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.

-: Sightseeings of Phuket :-

Coral Island

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.

Big Buddha

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.

Laem Phromthep

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

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.

Simon Cabaret

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.

Surin Beach

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.

Chalong Bay Rum

Chalong, 9km north of Rawai, is home to Phuket's only working distillery, launched by a young French couple who bonded over booze – rum, in particular. Upon arrival, you'll be awarded a mojito concocted with their delicious product to sip on the 30-minute tour.The good part of all this is that you can visit Chalong Bay Rum and have the whole process explained to you with a cocktail of your choice afterwards (using the distillery’s rum of course). This is a unique and entertaining tour with the added bonus of a refreshing happy ending.

Phuket Thaihua Museum

Formerly a Chinese language school, this flashy museum is filled with photos and English-language exhibits on Phuket’s history, from the Chinese migration (many influential Phuketian families are of Chinese origin) and the tin-mining era to local cuisine, fashion and literature. There's an overview of the building's history, which is a stunning combination of Chinese and European architectural styles, including art deco, Palladianism and a Chinese gable roof and stucco.

Khao Rang

For a bird’s-eye view of the city, climb (or drive) up Khao Rang, 3km northwest of the town centre. A new viewing platform has opened up the commanding panoramas across Phuket Town and all the way to Chalong Bay, Laem Phanwa and Big Buddha. It’s at its best during the week, when the summit is relatively peaceful& offers views out over the town, to the south of the island, neighboring islands and along the hills forming the ‘spine’ of the island, upon which sits the impressive Phuket Big Buddha.

Phuket Art Village

A group of talented Thai artists came together to set up this bohemian, banyan-shaded arts commune, just off Rawai's main strip. Feel free to wander the wonderfully creative home-studio-galleries packed with (mostly) boldly contemporary original artwork in vibrant colours and, if you're lucky, meet resident artists. Red Gallery, with its dreamlike animal canvases, and Love Art Studio, crafted entirely from colour-washed reclaimed wood, are standouts.

Wat Karon

Set back from the road at the northern end of Hat Karon is this relatively new, impeccably maintained temple complex with a small shrine occupied by a seated, black-stone Buddha. Behind stands the striking tiered-roof crematorium, which only opens on ceremonial days. The grounds are lush with banana, palm and mango trees. It's particularly popular for its Tuesday and Saturday night market (from 5pm) full of clothes, accessories and food stalls.

Chyn Pracha House

Built in 1903 on tin-mining riches, this beautifully preserved Sino-Portuguese mansion should make any antique-lover's list. Others might find the four-poster steel beds done up in Victorian lace a bit gaudy. But the historical details of the atrium foyer – with its arch-framed koi pond, gorgeous Italian ceramic tiles, blue-and-white-shuttered windows and vintage black-and-white family portraits – make visits incredibly rewarding.

Secret Viewpoint

For a sensational sunset view that doesn't involve jostling through the crowds at Laem Phromthep, seek out this more secluded spot 1.5km north of the cape on Rte 4233. At the top of the hill there is a turn-off to a small gazebo, where you can sit on the sloping grass while the sun sinks. There'll be a few tourists and locals around, and you’ll have an outrageous north- and west-facing panorama sans tour buses.

Hat Ya Nui Beach

About 700m north of Laem Phromthep, tucked between the cape and Hat Nai Han where the road dips back down to the sea, is this gorgeous mellow cove features a healthy, rocky snorkelling reef, kayaking and fishing. The sand is beautifully soft and children love to collect shells on this beach.Hat Ya Nui is the quintessential turquoise bay, with jungly mountains behind and an island dominating the horizon. It's a deservedly popular sunset-watching spot too.

Karon Viewpoint

From this majestic clifftop lookout, views sprawl across Kata to the northern reaches of Karon and, to the south, wrap around the coast to Laem Phromthep. Come for sunset, though it's a beautiful spot at any time. Don’t linger late at night, however; there have been reports of attacks and robberies in the wee hours. To get here from central Rawai, head 3.5km northwest on Hwy 4233.

Phuket Aquarium

Get a glimpse of Thailand's wondrous underwater world at Phuket's popular aquarium, by the harbour on the tip of Laem Phanwa. With thousands of tropical, colourful and exotic marine creatures, the Aquarium is a hit with youngsters who may not have come up this close and personal with such unusual sea life before.It's not the largest collection of marine life, but there are useful English-language displays and captions. Check out the blacktip reef shark, the tiger-striped catfish resembling a marine zebra, and the electric eel with a shock of up to 600V.

Shrine of the Serene Light

A handful of Chinese temples pump colour into Phuket Town, but this restored shrine, tucked away up a 50m alley, is particularly atmospheric, with its Taoist etchings on the walls and the vaulted ceiling stained from incense plumes. The altar is always fresh with flowers and burning candles. The shrine is said to have been built by a local family in the 1890s.

Hat Nai Han

Ask a Phuket local or expat what their favorite beach is and many will say Hat Nai Han. Located between Kata Beach and the sunset view point Phromthep Cape, approximately 18 kilometers from Phuket town, Nai Han A beautifully curved white crescent on the west side of the cape, with minimal development and backed by casuarinas and a seafront wát (temple), it gets busy but remains one of Rawai's great swimming spots. Swimming is not recommended during the monsoon season during May - October, though.

Patong

Patong is a beach resort town on the west coast of Phuket Island, facing the Andaman Sea in the southwest of Thailand. Its sandy, crescent beach is lined with cafes, restaurants and bars. The famously raucous nightlife scene features beer bars, go-go bars, nightclubs, massage parlors and cabarets that overflow into the street along neon-lit Bangla Road and in the Patong OTOP Shopping Paradise complex.

Wat Chalong

The most important of the 29 buddhist temples of Phuket is Wat Chalong or formally Wat Chaiyathararam, located in the Chalong Subdistrict, Mueang Phuket District.Poh Than Jao Wat is one of the more important Buddhist statues in the Temple located in the westerly old hall of the temple. Wat Chalong has been extending a warm welcome to visitors for over a century. Locals come to pray and Westerners come to learn something about Buddhism. The temple is open from seven in the morning to five in the afternoon.

Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach lies just north of the lights and noise of Patong and is a quieter stretch of sand with a more relaxed feel. This well-enclosed bay and fishing village surrounded by forested hills is one of the most beautiful places in Phuket.Tranquil and calm, the pretty white sands of Kamala beckon most people by day, but if you're seeking more than sunbathing on a perfect beach, there are other options such as snorkeling at the north end of the beach.While swimming is usually perfectly safe on Kamala beach, you should stay out of the water when the red flags are flying.

Bang Tao Beach

Bangtao is a study in contrasts, with the luxurious resorts and villas along its six km (four mile) stretch of beach just a few minutes' away from the town of Cherng Talay, where many villagers still make their living as their ancestors did - by fishing, farming and rubber tapping.

Banzaan Fresh Market

Indoor/outdoor market with a wide variety of vendors, from clothes to fruit, plus a food court. Banzaan Fresh Market in Patong Beach is a great experience during your holiday, it is a lot easier to access than local markets since it is located just behind the huge Jungceylon Shopping Mall. Get your first glimpse of fun looking Thai fruits, amazing fishes, strange veggies and colorful sweets. The Market is open all day but it’s a lot nicer to come in the morning, even at 10 or 11 am shelves are still well supplied. Later at night all the area around the market transforms into an immense street food.

Thalang Road

Thalang road, the historical heart of Old Phuket Town, has saved most of its old Sino-Portuguese houses and is now the best-known street in town. It’s the main central street of Phuket’s charming Old Town. This quaint, narrow boulevard is studded with numerous attractions, great shops, an eclectic mix of restaurants, several small guesthouses and more. You’ll find plenty of small cafes and restaurants all along the street like China Inn, Kopitiam by Wilai, One Chun, etc.

Phuket Aquarium

Get a glimpse of Thailand's wondrous underwater world at Phuket's popular aquarium, by the harbour on the tip of Laem Phanwa. With thousands of tropical, colourful and exotic marine creatures, the Aquarium is a hit with youngsters who may not have come up this close and personal with such unusual sea life before.It's not the largest collection of marine life, but there are useful English-language displays and captions. Check out the blacktip reef shark, the tiger-striped catfish resembling a marine zebra, and the electric eel with a shock of up to 600V.

Phuket Zoo

Phuket Zoo give you an unrivalled opportunity to get far closer to some of the world's most powerful and majestic creatures than you would have thought possible. It is important to realize that the Thai version of a zoo is very different from the western interpretation. With the animals being encouraged to perform for large audience, they can be more like circuses than zoos, and this distinction can be jarring if you're not prepared for it.You can experience crocodile, elephant or monkey performances here.

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.

Bang Pae Waterfall

Bang Pae Waterfall at Khao PhraThaeo National Park in Thalang, north of Phuket Town is a popular recreational spot for islanders. They use the site as a picnic place and for a fun swimming destination in the wet season, as well as enjoying a meal at the restaurants near the car park, by the lake and outside the gates.It is Phuket's biggest waterfall but by international standards it’s quite a small affair. Still, visitors appreciate the cool water, shade and exotic surroundings. Many local hiking enthusiasts hike extensively in the nearby hills and countryside.

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.

Khao Rang Hill

For a bird’s-eye view of the city, climb (or drive) up Khao Rang, 3km northwest of the town centre. A new viewing platform has opened up the commanding panoramas across Phuket Town and all the way to Chalong Bay, Laem Phanwa and Big Buddha. It’s at its best during the week, when the summit is relatively peaceful& offers views out over the town, to the south of the island, neighboring islands and along the hills forming the ‘spine’ of the island, upon which sits the impressive Phuket Big Buddha.

Monkey hill

Toh Sae Hill in Phuket Town is sometime referred to as Monkey Hill. The reason why becomes fairly obvious after a few hundred metres when you come across a troupe of macaques munching away on fruit brought to them by locals. Probably the highest hill in Phuket Town, Monkey Hill is home to a few TV and radio stations and a popular recreation spot where many locals jog on a daily basis.

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.