Phuket is Thailand's largest island. It lies off the country's west coast in the Andaman Sea. Lush and green hills dominate much of Phuket's interior. The island's beaches are some of the best in the world. It was once a major trading post between India and China, now most of its economy derives from tourism.
Tambon Karon, Tambon Rawai
Located on the peak of a mountain, the Big Buddha of Phuket is 45 metres in height and covered in white Burmese marble. The statue looks towards Phang Nga Bay in the east and backs towards Andaman Sea in the west. The hilltop offers panoramic views of downtown Phuket and surrounding beaches.
Kata Beach is locataed on the west coast of Phuket. It is the second most popular beach on the island, known for its white sands, clear waters, water sports, facilities and snack bars. There are also many restaurants around serving fresh seafood dishes. The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, one of Asia’s biggest and most popular regattas, is held on this beach.
Also known as Nai Han Beach, it borders the most gorgeous lagoon on the island. The middle of the beach is dominated by the Nai Han monastery, which has prevented excessive development and is the reason that the beach is generally less crowded than other spots on the southern part of the island.
Promthep (aka Phromthep) Cape is a headland forming the extreme south end of Phuket. "Phrom" is Thai for the Hindu term "Brahma", signifying purity, and "thep" is Thai for "God". Local villagers used to refer to the cape as God's Cape. The lookout point is known for its stunning sea views, especially at sunset.
ต.ฉลอง, Tambon Patong, Phuket
Wat Chalong, or formally Wat Chaiyathararam, is the most important of the 29 buddhist temples of Phuket. It is dedicated to two highly venerable monks, Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang, who led the citizens of Chalong Subdistrict fighting against the Chinese rebellion in 1876 and with their knowledge of herbal medicine helped the injured. There are also paintings of Buddha and gardens in the temple complex.
Banzaan Fresh Market is a large market offering traditional Thai foods, fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, flowers, clothing, souvenirs,etc. The word ‘banzaan’ means fresh market in Hokkien, a Chinese dialect popular among many overseas Chinese communities throughout Southeast Asia. Visitors get to experience a local market in a much more organized fashion than some other smaller markets.
Patong refers to the beach and town on Phuket's west coast. It is the main tourist resort on the island, and is the center of Phuket's nightlife and shopping. The beach became popular with Western tourists, especially Europeans, in the late 1980s. Numerous hotels are located here and the area has expanded into a tourist Mecca. Patong Beach is famous for its nightlife and the 3.5 km-long beach that runs the entire length of Patong's west side. Nightlife is centered in two main areas, Bangla Road and the "Paradise Complex", with Bangla Road being predominantly straight and Paradise Complex gay. Both are lined with many bars, discotheques, and go go bars.
Rang Hill is one of the most famous viewpoints in Phuket. The viewing platform offers great views of the city centre and the Big Buddha atop the hills in the distance. Some of the smaller islands off Phuket’s east coast can also be seen. The area is surrounded by landscaped gardens and cafés.
Tambon Sa Khu, Tambon Ratsada, Phuket
Located in the northwest of the island, Sirinat National Park is best known for its well-preserved white sand beaches. The park's forests consist of numerous tree and bird species. Coral reefs are located in the marine section of the park. There are also sea turtle nesting areas. Between November and February sea turtles come to lay eggs on these beaches.
Monkey Hill, as the name suggests, is home to hundreds of macaques. They are usually not aggressive and do not approach people as other temple monkeys do. As one of the highest points of the island, Monkey Hill has a viewing deck and it offers a panoramic view of Phuket. At the bottom of the hill stands a colourful shrine devoted to three holy spirits: Toh Sae Dang, Toh Sae Dam and Toh Sae Kaow.
Located in the historic Sino-Portuguese district, Phuket Walking Street is a 350m-long commercial street that hosts a mixture of Baba (Chinese migrants settled in Phuket at the beginning of the 20th century), Thai Muslim and Indian flavours. Visitors can find a variety of coffee shops, restarants and bars. The street is also filled with stalls offering southern Thai cuisine and handmade souvenirs. The oldest drugstore in Phuket is located on the street.