Phuket is best known as a holiday island on Thailand’s Andaman coast. It is Thailand’s biggest island, and a popular place with beach-lovers and party people. They tend to flock to Patong, a busy, brash resort that is open round the clock. It’s not everyone’s favourite place, but climb into the air, and you’ll see it’s crescent-shaped white-sand beach, along with many others, and you’ll start to know Phuket from another perspective. You can do just about anything you want on the island, and a Phuket paragliding trip is one of them.
Phuket’s interior is hilly, with the highest peak reaching up to over 500m. There are plenty of opportunities for launching from the hills and flying down to the coast and landing on the beach. The island’s most popular paragliding spot is Promthep Cape, on the south-western corner, near Nai Harn beach. You can take off from the coastal ridge at Promthep, and fly down to land on Nai Harn beach. The area is beautiful, mostly protected national parkland, with very little development compared to Patong and other big resorts. It’s a favourite haunt of locals and resident foreigners – which must tell you something! After a flight, relax on the beach with a plate of freshly caught seafood.
Other coastal ridges and hills around the island make good potential take-off points. Winds can be tricky, though, and you’ll need to avoid the May to October monsoon. Beginners can try tandem flights off the beaches with local operators.
A Phuket paragliding trip is a fantastic way to see the some of the best views in Thailand. This is a country where you’ll find stunning things to look at and indelible memories to be had just about everywhere. If you fly, you’ll make those memories even more special.