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    • The island of  Phuket doesn’t feel like an island at all. It’s so huge that you barely feel like you are surrounded by water. Called as the ‘pearl of the Andaman’, this is Thailand’s original flavor of tailor-made fun in the sun. Phuket's sin city of Patong is the biggest town and busiest beach.

      It’s the ultimate gong show where beachaholics sizzle off their hangovers and go-go girls play ping pong…without paddles. But there's space for all kinds here. Phuket Town has morphed into an artsy, culturally rich capital, while Rawai on the island's southern tip remains blissfully laid-back, despite development. The twin west-coast beaches of Kata and Karon reel in holidaymakers who like their trips easy.

       An upmarket twist awaits along Hat Surin and Ao Bang Thao, while, further north, things quieten down as you thread through Sirinat National Park and Khao Phra Thaew reserve. Ultimately, the island’s affinity for luxury far outshines its other stereotypes. 
    • Places to Visit with Family and Kids

    • 01Phuket Aquarium

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      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.

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      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

    • 02Introductory Scuba Diving in Phuket (2 Dives)

      Introductory Scuba Diving in Phuket (2 Dives)
      About the Activity:
      • Try learning the basics of diving with expert guides and well maintained equipment in Phuket.
      • Get a pickup from Kata Beach, Karon Beach and Patong Beach to indulge in this 45-60 minutes long scuba diving class which comprises of two dives.
      • You will be supervised by an expert leader and the theory session will focus on the immediate needs of divers such as equipment adjustment, equalizing pressure, breathing, moving through the water and orientation underwater.
      • Enjoy the simple and reduced skill-set course using SSI's Comfort Through Repetition teaching method in a pool or confined water.
      • The tour can be customized as your convenience.
    • 033 Days Phi Phi and Lanta Island Romantic Sailing and Diving Trip

      3 Days Phi Phi and Lanta Island Romantic Sailing and Diving Trip
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      About the Activity:
      • Indulge in a three day sailing trip to Phi Phi island and Lanta beach, forget yourself in the reverberating experience.
      • Gather at Chalong beach and begin your trip around 09:00 AM.
      • Travel to the southern point of Phi Phi don and then indulge in swimming or snorkeling while the yacht takes a halt from sailing.
      • Visit Maya bay, explore the beach, and have ultimate fun with music, dance etc.
      • Koh Lanta offers you some exotic and tranquilizing moments and then also visit the Monkey beach to feed them and relax.
      • On the last day spend time visiting a national park and return to Chalong bay to wrap up the tour around 06:00 PM.
    • 04Tour to James Bond Island

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      About the Activity:
      • If you love the James Bond movies, then you will definitely love to tour this place.
      • Embark on this amazing tour of Khao Tapoo Island, also known as  James Bond Island, and get a chance to witness the places, where James Bond movies were shot.
      • Get picked up from your hotel at around 07:30 AM and proceed to Ao Por Pier to take a ferry  and reach Phang-Nga Bay.
      • Reach the Koh Panak at around 10:20 AM and and get a chance to do sea canoeing amidst the beautiful scenic landscape of the caves and lagoons.
      • At around 01:00 PM enjoy a delicious lunch on board and depart to explore the Khao Tapoo or the James Bond Island.
      • Swim along the beautiful waves, snorkel or just relax along the long beaches and beautiful sandy beaches.
      • Head back to your hotel in Phuket at around 04:30 PM with lots of memories.
    • 05Phi Phi Island

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      Phi Phi Island is the most popular destination  in Thailand. The Phi Phi Islands consist of six islands. The major ones being Phi Phi Don, which hosts the bohemian town of Phi Phi Islands, and Phi Phi Leh with Maya Bay. Phi Phi Islands are famous for its limestone cliffs rising sheer out of the emerald green waters, white powdery beaches and its many coral reefs offering great diving and snorkeling.



      Highlights
      : This island is popular for sightseeing, swimming, and snorkeling. Tourists can also visit Maya Bay, Loh Samah Bay, Pileh Cove, Viking Cave and Monkey Beach.

      Getting There
      : The Phi Phi islands are located about 48 Km southeast from Phuket, 42 km south from Krabi Town and 40 km from Ao Nang Beach. You can reach the island within 3 hours depending on the type of boat you choose. Boats leave from Phuket, Ao Nang and the Chao Far Pier in Krabi Town on a daily basis.





    • 06Dive Safaris Aboard Mygenesis 1 to the Northern Islands

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      About the Activity:

      • Invoke in this exciting 3 days 2 night  tour in Mygenisis 1 to the Northern islands and enjoy diving in the crystal clear water.
      • Start your tour after getting picked up from your hotel in Khao Lak and then depart from Tab Lamu at around 9:00 AM.
      • The sailing time between dives fly by as you relax on the large party deck and spacious sundecks.
      • You will enjoy 2 dives at Ko Bon and Ko Tachai  and 1 night dive in Surin. 
      • Continue sailing to the Richelieu Rock where you will enjoy 3 dives and1 night dive at Ko Tachai.
      • You will also enjoy 3 dives at Ko Tachai, Ko Bon and Boonsung Wrack  and then transfer to Tab Lamu.
      • End this exciting tour at around 4:00 PM in the evening.
      • You can also avail this tour for 6 days and 5 nights.
    • 07Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach

      Perched on the headlands and overlooking the Andaman Sea, Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach resort is a serene and relaxing getaway, giving you the direct access of the Naithon Beach. The resort has variety of guestrooms to offer, showcasing the authentic Phuket accommodation in a contemporary design and are equipped with all the ultramodern amenities. With two restaurants, three bars and a bakery, the resort has everything to offer for its guests, from the authentic Thai cuisine, sea food to the traditional buffets. 



      Location: The resort is located on the Naithon Beach at the Saku Thalang. The resort is just 15-20 minutes drive from the Phuket International Airport. 

      Activities & Amenities
       Spas
       Meeting Rooms
       Wedding Place
       Swimming 
       Limousine Services
       Shuttle Bus services from the city to the hotel

      Price: Starts from approximately 6500 Baht.
    • 08Raya Islands Tour near Phuket

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      About the Activity:
      • Visit one of the most beautiful islands of Thailand in this amazing day tour.
      • Get picked up from your hotel at around 08:00 AM and proceed towards the Chalong Bay, from where you will board a ferry to the Raya Islands.
      • After reaching the Raya Islands at around 10.30 AM, indulge in various water sports activities like swimming or just relaxing along the beautiful beaches.
      • If you wish, you can go for snorkeling in the clear waters and explore the beauty of the marine coral.
      • Enjoy a lip-smacking lunch at around 12.30 PM at Raya Beach Restaurant followed by the swimming or Sun-bathing session.
      • Leave for your hotel from the Raya Island at around 03.30 PM.
    • 09Island Cruise to Phang Nga Islands near Phuket

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      About the activity:

      • Experience  a relaxing and tranquil cruise to the fairyland Phang Na Marine Park and explore the amazing islands of Thailand! 
      • Get picked up from your hotel in Phang-Nga at around 8:00 to 8:45 AM and embark on this exciting experience.
      • Begin cruising around 09:30 AM and spend a day in these magical islands!
      • Enjoy a trip to Koh Hong, revel in the Lagoon and enjoy other activities like swimming and snorkeling.
      • Dig into maouthwatering lunch on-board while cruising through this mystical land.
      • At 02.45 PM reach Koh Pak Bia and enjoy a relishing bath by the .
      • Experience delicious refreshments such as pancakes with chocolate sauce on board before you head back to hotel at around 05:30 PM.
      Phang nga bay information: A national park since 1981, Phang nga is famous for its amazing views of literally hundreds of vertical limestone cliffs rising over the sea , some of them reaching up to 300 meters out of the emerald-green water with caves leading in to stunning lagoons. Many of the limestone cliffs have beautiful stalactites and stalagmites that been created over thousands of years. In the bay there is at least 28 species of mangrove, 88 birds species, and 82 fish species amongst coral reefs.
    • 10Visit Khao Rang Hill View Point

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      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.

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       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. 
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      About the Activity:

      • For the ultimate dive getaway, enjoy a great week at sea. The MV Marco Polo will engage you in a live abroad cruise to showcase the reefs and marine life around the Similan Islands.
      • Get picked up from your hotels in pick-up points (as mentioned) at 5:30 PM. Depart from Phuket port at around 06:00 PM in the evening.
      • Head north and view the world famous Richelieu Rock on the Andaman sea.
      • Savor a lavish dinner at 8:00 PM on your first day.
      • Feel the thrill as you dive around the Similan Islands, Koh Bon with the spectacular coral gardens of Koh Tachai and the renowned Richelieu Rock.
      • Conclude your tour on the sixth day after returning to Phuket at 6:00 PM and arrival at Ao Chalong, then get dropped back to your hotel by 7:30 PM.

      Destinations Covered :

      1. Similan Islands - What is it that makes these islands so attractive? The Similans aren't as dramatically scenic as the limestone islands of Krabi or Phang Nga Bay, which many people have come to associate with the Andaman Sea. Instead, you find low-lying formations covered with thick forest. 
      But the most striking feature of these islands, at first glance, are the huge boulders that litter the western and southern shores on several of the islands. Another highlight, as the visitor soon discovers, are the white coral-sand beaches, splendidly picturesque and often deserted.
      The most interesting sights, however, are to be found beneath the waves. Some of the most spectacular coral growths in the world can be found here - and the same boulders that scatter the shores have turned the waters around the Similans into an adventure playground for divers.

      2. Koh Bon - As well as Koh Tachai, Koh Bon is part of the Similan Island national park and is only an hour or so away from the Similans so it is worth special mention as one of the best dives sites in Thailand for manta rays. In addition to mantas, it is also possible to find Napoleon wrasse, leopard sharks, eagle rays and black tip reef sharks. The Koh Bon area is not, however, only about pelagics since critters are numerous and varied which makes night diving here exceptional.

      3. Richelieu Rock - This horse-shoe shaped site consists of a huge central pinnacle surrounded by smaller jutting rocks, every inch of which has been colonized by something: soft corals, anemones, barrel sponges and sea fans. In addition to the possibility of swimming with whale sharks you can also look forward to the likes of manta rays, barracudas and huge groupers. All of this before you even begin to explore the fascinating smaller creatures lurking in every nook and cranny.

      4. Koh Tachai - This site is often visited en route to Richelieu Rock from the Similans and is in fact an island which has several nearby dive sites. Koh Tachai Plateau is the best known of these and as the name suggests is a submerged plateau of hard corals and boulders. Typically of the area there are swim-throughs and channels all over the place. The larger fish include manta rays, huge schools of swirling chevron barracuda and large numbers of tuna; and if the whale sharks are not at Richelieu, they may well be here.
    • 12The Tiger Kingdom

      The Tiger Kingdom is a great combination of tourism with wildlife preservation. The preservation provides the opportunity to get up close and personal with several Indochinese tigers of varying ages and sizes that have been raised by hand in captivity since birth. The vicinity also boasts facilities to camp for the night with several amenities.



      Location:  Located right next to the Go?Kart track in Kathu at the foot of Patong Hill. 

      Things to Keep in Mind: Before entering the visitors are asked to leave the belongings outside in a locker, remove your shoes and wash hands.

      Timings: Open daily from 9 AM to 6 PM.

      Price: The approximate entrance fee is around 800 Baht.
    • 13Bang Tao Beach

      Immerse in the munificence of nature and enjoy the luxuries of Asia’s largest resort complex, Laguna Phuket, in Phuket’s largest beach of Bang Tao. The beautiful stretch of land goes up to four miles and has some of the luxurious resorts with facilities like spas, pools, golf course and restaurants. Located between airport and Patong Beach, this beach line is one of the largest in Phuket. Laguana Phuket provides the ultimate luxuries to tourists. A shuttle boat circles the 5 resorts inside the complex which you can board to move around.



      The restaurants serve delicious cuisine to indulge your taste buds. Swim around in the beach, walk on the warm stretch of sand and enjoy the luxuries of the resort complex.

      Highlights: Spend the leisure time on trendy beach clubs in tropical backdrop, practice wakeboarding, enjoy golfing, go for horseback riding or elephant trekking or go for sea kayaking exploration.


    • 14Karon Beach

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      Karon features the third longest beach on Phuket Island. Located on the west coast, between Patong to the north and Kata (with which it shares a common municipality) to the south, Karon Beach is the  second favorite holiday destination in Phuket. Karon Beach road is ideal for taking an evening stroll and is mostly occupied by large resorts interrupted by restaurants and shops (including the popular Karon Bazaar). Karon is centered on Luang Poh Chuan Road, towards the southern end of the beach, which houses excellent restaurants and the ‘hottest’ nightlife spot of the resort town. Here the sea is calm throughout the dry season and the sand is fine and powdery.

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      Activities:  The beach has excellent snorkeling and diving spots at its southern end. 

      Location: Phuket
    • 15Kata Beach

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      The pleasant bay of Kata, just a few minutes south of Karon Beach, entices and charms many visitors with its white sands and clear waters. Very popular with families, Kata is an all round favourite due to its spectacular palm-lined beach, great restaurants, lively but not raucous nightlife and varied accommodation options - all close to the beach. Visitors will find an abundance of shops to browse in, from souvenir and ready-to-wear outlets, to 7-Elevens and local mini-marts, to branded fashion stores.

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      Location: Phuket

      Activities: Mom Tri's Boathouse features an art gallery with rotating shows by local artists along with a jazz band, Thai cookery classes and a superb menu.

      Nearby Attractions: Dino Park, Surf House, Kata View Point, Kata Temple, etc.
    • 16Visit Phrompthep cape

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      A visit to Phuket won’t be complete without visiting the most photographed destination, Phrompthep Cape. Sweeping through either the Rawai beach or the Naiharn beach several cars and tour buses reach the southernmost part of the hill where at the top, parking the cars loads of tourist and locals set forward to enjoy the fascinating natural show, the sunset. It also has a lighthouse which provides excellent views of the east and south-east part of the island. 

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      Highlights: Apart from this spectacular views of Phi Phi Islands, Koi Racha Yai and Koi Racha Noi can also be enjoyed from here. Along with enjoying the view one can cherish dining at the popular Phromthep Cape restaurant. The scenic beauty from here is awesome and  the food is quite delicious and reasonably priced too. 

      Location: Nai Harn- Rawai
    • 17Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa

      Located amongst the luxurious natural beauty of the Mai Khao Beach, Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa is a product of the reputed Marriott Hotels.  The exemplary retreat offers its patrons options for holding any occasion, meeting or simply reveling in the hospitality. The accommodations are divided into deluxe villas and guest rooms that are all equipped with the best of amenities and contemporary facilities. Many of the living spaces accommodate exotic beach views as well as private plunge pools. You can take pleasures in the various facilities at the resort such as the well-equipped fitness centre, plush and luxuriant spa or simply taste the varied cuisine that the restaurants are famous for. It also offers up the amazing option to conduct a beach ceremony in case you plan to hold a wedding here.



      Location: Mai Khao, Talang Phuket 

      Activities and Amenities:
       Fitness Centre
       Spa
       Banquet Halls
       Plunge Pools

      Price: Starts from approximately 9,800 Baht.
    • 18Nai Harn Beach

      Nai Harn is one of the island's most popular places with in-the-know locals. Great for swimming from November to April, care should be taken in the low season (May-October) when there can be strong undertows. The local restaurants just above the beach make a great place to relax with a sun downer. Further south is Ya Nui, a sandy cove that attracts snorkelers and divers. Another out-of-the way spot nearby is the tiny beach of Ao Sane, a great spot for snorkeling, reached by taking the road that starts at The Royal Phuket Yacht Club car park.



      Activities: Snorkeling and swimming are the two best pass time’s people partake in whilst on this beach. 

      Best Time to Visit:  Anytime apart from monsoon season is ideal to visit this beach and take part in a wide array of fun activities. Forget swimming during low season as that can prove to slightly dangerous.

      Location:  Muang District, Phuket

    • 19Know the wildlife better with a visit to the Zoo

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      Visit Phuket Zoo and appreciate this superbly diverse kind of zoo. Rich tropical gardens welcome you to walk around in the shade of huge trees lined along the islands containing a wide range of exotic creatures. New types of fish, feathered creatures and different wildlife species are received every year and also different brooding projects welcome more and more of off-springs every year.The zoo also trades creatures with different zoos to dispose of abundance stock and get fresh beautiful recruits. The attentive and prepared staff will do their best to keep you entertained and enrich you with an array of wonderful photograph opportunities. Icy beverages, desserts and so on are sold at a few unique areas around the broad grounds so you can sit and rest amid your visit.

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      Location: 23/2 Moo 3, Soi Palai, Chaofa Road (not far from the Chalong circle, the zoo is very well indicated)

      Timings: Monkey Shows: 09.00 AM, 12.00 PM, 02.30 PM and 04.45 PM, Crocodile Shows: 09.45 AM, 12.45 PM, 03.15 PM and 05.30 PM, Elephant Shows: 10.30 AM, 01.30 PM and 04.00 PM 

      Price: The approximate price is 700 THB per adult and 500 THB per child


    • 20Loma Park

      As you walk along the shores of Patong Beach you will come across Loma Park, which has a children’s recreation area as well as a small fitness park. The park is also the site for many important events throughout the year such as Phuket Bike Week, the Tsunami Memorial  Service and Patong Carnival. Both locals and tourists come here to enjoy the views of Patong Bay while picnicking under the shade of the tall trees.



      Location: Located near the northern part of Patong Beach.

      Timings:Open  from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

    • Historical Places to visit in Phuket

    • 21Tha Rua Shrine

      This is considered to be one of the oldest temples among the four islands of Phuket. Temple of Ta Rua is the brightest and largest temple in Phuket and features many strikingly carved dragons, traditional Chinese paintings with outstanding red, gold and green colored theme.  Inside the hall, you’ll find Kwan Yin statues (the Goddess of Mercy) of various sizes as well as other traditional Gods.

       This shrine complex consists of a spacious car parking and other  amenities. The ThaRua Shrine is unquestionably the largest and probably the best-looking  temple in Phuket. 

      Location: Located near the monument to the heroines in Phuket.

      Timings: Opens daily from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM 

      Things to Keep in Mind: If it is possible, avoid wearing black clothes when visiting any Chinese shrine/temple in Phuket. While white is the most auspicious color, any color than black will do as it considered bad luck.
      Tha Rua Shrine
    • 22Wat Phranang Sang

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      It is the oldest temple in Phuket, and the exact age of the temple is not known. However, it is built for more than 500 years, and it has been attracting the attention of tourists. Currently, a whole new complex behind the old temple is constructed. The grounds are large, and visitors can walk through the ground complex to explore different things. In fact, the temple is associated with lots of stories and there are plenty of things to see. The historical temple involves the legend of Phra Nang leud Khao, who was a lady with white blood. She was the wife of the ruler of the city, a devotee of Buddha.

       



      Location: The temple is present about 20 km from the main town of Thalang district on Thepkasattri Road.

      Highlights: The walls of the temple are covered with stories of Lord Buddha. There is even a white temple and a mummified Abbot. There are three large images of Lord Buddha in different buildings.

      Timings: Opens daily from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    • 23Wat Srisoonthorn

      This place is popularly known as Wat Lipon by the locals. The sleeping Buddha on top of the main building is a major attraction here. In fact, the statue is so large that it is easily recognizable from the road. Apart from this image, nine other images face the entrance, in a way to welcome people. It is a symbolic reminder to people to be kind towards others.



      Location: It is nestled in Thalang, north of Phuket town and about 5 km north of the Heroine’s monument.

      Highlights: The sleeping position represents Lord Buddha in a dreaming state. There are some non-Buddha images here including lions and a giant and they act as the guards of the temple. There is even a small bell tower for people to have a closer look.

      Timings:
      Opens daily from 7:00 AM to 5.30 PM

    • 24Wat Phra Thong

      This place is mainly visited to witness the half buried temple of Golden Buddha. Only the head and shoulder of Buddha is visible, and it is not possible to excavate the image. Legend says that those trying to excavate the image have either met with serious accidents or have become ill. It is believed that the image hails from China. It is also considered as one of the oldest temples of the island. It is not a very big temple but comprises of several colorful features, which is another point of attraction for the visitors.



      Location: It is located in the Thalang district of Thailand off Highway 402.

      Highlights: During the Chinese New Year, Chinese pilgrims come here from different corners and especially from Takua Pa, Phang-Nga, and Krabi. The temple is even associated with a historical museum and a crematorium.

      Timings: Opens daily from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

    • 25Visit Jui Tui Shrine

      This is a popular Chinese temple, which is a must see for all newcomers here. The grounds display photos of the temple that dates back to 1911. It was then a single and standalone construction. The principal deity of the temple is Tean Hu Huan Soy. The shrine attracts people who want to improve their physical health through prayers



      Location: It is situated on Soi Phuthorn, Ranong Road. This is not very far from the main market.

      Highlights: The main building has been renovated several times, and the exterior is highly attractive and appealing. The interior comprises of three statues of Chinese Gods. Fortune sticks are key highlights here. The papers are however written in Thai and Chinese.

      Timings: Opens daily from 8:00 AM  to 8.30 PM

    • 26Phuket Big Buddha

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      Phuket's Big Buddha is one of the island's most imperious and adored points of interest on the island. The colossal statue sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills in the middle of Chalong and Kata and, is around 45 meters tallwhich is why it can be effectively seen from far away.

      The grandiose site offers the best 360-degree view of the island, with clearing vistas of Phuket Town, Kata, Karon shorelines, Chalong Bay. Easily reachable by a six-kilometer road drive from Phuket.

      Referred as the Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha by locals, it is 25 meters crosswise over at the base. The entire body is developed with strengthened cement layered with Burmese white jade marble that sparkles in the sun, making it a characteristic image of trust.

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      Location: Big Buddha, Chao Ra Road East near Chalong

      Timings: Every day from 08:00 AM – 07:30 PM


    • 27Wat Chalong

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      Wat Chalong is one of the most beautiful and dominant Buddhist temples, known for attracted travellers from all over the world. While for the local population, this temple is a noteworthy centre of worship while for foreign visitors Wat Chalong is a source to know and learn more about this beautiful religion – Buddhism. Poh Than Jo Wat is an impressive and colossal Buddhist statues located in the old hall of the temple. Another fun fact about this place is that the temple also boasts a statue of an elderly gentleman called Ta Khee- lek who won a famous local Thai who won numerous lotteries after consulting Poh Than Jo Wat statue. Apart from the grandeur visitors also enjoy the stunning display of around a dozen small shops selling all kinds of souvenirs and visitor’s stuff.

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      Location: Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket, Thailand

      Things to keep in mind : Owing to the sacredness of this place it is advisable to maintain a standard decorum while inside: do not position themselves higher than the Buddha image and be considerate towards your dressing. Avoid short dresses, sleeveless and other revealing clothes.

      Timings : The temple is open 24 hours every day.


    • Offbeat places to visit in Phuket

    • 28Chalong Bay Rum Distillery

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      Chalong Bay rum distillery is the brainchild of two French citizens who sought to create a hand- crafted rum distilled from fermented local Thai sugarcane. It is the only rum distillery in Thailand not associated with the vastly dominant distilleries. The production process miraculously combines the traditions of Thai and French techniques — this can be checked out by a visit to the factory. During such visit, you will not only learn some of the secrets of rum production but will be invited to taste the spirit and a variety of cocktails it is added to.

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      Location: Located near TambonChalong in AmphurMuang

      Timings: Opens between Mondays to Saturdays from 9 AM to 6 PM.

    • 29Day Cruise in Phuket

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      About the Activity:

      • Experience an exhilarating day cruise with your friends and family and revel in a cruise among the islands with your camera in tow. Get a pick up from your hotel in Phuket.
      • Begin this fun day cruise among the islands at around 09:15 AM in the morning to have a beautiful day to yourself.
      • Experience the sheer beauty of Ya Nuii Beach and indulge in activities like snorkeling and sunbathing and get a chance to swim from the boat itself.
      • Enjoy a delicious meal and relish on pancakes with chocolates while on board the ship.
      • Get back to the hotel around 03:30 PM in the afternoon and your tour ends over there.

       

    • 30Visit Old Phuket Town

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      Old Phuket town comprises the historical part of the Phuket City. Established in the end of 19th century or towards the beginning of 20th century, the place hosts multiple well-crafted mansions and well preserved architecturally beautiful shophouses which look a replica of the Sino-colonial architecture. The overall look of the Phuket Old Town bears huge resemblance to the beautiful Georgetown located in Penang. The greatest attraction is the multiple best in class restaurants and cafeterias, bars and clubs which keep it quite lively throughout the day. It is one of the preferred locations to chill out with friends and family watching the sunset and entertaining in the busy old town streets. In the morning the place is a commercial hub with markets in Ranong Road and Thalang Road. One can find each and everything related to lifestyle and culture of Phuket, available here in reasonable prices. 

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      Highlights: Once you reach this place you will be delighted at the sight of the grandiose Sino-colonial mansions, which was said to be once occupied by the tin barons 100 years ago.

      Timings: 09:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Closed on Sundays.

    • 31Visit Monkey Hill in Phuket Town

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      The real name of the Monkey Hill is Toe Sae Hill which is probably the highest hill of beautiful Phuket. The reason behind the name Monkey Hill is the presence of troupe of macaques which according to a daily visitor, Uncle Hog, is 400 in numbers. According to him, the macaques live in groups and eats as provided by the locals. They are not aggressive and never attack people like in many temples but small children should be kept away.

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      There is a beautiful small shrine at the base of the hill dedicated to holy spirits Toh Sae Dam, Toh Sae Dang and Toh Sae Kaow. Friday is known to be the holy day here attracting many to this temple though the same remains open on all days. Motorbikes are allowed up the hill though the roads to the peak are quite steep. Bikes are allowed only in daytime and after 5pm one can only reach the top by walking.

      Location: Toe sae Road, Phuket 
    • 32Phuket Seashell Museum

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      One of the prominent attractions of Rawai Beach is the Seashell Museum which hosts a whole range of sea shells from different parts of the globe. Many of these seashells are from Phuket and Thai waters too. Located at the basement near Evason Resort, there are four main exhibitions held with informations shared in both Thai and English language. The collections are wide stretching from the earliest shells found on earth to the world’s largest golden pearl weighing 140 carats. Opened in 1997 the museum has about 2000 sea shells for all to enjoy. The entry fee of the museum is quite reasonable and pocket friendly.

      Location: On the way from Chalong Circle to Rawai, Phuket

      Timings: 8:00am to 6:00pm, Open on all days.  
    • 33Radisson Blu Plaza Resort Phuket Panwa Beach

      Overlooking the scenic Makam Bay, Radission Blu Plaza Resort is a private beach front resort which provides direct access to the fascinating white sandy Panwa beaches. Having tastefully furnished rooms in contemporary Thai styling, the accommodation here is spacious with luxurious decor, classy private balconies and elegant outdoor sitting. Facilities with all sorts of luxurious amenities there are 211 rooms including suites and villas for the guests. Enjoy the Talay spa for relaxing and rejuvenating massages where children get entertained in the thrilling Saparot Club. There are four dining options serving versatility with Mediterranean cuisine, all day dinning to light refreshments and cocktails.



      Location
      : 45 min drive from Phuket airport Activities and AmenitiesSauna, Fitness Center, Spa, Massage, Indoor Games and entertaining activities,

      Price: 2783Baht to 6875Baht approximately


    • Places to go Shopping in Phuket

    • 34Visit Karon Temple Market

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      Based in the heart of Karon beach, the Karon Market is one of the most popular shopping destinations for both the locals as well as the visitors. The Karon compound stretches for 12,000sqm and on every Tuesday and Saturday, it transforms into a live market selling all kinds of goods. Here one can find a wide collection of many products from T-shirts to bags, Thai style carves to sarongs, swimsuits to beach wear, branded watches, jewellery, souvenir and many other lifestyle goods. One can find good Thai handicraft products in here which are a rare collection and a must buy for all visitors. Karon market is almost like Phuket Weekend Market with unlimited choice goods but at decent prices. The market is also notable for delicious food items like sushi, grilled or steamed meat, fruit shakes etc.



      Location: At Wat Karon on Patak Road, Central Karon

      Timings
      Every Tue and Sat from 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    • 35Visit Bangla Road

      One of the most sought after happening destination of Phuket is the thrilling Bangla Road. It is the lifeline for the nightlife of Phuket where crowds enjoy fascinating clubs and bars, sizzling dancing numbers performed by young girls, silky smooth drinks, live music, mouth melting dishes and fabulous entertainment of all means. The traffic remains close from evening on the road and buzzing loud sounds of music, flashy lighting all mix together creating a mess of sounds on the road. Beer bars, Go Go bars, restaurants, disco, shops all are present in the venue attracting almost 90 % of the visiting crowd of Phuket.



      Highlights: Fascinating street performances also catches the eye here specially during the late hours of the night. Soi Bangla, the small lanes across the Bangla Road are the popular landmarks of reputed bars and pubs here.