Phuket Attractions & Sight-Seeing

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General Lists

Hotel lists that apply to all Phuket

All Phuket Hotels
Near the Night Life
Hotels Near Phuket Airport

Phuket Hotels by Town

All the hotels available in each of Phuket's Towns

Patong
Kamala
Karon
Kata
Rawai
Surin
Phuket Town
Chalong

Most Luxurious Resorts

Our pick of the cream Phuket’s luxury hotels.

Sri Panwa Cape Panwa
Anantara Villas Mai Khao
Trisara Hotel Layan
Mom Tri's Villa Royale Kata
Paresa Resort Kamala

Family Friendly Hotels

Well-rated by guests as being good hotels for families with young children.

Sunwing Resort Kamala
Holiday Inn Mai Khao Mai Khao
Holiday Inn Resort Patong
Hilton Arcadia Resort Karon
West Sands Resort Mai Khao
Swissotel Resort Kamala
Avista Phuket Resort Kata

Peaceful & Beautiful

Peaceful getaway resorts in scenic Phuket locations.

Paresa Resort Kamala
Cape Sienna Hotel Kamala
Villa Zolitude Resort Chalong
Ayara Kamala Resort Kamala
Boathouse Kata
Angsana Laguna Bang Tao
The Pavilions Bang Tao

Private Pool Villas

Some of the best Phuket Resorts that offer villas with private pools.

Villa Zolitude Resort Chalong
Sri Panwa Cape Panwa
The Pavilions Bang Tao
Trisara Hotel Layan
Impiana Private Villas Kata
Malisa Villa Suites Kata
Bell Pool Villa Kamala

Other Thailand Destinations

All hotels by City in Thailand's most popular holiday spots.

Bangkok
Krabi
Phi Phi Island
Koh Samui
Pattaya
Chiang Mai
Hua Hin / Cha-am

Phuket is an undeniably beautiful island with enough scenic tours to keep you busy for your whole trip. However, Phuket's not just about scenery and this page shows just a few of the other options available.

Bangla Road in patong at night
Each night Bangla Road is closed to traffic and becomes the nightlife centre of Patongs.

Bangla Road in Patong

The Centre of Phuket's Nightlife

Bangla Road is the heart of Patong's famous nightlife scene. Each night Bangla is closed to traffic, the neon lights come on and the streets fill with tourists strolling around the countless bars and restaurants.

The entertainment tends to be adult themed with most bars staffed by sexily clad hostesses and pole dancers who compete for the tourist's attention.

Its noisy and generally good-humoured fun but for those who find it not to their tastes there are plenty of more conservative bars and restaurants just around the corner on Beach Road.

Phuket is a big island. Take care not to book a hotel too far away from your interests and read the where to stay in Phuket page before booking.
Wat Chalong on Phuket Island
Wat Chalong is the largest and most impressive temple on the island of Phuket.

Wat Chalong

Phuket's Most Spectacular Temple

Phuket has many temples or "wats" but the largest and most impressive is Wat Chalong.

There are several buildings in quite a large compound built in the traditional spectacular style centred around the 5 storey high main building. Surrounding the wat are a large number of market stalls selling mostly clothing but look out for the less common items such as orchids.

Wat Chalong is 8km south of Phuket town on the way to Rawai Beach. Entry is free and visitors can enter unsupervised or, if preferred, tours can be booked at tour counters.

Muay thai boxing in Patong
Muay Thai boxing is very popular in Thailand and can be an exciting night out for tourists.

Muay Thai Boxing

Thai Boxing Fights & Exhibitions

Thailand’s traditional form of boxing known as Muay Thai is similar to western boxing but allows the use of legs and elbows in addition to fists.

There are several stadiums on Phuket offering different experiences. In Patong there are two stadiums which offer short “staged” fights especially for foreign visitors . For people wishing for just a quick taste of the sport a visit to the Bangla Road Stadium can be easily combined with other nightlife activities.

The real muay thai fight nights are held at the Phuket Boxing Stadium in Phuket Town.  For those who want to feel the true atmosphere surrounding Thai boxing a trip to this arena can be a terrific experience.

Clown fish from the seas off Phuket
Phuket Aquarium is a great day out for people of all ages and allows non-divers to see some of the wonderful sea life off the coast of Phuket.

Phuket Aquarium

Living Examples of Andaman Sealife

The warm seas off Phuket’s coast are home to some of the most beautiful and exotic sea creatures to be found anywhere in the world. Its what makes Phuket Island one of the most popular destinations for scuba divers. For non-divers, however, a trip to the Phuket Aquarium allows them to see some of the same things while staying safe and dry.

Visitors can view a huge variety of sealife including sharks, rays, sea turtles in large glass-paned tanks with the centrepiece being  the spectacular transparent tunnel that runs through the main tank. It’s the closest thing you can get to being underwater without getting wet.

Part of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre, the Phuket Aquarium aims to educate as well as entertain making it ideal for family outings.

Big Buddha on Phuket Island
Ming Mongkol more commonly called "Big Buddha" can be seen from miles around.

The Big Buddha

Visit Ming Mongkol For the Best View of Phuket

High on a hilltop above Chalong Bay is a huge Buddha statue called Ming Mongkol  but more commonly known simply as “Big Buddha”. Being 45 metres high and sitting on a prominent peak the Big Buddha is visible from miles around but its still well worth a trip to see it close up. As well as viewing the impressive Buddha image in detail you’ll also be treated to fabulous views of the island and, if you time it right, stunning sunsets.

Ming Mongkol has been a long time under construction and has been funded purely by public donations. As of early 2009 development continues and although the Buddha image is finished and clad in white marble the base has yet to be completed but eventually, as funds are made available, will be finished in the same beautiful stone.

There is also another smaller but still very impressive Buddha statue next to the main statue made entirely from brass.

It’s a temple and therefore now a place of great importance to Thai Buddhists but tourists are welcome as long as they are respectful of temple customs.

When its pouring with rain you can still go shopping but try not to stay at a hotel a long way from the markets and shops. Try reading the where to stay in Phuket page before booking.
Phuket Fantasea theme park and show
Phuket Fantasea at Kamala Beach just a short drive to the north of Patong.

Phuket FantaSea

Thai Style Variety Show

Phuket Fantasea is huge Thai themed show attraction located at Kamala Beach just a short drive to the north of Patong.

It opens each night from 5:30pm to 11:30pm though visitors are encouraged to time their arrival prior to the buffet dinner starting at 6:30pm followed by the the main show at 9:00pm

. Highlights include elephant circus and las vegas style entertainment with a Thai cultural theme.

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