Phuket, or the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’ as it is popularly known is the biggest of Thailand’s islands and a much sought out holiday destination, attracting millions of visitors to its shores every year. There is much that you can do in Phuket, from relaxing in the idyllic palm-fringed beaches and enjoying water sports to pampering yourself in world-class spas and immersing yourself in its rich culture.
If you are visiting Phuket, here is a list of five top attractions which you may wish to include in your must visit list.
Descend from the Phuket airport and the first impression that you get of Phangan Bay is that it is nothing less than a wonderland with limestone karsts rising vertically out of the waters of the bay. You can opt for day tours from Phuket that allow you to go in and out of the caves. The place is also famous for its full moon parties but those looking for some quiet moments on scenic beaches will not be disappointed.
As the name suggests, the theme park is an exciting mix of myth, legend, imagination, creativity and pure show business with some history thrown in for good measure. Enjoy a fun-filled day watching flying elephants, impressive airborne antics performed by acrobats, mock battles, and wisecracking Siamese twins. There is also a bazaar and one of the largest buffets in Asia.
Phuket’s nightlife is legendary and it is on Bangla Road where all the action takes place. Some may find it depraved and others exciting but few are able to resist the action. The real action begins at around nine every night when someone lights some fireworks. There is music, live shows and everything else that adds its weight to the chaotic yet exhilarating atmosphere. For those looking for some quiet place, Bangla road also has a few traditional English pubs.
This is the island’s most revered landmarks. The massive statue sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata. At 45 meters high, it is easily seen from a great distance. In fact, this is the first sight that will greet you when you land at the airport. From the lofty site, you can enjoy 360 degrees sweeping views of the island including Phuket Town, Kata, Karon beaches, and Chalong Bay.
The hub of the island’s life, Phuket town is like touring a real-life museum. The old quarter with distinctive Sino-Colonial architecture shows what life was like over 100 years ago when the immigrant Chinese families put all their hopes in the tin mining industry. If you are interested in history, you will find strolling down Thalang, Phang Nga and Dibuk roads as well as Soi Romani an enriching experience.