Get around

Phuket is a large island and you need some form of transport to get around. Public transport is very limited and taxis and tuk-tuks are the only practical means. Another, more dangerous option is rent your own wheels. Hotels generally offer shuttle bus services into Phuket Town, and also have taxi and car hire facilities.


See

  • AC’s Phuket Fishing Park, Thepkrasattri Rd, Koh Keaw District, Muang, Phuket, 83000. 08:00-18:00. A great freshwater fishing experience. Catch many species from three different continents such as arapaimas, red-tailed catfish, alligator gars, Siamese giant carps, piranhas, Siamese sharks and many more. Equipment and local guide included.
  • Chalong Temple(Chaiyathararam Temple): Visit the ancient temple of Phuket’s monks who helped the people during the Chinese rebellion.
  • Big Buddha: White Marble Buddha statue on the top of Naka Kerd Mountain. Bird eyes view over Phuket east caost.
  • Pra Phoot, Wat Prathong:Half-buried golden Buddha statue is the main attraction of Wat Phra Thong, where is not a very big temple, but with its several buildings and colourful features, The Buddha image which is said to be ‘untouchable’ in that every person who has tried to dig it out is reported to have been cursed.
  • Crocodile Farm: Watch the staff at Chana Charoen Road tame crocodiles and alligators right in front of you.
  • Phuket Aquarium: Located at Cape Panwa, this tropical aquarium offers a variety of fish and corals.
  • Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect World, 71/6 Moo 5, Soi Paneung, Yaowarat Rd (near Tesco Lotus on Bypass Rd), ☎+66 76 210 861(info@phuketbutterfly.com, fax: +66 76 523 609). 09:00-17:00. Adults: 300 baht, Children: 150 baht.
  • Phuket FantaSea: This is referred to as the Disneyland of South East Asia. It’s the ultimate in night entertainment on Phuket although is animal cruelty.
  • Prom Thep Cape, Tambon Rawai. 24 hours. Literally translated as “God’s Cape”, the Prom Thep Cape is one of the islands most notable natural landmarks and lies to the far south, around 2 km/1.5 mi from Rawai Beach. With high cliffs and uninterrupted views, Prom Thep is most famous for its dramatic sunsets, which regularly attract crowds. Close to the cape’s peak you will find a small and interesting shrine, which features a number of wooden elephants. There is a fine Thai restaurant not far away from this.
  • Waterfalls: Explore the biggest waterfalls in Thailand, especially in the rainy season. The largest drop measures 10 m and is just 22 km outside Phuket.
  • Siam Safari Nature Tours, 17/2 Soi Yodsanae, Chao Far Road (Muang, Phuket), ☎+66 76 384456, +66 76 384777. Siam Safari has over 20 years experience of operating nature tours in Southern Thailand. Siam Safari’s goal, is to provide a high quality product, while at the same time preserve Thai nature and culture. Siam Safari offers elephant trekking, jungle trekking, canoeing, Land Rover tours, high quality accommodation and much more. Siam Safari offers nature tours and jungle safaris on Phuket and in Southern Thailand.
  • Phuket Trick Eye Museum(located in Phuket town), 130/1 PhangNga Road, Taladyai, Muang, Phuket 83000 Thailand, ☎ the museum with creativity and imagination of 3D paintings. Let’s come and join to the impressive memories.
  • Siam Niramit Phuket, 55/81 Moo5, Rassada, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand. Siam Niramit, the art theater with 80 minutes adventure show about the history and culture of Thailand in high flying fashion, live elephants, acrobatics, pyrotechnics and stunts. Furthermore, dinner of local cuisine buffet is also available here. Moreover, outdoor performances, souvenir shops, traditional Thai massage parlor and feeding the elephants or riding are including in one place where is “Siam Niramit”
  • Phuket old City tour, 4/89 Kwang Road, T. Vichit, ☎12. Phuket Dm Tour is popular tour operator in Phuket and Phuket sightseeing and old culture explore tour will be worth. 450.
  • Soi Dog Foundation, 167/9 Moo 4, Soi Mai Khao 10, Tambon Mai Khao, Amphur Talang, Phuket 83110, Thailand (http://www.soidog.org/en/contact-us-2/directions-to-soi-dog/), ☎+66 (0) 81 788 4222. Monday – Friday 9am – 12 Noon and 1pm – 4pm and. Soi Dog Foundation is a registered charity that helps street dogs and stray cats. Visitors are welcome to take a tour of their facilities and meet their hundreds of dogs and dozens of cats, and stay for the day to play with the animals. Rather than a “dog pound,” Soi Dog’s shelter is an uplifting environment where dogs and cats receive high quality care. Free.

Do

Swimming, snorkelling, diving, yachting, jet-skiing and parasailing are the most popular activities on the island. Other activities include Freediving, windsurfing, kite surfing, wakeboarding and deep sea fishing. Popular kite surfing locations include Nai Yang in summer and Chalong Bay in winter season. Sea Canoeing is a popular activity in the Phang Nga Bay, as many grottoes are only accessible by canoe.

One day tours to the islands around Phuket

There are several small beautiful islands around Phuket such as Phang-nga bay, Phi-Phi island, Khai island, Racha island, Hae island or Coral island, Maiton island.etc. It is posible to charter boat to those islands from Rassada pier or Chalong pier,but may be too much expensive,so to buy the one day tour is a good idia.

Many tour agencies sell all-inclusive day tours from all over Phuket, and most everywhere else on Phuket Island. Prices for group tours range from 900 baht/person to 3,900 baht/person. Quality and safety seem to match the prices paid.

The cheaper speedboat tours take approx. 30-35 passengers per 2-engine speedboat and 50-60+ passengers on 3-engine speedboats. Very cheap tours take over 100 people in a speedboat.

The higher-end tours take approx 15 to 18 passengers on 2-engine speedboats. Insist on knowing the exact number of guests that will be on the boat. Keep in mind that tour desks will tell you anything to get your money, as they receive up to 65% commissions from the lower-end tours. It is always best to contact the company running the tour directly to ensure that you are getting what you pay for.

The more people on the boat the longer it takes to get on and off at each stop, decreasing the time one gets to spend off the boat. A packed boat is not very fun or safe when there are large waves.

Private companies providing small group tours are few (currently only 3 – 1 is listed below). Full day tour prices range from 3,200 baht to 3,900 (no discounts are offered; can only be booked direct). The tours include stops at all the major sights, higher quality lunches (from picnic to seaside sit-down restaurant meals), full sets of snorkelling equipment,Kayak or canoe, minibus and miniboat transport, fresh tropical fruits, snacks & drinks on-board, foreign owner/guide, small groups, attention to safety, and national park fee. Prices vary based on services, amenities, and extras that are provided.

Swimming, sun bathing and surfing

Most beaches on the west coast is wide with white sand and clear water, especially out of monsoon season (November-April), so it is suitable to swim, sun bath. You can do those activities in front of hotel. Somebody who stays in the town or far from that beachs can take local bus to, or by rental car or motorbike. However,in monsoon season which there are big waves. It is too dangerous to swim at those beaches, can only surf.

Freediving

Phuket is the beating heart of diving in Thailand and has recently become the center of activity in the emerging Southeast Asian Freediving scene. It is also the home of the area’s only AIDA Instructor Training Center.

Most freediving trips go out with SCUBA dive boats to the well-known dive sites, but some freediving off the beach is also possible. The local operators are usually very happy to find like-minded divers and will happily give pointers.

Snorkelling

Snorkelling can be enjoyed in sheltered bays all around Phuket. It is particularly enjoyable at easily accessible reefs at Patong, Karon and Kata beaches. Fins, mask and snorkel can be rented on a daily basis from shops all over the island. Full and half day trips are available to the islands surrounding Phuket. Most popular are Ko Hae, Ko Racha Yai, Ko Khai (a hidden gem in the Phang Nga Bay), and Ko Phi Phi. There are many tours available at very cheap rates and the speedboats will be filled with up to 65 people. Research your options before signing up for any tour.

If you don’t mind travelling further, try the Similan Islands (a Thai/Malay dialect word for “Nine”, since there are nine islands in this island group). They are situated about 68km from the west coast of Phang Nga province, which is just north of Phuket. It offers just about the clearest waters in the region, ideal for snorkelling. Fishes are plenty and easily seen, though the corals are not very pretty. Similan Islands have been considered one of the top places in the world to snorkel. Book from any travel agent in Phuket (ask around – prices vary quite a bit, and avoid the big shops – they charge more. Go to a small roadside agent, who can give you lower prices). A minibus will pick you up from your hotel. The travelling time ranges from 1 to 2.5 hours for Phuket to the Phang Nga pier. Here speedboats make the 1.5 hour trip to the islands. You’ll visit 3 to 4 islands, depending on the schedule and traffic. Full snorkelling gear is provided in the price. The downside is the travelling time there and back to Phuket, which can come to 7 to 8 hours in total.

If you’re really into snorkelling, you might want to consider staying in Khao Lak in Phang Nga province instead, where access to Similan Islands is easier.

Diving

Phuket has some decent dive sites and is the centre of diving in Thailand. Most dive sites are off nearby islands, but distances are fairly short and there are dozens of dive shops and boats to cater to your needs, mostly based near Chalong Bay. The reefs around the area are in a healthy condition with both solid hard corals and colorfully soft corals. There is also an abundance of marine life. Most of the dive locations are suitable for all levels of divers but there are also some that are quite deep.

The most well-known dive site in the Phuket area is Racha Yai with its sloping rocky reefs and its plenitude of solid coral forests. It is home to Ter Bay where there is an exciting wreck in the depths of 25-35 meters. The island south of Racha Yai, Racha Noi, is a haven for experienced divers as the depths are greater and the currents stronger. The overall topography is strikingly different from Racha Yai with huge granite boulders. The diving in Racha Noi compared to Racha Yai is definitely more challenging but the rewards are far greater.

Just off Phuket, is the limestone island of Ko Doc Mai that soars vertically from the sea-bed. It is home to a diversity of fish and offers the opportunity to view leopard sharks, moray eels, octopus and turtles. Phuket can also function as a base for dives further afield, such as Ko Phi Phi. Diving in Phuket’s warm clear blue waters is best from mid-October to May, when the calm seas and rain free days make Phuket diving a truly unique experience.

Snuba diving is the safest and easiest way to try diving on holiday in Phuket. Popular in Hawaii, the Carribbean, Mexico, and Japan, Snuba gives an introduction into the world of diving. No certification required, children 8+, just like scuba diving except easier. SNUBA trips go to most Phuket dive sites. No heavy equipment to wear, no long classes, maximum depth of 7 meters, professional dive guides accompany each group.

Sailing and yachting

Phuket has become the sailing and yachting center of Thailand and adjacent countries. It’s the home of Six the Senses Phuket Raceweek, King’s Cup Regatta, Phang Nga Bay Regatta, the Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), four marinas, two yacht clubs, Ao Chalong Yacht Club (ACYC) and Phuket Yacht Club (PYC) and some well-sheltered anchorages which are teeming with yachts. The marinas are all located at the eastern side of the island which makes them an ideal starting point to explore the natural wonders of Phang Nga Bay. An entire fleet of traditional junk-rigged boats is located there, offering day trips. But as well real sailing yachts are on offer for this.

Phuket has sailing yachts of virtually every size and for all budgets on offer to explore the surrounding beautiful islands on a yacht charter. With the recent increase in Phuket’s popularity as a tourist destination, the range of companies offering sailing trips and boat charters have increased as well. It is recommended to chose an established, reputable charter company with a good safety track record.

Small sailing craft like Hobie Cats and Lasers are available at most of the tourist hot spots on the west side, e.g. Patong and Kata.

  • Boat Charter Thailand, ☎+66 88 490 7290. Sailing yachts, motor boats, bare boat or crewed, luxury charters, fishing trips, traditional boat tours.
  • Elite Yachting Phuket Thailand(Yacht Haven Marina, Phuket), Boat Lagoon Marina, 20/3 Moo 2, Thepkasattri Rd., Phuket 83000 Thailand, ☎ +66 (0) 76 273 476. specialist in bare boat and crewed yacht charters in the Andaman Sea, operating one of Phuket’s largest charter fleets of sailing yachts, including both monohulls and catamarans. The company has been operating in Phuket since 1993 and is therefore one of the longest-running charter company on the island.from €190/day.
  • Sailing Thailand Island Cruises operates a wide array of sailing catamarans from budget to luxury, most of them located in Chalong Bay.
  • YachtPro Thailandbased at Yacht Haven Marina has a great fleet of sailing yachts. SweetDreamers also many different sailing tours from Chalong Bay in Southeastern Phuket.
  • Pen Marine Yacht Broker offers a vast portfolio of Phuket yachts for sale. Besides a selection of world-renowned imported yachts, Pen Marine also offers tailor-made boats to meet the exact needs of its clients. 204-B, Block K, Mk 12, Batu Maung, 11960 Penang, Malaysia, +604 – 6262 628

Spa

It is no exaggeration to note that Phuket is now one of the most popular spa destinations in the world, home to secret oasis of comfort and pleasure that are difficult to leave when the time comes. Everything is available here for those into the spa and wellness scene, be it a one-hour massage down the street for US$10, or two weeks at one of the most exclusive spas in the world for … well, you know what they say: if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.

Getting married in Phuket

Phuket has become a sought after destination for people getting married. Undeniably romantic with an abundance of stunning locations not just necessarily on the beach but also in luxury ocean view villas and resorts. Combining both the stag or hen do, the wedding ceremony, party and honeymoon all in one Island location has proved that Phuket continues to grow in this market.

  • Phuket Bucks and Hen Parties, ☎+66 87 908 7605. Pre wedding celebrations, bucks and stag parties, hen parties, special events.

 

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