Bangkok (Phuket)

Kata Noi Beach

Kata Noi beach is a small bay just a short drive from Kata beach, it is a small beach but the scenery is breath taking, take some time to relax, walk along the beautiful sands or maybe go for a swim.

From the Kata viewpoint you can look across at the bays of Karon, Kata and Kata Noi, The best time to visit the beach is between November and April as swimming can sometimes become dangerous during the monsoon season.

Phuket Big Buddha

This huge Buddha is one of the most famous landmarks in all of Phuket, sitting at the top of the Nakkerd Hills and standing at forty five meters tall it is very difficult to miss.

From the top of the hill you are able to get a panoramic view of the island. When you are at the Buddha you will notice that it is very quiet apart from the sound of dharma music and some little bells. The Buddha is made from white Burmese marble and sparkles elegantly in the sun.

Nai Harn Beach

Situated in the south of the island is Nai Harn Beach, it is a popular beach with thousands of visitors every year but it is still relatively untouched and maintains a lot of its originality.

With beautifully soft sand and crystal clear water you will immediately see why the beach is so popular. Settled up under the shade of the large trees you will find various restaurants selling popular Thai cuisine as well as various souvenir shops selling local novelty items as well as beach wear and floats.

Karon Viewpoint

Sitting just to the south of Kata Noi Beach is Karon View Point, it is the most popular viewpoint in Phuket and is normally crowded with tourists on a daily basis. The viewpoint looks out over the Andaman Sea in one direction and the other direction points towards the three west coast beaches on the other side of the island.

If you like looking at white sandy beaches and beautiful blue seas you will understand why it is so busy at the top.

Wat Chalong

For over a century Wat Chalong has been open to visitors, when you arrive there is a lot to see, starting with Poh Jao Wat which houses two statues of elderly men, one is Ta Khee-Lek (a local who won various lotteries after he had been to visit the Poh Than Jao Wat statue, the other is called Nonsi. Probably the highlight of your visit will be the Grand Pagoda which contains a small splinter from the bone of Lord Buddha, The pagoda is beautifully decorated with Buddha images and pictures that depict his life story.

Tiger Kingdom

If you have ever wanted to get up close to a tiger this is the place to do it, the Phuket Tiger Kingdom hand raises Indochinese tigers in captivity from birth until their final days. The tigers typically get fed at around 19:00 hours but it is also worth a visit when they open first thing to avoid the crowds.

The kingdom has two restaurants on site should you be hungry, one of which allows you to look out at the tigers. There are many rumors about Tiger Kingdom, one of them is that they drug the animals (which seems NOT to be true).

Phang Nga Bay

Whilst visiting all the sites in Phuket you must take a visit to Phang Nga Bay, the bay is home to approximately 40 small islands that come straight out of the sea. The area is full of lagoons, caves and mangroves all of which you should take the time to see although seeing everything in one day could be a challenge.

The bay is protected from a lot of the bad weather in monsoon season due to the way it is naturally protected because of its location. Visiting Phang Nga Bay with a tourist guide is the best way to ensure you don’t miss anything.

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

Visiting the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, the most ethical elephant sanctuary in Phuket, gives curious visitors a unique opportunity to interact with magnificent elephants in the safety and security of their natural home.

Our trained English-speaking guides give visitors insight into the behavior and the personal history of our elephants, while our mahouts help people realize incredible life experiences such as bathing elephants in Phuket or feeding them by hand.

Phuket Trickeye Museum

The Phuket Trickeye Museum is the first of its kind in Southern Thailand, The museum is an interactive museum set up with the purpose of stimulating your imagination and creativity. The museum was designed so that the visitor engages with the art in a new way by actually becoming part of the art in the brief time you look at it.

There is plenty of 3D art to see and be amazed by, whether in the permanent installation or one of the changing temporary ones.

Khao Rang Viewpoint

Located in the northwest of the city center, the Khao Rang viewpoint offers an excellent place to look out over the town, neighboring islands and hills that make up the ‘spine’ of the island (where the Phuket Big Buddha sits.) There are three restaurants and bars at the viewpoint along with a panoramic terrace where all the mentioned views can be had.

For those feeling energetic there is also a fitness park to be explored as well.

Shrine of the Serene Light

Built by a local family nearly 150 years ago and hidden away at the end of an alley way is the Shrine of the Serene Light. With Taoist etchings covering the walls and a vaulted ceiling there is much to see. Recently renovated the shrine has been completely repainted on the outside but kept completely original on the inside. There is always burning incense and freshly laid flowers, a live in caretaker makes sure that things are always kept just the way they should be.

Patong Beach

Patong Beach is known as the heart of Phuket, tourists swarm here in their thousands and parking is often impossible but it is worth the experience at least once on any trip to Phuket. There are two things people come to Patong Beach for, its beach and the wild nightlife.

The beach is about 2 kilometres long and you can try parasailing, jet skiing or just rent a sunbed to relax for a few hours. The nightlife centers around Soi Bangla and you can witness many a ladyboy strutting their stuff whilst enjoying a drink or two.