Hat Kalim (Kalim Beach)
Located north of Patong Beach is a secluded beach dotted with rocks
and coral reefs. Accommodations and restaurants are available. Another
interesting stopover is Freedom Beach which is located around the
head of Laem Ka Sai Rot and is accessible by a chartered long-tailed
Hat Kamala (Kamala beach)
Located approximately 26 kilometers from Phuket City, Hat Kamala
is a relatively secluded 2-kilometer beach that is suitable for
total relaxation. Accommodations are available.
Hat Patong (Patong Beach)
This Beach is the most developed, most vibrant, most visited beach
of Phuket that never fails to impress visitors. Located approximately
15 kilometers from the city, the beach has a wide range of accommodations
and shopping arcades, and provides magnificent leisure activities
and energetic night-time entertainment. It is a picture perfect
postcard view of a 3-kilometer long white sandy beach that is perfect
for swimming, lazing, and enjoying challenging water sports such
as jet skiing, windsurfing snorkeling, sailing, and parasailing.
The following places offer enjoyable activities:
Phuket Water Ski Cableways: Tel: 0 7620 2525-7
Simon Cabaret: Tel: 0 7634 2011-5
Tarzans Jungle Bungy Jump: Tel: 0 7632 1351
Tazans Catapult Bungy: Tel: 0 1464 1581
Patong Go-kart Speedway: Tel: 0 7632 1949
Phuket Joyland: Tel: 0 7620 3005
Horror House: Tel: 0 7629 3123
In addition, Patong offers gastronomical delights for seafood lovers.
There are plenty of good restaurants located along the beach.
Krathu Cultural Conservation Center
Located approximately 7 kilometers from Amphoe Kratu town, the center
is located in the compound of Ban Kratu School. This is where a
collection of ore, mining equipment, utilities, etc. are put on
display. The center opens from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Call 076 321035
for more details.
This relatively small waterfall with a simple view but unique atmosphere
is located approximately 4 kilometers from Amphoe Krathu. The entrance
to the waterfall is located next to the Log Palm Golf Club. Restaurants
and basic tourist amenities are available.
on Kamala beach, Phuket Fantasea is dubbed as the ultimate nighttime
cultural theme park of Phuket. It has won several awards from the
TAT, among the distinctive ones are Best Attraction Thailand Tourism
Award (for the years 2000 to 2003).
This large-scale night time amusement center is spread out over
an area of 140 acres near the village of Kamala Bay, or just 4 kilometers
north of Patong. Attractions include the Culture-Illusion Stage
Show, Fantasy of the Kingdom, a spectacular buffet restaurant Golden
Kinnaree Restaurant, shopping village the enchanted Festive Village,
Cultural Parade & Street Shows, Traditional Games and Carnivals,
Handicraft Demonstrations & Live Performances (performed in
Palace of the Elephants).
Phuket Fantasea's stage performance is exceptionally extraordinary
and beyond just a spectacular show. It is indeed a perfect blend
of Thai cultural traditions and the latest modern Las Vegas style
technology. Visitors can see magic elephants disappearing into thin
air, gymnastics, musical fountains, and a circus. Tickets (including
buffet dinner) cost 1,600 baht for adults and 1,100 baht for children,
while tickets without buffet dinner cost 1,100 baht for adults and
800 baht for children. Call 076 385111 to reserve your seats or
browse www.phuket-fantesea.com for more information. The park opens
from 5.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. daily except Thursday. Show time is
This bay, which has the islands largest and most visited pier, is
located 11 kilometers south of town. From this pier, holidaymakers
can get chartered boats to some nearby islands south of Phuket.
The bay area is dotted with dive shops, a few travel agencies and
superb seafood restaurants. Although the bay has a stunning setting
and relaxing ambience, swimming is not recommended here. Accommodations
are available at the Phuket Youth Hostel.
This is a small bay located next to Hat Nai Han, near the Phuket
Yacht Club, which has a peaceful and scenic beach with white powdery
An 18-hole mini-golf course is located beside Marina Cottage on
Karon Beach. The golf course is set in a prehistoric atmosphere,
where visitors can enjoy golfing in a world out of time. Take an
adventurous trip to the world of Dinosaurs at the Dino Park, an
entertainment and dining complex. Call 076 330493-7 or visit www.dinopark.com
for more information.
Hat Karon (Karon Beach)
Located south of Patong Beach, Hat Karon is a curving beach that
lies beautifully in the sun with small sand dunes, casuarinas and
palm trees. The crescent bay is the beach's signature that drawing
travelers attention. From May to October, the beach may be affected
by serious undertows, as the bay open. Watch out for those warning
flags before going swimming or surfing at the southern end of the
beach. During the high season, the beach is ideal for relaxation,
swimming or sunbathing. A wide range of accommodations, from top-end
to budget and mid-range, are available. Other facilities such as
nightclubs, restaurants and other evening entertainment are located
along the beachfront road.
The beach is located approximately 20 kilometers from the town
and can be reached by taking either s or buses from Ranong Market
in Phuket City. Transportation is available from 7.00 a.m. to 5.00
p.m. and costs approximately 20 baht / person / trip. Taking a taxi
to the town is another option. It costs approximately 200 baht to
Phuket City and 150 baht to Patong Beach.
Kata (Kata Beach)
Located approximately 17 kilometers from Phuket City are Kata Noi
(Small Kata) and Kata Yai (Big Kata) Beaches. Both are renowned
for snorkeling to see the coral, tropical fishes and the seas eco-system.
Also worth visiting is Ko Pu, a small uninhabited island located
off Laem Sai. Most visitors find snorkeling along the islands rich
coral reef enjoyable. Diverse beach activities are available on
both beaches. Accommodations on Hat Kata are set amidst tropical
and cliff settings. Visitors can choose to stay in budget to top
end accommodations according to their preference. Well known hotels
located here are Club Med and the Boathouse.
For more information on how to get there, please refer to the transportation
section in Hat Karon.
Hat Nai Han
Located a few kilometers from Kata Beach, next to Phromthep Cape,
approximately 18 kilometers from town is Hat Nai Han, an extra-ordinary
beach that has white powdery sand and crystal clear water. The beach
borders on two charming landscaped lagoons surrounded by rubber
trees and other tropical plants. As the beach has not yet been fully
developed to its full potential, it is less crowded, more peaceful,
thus is ideal for people seeking solitude. Holidaymakers are not
recommended to swim during the monsoon season from May to October.
Watch out for the red flag!
Despite having a rather limited selection of accommodations, they
range from budget bungalows to the top-class Yacht Club. Check with
the TAT Phuket Office for more up-to-date information and room rates.
This beach can be reached by songthaeos, which leaves from the
intersection of Ranong Road and the fountain circle. The fare is
25 baht / person / trip. In addition, visitors can also charter
tuk-tuks which costs a lot more at 150 baht to 200 baht / trip.
Located approximately 17 kilometers from town is the less crowded,
more peaceful and less commercial beach with a second-to-none pristine
beach. The Beach is home to a well-established community of Phuket
s Chao Le people (sea gypsies). In addition, from this beach visitors
can charter boats to explore other offshore islands. Hat Laem Kha,
located to the northeast of the beach, is the departure point for
those wishing to visit Ko Lon, and Ko He. Laem Phromthep, Phukets
landmark, is located at the southern end of the beach. This cape
is an ideal spot for diving and snorkeling. Accommodations range
from budget bungalows to middle range resorts.
Getting to the Beach is easy by songthaeos, which cost approximately
20 baht / person / trip. Songthaeos depart from the stop at the
circle of Ranong Road, while chartered tuk-tuks will cost more at
150 baht / trip.
A small hill located northeast of the town, Khao Rang offers a fascinating
view of Phuket City. Inside the park is a fitness park, restaurants
and souvenir shops. The statue of Phraya Ratsada Korsimbi, (Ratsada
Korsimbi Na Ranong) the Governor of Phuket between 1890 and 1909
is also situated here.
A small island located south of Phuket that is well known for its
long- stretch of white sandy beach set in a secluded tropical ambience.
Ideal for swimming, the island is accessible by chartering a boat
from Rawai Beach or Laem Ka. No accommodations are provided.
Located southwest of Cape Panwa, the island is famous for its white
powdery beach and rich coral reefs which are ideal for swimming,
snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and other water sports. As the
island is not affected very much by the monsoon, would be visitors
can enjoy traveling to the place year round. Ko He has become a
popular one-day tour from Phuket as it is only half an hour from
the Chalong Pier. It is also dubbed the Coral Island by tourists.
Accommodations and basic tourist facilities are available, contact
the TAT Phuket Office for more up-to-date information.
A small island located approximately 3 kilometers from Rawai Beach,
south of Laem Phromthep where a replica of the Lord Buddha's Holy
Footprint is enshrined. This quiet, white, sandy beach complimented
by rich coral reef is a major tourist attraction. The island can
be reached by taking a 30-minute boat trip.
A relatively large island located south of the city close to Ao
Chalong. Tranquil and undisturbed, the island is perfect for those
wishing to unwind and recharge. A typical fishing village and a
school are located on the island. Accommodations are available.
To get there, visitors can take ferries which depart from Ao Chalong
from 8.00 a.m. Alternatively, they can charter long-tailed boats.
The trip takes approximately 20 minutes.
Ko Mai Thon
A small peaceful island located southeast of Phuket, Ko Mai Thon
is famous for its unique corals, crystal clear water and relaxing
ambience. The island is ideal for diving, swimming or even fishing.
Accommodations are available for those wishing to stay in this enchanting,
secluded den. A one-day trip is also provided by travel agencies.
There are boats to Ko Mai Thon from Rawai Beach.
The island consists of Racha Yai and Racha Noi islands located south
of Phuket. Ko Racha Yai (Big Racha) has an enchanting beach located
on the west between the valleys that resembles horseshoes. The area
is known as Ao Bungalow which is famous for its white powdery beach
and crystal clear water. Visitors can marvel at the delightful panoramic
view of the whole island from the vantage point at the peak of the
mountain located south of the bay.
Ko Racha Yai is the ultimate place to explore the wonders of the
underwater world, especially at Ao Siam, Ao Tue and Khon Kae. Accommodations
Ko Racha Noi (Small Racha) is located just 10 kilometers from Big
Racha Island. Originating from the accumulation of coral stones,
the island has more rocky hills than beaches, thus the island is
more suitable for fishing. To get there, visitors can charter long-tailed
or speed boats from Chalong Pier. Alternatively, they can buy a
package tour from reliable travel agencies.
An interesting site to visit where visitors can explore the daily
life of Chao Le as it is the oldest and biggest community of Phukets
sea gypsies. With an area of approximately 20 square kilometers,
the island is located approximately 4 kilometers southeast of Phuket
and is separated from the main island only by the small Thachin
Canal. The mountain-top temple on the island houses a big Buddha
image in the reclining position. The island is not an ideal place
for swimming, but is perfect for discovering the sea gypsies' way
of life, especially at Laem Tukkae.
This Cape is located approximately 16 kilometers from the town center
at the extreme southwest end of Chalong Bay. Ideal for swimming,
the beach is clean, quite and dotted with rocks.
Laem Phromthep or Phromthep Cape
Literally translate as Brahmas Cape, Laem Phromthep is perhaps one
of Phuket's most important landmarks. There is a saying that you
havent been to Phuket unless you visit Laem Phromthep. It is here
that visitors soak up the sun and savor the breathtaking panoramic
view of the Andaman Sea from the islands southern-most tip. The
Cape is crowded especially in the evening, as it is a popular observation
point at sunset. Laem Phromthep is located approximately 2 kilometers
from Rawai Beach.
Located at Cape Phanwa, southeastern-most end of the island is an
extraordinary aquarium that displays hundreds of exotic and colorful
marine species found in the sea around Phuket. The aquarium opens
daily from 8.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Call 076 391126 for more information.
To get by public transportation, take a local bus from the towns
fresh produce market.
Phuket Butterfly Farm
Located approximately 3 kilometers from Phuket City via Yaowarat
Road and the Sam Kong intersection, the farm proudly presents a
unique collection of tropical creatures such as butterflies and
insects. The farm opens daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The entrance
fee is 150 baht for adults and 60 baht for children. Call tel. 0
7621 5616, or 0 7621 0861 for more information.
Phuket City and old buildings
Phuket City is a fascinating city that can be explored on foot or
by traditional means of transportation, tuk-tuk or Sino-Portuguese
architecture that is evident in the citys shop houses provides the
town with a charming atmosphere and a late 19th century ambience.
For visitors interested in strolling along the city, start the trip
at the central post office and walk west along Thalang Road, then
turn south at the Standard Chartered Bank building and walk towards
Yaowarat Road. Continue the trip to Fountain Circle, then head west
to Ranong Road and proceed to Patipat Road, which connects with
the historic Krabi Road.
Phuket Cultural Center
Located in the compound of the Rajabhat Institute of Phuket, the
Center features an exhibition of Phukets intriguing history. Highlights
of the daily lifestyles, traditional houses, household utilities
and Thailand's history are exhibited. A library is located on the
ground floor where books on the history, culture and arts of Phuket
can be found. Call 076 211959 for more details.
Phuket Sea Shell Museum
Phuket Sea Shell Museum is located near Rawai Beach on the island's
southwestern shores. On display are private collections of seashells
from Thai waters (off Phuket Island itself). They are considered
the most sought-after shells by collectors. In addition to such
the collection, seashells from other parts of Thailand and other
parts of the world are also on display. The main attractions at
this Museum are the worlds largest golden 140-karat pearl, the worlds
earliest known life form seen in sections of sedimentary rock containing
shell fossils and a gigantic 250-kilogram shell. The museum is open
daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call tel. 0 7638 1266 or 0 7638 1274
for more information.
Phuket Submarine operates 5 dives daily and carries forty eight
passengers into the waters southeast of Phuket. The dives will be
to a depth of the thirty meters. The submarine is fully air conditioned
and boasts the latest technology available in tourist submarines.
Large 72 centimeter viewing ports and LCD screens enhance the viewing
experience for the passengers. Schools of tropical fish and soft
coral formations are a highlight of the dive site.The Submarine
tour takes approximately two hours with 40 minutes spent underwater.
For more information, please contact : Phuket Submarine Col Ltd.
64/423 Mu 7, Ratsada Harbour, Amphoe Mueang, Phuket 83000. Tel.
0 7625 3206-8, 0 7625 3215 Website: http://www.phuket-submarine.com
Located on the way to Chalong Bay, the Zoo features a collection
of Asian and African mammals and birds. Elephant and crocodile shows
are performed daily. The entrance fee is 400 baht for adult and
200 baht for children. Call 0 7638 1337, 0 7638 1227 for more details.
A public park located by the sea at the end of Phuket Road, Saphan
Hin is a recreational park for both locals and tourists. The Tin
Mining Monument dedicated to the memory of Captain Edward Thomas
Miles, the Australian who brought the first dredge to Phuket in
1909, is located inside the park. The Saphan Hin Sports Center is
also located here.
Thai Village and Orchid Farm
Located on Thepkasattri Road, approximately 3 kilometers from Phuket
City is an extraordinary place for culture lovers. The village provides
stunning classical Thai dance performances, sword-fighting, Thai
boxing, southern customs and elephant shows. Handicrafts and traditional
mining techniques are also featured. The orchid farm outside is
worth exploring. The performances are at 11.00 a.m., 2.00 p.m. and
5.30 p.m. The fees are 400 baht for adults and 200 baht for children.
Call 076 214860 for more information.
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.
Phukets most popular and famous temple, Wat Chai Tararam, or Wat
Chalong, was built in 1837. Located approximately 8 kilometers from
the city, the temple houses the famous Luang Po Cham, a monk who
helped the locals fight the Ang Yi rebellion during the reign of
King Rama V (in 1876). A recent addition to the temple is a 61.4-meter
high chedi containing the Phra Borom Sareerikatat relic, a piece
of the Lord Buddha's bones brought over from Sri Lanka. The chedi
is a mixture of southern, central and northeastern architectural
styles and is the first in this region to house the holy Buddha's
Ao Bang Thao
A large open bay that is the location of one of Phuket's longest
beaches, Ao Bang Thao has a long history related to the economy
of the island. Previously a tin mining area the location has been
transformed into an area where Phuket's luxurious resorts and golf
courses, especially Laguna complex, are located. Additional accommodations
outside Laguna at the bays south end are also available.
Ban Thao Thepkasattri
A recent discovery has identified the house of Phuket's heroine,
Thao Thepkrasattri. The place is located at Ban Kien, Tambol Thepkrasattri.
To get there from the town, travel along Thepkrasattri Road, at
kilometer 19 marker, take the road that leads to Ban Riang and proceed
for approximately 2 kilometers.
Located approximately 24 kilometers from town and only in a short
distance north of Laem Sing is an enchanting beach lined with casuarinas
trees. Isolated and secluded, the beach is ideal for sunbathing
and relaxing. The beach, however, is not suitable for swimming as
it has a steep sloping beach and the weather fluctuates during the
southwest monsoon. In addition, there is a golf course which was
established in the reign of King Rama VII.
Several Muslim fishing communities are located nearby and Mosques
are situated to the west of the beach. The local Mosque, Matsayit
Mukaram, is worth visiting as it is an elegant whitewashed structure
with lacquered wooden doors.
To get there, travel along Route No. 402, after reaching the Two
Heroines Monument, turn left and proceed for approximately 12 kilometers.
Ko Nakha Noi
Located near Po Bay, approximately 25 kilometers north of Phuket
City, the island offers unspoiled natural beauty that is second
to none. Ko Nakha Noi is approximately 6 kilometers off of Po Bay
and is home to the Naga Pearl Farm the only South Sea Pearl Farm
which is open to the public all year round. Visitors will be able
to learn more on techniques of pearl cultivation at the farm. Souvenir
shops are available.
Located just one kilometer from Surin Beach, Laem Sing is a relatively
small quite beach perfect for a break from the crowd. Laem Sing
has a white sandy beach that glitters in the sun and is dotted with
uniquely shaped rocks.
Sirinat National Park
The park is located approximately 30 kilometers from Phuket City.
Occupying an area of 90 square kilometers, the park has a 13-kilometer
beach. Formerly known as Nai Yang National Park, it was declared
a National Park on 13 July 1981.
To reach the Park, start from Thepkasattri Road and continue towards
the Thalang intersection, then take a left turn at kilometer21 and
22 markers and proceed for approximately 10 kilometers. Alternatively,
at kilometer 21 and 22 markers, follow the road which leads to the
airport for approximately 2 kilometers.
The park consists of picture-perfect beaches and mangrove forests
Hat Nai Thon
Nestled on the rim of a secluded bay south of the park is another
popular tourist attraction, especially for day trippers. Nai Thon
Beach has a unique natural setting with both ends of the beach being
protected by granite outcrops that serve as a natural shield making
the bay a perfect nursery for both marine life and corals. The beach
is suitable for swimming. For those seeking utmost solitude, it's
not that far. Just walk a few hundred metres to Hin Kruai Bay to
savor the moment.
To get there, follow the route to Sirinat National Park, then turn
left at kilometer 21 and 22 markers. At the intersection of Ban
Sa Ku, turn left and proceed for approximately 3 kilometers.
Hat Nai Yang
Located to the south of Mai Khao Beach, Hat Nai Yang is a serene
and isolated bay ideal for swimming and family picnics. The beach
itself is impressive, as it is fringed by shady pine trees. Nearby
coral reefs make explorations into the underwater world worthwhile.
In addition, sea turtles are inhabitants in the area. The parks
headquarters is located here.
Hat Mai Khao
Also known as the Airport Beach (Hat Sanambin), the beach is
located at the northern end of Phuket Island. As Phukets longest
beach, Hat Mai Khao is famous for its tranquil beach set in a relaxing
ambience. Camping grounds are provided. The beach is not recommended
for swimming as it slopes steeply. Hat Mai Khao is home to wonderful
creatures such as sea cicadas and turtles. In addition, it is an
egg-lying ground for sea turtles.
The Beach can be reached by taking the Thepkasattri Road on to
the Thao Thepkasattri Bridge, then taking a left turn at the directional
sign pointing to Mai Khao Beach or follow the Thepkasattri Road
that passes the Airport intersection. At the Sarasin Bridge, turn
left and proceed for approximately 3.5 kilometers.
Hat Sai Kaeo
Located to the north, next to Mai Khao Beach, Hat Sai Kaeo is
a long white powdery beach naturally decorated with groves of pines
along the shore. Ideal for relaxation, the beach is Phuket's northernmost
Located in the area of Tha Chatchai, the mangrove forest covers
an area of approximately 320 acres. Situated on the islands northern
tip, the place offers interesting nature trails for those wishing
to learn more about the forest that protects the land and natures
Thalang National Museum
Located near the Two Heroines Monument, the museum features a permanent
exhibition of life in old Phuket and ancient artifacts and remains
discovered on the coast as well as materials used during war with
Burma (Myanmar). It is open daily except national holidays from
8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 076 311426 or 076
311025. Admission fee is 30 baht / person.
The Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in Thalang District, approximately 20 kilometers from Phuket
City, the sanctuary covers an area of 13,925 rai (5,570 acres) of
rich and fertile land which is home to several types of wild animals.
The compound was declared a wildlife sanctuary in July 1969. The
special Palm called Chao Mueang Thalang Palm (Lang Khao Palm) can
only be seen here.
Major attractions in the sanctuary include:
Namtok Ton Sai
The waterfall is located approximately 22 kilometers from the town.
A relatively small waterfall that looks its best in the rainy season,
Namtok Ton Sai is shaded by big and small trees which make it ideal
for relaxation. To get there from Thepkasattri Road, turn left at
Amphoe Thalang intersection and proceed for approximately 3 kilometers.
Call 076 311998 for more information.
Namtok Bang Pae
A relatively small cascade located amidst the dense woods, the waterfall
is also home to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center. To get there from
the town, follow the route to the Two Heroines Monument, then turn
right to Tambon Pa Khlok and proceed for approximately 7 kilometers.
For nature enthusiasts, the sanctuary has mapped out some walking
trails. Further information may be obtained from the Nature Study
The Two Heroines Monument
This monument was established by local residents in 1966 to honor
the heroic deeds of Thao Thepkasattri and Thao Srisunthorn. It is
located at the Tha Ruea intersection, Amphoe Thalang.
The temple is a popular attraction for both visitors and local
residents. 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.
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.
Wat Phranang Sang
Located approximately 20 kilometers from town is a historic temple
that serves as an invaluable reference on Thalangs history. The
compound was once used as a Burmese military camp in 1785. The ubosot
is where the three oldest and biggest tin Buddha images are enshrined.
They are called the Three Kings and are positioned in between three
other large statues.
To get there,travel along Thepkasattri Road, at Thalang District
intersection, turn left and proceed directly into the temple.