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From Bangkok, take Highway No.4 (Petchakasem Road) through Petchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani and Phang Nga see more

There is fairly regular boat service between Phuket and nearby islands including Koh Yao and Koh Phi Phi. During the high season (October-May), travelers may also see more

Air-conditioned and non air-conditioned busses leave Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal for Phuket several times daily. Trips by air-conditioned bus, which see more

Flying to Phuket is arguably the easiest way to get to the island. Most domestic airlines operate several flights daily between Phuket and Bangkok, see more

Attractions in Phuket

Phuket has great beautiful natural attractions as beaches and mountains. With its striking beauty of its sparkling white beaches, powdery sand and blue water, known as "The Pearl of the Andaman Sea". The most famous beaches are Patong, Kata, Karon, Kamala, Nai Harn Beach. Smaller islets located around it. It is a tourist attraction that should not be overlooked. Phuket has many good viewpoints such as Big Buddha, Phromthep Cape, Karon (3 Beaches Viewpoint). Other attractions of interest for instance, zoo, aquarium, cabarets and many more.

Recommended Attractions

1 Splash Jungle Water Park

Location : Thalang District  Splash Jungle Water Park The Splash Jungle Water Park has thrilling rides such as the Boomerango and Superbowl as well as a six-level wave pool and an aqua-play pool for the children. If the thrilling slides are not for you, then you might prefer to idly float around the 335 meter long lazy river or treat yourself with some hydrotherapy in the hot springs pool. Additionally, the Splash Jungle Water Park offers a wide range of spa treatments in the private cabanas.

How to get there
Locate on Mai Khao Beach.
Opening Hours Daily from 10:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
Admission Adult: 1,295 Baht/Day, Child: 650 Baht/Day, Below 5 years old: no charge (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 7637 2111

2 Siam Niramit

Location : Phuket Town Siam Niramit Siam Niramit is one of the largest entertainment of phuket to presenting a beautiful show of Thai traditions and culture, with state-of-the-art technology in light and sound spectacular performances and special effects in extravagant setting; such as, flying angel, lightning, rain, etc. Siam Niramit show was fantastic, and will made you understood in Thai culture very well.

How to get there
Located on Chalermprakiet Rodd, Rassada Sub-district, Phuket Town.
Opening Hours Daily from 05:30 pm. - 08:30 pm. (Except Tuesdays)
Admission Type of tickets:
- Silver 1,500 Baht
- Gold 1,700 Baht
- Platinum 1,900 Baht
Child under 4 years of age can see the show free of charge if they share a seat with a parent. (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 7633 5001-2, 0 7633 5088

3 Phuket Big Buddha

Location : Chalong Bay Phuket Big Buddha Phuket Big Buddha or Wat Phra Yai is houses the largest Buddha statue in Phuket which situated atop Khao Nak Koet. Mingmongkol Buddha Image sitting serenely in the meditating posture between Karon and Chalong which overlooks Chalong Bay and 360 degree spectacular panoramic views of Phuket, the islands and the Andaman Sea. The temple was created with the help of Wat Kitti Sangkharam (Wat Kata) as part of the forestation project. Covering an area of 42 rai, the land is the appropriate place to house the 25.45-metre wide and 45-metre tall Buddha statue that faces 19 degrees northeast. The temple is considered a landmark respected by both the people of Phuket and visitors alike.

How to get there
  1. From Phuket Town on Chaofa Nok Road and beyond Chalong Temple distanced by 800 m., you can turn right to Soi Yodsanae (distanced by 6 km. driving up to the mount), Chalong Sub-district, Mueang District, Phuket Province.

  2. From Chalong Junction Distanced by 1 km. from Chalong junction on Chaofa Nok Road, you can turn left to Soi Yodsanae (distanced by 6 km. driving up to the mount), Chalong Sub-district, Mueang District, Phuket Province.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Contact Tel. 0 7623 9190, 08 1891 3827

4Phromthep Cape

Location : Rawai Beach Phromthep Cape Phromthep Cape (Laem Phromthep) has a line of palm trees runs from the cliffs and all the way down to the sea which it is the best place to watch sunset of Phuket. Laem Phromthep is an easily recognisable landmark for the early seafarers travelling up the Malay Peninsula from the sub-continent.

How to get there
From Phuket town, take the 4027 route and the 4024 route to Rawai Beach and then take 4233 route about 650 kilometre to car park of Laem Phromthep. Just walk about 1 kilometre will arrive to view point of Laem Phromthep.

5 Phuket Butterfly Garden & Insect World

Location : Phuket Town  Phuket Butterfly Garden & Insect World Phuket Butterfly Garden & Insect World is a unique collection of tropical creatures such as butterflies and insects more than 40 local species. The breeding of tropical butterflies and moths in this farm will show you the various stages of the life cycle of butterflies in the process from egg, larva, pupa and butterfly breeding. A visit at this amazing garden will give you a nature experience you will never forget.

How to get there
Located approximately 3 kilometers from Phuket City via Yaowarat Road and the Sam Kong intersection.
Opening Hours Daily from 09:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Admission Adult 150 Baht, Child 60 Baht (for Child 4 -10 years it is free of charge)
Contact Tel. 0 7621 5616, 0 762 0861

6 Thalang National Museum

Location : Thalang District Thalang National Museum The museum was formed by Phuket People with the cooperation of the Fine Arts Department as a place to honor the Thalang's Two Heroines, and a repository of historical. Archaeological and cultural heritage of Phuket and its surrounding area along the Andaman Sea. It was inaugurated on March 14, 1989 by HRH Princess Sirindhorn and continues its role in preserving the Andaman's cultural heritage, providing education program for local and foreign visistors since then. Today Thalang National Musem is also one of the cultural attractions of Phuket

Musuem divided into 5 rooms as below:
Main Hall: Thailand :an Introduction
Gallery 1: Phuket Island and Early inhabitant of the Andaman
Gallery 2: The Battle at Thalang
Gallery 3: The Chinese and Development of Phuket
Gallery 4: Phuket People
Gallery 5: Changing Gallery

How to get there
Located on Pa Khlok Road, next to Heroines' Monument, north of Phuket City
Opening Hours Daily from 09:00 am.- 04:00 pm.
Admission Adult 100 Baht (price is subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 7637 9895

7 Wat Chalong

Location : Chalong Bay Luang Por Cham of Wat Chalong Wat Chalong has stands the cast statue of Luangpho Chaem, who had devoted himself to Buddhism, traditional medicine, education, government, and happiness for the people in Phuket.

Luang Por Cham was not only an outstanding abbot who teaches monks and laypeople in Phuket, but also a renowned orthopedist of Thai traditional medicine. The abbot once led the local people to successfully quell the uprising Chinese tin miner rebellion in Phuket. Having been informed of this patriotic deed, King Chulalongkorn, or Rama V, bestowed the title "Prakru-Visuttiwongsajarn-Yanmunee" on him and renamed Chalong Temple "Chaitararam" which means the temple of victory.There are also statues of Luangpho Chuang, and Luangpho Chaem, abbots of the temple during later times.

How to get there
  1. By Car Wat Chalong is about 8 kilometres outside town. TakeWichit Songkhram Road to the bypass and turn left, and drive for about 10 minutes. Wat Chalong is on the left.

  2. By Bus A Songtaew (local bus) can be taken from the city of Phuket - Ao Chalong Road.
Opening Hours Daily from 06:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Contact Tel. 0 7638 1226

8 Phuket Thaihua Museum

Location : Phuket Town Phuket Thaihua Museum Phuket Thaihua Museum has been renovated to be one of the historical tourist attractions of province. The 74-year old Sino-Portuguese architecture displays a photos exhibition and video media which tells the history of the Chinese people in Phuket, mining, local costumes, Sino-Portuguese architecture, local foods, tradition and culture of Phuket.

Opening Hours Daily from 09:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Admission Adult 100 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 7621 1224

9 Ton Sai Waterfall

Location : Thalang District Ton Sai Waterfall Ton Sai Waterfall is a small falls, over which pours a great volume of water during the rainy season which area is rich in wildlife, including over 100 bird species. The waterfall gives a relaxing feeling and lot of trees surrounding it is over 100 years old. Especially rare is the palm specie called the Governor's Palm or White Back Palm, which can be found at Ton Sai Waterfall. The park headquarters and a small restaurant with an excellent view are also at Ton Sai. For nature enthusiasts, the sanctuary has also mapped out walking trails.

How to get there
The entrance is on the road east from Thalang Town. Drive north up Thepkrasattri Road (Airport Road) and turn right at the Thalang traffic lights. Drive on straight through the rubber plantations to the entrance.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:00 am.- 05:00 pm.
Contact Tel. 0 7631 1998

10 Wat Phra Nang Sang

Location : Thalang District Wat Phra Nang Sang Wat Phra Nang Sang is an old and historical landmark of Phuket, the temple was once a fort resisting the Burmese invasion around 1785. Inside the old chapel are enshrined the three oldest and largest Buddha statues made of tin. Called the Three Kings, they are positioned in the midsections of another three large statues.

How to get there
The temple is located 20 kilometres from town on Thep Krasattri Road. Travel along Thepkasattri Road, turn left at the Thalang District intersection and continue directly into the temple.
Opening Hours Daily from 06:00 am. - 05:00 pm.

11 Phuket Simon Cabaret

Location : Patong Beach Phuket Simon Cabaret Phuket Simon Cabaret has not a diva in the West who can compare, and many a catwalk model has turned green with envy at the sight of the lady-boy performers of Simon Cabaret. This hugely popular tourist attraction, on the hill just outside Patong, has been wowing audiences for years with its exotic, hilarious, and transvestite cabaret. With sets and choreography that would do Broadway justice, and gowns dripping with diamante

How to get there
Locate on Sirirath Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket : on the way to Karon Beach.
Opening Hours Daily from 06:00 pm. - 11:00 pm., Show time 06:00 pm., 07:45 pm. and 09:30 pm.
Admission VIP Seat: Adult 800 Baht, Child 600 Baht
Regular Seat : Adult 700 Baht, Child 500 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 7634 2114-6, 0 7634 0437

12 Phuket Aquarium

Location : Phuket Town xxxx Phuket aquarium is perfect destination for a family excursion, it is surrounded by breathtaking scenic bays and islands. Phuket Aquarium was established in 1983 as unit of the PMBC, a research and monitoring center under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The Aquarium has developed into a major destination on Phuket Island and attracts about 300.000 visitors per year, including 40.000 tourists.

Enter the aquarium and find yourself in an amazing underwater world with over 150 different species from freshwater and marine habitats, most of them local species from the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. The aquarium`s interactive displays take you on an environmental journey through rivers, lakes and precious, endangered coral reefs, mangroves and estuaries. All information is provided in Thai and English and includes both common names and interesting facts about the animals.

The Aquarium makes education fun with its many different displays of marine life, habitats as well as environmental and conservation issues: Learn about the relationships between the animals, encounter our big guys like electric eels, octopuses, sea turtles and sharks and admire the babies from our ocean nursery like the famous “Nemo” or the cute cuttlefish!

Another highlight is a walk trough our large tunnel tank: Immerse yourself in the ocean being surrounded by huge sting rays, groupers, wrasses, sharks and swarms of snappers. Reach the end of the tunnel and you are greeted by eight massive man-sized Giant Groupers in their 110-ton tank that have been living in the Aquarium for over 20 years!

How to get there
Phuket Aquarium is located on the southern most tip of Cape Panwa on Phuket. A “Songtaew” (a kind of local bus) can be taken from the Talad Soht (the Fresh Market) in Phuket Town.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:30 am. - 04:30 pm.
Admission Adult 100 Baht, Child 50 Baht
Free for Child with a height below 108 cm and for elderly above 60 years old (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 7639 1126

13 Phuket Zoo

Location : Chalong Bay Phuket Zoo Phuket zoo contains a large collection of animal and reptiles, such as lovely rabbits, birds, butterflies and more than 6,000 crocodiles. The zoo cover an area about 30 rai (12 acres or 5 hectares) which shaded by many large fig trees that let you stroll around in comfort for hours. Animal performances including clever elephants and monkeys make visitors enjoyed and amazed. In addition, the fights between men without weapon and crocodiles will get exhilarated and exited. Phuket Zoo is a private zoo, not supported by the government

How to get there
From the town, follow the route to Charong Bay and then turn left into Soi Palai.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:30 am. - 06:00 pm.
Admission Adult 500 Baht, Child 300 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 7637 4424, 0 7628 2043

14 Karon View Point

Location : Karon Beach Karon Viewpoint Phuket The most famous observation point of the 3 beaches, Kata Noi, 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 Koh Pu has constantly impresses visitors.

How to get there
Karon Viewpoint is located along the road between Kata Beach and Nai Harn Beach, just 7 kilometers from Kata Beach. Take the main road heading toward Nai Harn Beach, and just follow the road until you get to the top.

15 Phuket FantaSea Show – The Ultimate Cultural Theme Park

Location : Kamala Beach Phuket FantaSea Show The Ultimate Nighttime Cultural Theme Park Inspired by Thailand’s rich and exotic heritage, Phuket Fantasy not only showcases the charm and beauty of Thailand, but also enriches ancient Thai traditions with the wonder of cutting edge technology and special effects. The result is a stunning 140-acre theme complex, packed with a multitude of activities and entertainment: a Carnival Village with carnivals, games, handicrafts and shopping; a 4,000-seat restaurant offering a grand buffet of Thai and international cuisine; A breath-taking Las Vegas-style theatrical show, where state-of-the-art technology and special effects enhance the beauty of Thailand's Myths, Mysteries and Magic in a wondrous extravaganza certain to delight everyone. Created at a cost of over 3,500 million Baht, Phuket FantaSea adds a whole new dimension to theme park entertainment, with marvelous attractions not found anywhere else in the world.

How to get there
Located on Kamala Beach, just 9 kms from Patong Beach and 30 kms from Phuket town.
Opening Hours Daily from 05:30 pm. - 11:30 pm. (Except Thursdays)
Admission Show with buffet dinner: Adult 1,900 Baht, Child 1,700 Baht.
Show only: Adult 1,500 Baht, Child 1,500 Baht. (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 7638 5111, 0 7638 5000

16 Two Heroines Monument

Location : Thalang District Two Heroines Monument Phuket’s most famous monument in Thalang District is the memorial statue of the heroines: Thao Thep Krasattri and Thao Si Sunthon, who rallied islanders in 1785 to repel Burmese invaders.

How to get there
Two Heroines Monument is located across from the wet market and Thalang Witthaya School on Dom Chom Tao Road (Route 4030) in Thepkrasattri Sub-district, near the intersection with Thepkrasattri Road (Route 402).
Opening Hours 24 Hours

17Sarasin Bridge

Location : Mai Khao Beach Sarasin Bridge 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.

18 Khao Rang Viewpoint

Location : Phuket Town Khao Rang Viewpoint Khao Rang Viewpoint has a beautiful views of Phuket Town which can be seen by going to the top of Khao Rang Hill, on the town's northwest border. There are also several restaurants featuring spectacular views of the city, a health park for exercise enthusiasts, and a comfortable, expanse of grass at the top with a bronze statue of Phraya Ratsada Nupradit, the model Governor of Phuket during King Rama V's reign.

How to get there
From Phuket International Airport, take 402 route into Phuket Town. Turn right to Thung Ka Road at the intersection of Satree Phuket School. Drive pass the intersection of Phuket Merlin Hotel go on Mae Luan Road and turn right about 1.6 kilometers go to Khao Rang.
Opening Hours Daily from 06:00 am. - 07:00 pm.

19 Cable Jungle Adventure Phuket

Location : Thalang District Cable Jungle Adventure Phuket Cable Jungle Adventure is a totall new challenge that allows you to fly through the jungle in maimum safety. Strapped in harnesses you run with a pulley on cables linked from tree to tree. Accessible to everybody after a preliminary briefing where on a test cable you practice the flying position and the braking technique you will be ready to enjoy the wild thrill of flying through the uncontaminated nature at altitudes where only birds normally fly. The cable run is 1200 metres with 15 stations from 6 to 3 metres of hight in wonderful forest.

How to get there
At Thalang take Ton-Sai waterfall turning, then follow the signs to the Cable Jungle.
Opening Hours Daily from 09:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Admission Adult 2,150 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 08 1977 4904, 08 7896 9076, 08 9723 0366

20 Natural study route, Sea turtles laying eggs on the beach

Location : Mai Khao beach Natural study route, Sea turtles laying eggs on the beach Mai Khao is the longest beach in Phuket. It’s 8 kilometers from National Park office. It stretches from Hat Nai Yang, airport to Hat Sai Kaeo . It’s a white sand beach with plenty of marine animals such as sea cicadas, which has the same size as a beetle of the genus Buprestis. Its shell and legs are like shrimp. Its color is the same color as the sand.

How to get there
From the Phang Nga province, cross Sarasin Bridge (Thep Ka Sat Tri Bridge), turn left and drive for 3 km. The Tha Chat Chai National Park office is located in the north part of Sirinat National Park. You can walk across Sarasin Bridge and follow highway No. 402 to the airport, then turn left and walk an other 3 kilometers to Si Ri Nat National Park.
Administered by Sirinat National Park
Opening Hours Daily from 06:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
Admission Adult 200 Baht and Child 100 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 7632 8226, 0 7632 7152

21 Wat Phra Thong

Location : Thalang District Wat Phra Thong Wat Phra Thong temple is a popular attraction for both visitors and local residents. Phra Thong located in the temple is the upper half of a large Buddha statue which seems to emerge from the ground. Legend has it that during the invasion of Thalang town in 1785, the Burmese made several attempts to excavate the statue in order to take it back to Burma. Each time they dug into the ground, swarms of hornets would swoop on them and they had to give up in the end. Later, the visible part of the statue was covered with gold by the villagers and has remained as such until today.

How to get there
The temple is located approximately 20 kilometers from Phuket City. Travel along Thepkrasattri Road, upon reaching the Thalang District Office, turn right and proceed directly to the temple.
Opening Hours Daily from 07:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Contact Tel. 0 7631 1105

22Old Phuket Town

Location : Phuket Town Old Phuket town and Antique Buildings Old Phuket Town and Antique Buildings. 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, the Phuket Courthouse and Nakhon Luang Thai Bank.

How to get there
Going from Phuket Town to Old Phuket Town by motorcycle taxi.