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Trip List by TrevinPhuket

Trev's Totally Top Three Things to do in Phuket during the day.

22 Apr 2007  I have lived here for ten years
3.5 of 5 stars based on 17 votes

A list from a long term resident with an allergy to the beach, so lying on the beach probably ain't on the list, Okay?

  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. The Green Man English Country Pub Sunday Lunch Session
    http://www.the-green-man.net

    This is a 3 story Tudor English Pub in 3 and half acres of landscaped gardens, comeplete with a cigar room, underground wine cellar, kids playground, live music, big screen sports (F1, EPL, Rugby) and they celebrate everything, properly. Do not miss the christmas panto if you are there at that time, it is fantastic...Oh not its not...oh yes it is.
    Sunday Lunch (kids eat free) is the best time to be there, friendly expats and tourists, sat inside or in the extensive gardens getting slowly slaughtered. Locals say its expensive, but actually its fair.
    Great food from a massive menu and Howard and Nui are lovely owners.

  • 2. Diver's Bar Surin Beach at Sunset

    Diver's, on Surin Beach and well worth the trip for this is probably the most beautiful sunset on the island. Surin beach has had little development and what has been done is sympathetic to the surroundings.
    A popular spot amongst ex pats for sundowners, it is breathtaking, whether cloudy or not. One can sit outside Diver's or on the beach directly in front of the bar and watch the sky and sea change colour about 5 times as the sun sinks down as smoothly as your next beer and Diver's next bit of gossip/story.
    Diver is a bit of legend on the island: a great host and very helpful to all who seek his advice. He once held a world record for unassisted diving, this is the reason for his name.
    At Diver's tables you will find paupers and billionaires sat with each other, getting their share in. Diver has mastered that most elusive and often underestimated of all true landlord's art - conversation. He is master topic starter and the ultimate diplomat if things get heated. I have never wasted a second in his bar or a minute in his company, one of the islands true superstars.

  • 3. Shopping until you be popping...

    You can in fact shop till you pop in Phuket. Whist it does not have the drama and uniqueness of the Indian experience, it is still an intriguing and worthwhile experience.
    Haggling...
    Love it or hate it, you gotta do it. Many tourists see this as a bit of game, part of the holiday and I encourage them to continue to do so. Don't take it too seriously. You're on holiday, right? Walk away from each victory, as you perceive it, with a smile and a story to tell. However, never underestimate exactly how cheeky your opponent will be, you think treble the price may be a bit much, how about 5 times the price? Nope, try 10 times the price and this will give you a rough idea of their first quote. Do not be ashamed, divide by ten and offer that. It may sound ridiculous, but it is often true OK. You have been warned, you have been armed, take heed, for these people like nothing better than going into a battle of wits with an unarmed man (or, indeed, woman).

    Do not believe you are a naturally good haggler either. It is not something you are born with - it involves knowing the real value of everything, which is essentially what you are willing to pay for it and this is all that is being established in a haggling situation. Don't try to just buy stuff here, enjoy the whole debate and culture no matter how insignificant the item. Examine it knowledgeably; reject things that are perfectly acceptable pointing out some invented flaw, thus gaining respect and the upper hand.

    Gaining ownership of the item is not the point here. You are shopping, actually shopping for it's own sake and value. Do it with style, go with the pros, watch them and learn. Below are the better places to get on with it.
    Patong: Jungceylon - haggling free shopping for brand names.
    Soi Bangla and the beach road - fake bags, watches, DVDs and all that consumer monkey stuff.
    Phuket Town: Jewelery from the really big stores and Cashew nuts, ceramics. Not worth going to Central Festival if you are staying on the Patong/Kata/Karon coast as almost everything you can get there can be bought at Jungceylon.