Koh Samui vs. Phuket. It’s a difficult decision to make. Both are mind-blowingly gorgeous islands. They have enough activities to fill up a month, let alone a few days or a week. But, how do you decide? This post will break down the debate of Koh Samui (Ko Samui) or Phuket and which you should …
Stop me if you’ve already read these in a list of best viewpoints in Phuket: Black Rock, Karon, Big Buddha, Monkey Hill.
Stop me if you’ve heard these: Manik mining trail, Kalim, The Hill Bar, and Samet Nangshe. I bet most (if not all) of those are new names to you. And that’s what living in Phuket gets you.
Can you guess what Koh Yao Yai means in English? Hey, no cheating. I saw you start to open another tab on Google to find the answer.
Koh Yao Yai translates to ‘big long island.’ However, it isn’t actually that large. Despite its size, there’s plenty to see on this little tropical gem. And it’s a perfect getaway for a day trip or longer getaway.
Phuket is full of things to do. There are world-class beaches, islands straight out of your favorite Youtube influencer’s videos, a vibrant Phuket Town, and countless markets filled with all types of food—even if some of it doesn’t look like it’d be food. However, the opportunities to experience the outdoors are easily overlooked. Enter the Manik Mining Trail.
How would you like to visit a place that’s older than the Amazon rainforest? Well, you can, and it’s pretty easy. Khao Sok National Park is a place that remains unknown to most tourists. When my friend mentioned we would visit there for his birthday, I honestly didn’t even know where he was talking about.
I sneakily pulled out my phone, googled “Khao Sok,” and was immediately wowed by the beauty I saw. Large limestone cliffs that were covered with trees erupted out of jade-colored waters. Floating bungalows sat in front of them, creating a scene that looked straight out of Jurassic Park.
Mention Phuket to people, and you’ll get two types of reactions. The seasoned traveler will roll their eyes while muttering, “Ugh, Phuket. It’s so touristy.”
Or, ask the standard tourist. Their face will light up as the stunning white-sand beaches, and azure waters fill up their mind. “Ugh, Phuket,” they say, “It is so dreamy. I want to visit.”
Yet, Phuket is much more than both of those things.