Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre
The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project rehabilitates abandoned pet gibbons before releasing them back to the wild. Located in the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, near Bang Pae Waterfall, the centre has been around since 1992. Volunteers who can commit to at least 3 weeks in Phuket can help feed the animals and take part in outreach education Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 4.30pm
- Location: 104/3 Moo 3, Paklock, Talang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)88 590 9714
Khao Phra Thaeo National Park
Located in the northern part of Phuket, Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is the island's last significant virgin rainforest. You can spend a morning taking a leisurely walk up by Tonsai Waterfall. There's also an 8-km trail right through the park from Bang Pae Waterfall to Ton Sai.
It's a good idea to hire a guide to explore the national park. Most of the forest's wildlife tends to stay out of sight, but your guide should be able to point out the telltale sounds of all sorts of animals. A small museum and information centre is located near the bottom of the waterfall.
- Location: Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, Thep Krasattri, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Khao Rang Hill
Khao Rang Hill is a nice shady area to enjoy a brisk walk, jog, or simply relax under large, old-growth trees. The hilltop has a bronze statue of Phraya Ratsada Nupradit, the first Governor of Phuket. It's a fairly short drive up Rang Hill, with parking areas near Phuket View Restaurant and at the summit. There's Read More...
- Location: Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Loma Park, located at the north end of Patong Beach, offers a quiet spot for those looking to relax in the shade. Surrounded by local food stalls, this public playground spans around 14,000 square metres. Many festival events take place at the park year-round. It's a popular park for local families in the afternoons, as its children's recreation zone has many toboggans and swings.
- Location: 186, 15 Thawewong Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is known for its limestone karsts that jut vertically out of the emerald-green water. James Bond Island and Koh Panyee are just 2 of the more famous spots in this bay. The best means of enjoying the spectacular scenery, with only brief encounters with the tourist crowds at James Bond and Koh Panyee, Read More...
- Location: Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
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. Located at the south end of Phuket Road, the park often hosts festivals and fairs throughout the year. Muay Thai kickboxing matches take place at the stadium on Friday evenings. Read More...
- Location: Wichit, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Koh Similan is one of the best-known island groups in the Andaman Sea. One of the most interesting dive areas in the world, this little archipelago is also a favourite destination for yachts and tour boats. More than 200 species of hard coral alone have been identified in this area. A popular way to visit the Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 15 October to 15 May (dates may vary)
Sirinat National Park
Sirinath National Park covers an area of 90 sq km, from west of Phuket International Airport to the island's northern tip. Nai Yang, Nai Thon and Mai Khao beaches are part of this national park. There's a mangrove forest at its northern end, where saltwater swamps support unique ecosystems. A nature trail and 800-metre wooden walkway have signs indicating and explaining the various species of plants and animals.
- Location: 89/1 Village 1 Sakhu, Thalang District, Phuket 83140, Thailand
Suan Luang Park
King Rama IX Park (Suan Luang Park) is a lovely green park in Phuket Town. With large trees, lotus ponds and walking paths, it's often busy in the early morning with joggers and Tai Chi practitioners. Visit the park on late afternoons to see strolling couples and takraw players (kick volleyball).
- Location: Wirat Hong Yok Rd, Talat Nuea, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand