Cruise Port Reviews
Phuket Island reviews
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Beautiful, but better as a resort destination than a port-of-call, May 14, 2013
Pros: Beautiful water, beaches, resorts
Cons: More developed and perhaps more crowded than Kho Samui
Phuket is one of those ports where going ashore on your own is a good option. This 557-square-kilometer island province on southern Thailandís west coast hosts from 5 to 7 million visitors per year. Most of them come for the beautiful sand beaches and upscale resorts that line the islandís west coast where they sunbathe, swim, snorkel and enjoy other water sports. Most arrive via Phuketís international airport. For cruise ship passengers, public transportation pretty much involves negotiating taxi fares. This was our first time in Phuket and weíd have a maximum of about seven hours ashore. It was the beginning of Thai New Year celebration with traffic expected to be very congested, so we opted for one of the shipís excursions. We enjoyed our guide, who said her name was ďAir.Ē We took photos at scenic Promthep Cape at Phuketís southern tip and at Wat Chalong, the islandís most revered Buddhist temple. We did manage to part with our remaining baht in exchange for an attractive silk scarf at a shopping stop. Our final stop on the tour charmed us with classical Thai dances and music with colorful, elaborate costumes. Still, should we find ourselves in Phuket again, itíll be the beach for us and, if we can arrange it, a boat tour of Phang Nga Bay at Phuketís north end.