Phuket Guide by Paolo

Paolo

Phuket Guide by Paolo

Activities - Point of interest
Karon Viewpoint (it used to be named Kata Viewpoint but was renamed Karon Viewpoint due to the fact that Kata belongs to Karon municipality) is one of the most frequented viewpoints in Phuket. From here, it is possible to take in views of Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon beaches. Located between Nai Harn and Kata Noi beaches, the viewpoint is busy most days of the year and is a staple of many tour itineraries. There’s plenty of parking space at Karon Viewpoint and when things do get a little crowded people simply park roadside. You’ll find drinks and snack stands here along with a large gazebo (with seats) to provide shade. Highlights of Karon Viewpoint The northern vista from Karon Viewpoint is one of the most photographed images in Phuket. This iconic outlook highlights the best of the island: sparkling blue sea, snow-white surf, white-sand beaches, an exotic nearby island (Koh Pu), and the deep-green hues of Phuket’s hillsides. Good to know about Karon Viewpoint There’s plenty of parking space at Karon Viewpoint, though many people simply park at the roadside when the area becomes too crowded. You’ll find drinks and snack stands, along with a large gazebo (with seats) providing ample shade. The viewpoint is about a 10-minute drive from Kata Beach and another 10 minutes down to Nai Harn Beach. Karon Viewpoint in Phuket Opening Hours: 24 hours Location: 4233 Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Karon Viewpoint
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Karon Viewpoint (it used to be named Kata Viewpoint but was renamed Karon Viewpoint due to the fact that Kata belongs to Karon municipality) is one of the most frequented viewpoints in Phuket. From here, it is possible to take in views of Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon beaches. Located between Nai Harn and Kata Noi beaches, the viewpoint is busy most days of the year and is a staple of many tour itineraries. There’s plenty of parking space at Karon Viewpoint and when things do get a little crowded people simply park roadside. You’ll find drinks and snack stands here along with a large gazebo (with seats) to provide shade. Highlights of Karon Viewpoint The northern vista from Karon Viewpoint is one of the most photographed images in Phuket. This iconic outlook highlights the best of the island: sparkling blue sea, snow-white surf, white-sand beaches, an exotic nearby island (Koh Pu), and the deep-green hues of Phuket’s hillsides. Good to know about Karon Viewpoint There’s plenty of parking space at Karon Viewpoint, though many people simply park at the roadside when the area becomes too crowded. You’ll find drinks and snack stands, along with a large gazebo (with seats) providing ample shade. The viewpoint is about a 10-minute drive from Kata Beach and another 10 minutes down to Nai Harn Beach. Karon Viewpoint in Phuket Opening Hours: 24 hours Location: 4233 Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Dino Park is a mini-golf course and restaurant located right in between Karon and Kata beaches on the Beach Road itself. The 18-hole course is themed on – you guessed it – dinosaurs, and has many large and life-like cement statues of the pre-historic creatures, along with an erupting ‘volcano’ as well as a themed restaurant. Popular with both adults and kids, Dino Park is an ideal family outing destination. Because of Phuket’s high humidity and heat, it’s best to arrive after the heat of day has subsided. You won’t find much in the way of cooling breezes in Dino Park so be sure to wear mosquito repellent, dress light and to pack some bottled water. After a typical round of around 1 hour, the restaurant makes for a great place to cool off with a cold drink or burger. Dino Park highlights and features Popular with both adults and kids, Dino Park Mini Golf is an ideal family outing destination. Because of Phuket’s high humidity and heat, it’s best to frequent the place after the heat of the day has abated. The 18-hole mini-golf course has different dinosaurs at each hole and is challenging in parts but nevertheless ‘doable’ for younger players. The clever lighting and atmospheric volcano that ‘erupts’ every 30 minutes with ersatz flames and a fog-like spray are best appreciated after dusk. There are lots of contrasts here: players will pass a primaeval swamp, go through a lava cave, flank a moving and roaring Tyrannosaurus Rex, pass under a 12-metre waterfall and beneath an erupting volcano – all with impressive lighting and sound effects. You won’t find much in the way of cooling breezes in Dino Park Mini Golf so be sure to wear mosquito repellent, dress light and to pack some bottled water. After a typical round of 40 minutes to an hour, the restaurant is a great place to cool off with a cold drink or burger, served up by Fred and Wilma dress-alikes. The décor of the restaurant is unique with its prehistoric/dinosaur theme with walls, chairs, tables and floors fashioned out of chunky concrete ‘rocks’. Because of the layout of Dino Park, it’s really best to go when the weather has been and still is dry. Dino Park Mini Golf Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 11pm Location: 47 Karon Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 330 625
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Dino Park Mini Golf
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Dino Park is a mini-golf course and restaurant located right in between Karon and Kata beaches on the Beach Road itself. The 18-hole course is themed on – you guessed it – dinosaurs, and has many large and life-like cement statues of the pre-historic creatures, along with an erupting ‘volcano’ as well as a themed restaurant. Popular with both adults and kids, Dino Park is an ideal family outing destination. Because of Phuket’s high humidity and heat, it’s best to arrive after the heat of day has subsided. You won’t find much in the way of cooling breezes in Dino Park so be sure to wear mosquito repellent, dress light and to pack some bottled water. After a typical round of around 1 hour, the restaurant makes for a great place to cool off with a cold drink or burger. Dino Park highlights and features Popular with both adults and kids, Dino Park Mini Golf is an ideal family outing destination. Because of Phuket’s high humidity and heat, it’s best to frequent the place after the heat of the day has abated. The 18-hole mini-golf course has different dinosaurs at each hole and is challenging in parts but nevertheless ‘doable’ for younger players. The clever lighting and atmospheric volcano that ‘erupts’ every 30 minutes with ersatz flames and a fog-like spray are best appreciated after dusk. There are lots of contrasts here: players will pass a primaeval swamp, go through a lava cave, flank a moving and roaring Tyrannosaurus Rex, pass under a 12-metre waterfall and beneath an erupting volcano – all with impressive lighting and sound effects. You won’t find much in the way of cooling breezes in Dino Park Mini Golf so be sure to wear mosquito repellent, dress light and to pack some bottled water. After a typical round of 40 minutes to an hour, the restaurant is a great place to cool off with a cold drink or burger, served up by Fred and Wilma dress-alikes. The décor of the restaurant is unique with its prehistoric/dinosaur theme with walls, chairs, tables and floors fashioned out of chunky concrete ‘rocks’. Because of the layout of Dino Park, it’s really best to go when the weather has been and still is dry. Dino Park Mini Golf Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 11pm Location: 47 Karon Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 330 625
Surf House Phuket is every surfer’s dream: a place where you can ride the waves every day no matter what the weather conditions. Surf House is a vibrant place to be. Apart from the pool area, there’s a trendy and busy café/restaurant to the side with cool sounds, bamboo trimmings, buffed concrete floors, heavy wooden furniture, and wall-mounted mini surfboards as a decorative theme. Located by the Kata/Karon administrative offices at Kata Beach, Surf House is centered on a high-pressure wave-generating machine that throws a four-inch-deep sheet of water up a sloping ‘pool’. Beginner surfers hold onto a guiding safety rope held by a staff member and, if they happen to fall or slip, instead of falling downwards the strong water flow ensures they fall upwards. Surf House Phuket is a world to itself and as a result, it is tremendously popular. Surf House Phuket's Flowrider An inflated divider dissects the ‘pool’ and this is easily removed so that more experienced surfers can perform their tricks with more space. This really is for all ages from children to adults. It's said that the inventor of this concept was still regularly surfing on it at the tender age of 90! The bottom and sides of the pool are lined with padded vinyl to soften any falls and it’s virtually impossible to surf over the top of the containing walls. Food and drinks at Surf House Phuket Surf House is a vibrant place to be. Apart from the pool area, there’s a trendy and busy café/restaurant to the side with cool sounds, bamboo trimmings, buffed concrete floors, heavy wooden furniture and wall-mounted mini surfboards as a decorative theme. This is where surfers and instructors gather and items on the menu include pomelo seafood salad, ‘surf’s up’ salad and other chill-out snack items. Prices are not bargain-basement cheap but an hour on the surf machine is certainly not as expensive as renting a jet-ski and it’s a whole lot more environmentally friendly. You'll need to pay a 1-time registration fee, after which you can pay by the hour or buy 3 hours at a time for a slight discount. If Kata Beach seems a little too far away for you, there is a second Surf House in Patong Beach. Surf House Phuket - Kata Beach Opening Hours: Daily from 9.30am to 12am Location: 4 Pakbang Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)81 979 7737
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Surf House Phuket - Kata Beach
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Surf House Phuket is every surfer’s dream: a place where you can ride the waves every day no matter what the weather conditions. Surf House is a vibrant place to be. Apart from the pool area, there’s a trendy and busy café/restaurant to the side with cool sounds, bamboo trimmings, buffed concrete floors, heavy wooden furniture, and wall-mounted mini surfboards as a decorative theme. Located by the Kata/Karon administrative offices at Kata Beach, Surf House is centered on a high-pressure wave-generating machine that throws a four-inch-deep sheet of water up a sloping ‘pool’. Beginner surfers hold onto a guiding safety rope held by a staff member and, if they happen to fall or slip, instead of falling downwards the strong water flow ensures they fall upwards. Surf House Phuket is a world to itself and as a result, it is tremendously popular. Surf House Phuket's Flowrider An inflated divider dissects the ‘pool’ and this is easily removed so that more experienced surfers can perform their tricks with more space. This really is for all ages from children to adults. It's said that the inventor of this concept was still regularly surfing on it at the tender age of 90! The bottom and sides of the pool are lined with padded vinyl to soften any falls and it’s virtually impossible to surf over the top of the containing walls. Food and drinks at Surf House Phuket Surf House is a vibrant place to be. Apart from the pool area, there’s a trendy and busy café/restaurant to the side with cool sounds, bamboo trimmings, buffed concrete floors, heavy wooden furniture and wall-mounted mini surfboards as a decorative theme. This is where surfers and instructors gather and items on the menu include pomelo seafood salad, ‘surf’s up’ salad and other chill-out snack items. Prices are not bargain-basement cheap but an hour on the surf machine is certainly not as expensive as renting a jet-ski and it’s a whole lot more environmentally friendly. You'll need to pay a 1-time registration fee, after which you can pay by the hour or buy 3 hours at a time for a slight discount. If Kata Beach seems a little too far away for you, there is a second Surf House in Patong Beach. Surf House Phuket - Kata Beach Opening Hours: Daily from 9.30am to 12am Location: 4 Pakbang Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)81 979 7737
Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is one of the new breed of elephant attractions, that's spreading across Thailand and is the most humane way to see these majestic giants. Effectively a retirement home for creatures rescued from the more cruel and exploitative elephant parks, there are daily tours where you can see the residents enjoying the freedom of being wild animals again. It's important to note that the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is exactly that – a sanctuary. The tours are not the primary purpose of the 12-hectare facility, but the money raised from them helps to provide food, care and medicine for the relatively small number of resident elephants. As with the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project near Bang Pae Waterfall, this is not a petting zoo. You will not be able to ride the elephants, but you can walk with and feed them and watch as they roam, forage, bathe and play in a natural environment. Visiting Phuket Elephant Sanctuary The half-day tour at the sanctuary starts from meeting at the office in the Paklok area north of Phuket Town at around 9.30am or 1.30pm. It features a vegetarian Thai lunch or dinner, as well as an educational presentation on the work of the sanctuary and, of course, the opportunity to meet the elephants. You will return to the collection point by about 1pm or 5pm. You're advised to bring a copy of your passport, personal travel insurance, sun protection and clothes which you don’t mind getting dirty. If half a day isn’t enough for you, Phuket Elephant Sanctuary also has a full-day tour and a week-long volunteer programme, during which you'll be provided with accommodation and some meals. You'll be helping out with a variety of tasks, including food preparation (both for tour guests and the elephants), mucking out, maintaining the buildings and structures and working with the elephants. Phuket Elephant Sanctuary Opening Hours: Daily from 9.30am to 5pm Location: 100 Moo 2, Paklok, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 529 099
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Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
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Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is one of the new breed of elephant attractions, that's spreading across Thailand and is the most humane way to see these majestic giants. Effectively a retirement home for creatures rescued from the more cruel and exploitative elephant parks, there are daily tours where you can see the residents enjoying the freedom of being wild animals again. It's important to note that the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is exactly that – a sanctuary. The tours are not the primary purpose of the 12-hectare facility, but the money raised from them helps to provide food, care and medicine for the relatively small number of resident elephants. As with the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project near Bang Pae Waterfall, this is not a petting zoo. You will not be able to ride the elephants, but you can walk with and feed them and watch as they roam, forage, bathe and play in a natural environment. Visiting Phuket Elephant Sanctuary The half-day tour at the sanctuary starts from meeting at the office in the Paklok area north of Phuket Town at around 9.30am or 1.30pm. It features a vegetarian Thai lunch or dinner, as well as an educational presentation on the work of the sanctuary and, of course, the opportunity to meet the elephants. You will return to the collection point by about 1pm or 5pm. You're advised to bring a copy of your passport, personal travel insurance, sun protection and clothes which you don’t mind getting dirty. If half a day isn’t enough for you, Phuket Elephant Sanctuary also has a full-day tour and a week-long volunteer programme, during which you'll be provided with accommodation and some meals. You'll be helping out with a variety of tasks, including food preparation (both for tour guests and the elephants), mucking out, maintaining the buildings and structures and working with the elephants. Phuket Elephant Sanctuary Opening Hours: Daily from 9.30am to 5pm Location: 100 Moo 2, Paklok, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 529 099
Night Market
Kata Night Market is a covered shopping area with a very large food court and a selection of mostly tourist-oriented stalls. Found on Kata New Road, it is impossible to miss the giant gorilla and Hulk statues by the entrances. Indeed, it should not be missed as you will find plenty of good savings on meals and souvenirs. The main market contains fairly typical wares, including herbal treatments, t-shirts, bags, flip-flops, souvenirs, swimwear, beach toys, and some artworks. Highlights of Kata Night Market in Phuket Most of the food at Kata Night Market is Thai, with a lot of seafood dishes. The central part of the food court has plenty of seats and tables for you to enjoy your meals. There are passages between the 3 pavilions, making it possible to explore the entire market without heading outside, making it easy to enjoy some shopping even on a rainy evening. The main market contains fairly typical wares, such as herbal products, shirts, bags, flip-flops, souvenirs, swimwear, and local artworks. Prices are very reasonable compared to most markets in Phuket. With its high ceilings and spacious layout, Kata Night Market is one of the airier markets in Phuket. It's comfortable to explore even on quite a stuffy, humid night. The market's compact size means that looking around won't take you too long, but it's well worth a visit if you are looking for some good bargains on souvenirs in Kata. Kata Night Market in Phuket Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to 10pm Location: Patak Rd, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Kata Night Market
Kata Night Market is a covered shopping area with a very large food court and a selection of mostly tourist-oriented stalls. Found on Kata New Road, it is impossible to miss the giant gorilla and Hulk statues by the entrances. Indeed, it should not be missed as you will find plenty of good savings on meals and souvenirs. The main market contains fairly typical wares, including herbal treatments, t-shirts, bags, flip-flops, souvenirs, swimwear, beach toys, and some artworks. Highlights of Kata Night Market in Phuket Most of the food at Kata Night Market is Thai, with a lot of seafood dishes. The central part of the food court has plenty of seats and tables for you to enjoy your meals. There are passages between the 3 pavilions, making it possible to explore the entire market without heading outside, making it easy to enjoy some shopping even on a rainy evening. The main market contains fairly typical wares, such as herbal products, shirts, bags, flip-flops, souvenirs, swimwear, and local artworks. Prices are very reasonable compared to most markets in Phuket. With its high ceilings and spacious layout, Kata Night Market is one of the airier markets in Phuket. It's comfortable to explore even on quite a stuffy, humid night. The market's compact size means that looking around won't take you too long, but it's well worth a visit if you are looking for some good bargains on souvenirs in Kata. Kata Night Market in Phuket Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to 10pm Location: Patak Rd, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Phuket Weekend Market or Naka Market or even Chaofa Variety Weekend Market is an immense night bazaar located near Central Festival in Phuket Town. Occasionally it’s even called ‘Phuket Chatuchak’ by reference to the giant Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok and Thais call it ‘Talad Tairod’, which means ‘Car Boot Sale’. Actually ‘Naka Market’ seems to be the name everyone is now using. Chao Fa West Road, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Naka Weekend Market
Phuket Weekend Market or Naka Market or even Chaofa Variety Weekend Market is an immense night bazaar located near Central Festival in Phuket Town. Occasionally it’s even called ‘Phuket Chatuchak’ by reference to the giant Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok and Thais call it ‘Talad Tairod’, which means ‘Car Boot Sale’. Actually ‘Naka Market’ seems to be the name everyone is now using. Chao Fa West Road, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Talad Kaset Night Market is considered the largest night market in downtown Phuket. It’s the place where you can sample tasty street food influenced by 3 different cultures; Thai, Chinese and Muslim. You can easily find it right behind Robinson Department Store. This market gets busy after 8 pm but it’s ready to welcome customers from early evening and continues operating until late. Many night-shift workers stop by before heading to work and clubbers often come here for snacks before calling it a night. There are several vendors selling similar dishes such as pork or shrimp noodle soups, seafood, spicy salads and stir-fried and wok-prepared dishes. So, for the best eats, look for stalls that have the most customers. Dishes worth trying include: Kao mok kai – Steamed yellow spicy rice with chicken Kaomun kai tod – Deep-fried chicken with rice Kao cluk kapi – Rice with shrimp paste Suki talay – Thai-style sukiyaki with seafood Kao lao moo – Clear soup with vegetables and pork Dim sum – A Cantonese dish of small steamed or fried dumplings containing various fillings Traditionally, food is served in small steamer baskets as seen in many Chinese restaurants around the world. There are several vendors selling similar dishes such as pork or shrimp noodle soups, seafood, spicy salads and stir-fried and wok-prepared dishes. So, for the best eats, look for stalls that have the most customers. Dishes worth trying include: Kao mok kai – Steamed yellow spicy rice with chicken Kaomun kai tod – Deep-fried chicken with rice Kao cluk kapi – Rice with shrimp paste Suki talay – Thai-style sukiyaki with seafood Kao lao moo – Clear soup with vegetables and pork Dim sum – A Cantonese dish of small steamed or fried dumplings containing various fillings Traditionally, food is served in small steamer baskets as seen in many Chinese restaurants around the world. Sweets and beverages After all that food, it’s good to wash everything down with exotic drinks like soybean milk, sweet ginger tea, Asiatic pennywort drink and butterfly pea drink (it’s a lovely colour, too). All can be enjoyed hot or cold. Kanom sod or Thai traditional sweets are not only colourful but they also come in a wide variety. They are made using local ingredients such as coconuts, bananas, rice, pumpkins, sugarcane, taro, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, lotus seeds and more. There are a few vendors selling kanom sod at this food market. Take your time to look around and don’t forget to whip out your camera! There are several vendors selling similar dishes such as pork or shrimp noodle soups, seafood, spicy salads and stir-fried and wok-prepared dishes. So, for the best eats, look for stalls that have the most customers. Dishes worth trying include: Kao mok kai – Steamed yellow spicy rice with chicken Kaomun kai tod – Deep-fried chicken with rice Kao cluk kapi – Rice with shrimp paste Suki talay – Thai-style sukiyaki with seafood Kao lao moo – Clear soup with vegetables and pork Dim sum – A Cantonese dish of small steamed or fried dumplings containing various fillings Traditionally, food is served in small steamer baskets as seen in many Chinese restaurants around the world. Sweets and beverages After all that food, it’s good to wash everything down with exotic drinks like soybean milk, sweet ginger tea, Asiatic pennywort drink and butterfly pea drink (it’s a lovely colour, too). All can be enjoyed hot or cold. Kanom sod or Thai traditional sweets are not only colourful but they also come in a wide variety. They are made using local ingredients such as coconuts, bananas, rice, pumpkins, sugarcane, taro, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, lotus seeds and more. There are a few vendors selling kanom sod at this food market. Take your time to look around and don’t forget to whip out your camera! Good to know about Talad Kaset Night Market Some of the stalls at Talad Kaset Night Market display prices while some don’t. The good thing is that their prices are pretty much the same and very cheap. You can enjoy quite a number of items here for around 120–150 baht at the most. There is a newer night food/snack alley but on a smaller scale located at the town’s original bus station on Phang Nga Road. Choices of food there might be limited compared to Talad Kaset Market, but it’s getting more and more popular lately. Check it out if you are in the area. Talad Kaset Night Market Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to midnight Location: Thavornwogwong Road, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Talad Kaset Night Market
Talad Kaset Night Market is considered the largest night market in downtown Phuket. It’s the place where you can sample tasty street food influenced by 3 different cultures; Thai, Chinese and Muslim. You can easily find it right behind Robinson Department Store. This market gets busy after 8 pm but it’s ready to welcome customers from early evening and continues operating until late. Many night-shift workers stop by before heading to work and clubbers often come here for snacks before calling it a night. There are several vendors selling similar dishes such as pork or shrimp noodle soups, seafood, spicy salads and stir-fried and wok-prepared dishes. So, for the best eats, look for stalls that have the most customers. Dishes worth trying include: Kao mok kai – Steamed yellow spicy rice with chicken Kaomun kai tod – Deep-fried chicken with rice Kao cluk kapi – Rice with shrimp paste Suki talay – Thai-style sukiyaki with seafood Kao lao moo – Clear soup with vegetables and pork Dim sum – A Cantonese dish of small steamed or fried dumplings containing various fillings Traditionally, food is served in small steamer baskets as seen in many Chinese restaurants around the world. There are several vendors selling similar dishes such as pork or shrimp noodle soups, seafood, spicy salads and stir-fried and wok-prepared dishes. So, for the best eats, look for stalls that have the most customers. Dishes worth trying include: Kao mok kai – Steamed yellow spicy rice with chicken Kaomun kai tod – Deep-fried chicken with rice Kao cluk kapi – Rice with shrimp paste Suki talay – Thai-style sukiyaki with seafood Kao lao moo – Clear soup with vegetables and pork Dim sum – A Cantonese dish of small steamed or fried dumplings containing various fillings Traditionally, food is served in small steamer baskets as seen in many Chinese restaurants around the world. Sweets and beverages After all that food, it’s good to wash everything down with exotic drinks like soybean milk, sweet ginger tea, Asiatic pennywort drink and butterfly pea drink (it’s a lovely colour, too). All can be enjoyed hot or cold. Kanom sod or Thai traditional sweets are not only colourful but they also come in a wide variety. They are made using local ingredients such as coconuts, bananas, rice, pumpkins, sugarcane, taro, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, lotus seeds and more. There are a few vendors selling kanom sod at this food market. Take your time to look around and don’t forget to whip out your camera! There are several vendors selling similar dishes such as pork or shrimp noodle soups, seafood, spicy salads and stir-fried and wok-prepared dishes. So, for the best eats, look for stalls that have the most customers. Dishes worth trying include: Kao mok kai – Steamed yellow spicy rice with chicken Kaomun kai tod – Deep-fried chicken with rice Kao cluk kapi – Rice with shrimp paste Suki talay – Thai-style sukiyaki with seafood Kao lao moo – Clear soup with vegetables and pork Dim sum – A Cantonese dish of small steamed or fried dumplings containing various fillings Traditionally, food is served in small steamer baskets as seen in many Chinese restaurants around the world. Sweets and beverages After all that food, it’s good to wash everything down with exotic drinks like soybean milk, sweet ginger tea, Asiatic pennywort drink and butterfly pea drink (it’s a lovely colour, too). All can be enjoyed hot or cold. Kanom sod or Thai traditional sweets are not only colourful but they also come in a wide variety. They are made using local ingredients such as coconuts, bananas, rice, pumpkins, sugarcane, taro, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, lotus seeds and more. There are a few vendors selling kanom sod at this food market. Take your time to look around and don’t forget to whip out your camera! Good to know about Talad Kaset Night Market Some of the stalls at Talad Kaset Night Market display prices while some don’t. The good thing is that their prices are pretty much the same and very cheap. You can enjoy quite a number of items here for around 120–150 baht at the most. There is a newer night food/snack alley but on a smaller scale located at the town’s original bus station on Phang Nga Road. Choices of food there might be limited compared to Talad Kaset Market, but it’s getting more and more popular lately. Check it out if you are in the area. Talad Kaset Night Market Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to midnight Location: Thavornwogwong Road, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Phuket weekend night market is located near Central Festival Phuket Mall and opens on weekends from 4 to 10 pm. Its a relatively large night bazaar with many stall selling all kinds of items. Wichit Subdistrict, Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand
Phuket Chatuchak
Phuket weekend night market is located near Central Festival Phuket Mall and opens on weekends from 4 to 10 pm. Its a relatively large night bazaar with many stall selling all kinds of items. Wichit Subdistrict, Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand
The Phuket Indy Market is a place locals – especially teenagers and young adults – come to enjoy themselves with an entertaining mix of vendors, live performances and more. It's held on 3 nights of the week on Dibuk Road and is known in Thai as Laad Ploy Khong ('a market to let go of your goods'). The good thing about this lively but relatively unknown night market is that it’s small and clean. It made up of just 1 lane alongside Limelight Avenue Phuket. It takes about 15-20 minutes to take the whole place in and it has a happy, carefree feel to it. Highlights of Phuket Indy Market The goods displayed at Phuket Indy Market include jeans, flip-flops, shoes and ladies’ bags made from water hyacinth. But some items are quite unique, such as customised handmade key rings. Probably the most fun item of all is a single grain of rice with your name stencilled onto it, to be used as part of a pendant, keyring or bracelet. Happily, prices are usually very low, even for stuff like this. If you fancy having a special souvenir made just for you and/or your loved one(s) check out the artist booths. They do portraits and caricatures by order in a short time. Nearby, you’ll find professional manicurist stands. Prices depend on the choices of material but start as low as 90 baht. What not to miss at Phuket Indy Night Market It’s best to come here with an appetite as there are a lot of delicious and cheap snacks available. If possible, take your time and try as many as you can, including Thai spicy salad, fried fish paste balls, chicken BBQ (that goes very well with sticky rice), beef and seafood BBQ, crispy gyoza (a kind of Chinese dumpling) and fish maw soup. The last is a must! In the sweets section, the list goes on and on from soft sponge cake to colourful candies and Thai-style crepes. Check out the traditional street sweet by the name of kanom buang (or Thai crispy pancake) that resembles a taco, but is made from rice flour. They first top it with coconut cream, followed by some sweet toppings. It not only looks lovely but it tastes good, too. Beverages range from sugarcane and orange juice to old-style tea and coffee. If you are looking for a more sophisticated drink, try the cocktail booth featuring both alcohol and non-alcoholic cocktails for about 100 baht a drink. Good to know about Phuket Indy Market Visitors can park at the Queen Sirikit Park’s car park right across the road from Indy Market as well as the big parking space behind Lemongrass Restaurant. The organizers have been using this stage to promote Thai traditional festivals, international events and the building up of public awareness for issues including World Aids Day and Safe Sex Awareness, so watch out for special events throughout the year. Phuket Indy Night Market Opening Hours: Wednesday–Friday from 4pm to 10.30pm Location: Limelight Avenue Phuket, Dibuk Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)89 474 5253
Phuket Indy night market
The Phuket Indy Market is a place locals – especially teenagers and young adults – come to enjoy themselves with an entertaining mix of vendors, live performances and more. It's held on 3 nights of the week on Dibuk Road and is known in Thai as Laad Ploy Khong ('a market to let go of your goods'). The good thing about this lively but relatively unknown night market is that it’s small and clean. It made up of just 1 lane alongside Limelight Avenue Phuket. It takes about 15-20 minutes to take the whole place in and it has a happy, carefree feel to it. Highlights of Phuket Indy Market The goods displayed at Phuket Indy Market include jeans, flip-flops, shoes and ladies’ bags made from water hyacinth. But some items are quite unique, such as customised handmade key rings. Probably the most fun item of all is a single grain of rice with your name stencilled onto it, to be used as part of a pendant, keyring or bracelet. Happily, prices are usually very low, even for stuff like this. If you fancy having a special souvenir made just for you and/or your loved one(s) check out the artist booths. They do portraits and caricatures by order in a short time. Nearby, you’ll find professional manicurist stands. Prices depend on the choices of material but start as low as 90 baht. What not to miss at Phuket Indy Night Market It’s best to come here with an appetite as there are a lot of delicious and cheap snacks available. If possible, take your time and try as many as you can, including Thai spicy salad, fried fish paste balls, chicken BBQ (that goes very well with sticky rice), beef and seafood BBQ, crispy gyoza (a kind of Chinese dumpling) and fish maw soup. The last is a must! In the sweets section, the list goes on and on from soft sponge cake to colourful candies and Thai-style crepes. Check out the traditional street sweet by the name of kanom buang (or Thai crispy pancake) that resembles a taco, but is made from rice flour. They first top it with coconut cream, followed by some sweet toppings. It not only looks lovely but it tastes good, too. Beverages range from sugarcane and orange juice to old-style tea and coffee. If you are looking for a more sophisticated drink, try the cocktail booth featuring both alcohol and non-alcoholic cocktails for about 100 baht a drink. Good to know about Phuket Indy Market Visitors can park at the Queen Sirikit Park’s car park right across the road from Indy Market as well as the big parking space behind Lemongrass Restaurant. The organizers have been using this stage to promote Thai traditional festivals, international events and the building up of public awareness for issues including World Aids Day and Safe Sex Awareness, so watch out for special events throughout the year. Phuket Indy Night Market Opening Hours: Wednesday–Friday from 4pm to 10.30pm Location: Limelight Avenue Phuket, Dibuk Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)89 474 5253
OTOP Patong Market Phuket promotes locally made products sourced from subdistricts (tambon) throughout Thailand. Its name is an acronym for ‘One Tambon One Product’. The market encourages village communities to improve their products' quality and marketing. A superior product is selected from each tambon to receive formal branding as an OTOP product. Expect plenty of traditional handicrafts, silk garments, cotton products, pottery, fashion accessories, household items and regional food. Highlights of OTOP Patong Market Phuket OTOP Patong Market Phuket is on Rat-U-Thit Road, directly opposite Dusit D2 Phuket and Hard Rock Café. The market gets busy when small bars within its compound start to fill up in the late evenings. Stall owners rarely hassle passersby, which you often encounter on Soi Bangla and Beach Road. You can combine a night out of drinking at the (mostly Aussie) bars lining the alleys with some souvenir shopping. There’s a money exchange bureau at the corner of the market on the main road, as well as several ATMs. Along the well-lit alleyways, you’ll find several restaurants, mobile food carts, a designated whiskey shop, and a Black Canyon Coffee outlet. What to buy at OTOP Patong Market Phuket Even though the original idea of promoting traditional handicrafts has inevitably been compromised, there's at least one stall specialising in OTOP products. Popular items include wooden Buddha heads, attractive and cheap vases, embroidered bags, picture frames, and wooden toys. OTOP Patong Market Phuket also stocks typical night market goods, such as purses, smartphone accessories, watches, and clothes at a fraction of the cost back home. The night market is more of a multi-faceted experience than a serious shopping venue in Phuket. Many travellers visit after 10pm to enjoy a few beers and snacks, as well as peruse the many stalls at the market. OTOP Patong Market Phuket Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to midnight Location: 237/15-20 Patong Beach, Rat Uthit, 200 Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Patong OTOP Night Market
OTOP Patong Market Phuket promotes locally made products sourced from subdistricts (tambon) throughout Thailand. Its name is an acronym for ‘One Tambon One Product’. The market encourages village communities to improve their products' quality and marketing. A superior product is selected from each tambon to receive formal branding as an OTOP product. Expect plenty of traditional handicrafts, silk garments, cotton products, pottery, fashion accessories, household items and regional food. Highlights of OTOP Patong Market Phuket OTOP Patong Market Phuket is on Rat-U-Thit Road, directly opposite Dusit D2 Phuket and Hard Rock Café. The market gets busy when small bars within its compound start to fill up in the late evenings. Stall owners rarely hassle passersby, which you often encounter on Soi Bangla and Beach Road. You can combine a night out of drinking at the (mostly Aussie) bars lining the alleys with some souvenir shopping. There’s a money exchange bureau at the corner of the market on the main road, as well as several ATMs. Along the well-lit alleyways, you’ll find several restaurants, mobile food carts, a designated whiskey shop, and a Black Canyon Coffee outlet. What to buy at OTOP Patong Market Phuket Even though the original idea of promoting traditional handicrafts has inevitably been compromised, there's at least one stall specialising in OTOP products. Popular items include wooden Buddha heads, attractive and cheap vases, embroidered bags, picture frames, and wooden toys. OTOP Patong Market Phuket also stocks typical night market goods, such as purses, smartphone accessories, watches, and clothes at a fraction of the cost back home. The night market is more of a multi-faceted experience than a serious shopping venue in Phuket. Many travellers visit after 10pm to enjoy a few beers and snacks, as well as peruse the many stalls at the market. OTOP Patong Market Phuket Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to midnight Location: 237/15-20 Patong Beach, Rat Uthit, 200 Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Walking Street Kata Sea Food Market
Must-See Temples in Phuket
Our list of the must-see temples in Phuket comprises wats (Buddhist temples) and Chinese shrines (Taoist temples). Wats are among the most important symbols of Thailand, partly because the majority of Thais are Buddhist and partly because they are so beautiful. In Phuket alone, there are 29 Buddhist temples spread around the island. Chinese shrines also have great importance in Thailand, and especially Phuket, due to the great Chinese community that migrated to Thailand through the centuries. There are as many Chinese shrines as wats in Phuket, so you are sure to find a colourful and interesting temple near to where you are staying. Here are some of the best in Phuket and in neighbouring Phang Nga Province.
Wat Kitti Sangkharam (Kata Temple) lies in the eastern part of Kata, at the foot of a forested mountain. The Buddhist temple dates back to 1832 and has a beautiful ordination hall housing a statue of Lord Buddha, a monastery pavilion, monks’ dormitories, and a primary school. Wat Kitti Sangkharam is an impressive sight, with bright and fresh colors throughout most of its buildings. Make sure you dress conservatively during your visit. Location: 44 Kata Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Wat Kitti Sangkharam
44 Thanon Kata
Wat Kitti Sangkharam (Kata Temple) lies in the eastern part of Kata, at the foot of a forested mountain. The Buddhist temple dates back to 1832 and has a beautiful ordination hall housing a statue of Lord Buddha, a monastery pavilion, monks’ dormitories, and a primary school. Wat Kitti Sangkharam is an impressive sight, with bright and fresh colors throughout most of its buildings. Make sure you dress conservatively during your visit. Location: 44 Kata Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Wat Chalong, the largest, most revered and most visited Buddhist temple in Phuket was built at the beginning of the 19th century, 1837 according to some sources. Chalong Temple (officially Wat Chaiyatararam) is one of the Must-See places in Phuket, together with the nearby Big Buddha of Phuket as they are relatively close to each other. The tallest building on the grounds of Wat Chalong is a 60 meters tall stupa (chedi) sheltering a bone fragment of Lord Buddha. Walls and ceilings of the temple are decorated with beautiful painting retracing the most significant steps of Buddha’s life. Each floor is also full of large donated golden statues. Wat Chalong Chedi is built on three floors so feel free to climb all the way to the top floor terrace to get a beautiful bird view on the entire temple grounds. Few more steps will lead you to a glass display where the fragment of bone can be contemplated. You can see the nearby Phuket Big Buddha from there, but you can see it from almost anywhere in the southern part of Phuket island. The central temple is where most Thai people will make merit by offering lotus flowers and adding a small piece of gold paper to the monk’s statues inside. Is there a dress code at Wat Chalong? In theory, you should wear long pants and no sleeveless shirts on the grounds of the temple, but this requirement seems to belong to a past era. No need to tell you to remove your shoes before enterering any of the buildings, you hopefully already know that. A sea of shoes randomely abandonned in front of the temple will remind it to you anyway. Once in a while, you will hear loud explosions of firecrackers coming from a brick oven-like construction. That’s another way to make merit, supposedly to show your gratitude when one of your wishes came true. One person stands by to lit the firecrackers for you, the big ones are pretty scary but make fun photos (see video). On the side of the temple, a dozen small shops are selling all kinds of souvenirs and tourist stuff. Strangely, the shops selling religious items are outside the temple ground, next to the gate, go figure. Then there are the occasional large funfairs, displaying lots of food, plenty of favourite Thai games and big stage performances. It’s always fun, noisy, entertaining and will undoubtedly give you interesting of opportunities to take some fun photos and insight on Thai life. BUDGET TRAVELMUST DOTEMPLESWHAT TO DO IN PHUKET Wat Chalong – Phuket’s Most Important Temple Willy Thuan8 September 201823067 What is Chalong Temple? Contents [show] Wat Chalong, the largest, most revered and most visited Buddhist temple in Phuket was built at the beginning of the 19th century, 1837 according to some sources. Chalong Temple (officially Wat Chaiyatararam) is one of the Must-See places in Phuket, together with the nearby Big Buddha of Phuket as they are relatively close to each other. Wat Chalong Temple in Phuket The tallest building on the grounds of Wat Chalong is a 60 meters tall stupa (chedi) sheltering a bone fragment of Lord Buddha. Walls and ceilings of the temple are decorated with beautiful painting retracing the most significant steps of Buddha’s life. Each floor is also full of large donated golden statues. Wat Chalong Wat Chalong Chedi is built on three floors so feel free to climb all the way to the top floor terrace to get a beautiful bird view on the entire temple grounds. Few more steps will lead you to a glass display where the fragment of bone can be contemplated. You can see the nearby Phuket Big Buddha from there, but you can see it from almost anywhere in the southern part of Phuket island. The central temple is where most Thai people will make merit by offering lotus flowers and adding a small piece of gold paper to the monk’s statues inside. Is there a dress code at Wat Chalong? In theory, you should wear long pants and no sleeveless shirts on the grounds of the temple, but this requirement seems to belong to a past era. No need to tell you to remove your shoes before enterering any of the buildings, you hopefully already know that. A sea of shoes randomely abandonned in front of the temple will remind it to you anyway. Wat Chalong Temple Once in a while, you will hear loud explosions of firecrackers coming from a brick oven-like construction. That’s another way to make merit, supposedly to show your gratitude when one of your wishes came true. One person stands by to lit the firecrackers for you, the big ones are pretty scary but make fun photos (see video). On the side of the temple, a dozen small shops are selling all kinds of souvenirs and tourist stuff. Strangely, the shops selling religious items are outside the temple ground, next to the gate, go figure. Wat Chalong Bird View Then there are the occasional large funfairs, displaying lots of food, plenty of favourite Thai games and big stage performances. It’s always fun, noisy, entertaining and will undoubtedly give you interesting of opportunities to take some fun photos and insight on Thai life. Inside Chalong temple main building Things to Know There is no entry fee Dress respectfully Take off your shoes, remove caps or hats when entering a building How to Get There? From Phuket town, take ‘Chaofah Road’ in the direction of Chalong and Rawai. There are two Chaofah Roads: the one you need is passing in front of Central Festival and all the shopping malls. It’s about 10 km from Central on the left, well indicated. Useful Tips: Big Buddha Phuket Wat Chalong is a nice stop on the way to the nearest interesting point: the Big Buddha. If you like temples, see also the reclining Buddha of Wat Sri Sunthon. Photos of Wat Chalong Wat Chalong templewat-chalong-1-1wat-chalong-2-1 wat-chalong-temple-phuket1chalong-temple-phuket-1wat-chalong-new-temple chalong-temple-phuket1 Wat Chalong Street View Wat Chalong Information Address: 70/6 Chao Fah Tawan Tok Road, Chalong, Phuket 83130 Open: 7 am – 5 pm (but you can walk around the temple grounds anytime) Phone: 076 381 226 Dress Code: No short skirts or short pants, no sleeveless Tee shirts Price: Free Built: 1837 Official name: Wat Chaiyathararam
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Chaiyathararam Temple
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Wat Chalong, the largest, most revered and most visited Buddhist temple in Phuket was built at the beginning of the 19th century, 1837 according to some sources. Chalong Temple (officially Wat Chaiyatararam) is one of the Must-See places in Phuket, together with the nearby Big Buddha of Phuket as they are relatively close to each other. The tallest building on the grounds of Wat Chalong is a 60 meters tall stupa (chedi) sheltering a bone fragment of Lord Buddha. Walls and ceilings of the temple are decorated with beautiful painting retracing the most significant steps of Buddha’s life. Each floor is also full of large donated golden statues. Wat Chalong Chedi is built on three floors so feel free to climb all the way to the top floor terrace to get a beautiful bird view on the entire temple grounds. Few more steps will lead you to a glass display where the fragment of bone can be contemplated. You can see the nearby Phuket Big Buddha from there, but you can see it from almost anywhere in the southern part of Phuket island. The central temple is where most Thai people will make merit by offering lotus flowers and adding a small piece of gold paper to the monk’s statues inside. Is there a dress code at Wat Chalong? In theory, you should wear long pants and no sleeveless shirts on the grounds of the temple, but this requirement seems to belong to a past era. No need to tell you to remove your shoes before enterering any of the buildings, you hopefully already know that. A sea of shoes randomely abandonned in front of the temple will remind it to you anyway. Once in a while, you will hear loud explosions of firecrackers coming from a brick oven-like construction. That’s another way to make merit, supposedly to show your gratitude when one of your wishes came true. One person stands by to lit the firecrackers for you, the big ones are pretty scary but make fun photos (see video). On the side of the temple, a dozen small shops are selling all kinds of souvenirs and tourist stuff. Strangely, the shops selling religious items are outside the temple ground, next to the gate, go figure. Then there are the occasional large funfairs, displaying lots of food, plenty of favourite Thai games and big stage performances. It’s always fun, noisy, entertaining and will undoubtedly give you interesting of opportunities to take some fun photos and insight on Thai life. BUDGET TRAVELMUST DOTEMPLESWHAT TO DO IN PHUKET Wat Chalong – Phuket’s Most Important Temple Willy Thuan8 September 201823067 What is Chalong Temple? Contents [show] Wat Chalong, the largest, most revered and most visited Buddhist temple in Phuket was built at the beginning of the 19th century, 1837 according to some sources. Chalong Temple (officially Wat Chaiyatararam) is one of the Must-See places in Phuket, together with the nearby Big Buddha of Phuket as they are relatively close to each other. Wat Chalong Temple in Phuket The tallest building on the grounds of Wat Chalong is a 60 meters tall stupa (chedi) sheltering a bone fragment of Lord Buddha. Walls and ceilings of the temple are decorated with beautiful painting retracing the most significant steps of Buddha’s life. Each floor is also full of large donated golden statues. Wat Chalong Wat Chalong Chedi is built on three floors so feel free to climb all the way to the top floor terrace to get a beautiful bird view on the entire temple grounds. Few more steps will lead you to a glass display where the fragment of bone can be contemplated. You can see the nearby Phuket Big Buddha from there, but you can see it from almost anywhere in the southern part of Phuket island. The central temple is where most Thai people will make merit by offering lotus flowers and adding a small piece of gold paper to the monk’s statues inside. Is there a dress code at Wat Chalong? In theory, you should wear long pants and no sleeveless shirts on the grounds of the temple, but this requirement seems to belong to a past era. No need to tell you to remove your shoes before enterering any of the buildings, you hopefully already know that. A sea of shoes randomely abandonned in front of the temple will remind it to you anyway. Wat Chalong Temple Once in a while, you will hear loud explosions of firecrackers coming from a brick oven-like construction. That’s another way to make merit, supposedly to show your gratitude when one of your wishes came true. One person stands by to lit the firecrackers for you, the big ones are pretty scary but make fun photos (see video). On the side of the temple, a dozen small shops are selling all kinds of souvenirs and tourist stuff. Strangely, the shops selling religious items are outside the temple ground, next to the gate, go figure. Wat Chalong Bird View Then there are the occasional large funfairs, displaying lots of food, plenty of favourite Thai games and big stage performances. It’s always fun, noisy, entertaining and will undoubtedly give you interesting of opportunities to take some fun photos and insight on Thai life. Inside Chalong temple main building Things to Know There is no entry fee Dress respectfully Take off your shoes, remove caps or hats when entering a building How to Get There? From Phuket town, take ‘Chaofah Road’ in the direction of Chalong and Rawai. There are two Chaofah Roads: the one you need is passing in front of Central Festival and all the shopping malls. It’s about 10 km from Central on the left, well indicated. Useful Tips: Big Buddha Phuket Wat Chalong is a nice stop on the way to the nearest interesting point: the Big Buddha. If you like temples, see also the reclining Buddha of Wat Sri Sunthon. Photos of Wat Chalong Wat Chalong templewat-chalong-1-1wat-chalong-2-1 wat-chalong-temple-phuket1chalong-temple-phuket-1wat-chalong-new-temple chalong-temple-phuket1 Wat Chalong Street View Wat Chalong Information Address: 70/6 Chao Fah Tawan Tok Road, Chalong, Phuket 83130 Open: 7 am – 5 pm (but you can walk around the temple grounds anytime) Phone: 076 381 226 Dress Code: No short skirts or short pants, no sleeveless Tee shirts Price: Free Built: 1837 Official name: Wat Chaiyathararam
Phuket's Big Buddha is one of the most important and revered landmarks on the island. The huge image sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and, at 45 metres tall, can be seen from as far away as Phuket Town and Karon Beach. The lofty site offers the best 360-degree views of the island, with sweeping vistas of Phuket Town, Kata, Karon, Chalong Bay and more. Relatively easily reachable via a winding 6-km road leading from Phuket's main artery route, it's a must-visit island destination. The Big Buddha statue Close up to the Phuket Big Buddha itself, the atmosphere is very peaceful. The only sounds to hear are the tinkling of small bells and the fluttering of yellow Buddhist flags in the compound, with soft background dharma music. Known among Thais as the Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha, the main statue was built in 2004 and is 25 metres across at the base. The whole body is made of reinforced concrete, layered with beautiful Burmese white jade marble that shines in the sun. The views and the actual image itself are breathtaking. Next to the main Phuket Big Buddha is a smaller Buddha statue, which is gold in colour, though actually made of 20 tonnes of brass. There are also several much smaller statues of Buddha and of revered monks. Building faith Dear Desire, Here we meet again. We were here together in 2005 and I hope to be back again some time. Until then, rest in peace. For Desire, an incredible woman (1931-2008) From your loving husband, Craig and family. This touching message is typical of those written on the thousands of bricks and white marble slabs used to make up the 30-million-baht statue. On a good day, more than 1,000 people visit the site, many donating money for the Phuket Big Buddha’s maintenance and to write messages on the purchased items for good luck and in memory of passed-away loved ones. The Big Buddha statue Close up to the Phuket Big Buddha itself, the atmosphere is very peaceful. The only sounds to hear are the tinkling of small bells and the fluttering of yellow Buddhist flags in the compound, with soft background dharma music. Known among Thais as the Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha, the main statue was built in 2004 and is 25 metres across at the base. The whole body is made of reinforced concrete, layered with beautiful Burmese white jade marble that shines in the sun. The views and the actual image itself are breathtaking. Next to the main Phuket Big Buddha is a smaller Buddha statue, which is gold in colour, though actually made of 20 tonnes of brass. There are also several much smaller statues of Buddha and of revered monks. Building faith Dear Desire, Here we meet again. We were here together in 2005 and I hope to be back again some time. Until then, rest in peace. For Desire, an incredible woman (1931-2008) From your loving husband, Craig and family. This touching message is typical of those written on the thousands of bricks and white marble slabs used to make up the 30-million-baht statue. On a good day, more than 1,000 people visit the site, many donating money for the Phuket Big Buddha’s maintenance and to write messages on the purchased items for good luck and in memory of passed-away loved ones. Donation boxes Funds for the massive structure come entirely from donations. Near the base of the Phuket Big Buddha is a hall displaying the project's history, some Buddhist teachings and countless donation boxes. As one of the most popular attractions in Phuket, with road signs pointing the way to it right across the island, it certainly gets plenty of visitors and donations. This does mean that it's one of the busiest attractions, with big crowds being quite common, particularly around sunset. What you need to know about Phuket Big Buddha What to wear? As the Phuket Big Buddha is a religious site, it's considered disrespectful to arrive in beachwear, short skirts and T-shirts with offensive texts or images. If you feel you have dressed a little too daringly, you can always ask for a sarong to cover up with. It's free of charge from the site centre. Driving up to the Big Buddha a) Nakkerd Sea View Restaurant is located near the Big Buddha and is a nice place to chill out after visiting the site. The food there is reasonable in terms of taste and price and the view, of course, is wonderful. b) The road to Nakkerd Hills is in ok condition, most of it is relatively new but some parts have been worn and damaged. It has many curves and some steep climbs, which less-powerful scooters can struggle with. Some young tourists enjoy hiking up, even though it usually takes them over an hour to reach the top. Big Buddha Phuket Opening Hours: Daily from 6am to 7pm Location: Soi Yot Sane 1, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)81 891 3827
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Big Buddha View Point
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Phuket's Big Buddha is one of the most important and revered landmarks on the island. The huge image sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and, at 45 metres tall, can be seen from as far away as Phuket Town and Karon Beach. The lofty site offers the best 360-degree views of the island, with sweeping vistas of Phuket Town, Kata, Karon, Chalong Bay and more. Relatively easily reachable via a winding 6-km road leading from Phuket's main artery route, it's a must-visit island destination. The Big Buddha statue Close up to the Phuket Big Buddha itself, the atmosphere is very peaceful. The only sounds to hear are the tinkling of small bells and the fluttering of yellow Buddhist flags in the compound, with soft background dharma music. Known among Thais as the Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha, the main statue was built in 2004 and is 25 metres across at the base. The whole body is made of reinforced concrete, layered with beautiful Burmese white jade marble that shines in the sun. The views and the actual image itself are breathtaking. Next to the main Phuket Big Buddha is a smaller Buddha statue, which is gold in colour, though actually made of 20 tonnes of brass. There are also several much smaller statues of Buddha and of revered monks. Building faith Dear Desire, Here we meet again. We were here together in 2005 and I hope to be back again some time. Until then, rest in peace. For Desire, an incredible woman (1931-2008) From your loving husband, Craig and family. This touching message is typical of those written on the thousands of bricks and white marble slabs used to make up the 30-million-baht statue. On a good day, more than 1,000 people visit the site, many donating money for the Phuket Big Buddha’s maintenance and to write messages on the purchased items for good luck and in memory of passed-away loved ones. The Big Buddha statue Close up to the Phuket Big Buddha itself, the atmosphere is very peaceful. The only sounds to hear are the tinkling of small bells and the fluttering of yellow Buddhist flags in the compound, with soft background dharma music. Known among Thais as the Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha, the main statue was built in 2004 and is 25 metres across at the base. The whole body is made of reinforced concrete, layered with beautiful Burmese white jade marble that shines in the sun. The views and the actual image itself are breathtaking. Next to the main Phuket Big Buddha is a smaller Buddha statue, which is gold in colour, though actually made of 20 tonnes of brass. There are also several much smaller statues of Buddha and of revered monks. Building faith Dear Desire, Here we meet again. We were here together in 2005 and I hope to be back again some time. Until then, rest in peace. For Desire, an incredible woman (1931-2008) From your loving husband, Craig and family. This touching message is typical of those written on the thousands of bricks and white marble slabs used to make up the 30-million-baht statue. On a good day, more than 1,000 people visit the site, many donating money for the Phuket Big Buddha’s maintenance and to write messages on the purchased items for good luck and in memory of passed-away loved ones. Donation boxes Funds for the massive structure come entirely from donations. Near the base of the Phuket Big Buddha is a hall displaying the project's history, some Buddhist teachings and countless donation boxes. As one of the most popular attractions in Phuket, with road signs pointing the way to it right across the island, it certainly gets plenty of visitors and donations. This does mean that it's one of the busiest attractions, with big crowds being quite common, particularly around sunset. What you need to know about Phuket Big Buddha What to wear? As the Phuket Big Buddha is a religious site, it's considered disrespectful to arrive in beachwear, short skirts and T-shirts with offensive texts or images. If you feel you have dressed a little too daringly, you can always ask for a sarong to cover up with. It's free of charge from the site centre. Driving up to the Big Buddha a) Nakkerd Sea View Restaurant is located near the Big Buddha and is a nice place to chill out after visiting the site. The food there is reasonable in terms of taste and price and the view, of course, is wonderful. b) The road to Nakkerd Hills is in ok condition, most of it is relatively new but some parts have been worn and damaged. It has many curves and some steep climbs, which less-powerful scooters can struggle with. Some young tourists enjoy hiking up, even though it usually takes them over an hour to reach the top. Big Buddha Phuket Opening Hours: Daily from 6am to 7pm Location: Soi Yot Sane 1, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)81 891 3827
Wat Khao Rang (or Sumnak Song Khao Rang) enjoys a great location in Phuket Town, on the slope of the popular Rang Hill. It has a large golden sitting Buddha – the first of its kind on the island and the spiritual centre of the island for many locals. This temple is busy at weekends when locals pay a visit. It not only looks amazing but was also the first big Buddha image Phuket had until the giant Buddha was built in the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata. Wat Khao Rang grounds are divided into 2 areas: the original building supporting the sitting Buddha on its roof, with its back against the green hillside, and the new temple next to it. Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to late afternoon Location: Khao Rang Hill, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 222 520
Wat Khao Rang Samakkhitham
Wat Khao Rang (or Sumnak Song Khao Rang) enjoys a great location in Phuket Town, on the slope of the popular Rang Hill. It has a large golden sitting Buddha – the first of its kind on the island and the spiritual centre of the island for many locals. This temple is busy at weekends when locals pay a visit. It not only looks amazing but was also the first big Buddha image Phuket had until the giant Buddha was built in the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata. Wat Khao Rang grounds are divided into 2 areas: the original building supporting the sitting Buddha on its roof, with its back against the green hillside, and the new temple next to it. Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to late afternoon Location: Khao Rang Hill, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 222 520
Wat Chalong has been welcoming visitors for over a century. Locals come to pray and tourists come to learn about Buddhism. The Grand Pagoda dominating the temple contains a splinter of Lord Buddha's bone and is officially named Phramahathatchedi-Jomthaibarameepragat. The pagoda is decorated with wall paintings depicting the Buddha's life story and also features various Buddha images. Take your time in the pagoda; it's a breezy, cool location and one which is very popular with visitors to the temple. Always busy and a colourful place to be, there's plenty of parking here. Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 5pm Location: 6 Chao Fah Tawan Tok Rd, Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 381 226
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Chaiyathararam Temple
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Wat Chalong has been welcoming visitors for over a century. Locals come to pray and tourists come to learn about Buddhism. The Grand Pagoda dominating the temple contains a splinter of Lord Buddha's bone and is officially named Phramahathatchedi-Jomthaibarameepragat. The pagoda is decorated with wall paintings depicting the Buddha's life story and also features various Buddha images. Take your time in the pagoda; it's a breezy, cool location and one which is very popular with visitors to the temple. Always busy and a colourful place to be, there's plenty of parking here. Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 5pm Location: 6 Chao Fah Tawan Tok Rd, Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 381 226
Jui Tui Shrine is a popular Chinese temple that plays a pivotal part in the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival. Located on Soi Phuthorn, Ranong Road, not far from Phuket’s main market, it’s a must-see site for all newcomers to Phuket as one of the oldest and the most respected spiritual centres around. Jui Tui Temple was previously located in Soi Romanee in Phuket Old Town and was moved to its current location after a fire many years ago. The grounds are quite impressive and display photos of the temple dating back to 1911 when it was just a single, stand-alone construction without side buildings or walls. Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 8.30pm Location: 283 Soi Phutorn, Talat Nuea, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 213 243
Jui Tui Shrine
Jui Tui Shrine is a popular Chinese temple that plays a pivotal part in the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival. Located on Soi Phuthorn, Ranong Road, not far from Phuket’s main market, it’s a must-see site for all newcomers to Phuket as one of the oldest and the most respected spiritual centres around. Jui Tui Temple was previously located in Soi Romanee in Phuket Old Town and was moved to its current location after a fire many years ago. The grounds are quite impressive and display photos of the temple dating back to 1911 when it was just a single, stand-alone construction without side buildings or walls. Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 8.30pm Location: 283 Soi Phutorn, Talat Nuea, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 213 243
Wat Phra Thong is not very large but it’s a pleasant place to visit. The main attraction is the half-buried golden Buddha image which is said to be untouchable as every person who has tried to dig it out is reported to have been cursed. Legend has it that a boy who tied his buffalo to an object that looked like a post fell ill and died, along with the buffalo. His father went to check the post and it turned out to be part of a buried Buddha image. One of the island’s oldest temples, it received a visit in 1909 by King Rama VI, who gave it its official name. Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 5.30pm Location: Thep Krasatti, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)93 621 4687
Wat Phra Nang Sang
Wat Phra Thong is not very large but it’s a pleasant place to visit. The main attraction is the half-buried golden Buddha image which is said to be untouchable as every person who has tried to dig it out is reported to have been cursed. Legend has it that a boy who tied his buffalo to an object that looked like a post fell ill and died, along with the buffalo. His father went to check the post and it turned out to be part of a buried Buddha image. One of the island’s oldest temples, it received a visit in 1909 by King Rama VI, who gave it its official name. Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 5.30pm Location: Thep Krasatti, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)93 621 4687
Wat Suwan Khuha is also known as Wat Tham or simply 'temple cave' because that’s where it’s located, in a limestone cave. The largest of the caves houses a stunning 15-metre reclining Buddha image and this cave is decorated throughout with attractive Benjarong (Thai-style) tiles. Care should be taken here as the temple has a sizeable and rather aggressive monkey population, prone to grabbing snacks off visitors and messing with car antennae. A chedi structure is reminiscent of Bangkok’s famous Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun) and you’ll find another small grotto with a golden stupa. Apart from the naughty monkeys, this is a pleasant place to visit. Location: 36/1 Phet Kasem Rd, Krasom, Takua Thung, Phang-nga 82130, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 450 333
Wat Suwan Khuha
36/1 Phet Kasem Road
Wat Suwan Khuha is also known as Wat Tham or simply 'temple cave' because that’s where it’s located, in a limestone cave. The largest of the caves houses a stunning 15-metre reclining Buddha image and this cave is decorated throughout with attractive Benjarong (Thai-style) tiles. Care should be taken here as the temple has a sizeable and rather aggressive monkey population, prone to grabbing snacks off visitors and messing with car antennae. A chedi structure is reminiscent of Bangkok’s famous Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun) and you’ll find another small grotto with a golden stupa. Apart from the naughty monkeys, this is a pleasant place to visit. Location: 36/1 Phet Kasem Rd, Krasom, Takua Thung, Phang-nga 82130, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 450 333
Kathu Shrine has shared a long history with Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival and is known as the original home of the festival. Rumour has it that a Chinese opera from mainland China came to town and, without any particular reason, members of this group started to fall ill. After a while, they realised that they had forgotten to carry on with their important traditional vegetarian diet. Finally, they held a vegetarian diet ceremony at their temporary opera house in Kathu and all the sickness and problems amazingly disappeared. Locals couldn’t believe their eyes when witnessing what had happened. They too participated in the ceremony and have been carrying it on until today. This is the roots of the great annual Vegetarian Festival that Phuket is known for. Location: Samkong-Kathu Rd, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand
Kathu Shrine
Kathu Shrine has shared a long history with Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival and is known as the original home of the festival. Rumour has it that a Chinese opera from mainland China came to town and, without any particular reason, members of this group started to fall ill. After a while, they realised that they had forgotten to carry on with their important traditional vegetarian diet. Finally, they held a vegetarian diet ceremony at their temporary opera house in Kathu and all the sickness and problems amazingly disappeared. Locals couldn’t believe their eyes when witnessing what had happened. They too participated in the ceremony and have been carrying it on until today. This is the roots of the great annual Vegetarian Festival that Phuket is known for. Location: Samkong-Kathu Rd, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand
Beaches
Few islands can boast of such an abundance of sandy beaches and clear waters as Phuket. The winding coastal roads along the west coast of this 540-square-km island offer stunning views and easy access to some of the world's finest beaches. Whether you want to sample the frenetic pace of Patong or find solitude on a remote stretch of sand in the north, Phuket's beaches have it all for the sun seeker. Many also have nearby restaurants or wandering food sellers, so there is no need to interrupt your bronzing for lunch. Just remember to keep applying the sunscreen! The monsoon rains of May-October can bring unpredictable swimming conditions, so heed the posted flag warnings.
KATA BEACH South of Phuket Island there’s a beach called Kata Beach (one of the 20 plus beaches on the island) famous for being one of the most beautiful, and it’s not a coincidence that some of the biggest 5-star hotels are here. Furthermore, Kata Beach and its small town of “Kata” are well known as ideal places for families and couples, for people who love to relax whilst at the same time want a holiday with all the comforts. Kata Beach Phuket, historically known as a fishing village, has expanded in total harmony with nature, mixing Thai tradition with modern and variegated tourism necessities. It boasts one of the most beautiful and least contaminated beaches in the country. Kata is located behind a promontory south of Karon and is divided into two bays, Kata Yai (big Bay) and Kata Noi (small bay), Kata is an interesting beach. With its white silky sand, it’s considered one of the most relaxing and family-friendly destinations of Phuket Island as well as being one of the least contaminated around. The beautiful Kata Bay, a few minutes south of Karon Beach, attracts and charms many visitors with its white beaches and crystal clear waters. Very popular among families and couples, Kata beach is also many tourists’ favourite thanks to its luxuriant tropical vegetation and its palm trees along the beach, excellent restaurants, shops, scuba diving centers, and lively but not noisy nightlife. From May to October, a lot of surf enthusiasts come to Kata where many international contests take place, while this beach is a real paradise for sun and suntan lovers from November to April.
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Kata Beach
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KATA BEACH South of Phuket Island there’s a beach called Kata Beach (one of the 20 plus beaches on the island) famous for being one of the most beautiful, and it’s not a coincidence that some of the biggest 5-star hotels are here. Furthermore, Kata Beach and its small town of “Kata” are well known as ideal places for families and couples, for people who love to relax whilst at the same time want a holiday with all the comforts. Kata Beach Phuket, historically known as a fishing village, has expanded in total harmony with nature, mixing Thai tradition with modern and variegated tourism necessities. It boasts one of the most beautiful and least contaminated beaches in the country. Kata is located behind a promontory south of Karon and is divided into two bays, Kata Yai (big Bay) and Kata Noi (small bay), Kata is an interesting beach. With its white silky sand, it’s considered one of the most relaxing and family-friendly destinations of Phuket Island as well as being one of the least contaminated around. The beautiful Kata Bay, a few minutes south of Karon Beach, attracts and charms many visitors with its white beaches and crystal clear waters. Very popular among families and couples, Kata beach is also many tourists’ favourite thanks to its luxuriant tropical vegetation and its palm trees along the beach, excellent restaurants, shops, scuba diving centers, and lively but not noisy nightlife. From May to October, a lot of surf enthusiasts come to Kata where many international contests take place, while this beach is a real paradise for sun and suntan lovers from November to April.
Karon Beach features the third-longest beach on Phuket Island. Located on the west coast, between Patong to the north and Kata to the south, Karon Beach is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Phuket. The beach itself has excellent snorkelling (and even diving) spots at its southern end and is wide enough for beachgoers to never feel crowded. Karon features 3 main areas, each with their own assets: Karon Centre is a lively spot where you can find a good choice of dining, shopping and nightlife, as well as a beautiful Buddhist temple hosting a bi-weekly market. Karon Beach Road is ideal for evening strolls and is home to several large resorts, as well as restaurants and shops. The third main area of Karon is centred around Luang Poh Chuan Road, towards the southern end of the beach, which hosts excellent restaurants and the most raucous nightlife in Karon.
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Karon Beach
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Karon Beach features the third-longest beach on Phuket Island. Located on the west coast, between Patong to the north and Kata to the south, Karon Beach is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Phuket. The beach itself has excellent snorkelling (and even diving) spots at its southern end and is wide enough for beachgoers to never feel crowded. Karon features 3 main areas, each with their own assets: Karon Centre is a lively spot where you can find a good choice of dining, shopping and nightlife, as well as a beautiful Buddhist temple hosting a bi-weekly market. Karon Beach Road is ideal for evening strolls and is home to several large resorts, as well as restaurants and shops. The third main area of Karon is centred around Luang Poh Chuan Road, towards the southern end of the beach, which hosts excellent restaurants and the most raucous nightlife in Karon.
Kata Noi Beach is a beautiful little bay along Phuket’s west coast, and one of the best beaches on the island. Located just south of the main Kata Beach, it has lovely soft sand and stunning scenery. It is home to some of Phuket’s most luxurious resorts and restaurants. On the hillside road behind the beach, you’ll find some of the best sunset bars available, with stunning views over the sand and out to the horizon, which you can enjoy with a tasty dinner and a refreshing drink. The sea off Kata Noi Beach is clear and inviting, providing peaceful swimming during the high season months, from November to April. The rocky headlands at either end of the bay make for good places to go snorkelling, while the rest of the bay is virtually rock-free, meaning there’s nothing to stub your toe on while you’re taking a dip. During the low season (May to October), Kata Noi Beach becomes quite a popular spot for surfers. The following is everything you need to know about Kata Noi in order to have a great stay in this fantastic part of Phuket.
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Kata Noi Beach
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Kata Noi Beach is a beautiful little bay along Phuket’s west coast, and one of the best beaches on the island. Located just south of the main Kata Beach, it has lovely soft sand and stunning scenery. It is home to some of Phuket’s most luxurious resorts and restaurants. On the hillside road behind the beach, you’ll find some of the best sunset bars available, with stunning views over the sand and out to the horizon, which you can enjoy with a tasty dinner and a refreshing drink. The sea off Kata Noi Beach is clear and inviting, providing peaceful swimming during the high season months, from November to April. The rocky headlands at either end of the bay make for good places to go snorkelling, while the rest of the bay is virtually rock-free, meaning there’s nothing to stub your toe on while you’re taking a dip. During the low season (May to October), Kata Noi Beach becomes quite a popular spot for surfers. The following is everything you need to know about Kata Noi in order to have a great stay in this fantastic part of Phuket.
Nai Harn Beach is set in a small bay that retains a quiet charm, being home to only a few hotels, restaurants and shops. It’s also a popular anchorage for boats during the high season. Nai Harn is great for swimming from November to April. Care should be taken in the low season, from May to October, when the calm seas are replaced by strong currents, making it better suited to surfing and kitesurfing. The local restaurants just above the beach make a great place to relax with a sundowner. Further south is Ya Nui Beach, a sandy cove that attracts snorkelers and divers. Another out-of-the-way spot nearby that’s also great for snorkelling is the tiny beach of Ao Sane.
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Nai Harn Beach
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Nai Harn Beach is set in a small bay that retains a quiet charm, being home to only a few hotels, restaurants and shops. It’s also a popular anchorage for boats during the high season. Nai Harn is great for swimming from November to April. Care should be taken in the low season, from May to October, when the calm seas are replaced by strong currents, making it better suited to surfing and kitesurfing. The local restaurants just above the beach make a great place to relax with a sundowner. Further south is Ya Nui Beach, a sandy cove that attracts snorkelers and divers. Another out-of-the-way spot nearby that’s also great for snorkelling is the tiny beach of Ao Sane.
Patong is the most famous beach resort on Phuket. With its wide variety of activities and nightlife, the city is an excellent place to party and play. By night, the town has a bustling nightlife that includes literally hundreds of restaurants, nightclubs and beer bars. The nightlife is centred around Soi Bangla (Bangla Road), but there are quiet parts of town. The steaming hot streets, neon lights and chaotic atmosphere of Patong can be overwhelming for the new arrival. The key to fully enjoying the place is to pace yourself, drink lots of water and learn the meaning of mai pen rai – it roughly translates to 'it doesn't matter' or 'Don't worry, be happy'.
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Patong Beach
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Patong is the most famous beach resort on Phuket. With its wide variety of activities and nightlife, the city is an excellent place to party and play. By night, the town has a bustling nightlife that includes literally hundreds of restaurants, nightclubs and beer bars. The nightlife is centred around Soi Bangla (Bangla Road), but there are quiet parts of town. The steaming hot streets, neon lights and chaotic atmosphere of Patong can be overwhelming for the new arrival. The key to fully enjoying the place is to pace yourself, drink lots of water and learn the meaning of mai pen rai – it roughly translates to 'it doesn't matter' or 'Don't worry, be happy'.
Kamala Beach lies just north of the lights and noise of Patong and is a quieter stretch of sand with a more relaxed feel. This well-enclosed bay and fishing village surrounded by forested hills is one of the most beautiful places in Phuket. With its quieter pace, over the last few years, Kamala has become a favoured spot for retirees and other longer-term visitors staying in small hotels, villas and apartment rentals around the village. On the headland to the south, are a number of luxury villa developments, with great views of Kamala Bay and beyond along its winding road.
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Kamala Beach
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Kamala Beach lies just north of the lights and noise of Patong and is a quieter stretch of sand with a more relaxed feel. This well-enclosed bay and fishing village surrounded by forested hills is one of the most beautiful places in Phuket. With its quieter pace, over the last few years, Kamala has become a favoured spot for retirees and other longer-term visitors staying in small hotels, villas and apartment rentals around the village. On the headland to the south, are a number of luxury villa developments, with great views of Kamala Bay and beyond along its winding road.
Choeng Thale (often spelt as Cherngtalay) is a very beautiful part of Phuket's west coast, incorporating Bangtao, Pansea and Surin beaches. It's an area of stark contrasts, with a parade of 5-star hotels along the beachfronts just a few minutes' walk away from the town, where many villagers still make their living as their ancestors did – by fishing, farming and rubber tapping. Taking up a huge area in the middle of Bangtao Beach, Laguna Phuket is one of Asia's largest resort complexes. Pansea Beach is as close to a private beach as you'll find in Thailand, being dominated by just a couple of highly exclusive hotels. In the far north of Cherngtalay, Layan Beach remains undeveloped and showcases natural beach beauty.
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Bang Tao Beach
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Choeng Thale (often spelt as Cherngtalay) is a very beautiful part of Phuket's west coast, incorporating Bangtao, Pansea and Surin beaches. It's an area of stark contrasts, with a parade of 5-star hotels along the beachfronts just a few minutes' walk away from the town, where many villagers still make their living as their ancestors did – by fishing, farming and rubber tapping. Taking up a huge area in the middle of Bangtao Beach, Laguna Phuket is one of Asia's largest resort complexes. Pansea Beach is as close to a private beach as you'll find in Thailand, being dominated by just a couple of highly exclusive hotels. In the far north of Cherngtalay, Layan Beach remains undeveloped and showcases natural beach beauty.
Freedom Beach in Phuket is a 300-metre-long strip of white sand near Patong. The beach is set in a superb bay dotted with granite rocks and surrounded by hills covered by a thick jungle. Its exclusivity comes from its rather challenging accessibility, but it's well worth the effort. Apart from sunbathing, you can enjoy beach soccer (2 mini-goals are available), beach volleyball, and snorkelling in the area. The shallow waters at both ends of the beach are home to superb underwater life. There are no jet-skis or noisy marine leisure activities at Freedom Beach – the only audible engines are those of the long-tail boats in the distance. How to get to Freedom Beach A jetty at the southern end of Patong Beach has long-tail boats that can take you to Freedom Beach. It usually costs around 1,100 to 1,500 baht for a roundtrip. It's quite pricey as it takes only 10 minutes to get there, but it's the only option for those who aren't able to tackle the physically demanding walk to the beach. There are 2 ways to get to the Freedom Beach parking lot, located some 200 metres above the bay. If you're coming from the southern end of Patong Bay, follow the road that climbs up the hill, turn left at Amari Coral Beach, pass Baan Yin Dee Resort and, at the bottom of the hill, take a left toward Avista Hideaway Resort which is 700 metres away from the Freedom Beach parking lot. The other entrance to the same road/path is just before the top of Patong Hill, on the road from Patong to Karon Beach. Coming from Patong, the path to Freedom Beach parking lot is on the right, just after Rasta Baby Bar (on the left-hand side of the road). Highlights of Freedom Beach in Phuket Freedom Beach has 2 distinct areas separated by the long-tail boats’ landing spot. The northern side of the beach is arguably the best place to lay down your towel for sunbathing. If you want to take beautiful photos, climb the cement stairs for panoramic views of the beach from the hill. The southern side of the beach is part of One ‘n’ Only Restaurant & Bar. Sun-loungers and umbrellas are available from around 120 baht per day or pay at least 100 baht if you have your own towel. Shaded by palms and pergolas, the restaurant can accommodate up to 120 diners in a charming outdoor setting. It serves Thai favourites and international dishes at pretty high prices for Thailand, but it's the only dining option on this rather hidden beach. Freedom Beach Location: Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Freedom Beach
Freedom Beach in Phuket is a 300-metre-long strip of white sand near Patong. The beach is set in a superb bay dotted with granite rocks and surrounded by hills covered by a thick jungle. Its exclusivity comes from its rather challenging accessibility, but it's well worth the effort. Apart from sunbathing, you can enjoy beach soccer (2 mini-goals are available), beach volleyball, and snorkelling in the area. The shallow waters at both ends of the beach are home to superb underwater life. There are no jet-skis or noisy marine leisure activities at Freedom Beach – the only audible engines are those of the long-tail boats in the distance. How to get to Freedom Beach A jetty at the southern end of Patong Beach has long-tail boats that can take you to Freedom Beach. It usually costs around 1,100 to 1,500 baht for a roundtrip. It's quite pricey as it takes only 10 minutes to get there, but it's the only option for those who aren't able to tackle the physically demanding walk to the beach. There are 2 ways to get to the Freedom Beach parking lot, located some 200 metres above the bay. If you're coming from the southern end of Patong Bay, follow the road that climbs up the hill, turn left at Amari Coral Beach, pass Baan Yin Dee Resort and, at the bottom of the hill, take a left toward Avista Hideaway Resort which is 700 metres away from the Freedom Beach parking lot. The other entrance to the same road/path is just before the top of Patong Hill, on the road from Patong to Karon Beach. Coming from Patong, the path to Freedom Beach parking lot is on the right, just after Rasta Baby Bar (on the left-hand side of the road). Highlights of Freedom Beach in Phuket Freedom Beach has 2 distinct areas separated by the long-tail boats’ landing spot. The northern side of the beach is arguably the best place to lay down your towel for sunbathing. If you want to take beautiful photos, climb the cement stairs for panoramic views of the beach from the hill. The southern side of the beach is part of One ‘n’ Only Restaurant & Bar. Sun-loungers and umbrellas are available from around 120 baht per day or pay at least 100 baht if you have your own towel. Shaded by palms and pergolas, the restaurant can accommodate up to 120 diners in a charming outdoor setting. It serves Thai favourites and international dishes at pretty high prices for Thailand, but it's the only dining option on this rather hidden beach. Freedom Beach Location: Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Surin Beach in Phuket is an excellent spot for sunbathing on fine and white sand, with the Andaman Sea stretching out before you. Its calm and clear waters are excellent for snorkelling and kayaking, as well as boogie-boarding and surfing. The 1-km-long beach also has live beach clubs at both ends. You can find Surin Beach along Millionaire’s Row on Phuket’s west coast. It's surrounded by boutique shops, high-end resorts and residences. It's very popular year-round, though swimmers must take note of strong currents that often come during the low season. Facilities at Surin Beach The access road that takes you from the main coast road to Surin Beach has several ATMs at the road end. Hawker stalls and wandering vendors sell fruit, snacks and drinks on the road running right alongside the sand. Most of them set up shop around the car park located at the beach end of the main access road. There are convenience stores and high-end restaurants in town, just a few minutes from the beach. Water sports at Surin Beach Speedboats are rare along Surin Beach due to the lack of a launch area. Even in high season, you won't find a lot of jet skis at this part of Phuket. Kayaks are particularly popular on the exclusive Pansea Beach, which you can only access via the sea or hotels in that area. Laem Singh Beach is a little further, but within reach by kayak. Boogie-boarding and surfing are popular during the low season (May–October). There are some good surfing opportunities at both ends of Surin Beach, but this sport is best left to professionals. There are good waves on the high tide or the low-mid tide. Watch out for the group of large rocks in the middle of the beach. The last rock at the beach's northern end results in a sandbank with a fast left-hander. Beginners should check out the northern end of Kamala Beach for safer conditions. Snorkelling at Surin Beach The waters of Surin Beach are exceptionally clear during Phuket's high season. There are several snorkelling sites by the rocks at the northern and southern ends of the beach. You can rent snorkel equipment from vendors on the beach for a few hundred baht. it's best to avoid snorkelling between November and March when the beach experiences strong waves and low visibility. Surin Beach in Phuket Location: Choeng Thale, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
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Surin Beach
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Surin Beach in Phuket is an excellent spot for sunbathing on fine and white sand, with the Andaman Sea stretching out before you. Its calm and clear waters are excellent for snorkelling and kayaking, as well as boogie-boarding and surfing. The 1-km-long beach also has live beach clubs at both ends. You can find Surin Beach along Millionaire’s Row on Phuket’s west coast. It's surrounded by boutique shops, high-end resorts and residences. It's very popular year-round, though swimmers must take note of strong currents that often come during the low season. Facilities at Surin Beach The access road that takes you from the main coast road to Surin Beach has several ATMs at the road end. Hawker stalls and wandering vendors sell fruit, snacks and drinks on the road running right alongside the sand. Most of them set up shop around the car park located at the beach end of the main access road. There are convenience stores and high-end restaurants in town, just a few minutes from the beach. Water sports at Surin Beach Speedboats are rare along Surin Beach due to the lack of a launch area. Even in high season, you won't find a lot of jet skis at this part of Phuket. Kayaks are particularly popular on the exclusive Pansea Beach, which you can only access via the sea or hotels in that area. Laem Singh Beach is a little further, but within reach by kayak. Boogie-boarding and surfing are popular during the low season (May–October). There are some good surfing opportunities at both ends of Surin Beach, but this sport is best left to professionals. There are good waves on the high tide or the low-mid tide. Watch out for the group of large rocks in the middle of the beach. The last rock at the beach's northern end results in a sandbank with a fast left-hander. Beginners should check out the northern end of Kamala Beach for safer conditions. Snorkelling at Surin Beach The waters of Surin Beach are exceptionally clear during Phuket's high season. There are several snorkelling sites by the rocks at the northern and southern ends of the beach. You can rent snorkel equipment from vendors on the beach for a few hundred baht. it's best to avoid snorkelling between November and March when the beach experiences strong waves and low visibility. Surin Beach in Phuket Location: Choeng Thale, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Ya Nui Beach lies in the shadow of Phromthep Cape and Windmill Viewpoint, 2 of Phuket's most popular viewpoints. It's a charming little cove offering good snorkelling, kayaking, and fishing. The sand is soft and comfortable, with plenty of shells for kids to collect. The neighbouring island of Ko Kaeo Yai, is around 700 metres out in the sea. When the weather is calm, it's possible to paddle out to check out corals or to visit Nai Harn. Local fishermen climb the rocky promontory to cast off or simply brave the waves with casting nets during overcast days. How to get to Ya Nui Beach in Phuket There are 3 routes to Ya Nui Beach in Phuket. From Nai Harn, you can drive south over a hill, passing the Windmill Viewpoint and down into the beach. From inland, there's a road leading from Rawai – keep going straight when the main Rawai-Phrom Thep road swings left and continue until you reach Ya Nui Beach. Alternatively, drive down the northern side of Phrom Thep and you'll soon find yourself in Ya Nui. Facilities at Ya Nui Beach You can hire snorkelling gear on Ya Nui Beach. The northern part of this 300-metre-long beach is good for swimming. Many people hire a kayak and paddle out to Ko Kaeo Ya, where snorkelling conditions are even better. If there is a bit of a swell, bodyboarding is popular at the beach's northern end. Beach massage is available at reasonable prices. Ya Nui is fairly busy in high season, with vendors selling merchandise such as textiles, toys, fresh fruit, snacks, and souvenirs. There are a couple of restaurants on the other side of the beach road, with several more shops and eateries around 500 metres down the road towards Rawai. Ya Nui Beach in Phuket Location: Rawai, Muang, Phuket, Thailand
Yanui Beach Hideaway
Ya Nui Beach lies in the shadow of Phromthep Cape and Windmill Viewpoint, 2 of Phuket's most popular viewpoints. It's a charming little cove offering good snorkelling, kayaking, and fishing. The sand is soft and comfortable, with plenty of shells for kids to collect. The neighbouring island of Ko Kaeo Yai, is around 700 metres out in the sea. When the weather is calm, it's possible to paddle out to check out corals or to visit Nai Harn. Local fishermen climb the rocky promontory to cast off or simply brave the waves with casting nets during overcast days. How to get to Ya Nui Beach in Phuket There are 3 routes to Ya Nui Beach in Phuket. From Nai Harn, you can drive south over a hill, passing the Windmill Viewpoint and down into the beach. From inland, there's a road leading from Rawai – keep going straight when the main Rawai-Phrom Thep road swings left and continue until you reach Ya Nui Beach. Alternatively, drive down the northern side of Phrom Thep and you'll soon find yourself in Ya Nui. Facilities at Ya Nui Beach You can hire snorkelling gear on Ya Nui Beach. The northern part of this 300-metre-long beach is good for swimming. Many people hire a kayak and paddle out to Ko Kaeo Ya, where snorkelling conditions are even better. If there is a bit of a swell, bodyboarding is popular at the beach's northern end. Beach massage is available at reasonable prices. Ya Nui is fairly busy in high season, with vendors selling merchandise such as textiles, toys, fresh fruit, snacks, and souvenirs. There are a couple of restaurants on the other side of the beach road, with several more shops and eateries around 500 metres down the road towards Rawai. Ya Nui Beach in Phuket Location: Rawai, Muang, Phuket, Thailand
Mai Khao Beach is situated on the northwest coast of Phuket. This 11km-long straight beach is still blessedly undeveloped as it is part of the Sirinat National Park. The only significant constructions along it are the JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Phuket International Airport near Nai Yang Beach. The sand of Mai Khao Beach is possibly the coarsest of any on Phuket, but it's also practically deserted a lot of the time making it possible to walk for kilometres without another soul in sight. A short distance out into the water, there's a sharp drop off into the Andaman Sea, making swimming dangerous from May to November.
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Mai Khao Beach
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Mai Khao Beach is situated on the northwest coast of Phuket. This 11km-long straight beach is still blessedly undeveloped as it is part of the Sirinat National Park. The only significant constructions along it are the JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Phuket International Airport near Nai Yang Beach. The sand of Mai Khao Beach is possibly the coarsest of any on Phuket, but it's also practically deserted a lot of the time making it possible to walk for kilometres without another soul in sight. A short distance out into the water, there's a sharp drop off into the Andaman Sea, making swimming dangerous from May to November.
Pansea Beach spans almost 400 metres in length along the west coast of Phuket. Located just north of the beautiful Surin Beach, this sandy expanse is separated from Surin by a small rocky cape. The beach is fringed by coconut trees and many exotic trees and plants. Both ends offer top-notch snorkelling opportunities during the day, while its entire length makes for a relaxing sundowner spot in the evenings. Good to know about Pansea Beach Pansea is generally assumed to be the private beach of The Surin Phuket and Amanpuri Phuket (which respectively occupy 80% and 20% of the beachfront). Privatisation of the coastline is illegal in Thailand, so the beach is free for public use. This assumption, combined with the fact that you can only enter the beach via The Surin Phuket, means that Pansea Beach is significantly quieter than Surin Beach. Highlights of Pansea Beach in Phuket The Surin Phuket and Amanpuri Phuket offer plenty of beach bars, sun loungers with umbrellas, and watersports facilities. You can also find a few local businesses on Pansea Beach. Towards the southern end of the beach, there's a small shack serving reasonably-priced drinks and fruits, as well as inflatable rubber rings and airbeds for hire. In front of The Surin Phuket’s Beach Studio Suites, a group of local masseuses offer traditional massages right on the beach. Right between the resorts, you can rent jet skis to explore the ocean. Pansea Beach is a secluded expanse in Phuket. One of the best way to fully enjoy this lovely strip of sand is by booking a stay at one of its many beach resorts. Pansea Beach in Phuket Location: Soi Hat Surin 8, Choengtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Pansea Surin Beach Phuket
Pansea Beach spans almost 400 metres in length along the west coast of Phuket. Located just north of the beautiful Surin Beach, this sandy expanse is separated from Surin by a small rocky cape. The beach is fringed by coconut trees and many exotic trees and plants. Both ends offer top-notch snorkelling opportunities during the day, while its entire length makes for a relaxing sundowner spot in the evenings. Good to know about Pansea Beach Pansea is generally assumed to be the private beach of The Surin Phuket and Amanpuri Phuket (which respectively occupy 80% and 20% of the beachfront). Privatisation of the coastline is illegal in Thailand, so the beach is free for public use. This assumption, combined with the fact that you can only enter the beach via The Surin Phuket, means that Pansea Beach is significantly quieter than Surin Beach. Highlights of Pansea Beach in Phuket The Surin Phuket and Amanpuri Phuket offer plenty of beach bars, sun loungers with umbrellas, and watersports facilities. You can also find a few local businesses on Pansea Beach. Towards the southern end of the beach, there's a small shack serving reasonably-priced drinks and fruits, as well as inflatable rubber rings and airbeds for hire. In front of The Surin Phuket’s Beach Studio Suites, a group of local masseuses offer traditional massages right on the beach. Right between the resorts, you can rent jet skis to explore the ocean. Pansea Beach is a secluded expanse in Phuket. One of the best way to fully enjoy this lovely strip of sand is by booking a stay at one of its many beach resorts. Pansea Beach in Phuket Location: Soi Hat Surin 8, Choengtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Sa Khu is an area of northern Phuket that covers Nai Thon and Nai Yang beaches, by which names it is more commonly known. It's one of the quieter parts of island's western coast, fringed with virgin jungle – especially the bit that's protected with national park status. Things get a little noisier just to the north of the park as aeroplanes fly in low to land at Phuket International Airport. The whole Sa Khu area has a very laidback vibe. Nai Yang is a popular picnic spot with locals but is also home to a few excellent hotels. Past the headland to the south, Naithon has a small village atmosphere, with a few hotels, restaurants and quiet bars by the beach.
Naithon Beach
Sa Khu is an area of northern Phuket that covers Nai Thon and Nai Yang beaches, by which names it is more commonly known. It's one of the quieter parts of island's western coast, fringed with virgin jungle – especially the bit that's protected with national park status. Things get a little noisier just to the north of the park as aeroplanes fly in low to land at Phuket International Airport. The whole Sa Khu area has a very laidback vibe. Nai Yang is a popular picnic spot with locals but is also home to a few excellent hotels. Past the headland to the south, Naithon has a small village atmosphere, with a few hotels, restaurants and quiet bars by the beach.
Ao Sane is a rocky beach on Phuket's southwest coast and is one of the island's loveliest little secrets. The diving and snorkelling at this beach is excellent and the beach's character is encapsulated best by the word "tranquil". Ao Sane has enough trees lining its edge to provide shelter from the sun at all times of the day and also has ample sand space for sun lovers, too. This 200-metre-long beach enjoys regular return visitors in high season and, as it has a series of rudimentary bungalows and a restaurant, it resembles a small community at times. To get to Ao Sane, head to Nai Harn Beach and follow the road under The Nai Harn, the 5-star hotel at the northern end of the beach. After driving through the hotel grounds, head up over the hill and you'll come to a small parking lot with a road leading down to the beach. It's possible to take a vehicle down this hill but most visitors choose to park at the top and to walk down. Facilities on Ao Sane Beach For many, the charm of Ao Sane is its ruggedness and its uncomplicated natural attractiveness. There are no sunloungers or bodyboards for hire, no jet skis or kayaks and no wandering hawkers to disturb you. Make sure to bring your own towel to sit on. There's a shower and toilet halfway along the beach, adjoining the restaurant. Ao Sane is never crowded but there are some prime shady spots that get snapped up by early risers. Ao Sane Beach restaurants The restaurant on Ao Sane Beach is a cheerful place with good, cheap cuisine and an international bohemian atmosphere. It serves food from breakfast to late in the evening. Five minutes away, in nearby Nai Harn, the scope of meals ranges from snacks bought from the convenience stores to a choice of simple beach restaurants to fine dining at The Nai Harn. Ao Sane Beach activities Because of the rocks on the beach, the rough texture of its sand, and a marked slope down to the sea, there aren't a lot of sports like volleyball and football on Ao Sane Beach. However, it's undeniably a magnificent snorkelling and diving spot. You'll have to bring your own mask and fins as there are none for hire here. The underwater life here is outstanding and abundant. At low tide, go out at the easternmost end of the beach (the direction towards Nai Harn) as there's a channel out through the rocks there. Ao Sane Beach Location: Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Ao Sane Beach
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Ao Sane is a rocky beach on Phuket's southwest coast and is one of the island's loveliest little secrets. The diving and snorkelling at this beach is excellent and the beach's character is encapsulated best by the word "tranquil". Ao Sane has enough trees lining its edge to provide shelter from the sun at all times of the day and also has ample sand space for sun lovers, too. This 200-metre-long beach enjoys regular return visitors in high season and, as it has a series of rudimentary bungalows and a restaurant, it resembles a small community at times. To get to Ao Sane, head to Nai Harn Beach and follow the road under The Nai Harn, the 5-star hotel at the northern end of the beach. After driving through the hotel grounds, head up over the hill and you'll come to a small parking lot with a road leading down to the beach. It's possible to take a vehicle down this hill but most visitors choose to park at the top and to walk down. Facilities on Ao Sane Beach For many, the charm of Ao Sane is its ruggedness and its uncomplicated natural attractiveness. There are no sunloungers or bodyboards for hire, no jet skis or kayaks and no wandering hawkers to disturb you. Make sure to bring your own towel to sit on. There's a shower and toilet halfway along the beach, adjoining the restaurant. Ao Sane is never crowded but there are some prime shady spots that get snapped up by early risers. Ao Sane Beach restaurants The restaurant on Ao Sane Beach is a cheerful place with good, cheap cuisine and an international bohemian atmosphere. It serves food from breakfast to late in the evening. Five minutes away, in nearby Nai Harn, the scope of meals ranges from snacks bought from the convenience stores to a choice of simple beach restaurants to fine dining at The Nai Harn. Ao Sane Beach activities Because of the rocks on the beach, the rough texture of its sand, and a marked slope down to the sea, there aren't a lot of sports like volleyball and football on Ao Sane Beach. However, it's undeniably a magnificent snorkelling and diving spot. You'll have to bring your own mask and fins as there are none for hire here. The underwater life here is outstanding and abundant. At low tide, go out at the easternmost end of the beach (the direction towards Nai Harn) as there's a channel out through the rocks there. Ao Sane Beach Location: Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Beautiful and almost deserted, Banana Beach (sometimes called 'Banana Rock Beach') is not known to many people in Phuket as it's relatively isolated. Nevertheless, it really is one of Phuket's most glittering gems as far as beaches go, and has the aura of a 'hidden beach'. The beach is 180 metres long and features beautifully clear water. At high tide the waves can sometimes wash up as high as the tree line so care should be taken as to where you install yourself along this beach; the extreme southern and northern ends are perhaps the best bet. How to get to Banana Beach Banana Beach is situated between Bang Tao and Nai Thon beaches, some 500 metres north of Trisara Villas. You have to have sharp eyes to spot the beach through the trees that line the road but there are 2 places that lend access to the beach. If coming from the south (Bang Tao), pass Trisara and slow down when the road dips down. You will see where the barbed wire fence on the left-hand side of the road is open and a wood sign was nailed to a tree: 'Banana Beach'. Park there and walk down through the trees. Alternatively, 150 metres farther on there's a white metal sign saying 'To Nai Thon' next to a small parking space. Follow the bamboo-lined trail, scale down the hill, cross the river and you will see that the trail leads to the beach's northern end. Quite a few people choose to rent a longtail from other beaches to come here. Ask for 'Hat Hin Kluay'. Banana Beach activities Banana Beach has fantastically clear water for swimming from November to May but is definitely not a swimming beach the rest of the year. There are several masseuses in the shade right next to the restaurant who charge around 300 baht an hour. Banana Beach restaurants There's a single seafood restaurant right on the beach that's open during high season. Sit in the shade of large trees and enjoy one of the loveliest spots on the island. Prices are a bit higher than usual beach restaurants because most ingredients have to be transported from quite a distance and carried down the hill on foot. Fish is very fresh as fishermen deliver it right to the beach. Banana Beach Location: Choeng Thale, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
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Banana Beach
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Beautiful and almost deserted, Banana Beach (sometimes called 'Banana Rock Beach') is not known to many people in Phuket as it's relatively isolated. Nevertheless, it really is one of Phuket's most glittering gems as far as beaches go, and has the aura of a 'hidden beach'. The beach is 180 metres long and features beautifully clear water. At high tide the waves can sometimes wash up as high as the tree line so care should be taken as to where you install yourself along this beach; the extreme southern and northern ends are perhaps the best bet. How to get to Banana Beach Banana Beach is situated between Bang Tao and Nai Thon beaches, some 500 metres north of Trisara Villas. You have to have sharp eyes to spot the beach through the trees that line the road but there are 2 places that lend access to the beach. If coming from the south (Bang Tao), pass Trisara and slow down when the road dips down. You will see where the barbed wire fence on the left-hand side of the road is open and a wood sign was nailed to a tree: 'Banana Beach'. Park there and walk down through the trees. Alternatively, 150 metres farther on there's a white metal sign saying 'To Nai Thon' next to a small parking space. Follow the bamboo-lined trail, scale down the hill, cross the river and you will see that the trail leads to the beach's northern end. Quite a few people choose to rent a longtail from other beaches to come here. Ask for 'Hat Hin Kluay'. Banana Beach activities Banana Beach has fantastically clear water for swimming from November to May but is definitely not a swimming beach the rest of the year. There are several masseuses in the shade right next to the restaurant who charge around 300 baht an hour. Banana Beach restaurants There's a single seafood restaurant right on the beach that's open during high season. Sit in the shade of large trees and enjoy one of the loveliest spots on the island. Prices are a bit higher than usual beach restaurants because most ingredients have to be transported from quite a distance and carried down the hill on foot. Fish is very fresh as fishermen deliver it right to the beach. Banana Beach Location: Choeng Thale, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Rawai holds the distinction of being the very first tourist beach on Phuket. Years ago, people from Phuket Town would drive the 17km to Rawai on weekends to while away the afternoon underneath the beach's casuarina trees rather than risk the (then) dangerous drive over the hill to Phuket's west coast. Nowadays, Rawai is a 'working beach' and a launching point for day boat excursions out to Phuket's surrounding islands. Many long-tail boats available for hire line its shores, where you can arrange a trip to Coral Island, Koh Lone or Racha Island, or a fishing or snorkelling trip. The beach is also used as a mooring point for the many fishermen who live in the area.
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Ra Wai Beach
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Rawai holds the distinction of being the very first tourist beach on Phuket. Years ago, people from Phuket Town would drive the 17km to Rawai on weekends to while away the afternoon underneath the beach's casuarina trees rather than risk the (then) dangerous drive over the hill to Phuket's west coast. Nowadays, Rawai is a 'working beach' and a launching point for day boat excursions out to Phuket's surrounding islands. Many long-tail boats available for hire line its shores, where you can arrange a trip to Coral Island, Koh Lone or Racha Island, or a fishing or snorkelling trip. The beach is also used as a mooring point for the many fishermen who live in the area.
Attractions - Show
Phuket Fantasea hosts Fantasy of a Kingdom, a grand live performance featuring trapeze artists, a cast of over 150, and an exotic storyline that blends tradition with fantasy. It's also a large cultural theme park with carnival-like games, lots of shopping opportunities, and one of the biggest buffets in Asia. It's spectacular, it's extravagant, it's impressive and great entertainment value for all ages. An evening at Phuket Fantasea peaks with its famous stage show, but that’s not the only excitement. There’s a village with ample shopping choices – from T-shirts to beachwear to jewellery – as well as carnival games, and restaurants. Everything is big, bright, ornate, and made to impress. Services at Phuket Fantasea are very efficient, making you’re picked up, fed, entertained, and returned safely to your hotel – all without missing a beat. Transitions from Point A to Point B to Point C are seamless, and there’s always plenty of staff around to keep you heading in the right direction. What to eat at Phuket Fantasea Golden Kinnaree is a large buffet restaurant within Phuket Fantasea. The restaurant's golden facade has an intricate peaked Thai-style roof and several statues, making it a popular backdrop for photos. The cavernous hall seats around 4,000 diners, while its 2 long buffet counters serve a mix of Thai and international food. Special dishes have their own kiosks at the front of the room. Accompany your meal with coffee and scrumptious bite-sized desserts. There’s no shortage of ways to pass the time before the start of the live show. Head to Similan Adventure Center for a a sea-themed arcade full of kid-friendly games, watch the bartender spin, flip, and toss bottles while dancing a techno-jig at the open-air bar, or visit the onsite photo studio and dress the family in traditional Thai costumes as a unique keepsake. Main Event at Phuket Fantasea Fantasy of a Kingdom takes place at the Palace of the Elephants, a theatre made to look like a majestic, centuries-old palace. Cameras aren’t allowed inside, and they take it very seriously. The show kicks off in grand style at 9pm. The stage is huge, but the performance space is even bigger. Every part of the theatre is used, including the aisles, ceiling, and audience. While the eye is treated to modern effects like smoke, explosions, lasers, rain, soaring people, the brain gets insights into Thai culture in the form of traditional dances from different regions of the country, shadow puppets, and a fascinating wardrobe. The story isn’t easy to follow, but it doesn’t really matter. Loud and funny moments interrupted by quiet, beautiful interludes do a great job conveying the emotion. The result is a display that’s as dazzling as the sights outside the theatre. Young children, old children, and adult children all enjoy the show. Tickets cost from1,800 baht per person for just the show and 2,200 baht per adult and 2,000 baht per child (aged 4-12) for the show and buffet dinner. All tickets include access to the Phuket Fantasea park and most of its attractions. Phuket Fantasea Opening Hours: Friday–Wednesday from 5.30pm to 11.30pm (show starts at 9pm) Location: Phuket FantaSea HQ, 99 M3 Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 385 000
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Phuket FantaSea
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Phuket Fantasea hosts Fantasy of a Kingdom, a grand live performance featuring trapeze artists, a cast of over 150, and an exotic storyline that blends tradition with fantasy. It's also a large cultural theme park with carnival-like games, lots of shopping opportunities, and one of the biggest buffets in Asia. It's spectacular, it's extravagant, it's impressive and great entertainment value for all ages. An evening at Phuket Fantasea peaks with its famous stage show, but that’s not the only excitement. There’s a village with ample shopping choices – from T-shirts to beachwear to jewellery – as well as carnival games, and restaurants. Everything is big, bright, ornate, and made to impress. Services at Phuket Fantasea are very efficient, making you’re picked up, fed, entertained, and returned safely to your hotel – all without missing a beat. Transitions from Point A to Point B to Point C are seamless, and there’s always plenty of staff around to keep you heading in the right direction. What to eat at Phuket Fantasea Golden Kinnaree is a large buffet restaurant within Phuket Fantasea. The restaurant's golden facade has an intricate peaked Thai-style roof and several statues, making it a popular backdrop for photos. The cavernous hall seats around 4,000 diners, while its 2 long buffet counters serve a mix of Thai and international food. Special dishes have their own kiosks at the front of the room. Accompany your meal with coffee and scrumptious bite-sized desserts. There’s no shortage of ways to pass the time before the start of the live show. Head to Similan Adventure Center for a a sea-themed arcade full of kid-friendly games, watch the bartender spin, flip, and toss bottles while dancing a techno-jig at the open-air bar, or visit the onsite photo studio and dress the family in traditional Thai costumes as a unique keepsake. Main Event at Phuket Fantasea Fantasy of a Kingdom takes place at the Palace of the Elephants, a theatre made to look like a majestic, centuries-old palace. Cameras aren’t allowed inside, and they take it very seriously. The show kicks off in grand style at 9pm. The stage is huge, but the performance space is even bigger. Every part of the theatre is used, including the aisles, ceiling, and audience. While the eye is treated to modern effects like smoke, explosions, lasers, rain, soaring people, the brain gets insights into Thai culture in the form of traditional dances from different regions of the country, shadow puppets, and a fascinating wardrobe. The story isn’t easy to follow, but it doesn’t really matter. Loud and funny moments interrupted by quiet, beautiful interludes do a great job conveying the emotion. The result is a display that’s as dazzling as the sights outside the theatre. Young children, old children, and adult children all enjoy the show. Tickets cost from1,800 baht per person for just the show and 2,200 baht per adult and 2,000 baht per child (aged 4-12) for the show and buffet dinner. All tickets include access to the Phuket Fantasea park and most of its attractions. Phuket Fantasea Opening Hours: Friday–Wednesday from 5.30pm to 11.30pm (show starts at 9pm) Location: Phuket FantaSea HQ, 99 M3 Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 385 000
It’s a spectacular display of colour, originality and fun. Phuket’s Simon Cabaret has become one of Southeast Asia’s outstanding entertainment attractions drawing a thousand enthused visitors from around the world each evening. A single show runs the entire range of musical theatre from cultures around the world. Extravagant costumes, make-up and sets take the audience from Egypt to Latin America to China and back to Thailand in themed displays of classical dance and song. Phuket Simon Cabaret: A Big Operation Mixed in for good entertainment value, are professional soloists dressed like Tina Turner or Diana Ross. It’s some of the most flamboyant fun you’ll ever witness. The majority of the actors were born in male bodies but are living life as beautiful young women who express their talent through life as a cabaret performer. Jarvey de la Paz is the talented resident choreographer who has trained and rehearsed with the 40 performers over the past seven years. “For many of our actresses, they must take hormones which enable them to look more feminine. They often come to us looking like men but after a number of years of training and hormones and medical procedures, they gradually transform into remarkably beautiful women,” Jarvey explains. Simon Cabaret is a big operation with more than 100 backstage staff including show managers, costume and wardrobe departments and a control manager that ensures everything works according to a tight schedule as it should. “Our performers have a very demanding life. They must learn every role in every musical number as often a actress is sick or on vacation or taking a day off so each dancer must be ready to learn each other’s roles. No two days are ever the same,” continues Jarvey. The Original Simon Cabaret has been entertaining visitors to Phuket for two decades. And many of the current “stars” have been on stage since the beginning. There are three shows a night. Only when King Bhumibol’s mother, the Queen Mother, passed away and the evening of the 2004 tsunami have the lights at Simon Cabaret been dark. “Our performers are very committed to looking their best for the audience. This includes hours of preparation with make-up and costume fittings each evening. Even though many of our actresses have been on stage now for many years, they still look fantastic as they exercise, train and use both cosmetic and surgical enhancements to make them look so good,” says Jarvey. Training with Jarvey includes traditional ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. It takes extra work for these biological males to stretch and move like graceful young women. “We have to be careful with training as our performers can not have muscles so we focus on stretching and building up endurance," he continues, "as the costumes are usually enormous and heavy, our actresses need to balance on often very high heels which moving in difficult routines and all with a smile on their face." The Magic of Phuket An overview of the audience shows guests from around the world. Each night at 18.00, 19.30 and 21.30 tour buses and minivans unload people from Taiwan to England all eager to see the magic that Simon Cabaret offers. Expensive lighting and the best sound systems available enhance the visual magic of a royal court scene in historic China where expert beautiful singers offer melodies that have the audience clapping and waving their arms in appreciation. Other guests sit quietly stunned by the appearance of the most beautiful women that they know were born as males. Phuket Simon Cabaret offers an evening of entertainment which will create a lasting memory of the magic of Phuket. Address: 8 Sirirat Rd, Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150 Hours: Saturday 6–10:30PM Sunday 6–10:30PM Monday 6–10:30PM Tuesday 6–10:30PM Wednesday 6–10:30PM Thursday 6–10:30PM Friday 6–10:30PM Phone: 076 342 011
Simon Cabaret
24/129 Sirirat Rd
It’s a spectacular display of colour, originality and fun. Phuket’s Simon Cabaret has become one of Southeast Asia’s outstanding entertainment attractions drawing a thousand enthused visitors from around the world each evening. A single show runs the entire range of musical theatre from cultures around the world. Extravagant costumes, make-up and sets take the audience from Egypt to Latin America to China and back to Thailand in themed displays of classical dance and song. Phuket Simon Cabaret: A Big Operation Mixed in for good entertainment value, are professional soloists dressed like Tina Turner or Diana Ross. It’s some of the most flamboyant fun you’ll ever witness. The majority of the actors were born in male bodies but are living life as beautiful young women who express their talent through life as a cabaret performer. Jarvey de la Paz is the talented resident choreographer who has trained and rehearsed with the 40 performers over the past seven years. “For many of our actresses, they must take hormones which enable them to look more feminine. They often come to us looking like men but after a number of years of training and hormones and medical procedures, they gradually transform into remarkably beautiful women,” Jarvey explains. Simon Cabaret is a big operation with more than 100 backstage staff including show managers, costume and wardrobe departments and a control manager that ensures everything works according to a tight schedule as it should. “Our performers have a very demanding life. They must learn every role in every musical number as often a actress is sick or on vacation or taking a day off so each dancer must be ready to learn each other’s roles. No two days are ever the same,” continues Jarvey. The Original Simon Cabaret has been entertaining visitors to Phuket for two decades. And many of the current “stars” have been on stage since the beginning. There are three shows a night. Only when King Bhumibol’s mother, the Queen Mother, passed away and the evening of the 2004 tsunami have the lights at Simon Cabaret been dark. “Our performers are very committed to looking their best for the audience. This includes hours of preparation with make-up and costume fittings each evening. Even though many of our actresses have been on stage now for many years, they still look fantastic as they exercise, train and use both cosmetic and surgical enhancements to make them look so good,” says Jarvey. Training with Jarvey includes traditional ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. It takes extra work for these biological males to stretch and move like graceful young women. “We have to be careful with training as our performers can not have muscles so we focus on stretching and building up endurance," he continues, "as the costumes are usually enormous and heavy, our actresses need to balance on often very high heels which moving in difficult routines and all with a smile on their face." The Magic of Phuket An overview of the audience shows guests from around the world. Each night at 18.00, 19.30 and 21.30 tour buses and minivans unload people from Taiwan to England all eager to see the magic that Simon Cabaret offers. Expensive lighting and the best sound systems available enhance the visual magic of a royal court scene in historic China where expert beautiful singers offer melodies that have the audience clapping and waving their arms in appreciation. Other guests sit quietly stunned by the appearance of the most beautiful women that they know were born as males. Phuket Simon Cabaret offers an evening of entertainment which will create a lasting memory of the magic of Phuket. Address: 8 Sirirat Rd, Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150 Hours: Saturday 6–10:30PM Sunday 6–10:30PM Monday 6–10:30PM Tuesday 6–10:30PM Wednesday 6–10:30PM Thursday 6–10:30PM Friday 6–10:30PM Phone: 076 342 011
Siam Niramit Phuket is a tastefully done cultural extravaganza that adds variety and vitality to the island’s entertainment scene. Perfectly located just off the bypass in the outskirts of Phuket Town, it is set on prime lakeside land. The show features songs, dance routines and traditional martial arts. Just like its sister theatre in Bangkok, Siam Niramit Bangkok, the Phuket show is very well put together by a professional and inspiring team. As an audience, you simply sit back, relax and enjoy the historical perspectives of Thai arts and culture throughout this fantastic 70-minute performance. Siam Niramit Phuket highlights The Siam Niramit show in Phuket runs without intermission and is divided into 3 acts that are equally entertaining. International audiences might want to pay close attention to Act II which presents how Thais conceive the concept of heaven and hell. While heaven is so beautiful with divas and angels (literally) flying around, hell can quite scary indeed. Imagine drinkers forced to imbibe from a cauldron of boiling water and adulterers compelled to climb horribly spiky thorn trees! The stage setup and special effects alone are spectacular and very realistic with amazing costumes and, as one reviewer puts it, “It was great to watch and enjoy, and it was also very educational.” Siam Niramit has what it takes as a successful and must-see attraction in Phuket. What not to miss at Siam Niramit Phuket Though the show starts at 8.30pm, it’s best to arrive early to enjoy the surrounding attractions and facilities. Walk around the grounds where you’ll find traditional Thai-style houses, a floating market, souvenir shops and open-air performances. Kids (and everyone else) will enjoy feeding a pair of friendly elephants and the carnival-style games (where you can win stuffed animals). The cost of a fruit or vegetable basket for the elephants, as well as the games, is minimal. Food is also available from 6pm to 8.15pm. Sit at the restaurant’s 3rd floor to enjoy the impressive view of the lake and landscaping. You can conveniently view the open-air performances while dining from the balcony, too. Good to know about Siam Niramit Phuket This venue is fit for viewers of all ages and is wheelchair-friendly. Guests deposit their cameras before entering the theatre gate as they’re not allowed inside – but are very much encouraged to use them in the other parts of the grounds. Siam Niramit Phuket invested about 2.5 billion baht in land, construction, special effects and recruitment. Their pre-opening shows in December 2011 were all fully booked. Its stage is certified by Guinness World Records as the highest in the world and they employ about 400 staff of whom 96% were recruited locally. Phuket Siam Niramit Show Opening Hours: Wendesday–Monday from 5pm with shows starting at 8.30pm (closed on Tuesdays) Location: 55/81 Moo 5, Rassada Road, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)7633 5001-2
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Siam Niramit Phuket
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Siam Niramit Phuket is a tastefully done cultural extravaganza that adds variety and vitality to the island’s entertainment scene. Perfectly located just off the bypass in the outskirts of Phuket Town, it is set on prime lakeside land. The show features songs, dance routines and traditional martial arts. Just like its sister theatre in Bangkok, Siam Niramit Bangkok, the Phuket show is very well put together by a professional and inspiring team. As an audience, you simply sit back, relax and enjoy the historical perspectives of Thai arts and culture throughout this fantastic 70-minute performance. Siam Niramit Phuket highlights The Siam Niramit show in Phuket runs without intermission and is divided into 3 acts that are equally entertaining. International audiences might want to pay close attention to Act II which presents how Thais conceive the concept of heaven and hell. While heaven is so beautiful with divas and angels (literally) flying around, hell can quite scary indeed. Imagine drinkers forced to imbibe from a cauldron of boiling water and adulterers compelled to climb horribly spiky thorn trees! The stage setup and special effects alone are spectacular and very realistic with amazing costumes and, as one reviewer puts it, “It was great to watch and enjoy, and it was also very educational.” Siam Niramit has what it takes as a successful and must-see attraction in Phuket. What not to miss at Siam Niramit Phuket Though the show starts at 8.30pm, it’s best to arrive early to enjoy the surrounding attractions and facilities. Walk around the grounds where you’ll find traditional Thai-style houses, a floating market, souvenir shops and open-air performances. Kids (and everyone else) will enjoy feeding a pair of friendly elephants and the carnival-style games (where you can win stuffed animals). The cost of a fruit or vegetable basket for the elephants, as well as the games, is minimal. Food is also available from 6pm to 8.15pm. Sit at the restaurant’s 3rd floor to enjoy the impressive view of the lake and landscaping. You can conveniently view the open-air performances while dining from the balcony, too. Good to know about Siam Niramit Phuket This venue is fit for viewers of all ages and is wheelchair-friendly. Guests deposit their cameras before entering the theatre gate as they’re not allowed inside – but are very much encouraged to use them in the other parts of the grounds. Siam Niramit Phuket invested about 2.5 billion baht in land, construction, special effects and recruitment. Their pre-opening shows in December 2011 were all fully booked. Its stage is certified by Guinness World Records as the highest in the world and they employ about 400 staff of whom 96% were recruited locally. Phuket Siam Niramit Show Opening Hours: Wendesday–Monday from 5pm with shows starting at 8.30pm (closed on Tuesdays) Location: 55/81 Moo 5, Rassada Road, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)7633 5001-2
Patong Nightlife
Bangla Road really comes to life after sunset. The road is closed to traffic and becomes a 400-metre festival of neon lights, loud music and cheap beer. Jammed most nights of the year, it is quite a friendly and lively place to walk around as bars and clubs compete with each other for customers. Beer bars occupy most of the street's length, with several go-go bars and a few pubs, restaurants, discos and shops rounding out the attractions, both on Soi Bangla and down its side streets. Street performances are also common most nights, which can make dodging around the tailor shop salesmen, leaflet distributors, street vendors and ping-pong show touts more difficult, but it is all part of the fun.
Bangla Road really comes to life after sunset. The road is closed to traffic and becomes a 400-metre festival of neon lights, loud music and cheap beer. Jammed most nights of the year, it is quite a friendly and lively place to walk around as bars and clubs compete with each other for customers. Beer bars occupy most of the street's length, with several go-go bars and a few pubs, restaurants, discos and shops rounding out the attractions, both on Soi Bangla and down its side streets. Street performances are also common most nights, which can make dodging around the tailor shop salesmen, leaflet distributors, street vendors and ping-pong show touts more difficult, but it is all part of the fun. Getting your bearings in Bangla Road Soi Bangla can be roughly divided into 3 sections, each with its own particular atmosphere. The end of Soi Bangla, furthest from the beach and closest to Rat-U-Thit Road and Jungceylon Shopping Centre, is home to most of the biggest and best nightclubs in Phuket. Further west, and you'll find the midsection where you will find most of the go-go bars along Bangla Road as well as many touts that would usually block your way. The beach end of Bangla Road – from Soi Freedom – is the most easygoing part. The southern side of the road is lined almost exclusively with beer bars. Across the road are some of the area’s most notable establishments. You’ll also find ladyboy cabaret dancers posing for photos around here, directing people towards their venues. The beach end of the street is taken entirely by shops, selling suits, souvenirs and fast food. Soi Seadragon Soi Seadragon is go-go central – virtually every entrance along both sides of its 100-metre length is such a place, with a line of beer bars right down the middle of the covered street. There is a back entrance, which leads to the KEE Resort and convenient underground parking (for a small fee). Notable venues here include the famous Suzy Wong’s right at the KEE Resort end and with plenty of beer bars in between. Soi Tiger Soi Tiger is located opposite Seduction Night Club and the striking Tiger Nightclub and is home to perhaps 2 dozen beer bars. The street is named after the former Tiger Disco, from before it moved to its current signature venue, and it still carries the name and signage (though it's sometimes called 'Soi Tiger 1' while the iconic disco building is 'Soi Tiger 2). As one of the few bar complexes that's completely roofed, Tiger gets pretty steamy and crowded but is a great refuge from a sudden downpour. The lines that divide one bar from another are pretty vague here and it sometimes feels like one huge party. Soi Freedom (Soi Eric) Soi Freedom is a very narrow, beer bar-lined soi, which has – like several of Bangla Road’s side streets – undergone a name change over the years and may still be known by its old moniker: Soi Eric. Each of the bars here follows effectively the same design: plasma TV showing a football match, neon sign with bar’s name, Connect 4 games on the bar and friendly staff to play against. Notable bars include the well-established The Smiley Bar and the eponymous Freedom Bar. Soi Gonzo You can find Soi Gonzo through Aussie Bar, which is among the star attractions of the soi. The long-running and extremely popular bar complex is at its entrance while White Room Nightclub is at the end. In between, you will find a modest selection of small beer bars. Soi Hollywood At one point in Bangla's history, Soi Hollywood was formerly known as Soi Easy. It was renamed following the reopening of the Hollywood Phuket nightclub directly over it. Soi Hollywood contains a couple of very cheap beer bars and a lot of pool tables. Right down at the far end is the entrance to a go-go bar as well as public restrooms. Soi Lion Soi Lion was once a small but popular group of bars located at the top of Bangla road. It was most likely named after Lion Livemusic nightclub. The lane once disappeared from the Patong nightlife scene, replaced by the defunct Bangla Mall. Soi Lion then returned after many years at the very beginning of Bangla Road, next to the Hollywood Phuket club and under the Moulin Rouge Phuket Russian nightclub. Smaller in scale, it is still home to cheap drinks and good live music. Soi Patong Resort Soi Patong Resort is the link between the long-established Patong Resort and Bangla Road. It is about 100 metres long and offers the type of venues geared towards travellers. The soi contains numerous restaurants, bars, massage parlours, tailors, an internet café, drinks shop and souvenir shops. Notable places include the Boogaloo Bar and the Da Mario Italian restaurant. You can find the start of Soi Patong Resort opposite Soi Seadragon, next to Parrot's Bar & Restaurant. Soi Viking Soi Viking is opposite Illuzion Nightclub. Sometimes also known as 'Soi Absolute' after the Absolute Bangla Suites right at the end, Soi Viking was originally named after the long-gone Viking Restaurant and Bar. It is mostly a dark and quiet street, but with some notable attractions. New York - Live Music Bar, by the entrance, is very popular and other clubs further down also draw crowds during high season. The street even has a back entrance to Tiger Bar, boasting the same extravagant frontage as the famous Bangla Road nightclub complex's main entrance. You'll also find some tailor shops, guesthouses and a shisha bar here. Soi Lao Widely referred to as 'Soi Toilet' (or the Thai translation: 'Soi Hong Nam'), this narrow covered alley is a treasure trove of local food vendors. Most of the vendors sell fresh seafood, which can be enjoyed on the tables and chairs set up along one side of the alley. Soi Lao is popular with Thais and virtually unknown among tourists and expatriates. It takes its nickname from the public toilets at the far end, with a lit-up sign by the entrance pointing the way to them. You can find Soi Lao next to Soi Patong Resort, through a narrow alley near a sign for... toilets. Seduction Nightclub - Phuket Seduction Nightclub is one of the largest discotheques in Patong Beach. Located right on the main nightlife entertainment strip of the most popular resort in Phuket, it is found on the second floor of Seduction Complex – a nightlife entertainment complex with 5 separate venues – and can host a large crowd of dancers and partygoers (up to 3,000!). You can easily find the club toward the eastern end of Bangla Road, opposite Moulin Rouge Phuket. Opening Hours: Daily from 10pm to 4am Location: Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 343 173 White Room Nightclub Phuket White Room Nightclub is an old and well-known name on Patong Beach’s famous Bangla Road. At some point in the past, it had a major reboot, providing a large, chic and modern party space. The first-class lighting rigs and sound systems – along with top talents on the decks – make it a fantastic place to party while the décor and design give it a degree of sophistication. Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 10pm to 3am, Sundays from 10pm to midnight Location: Soi Gonzo, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)81 582 1756 Illuzion Club & Discotheque Phuket Equipped with the latest first-rate sound and lighting equipment, Illuzion is a striking venue on Bangla Road that's able to hold almost any type of event. From standard dance clubbing rocked by house music and special guest DJ live performances to Las Vegas-style shows performed by local and international professional dancers, Illuzion can suit a wide range of partygoers’ preferences for a fun night out. Opening Hours: Daily from 9pm to 1am Location: 31 Bangla Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)93 583 4766 Tiger Nightclub You simply can’t miss Tiger Nightclub when exploring Bangla Road. The imposing complex covers some 5,000 square metres of space across 3 floors. The building is fitted out with stone-like cement décor with large concrete tigers overlooking the street from the second floor. The ground floor is packed with beer bars while the upper levels are home to a nightclub where parties go on into the wee hours. Opening Hours: Daily from 8pm until late Location: 49 Bangla Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)83 183 7777 Hollywood Phuket Hollywood Phuket is a nightlife institution of Bangla Road. The nightclub was, for many years, the bright star at the beach end of the party street, but at some point briefly changed names to VIP Rooms Patong Beach. After returning as again as Hollywood, and back as the home of great parties with excellent EDM and house beats in the long and stylish venue, it continues to attract the partying crowd of Bangla Road. Opening Hours: Daily from 9pm to 6am Location: 7 Bangla Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)93 642 0495 Soi Bangla Location: Bangla Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand
Thanon Bangla
Bangla Road really comes to life after sunset. The road is closed to traffic and becomes a 400-metre festival of neon lights, loud music and cheap beer. Jammed most nights of the year, it is quite a friendly and lively place to walk around as bars and clubs compete with each other for customers. Beer bars occupy most of the street's length, with several go-go bars and a few pubs, restaurants, discos and shops rounding out the attractions, both on Soi Bangla and down its side streets. Street performances are also common most nights, which can make dodging around the tailor shop salesmen, leaflet distributors, street vendors and ping-pong show touts more difficult, but it is all part of the fun. Getting your bearings in Bangla Road Soi Bangla can be roughly divided into 3 sections, each with its own particular atmosphere. The end of Soi Bangla, furthest from the beach and closest to Rat-U-Thit Road and Jungceylon Shopping Centre, is home to most of the biggest and best nightclubs in Phuket. Further west, and you'll find the midsection where you will find most of the go-go bars along Bangla Road as well as many touts that would usually block your way. The beach end of Bangla Road – from Soi Freedom – is the most easygoing part. The southern side of the road is lined almost exclusively with beer bars. Across the road are some of the area’s most notable establishments. You’ll also find ladyboy cabaret dancers posing for photos around here, directing people towards their venues. The beach end of the street is taken entirely by shops, selling suits, souvenirs and fast food. Soi Seadragon Soi Seadragon is go-go central – virtually every entrance along both sides of its 100-metre length is such a place, with a line of beer bars right down the middle of the covered street. There is a back entrance, which leads to the KEE Resort and convenient underground parking (for a small fee). Notable venues here include the famous Suzy Wong’s right at the KEE Resort end and with plenty of beer bars in between. Soi Tiger Soi Tiger is located opposite Seduction Night Club and the striking Tiger Nightclub and is home to perhaps 2 dozen beer bars. The street is named after the former Tiger Disco, from before it moved to its current signature venue, and it still carries the name and signage (though it's sometimes called 'Soi Tiger 1' while the iconic disco building is 'Soi Tiger 2). As one of the few bar complexes that's completely roofed, Tiger gets pretty steamy and crowded but is a great refuge from a sudden downpour. The lines that divide one bar from another are pretty vague here and it sometimes feels like one huge party. Soi Freedom (Soi Eric) Soi Freedom is a very narrow, beer bar-lined soi, which has – like several of Bangla Road’s side streets – undergone a name change over the years and may still be known by its old moniker: Soi Eric. Each of the bars here follows effectively the same design: plasma TV showing a football match, neon sign with bar’s name, Connect 4 games on the bar and friendly staff to play against. Notable bars include the well-established The Smiley Bar and the eponymous Freedom Bar. Soi Gonzo You can find Soi Gonzo through Aussie Bar, which is among the star attractions of the soi. The long-running and extremely popular bar complex is at its entrance while White Room Nightclub is at the end. In between, you will find a modest selection of small beer bars. Soi Hollywood At one point in Bangla's history, Soi Hollywood was formerly known as Soi Easy. It was renamed following the reopening of the Hollywood Phuket nightclub directly over it. Soi Hollywood contains a couple of very cheap beer bars and a lot of pool tables. Right down at the far end is the entrance to a go-go bar as well as public restrooms. Soi Lion Soi Lion was once a small but popular group of bars located at the top of Bangla road. It was most likely named after Lion Livemusic nightclub. The lane once disappeared from the Patong nightlife scene, replaced by the defunct Bangla Mall. Soi Lion then returned after many years at the very beginning of Bangla Road, next to the Hollywood Phuket club and under the Moulin Rouge Phuket Russian nightclub. Smaller in scale, it is still home to cheap drinks and good live music. Soi Patong Resort Soi Patong Resort is the link between the long-established Patong Resort and Bangla Road. It is about 100 metres long and offers the type of venues geared towards travellers. The soi contains numerous restaurants, bars, massage parlours, tailors, an internet café, drinks shop and souvenir shops. Notable places include the Boogaloo Bar and the Da Mario Italian restaurant. You can find the start of Soi Patong Resort opposite Soi Seadragon, next to Parrot's Bar & Restaurant. Soi Viking Soi Viking is opposite Illuzion Nightclub. Sometimes also known as 'Soi Absolute' after the Absolute Bangla Suites right at the end, Soi Viking was originally named after the long-gone Viking Restaurant and Bar. It is mostly a dark and quiet street, but with some notable attractions. New York - Live Music Bar, by the entrance, is very popular and other clubs further down also draw crowds during high season. The street even has a back entrance to Tiger Bar, boasting the same extravagant frontage as the famous Bangla Road nightclub complex's main entrance. You'll also find some tailor shops, guesthouses and a shisha bar here. Soi Lao Widely referred to as 'Soi Toilet' (or the Thai translation: 'Soi Hong Nam'), this narrow covered alley is a treasure trove of local food vendors. Most of the vendors sell fresh seafood, which can be enjoyed on the tables and chairs set up along one side of the alley. Soi Lao is popular with Thais and virtually unknown among tourists and expatriates. It takes its nickname from the public toilets at the far end, with a lit-up sign by the entrance pointing the way to them. You can find Soi Lao next to Soi Patong Resort, through a narrow alley near a sign for... toilets. Seduction Nightclub - Phuket Seduction Nightclub is one of the largest discotheques in Patong Beach. Located right on the main nightlife entertainment strip of the most popular resort in Phuket, it is found on the second floor of Seduction Complex – a nightlife entertainment complex with 5 separate venues – and can host a large crowd of dancers and partygoers (up to 3,000!). You can easily find the club toward the eastern end of Bangla Road, opposite Moulin Rouge Phuket. Opening Hours: Daily from 10pm to 4am Location: Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 343 173 White Room Nightclub Phuket White Room Nightclub is an old and well-known name on Patong Beach’s famous Bangla Road. At some point in the past, it had a major reboot, providing a large, chic and modern party space. The first-class lighting rigs and sound systems – along with top talents on the decks – make it a fantastic place to party while the décor and design give it a degree of sophistication. Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 10pm to 3am, Sundays from 10pm to midnight Location: Soi Gonzo, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)81 582 1756 Illuzion Club & Discotheque Phuket Equipped with the latest first-rate sound and lighting equipment, Illuzion is a striking venue on Bangla Road that's able to hold almost any type of event. From standard dance clubbing rocked by house music and special guest DJ live performances to Las Vegas-style shows performed by local and international professional dancers, Illuzion can suit a wide range of partygoers’ preferences for a fun night out. Opening Hours: Daily from 9pm to 1am Location: 31 Bangla Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)93 583 4766 Tiger Nightclub You simply can’t miss Tiger Nightclub when exploring Bangla Road. The imposing complex covers some 5,000 square metres of space across 3 floors. The building is fitted out with stone-like cement décor with large concrete tigers overlooking the street from the second floor. The ground floor is packed with beer bars while the upper levels are home to a nightclub where parties go on into the wee hours. Opening Hours: Daily from 8pm until late Location: 49 Bangla Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)83 183 7777 Hollywood Phuket Hollywood Phuket is a nightlife institution of Bangla Road. The nightclub was, for many years, the bright star at the beach end of the party street, but at some point briefly changed names to VIP Rooms Patong Beach. After returning as again as Hollywood, and back as the home of great parties with excellent EDM and house beats in the long and stylish venue, it continues to attract the partying crowd of Bangla Road. Opening Hours: Daily from 9pm to 6am Location: 7 Bangla Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)93 642 0495 Soi Bangla Location: Bangla Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand
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