Phuket Town, Thailand Saturday, January 6, 2007
At least it has some culture Phuket city is better than most of the rest of the island. It is historic, architecturally interesting and diverse. Most importantly, it actually is home to THAI people who are not just there to serve the tourists. It might just be the only part of the island that has not (entirely) become a whitewashed tourist trap.
I think this post is very unfair to Phuket . Phuket is a very nice place.
Phuket sucks indeed. If you go to Thailand please visit cities like Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Rayong or Suratani. That is if you would like to experience some real Thai culture. If you like beach culture, prostitutes and/or having your pockets emptied, you're at the right place !
never go phuket exspecially patong because lots of pickpockets . i lost my camera , credit card
I've been through Phuket several times. First in 1994 then in 2000. First time around you could already feel the sex business in the air. However, the beaches were still nice, fairly empty and the prices reasonable. In 2000, the same. Now, on the other hand, the place is very expensive, extremely busy, reminds me of Sharm El Sheikh or Hurgada in Egypt, overrun with Russians and Russian prostitutes. Yes that's right, they whore it up everywhere. At home, the Middle East, Europe, North and South America, you name it.So, do yourselves a favor and go to the other islands if you'd like to experience the magic of Thailand.