Phuket Tourism News – Phuket Festival, Whale Sharks And Bangla Road

Phuket Tourism News | Episode 3 | February 5

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

5-Star-Marine-Junkyard Theatre

Junkyard Theatre

The Junkyard Theatre is a creative entertainment show featuring unique mad hat performances inspired by the Asian / Expat experience.

 

 

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Simon Cabaret

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.

5-Star-Marine-Carnival MagicCarnival Magic

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 Niramit

“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.

Phuket Weather

Stay up to date with the daily weather by checking out our brand-new Phuket weather LIVE Cam here

Phuket Tourism News – Turtles, Elephants, Best Beaches and Phuket Events

Phuket Tourism News | Episode 2 | January 29

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

5-Star-Marine-Turtles In SimilanThe 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

5-Star-Marine ElephantElephants 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

Living Waters PhuketLiving 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

Phuket-Tourism-News Kolour Phuket 2023Kolour 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

Phuket Tourism News Legalize Reggae FestLegalize 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)
LINE UP:
Dub FX
Soom T
Steppa Style
Masia One
Job 2 Do
Aurum
Julia Marks
DJ Sick Selector
Big Roba Soundsystem

The Bay Regatta – 22nd – 26th February 2023

5-Star-Marine-Phuket Tourism News The Bay RegattaCelebrating 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 – Maya Bay, Turtles And More.

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.

Watch the full video here:

For more details on this tour click here.

Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town

What are the best areas to stay in Phuket?

How about the Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town.

Nestled in the heart of Phuket’s vibrant old town, Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town provides the perfect place to stay and soak up the rich cultural heritage of Southern Thailand. A wealth of shopping, dining and entertainment venues are within easy reach and Phuket’s beautiful beaches are easily accessible.

The hotel’s design reflects traditional Thai arts and crafts, cleverly contrasting with the contemporary style for which Courtyard is so popular around the world. Guests can stay in stylish and spacious rooms and suites, practice their Thai boxing skills in the fitness center or cool off in the outdoor pool with panoramic views of Phuket, while children will be entertained at the kids’ club.

Diners can savor Southern Thai cuisine and international dishes at Krua Talad Yai, or enjoy light refreshments at Kolae pool bar and Talung Lounge. For event planners, several well-equipped function spaces and a grand ballroom are ideal for every occasion, from important business meetings to talk-of-the-town weddings and parties.

Phuket Town
Phuket is a well-known island paradise, famous for its stunning beaches, lush hills, temples, and fun nightlife. But one of its best-kept secrets remains the vibrant neighborhood of Phuket Old Town, AKA Phuket Town or Phuket City. Phuket City, on Phuket, is the capital of Thailand’s Phuket Province. In the Phuket Old Town, the famous Thalang Road is lined with colorful 19th-century shophouses and Sino-Portuguese buildings and during the weekend it hosts one of the biggest walking markets in the whole of Phuket.

Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town
With 248 rooms, Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town is an idea place to stay for those wishing to have a central location in Phuket, business travelers, and those looking to be in the middle of the stunning Phuket Town.

The rooms all have:

  • Complimentary high-speed

wireless internet

  • 55-inch wall-mounted LCD TV
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Working desk
  • Telephone
  • Electronic in-room safe
  • Coffee & tea making facilities
  • Minibar
  • Daily complimentary drinking water
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Universal electronic socket

Feeling hungry?

KRUA TALAD YAI
Savor authentic Southern Thai cuisine and popular international dishes at our all-day dining restaurant, which showcases a vibrant culinary marketplace concept with open kitchens and a choice of indoor and outdoor seating.

TALUNG LOUNGE
Connect with your friends, family or colleagues at Talung Lounge, which transforms from a stylish grab & go café by day to a chic bar after dark. Our traditional Thai afternoon tea is served daily – perfect for sharing with a loved one.

KOLAE POOL BAR
Cool down and swim up to our inviting pool bar, which serves refreshing beverages including handcrafted cocktails and local craft beers throughout the day, along with a casual lunch menu and majestic views of Phuket Town.

Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town Facilities

Fitness Center
The Fitness Center is fully equipped for an invigorating workout. From free weights and cardio machines to a Thai boxing area, you’ll find everything you need to stay in shape.

Swimming pool
Take a refreshing dip in the outdoor sparkling swimming pool, an inviting open-air space featuring comfortable sun beds, alfresco dining and panoramic views of Phuket.

Kids Club
Keep your little ones happy at the Kids’ Club, with a full range of entertaining and educational activities, including fun games, arts and crafts.

Events and Happenings
One of the key unique selling points for the Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town is that it features nine function spaces with more than 900 square meters of floorspace, including a 600-guest capacity ballroom – ideal for every type of event, from intimate business meetings to grand social gatherings, including one-of-a-kind weddings.

So, there you are. An awesome hotel in the heart of Phuket Town, and only 15 minutes away from our 5 Star marine pier at Boat Lagoon Marina. If you are interested in booking here are the contact details:

Phone: +66 (0) 76 643 555
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.courtyardphukettown.com

National Park Fees Changing

Thailand National Park Fees changing

As of the 17th of January, the way Thailand National Park entrance fees are being paid is changing. How will this affect you and your tours with 5 Star Marine into Phi Phi, Phang Nga Bay, Similan Islands, and all the other Thailand National Parks?

There are more than 140 national parks in Thailand, all offering an authentic menu of adventures so that you can experience the landscapes, wildlife, and nature of Thailand in all its glory, depending on which one you are visiting. The Thailand National Parks cover almost 20% of the Kingdom’s territory, from the north and its mountains to the south and the marine parks, Thailand is a diverse nation.

So, what are the changes?

In the past 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. (There are others, see below)

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.

So how does this work? Well simple!

When you arrive at the 5 Star Marine pier at Boat lagoon Marina you will be met by your guide who will help you plan your tour. Once you know where you are going, and more to the point, which National Parks you will be going into, the guide will work out the fees, and all you do is pay our office team cash. They will then arrange the online payment to the National Parks Authority of Thailand and hey presto, you get a digital ticket.

So, I guess you are asking why don’t you just pay it yourself online. Well sadly you need to have a correct tour license and number, to get an online National Park account, as well as a host of other paperwork, and trust me, the Thailand authorities love paper work.

Bottom line is that nothing has really changed, apart from you paying your National Park fees at the office, rather than when you arrive at the National Park.

Check out the video as everything is explained in more detail there.

Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga National Parks

The private boat tours that we offer here at 5 Star Marine Phuket visit some of the most beautiful islands in the world and many of these are within Thailand’s National Parks. Phuket National Parks, include:

Phang Nga National Park

One of the most popular and most photographed islands in Phuket has to be the iconic James Bond Island, it is located in Ao Phang Nga National Park. But, James Bond Island is just one of forty-two karst islands within this marine park. The islands are home to some awesome cliffs, stunning beaches, romantic lagoons, and epic caves, making it a real treat for visitors.

Phi Phi National Park or its real name: Hat Noppharat Thara – Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, Phi Phi Islands National Park

Phi Phi National Park is a world-famous marine park located in Krabi Province south Thailand and covers an area of about 388 km². Phi Phi National Park is known for its beautiful white-sandy beaches, coral reefs, crystal clear waters, and limestone karsts, popular among divers and snorkelers. It is also home to one of the world’s best beaches Maya Bay. That’s right Maya Bay, where the 2000 movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Similan National Park

Similan National Park is a fantastic destination for travelers looking to explore underneath the sea. Found off the west coast of southern Thailand, the Similan National Park is a top location for diving and snorkeling, thanks to its crystal-clear waters, thriving sea life, and vibrant reef.

Than Bok Khorani National Park

The landscape of Than Bok Khorani National Park is dominated by a series of limestone mountains, evergreen forests, mangrove forests, and numerous islands. The main flora is evergreen forest, peat swamp forest, strand forest, and mangrove forest, as well as, various types of marine flora. The awesome Ko Hong or Hong Island is located at the edge of the Than Bok Khorani National Park. Ko Hong is an islet with a secluded, lake-like lagoon, steep limestone formations & white sand beaches.

For more details on any of our destinations click here

Bookings and Enquiries:
Shaun Stenning
+66 (0) 93720 6221
www.5starmarinephuket.com
[email protected]