Interesting Attractions In Phuket

Phuket Province is the biggest island located in Southern Thailand and sits on the Andaman Sea. The nearest provinces to the east are Phang-nga and Krabi and the nearest province to the north is Phang-nga.

You can see why the island is a hotspot for tourists in Thailand with many interesting attractions.


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Interesting Attractions In Phuket

Khao Rang (เขารัง)

A great view of Phuket town, the southern part of the island, and some of the offshore islands can be obtained by going to the top of Khao Rang Hill. There are also several restaurants featuring spectacular views of the city, a health park and a comfortable, expanse of grass at the top with a bronze statue of Phraya Ratsadanupradit, the model Governor of Phuket during King Rama V’s reign.

Saphan Hin (สะพานหิน)

Saphan Hin (สะพานหิน) is located the end of Phuket Road. Now used for parks and public facilities at Saphan Hin. In the circle is the Tin Mining Monument, shaped like a large drill bit, dedicated to the memory of Captain Edward Thomas Miles, the Australian who brought the first tin dredge to Phuket in 1907. The monument was built in 1969 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of tin dredging in Phuket.

Old Phuket Town (ตึกโบราณ เมืองเก่าภูเก็ต)

is located on Thalang, Phang-nga, Yaowarat and Krabi road. The beginning of the tin boom in the 19th century led to the construction of many fine mansions and shops that are still well preserved. The architectural style, typical of the region, is described as Sino-Portuguese and has a strongly Mediterranean character.

Shops present a very narrow face onto the street but stretch back a long way. Some other old European-style buildings of note are the Provincial Hall, the Phuket Courthouse, and Siam City Bank.

Phuket Thai Hua Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์ภูเก็ต ไทยหัว)

Phuket Thai Hua Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์ภูเก็ต ไทยหัว) is located on Krabi road. It has been renovated to be one of the historical tourist attractions of Phuket. The Sino-Portuguese architecture displays a photos exhibition and video media which tells the history of the Chinese people in Phuket, mining, local costumes, local foods, tradition and culture of Phuket. Opens daily from 09.00 a.m-05.00 p.m. Admission fee 200 Baht.

Chinpracha House (บา้นชนิประชา)

Chinpracha House (บา้นชนิประชา) is located on Krabi road. It was built in 1903 in the later period of King Rama V by Phra Phithak Chinpracha (Tan Ma Sieng), son of Luang Bamrung Chinaprathet (Tan Neow Yee). He was born in Fujian province, China, and held the military title of “Boontek Chongkul”. Ban Chinpracha is the 1 st building in Phuket with Sino-Portuguese architecture. Most of the furniture in the house was inherited from Chinese ancestors and other materials used were imported from foreign countries because trading between Penang and Phuket at that time flourished tremendously. Opens daily from 09.00 a.m.-4.30 p.m. Admission fee 100 Baht.

Naka Market-Jao Fah Variety (ตลาดนัด นาคา เจา้ฟา้วาไรต)

Naka Market-Jao Fah Variety (ตลาดนัด นาคา เจา้ฟา้วาไรต) is located on Viratchhongyok road. Visitors will find all sorts of items such as clothing, shoes, accessories, home decorative items, flowers, fresh and preserved food items. It is very popular with local teenagers and foreign visitors. This market is set up on Saturday and Sunday around 04.00 p.m. onwards

Phuket Cultural Centre (ศูนย์ศิลปวัฒนธรรม จงัหวดัภเูกต็)

Phuket Cultural Centre (ศูนย์ศิลปวัฒนธรรม จงัหวดัภเูกต็) is located in the area of the Phuket Rajabhat University on Thepkrasattri Road. It displays history as well as the arts and culture of Phuket such as houses, ways of life, and utensils of the city of Thalang in ancient times. Furthermore, the library collects books on Phuket’s history and culture. The center is open daily except public holidays for free from 08.30 a.m.–04.30 p.m.

Siam Niramit

Siam Niramit (โรงละครสยามนริมติ) is located on Chalermphrakiat Rama 9 Road. This is an entertainment venue of Phuket, presenting a beautiful show of Thai traditions and culture, with state-of-the-art technology in light and sound spectacular performances and special effects in the extravagant setting; such as, flying angel, lightning, rain, etc. Open daily except Tuesdays, show time at 8.30 p.m. Admission fee 1,500-2,400 Baht.

The Upside Down House

The Upside Down House (บา้นตลีงักา) is located on Bypass Road (Chalermphrakiat Road), called Ban Teelanka in Thai, the pink house standing upside down with the funniest attraction for families and friends. Open daily from 10.00 a.m.-18.00 p.m. Admission fee 340 Baht for adult and 190 Baht for children.

Ko Si-re

Ko Si-re (เกาะสเิหร)่ Separated from the mainland of Phuket by Khlong Tha Chin, a shallow mangrove swamp, is connected by a causeway to the city. Wat Ko Si-re, on the hill, has a large Reclining Buddha and provides fine views of the surroundings. Phuket’s largest settlement of sea gypsies or Chao Le can be found on Ko Si-re at Laem Tukkae. The muddy seabed means the island is not good for swimming. There are some popular seafood restaurants on the eastern shore.

Khao Kad View Tower

Khao Kad View Tower (หอชมววิเขาขาด) is located on the eastern side of Phuket. From the top of tower overlooks surrounding scenery such as Ao Chalong, Panwa Cape, Ao Makam. Each point has a signboard to describe various places.

Phuket Aquarium

Phuket Aquarium is located on Sakdidech Road, Panwa Cape. The aquarium collects more than 100 species of fish, which divided into 13 zones such as fish models, fresh water and rainforest zone, ornamental fish zone, deep sea creatures zone, underwater tunnel zone etc. Open daily from 08.30 a.m-04.30 p.m. Admission fee 180 Baht for adults and 100 Baht for children.

Phuket Zoo

Phuket Zoo (สวนสตัวภ์เูกต็) is located on Chaofah Road, the zoo contains a collection of amazing animals such as crocodiles, camels tigers, and birds. Elephant, monkey and crocodile shows are performed every day. Open daily from 08.30 a.m.-06.00 p.m. Admission fee 500 Baht.

Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong (วดัฉลองหรอืวดัไชยธาราราม) The famous temple in Phuket, where stands the cast statue of Luangpho Chaem, who helped the people of Phuket put down the Angyee or Chinese Coolie Rebellion in 1876 during the reign of King Rama V. There are also statues of Luangpho Chuang, and other abbots of the temple. To get there: Wat Chalong is about 8 kilometers outside of town. Drive passing Surakul Sports Stadium and entering to highway 4021 (Chao Fah Tawan Tok Road) passing Ban Chalong School 100 meters, Wat Chalong is on the left.

Ao Chalong

Ao Chalong (อา่วฉลอง) This is Phuket’s principal boat anchorage. It is very picturesque but not suitable for swimming. Boats can be chartered to go to some small islands south of Phuket such as Koh Racha Yai, Koh Hay etc. A number of restaurants are on the road leading to the bay.

Hat Laem Ka

Hat Laem Ka (หาดแหลมกา) is located on the south of the Phuket, where is a small with rocks quiet and private beach.

Phuket Seashell Museum

Phuket Seashell Museum (พพิธิภณัฑเ์ปลอืก หอยภเูกต็) The emphasis is on shells from Thai waters, which are among the most sought-after by collectors; however, shells from every part of the world are featured. There are numerous rarities and freaks including the world’s largest golden pearl (140 karats), large sections of sedimentary rock containing shell fossils, and a shell that weighs 250 kilograms. Open daily from 08.30 a.m.-05.30 p.m. Admission fee 200 Baht.

Hat Rawai

Hat Rawai (หาดราไวย)์ This palm-fringed beach is best known for sea gypsies, a formerly nomadic fishing minority. There are resorts and restaurants available here. A long-tail boat rental service is also available to nearby islands. To get there: From Chalong use highway 4024 (Wiset Road) until end of the road and turn right to highway 4233 about 1 kilometer.

Ko Kaeo

Ko Kaeo (เกาะแกว้พสิดาร) is an offshore isle about 3 kilometers out from Rawai Beach and can be reached in 15 minutes by boat. There is located monastery and also a replica of the Holy Footprint on the island.

Laem Phromthep

Laem Phromthep (แหลมพรหมเทพ) is located on the southernmost of Phuket, the most famous viewpoint with the panoramic scenery. Local villagers used to refer to the cape as “Laem Chao”. Laem Phromthep also the location of the “Kanchanaphisek Lighthouse” to celebrate the occasion of the King’s 50th anniversary of his accession to the throne. To get there: From Chalong circle (5 Yak Chalong) use highway 4024 (Wiset Road) and entering to highway 4233 via Hat Rawai about 2 kilometers.

Hat Nai Han

Hat Nai Han (หาดในหาน) The middle of the beach is dominated by Wat Nai Han, which has obstructed excessive development and is the reason that the beach is generally less crowded than other spots on the southern part of the island. A wide variety of water sports can be enjoyed, but swimmers should be alert for the red flag which warns of dangerous currents during the monsoon season from May to October. To get there: From Laem Phromthep use highway 4233 around 3 kilometers

Ao Sen

Ao Sen (อา่วเสน) Often overlooked due to its proximity to Nai Han, and because the connecting road runs through. The beach encompasses a range of small and large rocks, is rather quiet and has few visitors.

Karon View Point

Karon View Point (จดุชมววิ 3 อา่ว) is located mid-point between Nai Han and Kata Beaches. The scenic with a curve into crescent shape in 3 beaches; Kata Noi, Kata and Karon Beaches.

Hat Kata

Hat Kata (หาดกะตะ) This beautiful Kata is a scenic gem, clear water flanked by hills, and picturesque Ko Pu sits offshore. The beach is best known as a home, private and various accommodation options. To get there: From Leam Phromthep use highway 4233 about 10 kilometers and entering to Kata beach road ( Soi Pak Bang) near Kata Beach Resort.

Hat Karon

Hat Karon (หาดกะรน) is the one upscale of Phuket’s beaches. Large resort complexes line the road behind the shoreline walked upon. The southern point has a fine coral reef stretching toward Kata and Ko Pu. Restaurants, bars, tour companies, and other businesses are at the north end, near the traffic circle, and at the south end, on the little road connecting the back road with the beach road.

Dino Park Mini Golf

Dino Park Mini Golf (ไดโนปารค์มนิกิอลฟ์) is located in Hat Karon. This 18-hole mini-golf course in a primitive atmosphere uses the light and sound techniques to feature dinosaurs and an erupting volcano. Open daily from 10.00 a.m.–11.00 p.m.

Wat Phra Yai or Wat Phra Phuttha Ming Mongkhon

Wat Phra Yai or Wat Phra Phuttha Ming Mongkhon (วดัพระใหญ)่ is located on top Khao Nak Koet, commonly called the Big Buddha -largest Buddha- in Phuket; 25.45-metre wide and 45-meter tall. The temple is considered a landmark respected by both the people of Phuket and visitors alike.

Aphrodite Cabaret

Aphrodite Cabaret (แอฟโฟร์ไดท ์คาบาเรต่)์ is located on Chalermprakiet Rama 9 Road. The show operates 3 times nightly 05.00 p.m. 06.30 p.m. 08.00 p.m. Admission fee 500-800 Baht.



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Interesting Attractions In Phuket

Hat Patong

Hat Patong (หาดปา่ตอง) Phuket’s most developed beach which offers numerous leisure, sporting, shopping and recreational options along its 3 kilometers long crescent bay. Windsurfing, snorkeling, sailing, swimming, and sunbathing number among the many popular daytime activities. Patong is equally well known for its vibrant nightlife, among which seafood restaurants feature prominently. To get there: From Hat Kata use highway 4233 around 10 kilometers or from Amphoe Kathu use highway 4029 (Barami Road) around 6 kilometers.

Simon Cabaret

Simon Cabaret (ไซมอนคาบาเรต่ ์) This hugely popular tourist attraction, on the hill just outside Patong, has been wowing audiences for years with its exotic, hilarious, and transvestite cabaret. With sets and choreography that would do Broadway justice, and gowns dripping with diamante, the boys who are girls stiletto-strut their stuff to full houses each night at 06.00 p.m. 07.45 p.m. and 09.30 p.m.

Hat Kalim

Hat Kalim (หาดกะหลมิ) is located on the north of Hat Patong, this area consists of rocky but quiet beaches, and an interesting road leading up into hills with high viewpoints. Hat Kamala (หาดกมลา) The 2 kilometers long beach north of Patong is a favored spot for witnessing sunsets. The northern end of Kamala Beach is suitable for swimming.

Phuket Fantasea

Phuket Fantasea (ภเุกต็แฟนตาซ)ี is located in Hat Kamala. Fantasea brings Hollywood-sized, Las Vegas-style entertainment to the island. Remarkable acrobatics, dazzling light work, stunning set design and a host of animal action combine in a song and dance spectacular that brings to life tales of history and mythology. This unique cultural theme park houses an immense theatre, a festival village offering carnivals, games, and handicrafts. Open daily except on Thursday from 07.30 p.m.-11.30 p.m. Admission fee 1,800 Baht.



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Interesting Attractions In Phuket

Laem Sing

Laem Sing (แหลมสงิห)์ The name means Lion’s Point. The beach is in a small, curving bay with rocky headlands at the foot of forest-fringed cliffs and is among Phuket’s most beautiful spots. Look for signs indicating the path down to the beach.

Hat Surin

Hat Surin (หาดสรุนิทร)์ Evergreen trees line this small, curving bay, beneath the foothills north of Kamala. The steep incline of the beach, turbulent water, and big waves make Hat Surin a dangerous place to swim.

Hat Bang Thao

Hat Bang Thao (หาดบางเทา) is a large open bay with one of Phuket’s longest beaches. It was once used for tin mining but has been developed into a luxury resort by the Laguna complex, a massive five-hotel. The beach is quite steep with high waves, it is not friendly for shallow-water snorkeling or amateur swimmers. Plenty of places to eat, tour companies, and other tourist facilities are available either at Laguna or in the nearby town of Choeng Thale.

Sirinat National Park (Nai Yang Beach)

Sirinat National Park (Nai Yang Beach) (อทุยานแหง่ชาตสิรินิาถ หาดในยาง) is located near the Phuket International Airport, some 30 kilometers from town. The National Park covers an area of 90 square kilometers. The Park stretches all the way to the island’s northern tip. There are interesting beaches to visit:
  • Hat Nai Thon (หาดในทอน) nestled at the foot of high hills has a fine strip of sand. This quiet bay is suitable for swimming.
  • Hat Nai Yang (หาดในยาง) where the Park headquarters are located. The beach is blessed with shady pine trees providing an excellent opportunity for swimming and relaxation. Off-shore is a large coral reef which serves as habitat for several species of sea life, particularly sea turtles.
  • Hat Mai Khao (หาดไมข้าว) also known as the Airport or Sanambin Beach, with the famous place for watching when the plan landing over the beach. There are luxury hotels and resorts located along the beach. To get there: Take Thep Krasattri Road onto the Sarasin Bridge, then take a left turn at the direction sign pointing to Mai Khao Beach.
  • Hat Sai Kaeo (หาดทรายแกว้) just the northern portion of Hat Mai Khao, is a long white sandy beach with groves of pines along the shore.
  • Mangrove Forests (ปา่โกงกาง) is located on the island’s northern tip, cover a large area of 320 acres. A nature trail has been cleared for the convenience of visitors with signs indicating and explaining the various species.

Splash Jungle Water Park

Splash Jungle Water Park is located on Mai Khao soi 4. The water park offers fun for the whole family, thrilling rides such as Boomerang and Superbowl as well as the wave pool and an aqua play poll for children. Open daily 10.00 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission fee 1,295 Baht for adult and 650 Baht for children.

Two Heroines Monument

Two Heroines Monument (อนสุาวรยีท์า้วเทพ กษตัร-ีทา้วศรสีนุทร) is the memorial statue of the heroines: Thao Thep Krasattri and Thao Si Sunthon, who rallied islanders in 1785 to repel Burmese invaders.

Thalang National Museum

Thalang National Museum (พพิธิภณัฑสถาน แหง่ชาตถิลาง) is located near the Two Heroines Monument. The Museum contains a permanent exhibition of life in old Phuket, ancient artifacts and remains discovered on the coast and materials used during the war with Burma (Myanmar). Open daily, except national holidays, from 09.00 a.m.–04.00 p.m. Admission fee 100 Baht.

Wat Phra Thong or Wat Phra Phut

Wat Phra Thong or Wat Phra Phut (วัด พระทองหรอืวดัพระผดุ) is located some 21 kilometers from Phuket town past the Thalang District Office, this temple enshrines a golden Buddha image that sprang up from beneath the earth long ago.

Wat Phranang Sang

Wat Phranang Sang (วดัพระนางสรา้ง) is located on Thep Krasattri Road. An old and historical landmark of Phuket, the temple was once a fort resisting the Burmese invasion around 1785. Inside the old chapel are enshrined the three oldest and largest Buddha statues made of tin. Called the Three Kings, they are positioned in the midsections of another three large statues.

Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Park

Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Park (สถานพีฒันา และสง่เสรมิการอนรุกัษส์ตัวป์า่เขาพระแทว) is located near Thalang town, 20 kilometers from Phuket town. 22.28 square kilometers of virgin forest are covered by this park, which also actively conserves a number of wild animals; they would otherwise be extinct in fast-growing Phuket. It is also a center for the study of the environment and the forest vegetation is spectacular. Giant trees supported by huge buttresses are thick with creepers and climbers of every description. One species of palm, the Governor’s Palm or White Back Palm (pam lang khao in Thai) is especially rare. Khao Phra Thaeo also serves as one of Phuket’s most important water sources. Major attractions include:
  • Namtok Ton Sai A small falls, over which pours a great volume of water during the rainy season. The trees, watercourses, and pools nearby provide one of Phuket’s loveliest scenes. The park headquarters and a small restaurant with an excellent view are also at Ton Sai.
  • Namtok Bang Pae Another waterfall in the sanctuary which is located at Tambon Pa Khlok past the Two Heroines Monument. There is an arboretum and a nursery to rehabilitate captured gibbons before returning them to the wild. For nature enthusiasts, the sanctuary has mapped out some walking trails.



OFF-SHORE ISLANDS


Ko Nakha Yai

Ko Nakha Yai (เกาะนาคาใหญ)่ is located in Thalang District on Phuket’s northeastern coast. This Island surrounds with coconut tree, white beaches, and only one resort.

Ko Nakha Noi

Ko Nakha Noi (เกาะนาคานอ้ย) is located on the northeastern shore, popular for its pearl farm. There are fine sandy beaches suitable for swimming and a seafood restaurant. Tourists can charter a boat at Ao Po or Bang Rong Pier.

Ko Yao Yai

Ko Yao Yai (เกาะยาวใหญ)่ is located in Phang-nga, but it is easily accessible from Phuket. It has a long beach suitable for swimming. On the island is a village of fishermen who live a simple life. A homestay service is on offer for visitors who wish to experience the folkway of life and join the villagers to do activities; such as, catching fish, wing shells, and cockles. Visitors can also enjoy studying nature trails by bicycle. Private accommodation is also available. From Phuket, a ferry leaves the Bang Rong Pier.

Ko Maphrao

Ko Maphrao (เกาะมะพรา้ว) is located on Phuket’s east coast, can be reached by boat from Laem Hin Pier within 15 minutes. Accommodation in the form of bungalows and homestay is available for tourists. Activities on the islands include visiting the fishing villages, walking along nature trails, fishing, and biking.

Ko Khai Nok

Ko Khai Nok (เกาะไขน่อก) is located on Phuket’s east coast. A tiny island surrounded by white sandy beach. Suitable for swimming and snorkeling, can hire a boat from Phuket’s Laem Hin Pier.

Ko Rang Yai

Ko Rang Yai (เกาะรงัใหญ)่ is located on Phuket’s east coast, has been developed for the soft adventure tourist. Among various activities are snorkeling on the coral reefs, sea kayaking, mountain biking, playing miniature golf, and visiting the island’s pearl farm. Package tours are provided by tour agencies.

Ko Taphao Yai

Ko Taphao Yai (เกาะตะเภาใหญ)่ is located on Phuket’s southeast coast. The island is home to the Buceros hornbill. Accommodation is available.

Ko Maithon

Ko Maithon (เกาะไมท้อ่น) is located on Phuket’s southeast coast, is highly prized for its still perfect natural environment, including fine white beaches and crystal waters; ideal for swimming, diving, fishing, take a daytime excursion organized by tour agencies.

Ko Racha Yai or Raya Yai

Ko Racha Yai or Raya Yai (เกาะราชาใหญ)่ is located on Phuket’s southeast coast with its gleaming beaches. Sightseeing services are available from tour operators in town. Accommodation is available. A hilltop viewpoint on the bay’s south offers a magnificent view of the whole island.

Ko Racha Noi or Raya Noi

Ko Racha Noi or Raya Noi (เกาะราชานอ้ย) 10 kilometers from Raya Yai, is the result of coral reef build up, and there are more rocks than beaches. In a small bay on the west is a boat anchorage. The waters at Raya Noi are emerald green, and the fishing there is famous, but swimming is not recommended. To get there: can charter a boat at Ao Chalong or Hat Rawai, or go to a travel agent for details on package tours to the islands. By long-tail boat, the travel time is about one hour. Speedboats operated by tour companies will make the trip in about one hour.

Coral Island or Ko Hae

Coral Island or Ko Hae (เกาะเฮ) is located Phuket’s south coast, is so well known for its coral reef that it is often referred to simply as Coral Island. In addition to the splendid reefs, there are two fine beaches on the north and west of the island. Accommodation, restaurants, various watersports, diving and package tours are all available. Boats leave from Hat Rawai and Ao Chalong.

Ko Lon

Ko Lon (เกาะโหลน) is mountainous with level land along the shore. The mainly Muslim inhabitants engage in fishing, rubber and coconut planting. Ferry services from Ao Chalong are operated only in the early morning.

Ko Bon

Ko Bon (เกาะบอน) A small island on the south of Phuket. It has a white sandy beach, suitable for swimming and a one-day tour. It is accessible just 10 minutes by boat from Hat Rawai or Laem Ka. No accommodation is provided.

Islands in the Ao Phang-nga National Park, Phang-nga

Islands in the Ao Phang-nga National Park, Phang-nga (หมู่เกาะในอุทยานแห่งชาติ อา่วพงังา) This marine national park consists of around 300 islands. The famous islands with striking features, which are beautiful attractions popular among visitors, include Khao Tapu, Khao Phing Kan, Khao Ma Chu, Ko Pan Yi, etc.

Mu Ko Phi Phi

Mu Ko Phi Phi (หมเู่กาะพพี)ี is located in Amphoe Mueang Krabi. These off-shore islands are approximately 40 kilometers from both Krabi and Phuket provinces. They comprise Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Phi Phi Le; the distance between the two islands is 2.2 kilometers. The islands have scenic views both on land and in the sea. Visitors can take a one-day tour or an overnight stay.

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