Mueang Phuket (The Old Town Phuket)
The compact provincial capital serves mainly as a commercial and shopping center although traces of the old Sino-Portuguese architecture give Phuket a distinctive character.
This provides a pleasant view of the town, also a park and series of hillside sculptural tableaux.
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 breathtaking 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. For more information, call +66 7638 5111 or www.phuket-fantasea.com
The theatre is located on Pracha Uthit 3 Road, Tamboon Ratsada. This is an entertainment venue of Phuket, presenting a beautiful show of Thai traditions and culture, with state of the art technology in light and sound spectacular performances and special effects in extravagant setting; such as, flying angel, lightning, rain, etc. It is open daily except Tuesdays. offering one show time at 8.30 p.m. For more information, contact Tel. +66 7633 5001-2 Fax: +66 7633 5065 Bangkok Tel.+66 2649 9222 or www.siamniramit.com
There’s not diva in the west who can compare, and many a catwalk model has turned green with envy at the sight of the lady-boy performers of Simon Cabaret. This hugely popular tourist attraction, on the hill just outside Patong has been wowing audiences for years with its exotic, hilarious, and transvestite cabaret. With sets and choreography that would do Broadway justice, and gowns dripping with diamante, the boy who are girls stiletto-strut their stu to full houses each night at 6.00 p.m.,7.30 p.m. and 9.00 p.m. Tel. +66 7634 2114-6, +66 87888 6888 or www.phuket-simoncabaret.com
It is situated on the Bypass Road opposite Tesco Lotus. The cabaret theatre is built to accommodate 950 seats and to offer an utmost comfort with cool elegance. The highly professional production team, sound, light and stage personal with high technical qualifications and the latest technology in stage set up ensure the highest quality entertainment. Show times are 5 .00 p.m., 6.30 p.m.,8.00 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. For more information, Tel. +66 7661 2888, +66 7624 8666 or visit www.phuket-aphroditecabaret.com
Phuket Seashell Museum
This museum is located near Rawai Beach on the island’s southwestern shores. The emphasis is on shells from Thai waters, which are among the most sought-after by collectors; however, shells from every part of the world are featured. There are numerous rarities and freaks including the world’s largest golden pearl (140 karats), large sections of sedimentary rock containing shell fossils, and a shell that weighs 250 kilograms. The Museum is open daily from 8.30 a.m. till 5.30 p.m. Tel. +66 7661 3777
Marine Biological Research Centre
The Marine Biological Research Centre at Laem Phanwa oers the opportunity to observe local marine life up close without the necessity of diving beneath the waves. More than a hundred a quatic species are housed at this facility, which is one of Thailand’s principle centers for research into the whales, dugongs, sharks, dolphins and sea turtles that make their home in the water around Phuket, The center is open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Tel. +66 7639 1126 or visit www.phuketaquarium.org for further information.
Ban China Pracha
It was built in 1903 A.D. in the later period of King Rama V by Phra Phithak Chinnapracha (Tan Ma Sieng), son of Luang Bamrung Chinnaprathet (Tan Neow Yee). He was born in Fujian province, China, and held the military title of “Boontek Chongkul”. Most of the furniture in the house was in the house was inherited from Chinese ancestors and other materials used were imported from foreign countries because trading between Penang and Phuket at that time flourished tremendously. The house is located at 98, Krabi Road, Tambon Talat Nuea, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Phuket. It is open from 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Tel. +66 7621 1281 Fax: +66 7621 1167
Phuket Thai Hua Museum
It has been renovated to be one of the historical tourist attractions of Phuket. The 74-year old Sino-Portuguese architecture displays a photos exhibition and video media which tells the history of the Chinese people in Phuket, mining, local costumes, Sino-Portuguese architecture, local foods, tradition and culture of Phuket. It is located on 28, Krabi Road, Tambon Talat Yai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Phuket. Tel.+66 7621 1224. The Museum opens daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. or visit www.thaihuamuseum.com
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 Phuket in the past. Open Wednesday-Sunday except public holidays from 9.00 a.m.– 4.00 p.m. For more information, Tel. +66 7637 9895-7
Wat Phra Thong
Situated near Hat Nai Yang, the temple enshrines a famous, partially buried Buddha image. Local legend has it that a boy tethered his bualo to what he thought was a post sticking out of the ground. Subsequently, this boy and his animal fell mysteriously ill. Suspicious villagers 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.
The southern most point of Phuket is the perfect place where picturesque sunsets are seen.
This is an shores isle about 3 kms. from Hat Rawai and can be reached in 30 minutes by boat. There are sandy beaches and captivating underwater scenery, as well as a replica of the Holy Footprint on the island.
Ko 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 Ko 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.
A small island with a long stretch of peaceful beach, Ko Nakha is a great place to relax, sunbathing, and swimming. Small shops selling cold beverages are available on the beach.
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.
A few kilometres inland from Ao Chalong, the temple enshrines statues of Phuket’s two most revered monks – Luangpho Chaem and Luangpho Chuang.
Ban Bang Rong Community
Awarded Thailand Tourism Award for Outstanding Community Based Tourism Attraction, Bang Bang Rong Community is a Muslim community in Amphoe Thalang which provides visitors with various activities involving diverse nature as well as interesting cultures. The activities that based on the aim to develop the sustainable community include a boat trip along the mangrove forest, visit the goat farm, and observe the fruit plantations.
Several pearl farms are in and around Phuket. Please contact the TAT Phuket office at +66 7621 1036 +66 7621 2213 for details of arranging visits.
Native Handicrafts Centre
Located on Thep Krasattri Road, the Centre has artisans skilled in silk weaving, lacquerware, silverware, jewelry-making and the crafting of parasols.
A historical Phuket landmark, Wat Phra Nang Sang was originally a fort built to protect the country from Burmese invaders. Enshrined in the main hall are three large ancient Buddha statues made of tin.