Phuket Major Attractions
Phuket Town The compact provincial capital serves mainly as a commercial and shopping centre. Splendid colonial-style residences built by late 19th-century tin and rubber barons and shophouses from the same period provide a distinctive character. Several antique buildings present Sino-Portuguese architectural style. They are located on Thalang Road, Dibuk Road, Phang-nga Road. Yaowarat Road and Krabi Road.
Khao Rang Khao Rang is a small hill located to the north of town. This provides a pleasant view of town, while also having a public fitness park and a series of hillside sculptural tableaux.
The Thai Village Located on Thepkasattri Road about 3 km. from town, the village offers cultural performances demonstrating the Thai's way of life as well as staging cultural shows featuring folk dances, Thai boxing, sword-fighting and elephant show. Handicrafts are also on display.
Thalang National Museum Located near the Two Heroines Monument, the museum contains a collection of exhibits of ancient artifacts and other materials illustrating life in old Phuket.
Wat Phra Thong The temple enshrines a famous, partially buried Buddha image. Local legend relates how a boy tethered his buffalo to what he thought was a post sticking out of the ground. Subsequently, both boy and animal fell mysteriously ill. Suspicious villagers uncovered the post and found that it was the decorative topknot of a buried golden Buddha. They were able to unearth no more than the upper part of the image, over which the present temple was constructed. When Burmese invaders attempted to remove the statue in the 18th century, they were attacked by a swarm of hornets. Later, the visible part of the statue was covered with gold by the villagers and has remained as such until today.
Ton Sai Waterfall & Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Sanctuary An idyllic setting cooled by sonorous cascades, this 22 sq. km. area is rich in wildlife, including hears, porcupines, gibbons and macaques, as well as over 100 bird species. Major attractions include Ton Sai Waterfall, a small waterfall which provides a cool shady area for relaxation.
Wat Chalong A few kilometres inland from Chalong Bay, the temple enshrines statues of Phuket's two most revered monks, Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang.
Pearl Farms Several pearl farms are located in and around Phuket. Please contact TAT Southern Office : Region 4 (Phuket) for details of arranging visits.
Native Handicrafts Centre Located on Thepkrasattri Road, the Centre has artisans skilled in silk weaving, lacquerware, silverware, jewellery-making and the crafting of parasols.
Phuket Butterfly Farm & Insects World Situated 3 km. from town, this place is a fascinating collection of such tropical creatures as butterflies and insects, all displayed in natural surroundings. Open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., Tel. 0 7621 5616, 0 7621 0861.
Wat Phra Nang Sang A historical Phuket landmark, Wat Phra Nang Sang was originally a fort built to resist Burmese invaders. Enshrined in the main hall are three old and large Buddha statues made of tin.