Thailand attracts over 800,000 Australian visitors every year and Phuket lures in those visitors with the siren calls of the beaches, offshore islands, aromatic food, and warm hospitality. Some areas are trendier than others, drawing in the bulk of visitors to busy beaches and bustling streets with shops, restaurants and bars. But if you seek a local's take on this charming province, don't miss these three stops advised specially for 7travel from the experts at Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Where to eat
Only locals know that the best seafood is found at Rawai Market. Rawai Beach, or the Sea Gypsy Village, is a fisherman village in the south of Phuket. Come hungry to get the freshest catch - think fish, prawns, lobster, crab, squid, and more. You can take home your fresh seafood from one of the market's stalls, have a sit-down seafood meal at one of the many restaurants, or have the true local's experience by dining on a roadside carpet!
Where to find romance
A trip to Thailand is a treat often saved for couples' travels. Impress your partner with a sunset adventure to Phuket’s most southerly point of Promthep Cape. The majestic cliffs standing proudly over Nai Harn Beach provide the perfect setting for romance. Watch the sun drift into the ocean and allow Thailand's peaceful ambiance wash over you.
What to bring back
If you want to bring back an authentic souvenir, channel Thailand's famous massage therapies for friends and family back home with fresh handmade spa products at Lemongrass House in Laguna. Organic ingredients mix with special techniques to make these products by hands have earned Lemongrass House a strong reputation. They even provide products for some of the world's most luxe hotels and spas!