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After reading our review, you will know which attractions in Phuket should be visited first of all. We will provide you with recommendations, taking into account the opinions and opinions of seasoned travelers and local residents. We will be glad if our rating of what every tourist should see in Phuket will help you create your own excursion route.
First things to see in Phuket
It would be long to list all the exotic and interesting places in Phuket. Therefore, we bring to your attention only the most famous and popular sights of Phuket:
1. Big Buddha
Top view of the 45-meter white marble Buddha statue in the lotus position on the mountain Naked
The height of the statue of the deity is 5 meters. You can see it from various parts of the southern part of the province. Despite the fact that the temple complex and the statue appeared only in 2002, they are considered the real symbols of the island. This is where guides in Phuket advise you to go first.
Official website: http://www.mingmong
2. Wat Chalong
Large and picturesque Buddhist temple in Phuket
The largest and most luxurious temple complex in the province. At one time, its rector was the famous healer and monk-priest L.P. Chem. There is a statue of him on the temple grounds. According to the Thais, by touching the figure, you can get rid of many diseases. Arriving in Phuket, be sure to make a trip to this temple.
Official website: http://www.wat-chalong
3. Suwan Khiri Ket Temple
Two large emerald green Naga snakes at the entrance to the main building of the Suwan Khiri Ket Temple
The complex was built in the 19th century. A fairly modest temple, with emerald statues of snakes at the entrance, is still a huge success. Twice a week at night, a market opens on the territory of Suwan Khiri Ket, which is no less interesting to visit than regular excursions in Phuket.
4. Old Phuket Town
Krabi street intersection in Phuket Old Town CEphoto, Uwe Aranas
Located in the depths of the province, and has a special atmosphere. There are no entertainment facilities or beaches in Phuket Town. But there are cottages of the century before last, built in the Portuguese style. If you do not know what to see in Phuket in 1 day, but are passionate about history and architecture, come here.
5. Bangla Road
Bangla Road – Center nightlife of the Thai island of Phuket Nicolas Lannuzel
Not too long and wide pedestrian street, which is often included in lists of “the main attractions of Thailand.” In the daytime, Bangla Road is quite a calm place with massage parlors, restaurants and cafes. At night, all possible 18+ entertainment is offered on the street, lights come on and establishments with appropriate services open.
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6. Phuket Town Night Market
Thai Food at Phuket Night Market Phuket@photographer.net
Where to go in Phuket for original souvenirs, clothes, shoes, seafood, meat and any other products? This market opens after sunset. Music is pouring everywhere, vendors are chatting with locals and tourists. Products are offered at affordable prices. After or during shopping, you can taste the national fast food prepared in front of the buyer.
Official website: http://www.phuket
7. Lard Yai Sunday Street Market
Souvenirs at Lard Yai Sunday Street Market in Phuket Eric Borda
The largest market in the province, where Thais are bought (for this reason, prices for any goods are noticeably lower than in other “tourist” bazaars of the island). Opening hours are from 4 pm to 10 pm on Sundays.
8. Central Festival Mall
Visitors to Central Festival, the largest shopping mall in Phuket Per Meistrup
A modern and fairly large-scale shopping center with products from European and Thai manufacturers. National food is served in local food courts. Massage parlors are open.
Official website: http://centralphuket.
9. Nemo Dolphinarium
Dolphinarium Nemo in Phuket will give a lot of positive emotions to children and adults
Opening date – 2015. Guests are invited to watch the performances of fur seals and dolphins. You can swim with the “actors” and take wonderful photos. The best option of what to visit in Phuket with children. Of interest is both the dolphinarium itself and the building in which it is located – a tent with a huge round pool and a vaulted ceiling.
Official website: http://ru.dolphinsbay
10. Patong Boxing Stadium
Six sculptures of Muay Thai fighters, a lion and a tiger on the facade of the boxing stadium in Patong Jacek Lesniowski
The stadium where Thai boxing competitions are organized. Fights are held on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings. Athletes from Thailand and other countries of the world meet in the ring.
Official website: https://banglaboxing
11. Phuket FantaSea
FantaSea Evening Cultural and Entertainment Complex (FantaSea) in Phuket Jeff Gunn < p>The duration of the performance with special effects and colorful lights is one and a half hours. During this time you will be entertained by dozens of elephants, acrobats and dancers. A buffet is also served here. Rides are open.
Official site: http://www.phuket
12. Siam Niramit Show
Artists of a stage show about the history and culture of Thailand Phuket@photographer.net
The performances of the metropolitan show park division have been given since 2011. Before going to a brilliant historical performance, the audience can eat at the restaurant and visit the national village.
Official website: https://www.siamniramit
13. Simon Cabaret
Stars Simon Cabaret in sparkling outfits and headdresses after the show in front of photographers Adeel Anwer
Legendary show featuring transvestites and shemales. The actors sing, dance well and perform incredible stunts. For more than 20 years, performances have been held in Patong.
Official website: https://www.phuket
14. 3D Museum
Popular museum of optical illusions with 3D paintings
Opened in 2013. Visitors are invited to take original and funny photos against the background of visually voluminous pictures. The collections of the Museum of Illusions include paintings by famous artists – Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh. Walking through the halls should take off your shoes in advance, as some of the exhibits are located right on the floor. Seeing these top attractions in Phuket is fun for the whole family.
Official website: http://www.phukett
15. Phuket Aquarium
Phuket Aquarium Marine Life
Among the inhabitants of huge aquariums, the main of which is a giant tunnel several meters long, are anemones, stingrays, sharks, skates, exotic and “ordinary” fish and marine animals. On Saturday and Sunday, the aquarium worker feeds the sharks in front of the guests, turning the process into a real show.
Official website: https://phuket
16. Seashell Museum
Extensive exposition of the Phuket Seashell Museum aceregid
A golden pearl in the private Phuket Seashell Museum aceregid
The exhibits of the complex are thousands of artifacts found by the Patamakantin brothers. Many items are extremely rare. So in the collection there is a shell, weighing several hundred kilos, and a pearl of 140 carats. The age of a number of fossils is hundreds of millions of years.
17. Attraction – Upside Down House
Upside down traditional three-story Thai house in Phuket celebrityabc
The cottage is located on the ground, but rests on it not with a base, but with a roof. Instead of the usual entrance, it is proposed to use the attic. Inside, you can effortlessly understand the car, hang on the “ceiling”, stand on your hands on a table or bed. Photos are not only allowed, but also encouraged.
Official website: https://baan-teelanka
18. Botanical Garden
Gorgeous landscaping of the Phuket Botanical Garden
Colorful territory, an area of one hectare. The botanical garden is divided into different sections: European, Balinese, cactus and other zones. Among the main attractions of the garden itself, there is a landscaped tunnel leading to a beautiful artificial waterfall.
19. Bird Park
Playful parrots easily sit on the shoulders, arms and head of visitors to the Bird Park in Phuket
The park complex is located in the center of the province. Its opening took place only 5 years ago. The inhabitants of the park are about a thousand different types of birds. The territory has been ennobled: everywhere you can see artificial reservoirs, statues, wooden figures and equipped recreation areas. Visitors to the park can watch a colorful show of birds.
Official website: http://www.phuketbirdpark
20. Tiger Kingdom
Tiger zoo on the territory of a Buddhist monastery in Phuket sonalmini singh
One of the symbols of the country is a brave and courageous tiger. Therefore, it is not surprising that there is a whole kingdom of these dangerous animals in Phuket. Entertainment is offered in a variety of ways: you can take unique photographs, you can buy souvenirs, as well as watch the processes of training and feeding. The most daring guests enter the enclosures and stroke the animals. By the way, due to the fact that there are not only adults, but also babies on the territory, not only desperate people can touch the tiger.
Official website: https://www .tigerkingdom
Phuket Attractions: what else to visit in Phuket?
We told you about the main attractions of Phuket briefly. In addition to them, upon arriving on the island, you should visit such objects as:
21. Monkey Mountain
Monkey on the observation deck of Munky Hill overlooking Phuket Town
On the picturesque territory of the mountain, there are many monkeys who are not at all afraid of humans. They treat themselves to food offered by tourists, swing on the lianas of trees, walk along the roads. Often several monkeys are chasing a motorcycle or car. At the top there is an observation deck from which the entire Old Town is visible.
22. Bang Pae Waterfall
A small lake at the foot of the Bang Pae waterfall in the Khao Phra Teo National Park in Phuket
One of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls of the island, 15 meters high. The attraction is also famous due to the fact that there is a monkey receiver on its square. The local monkeys are orphans who, for various reasons, were left alone in the wild. You can’t visit the receiver itself, but you can donate money to feed and create good living conditions for animals.
23. Sirinat National Park
Natural landscape in Sirinat National Park in Phuket Andy Mitchell
A visit to this park is especially recommended for those who want to see the beauty of Phuket's untouched nature with their own eyes. The complex is located in the north-west of the province, it was chosen by rare sea turtles (you can see their nests everywhere). On the territory of Sirinat there are, among other things, beautiful beaches with white sand. As well as amazing mango forests in which monitor lizards live. Nearby there is a large coral reef, considered one of the most beautiful on the entire island.
24. Nai Harn Beach
Nai Harn Beach in a picturesque bay among the green hills in the south of Phuket ADwarf
If you decide to come to Phuket for its wonderful beaches, be sure to go to Nai Harn. It is located on the coast of the southern bay, and has a peaceful rest. Sunbathing and swimming in the purest water, you can watch the local tropics – they are located in close proximity to the beach line. There are cafes and bars on site that serve Mediterranean and Thai cuisines. A visit to Nai Harn is especially recommended for those who want to go sailing. There is a yacht club on the beach. By the way, this is where the royal regatta of the European level is held every year. Another plus of Nai Harn is the presence of sports fields, jogging tracks and an outdoor tennis court. You can spend time on vacation not only with pleasure, but also with health benefits.
25. Bang Tao Beach
Bang Tao Beach's golden sandy shoreline with shallow entry into the sea Tiger@西北
A vast area of more than seven kilometers long is covered with golden sand. In the south of the beach line, the tourist infrastructure is quite well developed: there are stalls, cafes and restaurants with national cuisine. Getting to the south of Bang Tao is more difficult, and therefore this part is not so visited by vacationers. In the center you can find natural reservoirs: the sea and lakes are connected by small channels.
26. Karon Beach
Karon Beach – one of the busiest beaches in Phuket Somkid Chotisawang
One of the most visited and famous beaches in the province, several kilometers long. This is where the best hotels in Phuket are located. Be prepared for the fact that you will not be able to retire here. The entire central part of Karon is very crowded literally at any time of the year. But if your main goal on vacation is dating, fun and entertainment, you should definitely come to Karon.
27. Kata Beach
Seascape of Kata Beach in Phuket Jacek Lesniowski
The beach line stretches along the coral reef. Many travelers and Thais say that it is on Kata that you can find the cleanest sea. The area is a huge success with surfers, as the winds blow continuously here in summer and autumn. The beach can be recommended both to fans of active entertainment on the water, and to calm couples with children. In the immediate vicinity of Kata, many luxury hotels have been built, from the panoramic windows of the rooms of which you can see the endless sea.
28. Karon Viewpoint
Stunningly beautiful view of the coast of Phuket from the observation deck Karon
An excellent viewing platform with a gazebo for relaxation, which by the middle of the day is filled with tourists and locals. Due to its “crowdedness”, a visit is recommended in the morning or before sunset. Is it worth it then to visit Karon if you can’t spend time calmly here? Yes, because it is from here that you can see the most beautiful sunset: the sun sets over the sea horizon.
29. Rang Hill Viewpoint
Panorama of the capital of Phuket Island from the observation deck Rang Hill
A wonderful place to relax with a cozy square and an open-air cafe can be found within Old Phuket. The territory offers incredible panoramas of the Andaman Sea and Chalong. On the way to the site, you will meet monkeys that are calm about people and are not averse to talking with them.
30. Windmill Viewpoint
View from the observation deck Windmill site to the beach and the small island of Koh Man off Prom Thep Cape
Not the most famous, however, noteworthy site, from which several beaches and a deserted island are visible. There are inexpensive cafes with fast food and gazebos for relaxation on the territory.
31. Prom Thep Cape
Amazing view of the Andaman Sea and Prom Thep Cape – the southernmost point Phuket Islands
According to many guides, the best way to view the entire island is from this well-located headland. There is a small Buddhist temple on Prom Thep with ritual figures, touching which you can make any wish, and it will certainly come true. And also an ancient lighthouse.
We hope that you will be able to personally see all those sights of Phuket, photos with names and descriptions of which we have provided. Read also about the sights of Bangkok and get inspired for your next trip to Thailand.