About Kirsty S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Feb 2015
I have travelled extensively through Southeast Asia. I know Thailand and Malaysia particularly well, but also love Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. I travel to this part of the world whenever I can, sometimes on a short trip while on route to Australia, and sometimes for extended periods of time so that I can really get beneath the skin of a particular area – whether I’ve been to that spot before or not. I've spent a lot of time in Bangkok – it's a fascinating melting pot of a city where there's always something new to explore. I also love Hanoi and have explored it both independently and as part of an organised tour. More than anything, I love discovering something new while travelling and sharing it with those who have the same passion for travel as I do. I’m a bit of a foodie and never get bored of the beach.
Sacred & Religious Sites
Bodies of Water
Theme Parks, Performances, Theatres
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Geologic Formations, Lookouts
Start your day in Phuket early and make your way up to the Big Buddha for some spectacular views of the sights you’ll be exploring over the next few days. To the east is Chalong Bay, Phuket Town and Cape Panwa, while to the west the views stretch along to Karon and Kata beaches. The Buddha statue itself is an impressive sight too, sitting at a staggering 45 meters tall.
Phuket’s Splash Jungle Water Park is great fun for the whole family, featuring everything from calm splash pools for the younger children to exhilarating rides for the older ones, with plenty to entertain the adults too. Located at the edge of Phuket’s jungle and overlooking Mai Khao Beach, the Splash Jungle Water Park is the ideal way to start your holiday off with a bang.
Kata Beach is one of Phuket’s most famous beaches. It is a picturesque stretch of sand that always has something going on, so you can choose to do as little or as much as you like.
Siam Niramit is a colorful and extravagant show that celebrates the very best of Thailand’s culture and tradition. Not only that, but Siam Niramit is a complete evening out, with an on-site restaurant serving Thai and international cuisine, plus shopping and leisure amenities alongside the main show.
Enjoy a morning adventure to Phang Nga Bay. Most famous for James Bond Island – the gravity-defying limestone formation that featured in The Man with the Golden Gun – it’s also home to Koh Panyee, which features a fishing village built on stilts over the water. There are a variety of different tour companies that will take you over to Phang Nga Bay and you can rest assured it will be an unforgettable trip.
While in Phuket, don't miss a chance to meet the magnificent creatures that are such a significant part of rural life in Thailand. Unfortunately, there are reports of elephants being mistreated throughout the country, but those at Kok Chang Safari Elephant Trekking are well-cared for so you can enjoy your elephant trekking with a clear conscience.
FantaSea is a great night out for the whole family. Like Siam Niramit, it’s essentially a theme park with various attractions and shopping, with the main event being the show. The show features an impressive cast of circus performers and animals and explores Thailand’s fascinating culture, art and history. Tuck into a delicious buffet dinner before sitting back and enjoying the show.
Seeing as you’re already in Patong, you may as well spend the rest of your night checking out the notoriously lively nightlife in this area. At the very least, take a stroll down Bangla Road to see what all the fuss is about; this is the heart of the vivacious bar scene where neon lights, thumping music and girly bars will eagerly vie for your attention.
If you’re staying anywhere near Patong, be sure to have breakfast at Cafe Siam on at least one of your days in Phuket. This Australian-owned cafe serves hearty breakfasts in a relaxed and friendly environment that will likely see you returning morning after morning.
Let’s face it; no holiday to Phuket would be complete without a trip out to Ko Phi Phi. It takes around an hour and a half to reach the Phi Phi Islands from Phuket and although the ferries are usually jam-packed with people, the spectacular scenery of these striking islands makes it all worthwhile. Visit the infamous Maya Bay (the location of the film, The Beach) and spend your day snorkeling, sunbathing and generally marveling at your surroundings.
Before dinner, head up to Phrompthep Cape to watch the magnificent sunset from this truly incredible viewpoint. Sure, it gets busy with everybody trying to catch a glimpse of the spectacle, but as the sun dips into the sea at Phuket’s southernmost point, you really won’t care.
Treat yourself with dinner at Villa Royale located on the coast between Kata Yai and Kata Noi beaches. It’s an atmospheric spot serving Thai and international cuisine with great service and idyllic views out to sea.