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7 Great Things You Can Do in Phuket during COVID-19 – Escape and unwind during a pandemic

This stunning island in Thailand has for the longest time been a beloved holiday destination for travellers for decades. Now, during the ongoing pandemic it still looks to offer visitors with the wonders of the land along with rest and relaxation.


How is Phuket Today?

For the most part, Phuket was severely impacted by the onset of the pandemic. As an economy that depended heavily on the income from tourism, it was a tough 16 months to bear. Many businesses have had to move on and close down, and it does look much different to what it is remembered to be as.
However, the Thai government is doing its level best to promote the island and encourage foreign travellers to come back to the beaches of Phuket.


The beaches of Phuket

While the pandemic has taken the liveliness of Phuket down a notch, the beaches are more beautiful than ever. The white sands and azure oceans are just as you remember them but they may even be better than before as well.
One of the great things about the pandemic is that there has been time for the earth to heal and regenerate. Now, you can visit Phuket and enjoy its true natural beauty. For example, the Patong Beach which was known for the crowds, noise and activity is now simply the most beautiful beach on the island that is pristine and an ideal place for solitude.
If you are staying at one of the luxury hotels in Phuket such as the Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, be sure to visit this part of Phuket as well.


Visit the islands nearby

When visiting Phuket, you will still be able to enjoy a visit to the many islands that are in close proximity to you. There are also unique opportunities to experience the Koh Phi Phi and Racha Islands without the massive crowds that used to inhabit them day and night.
Just keep in mind that the islands will likely be quite empty so just a quick visit would be the most you could make it.


Enjoy Phuket Town

While much of the islands and beaches of Phuket remain quiet and the town continues to go with its daily routine. This is largely because many of the locals are not as enamoured by the beaches of Phuket like many visitors are. For them, an ideal day on the island would be to simply be indoors away from the heat and maybe visit the beach once the sun is setting.
Many of the businesses in the town have also survived and there is even a growing number of coffee shops in Phuket Town.


Try out the local restaurants

Without doubt one of the best experiences, you can have in Phuket is to simply dive into the variety of restaurants that are operating at the moment. They go above and beyond to ensure a delicious meal is served each time and there is simply no comparing the flavours.