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Phuket, pronounced pu-ged, is the largest island of Thailand, famous worldwide for its spectacular beaches offering breathtaking sunset views. Nestling in Andaman Sea to the south of capital Bangkok, Phuket, though an island, is directly connected to mainland by Thao Thepkasattri Bridge, offering tourists all modes of transport to get in.

The west coast of Phuket is home to its best beaches including Southeast Asia’s party capital of Patong. Other popular beaches along Phuket’s western shoreline are Karon, Kamala, Kata and Surin. Southeastern parts have some offbeat beaches like Rawai and Nai Harn. Chalong Bay in the south and Phang Nga Bay in the north are the launching points to reach smaller islands in the neighborhood. The island’s interior still remains unexplored by tourists and has rubber and pineapple plantations, mangrove forests, shrimp farms and fishing villages inhabited by Muslim communities.

Even though Phuket gained a foothold in world tourist circuit with its picture-perfect beaches and lush green landscape, its position was further strengthened by the tremendous developments achieved in tourism and hotel industry. The island offers diverse water and land sports activities to suit visitors of every taste besides great opportunities in shopping, dining and entertainment. Accommodation is plentiful for all budgets, though advance booking is needed during high season.

Tourist Attractions in Phuket

Phuket is drawing in more than four million tourists each year and it is one of the most visited places in Thailand. The main reasons for this influx of visitors are its beautiful landscapes, picturesque beaches, shopping facilities, exotic food and both ancient and modern monuments.

Phuket has a variety of tourist spots to lure the tourists away from the beaches. Though Thailand’s other tourist locations are more attractive from a cultural point of view, Phuket is not far behind in this aspect.

The vantage points along the west coast of Phuket attract huge crowds for sunset views. National Parks, waterfalls, historical monuments and exquisite waterscapes are all popular with tourists.

More details about some of the most popular attractions in and around Phuket are given here along with its locations. However, for navigation purposes, use the free tourist map available.


Beaches are what lure tourists to Thailand and especially to Phuket. There are nine crescent-shaped bays on the western coast of Phuket, each offering a different experience to the visitors. From the south viewpoint of the Kata Noi Beach, the panoramic view of these, with aquamarine clear water and white sand is not to be missed at any cost.

Timings: Always open

Entrance fee: Free

Promthep Cape Phuket

This cape offers excellent sunset views. Many conducted tours come here to view sunset. There is a monument dedicated to a former prince who was interested in the maritime activities. Also, found there are a few hundred elephant statues scattered over the place.

Timings: Always open

Entrance fee: Free

Gibbon Rehabilitation Center, Phuket

This center run by volunteers is situated inside the National Park. The gibbons that have strayed from forests and captured from illegal traders are brought to this facility. They are fed and kept here to keep them from away from markets and other places. As the center doesn’t receive any funding, it is run using the donations from visitors and well-wishers.

Timings: 09.00 to 16.00 daily

Entrance fee: Donations are welcome

Khao Phra Thaeo National Park

This National Park has one of Thailand’s best landscapes and there are two waterfalls within the area. You can visit both the waterfalls, Bang Phae and Ton Sai, by trekking along the trails. Another waterfall is at Kathu, near Patong.

Timings: 08.00 to 17.00 daily

Entrance fee: 200 baht

Phuket FantaSea

This show staged at Kamala is enjoyed mostly by families. The entertainment on lavish proportions includes a huge collection of animals, comedians, circus performances and Thai cultural shows. Shuttle buses are provided from nearby places to attend the show. There is a theme park in the same venue. Telephone: 076 385 000

Timings: Open from 17.00, show timings: 21.00, daily except Tuesdays and Thursdays

Entrance fee: 1,500 baht to be paid at the box-office

Old Phuket Town

Wander along the lanes to find the century-old buildings built during the Chinese migration. The distinct old-world charm of the place is still there despite the arrival of tourists and modernization. This is the right place to go, to know more about Thai culture and lifestyle.

Timings: Always open

Entrance fee: Free

Talang Road, Phuket

Talang used to be a major trading port on the Andaman Coast in the olden days. The Sino-Portuguese buildings here still stand testimony to the glorious past.

Timings: Limited Access

Entrance fee: Free

Wat Chalong

This is the Buddhist temple in Phuket, most visited by tourists. Its grandeur and towering offbeat pagoda attracts visitors in hordes.

Timings: 08.00 to 17.00 daily

Entrance fee: Free

Phuket Orchid Garden and Thai Village

This orchid garden displays Thailand’s expertise in orchid cultivation. It is spread over 1600sq.m. in the outskirts of Phuket Town. Thai cultural shows are a regular feature here. Telephone: 076 237 400

Timings: 08.00 to 17.00 daily, Show timings: 13.00 and 17.00

Entrance fee: 600 baht

Phuket Zoo

A private zoo, located to the south of Phuket Town, is good for driving away the boredom of kids. Mostly visited by families with kids. Shows are staged every hour by elephants, monkeys and crocodiles. It houses many Asian and other animals. In addition, there is an aviary, aquarium and orchid garden. Telephone: 076 -374424, 282043

Timings: 08.30 to 17.30 daily

Entrance fee: 500 baht

Phuket Shell Museum

As the name suggests, this museum is fully dedicated to shells. An excellent collection of local, rare and fossilized shells are displayed here. The most important displays are the world’s largest golden pearl all of 140 carats and a huge shell weighing 250kg. The museum is located north of Rawai. This is definitely worth a visit. Telephone: 076 613666

Timings: 08.00 to 17.30 daily

Entrance fee: 200 baht

Thalang National Museum

This museum, situated near Heroine’s Monument, comes under National Fine Arts Department. Though it is not properly maintained, it has a vast collection of historical pieces, including the Vishnu statue found in 1900 in the jungle close by. Telephone: 076 379900

Timings: 08.30 to 16.00 daily except on  public holidays

Entrance fee: 200 baht

Chinese Temples

Phuket Town has several colorful Chinese temples with trademark dragons and mythical creatures adorning the structure. The 200-year-old Shrine of the Serene Light near Phang Nga Road is worth a visit.

Timings: Always open

Entrance fee: Free

Kao Rung Hill, Phuket

This park located atop a small hill, looks across Phuket Town. It offers scenic views. Local people come here for evening walk.

Timings: Always open

Entrance fee: Free

Phuket Market

Visit this place to experience the real Thailand. It overflows with vendors and buyers during mornings and evenings. Fresh products especially fish is sold here. Tourists who come here are enthralled by the profusion of sounds, smells and the confused atmosphere.

Timings: Early mornings and evenings daily

Entrance fee: Free

Heroine’s Monument

The monument is dedicated to the brave sisters who saved Phuket from the plundering Burmese by uniting them and leading the fight against them. It is easy to spot this monument, as it is located on the highway with a traffic circle encircling it.

Timings: Always open

Entrance fee: Free

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