The most well known viewing point at the tip of Phuket island Rawai where tourists flock of all nationalities to watch the beautiful sun sets and take that unforgettable holiday snap across the sea to the east and south east where from the lighthouse on a clear day the islands of Phi Phi, Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi can be seen.
Kata View Point
Situated on the coast road from Kata to Naiharn the Thai name for this popular viewpoint is Kho Saam Haad which means 'Hill of the three beaches' because this hilltop looks down over Kata Noi, Kata beach and Karon beach, as well as Pu Island, off Kata Yai Beach.
Khao Khad Tower
Head for Cape Panwa on the east coast, towards Cape Panwa and follow the signs first for the Novotel then for 'Khao Khad Views Tower'. Chalong Bay lies below to the south, Makham Bay, Cape Panwa and Phuket's deep water port to the east, Phuket Town to the north and over in the distance you can see the Big Buddha sitting serenely atop Ko Nakkerd - and that's a view that looks exotic in any kind of weather. So it's no wonder that they call this wonderful place Khao Khad View(s) Tower as there is so much to see here.
Big Buddha (Ko Nakkerd)
This fantastic viewpoint is well signed and the 45-metre tall image can easily be seen from most locations in South Phuket. Follow the red signs along Chao Fa West Road and turn down the road with the red arrow and a Buddha sign.
Is well worth a visit, with it’s diversity of fresh water plants, fish and of coastal and marine life. It is also a source of marine scientific news and information. Open daily between 9am and 5 pm Last admission 16.30.It is located on the southernmost tip of Cape Panwa at the very end of Sakdidet Road. See more information at www.phuketaquarium.orgow Open every day between 8:30 and 16:30 Foreigners: Adult 100 Baht, Child 50 Baht, Free for children less than 108 cm tall.
Phuket Zoo is a small private zoo with many different types of animal. A magnificent collection of tropical birds. The crocodile show, elephant show and monkey show are repeated several times a day. (Location: Chalong Bay, open: 08:30 to 18:00, shows throughout the day). See more information at www.phuketzoo.com
Imagine while you walk in a tropical garden full with flowers and thousands of butterflies; some are sipping nectar, some are flying nearby, and many appear over here and over there. This is not just a dream but a heaven on earth. 6,000 butterflies a month (40 different species from all over Thailand) in the 1,350 sq.m. colourful and attractive outdoor garden are from our own breeding department.
Not only peace and relaxation that you will receive from the garden but also the opportunities to see how a tiny caterpillar transforms to be a beautiful butterfly. Real butterfly life cycles are happening in the garden every second. Discover their secrets, search for well - hidden eggs, watch when they sip the nectar, and witness the emergence of new butterflies.
http://www.phuketbutterfly.com Entrance fees: Adult 300 THB, Child 150THB, under 4 free.
Tel: +66 (0) 7621 0861
Patong Boxing Stadium
Every Monday and Thursday – showtime 21:00 to 23:30. Muay Thai – the ancient art of Thai boxing – is fascinating to watch. This sport involves every part of the body and fighters train long hours.
Now nearing completion, the Mingmongkol Buddha image is 45 meters high. Made of reinforced concrete and covered with white marble. A must visit attraction.
Direction, from Chalong circle, take the Chaofa West road to Central Festival after about 1 km take turn left on small road called " "Soi Yod-Sa-Nay " and about 3 kilometers up to Nark Kerd Hill where the Big Buddha Temple located.
A must-do in Phuket is a walk in the old part of Phuket City, around Thalang, Dibuk and Krabi roads. The beautiful architecture along these roads will take you back to the charm of a century ago. In the 18th century, much of the island’s tin mining was carried out by Hokkien Chinese who built the old part of the city. In the early 20th century major European mining companies were invited in, and the major public infrastructure such as roads and canals was first built.
No one knows when the first Sino Portugese building’s were constructed, but old photographs from the reign of King Rama V (1853-1910) show that they were well established by then.
The shop-house was a place for a family to both live and do business, using the front of the building for trading and the remainder, including the upper floor, as their private home. Businesses in those days included banks, general stores and tin mining offices. Shop-houses are usually found built in rows, giving rise to the Hokkien Chinese term “Tiam Choo” meaning a row of shop-houses.
Phra Pitak Chinpracha Mansion on Krabi Road, named after the owner, who made his fortune partly from tin before starting construction of the mansion during world war II. Still in private hands it is widely recognized as the most beautiful home in Phuket.
Wat Chalong is the most well-known temple in Phuket, situated eight kms southeast of Phuket town. This is where stands the cast statue of Luang Por Cham renowned herbal doctor and setters of bones, who helped the people of Phuket put down the Ahngyee,or Chinese Coolie, Rebellion in 1876. Wat Chalong has become a major tourist attraction.
Bang Pae Waterfall
Small waterfall located in Khao Phra Thaew National Park but accessed from the opposite side to Ton Sai waterfall. To get to there, head North to Phuket International Airport and turn right at Heroine's Monument, then drive for 10k.m. The entrance is on the left side. At the entrance that you turn off there is an elephant trekking safari. The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project is based here. The most beautiful part of this waterfall is the cliff, where the water runs through, with a height of 16.7m cascading down to a stream for the distance of about 524 m. There are water pools where you can go swimming.
Trek on elephant back in the hills with panoramic views over Phuket Island. Meet some young elephants and see how they are trained. There are plenty of Elephant trekking locations on Phuket island and the most popular location is the coast road from Kata to Naiharn where there are 4 camps and probably the first one is the best on the left side and also has some gibbons making a nuisance of themselves! The most famous at Chalong is Siam Safari http://www.siamsafari.com/