Deer is Travelling goes Phuket: a guide to Thailand’s largest island by gay bloggers
Looking for a Deer is Travelling Phuket guide? You’ve come to the right place. We are Aon & Lan, an intergaycial couple from Bangkok. We run the award-winning travel blog Deer Is Travelling. We also have Instagram where we are the most active along with Twitter and Facebook.
Today, we would like to share details from one of our Phuket trips where we went to explore some places we hadn’t seen before. Are you ready? Let’s go!
The Big Buddha
High above Phuket, there is a famous landmark of the island – Wat Phra Phutthamingmangkhol Akenakakhiri, or the Big Buddha temple. The Big Buddha is located in the Chalong area on Naked Mountain. The temple is famous for its statue of the seated Buddha at an altitude of more than 400 meters above sea level, which can be seen from afar in many parts of Phuket.
Big Buddha (Phuket) is one of the main attractions of Thailand, and is considered the symbol of the island. This place is steeped in legends and myths: locals say that once the Buddha himself flew here and made the mountain a place where energy flows converge. Thais believe that if you listen, you can feel the whole spirituality of this place.
Rawai Beach & Pier
Rawai Beach is located almost in the very south of Phuket in a quiet bay. This beach is used as a boat station to sail from Phuket to neighboring islands. By the way, the Rawai pier is a postcard of this area, and in the evenings, tourists like to stroll along the pier. The infrastructure is very well developed, there are many restaurants, shops, cafes, massage parlors, and travel agencies.
Banana Beach is located in a small picturesque bay in the north of the island, between Bangtao and Naithon beaches. Banana is one of the little-known, wild, and inaccessible beaches. There is not a single hotel here. However, the beach is crowded during the season.
The beach is called Banana because from above the curved bay resembles a banana. Bananas don’t grow here. The name Jungle beach would be suitable for this beach since there is a jungle on all sides and a passage from the highway to it through the forest. From the sea, while swimming, gorgeous views of tropical vegetation open up.
Promthep Cape, also spelled Phromthep Cape, is known as an observation deck and is the southernmost part of Phuket Island, located between Rawai and Yanui beaches.
Many people call Promthep Cape one of the most beautiful places in Phuket and the best observation deck of the island, where some of the most spectacular sunsets on the island can be seen.
Promthep Cape is one of the best viewpoints in Phuket. You can also take a stroll, especially in the evening, when there is no scorching sun.
Naiyang Beach is one of the few beaches on the island where you can swim all year round because there are almost no waves here. The beach is located almost at the exit from Phuket near the airport; the tourist infrastructure in this area has begun to develop relatively recently. A few years ago, few tourists knew about Nai Yang beach, and now it is becoming a more popular vacation spot.
Many people think that the nearby airport is not the best locatoin, that the beach is small, there is no civilization there and it is problematic to rest comfortably. However, we think Nai Yang Beach is one of the most beautiful places in Phuket. Located just 10 minutes from the airport on the territory of the Sirinat National Park, it stands out for its silence, not many people, and calm sea with beautiful views.