Articles by Diana Bocco

Phuket’s Tourist Traps: What NOT To Do When You Visit

Phuket’s Tourist Traps: What NOT To Do When You Visit March 22, 2012 | Travel Tips | Read More
Phuket is full of wonderful places to see and explore. Despite being a very touristy destination, your money can go a long way here if you know where to spend it and how to avoid scams. Unfortunately, Phuket is also home to a number of tourist traps that you should avoid. Tuk Tuks. It’s hard to resist...

Day Trip: Sirey Island

Day Trip: Sirey Island March 13, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
Sirey Island is just minutes away from downtown Phuket, but it seems worlds apart. To get there, you need to  cross a narrow mangrove swamp with an unlikely name: Ta Jin Channel. Although you can hire a boat to take you across for a more “rustic” experience, there’s also a pedestrian bridge that...

Wat Chalong: More Than Just a Temple

Wat Chalong: More Than Just a Temple March 6, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
photo by craigcullum via flickr   Wat Chalong is one of Thailand’s most impressive temples and the biggest of the 29 temples that call Phuket home. The temple has a very interesting history behind it. The original Wat Chalong temple was built at the beginning of the 19th century  in a different...

Shopping and Dining to Your Heart’s Content in Phuket

Shopping and Dining to Your Heart’s Content in Phuket February 27, 2012 | Whats New | Read More
Two new venues are opening in Phuket. Both are a very welcome addition to the island and offer great options for both tourists and locals. Whether you’re looking for some pampering or are ready to spend, Phuket has new options to keep you busy. Bangla Mall Soi Bangla in Patong is best known for its...

Phuket’s Amulet Market: A Shopping Opportunity Like No Other

Phuket’s Amulet Market: A Shopping Opportunity Like No Other February 21, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
photo by mimolag via flickr If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you might never find the Amulet Market in Old Phuket Town. Hidden in a small alley off Rassada Road, the market is an informal selling place for hundreds of Buddhist amulets, from smaller, cheap reproductions to high-quality antiques....

Discovering the World of Snuba Diving

Discovering the World of Snuba Diving February 13, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
photo by Adam Hertz via flickr Learning to scuba dive can take several days (especially if you need a refreshing course in swimming underwater or if you want to do it out in the open). Snorkeling, although exciting, has its limitations. Enter snuba diving. Snuba diving is the perfection marriage between...

Flying Hanuman: Ziplining Through Phuket’s Forests

Flying Hanuman: Ziplining Through Phuket’s Forests February 4, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
  Flying Hanuman is a one-of-a-kind adventure. Opened in December 2011,  this ziplining adventure allows you to fly among the trees, hanging from steel cables at highs of over 130 feet (40 meters) above the ground. Once you reach the first platform (using a giant spiral staircase built around...

Happy Hour in Phuket

Happy Hour in Phuket January 27, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
photo by chrisada via flickr Happy Hour is not very popular in Phuket, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find places that offer it. The key to enjoying Happy Hour in Phuket is to be open to the unusual –You’ll find that some places offer Happy Hour later than expected, while others only offer...

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: Irish Pubs in Phuket

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: Irish Pubs in Phuket January 21, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
photo from scruffymurphysphuket.com Spending St. Patrick’s Day in Phuket? Phuket is actually home to a number of Irish pubs, and all of them host some type of celebration on St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you want to join in the party or just have a beer and wear green, these pubs won’t disappoint. Angus...

Hiking Around Phuket

Hiking Around Phuket January 14, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
photo aby jeffgunn via flickr Hiking in Phuket is not impossible, but it is a bit tricky. One of the main problems is that Phuket itself is too developed, leaving little greenery to explore during a hike. Another problem is the heat –Afternoon temperatures in Phuket can easily reach into the high...