Phuket: Main Sights
A Beautiful Bankgkok On Sea
Phuket is a wonderful island with some gems that you really should not miss while on your visit here. Phuket is full of life with a vibrant beach scene and even more enigmatic nightlife. Phuket's great advantage over many holiday destinations is that there's always something to do here whether it's raining or shining, night or day.
-Phuket FantaSea show
Phuket FantaSea show is a wacky but fun and very professional show. Ariel trapeze artists, elephants on stage and pyrotechnics combine to create a unique show. With traditional Thai myths, fantasy and a comical loose plotline, Phuket's FantaSea extravaganza is highly entertaining and riveting.
Simon Cabaret is probably the biggest 'transvestite' cabaret show to be found locally. This show features an extravagant musical show performed by the world famous 'ladyboys' of Simon Cabaret. Fabulous costumes, glitzy stages and a lot of fun.
-Viewpoints in Phuket
Phuket's mountainous landscape gives you the chance to view some spectacular scenes. There are many viewpoints looking out over east and west Phuket offering memorable sunrises and sunsets. Most people head to Promthep for fabulous views over the ocean stretching as far as Phi Phi Island on a good day. Other viewpoints in Phuket include the 'Three Beaches' hilltop venue on the road between Nai Harn and Kata and the After Beach Bar which allows you to sip a cocktail while gazing at the sun slipping into the western horizon.
-Old Phuket Town
Phuket's sleepy provincial capital offers a different side of Phuket to the tourist soaked beach areas. Sino-Portuguese splendors and funky little shops in improbable places will surprise and delight you here. Phuket town offers a good variety of excellent restaurants and local sights. The unique blend of colonial and Chinese architecture along with a tangible charm makes for a fascinating and unforgettable visit to Phuket's Old Town.
-Patong's Bangla Road at Night
Patong's Bangla Road is an amazing neon lit place that you are probably not prepared for. You need to bring a sense of humour and an open mind to have fun in this unforgettable street. With a huge number of ladyboys, exotic bar girls, enchanted westerners and whole bunch of extraverts, Bangla Road is not for the faint hearted. A night here is definitely a unique experience that will have you astonished.
-Wat Chalong & Phuket Temples
Wat Chalong is one of Phuket's most important temples. It's beautifully decorated with infinite reflections from hundreds of tiny glass pieces and several pagodas. On special holidays Wat Chalong hosts 'country fairs' where you can buy just about anything and snack on Thai food until you can't eat anymore. A great number of tourists visit Wat Chalong because it has an interesting history and it is Phuket's spiritual centre.
A cool place for a swim or a picnic, Phuket waterfalls are an interesting gathering place for tourists. They are not the biggest in the country but definitely worth visiting. The two major falls are Ton Sai and Bang Pae and they are both located in Khao Praew Thaew National Park. The best time to visit is in the monsoon season from May to October. The surrounding jungle is great for trekking through and there's also a Gibbon Rehabilitation Project close by.
-Thai Boxing (Muay Thai)
Muay Thai is an electrifying display to watch with tradition and courtesy at the heart of this sport. Muay Thai fighters are exceptional fit, well trained and disciplined. Visit Saphan Hin Stadium in Phuket City to see regular matches with these martial arts experts or head to Patong Beach which host contests where you can also see the skill and dexterity of these super-fit fighters. Join the audience and enjoy the sensational skills.
-Chalong Big Buddha
The 45 meter high Big Buddha is a recent arrival to the island which can be viewed from much of the south of Phuket. The image stands on the top of the Nakkerd Hills and looks down over Chalong, Kata and Rawai. Next to it stands a smaller, golden image and there is a shrine near the site's car park. Driving up to the Big Buddha takes you on a ride through the 'real' Thailand and the view from the top quite amazing.
-Phuket Festivals: Vegetarian Festival - Gay Festival
Phuket festivals are exciting and sometimes bizarre spectacles, they are certainly never bland. The Vegetarian Festival is colourful and it's loud and sometimes fascinatingly gruesome. It draws all kinds of people from all over the world. Phuket's Gay Festival happens at the same time as Thailand's Songkran Water Festival. The combination of festivals happening in Phuket offer a fun-filled, full-on party that celebrates life's exuberance in a distinct Thai way.