Phuket’s Beach Bliss: A Guide to the Island’s Best Beaches by Shaun Stenning

According to Shaun Stenning, Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, is a tropical paradise known for its stunning beaches that attract travelers from all corners of the globe. With its crystal-clear waters, powdery sands, and vibrant coastal culture, Phuket offers a beach experience like no other.

In this guide, we’ll take you on a journey to explore the island’s top beaches, each offering its unique charm and character.

Patong Beach

Located on the west coast of Phuket, Patong Beach is the island’s most famous and vibrant beach. It’s the go-to destination for those seeking a lively atmosphere, bustling nightlife, and a wide range of water sports and activities. While Patong is known for its energetic vibe, it also boasts a beautiful shoreline where you can unwind and watch the sunset.


Kata Beach

According to Shaun Stenning, For a more relaxed and family-friendly experience, Kata Beach is an excellent choice. This crescent-shaped bay is known for its clear waters and gentle waves, making it ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The surrounding area offers a variety of restaurants, cafes, and shops, perfect for a leisurely day by the sea.


Karon Beach

Adjacent to Kata Beach, Karon Beach is the third-longest beach on the island and offers a serene setting for sunbathing and beach strolls. It’s an excellent spot for those who appreciate a quieter atmosphere while still having access to dining options and water activities.


Surin Beach

Surin Beach is a luxurious stretch of sand dotted with some upscale resorts. The beach’s azure waters and soft sands are perfect for relaxation. It’s also a popular spot to watch the sunset. It’s a great place for snorkeling during high season at the north end, and when the tide is out it’s a great place for rock pooling with the kids.


Nai Harn Beach

Nai Harn Beach is a hidden gem located on the island’s southern tip. Nestled between lush hills, it offers a picturesque setting for sun worshippers. The waters are calm and inviting, making it suitable for swimming and snorkeling. The nearby Nai Harn Lake Park is perfect for a post-beach stroll or a picnic.


Freedom Beach

For those in search of seclusion, Freedom Beach is an oasis of tranquility accessible by boat or a jungle hike. This hidden gem boasts soft white sands and clear turquoise waters, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. It’s a paradise for nature lovers.


Ya Nui Beach


Located near Promthep Cape, Ya Nui Beach is a charming cove known for its snorkeling opportunities and stunning views. The waters here are teeming with marine life, making it a great spot for underwater exploration. The nearby windmill viewpoint offers a breathtaking panorama of the Andaman Sea.


Ao Sane Beach

Ao Sane Beach is a hidden treasure comprising small rocky coves perfect for snorkeling and diving. The underwater world here is a kaleidoscope of colors, making it a must-visit for water enthusiasts. Rustic beachfront restaurants provide a cozy atmosphere to relax and savor Thai cuisine.


Shaun Stenning said, Phuket’s beaches cater to every type of traveler, whether you’re looking for vibrant nightlife, family-friendly shores, luxurious retreats, or hidden oases of tranquility. No matter which beach you choose, you’re sure to be captivated by the island’s natural beauty and warm hospitality. So, pack your swimsuit and sunscreen and get ready to explore the beach bliss that Phuket has to offer!

Phuket Tourism News – Magic Mushrooms Going To Become Legal In Thailand

Phuket Tourism News | Episode 28 | August 20

Welcome to the Phuket Tourism News. Each week Shaun and Jay Leshark 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.

Oil slicks threatens Phuket beaches, authorities seek culprits

Magic Mushrooms Going To Become Legal In Thailand

In the Thalang district of Phuket island, the beautiful scenery was marred by the unexpected appearance of oil slicks and tar balls along four beaches. These are being carefully removed from the coastline of the Sirinat National Park by a mix of residents and authorities. The cleanup started on Friday after an alert was raised by the Layan Beach station chief.

Several beaches, including Nai Yang, Mai Khao, Nai Thon, and Layan, were swept by the oil slick and related deposits, thus sparking concern amongst park authorities. The sighting was further corroborated by hotel staff from the well-known Angsana Laguna Hotel, who noticed an unfortunate sea turtle hatchling, covered in crude oil on Bang Tao Beach. The Marine and Coastal Resources Research Centre received the news and swiftly acted to aid the distressed turtle.

Read more here:

Lifeguards revive tourist pulled from Karon Beach surf

Magic Mushrooms Going To Become Legal In Thailand

A male tourist from Iran was pulled from dangerous surf at Karon Beach unconscious and without a pulse last week.

Karon Police and Phuket Tourist Police received a report of another incident on the beach at the Centara Grand Hotel around 2:50pm.

By the time the police arrived, beach lifeguards and municipal lifeguards were providing first aid to the victim. From the police report, the rescuers managed to get his heart to beat again.

Read more here:

Staying safe on Phuket Beaches is different from any other country, here’s a great video we did on this: 

Patong tuk-tuks warned against using public parking spaces

Magic Mushrooms Going To Become Legal In Thailand

Patong Police have issued a warning for all tuk-tuks in the town to stop using public parking spaces, especially along the Patong beach road.

The warning follows a tuk-tuk driver caught using one of the public parking spaces on the beach road (Thaweewong Rd) on Saturday (Aug 12).

It also followed a slew of complaints on social media online, said a report by Patong Police.

Pol Capt Pongpan Tesawit of the Patong Traffic Police arrived and explained to the driver his infraction at 3:45pm on Saturday, said the report.

The driver had parked in one of two parking spaces along the beach road. The section where the tuk-tuk driver had parked provided 24 public spaces.

Read more here:

Magic Mushrooms Going To Become Legal In Thailand

Krabi Islands Closed

First the legalisation of cannabis, and now this: Thailand is looking into easing restrictions and backing progress on developing psilocybin mushrooms. You may know them as ‘magic mushrooms.

In a press conference last month, Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin put forward a push towards easing laws around psilocybin mushrooms in an effort to boost the Thai economy, and research the use of ‘magic mushrooms’ to treat various mental health issues.

Read more here:

Romantic Boat Tours in Phuket

Phuket, Thailand is renowned for its idyllic landscapes, sandy shores, and vibrant culture. However, for those seeking an intimate and romantic experience, the island offers something truly magical – Romantic Phuket Boat Tours.

These romantic boat tours provide couples with a unique opportunity to embrace, not only themselves (lol), but the beauty of the island from a different perspective, creating lasting memories against the backdrop of stunning sunsets and tranquil waters.

Romance in Phuket

Embarking on a romantic boat tour in Phuket is like stepping into a dream. Couples can choose from a variety of our tour options and island destinations and these tours can be designed around what you both want. Once you contact us, we will design the tour around what you want and add in all the things that will make your day. Champagne, cake, flowers, and everything in-between.

Our Captain’s Choice tour is a great one to choose for couples – click here

Spectacular Phuket Sunsets and Pristine Phuket Beaches

One of the highlights of a romantic boat tour is the opportunity to see breathtaking sunsets that light up the sky. As the sun dips below the lush green hills of Phuket, casting hues of gold and orange across the sky, couples can enjoy, not only the beauty of their loved one but also the beauty of the moment.

Many of our Private Phuket Boat Tours also include stops at secluded beaches, where couples can get off and enjoy a private picnic or beach BBQ, explore the shores hand in hand, or simply relish the tranquility of the stunning surroundings.

Romance Underwater: Snorkeling and Underwater Exploration

Phuket’s marine word is a treasure trove of vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life. Our romantic Phuket boat tours will give you the chance to snorkel in crystal-clear waters, allowing you and your loved one to discover the mesmerizing world beneath the surface.

Sharing the experience of exploring colorful coral gardens and swimming alongside tropical fish can be a profound bonding experience, igniting a sense of awe and wonder.

Ok, some might say that you can talk underwater and to be fair I have had a partner in the past that this would be a very good thing, BUT being able to communicate and enjoy the moment without words is a sign of true love.

For some of the best snorkeling in the whole of Thailand then Koh Kradan is the place to go – click here

Phuket Proposals

The memories created during a romantic Phuket boat tour will be cherished forever.

Be it a stolen kiss against the backdrop of the sea, a shared laugh as the wind tousles your hair, or a quiet moment of reflection as the sun sets – these snapshots of love and togetherness will serve as reminders of a truly special experience.

But to make something truly memorable proposing to your partner on a tropical private beach, with white soft sands will be remembered forever. Or if you want to propose at the top of Koh Hong Island with the stunning backdrop of Phang Nga Bay. Or if you want to get down on one knee at Maya Bay, We can make this all happen for you.

James Bond fans? Propose in front of James Bond Island

Phuket’s romantic boat tours offer couples the chance to escape the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary. With the blend of natural beauty, intimate moments, and serene settings, our Phuket romantic tours provide an enchanting way to celebrate love and connection. Whether you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion or simply create unforgettable memories, a romantic boat tour in Phuket promises to be a journey of love, exploration, and shared wonder.

The Best Private Tours In Phuket

What Are The Best Private Tours In Phuket, Thailand?

I am often asked by our guests which of the Private Tours we offer I would recommend to them.  The answer is always a little more complicated than simply selecting one tour.  Over the 16 years I have lived here in Phuket my personal favorite Private Tour has changed.

When I first came to Phuket I thought that the Phi Phi Island Private Tour was by far the best tour you could do.  Swimming, snorkeling, amazing beaches, and a nice stop at the Khai Islands for a drink and relaxation on the way home.

But as I started to explore more, and visit more off-the-beaten-path destinations I found that Phi Phi was not my favorite Private Tour.

What Is The Best Private Tour?

Honestly the answer is subjective.  When answering this for our guests I ask them a few questions:

  1. Is this your first visit to Phuket Thailand?
  2. Have you ever done a Private Tour before?
  3. Are you travelling with Kids or Elderly Passengers?
The Best Private Tours In Phuket
The Best Private Tours In Phuket
The Best Private Tours In Phuket

Based on the answers to these questions I will then recommend the Private Tour that I think suits the guests the best.  Let me give you an example.

Recently I had a family of 7 inquire about a private tour.  2 passengers were elderly, 2 passengers were under 10 and the rest were adults.  Based on the makeup of this private tour group I suggested that a combined tour of Phang Nga Bay and Khai Island would be suitable.

It is a good mix of snorkeling, sightseeing, kayaking, and mangrove exploring. In my view this tour group, was the best private tour.

On the same day, I had a group of 5 inquire and they wanted the clearest water snorkeling we could find during the season.  As we were in the middle of the wet season and places like Similan were closed, I recommended the guests go to Raya Yai and Noi.  Beautiful beaches, good seas, clear water, and great snorkeling.

So as you can see, the answer to what is the Best Private Tour is a little subjective to who will be onboard with you.  If you’d like to find out the Best Private Tour for you, then feel free to contact us.

Phuket Tourism News – Maya Bay Phi Phi Closed, Banksy in Phuket, Jellyfish

Phuket Tourism News | Episode 27 | August 6

Welcome to the Phuket Tourism News. Each week Shaun and Jay Leshark 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.

Maya Bay Phi Phi Closed

Banksy in Phuket

As of the 1st of August 2023, Maya Bay in Phi Phi, Thailand will be closing its beach for 2 months. The beach being closed at Maya Bay, Phi Phi is to give the Thailand National Park Authorities time to check and assess the effects of tourists being allowed back on the beach during this past high season.

Maya Bay in Phi Phi will open again on the 1st of October 2023.

Read more here –

Phuket Airport accelerates taxi services with dedicated pickup zone

Banksy in Phuket

In a recent move to regulate taxi services in Phuket, Phuket International Airport put its foot on the accelerator and introduced a dedicated zone allocated for legally permissible taxis to facilitate the pickup of tourists. The news, revealed yesterday, came from a statement published by the airport itself, which was shared by Phuket MP, Somchart Techathavorncharoen.

The statement, which was presented as a clarification was the aftermath of a series of issues encapsulated in a formal complaint lodged by none other than Somchart last month.

The document was marked specifically to the MP and affirmed by Monchai Tanode, sitting General Manager of Phuket International Airport for the Airports of Thailand (AoT) branch in Phuket.

Addressing the grievance about holidaymakers having to march in the rain to reach the bus stop within the airport’s vicinity, Monchai stated that the car park for the bus has now been switched to a sheltered area.

Reported at the Thaiger Read more here –

Bluebottle influx at Phuket’s Layan Beach: officials urge caution

Banksy in Phuket

Layan Beach has seen the arrival of Portuguese man-o-war, commonly referred to as ‘bluebottles’, washed ashore by the tide. Beachgoers are urged to observe caution and remain vigilant in light of this current issue.

This concern was brought to the public awareness by an avid reader of Phuket News who discovered four to five bluebottles on the shoreline on a recent Thursday. The largest was roughly about hand-size, igniting immediate alarm.

It is important to note that this is not the first time that bluebottles have appeared on Phuket’s shores. These creatures are regularly swept ashore in Phuket, depending on wind conditions. The last confirmed sighting of Portuguese man-o-war came a month ago.

Reported in the Thaiger Read more –

Street art in Karon praised as Banksy creation

Banksy in Phuket

An Englishman walks into a bar with stencils and a question: “Can I do some artwork?” Kenny, the owner of the Karon Aussie Bar, didn’t know who the man was, until the man asked, “Do you know anything about Banksy’s art?”

Reported in the Phuket News Read More here –

Dr Pepper – Please note that the Phuket Tourism News is NOT sponsored by Dr Pepper, however if anyone from Dr Pepper does want to reach out and give us a free baseball cap and mug, we would be very great full. Oh, if you can make it easier to get Dr Pepper into Phuket that would be awesome. Thanks Dr Pepper you ROCK.

Are Similan Islands Open 2023?

LATEST NEWS: Similan Islands Thailand are now fully Open!

The Similan Islands will open on 15th October 2023

The Similan Islands are open for visitors from 15th October to 15th May and closed the rest of the year during the Thailand rainy seasons.

Thailand’s Natural Treasure: The Similan Islands

The Similan Islands became a Thailand national park in 1982. They are an archipelago of 11 islands in the Andaman Sea, 70 km off the coast in Phang Nga Province.

A rich marine life consisting of hard and soft coral reefs, crystal clear waters, and white beaches the Similan Islands are one of the best diving and snorkeling sites in the world.

Nestled in the azure waters of the Andaman Sea, the Similan Islands stand as a testament to the remarkable beauty and ecological importance of Thailand’s natural wonders. Comprising a cluster of eleven islands, the Similans are often regarded as a paradise for nature enthusiasts, divers, and conservationists alike.

Book a tour to the Similan Islands here

Why are the Similan Islands so important?

The Similan Islands are renowned for their exceptional biodiversity. The islands are home to a plethora of unique plant and animal species. Lush forests and diverse ecosystems support a range of wildlife, including monitor lizards, flying foxes, and various bird species.

BUT Underwater, is where the Similans reveal a real mesmerizing world of marine life. The clear waters teem with vibrant coral reefs, making it a prime destination for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. Divers are treated to sightings of colorful reef fish, majestic manta rays, leopard sharks, and even the elusive whale shark. The health and vitality of these coral reefs are crucial not only for their own sake but also for the larger marine ecosystem they support.

Whale sharks and manta rays are rare sightings, but they show up around March-April.

Book a tour to the Similan Islands here

Coral reefs are often referred to as the “rainforests of the sea,” as they play a pivotal role in maintaining marine biodiversity and providing essential ecosystem services. The Similan Islands‘ coral reefs act as nurseries and habitats for a wide array of marine species, contributing to the overall health of the Andaman Sea’s ecosystem. They also provide coastal protection, helping to buffer against the impacts of storms and rising sea levels.

Moreover, healthy coral reefs contribute to the tourism industry, drawing visitors from around the world to experience the unparalleled beauty of the underwater world. The revenue generated from eco-tourism supports local economies and highlights the symbiotic relationship between conservation and sustainable development.

Why are the Similan Islands closed during Rainy Season?

Recognizing the ecological significance of the Similan Islands, the Thai government designated the area as a Thailand national park in 1982. This status offers legal protection to the islands and their surrounding waters, limiting human impact and ensuring the preservation of their natural beauty.

Regulations on fishing, waste disposal, and tourism activities are enforced to minimize negative environmental effects.

As with many fragile ecosystems, challenges persist. Climate change, overfishing, and pollution pose significant threats to the health of the Similan Islands’ marine and terrestrial environments. Continued efforts are required not only to enforce existing regulations but also to raise awareness and encourage sustainable practices among visitors and local communities.

The Similan Islands stand as a testament to the incredible diversity and beauty that the natural world has to offer. Their significance goes beyond their aesthetic appeal, encompassing their role as a biodiversity hotspot, a crucial component of the marine ecosystem, and a source of sustainable tourism revenue. The importance of preserving these islands cannot be overstated, as they provide a glimpse into the delicate balance of life on Earth and serve as a reminder of our responsibility to protect and conserve our planet’s precious resources for generations to come.

Book a tour to the Similan Islands here

Maya Bay Is CLOSED | Is Phi Phi Island Closed? | August 2023

LATEST NEWS: Maya Bay is Open | October 1st, 2023

Maya Bay Has Reopened From 1st October 2023. Please read the full details here:

Maya Bay is CLOSED but what about Phi Phi?

Today the 1st of August 2023 Maya Bay in Phi Phi, Thailand will be closing its beach for 2 months. The beach being closed at Maya Bay, Phi Phi is to give the Thailand National Park Authorities time to check and assess the effects of tourists being allowed back on the beach during this past high season.

Maya Bay in Phi Phi will open again on the 1st of October 2023.

Is Phi Phi Open?

The bottom line here is that Phi Phi is OPEN.

It is only the beach at Maya Bay that is closed. You can still visit all the other stunning locations at Phi Phi BUT you just cannot walk on Maya Bay Beach.

Pileh Lagoon – Open

Monkey Beach – Open

Nui Beach – Open

Camel Rock – Open

Viking Cave – Open

You can even still enter Maya Bay via the front side. There is a roped-off area marked out by buoys that you go to and get that beautiful picture of Maya Bay. In fact, some might say that this picture looking into the bay is a better picture than from the beach. Plus, for the next two months, there will be no one on the beach to photo-bomb you.

Why is Maya Bay, Phi Phi Famous?

Maya Bay in Phi Phi, Thailand, is famous for several reasons:

“The Beach” Movie:

Maya Bay gained international fame after it was featured in the 2000 movie “The Beach,” directed by Danny Boyle and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The stunning scenery and crystal-clear waters portrayed in the movie captured the imagination of viewers worldwide, attracting tourists eager to experience the real-life paradise depicted in the film.

Natural Beauty:

Maya Bay is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty. The bay is surrounded by tall limestone cliffs covered with lush green vegetation, giving it a secluded and picturesque ambiance. The bay’s clear waters and white sandy beach create a postcard-perfect tropical paradise.

Snorkeling and Diving:

The area around Maya Bay offers excellent opportunities for snorkeling and diving. The bay is part of the Phi Phi Islands, known for their diverse marine life and colorful coral reefs, making it a popular destination for underwater enthusiasts.

Phi Phi Islands:

Maya Bay is situated in the Phi Phi Islands archipelago, which is a well-known tourist destination. The Phi Phi Islands offer visitors a chance to explore other beautiful beaches, coves, and viewpoints, making Maya Bay a must-visit spot for travelers exploring the area.

It’s important to note that popularity comes with its downsides. The excessive influx of tourists to Maya Bay, Phi Phi led to significant environmental degradation, threatening the very beauty that made it famous. In response to this environmental impact, the Thai government took measures to preserve the delicate ecosystem and temporarily closed Maya Bay to visitors from mid-2018 onwards. The closure aimed to allow the damaged coral reefs and marine life to recover.

Then after COVID, the government reopened Maya Bay but with strict regulations in place to protect its natural resources.

They also continue to close the beach of Maya Bay every year for 2 months to assist with the environmental situation.

The Meg 2 – 5 Star Marine Story

What’s it like working on a Hollywood movie in Phuket?

Meg 2 The Trench was filmed in Phuket, Thailand and 5 Star Marine Phuket were the on-site Marine safety team here in Phuket. In the YouTube video Shaun Stenning, owner of 5 Star Marine Phuket talks about what it was like to work on the movie and gives us a little insight into some behind the scenes on what the 5 Star Marine staff had to do while working on Meg 2 The Trench.

Phuket, Thailand the Hollywood of Southeast Asia

Phuket, Thailand, has been a popular location for filmmakers mainly due to its stunning natural beauty, diverse landscapes, and vibrant culture. Phuket island’s picturesque beaches, lush tropical forests, and vibrant urban scenes offer a wide range of filming possibilities, making it an attractive destination for both local and international film productions. Additionally, Thailand’s relatively affordable production costs and accommodating film regulations have further contributed to its appeal as a filming location.

Movies filmed in Phuket:

The Meg 2 - 5 Star Marine Story_The Man with the Golden Gun
The Meg 2 - 5 Star Marine Story_Bridget Jones The Edge of Reason
The Meg 2 - 5 Star Marine Story_The Beach
The Meg 2 - 5 Star Marine Story_The Hangover Part II
The Meg 2 - 5 Star Marine Story_Kickboxer Retaliation

“The Man with the Golden Gun” (1974): Part of the James Bond film series, this movie featured iconic actor Roger Moore as James Bond and showcased Phang Nga Bay, near Phuket, which is famous for its distinctive limestone cliffs emerging from emerald-green waters.

“The Beach” (2000): Directed by Danny Boyle and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, this adventure drama was filmed in various locations in Thailand, including Phuket’s Maya Bay on Phi Phi Leh island. The movie brought international attention to the beauty of Maya Bay, making it a tourist hotspot.

“Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” (2004): The sequel to “Bridget Jones’s Diary” features scenes shot in Phuket. The island provided the backdrop for some of the movie’s beach and resort scenes.

“The Hangover Part II” (2011): While most of this comedy film was set in Bangkok, some scenes were filmed in Phuket to showcase the island’s vibrant nightlife and beach party atmosphere.

“Kickboxer: Retaliation” (2018): Part of the Kickboxer film series, this action movie was partially filmed in various locations across Thailand, including Phuket, to capture its dynamic and visually appealing environments.

Watch the video to find out what it was like to work on Meg 2 The Trench

Meg 2 The Trench

“For those afraid of what may lurk in the darkest depths of the ocean, it may be time to look away once again… it’s back!”

Meg 2 The Trench is a Sequel to the 2018 film ‘The Meg, which was also filmed in Phuket, Thailand.

In the movie, Jonas Taylor leads a research team on an exploratory dive into the deepest depths of the ocean. Their voyage spirals into chaos when a malevolent mining operation threatens their mission and forces them into a high-stakes battle for survival. Pitted against colossal, prehistoric sharks and relentless environmental plunderers, they must outrun, outsmart and outswim their merciless predators.

The movie is set for worldwide release on the 4th of August 2023

Watch the video to find out what it was like to work on Meg 2 The Trench

Suga from K-Pop band BTS in Phuket, New Phang Nga Airport

Phuket Tourism News | Episode 26 | July 23

Welcome to the Phuket Tourism News. Each week Shaun and Jay Leshark 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.

BTS’ Suga in Phuket and on a Private 5 Star Marine Boat Tour

Suga's BTS In Phuket

World superstar Suga from K-pop boy band BTS was in Phuket recently taking some time offer during the Asian leg of his world tour. While in Phuket Suga took a private boat tour with 5 Star Marine Phuket and shared his experiences with his millions of fans with a YouTube Vlog.

It was a super cool having Suga on board and the staff where rather excited.

Not sure that Jay Leshark or I really understood why the staff were so excited until we both got educated by the team.

I say educated, I mean screamed at and shown many Tik Tok and YouTube clips.

Read more here

Is a Phang Nga airport needed?

Suga's BTS In Phuket

The Joint Public and Private Sector Consultative Committee (JPPSCC) in the Andaman provinces has urged Airports of Thailand (AoT) to continue its feasibility study on Phang Nga Airport.

A meeting of the JPPSCC in the Andaman provinces of Krabi, Trang, Phangnga, Phuket, Ranong and Satun was held recently to continue

talks with Phuket Airport after the AoT decided to defer the project.

Phuket airport has reached its full capacity of 14 million passengers a year. If it is expanded, it can handle up to 17 million, still below its peak period when it handled about 18 million passengers prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Imagine when the economy picks up and when it is high season, how crowded Phuket airport will be?

Full story at the Phuket News here

Overseas arrivals now exceed pre-Covid levels

Suga's BTS In Phuket

The Bangkok Post has reported that overseas arrivals now exceed pre-Covid levels, with bold plans to add more.

Phuket is targeting over 14 million international and domestic tourists with tourism-related revenue expected to exceed 200–300 billion baht by the end of this year, according to Phuket Tourist Association (PTA).

Phuket was hit heavily by the Covid-19 pandemic during 2020–2021 but tourists started returning once the Sandbox scheme kicked off in July, 2021.

Read more at the Bangkok Post here

Pilot project bolstering reforestation to combat Climate Change

Suga's BTS In Phuket

A unique pilot project bolstering reforestation efforts was initiated in Phuket. This initiative marks a concentrated effort towards environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.

Spearheaded by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and the Rowing Association of Thailand,

the project saw its launch at the Nai Harn public park in Rawai.

The event was strategically selected based on a national rowing event scheduled to take place there for five days.

This reforestation venture supports EGAT’s overarching ambition of reviving local ecosystems through the creation of green spaces. This is in line with EGAT’s commitment to maintaining a carbon-neutral stance by 2050.

Read the full story here

Upcoming Events in Phuket

MONDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 2023 FROM 09:00-19:00
PHIST 6 (Phuket Hotels Island Sustaining Tourism)
SAii Laguna Phuket

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Which Weather Apps Are Reliable In Phuket In 2023?

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from guests and travellers to Phuket Thailand is:

What Is The Weather Like Right Now?

It’s a fair question to ask.  If you are planning a holiday in Phuket you want to know what weather to expect as this will impact the activities that you will be doing while in Phuket.  After 16 years living in Phuket I have found Phuket’s weather is quite fickle.

Very rarely are any of the Apps right in Phuket.  But here are a few things I use to read the weather and predict what we should expect: is my go-to web platform for seeing the predicted weather and wind conditions for Phuket.  Specifically, I look at the wind report.  As I have a premium subscription, I can see the wind prediction for the next 9 days.

Generally speaking, a low wind condition (under 12 knots) will allow for calmer sea conditions, a lower possibility of rain and the potential for a good day on the sea.  The great part about windy is that it is color coded.

If you see blue wind, this means we are expecting good sea conditions and low wind conditions.  If you see light green, this means slightly increased wind, but still good conditions.

As you move from light green to dark green and then yellow this is an indicator of a high wind condition, potentially rough seas and potentially more rain.

The only accurate predictor of rain in Phuket is the live radar.  The TMD Radar is the best radar to see this as it shows live radar images up to 15 minutes ago.  We use this in the morning of our tours to predict weather we are expecting rain on the tour.

It’s important to note that the wind condition will affect the speed that rain comes towards to Phuket and the direction it is moving.  So I combine the readings I get with the live radar.

The AccuWeather website provides forecasts on wind, rain and conditions for up to 1 month. While it is rarely accurate I have found that it is closer to accurate than any other full service weather prediction app or system.

Now I know this all sounds confusing, so if you would prefer us to interpret the weather for you using our experience here in Phuket feel free to contact us any time.