I know that this will create a stir. I’m sure I’ll have people telling me I’m wrong. It’s controversial, isn’t it? Phuket, loved by millions around the world, revered by many as a top travel destination and I’m going to criticise it.
But the fact of the matter is, we weren’t huge fans of Phuket. I have a few friends who have been calling it home for quite some time and they absolutely love it. They rave about it and I tried to see it differently but I just couldn’t.
The Reasons Why I Didn’t Love Phuket, Thailand:
I found it dirty. The streets were covered in rubbish and I saw huge rats crawling through the streets and gutters numerous times. I know, it’s Asia. Asia and developing countries are renowned for being dirty. But a place like Phuket with more resorts than you can count should put more effort into keeping it clean. It’s supposed to be a place of luxury, and dirtiness just doesn’t sell that to me.
I found it expensive. Sure, to western standards it’s dirt cheap but compared to the rest of Thailand and Asia it’s a rip off. They’ll charge you double for food, tours or market purchases in Phuket simply because they can. Whilst you can barter down prices practically everywhere else in Asia, in Phuket they make it almost impossible- like squeezing blood from a stone. I’m the bartering queen and even I struggled to get them down any substantial price. They’ll charge you extortionate prices because they can, because tourists will pay.
It’s sleazy. Seeing old men flirting with young Thai girls really grossed me out and Phuket is the number one spot to witness this. Old, sleazy men groping young girls is just not my cup of tea and I didn’t see it nearly as much anywhere else in Thailand as I did in Phuket.
The beach is Patong was so dirty, I wouldn’t even think of sitting on the sands to read a book let alone go for a swim.
In my opinion I would skip Phuket and instead visit the Krabi region- it’s Thailand’s best kept secret and still close enough to do day trips to the beautiful destinations like Phi Phi and Phang Nga that tourists love.
But then again… If I was in a fancy hotel with a swim up bar and a bank account flowing with dollars begging to be spent? Well in that case, Phuket could be a perfect place for a relaxing in resort holiday.
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