PHUKET THE SOUTHERN PARADISE
Located on the Southern area Phuket is the biggest island of Thailand sits on the Andaman Sea. The nearest province to the north is Phang-nga and the nearest provinces to the east are Phang-nga and Krabi. Phuket is among the world’s finest beach destinations, with fine white sands, nodding palm trees, glittering seas and lively towns. It offers such a rich variety of experiences – beach-bumming, culture, diving, fabulous food, hedonistic or holistic pleasures – that visitors are spoilt for choices. It has something for any taste and budget, with hundreds of hotels to choose from, a wide choice of dining and partying options.
Aside from visiting the fantastic attractions of Thailand’s biggest island, one can take an exhilarating speedboat trip to the many nearby tropical paradises, including the famous Phi Phi Islands, or enjoy a serene cruise around the mystical Phang Nga Bay. Phuket is blessed with more than 30 amazing beaches to choose from. Patong Beach, Kata, Karon and Kamala have always been the most popular, but the north of the island reveals some hidden gems for travellers searching for a more romantic atmosphere. It isn’t all just beaches though, but there’s also the culturally rich east-coast capital Phuket Town, as well as wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in the north. Phuket Town was a colourful blend of cultural influences & today, it stands as a testament to the island’s history. The Old Town is Phuket’s hipster heart, attracting artists and musicians in particular. But Phuket Town is still a wonderfully refreshing cultural break from the island’s beaches, all of which it is connected to via a network of sŏrng•tăa•ou.
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Coral Island, known locally as Koh Hae, is a beautiful getaway destination located three kilometres southeast of Phuket. The island features two main beaches, Long Beach and Banana Beach. It's not called Coral Island for nothing; the snorkeling off Banana Beach is thrilling and if you go out far enough from Long Beach you will also have a lot to discover, at its impressive coral reef.
PHI PHI ISLANDS
Phi Phi Island is Thailand's island-superstar. It's been in the movies. It's the topic of conversation for travelers all over Thailand. For some, it's the only reason to touchdown in Phuket. Even with all the hype, it doesn't disappoint. Phi Phi's beauty is a large chunk of the allure. The islands, when approached by boat, rise from the sea like a fortress. Sheer cliffs tower overhead, then give way to beach-fronted jungle. It's love at first sight.
High a top the Nakkerd Hills, northwest of Chalong circle, and visible from half the island, the 45m-high Big Buddha sits grandly on Phuket's finest viewpoint. It's a tad touristy, but tinkling bells and flapping flags mean there's an energetic pulse. The lofty site offers the best 360-degree views of the island, with sweeping vistas of Phuket Town, Kata, Karon, Chalong Bay and more. Relatively easily reachable via a winding 6-km road leading from Phuket's main artery route, it is a must-visit island destination.
SIAM NIRAMIT PHUKET
Siam Niramit Phuket is a tastefully done cultural extravaganza that adds variety and vitality to the island’s entertainment scene. Perfectly located just off the By-Pass Road in the outskirts of Phuket Town, it is set in prime lakeside land. The show features songs, dance routines and traditional martial arts.Enhanced special effects and the world's most advanced technology are used to produce a very realistic, stimulating and inspiring experience.
Promthep Cape is one of the island's most photographed and perhaps best-known locations. If You want to see the luscious Andaman Sea bend around Phuket, then come here, to the island’s southernmost point. The cape is crowned by a mod lighthouse shaped like a concrete crab, and an evocative elephant shrine, so you’ll want to stay a while. Every evening, large tour buses, scooters and private cars sweep through Rawai Beach and up the island's southernmost hill in order to watch the sunset at its peak.
Phuket Fantasea is the island's biggest show. With trapeze artists, a cast of hundreds, performing elephants and other animals and an exotic storyline that blends tradition with fantasy you'll have a wonderful evening out here. But the extravaganza doesn't stop there as FantaSea also hosts one of the biggest buffets in Asia and is set in a theme park that offers carnival-like games, lots of shopping opportunities, a Palace of the Elephants, a Similan Adventure Centre and several other food outlets. It's spectacular, it's extravagent, it's impressive and great entertainment value for all.
JAMES BOND ISLAND
James Bond Island is a famous landmark in Phang Nga Bay. It first found its way onto the international tourist map through its starring role in the James Bond movie 'The Man with the Golden Gun'. A distinctive feature of this famous bay is the number of sheer limestone cliffs that vertically jut out of the emerald-green water.The entire area surrounding this island is indeed spectacular, but it can get crowded with tourist boats in high season.
PHUKET WALKING STREET
Phuket Walking Street is the latest attraction featured in Phuket Old Town. Also-known-as Lardyai (talaadyai), which means ‘big market’ in southern Thai dialect, this weekly market started in October 2013 and is hosted on the beautifully renovated Thalang Road, right in the middle of the historical Sino-Portuguese district of Phuket Town. Every Sunday from 4 pm to 9 pm (and often beyond) the once quiet Thalang Road turns itself into a busy street.
Walking into the Simon Cabaret show theatre in Patong is just like entering a movie house. There's the same Kenny G saxophone music, the same plush seats and the same dimmed lights. It's only when a basso profundo voice announces the show and the curtain rises on live performers glistening with sequins and shimmering with feathers that things are different. Yes, this is real live showtime and the flash and flesh are pure Vegas except for one thing – the 'girls' on stage are actually men. Since 1991 Simon Cabaret has been entertaining visitors with its mélange of camp, glitter and cornball and it still is one of the island's biggest draws.
Naturally beautiful Surin is known as 'Millionaire's Row' due to the top-end celebrity haunts amongst the luxury resorts there, including Amanpuri, Twinpalms and The Surin. They stand alongside the US$ 1 million+ houses that dominate the prime spots on top of the hills overlooking the Andaman Sea.Although popular with tourists, it's not a busy resort town and is more like a coastal village. Fine white sand and turquoise water has ensured that the picturesque beach is very popular with tourists and Thais alike. The whole area is awash with high-end hotels and housing which, in turn, has created opportunities for high-end restaurants and wine bars.
HAT BANG THAO
Beautiful 8km-long Hat Bang Thao is one of the longest beaches on Phuket located in CherngTalay neighborhood. Taking up a huge area in the middle of Bangtao beach, Laguna Phuket, one of Asia's largest resort complexes. This dreamy slice of snow-white sand mixes midrange bungalows (at the south end), luxury resorts (in the middle) and not much else (north end). The northern tip of the beach, so far untouched by development, is still an area where visitors might find that they have the beach to themselves&It's just asking for you to laze around on it and do nothing.
PHUKET GIBBON REHABILITATION PROJECT
Financed by donations (US$70 cares for a gibbon for a year), this tiny sanctuary adopts gibbons that were kept in captivity in the hope of reintroducing them to the wild. The centre has volunteer opportunities that include providing educational information to visitors, cleaning cages, feeding and tracking released gibbons. Swing by around 9am to hear the gibbons' morning song.
SIRINAT NATIONAL PARK
Comprising the exceptional beaches of Nai Thon, Nai Yang and Mai Khao, as well as the former Nai Yang National Park and Mai Khao wildlife reserve, Sirinat National Park encompasses 22 sq km of coastal land, plus 68 sq km of sea, stretching from just beyond the northern end of Ao Bang Thao to the northernmost tip of the island. Park headquarters is at the northern end of Hat Nai Yang. This is one of the sweetest slices of the island.
THAI BOXING IN PHUKET
One of the most popular spectator sports in Thailand, and now gaining world renown, is the martial art of Muay Thai. Exciting enough on TV - the furious punches, crushing elbow strikes, lethal kicks and artful feints are even more riveting when seen live.For tourists in the Patong Beach area, nightly displays of Thai Boxing are carried out in specially built stadiums on Soi Sai Namyen.If you don't mind the violence, a Thai boxing match is worth attending for the pure spectacle and the wild musical accompaniment, the ceremonial beginning of each match, and the frenzied betting around the stadium.
THALANG NATIONAL MUSEUM
This worthwhile museum chronicles Phuket’s history, from prehistoric Andaman inhabitants to the tin-mining era, with Thai and English displays. It traces southern Thailand's varied ethnicities and dialects, and recounts the legend of the ‘two heroines’ (immortalised on the nearby Heroines Monument), who supposedly drove off an 18th-century Burmese invasion by convincing the island’s women to dress like men. The prize entrance-hall artefact is a 2.3m-tall 9th-century stone statue of Vishnu, found in Takua Pa in the early 20th century.
TIGER KINGDOM PHUKET
Tiger Kingdom is an opportunity to get up close and personal with several Indochinese tigers of varying ages and sizes that have been raised by hand in captivity since birth. Tiger Kingdom is an attractive, squeaky-clean setup located right next to the Go-Kart track in Kathu at the foot of Patong Hill.It allows you to get into Playing & touching of tigers in enclosure without chains. You can decide what size tiger you would like to visit in its cage, and get memorable pictures clicked by a professional photographer. It is a real treat to play especially with the baby tigers.
SPLASH JUNGLE WATER PARK
Splash Jungle Water Park in Mai Khao Beach is unrivalled in southern Thailand when it comes to wet and wild thrills. A great day out, particularly for children, it is home to 12 exhilarating water slides, rides and attractions, with professional lifeguards on standby to make sure that you have fun and safe time.Located close by Phuket International Airport and a part of the Grand West Sands Villa Phuket.It features exciting slides such as Super Bowl and Boomerango, a Wave Pool, 335 meters long Lazy River, kid’s Aqua Play Pool and Aqua Park, a 6-lane Whizzard, Family Raft Ride and (much) more.
PHUKET TRICKEYE MUSEUM
Phuket Trickeye Museum is a great place to take your kids or your friends for a couple of hours of silly fun. If you are not familiar with the concept of Trickeye Museum, also called 3D museum, it’s a place where you interact with giant paintings for some fun photo sessions. It’s a perfect opportunity to interact with modern installation art as it let you enter the picture which you used to only watch and become a part of the picture yourself. Similar attraction has been hugely popular first in Pattaya, then in Chiang Mai and finally in Bangkok. The 3D Museum in Phuket Town is actually not related the those 3 listed above.
WAT PHRA THONG
Wat Phra Thong (Wat Prathong), near the Thalang District Office, north of Phuket Town is famous for a half-buried golden Buddha statue called Luang Poh Phra Thong (Golden Buddha) in its grounds. Its other moniker is Wat Phra Phud, meaning 'Temple of the protruding Buddha'. It is believed to be one of the island’s oldest temples.
PHANG NGA BAY
A distinctive feature of Phang Nga Bay are the sheer limestone karsts that jut vertically out of the emerald-green water. James Bond Island and Koh Panyee are just two of the more famous spots in this bay. By far the best means of enjoying the spectacular scenery, with only brief encounters with the tourist crowds at James Bond and Koh Panyee, is to take one of the boat trips from the northern end of Phuket.