guarantee that you will see a Whale Shark if you do go down to Koh Ha and Koh Rok, BUT we can guarantee that you will have an truly 5 Star Experience.
If you are interested in a tour to Koh Ha and Koh Rok you can check it out here
What’s happening in Phuket? – Phuket Events
This week we are looking at some of the shows that you are able to go to while in Phuket. From Las Vegas style shows, to Thai cultural shows, there is a show for everyone here in Phuket
The Unique & popular Simon Cabaret Show offers an evening of glamorous entertainment unlike any other. The show is one of Phuket’s most popular events and from the moment you enter the stylish and luxurious venue, you realize that this is going to be a very different and special night.
Carnival Magic is the crowning jewel in nighttime entertainment on Phuket. Spanning over 40 acres and awash with dazzling colors and sparkling imagery, Carnival Magic comes to light as the very first Thai Cultural Carnival Park, celebrating the vibrancy and rich cultural heritage found in the many traditional festivals, carnivals and market fairs that abound throughout the Kingdom.
“Siam” Is the former name of The Thai Kingdom from 100 years ago.
“Niramit” Means “Created by Magic”
Siam Niramit first opened in Bangkok in 2005 and was regarded as the must-see show of Thailand, portraying Thailand’s arts, culture and history.
Best Places to stay with Families
Where is the best place to stay in Phuket with families? That’s a tough question as everyone is looking for something different in their Phuket holiday and families come in all shapes and sizes and ages.
Whether it be just chilling out and relaxing on a sunbed and soaking up the tropical sun with young children in a kid’s club, or more of an action-packed day of jet skiing, parasailing, and stand-up paddle boarding with the older children.
There are locations in Phuket that have what you want, from the lively Kata and Karon, to the family friendly laguna resorts there is a location on Phuket for all families, no matter what you are looking for.
Stay up to date with the daily weather by checking out our brand-new Phuket weather LIVE Cam here
Welcome to the Phuket Tourism News. Each week Shaun and Jay will bring you weekly Phuket Tourism News. Phuket News that is for you, Phuket News for those coming to Phuket, and Phuket Tourism News is what you need to make sure you have an amazing time when you come on holiday to Phuket.
Turtles in Similan Islands
The Similan Islands are a paradise waiting to be discovered. They are one of the best-known island groups in the Andaman Sea, largely because of the wonders that await beneath the clear-blue waters. The Similan Islands are around 84 km northwest of Phuket and this little archipelago is one of the most interesting diving areas in the world, as well as a favorite destination for yachties and boat tours.
You can find different species of Turtles on the Similan islands and the Andaman coast and although no marine life encounter is guaranteed but the chance of snorkeling with sea turtles whilst in the Similan Islands is pretty high.
There have been five different species of turtles have been seen at the Similan Islands, although the Loggerhead turtle has not been seen in the last 15 years. Green Turtles, Leatherback Turtles, The Hawksbill Turtle, and the Olive Ridley Turtle are all visitors to the Similan Islands.
There is also a turtle sanctuary on Similan Island One run by the Royal Thai Navy ensures a healthy population of turtles in the Similan Islands. If you are interested in a trip to the Similan Islands then check out the 5 Star Marine Phuket tour here
Elephant Camps in Phuket
Elephants have been part of Thai culture and society for hundreds of years. The Thailand elephant has played a large role in manual labor, war, royal iconography, and the tourism industry.
Since the logging industry became illegal in Thailand, many elephants and their handlers, called Mahouts, had to find other ways to earn a living and feed their elephants, and this lead most of them to turn to the entertainment and tourism industry.
There are a large number of different elephant camps in Phuket and while you should defiantly see these stunning creatures up close, we strongly recommend that you do your research before you head to the closes elephant camp and choose one that is ethical. Look for camps that have rescued older elephants and DO NOT ride elephants or even take mud baths. There are some great elephant sanctuaries in Phuket where you can experience these giants in a safe and ethical way.
Again, PLEASE DO NOT ride elephants.
Living Waters Phuket Foundation, was established in late 2021 to help charities, foundations, and government organizations. Living Waters Phuket Foundation is dedicated to building brighter futures for disadvantaged communities across Thailand. Living Waters Phuket help by awarding financial grants which assist in funding essential relief projects (including sustainable food security, education requirements, renewable energy, and environmental issues) in Phuket, Koh Samui, and across Thailand. For more information on Living Waters Phuket click Here
What’s happening in Phuket? – Phuket Events
Kolour Phuket 2023 – 4th February at Café Del Mar Phuket
Kolour is taking up a month-long residency at Café del Mar Phuket across the weekends of February the 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th. The lineup of home-grown artists and 12 international headliners is set to make this season one for the books.
Each weekend begins with you warming up your dancing shoes Friday night at the Pre-Party, then they keep the rhythm going after the main event at our dedicated After Party each Saturday.
Legalize Reggae Fest – Saturday 11th February from 5 pm
Legalize Reggae Fest is the first major music festival dedicated to all genres of bass music and marijuana legalization in Thailand. The island will be splashed with a wave of creative musical vibe and an atmosphere of love, empathy, and freedom of human rights.
The music program for 1 day. (5 pm – 2 am)
Job 2 Do
DJ Sick Selector
Big Roba Soundsystem
The Bay Regatta – 22nd – 26th February 2023
Celebrating its 26th year, The Bay Regatta sails from the Island of Phuket, through the islands of Phang Nga Bay to Krabi, with nightly stop-over parties. Finishing with a 30-mile sprint back to Phuket for a final prize giving in Ao Chalong.
Best Beaches in Phuket
Where is the best beach in Phuket? That’s a tough question as everyone is looking for something different in their beach experience. Whether it be just chilling out and relaxing on a sunbed and soaking up the tropical sun, or more of an action-packed day of jet skiing, parasailing, and stand-up paddle boarding. There are Phuket beaches that have what you want, from the lively Patong Beach to the very relaxed and chilled-out Nai Yang Beach set in one of Phuket’s National Parks.
One top tip from us is to try the lesser-known beaches, such as Leam Singh beach which you can only get to by Thai Long Tail boat from Surin Beach, or try a beach on the East coast of Phuket. Bottom line there is a beach in Phuket for you.
Phuket Tourism News | Episode 1 | January 22, 2023
Welcome to the first episode of our brand-new Phuket Tourism News. Each week Shaun and Jay will bring you weekly Phuket Tourism News. Phuket News that is for you, Phuket News for those coming to Phuket, and Phuket Tourism News is what you need to make sure you have an amazing time when you come on holiday to Phuket.
Maya Bay Closed for 2 days
Maya Bay in Phi Phi, was closed for 2 days, 15th and 16th of January as the Thailand National Parks fixed a few issues with the back entrance to the Bay. Maya Bay is arguably one of the best beaches in the World and with that, it does bring some problems. The major issue is the number of people that want to set foot on the white sand of Maya Bay, which was made famous by the 2000 film “The Beach” staring Leonardo DiCaprio. The Thailand National Parks over the past 2 years started to manage Maya Bay much better with restricting the number of people that visit the bay and managing the bay, with stopping boats enter from the front and not allowing people to swim in the bay which all has some major positive effects, such as Black Tip Reef Sharks coming back to the bay after years of not being there.
We do think that the bay will be shut again in August and or September and once we get official word from the Thailand National Parks then we will let you know.
Changes to the payment of National Park fees
As reported by Shaun and Jay a week ago the way National Park Fees are to be paid has changed. Before when you book a Boat Tour with 5 Star Marine Phuket, we would inform you to bring cash (Thai Baht) with you so that you can pay the entrance fees to the National Parks when you arrive at the park. This could be when you visit Maya Bay in Phi Phi, or James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay. Most Thailand National Park entrance fees are pretty standard, from around 200 THB to 500 THB per adult, and then generally 50% discount for kids and free for infants. As of the 17th of January 2023, ALL Thailand National Park fees will need to be paid online and you will be issued with a digital ticket.
No More Covid Restrictions for arrivals to Thailand
With the Chinese New Year coming, and Chinese now allowed to travel after years of lockdowns many countries had put in restrictions for travelers from China and Thailand had followed suit, however it had not just made these restrictions for travelers from China, but for travelers from every country. This was a few days of crazy back-and-forth information from the Thailand Government, and local Thai Authorities. But after 3 days of not really knowing what would happen it was announced that all restrictions would be dropped straight away. Great news for the people coming to Thailand and for the Thailand Travel industry. So as of writing, there are NO COVID restrictions for people coming to Thailand.
Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays in China, and it all starts on January 22nd. Thailand is expecting over 1.8 million tourists to come into the Kingdom during the Chinese New Year. The year of the Rabbit is a symbolic one, as for the past 2 years due to COVID 19 most Chinese New Year celebrations have been very muted. Phuket has a rich Chinese history and Chinese New Year is celebrated across the whole island. One of the best places to go to celebrate this Chinese New Year is in Phuket Old Town where you will find a host of events and happenings as well as traditional lion dances and celebrations at the many Chinese temples located within Phuket Town. Oh, and get ready to eat, as there are hundreds of Chinese street foods and classic traditional Chinese foods to sample.
129 Leatherback turtle eggs found in Phang Nga
The leatherback sea turtle is the largest turtle in the world and they are the only species of sea turtle that lack scales and a hard shell. Last week 129 leatherback sea turtle eggs were discovered in Phang Nga Bay. Growing up to seven feet long and exceeding 2,000 pounds it will be exciting to see what happens over the next few months and we will keep you updated on any hatching news.
Where is the best place to watch a Phuket Sunset?
Phuket has many stunning beaches and viewpoints that all claim to say that they are the best place to watch a Phuket Sunset. As the sun sets on the West Coast you can watch as the sun slowly drops below the horizon, from any of the West Coast beaches, such as Patong beach, Kata beach, Karon beach, Surin beach, Bang Tao beach, and Layan beach. Or if you’re lucky enough to be staying on any of the hillsides at any of these beaches you will also get a stunning Sunset. However, you can also head over to the East Side of the island as the sunsets on this side are as beautiful. Ok, you don’t get the big ball of flame dropping below the horizon, BUT what you do get is the stunning skies changing to a fiery orange, and you could also be having a local Thai BBQ and a cheeky cocktail on Rang Yai Island, at one of the 5 Star Marine’s Sunset BBQ tours.