Phuket AttractionsWhat to see and where to go in Phuket
Phuket Aquarium was established in 1983 as part of the internationally renowned Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC), a research and monitoring station within the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR).
Watch the colorful creatures from Thailand’s coral reefs like seahorses, butterfly fish and of course the anemone fish the movie star from “Finding Nemo”.
Over 30 tanks of freshwater and saltwater creatures with a fascinating weirdness of the undersea world cannot be overstated: cuttlefish hover like spaceships, razor fish look like sinking sticks, and the so-ugly-you-can’t-help-staring stonefish could go by no other name. The diverse selection includes eel, crab, shrimp, sharks, and fish that range from brilliantly colored to cleverly disguised.
The star attraction is a large tank with a tunnel through its center.
Inside, you’re surrounded by a kaleidoscopic swarm of rays, snapper, grouper, wrasse, sharks, and others. (Show up at lunchtime, say 11:00, on weekends for the added bonus of watching the fish devour a meal.) Stepping out the end of the tunnel, you’re greeted by eight massive man-sized cod in the aquarium’s 110-ton tank.
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Big Buddha in Chalong is a important and revered landmark, it’s located on the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata. The Buddha image is 45 meters high, and can easily be seen from a great distance.
Close up to the image itself it is very peaceful and the only noises you will hear are the tinkling of small bells and the yellow Buddhist flags in the compound flapping in the wind plus soft background dharma music.
Known among Thais as the Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha in full, it is 25 meters across at the base. The whole body is layered with beautiful white Burmese marble that shines in the sun, making it a natural symbol of hope. The views and the actual image itself are all breathtaking.
Butterfly Garden and Insect World
A touch of nature is just behind the door. The charming butterfly garden is there to bring back your childhood dream. Surrounded by hundreds of fly-freely butterflies is not only a fantasy. The big outdoor enclosure promises a high volume of butterfly all year round. Take your time to walk through the tropical garden and get close to the beautiful butterflies more than you have ever thought.
Enjoy observe while butterflies playing with wind, having sun bath, zipping nectar, mating, or laying eggs. This is not an experience in everyday life.
Prepare your camera and let’s go.
In addition, more amazing live insects is available in the Lives insect section including Giant millipedes, Giant Madagascar cockroaches, Leaf insects, Walking sticks, Crickets (the song lover insect), and centipedes.
As the first-in-Thailand place of its kind, Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect World was founded by Dr. Prasit Koysiripong in February 1990 under the name “Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect World”
Besides being created as a place for the public to admire the beautiful and amazing natural creation, the Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect World was also built as a research center on butterflies and insects in their natural habitats.
The study is aimed to help bring about greater understanding amongst visitors on the life of butterflies and insects. We hope that you will appreciate and help preserve these wonderful, valuable and fragile creatures.
All butterflies in the “Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect World” are bred here. We take part in breeding and preserving endangered and rare species.
After the breeding process, a number of butterflies are sent back to nature to help create ecological balance by letting them breed naturally.
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All the cinemas in Phuket show the latest Hollywood movies, normally with an English soundtrack and Thai subtitles, or sometimes dubbed into Thai with English subtitles, as well as various non-Thai Asian movies which are usually dubbed into Thai. Most of the home grown Thai films (there is a well-established movie industry here) do contain English subtitles too, so you can still enjoy those cheesy Thai horror movies and ‘comedies’ (Thai sense of humour sometimes borders on slapstick).
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Phuket Thai cookery school is definitely the one and only place in Phuket Island that offers you a haven of peace and serenity away from hustle of the city. Nestled in a pristine beach paradise on Siray beach, Phuket Thai Cookery School allows you comfort and serenity while cooking favorite Thai dishes and enjoying your home made delicious meal. At the Phuket Thai Cookery School, you will feel relaxed by the beautiful natural surroundings from crystal clear water to the panoramic ocean view that is just a stone throw from your kitchen. You can walk off your food along the beach or lay down on soft cushions and pillows provided on wooden sundecks in your siesta break.
Phuket Thai cookery school offers a fun one day Thai cooking class running 7 days a week. Lessons include a morning market trip to explore and see hundreds of exotic ingredients, tasting delicious seasonal fruits and making traditional style homemade curry paste. You get to prepare, cook and eat what you have cooked. You will receive full color foolproof recipe cards to take home. Lessons are taught in English by professional instructors who all have a good sense of humor to make you laugh. They are also very attentive to give you assistance while you are cooking. If you are still looking for a great day’s excursion to spend with your friends and family, come on board now and make Phuket Thai cookery school a highlight of your trip.
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Phuket Elephant Trekking can be a memorable experience not to be missed during your stay in Phuket and Phang Nga, especially for children. There are various elephant camps around Phuket and Phang Nga, that provide an opportunity to ride an elephant along a trail through jungle and rubber plantations and that is close to nature, an exciting, enjoyable and unforgettable time.
Phuket Elephant Trekking tours only last for about 30 minutes to one hour, and a lot of the elephant treks could be included with white water rafting, an ATV tour, and a few other activities.
Today there are a couple of hundred elephants living on Phuket and Phang Nga working in tourism. Although it would be much better if elephants were able to roam wild this is simply not possible in modern Thailand. Elephant trekking helps keep these animals employed, feed , cared for and out of the cities.
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Phuket FantaSea is a Thai cultural theme park – the world’s first entertainment park that presents Thai Culture and Tradition as its main theme. All the attractions in the Park, be it the show, the restaurant, the shopping street and all other areas are inspired by Thai mythology, legends and folklores. The name “FantaSea” is a combination of the word “Fantasy” and “Sea” to mean “a Sea of Fantasy”.
Fantasy of a Kingdom is a Las Vegas style Thai cultural show infused with cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art show elements. The essence of being Thai, everything from the love for freedom and fun, courage and compassion, is being represented in each scene. As the Prince of Kamala journeys through each progressive scene, he slowly discovers these aspects and learns what it means to be the perfect Thai.
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There’s plenty to see on Phuket, several smaller surrounding islands, each offering unique sights of their own, are easily accessible within an hour or two by boat. Many have excellent snorkeling and diving sites, while others simply offer nice patches of sand on which to spend a quiet day. To reach them, hire a long-tail boat or charter an island-hopping tour. Accommodation is available on a number of the islands – some of it rustic, some very exclusive.
The Phi Phi Islands are some of the loveliest in South East Asia. Just a 45-minute speedboat jaunt and a 90-minute ferryboat ride from Phuket, these picture postcard islands offer the ultimate tropical getaway.
Classic beaches, stunning rock formations and vivid turquoise waters teeming with colorful marine life – it’s paradise perfected.
There are two islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. The larger and inhabited, Phi Phi Don attracts hundreds of visitors to stay on its lovely shores.
James Bond Island
Joining a James Bond Island tour and cruise the Phang Nga Bay is the second most popular activity in the region. The area is situated 25 km north-east of Phuket. It consists of numerous dramatic limestone cliffs rising sheer out of the waters. The most famous one being James Bond Island with its needle formed limestone rock which featured in the movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”. The Muslim fishing village on the island Koh Panyee is another popular spot to visit. Canoeing through limestone caves into mangrove forests is included in the tours.
Patong is the undisputed nightlife center of Phuket. From nine o’clock onwards nightly the town is buzzing and doesn’t stop until the wee hours (and longer depending where you look).
Bangla Road in Patong is the epicenter of the action and where you will find the biggest clubs, the craziest ‘bar beers’ and the fruitiest shows. However other areas such as Rat-U-Thit Road and Beach Road have lively night venues with good bands.
Phuket’s nightlife is as varied as its topography. From wild A-Go-Gos to quiet little beer bars to all-out club action to sipping a Mai Thai at a beach bar, it’s all there for those who want it. Of course, Patong is undeniably Party Central with Bangla Road the beating heart of the Beast but Kata and Karon have similar, if not more modest, nightlife scenes while even Phuket Town boasts a few hopping clubs that cater mainly to locals.
Beer Bars are your typical bars like those that you would find back in your own country. They are establishments that serve up beer and mixed drinks.
These bars may have a pool table or a television. The real defining factor is that they don’t have girls working there. Unlike the Girl Bars, you probably won’t find any Thai working girls (or boys), so they are great places to head to if you are not into that scene, or sick of it.
Gracing every tourist city on the island, Beer Bars are the number one night time activity on the Island of Phuket for most tourists. These bars are jam packed with cute Thai women, men and kathoey’s (lady boys). Expect to be surrounded immediately upon entering one of these bars and lavished with such attention that you may begin to think you’re a celebrity. Occupy your time drinking, flirting with the local Thai’s, playing bar games and watching the various sights. If you find someone you are interested in, you can often take them out on the town with a small fee to the bar if you so choose. Watch out if a girl tries to make a bet on one of the various bar games, these girls often spend their days practicing these various games, so most are quite good.
Visit Phuket Zoo during your stay here and enjoy a wonderfully different type of zoo. Lush tropical gardens invite you to stroll around in the shade of giant trees across bridges onto islands containing all kinds of strange animals.
Cold drinks and ice creams etc. are sold at several different locations around the extensive grounds so you can sit and rest during your visit.
New species of fish, birds and other animals are acquired each year as well as young from various breeding programs. The zoo exchanges animals with other zoos to get rid of excess stock and bring in new blood.
The well-trained staff will do their best to entertain you at the many shows and photo opportunities. Phuket Zoo is a private zoo. It is not supported by the government. The zoo opened in 1997.
The zoo occupies an area of about 30 rai or 12 acres or 5 hectares. The winding paths shaded by many large fig trees (Ficus species) let you wander around in comfort for hours.
Stands selling water, soft drinks, beer and ice cream, etc. are scattered around the grounds.
Several rest rooms/W.C.s are available.
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Welcome to one of Phuket’s most treasured collections!
For thirty years the Patamakanthin brothers have been searching the world for most beautiful and unique seashells.
Today their collection of over 2,000 species is displayed at the Phuket Seashell Museum.
You will see one of the rarest golden pearls, the only left-handed Noble Volute, giant clams, and fossils dating back 380 million years!
Shell Collections from around the world have proclaimed this collection to be one of the most extraordinary collections to be found.
You haven’t experienced Phuket if you haven’t seen the sea, the sand, and the Phuket Seashell Museum
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Let your imagination fly …
Since opening in October 18, 1991, Phuket Simon Cabaret has established itself as a market leader of professional entertainment venue.
For sheer entertainment, the set designs are outstanding, costume extravagant and the performers glamorous!
In the exclusive, luxurious and intimate theatre with hi-tech sound and lighting equipment.
The show is truly international featuring modern and traditional acts from around the globe in English and alternative languages.
You will arrive relaxed but will leave confused as the performers are more of a man than you will ever be and even more of a woman too!
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Shopping Malls and Supermarkets
Central Festival Phuket
Central Festival is probably the granddaddy of all the malls in Phuket and quite a recent and welcome addition to the island. Located just outside Phuket Town on the main bypass road, there is plenty of parking but you can also just take a local bus from most destinations for a reasonable price.
Central Festival is certainly one of the most enjoyable places in which to spend a spare day or two of intensive shopping and entertainment. The mall contains a profusion of shops and several differently themed zones, and it can all be experienced in air-conditioned comfort so is a great way to keep cool when it’s hot (which is most of the time). Central stores have all the main international and local brands, plus there is an excellent tourist information center.
Based centrally in Patong Beach and just over the road from where the action is in Bangla Road, Jungceylon (correctly pronounced as Junk Ceylon) is conveniently positioned as the island’s premier shopping and entertainment complex for a large number of tourists visiting the island. Due to its excellent location and fantastic range of shops, restaurants and entertainment, it’s the logical choice for anybody that wants to do some quality shopping between trips to the beach.
One of the most popular department stores in Phuket Town is the 5-storey Robinsons, which isn’t that far from the old town and has as great range of international and local brands, plus smaller stalls that sell cheap clothing and shoes. The ground floor contains the excellent Tops Supermarket where you can buy a wide variety of day to day and imported items and foodstuffs, as well as ATMs and a bank. Each floor has its own theme such as clothing, perfume, or sportswear. Upstairs, the food court is a good place to find cheap and delicious Thai cuisine. Various counters tend to have fairly generous discounts and sales at certain times of the year.
Tesco is a large hypermarket which carries a comprehensive selection of everyday goods, which tend to be of a higher quality than can be found at Big C. The range of different foods such as tropical fruits, meats, vegetables, and bread is excellent, and it’s quite enjoyable simply checking out the weird and exotic fruit they stock. You can even select a durian (the big, spiky and smelly fruit) and they’ll slice it up for you. There is a good toy department and an electronics section with all the usual items such as TVs, DVD players and various white goods. A food court upstairs is the place to go for inexpensive Thai food after the shopping has tired you out.
Tesco’s prices are usually quite competitive and it’s a favourite place to do grocery shopping particularly for the expats.
Wats – or Buddhist temples – are among the most important symbols of Thailand, partly because the majority of Thais are Buddhist and partly because they are so beautiful.
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.
Wat Phra Thong (Buried Golden Buddha Temple) A little less touristy than Wat Chalong, Wat Phra Thong is in the middle of Phuket, which means visitors will need to forego the beaches for a bit to see this temple.
According to legend, the revered Buddha image at this temple was found with only the very tip of the head visible aboveground, to which a little boy had tied his buffalo in days when the area was used for pasture. The boy and buffalo then became ill and died.
Built in 1792, the temple is known by locals as Wat Lipon, and showcases a 29-meter-high sleeping Buddha on the central building’s roof, making it easy to spot from the road.
This particular image depicts Buddha entering Nirvana, and this image, as well as smaller ones nearby in varying positions, face the entrance to welcome visitors.
Thai boxing, or Muay Thai as the Thai people call it, is a traditional art of self-defense of the Thais. It is different from international boxing in that in the Thai style of unarmed fighting, feet, elbows and knees used as well as fists, thus, it resembles more to a real free for all fight and is therefore considered superior to international boxing as an art of self-defense.
Patong Boxing Stadium Sainamyen road is the main venue in Patong beach Phuket and this is No.1 and biggest Stadium of Southern Thailand. Located at Sainamyen road Patong Beach Phuket Thailand. We’re organized Thai Boxing match every Monday and Thursday night. Start from 9.00 pm. till late.
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