What to Do in Phuket

All Phuket Attractions A to Z

Anyone who thinks that a vacation in Phuket consists of just beach, beach, beach is going to be pleasantly surprised. The island has a rich heritage that is shown through the prism of its temples, Sino-colonial architecture and old town - all worth visiting.

Nature abounds in Phuket and there are still some beautiful spots to visit and admire the views and flora. Surrounded by the Andaman Sea, you can observe some of the creatures that live in it at the renovated Phuket Aquarium at Cape Panwa. Phuket has also several stunning viewpoints for that golden Kodak moment.

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Amulet Market in Phuket Town

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 Read More...

  • Location: Phuket Town
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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.
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Baan Chinpracha

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 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
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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
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Baan Teelanka - Upside Down House

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; 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)
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Bangla Boxing Stadium

Bangla Boxing Stadium is the latest Muay Thai arena on Patong Beach’s boxing scene. Originally built on Bangla Road on a smaller scale, the stadium kept its name after moving to its new location opposite Banzaan Market on Sai Kor Road, the new large thoroughfare passing behind Jungceylon Shopping Mall. The stadium is difficult to miss: Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 21:00 – 24:00 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Location: On Sai Kor Road, opposite Banzaan Market
  • Tel: +66 (0)89 726 1112 or (0)86 954 2999
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Bang Neow Shrine

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.

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  • 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.
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Bang Pae Waterfall

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.
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Big Buddha Phuket (Khao Nakkerd)

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
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Boat Plaza

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).

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  • 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).
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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
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Chalong Bay Rum Distillery

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 Read More...

  • Location: 14/2 Moo 2, Soi Palai 2, Chalong
  • Tel: +66 (0)88 448 1343, +66 (0)82 800 4701
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Cherng Thalay Shrine

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 Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: Sri Soonthorn Road, Thalang District
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China Inn in Phuket Town

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 Read More...

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

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 Read More...

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Dino Park Mini Golf

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
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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
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Hok Nguan Kung Shrine

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 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
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James Bond Island

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 Read More...

  • Location: Phang Nga Bay
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Jao Mae Kuan Im Shrine

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 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
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Jui Tui Chinese Temple

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 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.
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Karon 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 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
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Kata Viewpoint

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 Read More...

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

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 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
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Kathu Waterfall

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 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.
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Khao Phra Thaeo National Park

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 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.
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Khao Rang (Rang Hill) in Phuket Town

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 Read More...

  • Location: Phuket Town
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Kiew Tien Keng Shrine

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 Read More...

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

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 Read More...

  • Location: Phang Nga Bay
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Koh Sirey

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.
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Local Markets

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 Read More...

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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
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Mangroves in Phuket

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 Read More...

Monkey Hill in Phuket Town

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 Read More...

  • Location: Phuket Town
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Old 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 Read More...

Palazzo Theatre & Restaurant

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 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
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Panwa Viewpoint

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 Read More...

  • Location: Cape Panwa
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Paradise Complex (Gay Phuket)

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, Read More...

  • Location: Patong Beach
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Patong Boxing Stadium

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 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
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Phang Nga Bay

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 Read More...

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Phra Pitak Chinpracha Mansion

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
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Phromthep Cape

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, Read More...

  • Location: Nai Harn - Rawai
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Phuket Aquarium

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 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.
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Phuket Boat Lagoon

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 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
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Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is one of the new breed of elephant attractions which is spreading across Thailand and is the most humane way to see these majestic giants. Effectively a retirement home for creatures rescued from the more cruel and exploitative elephant parks, there are daily tours where you can see the residents enjoying the freedom Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 13:00
  • Location: Collection from Monkey Pod Café, Paklok
  • Tel: +66 (0)94 990 3649
  • Price Range: 3,000 baht for full tour
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Phuket FantaSea Show

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
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Phuket Floating Market

Phuket Floating Market is a novel and attractive shopping experience in a quiet part of Phuket, just outside of Patong. Built in what was once a tin mining area, it brings a wide range of unique souvenirs, sweets and treats from right across Thailand into an iconic setting which the country has become famous for. Opened in Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Kathu Road, opposite entrance to Route 3030, Kathu
  • Tel: +66 (0)7 630 4288
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Phuket Heroines Monument

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, Read More...

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

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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
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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
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Phuket Seashell Museum

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 Read More...

  • 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
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Phuket Siam Niramit Show

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
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Phuket Trickeye Museum

Phuket Trickeye Museum is an interactive 3D painting exhibition offering amazing photo opportunities and great fun for the whole family. Located on the corner of Montri and Phang Nga roads in a large two-storey building (which used to be a popular movie theatre until 2002), Phuket Trickeye Museum features a gallery of about 100 painted and Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 19:00 (last admission 18:00)
  • Location: at the corner of Montri and Phang Nga roads in Phuket Town, right next to Pearl Hotel
  • Tel: +66 (0)76-212806, +66 (0)90-0658822
  • Price Range: Adults 500 baht, children 101-130cm tall 300 baht
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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
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Plub Pla View Point

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 Read More...

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Put Jaw Chinese Temple

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 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.
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Radar Hill View Point

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 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.
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Rassada Pier Phuket

Rassada Pier is the main dock for boats and ferries travelling to and from Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Krabi and a host of smaller islands off the coast of Phuket. This popular pier is located just a few minutes southeast of Phuket Town, on the west coast of the island. It takes around one hour

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  • Location: Rassada Pier (10 minutes from Phuket Town)
  • Tel: +66 (0)62 067 9779
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Royal Phuket Marina

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.

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  • Location: Next to Phuket Boat Lagoon in Koh Kaew.
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Samkong Shrine (Lim Hu Tai Su Shrine)

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 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.)
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Sapam Shrine

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.

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

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 Read More...

  • Location: Phuket Town
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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
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Simon Cabaret Show (Transvestite)

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 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
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Simon Star Cabaret Show in Phuket Town

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.

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  • 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
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Sirinath National Park

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 Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: Nai Yang Beach
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Shrine of the Serene Light

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 Read More...

  • Location: Phuket Town
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Soi Bangla (Bangla Road)

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 Read More...

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

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 Read More...

  • Location: Phuket Town
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Splash Jungle Waterpark

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...

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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
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Thalang Museum

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 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
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Tha Rua Chinese Shrine

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 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
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Thai Hua Museum

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.
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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
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Tiger Kingdom in Phuket

Tiger Kingdom is a new arrival on Phuket’s attractions scene. It allows you 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. Tiger Kingdom is an attractive, squeaky-clean setup located right next to the Go-Kart track in Kathu Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Foot of Patong Hill next to the Go-Kart track
  • Tel: 076-323311-2
  • Price Range: 800 to 3,500 baht
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Tonsai Waterfall

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 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
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Wat Baan Kamala

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 Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: Kamala Beach
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Wat Chalong

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 Read More...

  • Location: Chalong
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Wat Cherngtalay

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 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).
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Wat Kajonrangsan

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 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.
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Wat Khao Rang

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 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.
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Wat Nai Yang (Wat Mongkol Wararam)

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
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Wat Phranang Sang

Meaning 'Temple built by a queen,' Wat Pra-nang Sang was built some 545 years ago, makingit 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 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.
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Wat Prathong

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. 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.
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Wat Putta Mongkon

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 Read More...

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

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 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
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Wat Srisoonthorn

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. Read More...

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

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 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
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Wat Suwan Khiri Wong

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 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).
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Windmill Viewpoint

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 Read More...

  • Location: Nai Harn - On the way to Promthep Cape
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Yok Ke Keng Shrine

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 Read More...

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