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.
Beaches, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Kayaking & Canoeing, Boat Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours, Safaris
Geologic Formations, Lookouts
Bodies of Water
While there are plenty of beaches to choose from in Phuket, Nai Thon is an exceptionally beautiful stretch of coast that has been mercifully overlooked by commercial development and mass tourism. This makes it the ideal spot to escape the crowds and take that romantic stroll in the sand or dip in the ocean. If you and your betrothed prefer something a bit more active, get out and explore the rocky coves here, which are only accessible by long-tail boat.
It’s the setting that makes this such a romantic spot for dinner. Villa Royale straddles the headland between Kata Yai and Kata Noi beaches. Feast on Thai or western food while taking in the sweeping panoramic views out to sea and the sound of the waves crashing beneath you. It’s the perfect setting for a romantic dinner for two – and the food and wine won’t disappoint either.
What could be more romantic than a day out on the Andaman Sea with your other half? While you’ll be part of a larger tour, the Two Sea boat will set off at around 7am, which is much earlier than other tours so you’ll largely avoid the crowds. Explore intriguing caves and incredible scenery as you canoe through some of the most beautiful islands around Phuket.
La Gritta is one of the most romantic restaurants in Phuket. Located at the south end of Patong Bay, it features two distinct dining areas: the main restaurant, which covers both indoors and outside, and La Gritta Terrace – a romantic, partially open-aired area on the second floor. Both offer stunning views over Patong Bay and both make for the ideal spot to feast on fine food and wine under the stars.
Siam Safari operate nature tours in Phuket and are the only certified elephant camp in southern Thailand. Grab your loved one and embark on a romantic half day tour into the countryside with elephant trekking and traditional boat cruises along the river, plus an opportunity to learn more about rural Thai life.
It may be more expensive than what you’re used to paying for dinner in Thailand, but if it’s a romantic backdrop you’re looking for, you can’t go far wrong with On the Rock. It’s a beautiful restaurant that juts out from the coast into the sea, with delicious food and a high level of attention to detail – all within a truly romantic setting.
As far as viewpoints go, Phrompthep Cape at sunset is hard to beat. It would be an understatement to say that you and your loved one will be the only people up there (it does get rather busy!) but that shouldn’t detract from the romantic appeal of the sun dipping into the ocean at Phuket’s southernmost point.
A romantic holiday in Phuket isn’t complete without a relaxing massage and the Limone Massage & Spa is one of the best in Patong. Indulge yourselves by drifting off the beach and booking in for a massage here. The spa provides a pleasant, clean and relaxing environment and if you’ve been splurging on romantic meals for two lately, you’ll also be happy to learn that it’s incredibly affordable too!
The Bang Pae Waterfalls are nestled in shady foliage to the north of Phuket Town. The site makes for a scenic picnic spot and there are plenty of pools for swimming in the wet season too. Also keep an eye out for the wildlife that emerges here to feed in the waterfall’s lush surroundings.
Phang Nga Bay is most famous for James Bond Island – the beautiful limestone formation that made a name for itself by featuring in The Man with the Golden Gun. It’s also home to Koh Panyee, where you can visit a fishing community built on stilts above the water. There are plenty of tours that will take you and your loved one from Phuket out to Phang Nga Bay and it’s sure to be a day trip you won’t forget in a hurry.