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Attractions in Phuket province in Thailand

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Located 867 kilometres south of Bangkok, Phuket is Thailand's largest island, shaped like an irregular pearl and measuring approximately 21 kilometres long. Connected to the mainland by a causeway, it has a coastline fringed with white sandy beaches and quiet coves, bathed by the clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea and set against a backdrop of green hills, coconut groves and rubber plantations.

Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and has a rich and colourful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign ships' logs. The Portuguese, Dutch, English and French came to trade during that time.

Phuket's most famous monument is the memorial statue of the heroines Thao Thep Krasattri and Thao Sisunthon, who rallied the islanders in 1785 to repel Burmese invaders.

Blessed by nature and the smiling hospitality of its people, and supported by superb tourism facilities, Phuket is today one of the world's premier tropical resorts. Palm-fringed beaches, an island-studded sea, superb accommodation, delicious seafood, numerous sporting and leisure opportunities and, of course, year-round sunshine, to conclude the perfect recipe for a truly memorable holiday.

Hat Mai Khao

 

Hat Nai Yang

 

Hat Pansea

 

Hat Nai Han

 

Hat Patong

 

Hat Nai Yang

 

The Old Sino–Portuguese Architecture

 

Phuket Fantasea

 

Wat Phra Thong

 

Wat Phra Thong

 

Sun Set at Laem Phromthep

 

Koh Racha

 

Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Sanctuary

 

Laem Phromthep

 

Hat Karon Phuket

 

Yatch Marina

 

Golfing

 

Windsurfing

 

Sailing

 

Go Snorkeling

 

Sea Canoeing

 

Sailing

 

Hat Kata

 

King's Cup Regatta

 

Foot Massage on the Beach

 

Climate in Phuket

Phuket has two main seasons: rainy from May through to October and hot from November to April. However, there are sunny days throughout the wet season, showers customarily lasting little more titan 2-3 hours. The best months to visit arc November to February, Average temperatures range between 22 and 34 degrees Celsius.

 

Beache & bays in Phuket

Phuket's glory is its magnificent coastline. Beaches ranges from gentle crescents of white sand to rocky headlands. Counter- clockwise, from the island's northern tip, where the Sarasin Bridge connects with the mainland, the major beaches and bays are:

Hat Mai Khao

This pine-fringed stretch of sand is Phuket's longest beach, Each year, from November through to February, giant sea turtles struggle ashore to lay their eggs here.

Hat Nai Yang

This forms part of the Sirinat National Park and is backed by casuarinas pines, as well as a mangrove forest. The tranquil surroundings are ideal for relaxation, picnics, swimming and snorkeling.

Hat Pansea & Hat Surin

The two scenic coves offer very picturesque settings although dangerous undercurrents can make swimming unsafe.

Hat Kamala

Another fine stretch of sand. The northern end, which is partly shaded by casuarinas, is suitable for swimming.

Hat Karon & Kata

Both beaches are impressive, peaceful and eminently suitable for swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing and sunbathing.

Hat Karon, Kata

 

Hat Nai Han

This while sandy beach fronts a shallow lagoon between rocky headlands. Conditions for swimming, windsurfing, sailing and sunbathing are all excellent.

Hat Rawai

The palm-fringed beach is best known for its village of "Sea Gypsies", formerly a nomadic fishing minority believed to be of Melanesian descent.

Hat Rawai

Hat Patong

Phuket's most developed beach offers numerous leisure, sporting, shopping and recreational options a long its 3 km. crescent bay. In addition to its daytime attractions, Patong is also known for its vibrant nightlife among which seafood restaurants prominently feature.

Ao Chalong

A location popular for its several restaurants serving some of Phuket's best seafood.

Laem Phanwa

The southern tip of the cape is the location of the Marine Biological Research Centre and Phuket's Aquarium, where visitors can see several hundred exotic and colourful marine species.

Koh Si Re

The small island separated from the mainland only by the Tha Chin Canal, is located 4 km. northeast of the town. There is a sea gypsy village considered the largest in Phuket.

Sirinat National Park

The park, located near Phuket International Airport along Routes No. 402 and 4026, some 30 km., occupies a total area of 9Osquare kilometres and has an uninterrupted 13 km. long stretch of beaches: Hat Nai Thon, Hat Nai Yang, Hat Mai Khao and Hat Sai Kaeo.

 

Major sights & attractions
in Phuket

Mueang Phuket

The compact provincial capital serves mainly as a commercial and shopping centre although traces of the old Sino-Portuguese architecture provides distinctive character.

Khao Rang

This provides a pleasant view of the town, also a park and series of hillside sculptural tableaux.

Phuket Fantasea

Inspired by Thailand's rich and exotic heritage, Phuket Fantasea not only showcases the charm and beauty of Thailand, but also enriches ancient Thai traditions with the wonder of cutting edge technology and special effects. The result is a stunning 140-acre theme complex packed with a multitude of activities and entertainment: a festival village with carnivals, games, handicrafts and shopping; a 4,000-seat restaurant offering a grand buffet of Thai and international cuisine; a breath-taking Las Vegas-style theatrical show, where state-of-the-art technology and special effects enhance the beauty of Thailand's myths, mysteries and magic in a wondrous extravaganza certain to delight everyone.

The Thai Village

On Thep Krasattri Road, the village serves typical southern Thai specialties for lunch and dinner, as well as staging cultural shows featuring Thai dances, sword-fighting, Thai boxing, elephants and local customs. Handicrafts are also on display.

Thalang National Museum

Located near the Two Heroines Monument, the museum contains a collection of exhibits of ancient artefacts and other materials illustrating life in old Phuket.

Wat Phra Thong

Inland from Hat Nai Yang, the temple enshrines a famous, partially buried Buddha image. Local legend relates how a boy tethered his buffalo to what he thought was a post sticking out of the ground. Subsequently, this boy and his animal fell mysteriously ill Suspicious villager uncovered the post and found that it was the decorative topknot of a buried golden Buddha. They were able to unearth no more than the upper part of the image, over which the present temple was constructed. When Burmese invaders attempted to remove the statue in the 18th  century they were attacked by a swarm of hornets.

Laem Phromthep

The southernmost point of Phuket is the perfect place where picturesque sunsets are seen.

Laem Phromthep

 

Koh Racha Yai

The gleaming beaches can be reached by chartered boat from Ao Chalong. It takes about 2-3 hours for the boat trip during the off-monsoon season (December-April). At Koh Racha Yai, there is the most perfected and versatile of corals for visitors to see. Sightseeing services are available from tour operators in town. Accommodation is available.

Koh Kaeo

This is an offshore isle about 3 km. from Hat Rawai and can be reached in 30 minutes by boat. There are sandy beaches and a captivating underwater scenery, as well as a replica of the Holy Footprint on the island.

Namtok Ton Sai & Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Sanctuary

An idyllic setting cooled by sonorous cascades, this 22 sq. km. area is rich in wildlife, including bears, porcupines, gibbons and macaques, as well as over 100 bird species. For nature enthusiasts, the sanctuary has also mapped out walking trails.

Wat Chalong

A few kilometres inland from Ao Chalong, the temple enshrines statues of Phuket's two most revered monks: Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang.

Wat Chalong

 

Pearl Farms

Several pearl farms are located in and around Phuket. Please contact TAT's Phuket office for details of arranging visits.

Native Handicrafts Centre

Located on Thep Krasattri Road, the Centre has artisans skilled in silk weaving, lacquerware, silverware, jewellery-making and the crafting of parasols.

Phuket Butterfly Garden & Insect World

The farm is situated 3 km. from town and has a fascinating collection of such tropical creatures as butterflies and insects; all displayed in natural surroundings. Open daily 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Tickets are 200 baht.
Tel. 0 7621 5616, 0 7621 0861 Website: www.phuketbutterfly.com

Wat Phra Nang Sang

A historical Phuket landmark,  Wat Phra Nang Sang was originally a fort built to resist Burmese invaders. Enshrined in the main hall are three old and large Buddha statues made of tin.

 

Tours & cruises in Phuket

Several tour operators arrange island tours, visit to pearl farms, island cruises, dive safaris and more. Full and up-to-date information on these and other sightseeing and touring options are available at TAT's Phuket office on Phuket Road.
Tel: 0 7621 2213, 0 7621 1036

 

Sporting opportunities
in Phuket

Golf

There are four top 18-hole golf courses in Phuket, which offer excellent and challenging play. All offer reasonably priced green fees, golf club rentals and caddy services.
- Phuket Country Club (in Kathu)
Tel. 0 7632 1038-40
- BIue Canyon Country CIub (in Amphoe Thalang)
Tel. 0 7632 8088
Website: www.bluecanyonclup.com
- Laguna Phuket Golf Club (at Hat Bang Thao)
Tel. 0 7632 4350
- Loch Palm Golf Club (in Kathu)
Tel. 0 7632 1929, 0 7632 1933-4

 

Horse Riding

There are three riding clubs: the first is on Patak Road, on the way to Hat Kata, the second is Ban Sai Yuan situated at Hat Nai Han route and the Laguna Phuket at Bang Thao. These three have facilities for visitors' convenience and courses for both beginners and experienced riders.

Windsurfing

This sport can be enjoyed at most major beaches. Boards may be rented by the hour, half-day, full-day or week. Expert tuition is also available.

Water-skiing

Popular at Hat Patong on a half-hour or hourly basis. Cable water-skiing is available at Phuket Waterski Cableway, located behind the Loch Palm Golf Course in Amphoe Kathu.

Windsurfing

This sport can be enjoyed at most major beaches. Boards may be rented by the hour, half-day, full-day or week. Expert tuition is also available.

Sailing

Small boat sailing is popular, especially at Hat Nai Han, Hat Patong and Hat Kata. Toppers and Dinghies are found at Hat Patong, while Catamarans, Hobie Cats and Top Cats are available at Hat Kata.

Deep Sea Fishing

Daily tours, departing early morning and returning laic afternoon, cruise around the smaller offshore islands for game fish.

Swimming

You can enjoy swimming throughout the year with good conditions in most locales. However, there are undertows off certain beaches, especially hazardous in the rainy season. It is best to seek local advice regarding safety.

Snorkeling

This can be enjoyed at many sheltered bays around Phuket, the most readily accessible spots being Hat Patong, Hat Kata and Hat Karon. Fins, masks and snorkels can be rented on a daily basis from numerous shops around the island.

Scuba-diving

Dive boats regularly leave Phuket for expeditions of 1 to 7 days around neighbouring islands, as well as further a field, notably to Mu Koh Phi Phi, in Krabi, some 2 hours east of Phuket, and Mu Koh Similan, which lie in Phang-nga some 110 km. north-west of Phuket. Several dive shops are concentrated in Hat Patong, Hat Kata and Hat Chalong areas. These dive shops also have Thai and expatriate dive instructors who are qualified to provide expert tuition. All diving equipment is available for hire.

Sea Canoeing

This form of ecotourism, exploring islands and marine caves that are accessible only by canoe, has become extremely popular in recent years. Day tours and overnight camping trips, mostly in Phang-nga, are offered by various sea canoe companies, with full details being available from TAT's Phuket office.

Yacht Charters

Yacht charters, either with or without crews, as well as sailing courses are available. Contact TAT's Phuket office for names of charter companies and full details.

 

Special events in Phuket

Thao Thep Krasattri & Thao Sisunthon Fair

Held annually on 13th March, the Fair commemorates the Two Heroines who rallied the people of Thalang to repel Burmese invaders in the 18th century.

Loi Ruea Chao Le Tradition

In the middle of the 6th and 11th lunar months, Chao Le (Sea Gypsies) celebrate a time-honoured tradition in which they float model boats in a symbolic gesture of banishing bad luck.

Vegetarian Festival

Phuket's biggest and most exciting annual celebration, the Vegetarian Festival takes place over the first nine days of the 9th lunar month (usually October). It is a time when Phuket islanders of Chinese descent follow a vegetarian diet as a form of purification in order to ensure good fortune in the coming year. It is marked by colourful processions, and by devotees performing amazing acts of self-mortification, including fire walking and piercing the body with skewers.

Phuket Triathlon

During October and November, the triathlon (consisting of a 1.8 km. swim, a 55 km. bike race and a 12 km. run) attracts top-class athletes from around the world.

Tourist Season Opening Festival

First initiated in 1985 at Hat Patong to welcome the start of the tourism season, me Festival is staged on 1 November and features many colourful and interesting activities, such as merit-making, watersports contests and a "Miss Visitor" contest.

King's Cup Regatta

Each year in early December, the Phuket Yacht Club hosts international yachtsmen, who compete for royal trophies in a series of races from Mu Koh Phi Phi to Phuket.

 

Accommodation in Phuket

Phuket offers a huge range of accommodation, from super deluxe resorts to beach bungalows. A full list of hotels may be obtained from TAT's Phuket office and Website : www.tourismthailand.org

 

Shopping in Phuket

Cultivated pearls, batiks, pewterware and tailor-made clothing are Phuket's best known buys. The widest range of shops, including department stores, are found in Phuket town and at Hat Patong.

 

 

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