compact provincial town serves mainly as an accommodation and shopping
centre. Splendid colonial-style residences built by late 19th century tin
and rubber barons and shophouses from the same period provide a
small hill to the north of the town offers a pleasant view of the town and
boasts Thailand’s first fitness park, a series of hillside sculptural
tableaux which enhance keep fit calisthenics.
small island which is separated from the mainland only by the Tha Chin
Canal, is located 4 Kms. northeast of the town. There is a sea gypsy
village considered the biggest in Phuket.
Butterfly Farm and Aquarium
for 3 Kms. from the town along Yaowarat Road and then turn left at the Sam
Kong village intersection. It has a fascinating collection of such
tropical creatures as butterflies, insects, fish and coral all arranged in
Orchid Garden and Thai Village
on Thepkasattri Road about 3 kms. from the town, it offers cultural
performances demonstrating the Thai way of life with folk dances, Thai
boxing, the unique aspects of Phuket and the South, a handicraft centre,
an orchid farm, and an elephant show. Show times are 11.00 a.m. and 5.30
Charoen Crocodile Farm
contains an exciting aquarium with some 1,000 marine, freshwater and
estuarine crocodiles and is located just outside of the town. It is open
daily from 9.00 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Years Pillar Monument
monument stands in the south of the town at the area called Saphan Hin,
the end of Phuket Road. It was constructed in 1969 as a memorial to Mr.
Miles, who devised the use of a dredger in mining operations in 1909.
is located near Phuket International Airport along Route No. 402 and 4026,
some 30 kms. from town. The park occupies a total area of 90 square
kilometres and has an uninterrupted 13 km. long stretch of beaches; Hat
Nai Thon, Hat Nai Yang, Hat Mai Khao, and Hat Sai Kaeo.
temple where the upper half of a large Buddha statue emerges from the
ground is 20 kms. north of the town along Highway 402. Legend has it that
during the invasion of Thalang in 1785, the Burmese tried in vain to
excavate the statue. Each time they dug into the ground, swarms of hornets
would swoop on them and they had to give up. Later, the visible part of
the statue was covered with gold by the villagers and has remained as such
Phra Nong Sang
historical temple in Amphor Thalang was once a fort resisting a Burmese
invasion around 1785. An old chapel in the compound enshrined the three
oldest and largest Buddha statues made of tin, called the Three Kings.
Phra Thaeo Wildlife Sanctuary
extensive forest area in Amphor Thalang was declared a wildlife sanctuary
in July 1969. It covers a rich and fertile land and is the habitat to
several types of wild animals. Major attractions include Namtok Ton Sai
near the headquarters. Although small in size, it nevertheless provides a
cool, shady area for relaxation. Another waterfall is Namtok Bang Pae,
which is located at Tambon Pa Khlok. There is an arboretum and a nursery
to rehabilitate captured gibbons before returning them to the wild. For
nature enthusiasts, the sanctuary has mapped out three walking trails.
Further information can be obtained from the Nature Study Centre.
near the Thalang Intersection, this museum displays the way of life,
culture and history of Phuket and the South. It is open daily except
Monday and Tuesday from 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Admission fee is Baht30 per
hillside beach with groves of large pine trees is about 24 kms. northwest
of the town. Drive along Route No. 402, turn left at the Heroines Statues,
and proceed on for 12 kms. There is a golf course to the right. Hat Surin
is not recommended for swimming because of its steepness and heavy seas
and winds during the monsoon season.
is a long stretch of sandy beach north of Hat Surin suitable for swimming
and other water sports.
Km. from Hat Surin, this scenic rocky cape is next to a small white sandy
beach. To reach the beach, visitors can ask permission to cut through a
private road, or take a detour along the hillside slanting to the beach.
26 kms. from the town, turn left at the Heroine Statues past Hat Surin and
Laem Sing, Hat Kamala is about 2 kms. long, quiet and not crowded.
most developed beach is 15 kms. west of the town. Cabin and bungalow
complexes, hotels, bars, nightclubs, discotheques, shops, and restaurants
front the crescent bay. Windsurfing, snorkelling, sailing, sunbathing, and
swimming dominate the major activities.
in Patong, turn right to Hat Kalim, which is a small beach with large
rocks and a coral reef. Accommodation is available.
Karon and Hat Kata
of Hat Patong, both are long and peaceful beaches and eminently suitable
for swimming and sunbathing.
beach, nearly southmost of the island, is about 18 Km from the town.
Beyond the beach is a large swamp called Nong Han. Although not so long,
the beach has white, clean sand. Swimming is not recommended during May -
October due to the monsoon season. A small bay next to Hat Nai Han past
the Phuket Yacht Club is Ao Sen, which is peaceful and picturesque with
white, clean sand.
the midpoint between Hat Nai Han and Hat Kata Noi, there is a viewpoint
overlooking three adjacent beaches.
southernmost point of Phuket is the perfect place where picturesque
sunsets are seen.
palm-fringed beach about 17 kms. from the town is home to Phuket’s sea
gypsies. Several offshore islands have gleaming white beaches and dazzling
underwater scenery, which attracts fishing enthusiasts and scuba divers.
is an offshore isle about 3 kms. from Hat Rawai and can be reached in 30
minutes by boat. There are sandy beaches and underwater scenery, as well
as a replica of the Holy Footprint on the island.
is another small beach, about 16 kms. from the town on Highway No. 4024,
where boats can be rented to visit nearby isles.
bay is some 11 kms. from the town and extends in a broad sweep. A few
kilometres from the bay is Wat Chalong where statues of Luang Po Chaem and
Luang Po Chuang, Phuket’s most revered monks, are enshrined.
Biological Research Centre
on the southernmost tip of Laem Panwa, 7 kms. south of the town, the
centre houses an aquarium which displays hundreds of exotic, grotesque and
flamboyantly colourful marine species found in Phuket’s teeming waters.
It is open daily between 8.30 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Trips around Phuket and in the Andaman Sea
is well equipped to provide offshore trips making it a centre of tourism
in the Andaman sea. Trips can be arranged to see forests and mountains,
rocky formations, beaches, coral reefs and fishing. Most of Phuket’s 39
satellite islands are located to the east. Islands of special interest
beach can be reached by chartered boat from Ao Chalong. It takes about 2-3
hours for boat trips during off-monsoon season (December - April).
Sightseeing services are available from tour operators in town.
Accommodation is available.
for its exotic corals is Ko Mai Thon, which is also suitable for scuba
diving and fishing.
known for its beautiful beaches and unspoiled corals. The island is about
5 kms. from Hat Rawai. Accommodation is available.
terrain of Ko Lon is mountainous with flat land along the shore. A ferry
leaves Ao Chalong between 8.00 - 9.00 a.m. Accommodation is available.