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Top Things to Do in Phuket

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Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island

It's impossible to not visiting Phi Phi Island when you are exploring Phuket. Phi Phi Island is the most famous beach every travellers in Thailand are talking about. You can visit various shopping centers, staying at luxurious hotels, tasting various local cuisines during your stay. While it might be nice to spend all day long by shopping, it'll be such a waste if you didn't spend majority of your time exploring the beautiful beach, diving to see colorful fishes and coral reefs, and of course do island-hopping! Let's not forget that Phi Phi Islands is actually a small archipelago consist of 6 smaller islands. Each of them offers different fun experiences with you. For example, Ko Phi Phi Leh Island is almost uninhabitated which makes a perfect place for you wish to enjoy your holiday in peace. Its only beach named Maya Bay might get crowded during holiday though, since it's became famous after it was featured on The Beach movie in 2000 starring Leonardo diCaprio. There are also Koh Phi Phi Don Island which has a perfect viewpoint to see the best and clear view of sunrise and sunset. Bamboo Island, or Koh Phai Island offers beautiful view of a beach with lush of bamboo vegetations at the central part. The waves are calm and along the coast is a habitat for thousands of beautiful coral reefs. Snorkelers will totally love this island. If you visit Koh Phi Phi Don Island, you can also participate in shark watching tours held regularly here. Imagine the thrill running down your spine as you watch the majestic fish swims just few meters away from you. Talking about unforgettable experiences!

Fantasea Show

Fantasea Show

Want to find a non-stop entertainment in one place? Phuket FantaSea Theme Park should be in your destinations list. The theme park is not your average-joe kind of theme park, because in this place you'll discover tons of Thailand's best cultural shows in one place. One of the most famous show being held regulary in this place is FantaSea Show, basically a theatrical shows starring fancy-costumed staffs AND animals such as tigers and elephants. The moment you entered the theatre, prepare yourself to get bedazzled by modern and fun form of storytelling featuring tons of modern stage effects and acrobatic stunts. You'll also enjoy traditional dance performances and shadow puppets. It won't even matter if you don't understand the spoken language or even the whole storylines, you'll get to enjoy the show to your heart content. The theatre itself is opened at 08:30 PM, so while waiting you can explore the other parts of FantaSea Theme Park. Take some memorable selfies with unique buildings as the background, or have some exquisite dinner in The Golden Kinnaree Buffet Restaurant. There are some interesting souvenirs shop there too, so be sure to prepare enough budget to buy mementos for your loved ones at home.

Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong

One of the most iconic and also the largest praying site in Thailand is Wat Chaitararam, or Wat Chalong. Wat Chalong was built in early 19th century, and ever since it has been well-known as one of the prettiest temples in the country. Visiting Phramahathat Chedi, the 60-meters tall building will give you valuable information about life of the Buddha illustrated in beautiful paintings on the wall and the ceiling. You can also see a splinter of bone, which is said to be Buddha's here. In fact, the three-storey building was built to protect and also honor the relic. You'll also get to see human-sized wax statues from former abbots such as Luang Poh Chuang and Luang Poh Gleum, Luang Poh Cham, and Luang Poh Thuad. There are many other Buddhist buildings you should explore while you're visiting Wat Chalong.

Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay

Many people across the world might know and longing to visit Phang Nga Bay from several well-known Hollywood movies, such as James Bond's movie titled The Man with the Golden Gun and Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith. However, the main reason why you should visit the National Park is because Phang Nga Bay is one of the greatest nature's creation on Earth. Khao Phing Phan is one of many limestone karst island with its dramatic appearance. There are more than 42 islands, inhabitated by hundreds of flora and fauna species, including 88 birds species, 82 types of fishes, 18 reptiles, 17 mammals, and many more. Many of endangered species also make Phang Nga Bay their home, such as black finless porpoise, white hand gibbon, Asiatic dowitcher, and so on. Phang Nga Bay also offer various activities you can enjoy. Pump your adrenaline by climbing some of the challenging cliffs in the island, and exploring the river by rafting. If you're lucky, you might even spot some colorful tropical birds or even some water buffaloes. We totally recommend you to go on jungle safari, which gives you chance to exploring the forest by canoe where you can see various wildlife in their natural habitat. Don't forget, Phang Nga Bay also have several caves which you can explore by kayak boats. Phang Nga Bay is a great place to satisfy your adventuring desire.

Travelling to Phuket, Thailand
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Phuket is the biggest and most famous city island in Thailand where you'll find most of Thailand's famous attractions. First, it has many of the most beautiful beaches Thailand have. Second, Phuket is one of the oldest city-island in Thailand, so you'll get to learn the history of this island through well-maintained historical buildings. Lastly, there are world-famous cultural attractions that will entertain you from dawn to dusk. These tourist attractions in Phuket will totally win your heart.

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Travel Tips & Guide

How to Get Tickets?

Tickets are avaibale offline and online. But you can save much more time if you book your ticket beforehand so you don't have to queue in line. You can book your online tickets on this website.

How To Get Around?

Getting around Phuket by foot is the most popular option since most tourist attractions, restaurants, and resorts or hotels are near each other. If the place you stay in is not near the tourist attractions, you can try getting aroung by riding TukTuk. It's like a pickup truck but with a bench at the back for passengers to sit, and a driver at a seperate seat at the front. Make sure you bargain the price first before leaving. There's also a local bus called Song Taews, easily spotted for their blue color. Do note that this bus is not air-conditioed, has a specific route but you can stop the bus and hop off anywhere along the route. If you're traveling on your own, motorcycle taxi can be a good option. It is basically a taxi but the vehicle is a motorbike, so there can only be one passenger per ride. You can also take the metered taxis if you want air-conditioned ride.

What Should I Wear?

Phuket is hot most of the times, so wear short-sleeved shirts and shorts. Don't forget to bring your sunglasses and sunblock. Leave your high heels behind and wear comfortable walking shoes like sneakers, or sandals if you like that better. However, if you're visiting the temple, do wear appropriate clothes that covers your skin and take off your shoes when you're entering the temple.

Tourism Facts

Best Time to Visit

As a tropical island, Phuket is usually either warm, rainy, or cool, but it's never really too cold. Between November and February is considered the best months to visit since it's cool and dry. After that, it's usually hot until May.

Currency

Thai Baht

Will I Need a Guide?

No, you don't need a guide. Getting around is easy and most locals, especially in the tourist attraction areas, can speak and understand English.

How To Get There?

If you want to travel by air, you can choose flights that arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok and then continue your journey by taking a domestic flight to Phuket from there. If you want to go to Phuket right away, you can, but the routes it provides aren't as many as Suvarnabhumi. Do note that Phuket Airport is located quite far from the island's popular beaches. Long distance buses are also available. Even though it takes up to 12 hour from Bangkok, the bus is comfortable and preferred for budget travelers. If you're going to Phuket from another island nearby, you can take the ferry rides.

Additional Info

There are a few things that are considered offensive or impolite in Phuket. Do not go around shirtless, don't disrespect the Royal Family, don't take puictures with protected wildlifes, don't collect and take home corals and shells from the beach, women aren't allowed to touch the monks, and don't point anything or anyone with your feet.