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Splash Jungle Waterpark

When the idea is to search for a full family entertainment then nothing matches the Splash Jungle Waterpark. Overlooking the fascinating beauty of Mai Khao Beach, the water park hosts a series of rides in different difficulty levels suitable for kids and adults both. Over six million litres of water remains distributed in the waterslides for a complete fun and enjoyment time here. Added attractions are the Splash Bar and the Spa Village with sauna. There are two in-house restaurants where one can have small filling eateries and loads of snacks options. Though not very large it is one place to enjoy good fun and entertaining time with near and dear ones.



Location: Soi Mai Khao 4, Mai Khao,Phuket
  
Timings: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Price
The approximate price starts from 1250 THB adults and 650 THB for kids
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Patong Beach

Patong is a beach resort town on the west coast of Phuket Island, 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 transgender cabarets that overflow into the street along neon-lit Bangla Road and in the Paradise Complex. This destination is an astonishing combination of breathtakingly beautiful white sand beach edged by the glittering Andaman Sea.



Activities: During the day enjoy all the beach-type activities from sunbathing to beach volleyball. Restaurants abound featuring every type of cuisine from seafood, noodle and rice vendors along the beach promenade.

Location: Phuket
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Ao Yon Beach

Ao Yon is a hushed and isolated beach located between Panwa beach and Cape Panwa. This quiet beach has a long stretch of warm sand and clear blue water with tropical setting. Set between tall palm trees, this place is a great place to relax under the sun alone or with your family. There are a few restaurants in the beach that serve you delicious meals. On several occasions the locals practice the Dragon Boat race which is quite a sight to behold. Just take a barefoot stroll on the warm sand or relax under the shades with refreshing drinks.



Highlights
: Enjoy the lively Dragon Boat race by the locals on occasional weekends. Rent a longboat to explore the islands. You can also drive a little further to see the small cascading waterfall or have a panoramic view of the area at Panwa View Point or go to Panwa Aquarium.


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Go Go Bars

A visit to the Go Go Bars is one of the prime attractions of Phuket’s nightlife. When it comes to enjoyment for the adults these bars are absolutely worth a visit. Though the bars are majorly directed for the men but couples also visit more to experience the show and to have something to talk about back home. Most of the Go Go Bars are present on both sides of Soi Seadragon almost in the central part of Bangla Road.



Some of the popular Go Go Bars here are Suzy Wong’s A Go Go which is famous for its punch marvelous ambience and complete entertainment, Harem, a relatively new addition with excellent interior décor and lovely drinks and Devi’s Playground, a place to enjoy sizzling dance performances. All three of these Go Go bars along with others usually remain open for 4 hours from 10pm till 2 am in the morning.


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Phuket Aquarium

One of the best tourist attractions in Phuket, Phuket Aquarium is the place where you can see the diverse marine life at its best. There are more than a thousand varieties of colourful, tropical fish and other exotic marine life. The aquarium has various sections such as streams, mangroves, coral reefs and even deep sea! 

Each of these has been adorned with the particular variety of wildlife that you will find in that area.The exhibits are vibrant, lively and interactive and indeed a pleasure to watch for young and old alike, no wonder then that it attracts more than 300,000 visitors per year. It is located at southernmost tip of the Cape Panwa and is surrounded byy breathtaking scenic beauty.


Location: Mueang Phuket District

Timings: Open daily, 08:30 AM  – 6:00 PM

Price: The approximate price for an adult is 100 THB and for a child  50 THB

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Bangkok River Cruise

A river cruise along the incredible Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand, and a few trenches on the Thon Buri side is the loveliest approach to explore the city that was once named "Venice of the East". The glorious appeal of the Chao Phraya adds viewpoint to your exploration of the city's head attractions.Visitors can book slots through various travel specialists or ca even rent a vessel at Tha Chang, a pier close to the Grand Palace. At the point when the capital of Thailand was moved to Bangkok in 1782, trenches were the prime medium that connected the capital with the rest for the places, thus, earning the title ‘Venice of the East’ by European visitors.Nowadays, despite the fact that Bangkok has turned into an advanced city, the Chao Phraya River and the channels are yet beguiling option for tourists in search of exploring the true Bangkok.

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Best Time: Throughout the year, however, afternoon is the best time of the day for a river cruise. If you wish to go for night river cruise, you can opt for a dinner river cruise that provides you with good food and good time.

Location: 2.5 hour long cruise along the Chao Phraya River.

Things to keep in mind: Visitors are provided with the option of choosing from river cruise and dinner cruise, the timings for both are different. Thus, if you wish to avail just the river cruise make sure you know about the timings as the latter is usually conducted at nights. Also, owing to its popular demand the cruises are populated with overwhelming crowds – ensure that you 
reach earlier than the time slot so as to enjoy a hurdle free cruising experience.
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Sea View Elephant Camp - Nai Harn

A very recent addition to the elephant trekking companies based in Phuket, Sea View Elephant Camp is known for its excellent service and good deals. Opened in 2010, this camp is based close to Kata view point and includes entertaining activities like paintball and ATV. The scenic beauty of the location of the camp is quite an eye-arresting. There are about 12 elephants in the camp all having excellent arrangements for their good being. The tour programmes organised by the camp mainly includes mountain treks overlooking the fascinating view of Chalong Bay.



Location
: 1 km from Kata Viewpoint on the way to Nai Harn beach

Timing
: 8:30 AM to 17:30 PM

Price
The approximate price for 30 minutes is 900 THB for adult and 600 THB for children, 45 minutes is 1,100 THB for adults and 700 THB for children, and 60 minutes 1,380 THB for adults and 800 THB for children.
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Khao Rang Hill View Point

When it comes to enjoying tranquillity and harmonious natural environment then one of the best locations in Phuket is to visit Khao Rang Hill View Point. Based in the north western side of the city this summit is the second highest in Phuket. Covered with verdant greenery, the location promises unparallel fascinating views of the city, the south eastern coast and also the gigantic Phuket Big Buddha.



 Apart from scenic brilliance one can visit Wat Khao Rang, a Buddhist temple with a big golden Buddha statue in it. For having excellent eatery in this lovely ambience one can refer to the three food joints available here. Tung Ka Cafe and Khao Rang Breeze are positioned at the top of the hill with magnificent panoramic views of the area. Apart from this one can also try Phuket View which is based on the way to the top, known for its delicious cuisine. 

What You Should Know More About Phuket

  • About the destination:

    Phuket – a perfect blend that comprises of rainforest as well as mountains is nestled away in the southern, beach region of Thailand. One of the most popular tourist destinations, the island of Phuket is home to numerous well recognized resorts, spas and various high-end restaurants. Visitors can find old, antique shop houses and busy but full of life markets offering diverse variety of products to shop from. Patong – which is one of the main resort towns of Phuket is what facilitates for the visitors night-life as it consists of happening nightclubs, bars and discos.

    Thailand’s largest island, Phuket consists of many smaller islands off its coast. The luscious green destination is connect to the Phang Nga – another attractive location via the Sarasin Bridge.  

    Phuket comprises of a total area of 576 kilometers – almost the size of Singapore and formerly obtains its wealth and resources of tin and rubber among various other crops that are typical to the region. The place enjoys its share of rich and colourful history. The island also makes up for a major route that essentially exists between India and China. Phuket being one of the most popular tourist destination derives a major chunk of its wealth from tourism as well.


  • Travel Advice:

    • Physically excruciating activities: If you are the kind that enjoys adventure activities then you’re in the right place. Thailand and Phuket especially is among the first ports that remains a primary attraction for timely backpackers. Those who are not use o the tourist trails of the country must avoid getting their grips on rolling into such activities.

    • Plan well ahead of time, and plan well: Thailand certainly is a big country and there are tones of must-do experiences in its Phuket city too. Although, ensure that you don’t rush into things. Conduct your research well and carry on with travelling through this beautiful island city. You will get to do what you want but be alert of any sham packages and guides while you’re hurrying into planning your trip.

    • Take care of your health: You’re about to enter a place whose climate, water and food your body isn’t aware of. Therefore, it becomes essential to take good care of one’s health. Apart from that, mosquitoes are everywhere and one bite will surely be quite costly. It is better to be safe than sorry and thus one must always use spray-one repellents and avoid being in regions that are inhabited by mosquitoes.

    • Drinking laws: The legal drinking age in Thailand is 20 and it most certainly lies in the interest of restaurant owners and resort managers to enforce this establishment. Illegal substances most certainly are prohibited. Whatever you indulge in, make sure it is in safe limits.

  • Things to do in Phuket City:

    • Boat trip at the Phang Nga Bay: Like mentioned previously, Phuket is full of beaches and mountainous greenery. Among the numerous must-see destinations in Phuket is the Phang Nga Bay. It’s limestone karsts kissing the emerald green water is a sight worth seeing at least once in a lifetime. Enjoy the spectacular view of the beautiful island city while you go on a boat trip around the bay. Cruise through the best seas and may be indulge in a fishing activity or two while you’re at it.

    • Stroll through the Old Phuket Town: Phuket city holds a very strong personality in terms of its culture, beauty and richness. One of the chief places to visit in Phuket is its Old Town. This portion is historically rich and visitors will come across numerous temples and shrines emanated at every nook and corner of the city. The cute cafes and beautifully preserved shop-houses will make up for a perfect stroll during an evening. Choose an early morning or a late night especially when the heat is lost and stroll through the beautiful streets of Phuket.

    • Enjoy the night-life of Bangla: Take a nice and long stroll through Patong’s Bangla road and you will realize just how exciting the night-life existing in Phuket is. Experience an enchanting western culture with just the right touch of the Phuket essence and party your night away. What’s more? The legal drinking age in Thailand is 20 and it most certainly lies in the interest of restaurant owners and resort managers to enforce this establishment.

    • Admire the Big Buddha: The Big Buddha is so big that it is visible even from the southern-most region of Phuket. It was recently added as a jewel to the city and costs approximately 30 million baht to construct. It is nearly 45 metres high and stands in the form of a strong golden image of the great Buddha. Admire the Big Buddha in Phuket and get fascinated by the beauty of its construction.

  • What will you like in Phuket city:

    • Wat Chalong temple: Whether you’re religious or spiritual by nature, you have got to visit Phuket’s most important temple – The Wat Chalong Temple. The place is beautifully decorated with tiny shredded glasses pieces and pagodas. On special occasions, there are numerous country fairs that are hosted within the temples’ premises making it a very exciting atmosphere. Snack on the thai food and get lost in the interesting history that lies behind Phuket.

    • Watch the Simon Cabaret show: Think Phuket lacks entertaining activities? Well, you certainly haven’t visited the Simon Cabaret show then! It is probably one of the biggest transvestite carbaret that you will ever witness. The show features everything, all the way from musicals to fabulous costumes to different dances and more!

    • Watch the sunrise/sunset at the Phuket viewpoint: What better way to start or perhaps end a day? Check out Phuket’s numerous viewpoint atop a hill and get a bird’s eye view onto the city island. Experience magnificence at its best but do make sure you don’t miss this.

  • Recommended reads for destination

    Government website: 

    Thailand Tourism


    Others: 

    Phuket Tourism


    Books to read on Phuket City: 

    Thailand, a travel guide, Lonely Planet Thailand.


Listings in Phuket