Phuket Attractions

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In a tiny alley off Rassada Road in Phuket Town, not far from the Fountain Circle and just a few steps from Salvatore’s Italian restaurant, is the Phuket Buddha image and amulet market, a specialised market that attracts many local and overseas Buddhists. In Thailand, amulets were first made in temples and handed out to followers of the Buddha’s teachings to provide them with a constant reminder of the Buddha’s values, or to commemorate highly respected monks after their death. Read More...

  • Location: Phuket Town

Ao Yon Waterfall

The way up to the top of this waterfall is quite difficult because of sharp rocks and you will need to wear good shoes as well as good eyesight to follow it. There are several drop pools – all quite small but big enough to bathe in. The jungle closes in after a while but it's a cool and even romantic spot to visit if you are in that area.

  • Location: Near Cape Panwa
  • How to get there: Behind the beach right next to Ao Yon. To find the waterfall, take the small road at the western end of the beach by the prawn farm and follow it to its end. 100 metres to the right of the parking there is a small path leading up the hill.

Baan Chinpracha is a fine example of a Sino-Colonial mansion located at 98 Krabi Road.  Jaroonrat Tandavanitj's late husband inherited it from his father, who in turn was the eldest son of the original owner who built it 105 years ago. The house has been used as a location in many films, both Thai and Western, including Hollywood films such as 'Heaven and Earth' and the TV series 'The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles'. This is the only Sino-Colonial mansion in Phuket that is open to the public. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: From 09:00-16:30. Private functions are also welcome. It is closed on Sundays.
  • Location: 98 Krabi Road. It’s only a few doors from the Blue Elephant Restaurant.
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 211 167 and +66 (0)76 211 281

Baan Klung Jinda Restaurant

Baan Klung Jinda , at the intersection of Yaowarat Road and Mae Luan Road. This was originally built, 108 years ago, as the official residence of the town treasurer, in which role it served for many decades. It then fell into disuse until a local businessman leased it and converted it into a high-end Thai restaurant. Apart from extensive renovation of the original building, he added a new wing.

  • Opening Hours: Every day except Sunday. Lunch is served between 11:00 and 14:00 while dinner is from 17:00 to 23:00
  • Location: Phuket Town
  • Tel: 076-221777

Baan Teelanka – Upside Down House has opened in April 2014 and is certainly one of the most innovative and original attractions in Phuket Island. Located on the By-pass Road in the northern outskirts of Phuket Town, it is a three-storey house built leaning on its roof and adorned with a maze-shaped garden in its backyard; two different attractions in one place!

Initiated, designed and managed by a charming Swiss-Thai couple, this well-thought project brings visitors into another dimension and offers sensational photo opportunities. In addition to Baan Teelanka and to A-Maze-in-Phuket, the small complex features already a modern coffee-shop (selling drinks, snacks and sweets) and will host in a near future a souvenir shop and two other boutiques. Puzzling yet fascinating and fun, Baan Teelanka aims at children and adults alike as it makes everyone feel like they went down too far in the rabbit-hole. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: From 10:00-18:00
  • Location: two kilometres from the North entrance of the By-pass Road.
  • Tel: 084-4565279
  • Price Range: Bann Teelanka: adult – 200 baht, children – 120 baht; A-Maze-in-Phuket: adult – 150 baht, children 100 baht (prices of May 2014)

The Bang Neow Shrine (also spelled Bang Niew), known also as Tao Buang Keng and Thep Rasi Foundation Shrine, is another beautiful place of worship in Phuket Town. Founded in 1904, it was originally part of another shrine at Soi Romanee in the Old Town.

It has moved a few times – strangely enough always because of fire. If looking in from the road, you’ll notice that the shrine is unusually long and has many doors. This is because it houses many shrines (almost 10 of them) that lie immediately next to each other. The most important shrine is the one in the middle, where the main deity is. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 08:30 – 22:00
  • Location: On Phuket Road at the Bang Neow intersection and not far from Robinson Department Store and MacDonalds. If heading to Saphan Hin Park, the shrine is on the left-hand side of the road.

Bang Pae is Phuket's biggest waterfall but by international standards it’s quite a small affair. Still, visitors appreciate the cool water and shade and use the site as a picnic place, as well as enjoying a meal at the restaurants near the car park and by the lake and outside the gates.  Read More...

  • Location: East Phuket
  • Price Range: 200 baht per person for non-Thais (National Park fee)
  • How to get there: Take the east turnoff from the Heroine's Monument roundabout on the island's main artery, Thepkasattri Road, and head towards the national park. Follow this road for about nine kilometres until you reach an elephant camp then turn left.

This fantastic viewpoint is well signed and the 45-metre tall image can easily be seen from most locations in South Phuket. Follow the red signs along Chao Fa West Road and turn down the road with the red arrow and a Buddha sign. Read More...

  • Location: Southern Phuket

Located at the north of Phuket Town, Boat Plaza is the answer to those looking for a family-friendly place to spend time at, especially over the weekend. Try it and enjoy various types of activities including water buffalo cart riding, horse carriage riding, and art and yoga classes (available for both adults and children).

The property also has an old tin mine that has evolved into a small lake, that is an ideal location for pedal boats, water balling (a sport similar to zorbing) or having a relaxing meal and drinks at one of its many riverfront venues. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: All year round
  • Location: Pracha Samakkee Road, Tambon Rasada, north of Phuket Town not far from the Phuket Juvenile and Family Court and Pruksa Villa Property (Rasada –Samkong Project).

Boon Kaw Kong Shrine

When cresting Patong Hill, most drivers honk their horns to show respect to the Pun Tuao Kong Chinese Shrine that straddles the hill. Built in 1980, it is not a big shrine but it is well respected. When devotees' wishes are granted they usually come back to pay respect by setting off fire crackers. Some people show open-air movies across the road from the shrine or donate money for the shrine's maintenance. Photography is not allowed inside.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 17:00
  • Location: Patong Beach
  • How to get there: at the top of Patong Hill on the road to Phuket Town

Thibault Spithakis and Marine Lucchini, two young French entrepreneurs, have established a distillery that produces top-grade white rum near Chalong on Phuket’s east coast. The good part of all this is that you can visit Chalong Bay Rum and have the whole process explained to you with a cocktail of your choice afterwards (using the distillery’s rum of course). Read More...

  • Location: 14/2 Moo 2, Soi Palai 2, Chalong
  • Tel: 088 448 1343 or 082 800 4701

It’s hard to believe that the rich Cherng Thalay neighborhood, known for its many five-star resorts and hotels was once nothing but a quiet little community. Back then it was full of Chinese immigrants seeking a new life, many of them in the tin mining industry. At one point they were looking for something to unite them and protect them from bad luck and evil spirits so they thought about bringing Taoist deities (from China) to the village.

Around the year 1901, Mr Ju Pai Tuk, a hairdresser in the village, went back to China to visit his family and also to bring back three wooden images of Taoist deities to set up the shrine that is known today as Cherng Thalay Shrine. It is usually quiet most of the year, only becoming lively during important periods such as Chinese New Year, deity ceremony days and during the Vegetarian Festival. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: Sri Soonthorn Road, Thalang District

In the old days, it was the custom for an entire extended Chinese family to live under one roof. The oldest son would take over the family house from his parents but his brothers ans sisters would continue to stay there until they married. Supat “Noy” Promchan, owner of the China Inn Café, had had a dream ever since she was a child. When she was a little girl, she lived not far from Thalang Road and often passed by a beautiful shop-house at 20 Thalang Road, the residence of a well-to-do business family. Read More...

  • Location: Phuket Town - Thalang Road
  • Tel: 076-356239

Cobra Show and Snake Farm

Thailand is home to more than 50 species of snakes, including several poisonous varieties, and a spine-tingling (but safe) way to see them is at a snake show. Watch as seemingly fearless snake handlers charm, caress, harass and even kiss various species of snakes, including spitting vipers and, most startlingly, king cobras.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Chalong
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 280 130

Coral Island, known locally as Koh Hae, is a beautiful getaway destination located three kilometres southeast of Phuket. The island features two main beaches, Long Beach and Banana Beach. It's not called Coral Island for nothing; the snorkeling off Banana Beach is thrilling and if you go out far enough from Long Beach you will also have a lot to discover, at its impressive coral reef. Read More...

Fire-breathing dragons, an active volcano, T-Rex and Brontosaurus replicas and eerie jungle sounds make for an exciting round of mini-golf! Dino Park mini golf is great fun for the whole family. The Jurassic-themed restaurant and bar are perfect for a post-game drink or meal. Watch out for the hungry elephant. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 24:00; best enjoyed in the cooler evening hours
  • Location: Beach Road – directly between Karon and Kata Beaches next to Marina Phuket Resort
  • How to get there: Next to Marina Phuket Resort

Elephant Shrine at Phromthep Cape

Up the steps from the car park is a shrine to Brahma that is surrounded by thousands of wooden elephants of every size. It's all meticulously taken care of and the arrangement is photogenic, colourful and impressive.

  • Location: Promthep Cape, South of Nai Harn Beach

Hok Nguan Kung Shrine at the Surin Clock Circle, near the Metropole Hotel has long been a religious centre of many Phuket families since it was founded more than 80 years ago.

The most important ritual object here is the crafted image of Ju Su Kong (hence locals refer to this shrine as Ju Su Kong Shrine.). His statue is made from sandalwood and is black from head to toe, so it’s not difficult to recognize him. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 18:00
  • Location: at the Surin Clock Circle on Phuket Road, opposite the Metropole Hotel, Phuket Town

This famous landmark first found its way onto the international map through its starring role in the James Bond movie 'The Man With the Golden Gun'. And this is where most tours seem to take all of the tourists. The entire area surrounding this island with its signature rocky pinnacle is indeed spectacular, but most of the tours bus visitors up the main highway for an hour on the same well-worn itinerary. Read More...

  • Location: Phang Nga Bay

Jao Mae Kuan Im is a small vintage shrine on Bangkok Road in the heart of Phuket Town, just a few steps from the ‘Fountain Circle’ and the main fresh market.

The shrine celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2011 and, as its name suggests, devoted to Kuan Im, the Goddess of Mercy in Taoist mythology (also known as Guanyin and Kannon). Her image is also seen on altars in Chinese shrines, households and work situations. Read More...

  • Highlights: Bangkok Road in the heart of Phuket Town. Just a few steps from the Fountain Circle and not far from main fresh market.
  • Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 20:00

The temple is one of the most important in Phuket and plays a pivotal part in the famous annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival. The grounds are quite impressive and display photos of the temple dating back to 1911 when the temple was just a single construction without side buildings or walls. The main building itself has been through a number of renovations resulting in a beautiful exterior and interior with three large altars full of statues of Chinese gods. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 20:30
  • Location: Phuket Town
  • How to get there: Next to Put Jaw Chinese Temple on Soi Phuthorn, Ranong Road, not far from Phuket’s main market.

A trip to a local village market can be so much fun. Visitors are sure to spot some unusual products that they have never seen before. Likewise, going to a talad nat (community market) is a way to shop for the best bargain nick-knack items such as T-shirts, CD’s and DVD’s, jeans, hair accessories, handicrafts, fresh and cooked food. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Every Tue and Sat from 14:00 - 20:00
  • Location: Karon Beach
  • How to get there: At Karon Temple on Patak Road, Central Karon

The Thai name for this popular viewpoint is ‘Kho Saam Haad’ which means 'Three-Beach Hill’ because this hilltop looks down over Kata Noi Beach, Kata Yai Beach and Karon Beach, as well as Pu Island, just off Kata Yai Beach. Situated on the road between Kata and Rawai, it is a fairly well-frequented spot with a car park, nicely cultivated gardens, a few snack outlets and two large pavilions to sit in while you admire the sweeping vista. Read More...

  • Location: Situated on the road between Kata and Nai Harn

Kathu Mining Museum opened in August 2009 and is a very informative cultural and historical attraction. In the past Phuket was a major tin-producing centre and drew thousands of Chinese labourers who eventually settled on the island. In short, Phuket would not have its multicultural identity without tin. The museum features displays of everything from tin mine models to a recreated scene in an opium den. Entrance is free but donations are accepted. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Mon to Sat from 08:00 – 16:00, Closed on Sundays
  • Location: Kathu
  • How to get there: On the road between Loch Palm Golf Club and British Curriculum School. You can't miss the entrance: a Sino-Portuguese style double archway

Kathu waterfall is 'helped along' a little as halfway up it you will notice two artificial drop pools. Again, in high season from December to May there is not a lot of water but there is always shade and food stalls. The waterfall has stairs and several levels leading up to the cascade along with tables and chairs. Right at the top of the waterfall are pools in which you can take a dip. But be warned, the climb is steep and seemingly never ending.  Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Kathu
  • How to get there: Turn left at the traffic lights by the Caltex Gas Station onto Route 4020 (if coming from Patong) and continue for one kilometre until you see a black marble sign for the waterfall. Turn left again onto 'Thanon Namtokkathu' Kathu Waterfall, Street.

Phuket's last significant virgin rain forest is a designated national park located in the northern part of the island. Spend a morning taking a leisurely walk up by the Tonsai waterfall, or, if you want to spend the day walking in the quiet majesty of a tropical forest, there's an eight-kilometre trek right through the park from Bang Pae waterfall to Ton Sai. Read More...

  • Location: To get there, take Route 4027 east from the Heroines' Monument for about 7 km. The entrance is clearly marked at the left.

It's a fairly short drive up Rang Hill, but a leafy and green one. There are two parking areas; one near the Phuket View restaurant and a larger one at the summit. This shady and breezy spot is very popular with couples, students and tourists alike. Here, surrounded by clipped bushes and tropical flora, you will find a statue of Kosimbee na Ranong, Phuket's forward-thinking governor of 100 years ago. Read More...

  • Location: Phuket Town

This stunning shrine located in a superb location at Saphanhin Park, Kiew Tien Keng must be one of the most beautiful places of worship in Phuket.

It’s the only shrine that is located near the seashore and is considered the departure spot to send all gods/deities back to heaven on the final night of the Vegetarian Festival. It’s where the colourful parades of each shrine officially come to an end when a normal diet can resume. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: Saphan Hin Park, Phuket Town

Koh Panyee, a Muslim fishing village on stilts is about 20 minutes by long-tail boat from Surakul pier in Phang Nga Province. The island features heavily on day trips to nearby James Bond Island as tourists are brought here for lunch then wander around the village, sometimes buying souvenirs. However, once the tourists have left the place reverts to its tranquility and overnight stays here reveal the true identity of the village. Read More...

  • Location: Phang Nga Bay

Koh Sirey on the east side of Phuket Town sometimes feels more like a small cape than an island. Covering only about 20sqkm, most of Sirey is delightfully free of construction and driving along its leafy eastside coastal road with its rubber plantations is a pleasure. It really is like Phuket 20 years ago. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: All year round
  • Location: Just east of Phuket Town. To get there means having to pass through Phuket's port area and it takes only 15 minutes or less by car from the town centre.

There's a saying that if you really want to get to know a country, you should visit its local markets. You can soak up a whole lot of local flavour just by walking around the local market. Thai fresh markets are cornucopias of colourful fruit and vegetables, prepared snacks & food, chunks of red or green curry, dried foods, unrecognizable merchandise, dodgy DVD’s, brightly hued T-shirts and jeans, hair accessories, handicrafts, not to mention secondhand shoes, name-brand copies. Read More...

Loma Park

Along the beach at the north end of Patong is Loma Park, a refreshingly quiet spot to relax in the shade. Many festival events are held here during the year, and it's a popular park for local families to enjoy a nice afternoon.

  • Location: Patong Beach

Images of mangrove forests rarely appear in material advertising the delights of Phuket. The short trees grow in mud along the shore, lack majesty, and don’t have flowers worth talking about. But they are a crucial part of Phuket’s tropical and coastal ecology. Fisherman have always understood the importance of the mangroves as nurseries for fish and crustaceans but, as in many other parts of the world, mangrove forests have been destroyed here as well. Read More...

Take the first road left after Phuket Prison situated on Dammrong Road which leads up to Toe Sae Hill that everyone calls Monkey Hill. The reason why becomes fairly obvious after a few hundred metres when you come across a troupe of macaques munching away on fruit brought to them by locals. There is one man in particular that is there daily and will do a 'show' for you with his little friends. These macaques are not aggressive nevertheless care should be taken if you are with small children. Read More...

  • Location: Phuket Town

Phuket Old Town was built on riches reaped from Phuket's tin boom of last century, when the metal was an extremely valuable commodity. In this quarter of the town you will see grandiose Sino-colonial mansions, once occupied by Phuket's tin barons of 100 years' ago. Phuket Old Town is compact enough to stroll around in. The best time to do this is early in the morning or after the day has lost its heat. Read More...

Palazzo, located close to Phuket Water Ski in Kathu, revives the old-fashioned concept of dining while watching a show. Vividly coloured and bold in design, concept and execution, Palazzo attempts the impossible; to combine goofy light entertainment with serious dining.

The idea of a dinner show is hardly a new one but Palazzo puts a turn of the last century spin on it with a ‘mirror palace’ or ‘spiegeltent’ – a wood and stained glass pyramid-shaped show building, originally from Belgium that dates back over 100 years. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Showtime 19:30
  • Location: On the road to Kathu Waterfall, in Phuket Water Ski Cable Way complex
  • Address: 86/3 Moo 6, Wichitsongkram Road, Kathu, Phuket 83120
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 202 277

Head towards Cape Panwa and follow the signs first for the Novotel then for 'Khao Khad Views Tower' (Khao Khad is a nearby village). There is ample parking here as well as cafés and shops. The stairs are a bit of a climb but it's more than worth it once you're at the top as the 360 degree views of Southern Phuket are immensely rewarding. Read More...

  • Location: Cape Panwa

Phuket’s long been a popular destination for those seeking sun, sand, sea and… companionship but not all men coming here seek female company. Many male visitors look for male company, sometimes for the duration of their holidays, sometimes for much longer. At the Paradise Complex in Patong an estimated half of the businesses there are run by, or cater to gay people. Many are small bars with a selection of young men who sit, talk and share drinks with their guests.  Read More...

  • Location: Patong Beach

Basically, there are two types of Thai boxing in Patong: the staged stuff and the real McCoy. For the real article look no further than Patong Boxing Stadium on Sai Namyen Road. Talk about an atmosphere. The stadium is frequented by macho-looking tattooed western types with their Thai girlfriends, middle-aged, broad-shouldered Thai guys here to cheer on their relatives. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Every Monday and Thursday – Show time 21:00 to 23:30
  • Location: Patong Beach - Sai Namyen Road
  • How to get there: Look for a very small soi (street) opposite of well known Nanai Road on Sai Namyen Road

A distinctive feature of Phang Nga Bay is the sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the emerald green water. James Bond Island and Koh Pannyee are just two of the more famous spots in this bay. By far the best means of enjoying the spectacular scenery, with only brief encounters with the tourist crowds as James Bond and Koh Pannyi, is to take one of the boat trips from the northern end of Phuket. Read More...

Phra Pitak Chinpracha Mansion on Krabi Road is named after the owner, who made his fortune partly from tin before starting construction of the mansion during the world war II. It has had a complete renovation and now hosts a Blue Elephant Restaurant (part of a distinguished chain of restaurants) that specialises in classic Thai food. Read More...

  • Location: Phuket Town - Thalang Road

The island's most photographed and perhaps best-known location. Every evening, large tour buses, scooters and private cars sweep through Rawai and up the island's southernmost hill to Phromthep Cape. On the top of the hill stands a busy car park where the vehicles disgorge crowds of people that come from every corner of the world. Cameras flash, fingers point and lovers cuddle as Phuket's most fabulous free show is re-enacted nightly - the sunset. Read More...

  • Location: Nai Harn - Rawai

An island vacation wouldn’t be complete without fish, and we're not talking about seafood, either. For an afternoon of fun – learning about what you eat and what might eat you (not really) – the Phuket Aquarium is required viewing. Recently renovated and with thousands of tropical, colourful and exotic marine creatures, the Aquarium is a hit with youngsters who may not have come up this close and personal with such unusual sea life before. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Open from 08:30 until 16:00, seven days a week
  • Location: Cape Panwa
  • Price Range: Adults 100 baht, children 50 baht.

The Boat Lagoon Phuket, next to Royal Phuket Marina in Koh Kaew was the island's first marina complex. It is surrounded by a group of condominiums, the Boat Lagoon Resort, serviced apartments and restaurants, shops and offices. Short- and long-term accommodation is available overlooking the marina.

It has been fully operational since 1994. This circular, 180-berth lagoon was originally a tidal flat at the head of a shallow, meandering two-mile creek, Klong Tha Rua. Read More...

  • Location: On Thepkasattri Road in Koh Kaew Area on the eastern side of Phuket. It sits side-by-side with Royal Phuket Marina.
  • Remarks: Saphan Bay, VHF Channel 71
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 238533 - Fax: +66 (0) 76 238541

Phuket's FantaSea is the island's biggest show. With trapeze artists, a cast of hundreds, performing elephants and other animals and an exotic storyline that blends tradition with fantasy you'll have a wonderful evening out here. FantaSea also hosts one of the biggest buffets in Asia and is set in a theme park that offers carnival-like games, lots of shopping opportunities, a Palace of the Elephants, a Similan Adventure Centre several other food oulets. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 17:00 - 23:30 every day except Thursday - Show starts at 20.30
  • Location: Kamala Beach
  • Tour Available: Phuket FantaSea Show

Heroines Monument at the traffic roundabout on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang is no doubt one of the top landmarks on the island. The inspiring story of how brave Lady Chan and Lady Mook who led the locals, of whom many were women, to fight against Burmese intruders and won a battle more than two centuries ago, still has a strong impact on the psyche of local islanders. In fact for many Thais, the story is in the same vein as the tale of Joan of Arc. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: All year round
  • Location: Tha Rua Junction in Thalang, about 12km north of Phuket City

Phuket Orchid Farm

A family business which has been operating for decades, Phuket Orchid Farm is probably the largest orchid nursery on the island. It is a unique opportunity to admire some of Thailand’s famous and colourful orchids. Customers may also buy freshly cut orchids which are packed at the farm for air-travel.

Phuket Philatelic Museum

Located inside an 80-year-old building on Montri Road, the stamp museum has three sections: The first part exhibits posters explaining how the Thai Postal Service has developed since its start during the reign of forward-thinking King Rama V. The second room houses a good amount of old (some antique) equipment and machines and the last  is a souvenir room where sets of Thai stamps are on sale, along with other items. All information will be in both English and Thai. Currently most information on display is in Thai only.

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Friday from 08:30 – 16:30, Saturdays and holidays open from 09:00 – 12:00, closed on Sundays.
  • Location: Phuket Town
  • Price Range: Free
  • How to get there: Next to the main Phuket Post Office on Montri Road

Phuket Provincial Hall

Built at the beginning of the 20th century, this large building holds the offices of the province’s highest official, the Provincial Governor, but is open to the public apart from on special occasions. There are more than 50 pictures of old Phuket on display around the building.

  • Location: Phuket Town
  • Tel: 076-216118

The Sea Shell Museum contains some of the most valuable seashells from all over the world. Many are among the most sought-after by collectors and are from Phuket and Thai waters. In addition there are also some rarities and odd shells including the world's largest golden pearl (140 karats) large sections of sedimentary rock containing shell fossils that represent the earth's earliest life-forms, and a shell weighing in at 250 kilograms!

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Rawai Beach
  • How to get there: Drive from Chalong Circle all the way to Rawai, it will be on your right hand side

Siam Niramit Phuket is a tastefully done cultural extravaganza that adds variety and vitality to the island’s entertainment scene. Perfectly located just off the By-Pass Road in the outskirts of Phuket Town, it is set in prime lakeside land. The show features songs, dance routines and traditional martial arts. Read More...

  • Highlights: Just off the By-Pass Road between Tesco-Lotus Supermarket and the Airport Road junction, Phuket Town
  • Opening Hours: The show runs once a day, six days a week, and is closed on Tuesdays
    Show Time: 20:30. Theatre gates open at 20:00. Its attractions and facilities open at 17:30
  • Tour Available: Phuket Siam Niramit Show

Phuket Zoo

Phuket Zoo is probably not the best-kept zoo in Thailand by many people’s standards (plus it practices a double-pricing policy) but it features many interesting animals, from tigers to crocodiles, elephants, camels, birds, monkeys, lizards, butterflies and fish. Don’t miss the zoo’s highlights; the crocodile, monkey and elephant shows several times a day. It is so much fun to see the talented monkeys playing basketball, riding bicycles and even counting.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:30 – 18:00
  • Location: Chalong
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76-374424
  • How to get there: on Soi Palai off Chaofa East Rd, near Chalong

Halfway between Chalong and Kata on the hill there is a sign saying 'Hilltop Restaurant.' This is the now-closed-down Plub Pla site. There is a one-way system operating on this side road and it's a good thing as the gradient is very steep. Park at the top and peek down at both Chalong and Kata from the gardens above the restaurant. Read More...

This is the oldest Chinese temple on the island. The original was built about 200 years ago and underwent a major renovation in 1908. Put Jaw Temple is also known as Kwan Im Teng as it was built in honour of Kwan Im, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy. Many locals come here to seek help when they have health issues. They shake a box full of bamboo sticks until one falls out. They then use the number written on the stick to get a medication prescription from the temple then take it to a Chinese herbal medicine shop. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 06:30 – 20:00
  • Location: On the corner of Soi Phuthorn, Ranong Road in Phuket Town, right next to Jui Tui Chinese Temple, not far from Phuket’s main market.

If you look up above Patong you will see a bubble-like structure at the very top of the hill. This, at 500 metres, is the highest point on Phuket Island. To get there, you'll have to go via Chao Fa West Road where there is a gateway-like entrance and a big yellow sign in Thai and a road leading to a temple. Turn down this road and keep going past the temple. Here the road starts to ascend and at times it can be quite steep. Read More...

  • How to get there: On Chao Fa West Road, take the small road up to Villa Zolitude. Radar Hill Viewpoint is located about two kilometres after the hotel.

Royal Phuket Marina (RPM) is strategically located along the centre of Phuket's eastern seaboard, on the doorstep of Thailand's famous Phang Nga Bay. The marina is Thailand's first world-class ‘luxury lifestyle marina’ and has been developed over 30 hectares (190 rai) of prime land, right next to Phuket Boat Lagoon in Koh Kaew.

With 350 berths for yachts of up to 35 metres long and 400 luxury waterfront villas, penthouses and condominiums, the marina ranks among Asia's premier boating hubs. Read More...

  • Location: Next to Phuket Boat Lagoon in Koh Kaew.

Nobody knows exactly when this shrine was built. All that is known is that a well-to-do family donated a plot of land together with images of some Taoist deities to start it off. Since then the shrine has been a major part of Samkong villagers’ lives especially when someone fell ill or needed some advice to improve their health. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: Along Yaowarat Road, on the north side of Phuket Town (about midway between Bangkok Phuket Hospital and Tesco Lotus.)

Sapam Shrine is a compact little shrine located right on the roadside on Thepkasattri Road in the Sapam Village area. It is the result of the strong faith of the Chinese migrant community from Fujian, China who settled in this part of the island for more than 200 years.

Sapam Shrine devoted to Guan Yu, once a general in the Eastern Han Dynasty. His name is mentioned many times in the famous Chinese historical novel ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’. He is known as a symbol of righteousness and loyalty. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: on Thepkasattri Road in the Sapam Village area, not far from the Shell Gas Station and Wat Sapam Temple.

At the south end of Phuket Rd is Saphan Hin, is a large, multi-purpose park with fitness centres, a stadium, jogging trails, a software development centre, restaurants and food stalls, and a mangrove walkway. A popular site for festivals and fairs throughout the year. Muay Thai kickboxing matches in the stadium every Friday evening. Drive to the end and see picnicking families on the pebbled shore of Phuket Bay. Read More...

  • Location: Phuket Town

Sea Gypsies Village

It is hard to separate the Sea Gypsies and Rawai from each other. They have been settled in Rawai since way back – on the seafront, left side of new pier. Most are fishing for a living but a few work as island tour guides or run small stands selling seashell souvenirs. Everyday in the early afternoon, they bring the fresh catch of the day to the Rawai fish market, just to the left of the pier.

  • Location: Rawai
  • How to get there: At the sea front to the left of the Rawai pier

It’s a spectacular display of colour, originality and fun. Phuket’s Simon Cabaret has become one of Southeast Asia’s outstanding entertainment attractions, nightly drawing a thousand enthused visitors from around the world. Simon Cabaret is Asia’s biggest transvestite cabaret show and features a spectacular musical floor show performed by the world famous ladyboys of Simon Cabaret. See for yourself - guys, can you tell the difference? Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Twice daily at 19:30 and 21:30
  • Location: Patong Beach
  • How to get there: Just outside Patong Beach, before Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort

Simon Star ladyboy cabaret show in Samkong, Phuket is definitely for everyone including families, couples and all-girl-get-together events. Some people come to see the transgender and transvestite show out of curiosity but many are simply looking for nothing but a fun night out.

Let’s put things straight: There’s not a single ‘real’ woman in this cabaret show. These lovely showgirls (some of them are stunningly beautiful) were once men. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Twice daily at 18:30 and 20:00
  • Location: Simon Star Cabaret is in the Samkong Area of Phuket City. It is located in the same compound of a venue formally known as Phuket Orchid Garden & Thai Village behind Phuket Rajabhat University. You’ll also find a Thai-Chinese restaurant by the name Phuket Orchid Garden right next to it.
  • Tour Available: Book a ticket

Sirinath (sometimes known as Sirinat) National Park covers an area of 90sqkm, from west of Phuket International Airport all the way to the island's northern tip. The park encompasses Nai Yang, Nai Thon and Mai Khao beaches. At the northern end of the park is a mangrove forest with saltwater swamps supporting unique eco-systems. A nature trail and an 800-metre wooden walkway have been installed. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: Nai Yang Beach

A few doors up to the west of the On On Hotel on Phang Nga Road in Phuket is the Shrine of the Serene Light. This shrine was built in 1889 by a local Chinese family and, up until recently, was hidden away down an obscure alleyway. Nowadays the alley's mouth has been opened up and you can see the temple in all its glory from the road.

Further east, where Phang Nga Road meets Thepkassatri Road there is an old vacated bank building facing a police station. The police station was purposely built there after dissatisfied tin mine workers threatened to loot the bank.  Read More...

  • Location: Phuket Town

Like all night owls, Soi Bangla awakens when the sun sets. That's when Patong's liveliest party zone becomes closed to traffic and ready for action! Famous for its raunchy nightlife, Bangla goes all out to entertain with girls, beers and music that increases in volume as the moon rises. Jammed most nights year round, it's actually totally unthreatening and a lively place to walk around as bars compete for customers. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: From late morning onward but the road becomes more active from 20:00 onward
  • Location: Patong Beach

Just off Thalang Road lies Soi Rommanee, an interesting little back lane that has an interesting past - this was once a red light district for the many Chinese labourers who came to work the tin mines. The name of this soi is intriguing as 'rommanee' is an old-fashioned Thai word, roughly translating to 'naughty with the ladies'. This soi was the first in the area to be renovated. Read More...

  • Location: Phuket Town

Unmatched in southern Thailand, Splash Jungle at Mai Kao Beach offers a great day out on exciting water slides, rides and more all in one themed water park. If you’re looking for a place to take the kids for an exciting and invigorating day out, Splash Jungle is the perfect destination. Read More...

Suriyadate Fountain

At the western end of Rassada Road stands a traffic circle with what looks like large green guns mounted on it. This is the Suriyadate Fountain and the water-spouting 'guns' are in fact what used to be extremely powerful water cannons that blasted top soil and rocks away in the tin mining process.

  • Location: Phuket Town

Thai Boxing

One of the most popular spectator sports in Thailand, and now gaining world renown, is the martial art of Muay Thai. Exciting enough on TV - the furious punches, crushing elbow strikes, lethal kicks and artful feints are even more riveting when seen live. If you don't mind the violence, a Thai boxing match is worth attending for the pure spectacle and the wild musical accompaniment, the ceremonial beginning of each match, and the frenzied betting around the stadium.

  • Location: Patong Beach - Behind Junceylon

Phuket's national museum contains ancient artifacts from Phuket's long history and exhibits detailing the famous Battle of Thalang where the Two Heroines, featured in a monument on the main road nearby, defended the island against the Burmese in the 18th century. It also has information and exhibits about daily life in Phuket, tin mining history, the indigenous Sea Gypsy culture and the island's Chinese heritage. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily except holidays 8:30am-4pm
  • Location: Thalang
  • Tel: 076-311025, 076-311426
  • Price Range: 100 Baht
  • How to get there: Just next to the Heroines' Monument on Pa Khlok Rd, north of Phuket Town

If you go in or out of town using Thepkrasattri Road (Phuket’s main artery) you will notice an elegant Taoist Shrine located near the Heroines’ Monument. This is Tha Rua Shrine, the fourth-oldest on the island. Once a tiny shrine it has now relocated to a much bigger plot of land right near the original site and features many striking carved dragons, traditional Chinese paintings plus an outstanding red-gold-and-green colour theme. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 – 18:00. Opening hours are extended on special days including during the popular Vegetarian Festival when the shrine opens its gates 24 hours a day.
  • Location: Thalang
  • How to get there: Thepkrasattri Road, not far from the Heroines’ Monument

Thai Hua Museum on Krabi Road is one of the best looking and well-maintained Sino-Portuguese buildings in Phuket. This recently renovated building was at one stage a Chinese-language school. These days it is used as a museum, exhibition space and an occasional function hall. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 17:00
  • Location: 28 Karbi Road, Phuket Old Town area within walking distance from the famous Soi Romanee and Baan Chinpracha Mansion. Its parking space is open until 17:30 only. 
  • Address: Krabi Road
  • Tel: +66 (0)7621 1224
  • Price Range: 200 baht per person.

Thavorn Hotel Lobby Museum

Eclectic and eccentric are the two words that best describe the small museum in the lobby of the Thavorn Hotel in Phuket City. An assortment of artifacts and photos, gathered by the Chinese-Thai family who run the Thavorn group, are displayed erratically in a rather dingy and dim setting.

In addition to an extensive collection of photos of old Phuket and Thai royalty, there are traditional Chinese wedding hats, tin mining equipment, toy trains, opium smoking beds and pillows, and movie posters. Stepping into this place really does feel like entering another era.

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 24 hours
  • Location: Phuket Town
  • Tel: 076-211333-5, 076-211339
  • Price Range: 30 Baht
  • How to get there: Thavorn Hotel, 74 Rassada Rd

Get back to nature by visiting a lovely waterfall at Tonsai in the northeastern part of Phuket. Although it’s inland and far from the beachs, visitors will appreciate the scenery along the road from Thalang Town’s junction heading to the fall. This three-kilometre road has delightful rural views and farmland and things get even get better once there with the green virgin forest and its peaceful surroundings. Read More...

  • Location: Thalang
  • Tel: 6356239
  • Price Range: 200 baht per person fro tourists (National Park fee)
  • How to get there: Take the road east at Thalang’s main traffic lights and follow the signs

A lovely Buddhist temple, Wat Baan Kamala is truly a spiritual centre for the locals and has been there a long time. In spite of this the temple and its gardens look surprisingly new as they were renovated after 2004’s tsunami. Located on the seafront at the southern end of the village, Kamala Temple features a main chapel (or ubosot in Thai), a bell tower and many Buddha images and statues depicting his life. Visitors will enjoy a visit to this charming village temple. Dressing respectfully (no revealing attire) is a must as this is a holy place for many Thais.

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: Kamala Beach

Wats - or Buddhist temples - are among the most important symbols of Thailand, partly because the majority of Thais are Buddhist and partly because they are so beautiful. In Phuket alone, there are 29 Buddhist temples spread around the island. In fact, this small island is also home to many other religions. There are Hindu and Sikh temples, Christian churches, mosques and Chinese shrines. Outside the wats there are also many more Buddhist shrines. Read More...

  • Location: Chalong

Wat Cherngtalay or Cherngtalay Temple has been the spiritual centre of Bangtao and Cherngtalay for almost a century now after it relocated from its original site in Khao Noi. The temple is in typical Thai-Buddhist design, with images of giant snakes on the way up to the 'ubosot' or main hall and paintings illustrating the Buddha’s good works (or ‘nitan chadok’ in Thai).

Every evening, the lights along the pathways inside the temple come on with light poles fashioned in the form of kinnarees (half-human, half-birdlike creatures that figure in ancient Thai tales) which look quite charming, especially at dusk. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: Cherngtalay - Bangtao
  • How to get there: About 300-400 metres before the police station intersection if coming from the Heroine's Monument. Easy to spot from the main road (Srisoontorn Road).

Wat Kajonrangsan is an unusual Buddhist temple in terms of architecture. The main building was built in the Roman style (unique in Phuket). It also has a beautiful set of Thai-style pagodas. At about 07:00 – 08:00 in the morning, visitors will come across quite a busy place. This is because Wat Kajonrangsan School is located in the same compound. It might be fun to be there early to observe the traditional Thai way of life where the temple is at the heart of everything, including education.  Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 07.00 – 17.30
  • Location: Phuket Town
  • How to get there: On Ranong Road, not far from Phuket’s main market.

Wat Khao Rang (or Sumnak Song Khao Rang) enjoys a great location in Phuket Town, sitting on the slope of the popular Khao Rang (Rang Hill). This is where visitors can discover a large golden sitting Buddha – the first of its kind on the island. This charming temple is busy at weekends when locals pay a visit. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from about 08:00 – late afternoon
  • Location: Khao Rang Hill, Phuket Town. Take the road Soi Vachira, leading from the Vachira Hospital, the temple is a few hundred metres up on the right.

Nai Yang Temple is another local wat worth a visit as on its grounds, among many other interesting structures, stands a beautiful wooden abbot’s house built in 1954. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: Nai Yang

Meaning 'Temple built by a queen,' Wat Pra-nang Sang was built some 545 years ago, making it the oldest temple in Phuket. There are very old tin Buddha statues, wrought when tin was considered a semiprecious metal. Each of the images contains a smaller Buddha image. In the yard just outside the Wat, there is a monument to the first abbot. The Wat itself has a wonderful interior, featuring murals of the Lord Buddha's life and pictures of important historical events. Read More...

  • Location: Thalang Road
  • Tel: 6356239
  • How to get there: The temple located in Thalang on Thepkasattri Road, at the Baan Kian intersection: on the way to airport, at the traffic light, the entrance is located right on the side of the road. You will be able to recognize the entrance by the two pairs of large colourful statues holding the gates.

Wat Prathong (Wat Pra Phud) is famous for a half-buried golden Buddha statue called Luang Poh Prathong (Golden Buddha) in its grounds. The temple's other moniker, Wat Pra Phud, means 'Temple of the protruding Buddha'. It was built in the 1750s and received a visit from King Rama V in 1909, who gave it its name. Not a very big temple, but agreable to visit with its several buildings and colorful features. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 - 17:30 Daily
  • How to get there: Wat Prathong is 20kms north of Phuket Town and is located near the Thalang District Office. On the way to airport, the street leading to the temple will be on the right hand side (you might have to do a U-turn if driving). Look for a small sign before reaching Thalang town. Once you enter the street, driving few kilometres will lead you to a large parking.

Often referred to as Wat Klang (meaning centre temple) because of its location in the heart of Phuket Town, Wat Buddhamongkol has beautiful architectural features, including a yellow chedi (pagoda), a small bell tower and a Sino-Portuguese colonial mansion used as a dormitory for the temple monks. There are two ways to enter this wat; by Thepkasatri Road or by Dibuk Road opposite the famous Soi Romanee. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 07.00 – 17.30
  • Location: Phuket Town
  • How to get there: On Dibuk Road opposite Soi Romanee

This is a good sample of a real community temple. It is small but serves as the centre of Buddhist life in Rawai and nearby villages. The interior is very basic compared to bigger and more famous temples and here you will see the traditional Buddha images, big and small and some paintings telling the story of the Lord Buddha. Like a typical Thai temple, there is a school adjacent to it. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from early morning until late evening
  • Location: Rawai Beach
  • How to get there: About 500 metres from Rawai Beach on Viset Road

This wat was built in 1792 and was later named Wat Srisoonthorn by King Rama I. The first impression visitors receive in entering the grounds is of the 29-metre-high Sleeping Buddha on top of the wat’s central building, so large that it is noticeable from the road outside. This image represents the Lord Buddha going into Nirvana. Nearby are nine other smaller Buddha images in different positions – all facing the entrance as if welcoming people. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 07.00 – 17.30
  • Location: About five kilometres north of the Heroine's Monument on Thepkasathri Road

Karon covers a rather large area but the village’s temple is close to everything important in the area, including hotels and shopping facilities. All the same, it still manages to keep a peaceful atmosphere, just off the busy Patak Road. Visitors will spot a few interesting statues including the two giant snakes acting as guardians of the beautiful main hall, and many Buddha statues, images and paintings as well as colourful statues of monster from Thai folklore.  Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: Karon Beach
  • How to get there: On Patak Road, close to Karon centre, about half a kilometer from the beach

In a middle of Patong’s busy development and the infamous nightlife lies a peaceful and holy place called Wat Suwan Khiri Wong or Wat Patong for short. It is the centre of local Thai Buddhism. This Theravada temple features beautiful structures including the main ubosot (chapel), pagoda, monastery hall and statues of Lord Buddha. There are monks living in the temple and every morning they go through the nearby community to collect food from the villagers who line their route. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from early morning till late afternoon
  • Location: Patong Beach
  • How to get there: At the junction of Phrabarami and Phisit Karani Road (at the bottom of Patong Hill by the Phuket-Patong Road).

Not far up the coast road from Phromthep you will a tall, slim white windmill that look just like airplane propellers on top of a hill and facing out to sea. This is the Phromthep Alternative Energy Station and the wind-driven electricity generators stand at this great viewing spot with a vista not unlike that of Phromthep Cape itself - only with much more intimacy as there is just enough room for a few cars to park here. Read More...

  • Location: Nai Harn - On the way to Promthep Cape

Soi Panieng in the Samkong area is known as the home of Phuket Butterfly Farm but it also houses an interesting old shrine by the name of Yok Ke Keng. The original shrine was located on a watery rice field in front of the current location and access used to be difficult, especially during the monsoon season.

As a result of donations from locals and a strong will to improve its condition and access, many renovation works were done over the years. Guests will see a proper main hall and two small side wings and a large collection of deity images. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: Soi Panieng, Samkong, Phuket Town
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