The Thai Village offers an opportunity to experience some traditional Thai culture through dance, interspersed with Thai boxing, sword fighting exhibitions and elephant shows. Dances include Fon Tian (candlelight dance), Fon Leb (fingernail dance), Sukhothai dance, bamboo dance, tin-sifting dance, Norah and Ram Wong (folk dance). During the Ram Wong the audience is invited to join in with the dancers. The evening is organized especially for groups and includes a sumptuous buffet of Thai food or a set menu of fresh Phuket seafood. The minimum group size is 10 guests.
Tel. 0 7623 7400, 0 7621 4860-1
On display is a wide range of Magnificent Butterflies, a colourful tropical garden and houses of abundant insects… Locate in Phuket town at a district called Samkong. You can find the home of butterflies set in a natural rainforest. A trip to the Phuket Butterfly Garden & Insectariums will give you an experience with nature that you’ll never forget. An educational journey through the rainforest & a trip into paradise. Great for all ages.
Entrance Fee : Adult 300 Baht, Children (Between4-10 yrs) 200 Baht, Infant (below 4 yrs) Free
Opening Hours: Daily from 09.00 am. – 05.30 pm.
Tel. 0 7621 0861
0 7652 3609
(And Phuket Institute of Marine Biology & Research Centre)
Location: Amphoe Muang
More than one hundred species of sea life are on display at the aquarium,
Phuket Aquarium many of them taken from the water around Phuket. The aquarium is located at Cape Panwa, on the island’s extreme southeast; admission is 50 Baht for children and 100 Baht for adults.
Getting There: A Songtaew (local bus) can be taken from the Fresh Market.
Opening Hours: Daily from 08.30 am. – 04.00 pm.
Tel. 0 7639 1126
Karon Beach Location:
Perhaps the world’s most valuable collection of seashells has been put on display at Seashell near Rawai Beach on the islands southwestern shores. The emphasis is on shells from Phuket and Thai waters, which are among the most sought-after by collectors, however shells from every part of the world are featured. Wherever they originate, each shell in the Shell Museum is the best of its type – very often the only of its type. Displays have been created in a logical order, and visitors can see at once differing characteristics among related species. There are numerous rarities and freaks including the world’s largest golden pearl (140 karats), large sections of sedimentary rock containing shell fossils that represent the earth’s earliest life-forms, and a shell that weighs 250 kilograms. One of the world’s great private museums, the Shell Museum is
Open Hours :Daily from 08.00 am.- 07.00 pm.
Tel: 0 7638 1266, or 0 7638 1274
(Wildlife Conservation Development and Extension Center)
Location: Amphoe Talang
Wildlife Conservation Development and Extension Center 22.28 square kilometers of virgin forest are covered by this park, which also actively conserves a number of wild animals; they would otherwise be extinct in fast-growing Phuket. It is a center for study of the environment. Forest vegetation is spectacular : Giant trees supported by huge buttresses are thick with creepers and climbers of every description.
One species of palm found, the Governor’s Palm or White Back Palm (palm lang khao in Thai) is especially rare. Languor, barking deer, mouse deer, deer, bear, wild boar, monkeys, gibbons, and many species of birds inhabit the forest. Khao Phra Thaew serves also as one of Phuket’s most important water sources.
Also located in the park is:
The Gibbon Rehabilitation Center is a center of saving many kinds of rare gibbons. You will find the center if you head out of Phuket Town towards the airport and turn right at the Heroines monument. The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP) is a research division of the Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand (WAR) working in co-operation with the Royal Thai Forest Department (RFD). It was established in Phuket in January 1990, with the support of the RFD, by the organization Asia Wildlife.
It is a project dedicated to help return domesticated gibbons to the wild. The GRP became the research arm of WAR in 1994. It is currently the only Gibbon Rehabilitation Project in the world.
PhraPhutthaMingmongkhol-Akenagakhiri Buddha means “Happiness on Top of Nagakerd Mountain” and is located on Phuekt Island. This Buddha statue is sitting in the gesture of Subduing Mara. Phuket’s Big Buddha is one of the island’s main landmarks with a high of 45 meters and it is over 25 meters wide. The statue is placed on the top of Mount Nagakerd, Subdistrict Karon, Phuket Province. This outstanding site offers great views of the island including Phuket Town, Kata Beach Karon Beach, Chalong Bay and more.
How to get there: From Phuekt Town, go along Chaofa East Road towards Chalong Circle. After passing the temple about 800 meters, there are signs to the Nagakerd Mountain. Turn right towards the Nagakerd Mountains, then it is around 6 km up to the mountain.Opening Hours: Daily from 07.00 am. – 06.00 pm.
The most famous observation point of the 3 beaches, Kata Not, Kata and Karon, is located on the road half-way between Nai Harn Beach and Kata Noi Beach. From this spot, an intriguing view of the 3 beaches and Ko Pu has constantly impresses visitors.
With Sarasin Bridge’s charming surroundings, it is more than only a convenient way to cross the river, it has also become a tourist attraction. In 1970, the Sarasin Bridge was built to help connect Phuket Island to the mainland of Thailand. This enabled the transportation between both areas tremendously and many merchants moved to Phuket and flourished together with the island’s prosperity. Moreover, the bridge is a tragic part of Phuket’s history because of its story of forbidden love with two people who would die in the end.
How to get there: From Phuket International Airport
Opening Hours: 24 Hours
The beginning of the tin boom during the Nineteenth Century led to construction of many fine old mansions and shops still well preserved. The architectural style, typical of the region, is described as Sino-Portuguese and has a strongly Mediterranean character. Shops present a very narrow face on the street but stretch back a long way. Many, especially on Dibuk Rd., have old wooden doors with Chinese fretwork carving. Other streets, forming what might be called ‘Old Phuket’,with similar structures are Phang-nga, Yaowarat, Thalang, and Krabi, and a walking tour of the area is easy and delightful. Some other old European-style buildings of note are the Provincial Hall (Sala Klang), the Phuket Courthouse (San Changwat), and Nakhon Luang Thai Bank.
Baan Chinpracha, or Chinpracha House, is one of Phuket’s cultural artifacts and a top tourist attraction. This house is shaped in Sino-Portuguese design and was built in 1903. The house’s style is called “Angmor Lounge” by Phuket locals since it is the premiere Angmor Lounge of Phuket. Angmor means Westerners or Europeans. Furniture of the house is mostly imported from China. However, some pieces were brought from Europe, for instance the fences from Holland and Ceramic floor tiles from Italy. Most furnishings were belongings of ancestors.
How to get there: Take Thepkasat 402 Road past the Dibuk Road intersection. Continue until Klang Road intersection and then turn right and you will find the old buildings on the side of the road.
Opening Hours: Daily from 08.00 am. – 04:00 pm.
Admission: Adults 150 Baht
Tel. 0 7621 1281
During the nineteenth century, the beginning of the tin boom led to creation of many nice mansions and shops which are still well preserved. The typical architectural style of the region is described as Sino-Portuguese and has mainly a Mediterranean character. The shops fronts facing the street are very narrow, but stretch back a long way in. Several shops have old wooden doors with Chinese fretwork carvings, especially along the Dibuk Road. Walking tours in this area which is called Old Phuket are easy to find and very pleasant. Other streets with similar structures are Phang-nga, Yaowarat, Thalang, and Krabi.
How to get there: Going from Phuket Town to Old Phuket Town by motorcycle taxi costs around 40-50 Baht.
Is about 8 kms. outside town. Take Vichit Songkram Rd., to the Bypass Rd., and turn left, and drive for about 10 mins. Wat Chalong will be on your left. This is where stands the cast statue of Luang Por Cham, who helped the people of Phuket put down the Angyee, or Chinese Coolie, Rebellion in 1876 during the reign of Rama V. There are also statues of Luang Por Chaung, and Luang Por Gluam. Other monks, who were abbots of the temple during later times, and who are the objects of respect and recipients of the offerings by Phuket people generally.
Visitors of this market will find all sorts of items, such as clothing, shoes, accessories, home decorative items, flowers, fresh and preserved food items. It is very popular among both local teenagers and foreign visitors. The market is open on Saturdays and Sundays from around 06.00 p.m. onwards.
How to get there: If heading to Central Festival along the bypass road, go straight past Central and take the first left. Then just follow the road down until you see the weekend market on the right.
Opening Hours: Saturday – Sunday 06.00 pm. – 10.00 pm.
The establishment of this museum started in 2001 by the overseas Chinese on Phuket. It included education, excavation for an archaeological study and a structural design from 2002 until now under the support of the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization. Since Phuket wanted to attract more tourists to visit the town, the supporting activities and adjustment of several places in Phuket Town has increased.
How to get there: The museum is located on Krabi Road. From Thalang Road’s traffic lights, you continue about 200-300 meters, then you will see the Museum on the right hand side.
Opening Hours: Daily from 09.00 am. – 05.00 pm.
Admission: 200 THB/per person
Tel. 0 7621 1224
A great view of Phuket Town, the southern part of the island, and some of the offshore islands, can be obtained by going to the top of Khao Rang Hill, on the citys northwest. There are also several restaurants featuring spectacular views of the city, a health park for exercise enthusiasts, and a comfortable, expanse of grass for picnickers at the top with a bronze statue of Phraya Ratsada Nupradit the model Governor of Phuket during King Rama V reign.
A land reclamation project provided abundant new land now used for parks and public facilities at ed where Phuket Rd., meets the sea in Phuket Town. In the circle is the Tin Mining Monument, shaped like a large drill bit, dedicated to the memory of Captain Edward Thomas Miles, the Australian who brought the first tin dredge to Phuket in 1909. The monument was built in 1969 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of tin dredging in Phuket. A Sport Center is located in the park.