Well, the word Phuket makes one to believe " Vacation" - Sand, Surf, Some water sports , superbike rentals may be...and that is true because Phuket has all of these things. However, Let me pen a couple of words of caution for every traveller to Phuket. This is a tourist destination and if you are an Indian ( that I am ), be sure that you will have a lower degree of respect vis.a.vis a white ( america, british or even people from Norway, Sweeden or other eastern european countries like Slovakia, czech republic, bratislavis etc ). They , like most others, cannot differentiate between skin tones. They can only differentiate between Asian , Black and white. In Asians - Japanese and Koreans command relatively higher respect. You will see people from Pakistan, India, Dubai and Saudi Arabia alongwith people from Egypt or neighbouring countries between Afghanistan and Russia who will look like Indians but really will not be.
Besides the above lesson on ethnicity , race and color, lemme move forward to Phuketians or phukeites. They are way away from the Traditional Thai Smile as advertised on Thai airways and multiple other thai tourist websites. They do not smile. Their main intent is to extract money. Well, grabbing a lil extra from tourists is acceptable as that is the whole purpose of a tourist destination but looting the tourists is definitely not a good idea. The streets are full of women standing by the footpaths looking for a potential customer. There are a lot of different restaurants but do try Savoey or some like that. Its right in front of Rip Curl and Nike factory store. This is a part of the Savoey hotel itself but open to non residents too.
You will see some shops selling watches, T-Shirts, Ladies Tops, dresses, hats etc.. but I would say Phuket is not for shopping merchandise.Its for shopping servies. By Services, I mean Massages, Watersports, Spa, Superbike rentals etc. There is a Spa called Suvarna spa on the patong beach road right next to a club called Clublime. Do try that. No Nonsense Spa where you can go with your wife or even your father for that matter. I went with Wife though :-) .
There are a bunch of Bike rental guys on the main patong beach street. For a Scooter do not pay more than 250 baht for 24 hours. I will tell you an honest and a nice place run by a beautiful lady. Its on the same road as Paragon Patong Hotel and actually beofore the hotel on your left if you keep hotel on your right. Its a small place . For Bigger bikes, you can try them at the main patong beach resort road . you can look at somelike RR 400 fireblade or 600 from Honda around 700 baht ot less. Suzuki 1100 for roughly 1000 baht. Be careful if yo havent driven these, These are big bikes and may need some amount of practice to handle. My recommendation us rent a scooter for Day 1 and once you know the ways and get accustomed to Phuket driving, gradiuate to a bigger bike Day 2 or Day 3 onwards.
Do take a trip to Phi Phi Islands but never take a Big boat as you will hear the captain say " We cannot stop the boat here due to rain, air pressure, our owner has asked us not to etc etc ." and you will envy a speed boat pass you by and stop in the middle of the cave between the two hills in the ocean ( WOW.. what a spectacular sight ) at Phi Phi don whileyou are on your boat probably 500 M away from the real action. Similarly the big boat will not take you to any beach apart from Monkey Beach. However the Speed boat may take you to little sand areas that do not classify as a beach but will be speactacular to be in ( along with Monkey Beach ) .The ticket for a big boat will be roughly 800 baht per peson inclusive of tea/coffee on the boat and a buffet lunch. For speedboat, you are looking at 1500 baht but the experience
will be unparalleled.
Well, I I think I wrote a lot and I wish you a very pleasant stay and a fantastic vacation to Phuket.