Welcome to the Beach Paradise of Thailand
Labelled as ‘The Pearl of the Andaman Sea’, Phuket is a province and the largest island in Thailand. Located at the south west coast of Thailand, Phuket lies around 862 Km from Bangkok.
Phuket is all known for its white sand beaches. Around seventy per cent of Phuket’s topography is covered with forest and most of its sandy beaches are peppered in the west coast. But besides this, it has many more things in its treasure trove for the visitors like wide bays, tropical rain forest, rolling hills, limestone cliffs, deep blue sky, colourful marine life and famous diving sites to watch this wonder life. Except for these natural gems of the place, there are a hundred things to do like enjoy the exciting nightlife, enjoy any exhilarating water sport, watch the old Sino-Portuguese style mansions in Phuket town or just relax in any sea-side resort. All these attributes have raised Phuket as one of the popular beach destinations of Southeast Asia.
Phuket shares a rich history due to its tin mining industry and rubber plantations. It was also one of the important trade-off routes between India and China. Presently much of its income comes from tourism industry and rubber tree plantation.
The best time to visit the place is between December and March, when the temperature is around 24° C. With 35° C, March and April are the hottest months of the year and from May to October, the place faces rainy season.
Proud to be the most popular destination of Phuket, Patong is all known for its scenic beaches and exciting night life. With three kilometre of long stretch of beach, it is a resort town. Replete with crowded streets, bustling bars & discos, and numerous restaurants, the place attracts a large number of tourists every year across the globe. In addition to it there are also a number of natural and manmade temptations in this place.
Let’s have a tour of all these places.
- Bangla Road Nightlife
With a dense concentration of bars, restaurants, discos, go go bars; Bangla Road is the nightlife hub of Phuket. The street becomes lively and full of girls, drinks and music after dusk, when it is closed to traffic. Take a walk in this street, and you will find girls inviting you to have a drink and play some entertaining bar games.
ADDRESS – Bangla Road, Patong Beach
OPENING – CLOSING TIME – From evening to late midnight
- Freedom Beach
Located on the west coast of Phuket, Freedom Beach is a beautiful white sand beach. This one of the isolated beaches of Phuket is set in a backdrop of granite rocks and verdant hills. The water at the end of the beach is shallow and is home to rich marine life. Apart from sunbathing, you can enjoy snorkelling here as this beach is a free of jet skiing.
PRICE – 100 THB
- Paradise Beach
Paradise Beach is one of the most attractive beaches of Phuket. True to its name, it is real paradise and known for its stunning beauty. This 150 m long beach is safe for swimming, all round the year. Coral reef is the main aquatic attraction of Paradise Beach. Other activities you can enjoy on this beach are snorkelling, body boarding and sea kayaking.
OPENING - CLOSING TIME – 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM
- Tiger’s Kingdom
Tiger’s Kingdom is a recently developed attraction of Phuket. Located at the foot of Patong Hill, it is home to a number of Indochinese tigers, which have been raised by professional trainers. You can go near to these big cats fearlessly and can even take photographs also with them as they are accustomed to it from their birth. Spread on around 4 acres of land, this complex was constructed with a price value of approx. 100 million Baht.
ADDRESS – Next to the Go-Kart track, Kathu, Phuket
OPENING – CLOSING TIME – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
ENTRY FEE – 800 THB per person
- Kathu Waterfall
Kathu Waterfall is a series of drop pools cascading down the rocks into a large pool. The peak beauty of this waterfall can be seen during monsoon, June to November. Most of the up way of the waterfall is provided with shaded stairs and although it will be a hard climb, you can reach to the top. The place has also some nearby attractions like Palazzo and Flying Hanuman. Visit the place and explore all these.
ADDRESS – Halfway between Patong Beach and Phuket Town
- Wat Suwan Khiri Wong
Wat Suwan Khiri Wong is the centre of Buddhism in Patong. Built in Thai style, the temple comprises the ubosot (shrine/ chapel), statue of Lord Buddha and monastery Hall.
ADDRESS – 1.5 Km from main Kathu district, at the bottom of Patong Hill by the Phuket – Patong
OPENING - CLOSING TIME – Early morning to late afternoon
- Phuket Mining Museum
Phuket Mining Museum is one of the interesting places of Kathu district, where you can learn about tin mining methods. The museum features paintings depicting the working condition of miners, number of devices and equipment used in mining etc. It is advisable to take a guide while the tour of the museum as the signs and descriptions are in Thai language.
ADDRESS – On the road between Loch Palm Golf Club and British International School
OPENING - CLOSING TIME – All days of the week except Sunday
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
ENTRY FEE – 100 THB (adult) and 50 THB (child)
- Kata Beach
Kata Beach is a 1.5 Km stretch of golden sand is one of the major attractions in Phuket. Due to its beauty and a number of activities to do, it draws a large number of tourists and is often crowded. You can also enjoy Thai massage here. The beach is also very popular among surfers as the southern end of Kata Beach remains a very active surfing spots in Phuket. The peak tourist season is November to April, when the place is swarmed by sunbathers from all around the world.
- Kata View Point
Located just at south of Kata beach, Kata View Point is one of the most visited sites of Kata. Also known as Karon Viewpoint, it is situated on a hill top, from where it gives magnificent 360° view of green surroundings, hillocks and white sand beaches of Kata, Karon and Kata Noi. The view point is provided with parking area, washrooms and a seating area - where you can enjoy the perfect landscape while relaxing under the sun.
ADDRESS – Kata – Saiyunan Road, Karon, Phuket
- The Big Buddha
Proudly sitting on the top of the Nakkerd Hills, the magnificent Big Buddha statue calls many pilgrims and tourists. This 45 meters tall white Buddha statue is one of the largest in the entire region. It is not only visible from entire south of the island but can also be viewed from Phi Phi Island in Krabi. This statue is wholly made of white marble and took around 135 tonnes of this material in its construction. The expenses to build this statue came from public donations and the land was donated by Buddhist followers. Apart from this splendid Buddha structure, this hilltop place offers awesome view of the whole surroundings and also beautiful sunset & sunrise sights.
ADDRESS – Mount Nakkerd, Karon, Phuket
OPENING - CLOSING TIME – All days of the week, 8 AM – 7:30 PM
- Kata Noi Beach
Kata Noi beach is situated on the southwest side of the Phuket Island, adjacent to Kata Beach and just 2.2 Km from it. The beach is small yet, it is very popular among tourists for its beautiful sea view. Soak your feet in the warm sand of the beach or take a dip in its clear water. You can also enjoy some water sports here like banana boat ride, parasailing and jet skiing. Swimming can be dangerous during monsoon season (May to October). There are many restaurants located lining the coastline, where you can taste Thai and several international cuisine.
- Karon Beach
Karon Beach is a long belt of 5 Km coastline situated between Patong and Kata beaches. This beach is much cleaner than Patong and also less crowded. You can take a leisure walk on the fine sands of this beach. Like other beaches, here also you can enjoy many water sports from water skiing to windsurfing. Beside this, you can explore some good snorkelling spots at the south and can rent equipment from the beach.
- Dino Park Mini Golf
Located between the Karon and Kata beaches, Dino Park Mini Golf is 18 holes mini – golf course. The main attraction of this place lies in its dinosaur theme with walls, floors and chairs made of rocks. The setting of the whole place will remind you of the Jurassic Park, with large and real looking like dinosaurs around each hole. Apart from it, the place is covered with thick greenery. Situated just 1 Km from Karon Beach, this park is perfect to spend some fun filled time with family and kids. There is also a restaurant and a bar to serve delicacies and drinks for your taste buds.
ADDRESS – Karon Beach, Thanon Patak, Phuket
OPENING - CLOSING TIME – 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
ENTRY FEE – 240 THB for adults and 180 THB for kids
- Wat Karon
Situated at a walking distance from Karon beach, Wat Karon is an attractive temple built in traditional Thai style. Also known as Karon Temple, this temple comprises three storey building, which has monk’s dormitories, a large kitchen and a prayer hall. The temple becomes conspicuous for the structure of the snakes that coil the whole building and are believed to guard it. Apart from religious significance, the temple also serves as a gathering place for the senior people of the region. The temple is very famous for its market that is held twice a week on Tuesday and Saturday.
ADDRESS – Patak Road, close to Karon Centre, Karon, Phuket
OPENING - CLOSING TIME – Early Morning to Evening
- PHUKET OLD TOWN
Phuket Old town was established during the flourishing mining industry at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, when this led to the construction of many impressive old mansion and shops. Visit the city and you will find antique buildings built in Sino-Portuguese style, well preserved shop houses, Chinese shrines. The town give way to the visitors through its several sois (narrow lanes) and five broad lanes namely Rasada Road, Phang Nga Road, Krabi Road, Dibuk Road and Thalang Road.
- Khao Rang
Located in the north – western part of Phuket and around 2.5 Km from the old Phuket Town, Khao Rang Hill is the best spot to soak in the uphill sights of the town. Other than this, the place offers many more attractions – a large sitting golden Buddha, three restaurants, a recreational park and bronze statue of Phraya Ratsada Nupradit (Governor of Phuket during King Rama V reign).
ADDRESS – Phuket town
OPENING - CLOSING TIME – All days of the week, 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
- Phuket Trick eye Museum
Phuket Trick eye Museum is an amazing 3D Museum opened in 2014. The museum is a stock of around 100 paintings offering highly imaginative and creative pieces. The museum is inspired from the art of trompe-I’oeil (deceive the eye in French) – a technique, which creates the illusion of three dimension appearance in two dimensional art work. Spread in a two – storey building, the Trick eye gives an awesome chance to click some funny and creative pictures with these tricking paintings.
ADDRESS – At the intersection of Montri and Phang Nga Road, Old Town Phuket
OPENING - CLOSING TIME – All days of the week, 10:00 AM – 7:00 AM
ENTRY FEE – 450 THB for adults and 270 THB for kids (under 130 cm)
- Thai Hua Museum
Built in 1917, Phuket Thai Hua Museum is a fine example of Sino-Portuguese architecture. This well maintained building is comprised of 13 rooms that stock and displays antique exhibits like historical pictures of Phuket Old Town, a garden that displays tools and equipment used in tin-mining, major events and festivals. Once served as a Chinese School, Thai Hua Museum is stretched in two storeys and contains around sixteen galleries depicting Phuket’s Chinese ancestry.
ADDRESS – At the intersection of Montri and Phang Nga Road, Old Town Phuket
OPENING - CLOSING TIME – All days of the week, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
ENTRY FEE – 200 THB + 200 THB extra to take photographs
- Phuket Sea Shell Museum
Phuket Sea Shell Museum showcases a large assortment of over 2,000 different types of sea shells from all round the world! Some of them are rare fossils dating back 380 million years. The main highlight of the museum is world’s largest gold – coloured pearl of 140 Karats. There is also a gift shop in the museum, where you can purchase some interesting products related to sea shells like indoor decorative item, jewellery and many more such items.
ADDRESS – On the main road from Chalong to Rawai, Phuket
OPENING - CLOSING TIME – All days of the week, 8:00 AM – 7:30 PM
ENTRY FEE – 200 THB (adults) and 100 THB (child)
- Ban Teelanka – The Upside Down House
Baan Teelanka – The Upside Down House in Phuket is one of a kind in the entire Thailand, where you can experience to walk on a ceiling. This three storey building is upside down – all furniture and other households of the house are hanging from the ceiling. This amazing place gives visitors a chance to walk, roam or dance in an upside down world. Plus the place also features a garden maze, which are a creation of Adrian Fisher Design Ltd United Kingdom – World’s leading maze designer.
ADDRESS – Mueng Phuket Road, Mueng district, Phuket
OPENING - CLOSING TIME – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
ENTRY FEE – For Baan Teelanka ticket price is 250 THB (adult) and 150 THB (child)
For Garden Maze Ticket Price is 150 THB (adult) and 100 THB (child)
- Jui Tui Chinese Temple
Jui Tui Chinese Temple is one of the revered sites of Phuket and is well – known for hosting the popular vegetarian festival of the island. Literally ‘Jui’ means water and ‘Tui’ means white mortar in Chinese. With pleasing design and interiors, the shrine features three large altars – symbol of Chinese Gods. The major deity is Tean Hu Huan Soy (the God associated with performing artists and dancers) accompanied by a statue of a dog and a chicken to each side which are said to have been his favourite pets.
ADDRESS – Right in the middle of Phuket Town, Next to Put Jaw Chinese Temple on Soi Phuthorn,
OPENING - CLOSING TIME – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
ATTRACTION AROUND KAMALA
- Kamala Beach
Located around 10 Km from Patong, Kamala Beach is a serene place to enjoy some peaceful time. Except for enjoying sea view, you can engage yourself in a number of things on this beach like elephant trekking, fishing, taking a relaxing Thai massage or just roam around the place.
ADDRESS – Kamala Beach, Kathu, Phuket
- Wat Baan Kamala
Wat Baan Kamala or Kamala is a traditional Buddhist temple tucked away in the southern end of the Kamal Beach. Most of this temple was destroyed by Tsunami of 2004. Later this temple was renovated by an Australian TV show named Backyard Blitz.
- Phuket Fanta Sea
Phuket Fantasea show is a Las Vegas Style cultural show opened in 1998. This one of the biggest shows of Phuket features grand performance including state-of-the-art components like magic illusion, acrobatics, stunts, 4D effects, elephants on the stage, awesome choreography, magical theatrical performance and many more such attractions. Manifesting Thai Culture, the show is extra – ordinary in every way and one of the not-to-be missed things in Phuket.
ADDRESS – North End of the Kamala Beach, around 20 min drive away from Patong, Phuket
OPENING - CLOSING TIME – All days of the week except Thursday
17:00 – 23:30, Show time – 20:30
ENTRY FEE – Ticket price with Buffet Dinner, 2200 THB (adult) and 2000 THB (child)
Ticket price for show only, 1800 THB (adult) and 1800 THB (child)
Free Entry for children under 4 years
ISLANDS AROUND PHUKET
Phang Nga Bay and Islands
Located on the northeast side of Phuket Island, Phang Nga is one of the magical natural spots of Thailand. Blessed with emerald water, mesmerising scenery around and dots of limestone cliff, Phang Nga is surrounded with several big and tiny specks of islets. One of the most famous landmarks of this place is Koh-Ta-Pu, which get featured in James Bond movie ‘The Man With the Golden Gun’, thus deriving the popular name James Bond Island. A large area of the place comes under the National Park and it is replete with the diverse marine life. One of the important places of Phang Nga Bay Tour includes Koh Panyee – a small fishing village, where tourists are taken for lunch and handicraft shopping.
Located on the south west side of main Phuket Island, Coral island is well-known for its fine white sand and well-preserved coral reefs. Locally known as Koh Hae, this island has two main beaches – Long Beach and Banana Beach. This beach is perfect to enjoy a lot of water sports and exhilarating activities like banana boat ride, canoes ride snorkelling or scuba diving. The Coral Island can be easily accessed by speedboats (15-20 minutes) or long-tailed boats (45 minutes) from Chalong Bay or Rawai Beach.
Phi Phi Island
Comprised by a group of six islands, Phi Phi (pronounced as Pee Pee) Island is one of the most famous and most visited islands of Thailand. The island is credited for many things like one of the main snorkelling destinations in the world, one of the major diving destinations and one of the most beautiful exotic beach destinations. Remarkable for its white sandy beaches and picture perfect beauty, the island brims with rich marine life. Also known for its amazing rock formation, the place got international fame, when Leonardo Di Caprio starring The Beach was filmed here. The major parts of Phi Phi Island are – Phi Phi Don which is the most inhabited part of the island and Phi Phi Leh which is comparatively smaller. Ferries are the best and widely chosen way to reach Phi Phi Island, which takes around two hours from Phuket and 90 minutes from Krabi or Koh Lanta. Apart from it speedboats can also take you to this exotic place.
There are abundant choices in food and drinks while you are in Phuket. From traditional Thai food to sea food, you have limitless options to have gastronomy delights like Chinese Food, Western Food, local food, many international cuisine and street food. Let’s know something about all these one by one.
Original food of Phuket
The local food of Phuket is fine combination of Chinese, Thai, Malaysian and (to a bit) Indian cuisine. The reason of this is rooted in its tin-mining industry, which flourished a century ago and this made the island inhabited by people from various countries around the globe. It gave rise to many dishes, which are unique and differ from other parts of Thailand.
Some of the famous dishes of Phuket are:
Khanom Chin – It is Thai rice noodles, which is usually consumed with curry soups made of shrimps or minced fish. Available in huge variation, these soft noodles are served with a side dish of fresh & boiled vegetables. You can find Khanom Chin shop in every street of Phuket.
Kao Tom – It is boiled rice with meat of your choice.
Roti & Mussaman Curry – This is Indian style flat bread accompanied with a bowl of curry with many choices of beef or chicken or lamb.
Ho Mok – Hom Mok is fish/crab/any other seafood curried with vegetable. It is normally eaten with steamed rice.
Dim Sum – It is a group of small dishes of steamed dumplings with a variety of fillings.
Other major dish of Phuket includes Kao Phad (widely eaten in entire Thailand, this is fried rice with a choice of meat or seafood), Kway Tio (which is a noodle soup), Namphrik Kung Siap (hot shrimp paste sauce prepared in local style). Cashew which is a local product of Phuket is a major ingredient of many local dishes and snacks like Gai Med Ma Moung (Chicken Cashew Nuts), cashew nuts fried with garlic, cashew nuts coated with chocolate etc.
Phuket is famous for its sea foods with an abundance of fishes, crabs, squids, prawn, lobsters and oysters. Here, you will get fresh seafood and you can have a feast of these in grilled, roasted, fried or steamed form. You can also relish awesome sea food dishes prepared in Chinese, Western or Thai style. There are a number of restaurants and eateries which will provide you seafood prepared as per your choice.
Apart from local and sea food, you can also have international cuisine like Chinese, Indian, Italian, Japanese and European.
Street food is a great source to get the real flavours of any place. It not only offers tasty food at reasonable price but also provides an outlook to the local food culture of the place. The food trail in Phuket is not complete without having its street food. You will find many roadside streets, side carts, open air restaurants and stalls around beaches and main tourist spots of the place selling popular street food of the place. Pancakes, spring rolls, fried chicken or pork, Chinese flour dumplings, seafood, fish balls, fried noodles, grilled pork or beef are common dishes sold at these places. You will also find many fruit vendors selling fresh fruits.
Two Heroine Sister Festival
Annually held from 13-15 March, the Two Heroine Sister Festival is celebrated in the memory of two brave sisters – Khunying Muk and Khunying Chan, who jointly led the people of Phuket to invade Burmese troops. There is also a statue of these sisters at the crossroads near the centre of the island. This historical event features performance by various artists on the story of the Heroines of Phuket.
Laguna Phuket Sea Turtle Releasing Ceremony
This is a beach festival in which young sea turtles are released in to the Andaman Seawater on the Angsana Phuket beach. This event is organised to preserve these wonderful aquatic animals, which after being bred in Phuket Aquarium are released in the vast ocean.
Phuket Vegetarian Festival
Largely celebrated by people of Chinese ancestry, Phuket Vegetarian Festival occurs from the first to the ninth moon as per Chinese lunar calendar. During this fest people observing the festival abstain from taking all types of meat and alcohol. The fest features various magical performance, dangerous acts and also a dragon procession.
This annual festival is celebrated to mark the beginning of the tourist season in Phuket. Organised by tourist community of Patong Beach, the fest aims to promote tourism in the province. Various water sports and beauty contest are the highlights of the fest.
Phuket’s King Cup Regatta
Phuket’s King Cup Regatta is Asia’s biggest yachting event. Started in 1987 to celebrate the King’s birthday (a patron of yachting), this festival invites some of the great yachtsmen to the place. Organised at Kata beach, this event offers one of the most spectacular yachting on the azure sea.
Blessed with beautiful sea beaches, Phuket give ample opportunities for sea and land activities. Apart from sunbathing there is wide range of engaging things to do here. Let’s know something about them.
Phuket is considered as one of the best diving sites in the world. Gifted with crystal clear water and rich marine life, it has many diving sites perfect for an underwater exploration. Phi Phi Island, Similian Island, Shark Point and Anemone Reef are some of the main spots for diving. Even if you are new to this adventurous and exciting activity, you can try your hand at it. There are options of many diving tours of varying time span by which you can explore the colourful and exotic fishes, coral reefs and many such wonders of the ocean.
With six first rated golf courses, Phuket is emerging as one of the most preferred golfing destinations in Asia. The beautiful landscape and pleasant weather of the island is an additional hook to pull the enthusiastic golfers from all around the world to Phuket. The place including the nearby provinces of Phang Nga and Krabi boast many top notch golf courses. Some of them are even designed by eminent international designers and golfers and are uses for international championships.
There are few sites in Phuket which offers favourable waves for surfing. If you are a beginner, then the place is ideal to try your hand at this sport. The main spot, where you can rent boards and have surfing lessons is Kata Beach. Apart from it, you can enjoy surfing at Surin, Kamala, Naihan and Karon beaches. There are many surfing competitions also, which are held in Phuket like Kalim Surf Contest (Kata Beach), Surfing Contest at Kata Beach and Kamala Go Surfing Contest. The best time for this water sport is from May to November when, the weather conditions are just perfect.
Elephant Trekking is one of the most enjoyable tourist activities in Phuket. There are around 15 to 20 elephant camps that offer trekking through various slopes of the thick jungle. There are several adventure tour companies also, which will offer you a good chance of an exciting ride to explore some unseen parts of the Island and its woods. You will find many of these companies near the main beaches.
Apart from beaches and various tourist spots, there are some very good water parks where, you can have a fun filled time with friends or family. Among these, Splash Jungle Waterpark is well known and famous for its multiple water slides of various heights, Kids Aquarium, Kids Slide Pool and well trained lifeguards to take care of you. It is located at Mai Khao Beach, north of Phuket Airport.
After diving, snorkelling is another way to explore the rich aquatic life of the Andaman Sea at Phuket. Although, it can be done at any time of the year here, but the most favourable time is from November to April. You can get a wide range of masks, snorkels and fins in the shops around the island.
Popular to host one of the most popular Yacht competitions of Asia, Phuket is an ideal destination for sailing. The perfect sea waves and the beauty of the azure sea make it one of the favourite spots for the sailors. There are many Yacht charter companies that offer day trips for sailors.
Even you are not a keen shopper; Phuket has many local and modern markets where you can roam to get a glimpse of the native life.
Let’s do some shopping in these markets.
Phuket Weekend Market ( Phuket Night Market)
Phuket Weekend Market is one of the largest local markets of the place, where you will find endless items to shop. Located near Naka Temple, it is held on Saturday and Sunday. The market is stock of snacks, deserts, noodles, fried snacks in its food section. In miscellaneous items; there are t shirts, soft toys, electronic items, shoes, trendy accessories, apparels, watches, bags, jewellery and many more such stuffs selling.
ADDRESS – Outside Phuket Town, along Chao Fa West Road, Phuket, Thailand
OPENING - CLOSING TIME – 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
SHOP FOR – Local Snacks
Phuket Walking Street Market (Lard Yai)
This famous market was started in the end of 2013 at Thalang Road. It gets started in the late afternoon when the traffic is diverted from this road and continues till 10 PM every Sunday. Take a walk among the local crowds of the street and you will find local food and snacks, street dancers and entertainers, stalls selling crafts, bags, caps, hats, clothes and many miscellaneous items.
ADDRESS – Thalang Road, Phuket, Thailand
OPENING - CLOSING TIME – 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
SHOP FOR – Fancy jewellery
Located in Patong, Banzaan Market is a typical local market but is remarkable for its planned structure and cleanliness. The market is spread in the three floors of the building. The fresh market section is situated on the ground floor which is stockpile of wide variety of fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood. The basement is the parking floor. On the first floor you will find a food court and some apparel shops. In the sea food section there are loads of different varieties of sea creatures (some even live). You can also buy different types of Thai sweets from this market.
ADDRESS – Sai Kor Road, Phuket, Thailand
OPENING - CLOSING TIME – 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
SHOP FOR – Fresh Local Fruits
Kamala Friday Market
It is another local market of Phuket where you will find hundreds of stalls selling fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and meat. The place is also perfect to satiate your appetite with some really tasty local Thai snacks available at very reasonable price. The place is lined with unending stalls of snacks displaying mouth-watering appetisers. Apart from food, one section of the market is for clothing and accessories, where you can shop items at bargain-ble prices.
ADDRESS – Opposite Phuket FantaSea, Phuket, Thailand
OPENING - CLOSING TIME – 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
SHOP FOR – Freshly Prepared Local Snacks
Karon Beach Market
Karon Bazaar is a beachside market full of various types of t-shirts, shorts, underwear, swim and beach wears, shoes and hats. Apart from clothing, you can purchase here different types of jewelleries also. The market also house some souvenir shops and food stalls.
ADDRESS – Karon Beach, on the way to Kata, Phuket, Thailand
OPENING - CLOSING TIME – Early morning to late night
SHOP FOR – Any apparel of your choice.
Karon Temple Market
The famous Karon Temple is known to host bustling night markets on Tuesday and Saturday evening. There are a diverse variety of things you can shop like toys, books, clothes etc. Apart from these items, the market also offers freshly prepared snacks and food.
ADDRESS – Karon Temple, Karon Beach, Patak Road, Phuket, Thailand
OPENING - CLOSING TIME – Afternoon to late night
SHOP FOR – Souvenirs.
Beside local and beachside markets, Phuket also houses supermarkets and dandy malls, where you can purchase branded clothes and several expensive items. Some of the main malls of the place are – Central Festival Phuket, Jungceylon Shopping Mall, Banana Walk and Premium Outlet Phuket.
Known for its exotic beaches, Phuket is one of the most visited tourist spots in Thailand. Located in the west coast of the Thailand, Phuket can be easily accessed by flight or bus.
Reaching Phuket by Air
Phuket International Airport is the main gateway to Phuket to reach by air. This one of the busiest airport after Bangkok has two terminals – Terminal 1 serves for the international flights and Terminal 2 is used for domestic flights. The airport is well connected to direct flights with many international countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, India, and Germany. It is also linked to regular domestic flights from Bangkok.
Reaching Phuket by Bus
Buses are other major means of transport used to reach Phuket. Buses from other regions of Thailand like Krabi, Phang Na, Surat Thani and Bangkok ply to the place with regular services. Phuket’s Bus Station, BKS Terminal is located four kilometres to the north of the town’s centre. Apart from bus service, this modern bus terminus also offers other means of road and local transport like tuk-tuk, motorcycle taxi, local bus or metered taxi.
Reaching Phuket by Train
There is no direct train link to Phuket. The nearest railway station to Phuket lies in Surat Thani Province. One can travel on trains from Bangkok to Singapore and then after getting off at Phun Phin Railway Station; cover the rest of the journey by taking bus, which will take 5 hours to reach Phuket.
Getting Around Phuket
There are a number of options when you have to roam within and around the Phuket Island.
Songthaews – Songthaews are the most common and feasible mode of transport in Phuket. Comparatively larger than the other parts of the island, these songthaews are the most reasonable priced local transport in the town.
Tuk-Tuk – Most of the traditional tuk-tuks in Phuket have been replaced by vans. It is advisable to negotiate the charges before taking these colourful mini vans.
Rental Motorcycles – Motorcycles are easily available rental vehicles in some parts of Phuket like Patong Beach. These rentals are very reasonable and the charges depend upon the type of vehicle.
Taxi – Metered yellow and red taxis are also one option to get around the city. Despite being expensive than other modes of transport, it is more convenient. Don’t forget to bargain before hiring a one.
Boat – Boat is also one of the ways to go from one island to other.