Krabi

This coastal province occupies an area of 4,709 square kilometers and is located 814 kilometers south of Bangkok. Overlooking the Andaman Sea, Krabi Province is a universe of small archipelagos and white beaches, nomadic peoples, caves and places that have been the setting for famous films. More than 150 islands, limestone giants of multiple shapes and quantities have long been ideal habitats for adventurers and pirates: today this liquid universe is home to a shy ethnic Moken minority. The Chao Leh, literally “nomads of the sea”, move from island to island on artisan boats and preserve valuable ecological and territorial knowledge.

To observe the thousands of species of organisms that populate the reef, it is advisable to board one of the typical boats that shuttle between the archipelagos. From the bustling resort of Ao Nang you can reach backdrops, ideal for diving and snorkeling, off Railay Beach, Nopparat Thara and the Koh Poda and Koh Kai Islands. Specialist scuba diving shops rent masks, snorkels and fins at derisory prices, and the many Diving Centers offer diving tours and give advice on some of the most interesting destinations. Here the coast is embellished with the variety of caves that dot the high limestone cliffs. Renting a canoe or kayak, you skirt the atolls of Koh Phanak or Koh Hong, joining the dark caves inhabited by colonies of bats.

These spectacular rock arches give access to mysterious canyons and green lagoons covered with dense mangrove vegetation. The fishermen and swallow nest gatherers, who for short periods live in caves collecting the delicious ingredients for soups, have indulged in inventing names for each island, cavity or rock. According to archaeological findings, Krabi is thought to have been one of Thailand’s oldest communities, dating back to prehistoric times. It is also believed to correspond to the ancient city of Ban Thai Samos, one of the 12 royal cities that had adopted a monkey as a symbol.

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The most interesting places are concentrated, however, along its extensive coasts, full of famous beaches and bays, and numerous tropical islands offshore. Phra Nang Cave beach, for example. Reachable only by boat is characterized by fine white sand and crystal clear waters, as well as wonderful cliffs and caves. The magnificent Phi Phi Archipelago, equidistant from Krabi and Phuket, about 40 km away from both. It consists of six islands, mainly characterized by cliffs and limestone rocks. Some also offer remarkable beaches and coral reefs.

And again, the Hong Archipelago. A group of islands of limestone origin with beautiful beaches, coral reefs in both deeper and lower waters, and a wide variety of fish species. This area is also ideal for canoeing or kayaking which is then one of the eco-friendly tourism activities available in Krabi. There are few better ways to enjoy the spectacular scenery than to let yourself be pleasantly carried away in the middle of the limestone rocks and this is probably the best way to explore krabi’s countless coves, allowing visitors to discover the magic of these places at their own pace. Krabi Province is also rich in protected areas and national parks.

The most important and visited are Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, where the site’s stunning landscape is enhanced by the presence of streams, waterfalls and wildlife, and Than Bok Khorani National Park, known for its many limestone caves, verdant mangrove forests, natural ponds, and beautiful islands. The Khao Pra-Bang Khram Nature Reserve is an interesting visit: in Ban Bang Tiao, 18 km away from the Thom Canal District, there is a 2.7 km long nature trail that crosses a flat forest with the Emerald Pond and several natural habitats. In the forest live some rare species of birds and plants.

Cose da non fare in Thailandia

E’ importante conoscere le cose da non fare in Thailandia, per vivere il proprio viaggio al meglio, in sicurezza e totale serenità, godendo delle infinite bellezze di cui è dotato questo Paese del lontano Oriente. E’ un posto meraviglioso, che custodisce acque verde smeraldo, templi antichissimi e metropoli all’avanguardia. Tuttavia gli usi e costumi, da queste parti, hanno differenze notevoli se confrontati con i nostri, pertanto è importante conoscerne alcuni aspetti salienti e che potrebbero toccarvi da vicino durante il vostro viaggio, per evitare fraintendimenti e pericoli. Ecco tutto quello che dovete sapere per vivere una vacanza da sogno in Thailandia.

– Quando dovete rivolgervi a un thailandese è buona educazione usare il nome di battesimo. Mentre nelle circostante più formali si utilizza la parola ‘Khun’, una sorta di ‘signore’ o ‘signora’ in lingua thailandese. Vale per entrambi i sessi.

– Evitate in ogni situazione di perdere il controllo o di urlare, soprattutto in pubblico: è considerato un atteggiamento volgare. Nella cultura thailandese è buona abitudine evitare qualsiasi tipo di discussione. In situazioni difficili o imbarazzanti è consigliabile piuttosto fare ricorso a un buon sorriso mitigatore.

– E’ consigliabile evitare accuratamente di fare questioni di qualsiasi genere anche con la polizia.

– In Thailandia, quando ci si saluta, non si usa stringersi la mano. Il Wai, ovvero il saluto thailandese, consiste nel premere i palmi delle mani l’uno contro l’altro, per poi portarli al mento abbassando leggermente la testa.

– Se avete intenzione di andare in Thailandia con il vostro partner, fate attenzione ai vostri comportamenti in pubblico: in Thailandia è raro vedere delle coppie che si baciano o si scambiano effusioni in pubblico. E’ sempre consigliato adeguarsi agli usi e costumi del posto, pertanto evitate di mettervi troppo in mostra.

– Per i thailandesi la parte più importante e sacra del corpo umano è la testa, proprio per questo è importante non toccare il capo a nessuno, soprattutto ai bambini. La parte che invece è considerata più umile sono i piedi: è buona educazione non mostrarli.

– Se doveste ricevere un invito a casa di qualche thailandese, ricordate che prima di entrare nella loro dimora dovrete assolutamente togliervi le scarpe.

– I pasti in Thailandia vengono serviti in grandi ciotole che vengono posizionate nel centro della tavola: ogni commensale sarà dotato di forchetta e cucchiaio con i quali potrà prendere la quantità di cibo che gradisce.

– Una delle principali attrazioni della Thailandia sono i monaci. Tutti desiderano scattare qualche foto ricordo con loro, tuttavia è importante tenere presente un paio di cose: i monaci sono un’istituzione molto rispettata, che viene immediatamente dopo la famiglia reale. Un monaco non può mai toccare una donna e nemmeno lei può entrare in contatto con lui. Sui mezzi pubblici, le donne non possono sedere vicino a un monaco e se hanno qualcosa da consegnargli, devono servirsi di un intermediario.

– A proposito della famiglia reale, ricordate che non deve mai essere insultata. E’ in assoluto l’istituzione più cara ai thailandesi, criticarla o offenderla è considerata lesa maestà: si può rischiare il carcere.

– Se doveste trovare a terra una moneta raffigurante il Re o qualche altro membro della famiglia reale, fate attenzione a non calpestarla.

– Sovente, quando si cerca di chiudere una situazione, viene utilizzata l’espressione ‘Mai Pen Rai’, che significa ‘non importa’.

– Ricordate che è assolutamente vietato visitare i templi in canotta, calzoncini, minigonna.

– Chiudete bene le finestre delle guest house o dell’hotel sia per gli insetti, potenziali vettori di molte patologie, che per motivi di sicurezza.

– Fate particolare attenzione quando noleggiate le moto d’acqua: capita sovente che provino a spillarvi molto denaro per presunti danni al mezzo (truffa frequente a Phuket). I contratti sono infatti stilati in lingua thai e spesso i turisti non si soffermano su di essi, sviati anche dalla particolare affabilità del personale sempre sorridente e disponibile. 

Controllate quindi il mezzo prima di utilizzarlo e fate subito presente eventuali danni o ammaccature, onde evitare che vengano attribuiti alla vostra responsabilità. L’ideale è scattare anche qualche foto.

– Infine due indicazioni di grande importanza: in Thailandia la prostituzione è illegale e viene punita molto severamente, soprattutto se sono coinvolti dei minorenni.

Il discorso vale anche per le droghe il rischio del carcere e della pena (fino alla pena capitale) dovrebbero scoraggiare chiunque .

Phuket | Discovery

How to discover and reach the most beautiful and least known beaches of Phuket. Are there still secret coves with few people and no umbrellas? A guide to the lesser known and most spectacular bays of Thailand’s famous island. The magnificent Pansea Beach and the beaches of Nai Thorn, Banana and Laem Singh. The inaccessible Relax Bay, Freedom Beach where you can only get there by boat and the enchanting Ya Nui. The islands of Bon, Coral and Racha, where the sand is white and the sea clear and blue. All you need to know to experience the island away from the crowds and the most popular beaches.

Are there Unknown Beaches in Phuket?

The term is perhaps exaggerated. Unknown beaches in Phuket have not existed for some time. However, there are delightful but less frequented coves, small jewels that are certainly worth a trip. And if you come here on vacation it would be a shame to miss them.

This post presents all the most beautiful, dividing them according to whether they are located north or south of Patong, the true holiday center of the island. You can also find information on the islands that rise beyond the extreme southern tip of Phuket, where the sea is magnificent, almost Caribbean, but clearly don’t expect deserted beaches.

Within the post you will find a few selected direct links to those hotel properties that arise directly – and sometimes occupy in full – a small number of the many beaches described here, the links are from Booking.com, if something inspires you you can immediately get yourself a idea of ​​availability and costs.

Aquaria Phuket

Tourists view penguins at Aquaria Phuket in Phuket, Thailand, Oct. 24, 2020. Aquaria Phuket is Thailand's largest aquarium, covering 104,000 square feet and with a total tank volume of 7 million litres. The aquarium was closed due to the COVID-19 earlier this year and reopened on Sept. 18. (Xinhua/Zhang Keren)

If as a child your favorite cartoon was the Little Mermaid and you have always dreamed of circling 'at the bottom of the sea' among thousands of colorful fish, at the Phuket aquarium you can become a child again and live your dream! Between one excursion and another, take some time and spend an afternoon full of fun and discovering the thousands of species that are housed in the 30 tanks of the aquarium: tropical fish, exotic and colorful marine creatures, sharks, crabs … There is something for everyone !! Both children and adults will be fascinated by the beauty of some species and intrigued by the impressive strangeness of other marine creatures, such as razor fish and stonefish.
A world to discover

One of the most exciting attractions of the aquarium is certainly the underwater tunnel, which passes through a huge tank, giving visitors the feeling of really walking on the seabed, admiring sharks, rays, groupers and many other species from close range. Stop to take photos with your favorite animals and when you think the surprises are over, you will come across eight giant cod at the end of the tunnel! Continue your visit through the path that will take you to the turtle tank and have fun observing the movements of one of the most popular species for adults and children.

To allow the visitor to get to know the marine world better, in front of each tank there is an information sign with the marine species present in the tank and their main characteristics and curiosities. For more detailed information, you can also take advantage of the many screens located inside the aquarium: pause to view the images transmitted and find out about the issues relating to the protection of marine fauna and its habitat.
A world to protect

The Phuket aquarium is part of the Marine Biology Center, founded in 1966 by a collaboration between the Thai government and the Dutch authorities. The center carries out numerous studies and research on marine ecosystems, their composition and their variability over time. The data collected are used for educational purposes and to raise awareness of the damage that pollution and human activity can cause to an already very fragile world and the need to intervene with protection and conservation programs.

Furthermore, new technologies are studied and developed within the center to protect all those marine species that are at risk of extinction and rehabilitation programs have been activated for the animal and plant species that have suffered damage.

PHUKET FOOD GUIDE

Now that all the organizational part is ready, it is good to start learning more about the culture of Phuket.
This tropical island, the largest in Thailand, has immense culture and traditions, not only on a historical level but also on a culinary level. If you are leaving for this highly coveted tourist destination, you absolutely cannot miss the typical and best Thai dishes to bring back the memory of new flavors never known before.
And with this thought that we have decided to create this guide on Italian restaurants in Phuket during your holidays between tropical beaches and crystal clear sea!

More flights for Vegetarian Festival, says Phuket TAT

PHUKET: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket office is coordinating with local airlines to provide more flights to Phuket during the coming Vegetarian Festival from Oct 17-25, with the hope of boosting the number of tourists coming to the island.

More flights will be provided from Don Mueang International Airport and Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, TAT Phuket Director of Napasorn Kakai announced yesterday (Sept 27).

The TAT Phuket office had already met with the Phuket Tourist Association (PTA), the Phuket Chamber of Commerce (PCC)and airline operators to together set up tour packages specifically for the festival, including special round-fight ticket prices and nine shrine tours, she said.

“We will invite famous actors and influencers to join before, during, and after the festival, in order to attract more Thais to Phuket,” Ms Napasorn said.

Additionally, the TAT Phuket office will post festival flags along Thepkrasattri Rd in order to create a festive feeling and atmosphere on the island, she added.

“At this stage, many Thai tourists have come to Phuket, especially during weekends and the government’s special holidays,” Ms Napasorn said.

Thailand’s sea bed in southern coast legally protected

Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on Friday said that sea grass, coral reefs and undersea rock formations in Thailand’s four southern coastal provinces are now legally protected.

The ministry warned that violators found to disrupt the protected sea treasures will face one-year in prison and/or a maximum fine of 100,000 baht (3,167 U.S. dollars).

Sea grass, coral reefs and marine rock formations off Payam Island in Thailand’s southern Province of Ranong, as well as the rock formations off Surat Thani, Pattani, Phang-Nga and Krabi provinces, have come under protection of the Marine and Coastal Resources Management Promotion Act, said the ministry.

These areas are popular diving sites amongst tourists and professional divers.

The act also bans dropping anchors by boats, feeding and catching marine life, and dumping garbage in these areas.

“Of about 23,840 hectares of coral reefs in the seas of Thailand, only 5.7 percent are in perfect condition, while the rests have been damaged by people,” said Chatuporn Burutpattana, the ministry’s permanent secretary.

Chatuporn said that if Thailand does not quickly come to the protection of the small patches of coral reefs, the seas around Thailand’s coasts will become barren and devoid of any natural beauty.

He also said that Payam Island in Ranong province, rich in coral reefs and sea grass, had been badly damaged by tourists and divers.

Phuket to reopen on Oct 1 for long-stay tourists

Phuket will open to foreigners from Oct 1, but in four phases as part of an effort to rebuild its economy and restore confidence in the tourism sector.

Provincial governor Narong Woonciew had proposed the four phases of safely reopening the island to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) in August, Vachira Phuket Hospital’s director Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol said on Thursday (Sept 3).

The first phase will start with foreigners who have signed up for the “Phuket Longstay” scheme and will stay on the island for at least three months. This phase will be implemented in line with the CCSA’s guidelines and standards.

The second phase implemented under the “Safety Tourism” scheme, will see Phuket open to foreigners from low-risk countries, who will be allowed to venture out twice during their 14-day quarantine.

Once authorities have gained enough confidence in Phuket’s virus-control measures, phase three will be launched for moderate-risk countries, though tourists will still need to undergo 14-day quarantine.

The last phase will be considered once a vaccine has been found and the pandemic is contained. Under this, arrivals will be tested at the airport, and if they are found to be free of the virus, they will be allowed to travel freely under the “new normal”.

“If these guidelines and measures prove to be successful, they can be applied to other destinations nationwide.

“We are confident that we will have a vaccine by next year, and Covid-19 will disappear in early 2022. Phuket has the advantage of having world-class safety and travel facilities. This is why Phuket is being opened first, ” Dr Chalermpong said. – The Nation/Asia News Network

Healthcare in Thailand

Thailand is Renowned for its Excellent Healthcare

Wherever you live in Thailand, you will have access to its excellent healthcare, available throughout the country.

Although there is no public health insurance available to expats, there are several options to obtain private insurance from a variety of excellent companies, both domestic and international, while specialist consultations and common medical procedures are available at a fraction of the cost that you would pay back home.

In fact, because of the low cost of treatment, most expats do not bother with insurance for outpatient care. Inpatient-only coverage combined with a reasonable deductible can result in affordable monthly premiums for most people. Some expats only purchase accident insurance, which is much cheaper than full health coverage. Others forgo medical insurance altogether and rely on the money saved from living abroad for unforeseen medical emergencies.

Thailand’s private healthcare system consists of a large number of well-equipped, state-of-the-art hospitals with English-speaking doctors and nurses. These top-of-the-line operations rival and frequently exceed the standards of North American hospitals, and you’re often able to visit a specialist within a short time of walking through the front door…without booking an appointment beforehand.

As in other countries, the private medical associations vary in size from one hospital to a network of professionally staffed institutions that are scattered throughout the country. The Bangkok Hospital Group, the country’s largest and best-known private hospital operator, has 13 network locations throughout Thailand.

On the other side of the spectrum, the public hospitals are staffed with well-trained doctors and many have the same level of facilities as some of the large private networks—however, they can be quite slow and sometimes crowded. But the public hospitals serve as a less expensive alternative for those expats who do not have insurance or who cannot afford the private hospitals, and many foreigners don’t mind the longer wait times because of the substantially lower fees.

The bottom line is, wherever you decide to live in Thailand, you should be able to find a nearby hospital or clinic that will fit your needs at an affordable price. It’s not surprising that the kingdom has been a destination for medical tourism for so many years.