Phuket


Phuket is an island province and Thailand’s largest island – roughly the size of Singapore. Located 862 kilometres away from Bangkok, Phuket is located in the Andaman Sea and recognised as one of the kingdom’s chief attractions for visitors. The island has a history of tin mining and rubber production, deriving substantial wealth from being on the ‘Silk Route’ between China and India. Phuket’s most famous historical figures are Thao Thepkasattri and Thao Sisunthon who led islanders in defending Phuket from a Burmese invasion in 1785. A tribute to these heroines is one of the island’s main attractions. Clearly, Phukets beaches, coves and bays are a principal draw for many visitors. The island has accommodation enough to cater for the entire range of visitor, from the budget traveller to the well-healed. Of course Phuket’s seafood is world renown as is the local slant on Thai cuisine. Phuket features a range of leisure activities from treks and walks to snorkelling and diving, all set against a lush tropical backdrop. Among Phuket’s major attractions include Karon, Kamala and Kalim beaches, as well as Patong beach and Promthep Cape.


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Koh Kaeo


Koh Kaeo is an offshore isle about 3 kilometres out from Rawai beach and can be reached in 30 minutes by boat. It offers picturesque beaches and underwater scenery. There is also a replica of the Holy Footprint on the island.

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Laem Ka


Laem Ka , at the extreme southwest of Chalong Bay. Laem Ka is also is suitable for swimming.

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Patong Language School


Patong Language School (PLS) prides itself on being the most experienced language training provider on Phuket offering Thai to foreigners alongside a suite of foreign language courses delivered to locals. Courses provide study materials have been developed by PLS and continually updated. This is another great choice for people interested in...

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Rawai Beach


To the south, the palm-fringed Rawai Beach about 17 kilometres from town hosts Phuket ’s Chao Le people (sea gypsies). Several offshore islands have gleaming white beaches and dazzling underwater scenery which attract fishing enthusiasts and scuba-divers. How to get there: From Phuket Town follow the 4021 road south to Chalong Circle...

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Hat Kalim Beach


Hat Kalim Beach is a quiet, attractive area that is far enough away to be away from it all, yet still close enough to the action to be fun. It is a small beach littered with rocks situated north of Patong Beach (Hat Kalim is actually a continuation of Patong and the beaches are separated by a rock formation going into the sea). The sea around the...

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Karuna Meditation Center


Karuna Meditation Center is Thailand’s premiere meditation center offering crystal-clear meditation instruction and guidance in English. The center is located in Phuket and enjoys a serene and peaceful setting amongst a vibrant, lush rainforest. You’ll find the facility is nestled on a hill overlooking the Andaman Sea, well out of the...

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Laem Sing


About one kilometre from Surin beach is Laem Sing which offers small but white sandy beach. To the left of the beach is a scenic rocky cape.

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Patong Beach


Patong Beach is simply where Phuket’s action is! It’s by far the most frequented destination on Phuket and has just about everything a tourist could desire – it is therefore Phuket’s most developed beach! Located 15 kilometers to the west of Phuket town, this 3-kilometer-long white sand beach is jam packed with hotels,...

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Hat Surin


About 24 kilometres from town is Hat Surin , which can be reached on Route No. 402. After reaching the Heroines Monument, turn left and proceed on for 12 kilometres. The beach borders on a hillside. To the north are groves of large pine trees and a golf course. Surin beach is not recommended for swimming because of its steepness and heavy seas and...

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Phuket FantaSea


Costing 3,500 million Baht, Phuket FantaSea is certainly one of Phuket’s most interesting theme parks and has quickly become a tourist destination in its own right. Promising to be the ‘ultimate in nighttime entertainment on Phuket’, Phuket FantaSea is a ‘Las Vegas-style’ show ‘inspired by Thailand’s rich...

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Kamala Beach


Hat Kamala Beach is located in Kamala Bay about 20 minutes north of Patong Beach. Over recent years the beach has matured into a resort meeting all the requirements of the modern tourist, but has not lost its original identity – like Kalim Beach, Kamala is substantially more relaxed than some of the other areas in Phuket. It is also a lot...

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Promthep Cape


Promthep Cape is a simple rocky hill with no immediate interest. However, this is the most southerly point on the island at it is sunsets and views of Phuket’s southern coast you are here for! A flight of steps leads to the top of Promthep Cape and from there you have an excellent view of the “half-moon” bay housing Nai Harn...

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Karon Beach


Karon Beach is another exquisite Phuket beach. This is pretty much a stereotypical image of paradise – long beach, sand dunes, and palm trees alongside crystal clear water! Surprisingly, Karon Beach offers even more Unlike some of the other beaches on the island, Karon is not overdeveloped. Over the last few years a number of hotels and...

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Racha Noi


Racha Noi is an uninhabited island featuring hard coral reef and large granite boulders. The site has the best visibility in the area and offers chances to see manta rays and whales. The southern part of the island is good for divers with a bit more experience. Marine life includes huge schools of tuna and stingrays that rest on the reef amidst...

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Donald Duck Bay


A very recognisable and much photographed part of the islands, “Donald Duck Bay” is located on “Similan Island 8”. The bay is a very popular stopping point for visitors out on day trips. It is not the most exciting dive site in the area, but at night molluscs, gastropods and other crustaceans come out to make night diving...

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Wat Chalong


Of the 29 Buddhist monasteries in Phuket, Wat Chalong is the largest, the most important, and probably its most ornate. The architecture is typical of Thai temples and the design emphasizes bright colours. The main building has three floors. As with many temples, Wat Chalong is visually quite dazzling. The murals on the temple’s walls are...

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Jet Skis on Phuket


There are five Phuket beaches where you can legally use a Jet Ski – Karon, Patong, Kata, Kamala and Bangtao beaches. You have to be a bit careful when renting a Jet Ski on Phuket. You should only rent from licensed Jet Ski operators and their licenses should be available for inspection. You could be fined for renting from a vendor without a...

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Suwit Gym (Muay Thai camp)


Thai Boxing bouts take place at Suwit Gym on Phuket at the island’s only Thai boxing stadium. Located in Saparn-Hin shows take place every Tuesday and Friday at 20:00. If you are a boxer, it is also possible to get a bout here as the stadium is owned by the promoter. They have a car service to pick you up - very convenient. Contact: Suwit Gym...

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Jungle Squad Co., Ltd.


This is NOT PAINTBALL but it’s a similar idea! Instead of shooting paint rifles fire an infrared beam at range of up to 150 metres. Shots travel at 186,000 feet per second (the speed of light) and can not be deflected by wind (so there is no dodging a shot)! A one-hour game with unlimited ammunition and lives costs 800 Baht. Jungle Squad...

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Lucy’s Reef


Located east of Racha Yai, Lucy’s Reef is naturally protected from wind and a fairly shallow dive of a little more than 25 metres. As a result it is ideal for beginners. The reef’s undersea world offers hard and soft corals and a wide range of different types of fish. Leopard Sharks are spotted here on occasions.

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Coral Island


Coral Island (locally known as Koh Hae) is situated 9 kilometers off the southeast coast of Phuket Island. It’s a very popular destination which is only 15 minutes by boat from the southern end of Phuket Island. The island features two main beaches, Long Beach and Banana Beach. Coral Island has white sandy beach, crystal clear water and...

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Staghorn Reef


Located on Racha Yai’s eastern coast, Staghorn Reef offers tremendous diving opportunities for all levels of diver and excellent for snorkeling. It is especially good for beginners. As you might imagine from the name, there is a lot of Staghorn coral on the sea floor. Rock formations make for dramatic underwater scenery. The dive starts at 5...

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East of Eden


This is one of the best dive sites in the country. Starting at 3 metres the site goes down to 36 metres revealing masses of fish and coral amongst sand along the way. The site also offers a series of interesting caves/caverns, some offering swim throughs. Strong currents make this an ambitious site that should only be attempted by...

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Phuket Old Town


Phuket Old Town has a group of buildings which were reminiscent of European architecture. The beginning of the tin boom in the 19th century led to construction of many fine mansions and shops that are still well preserved. The architectural style, typical of the region, is described as Sino-Portuguese and has a strongly Mediterranean character. At...

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Racha Islands


The Racha Islands, located 12 kilometers south of Phuket, are known for their crystal clear water and white sand beaches. Racha Yai (Big Racha) Island is the place to stay. Racha Noi (Small Racha) Island is uninhabited and has no services or accommodation, but there’re some great diving sites in the area. Racha Yai has a number of bungalow...

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Soi Bangla


Soi Bangla is the heart and soul of Patong Beach. It is the center of Phuket nightlife. Famous for its nightlife, Soi Bangla goes all out to entertain with its outdoor beer bars, clubs and shows. If you want to explore Phuket’s nightlife, you definitely have to visit Soi Bangla. Certainly, this is not a place for family travelers. The...

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Thai Boxing & Fitness camp


Thailand Camp provides beginner to advanced Fitness, Detox, Weight Loss, Yoga and Muay Thai training in Rawai, Phuket. At our camp we have budget to deluxe Accommodation, Health Restaurant and more. Contact: Thailand Camp 9 1/19 Moo 6, Viset Road, Rawai, Muang Phuket Thailand 83100 Tel: 66 87 471 1351 Website: http://www.thailandcamp.com/

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Yellow Submarines


What does it take to make a perfect Phuket experience? Answer: Blue skies, white sand, turquoise water and yellow submarines. That’s right – yellow submarines really do exist beyond Beatles lyrics and drug enhanced inner journeys. They are especially prevalent around Phuket where they take visitors on trips to explore the undersea world...

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Fantasea Reef Phuket


Starting at 6 metres and going down to a depth of 40 metres, masses of boulders with swim throughs and great soft-coral typify this site. There are masses of marine life on show including Lion Fish, Eels and Angelfish. One of the best sites going but one for advanced divers only – very strong currents make this a potentially dangerous dive...

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Bungalow Bay


A calm site where conditions rarely change, Bungalow Bay offers the definitive dive site for beginners and snorkellers. The site has some good coral on the sea floor alongside boulders and sand. Starting at around 5 metres in depth, the site goes down to a maximum 30 metres. Around 25 kilometres south of Phuket, best access is through boat charter.

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Phuket Wedding


In Phuket you can charter boats and have your ceremony and reception cruising around the Andaman Sea.

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