Phuket attractions earns ‘World’s Greatest Places 2023’ listing

Thailand’s most visited destination, famed for its many beaches and surrounding island cruising, Phuket, is now named in ‘The World’s Greatest Places of 2023’.

Phuket, along with ‘Isan – a unique culinary capital’, are both included in Time Magazine’s coveted annual list. Phuket is noted in how the country upped its family appeal, including the grand opening of ‘Carnival Magic’ in September 2022. The country’s first culturally-focused theme park, opening in late offers 40 acres sandwiched between verdant mountains and sandy shores, re-creating traditional festivals and market fairs found throughout the Kingdom in a dazzling array of neon lights.

In describing Phuket’s delights for families, Time noted other reasons Phuket is a ‘Great Place’ to visit, which includes the Volun-tourism initiatives, such as the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary – inviting visitors to help feed the animals and providing education about elephant communication and behavior.

Another major family attraction is ‘Andamanda Phuket’, a Thai heritage-themed waterpark that embraces the local Thai culture. The Park is about 100,000 square meters and highlights include 12 different slides, a 10,000-square meter artificial sea that generates waves up to three meters high, a 300-meter long man-made beach, 53,000 square meters packed with kids’ rides, and an array of food & drink establishments. The entire park features a “Thai Legend Meets Fantasy” concept that showcases Thai art and culture.

Also generating excitement is the upcoming arrival of the ‘Disney 100 Village’, Thailand’s first Disney Village at Asiatique, opening Mach 24th and coming to Bangkok in celebration of its centennial anniversary. The attraction will feel like a mini Disney-themed playground, complete with a lifestyle and shopping zone, exhibitions, fun spaces, and photo spots.

Superyacht visitors have made Phuket the ‘Superyacht Hub of Asia Pacific’ and now the island city offers more major attractions to enjoy between island yachting voyages.

Asia Pacific Superyachts (APS) co-founder, Gordon Fernandes notes, “The Land of Smiles is happily welcoming back Superyachts. Thailand, specifically Phuket and the surrounding provinces of Phang Nga, Krabi and Phi Phi, along with the eastern Gulf of Thailand, is an increasingly popular superyacht cruising destination”, adding, “Now, more than ever, Thailand’s back as a must-visit destination. With flat seas, warm temperatures and spectacular scenery, the ‘Land of Smiles’ is an ideal and luxurious option for superyachts”.

Phuket, a paradise for island cruising and now, the island’s family themed attractions are receiving worldwide attention as recognised by Time Magazine’s ‘World’s Greatest Places 2023’.