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Located approximately 862 kilometers south of Bangkok is Phuket,Thailand largest island, which is often dubbed as the pearl of the Andaman, or the pearl of the south. Its natural resources- rocky peninsular, limestone cliffs, white powdery beaches, tranquil broad bays and tropical in-land forests contribute to making it the South wealthiest, busiest, most visited and most popular island and province.

Nestled in the tropical zone off the west coast of the southern part of Thailand in the Andaman Sea and the Indian Ocean, the province covers an area of approximately 543 square kilometers (excluding small islets). It is estimated that Phuket Province covers an area of approximately 590 square kilometers if its 39 other small islands are included. The islands total length, from north to south, is estimated at 48.7 kilometers and approximately 21.3 kilometers wide.

Phuket borders on Phang-nga Province to the north. The other 3 sides are encircled by the Andaman Sea the place where many of the best diving sites are located. The island is connected to Phang-nga Province by Sarasin Bridge and Thep Krasattri Bridge.

Staying on the island is easy, as there are only two seasons in a year – the rainy season (May to October) and the hot season (November to April). The low season of phuket is between September and October as they are the wettest months. The best period for a visit, is from November to February, when it is possible to see the clear blue sky, feel the fresh sea breeze and marvel at the crystal clear water while lying on powdery, palm-fringed beaches. Average temperatures ranges between 23 C and 33 C.

Phuket topology is exceptional with 70 percent of its area covered with mountains which stretch from north to south and the remaining 30 percent being plains located in the central and eastern parts of the island. The island does not have any major rivers except for a total of 9 brooks and creeks.

Phuket is divided into 3 administrative counties namely Amphoe Muang, Amphoe Thalang and Amphoe Kathu.

Phuket has a lot more to offer its visitors other than its natural heritage sea, sand, sky, beach, forest, and world renowned diving sites. Sino-Portuguese architecture casts its spell delighting travelers to the city, while Phuket-style hospitality has never failed to impress visitors from all walks of life. In addition, accommodations ranging from world-class resorts to tropical-style bungalows have warmly catered to the different needs of travelers. For seafood lovers, there is a lot more to sample than just Phuket famous lobster. Altogether, these characteristics have made Phuket a truly unique destination.

History of Phuket

Most geologists believe that the area known as Phuket today was once a cape that extended into the Andaman Sea. Geographical formations gradually changed the capes location, finally detaching it from the mainland.

A famous Greek philosopher, Claudius Ptolemy, was the first person who mentioned the cape in his book written in the year 157. The cape was locally referred to as Jung Ceylon, which was located between latitudes 6 N and 8 N (the present site of Phuket Island). Natives called the place Cha Lang, which evolved to Tha Lang the name of the main town to the north of the island.

As a perfect stopover sheltering traders from monsoons, Jung Ceylon welcomed merchants from India, Persia, Arabia, Burma, China and also Siam. During the 16th century, the island was also a popular trading port for tin with Portuguese, Dutch, English and French traders flocking to the island. This contributed to making the development of mining so unprecedented. Chinese businessmen and miners later migrated to Phuket and soon enjoyed thriving business wealth.

Apart from serving as a meeting point for traders from Europe, Central Asia and China, Phuket also attracted ambitious immigrants, especially those from Portugal and China, to work in the tin mines. With its colorful history, visitors admire the Sino-Portuguese style architecture in the city especially those buildings located along the Thalang and Yaowarat Roads.

Thalang town was surrounded by Burmese troops who invaded the coastal area in 1785. It was under the leadership of Chan, the widow of the governor, and her sister, Muk, who united local residents and successfully fought and drove the invaders out of Phuket. It took over 30 days for the defending troops of Phuket, under the command of Chan and Muk, to claim their victory. As a result of such heroic deeds, noble titles were granted to Chan and Muk as Thao Thep Krasattri and Thao Si Sunthon respectively. To honor them, a monument was established at Tha Ruea Intersection, 12 kilometers to the north of Phuket City in 1966. They are still highly respected by Phuket residents even today.

However, 24 years later, the Burmese succeeded in seizing Thalang causing many local residents to flee to Phang-nga and Krabi. In 1825, some of them returned to re-establish a town and established a rice farming community. On the other hand, the area to the south of the island (Phuket City today) was developed and became a tin trading center.

When Phuket was elevated to a town in 1850, it attracted more immigrants from Thalang and nearby communities. In 1894, Phuket was promoted to be a Monthon administrative unit under the supervision of the central administrative body (located in Bangkok).

In 1902, Phraya Ratsada Korsimbi, a Sino-Thai businessman who contributed to developing the modern city of Phuket was appointed Governor of Phuket. He also helped to improve the welfare of local residents and set up the market system in the countryside. In 1916, Phuket became a province.

The tin mining industry has gradually failed to generate economic growth in Phuket, especially after 1985 when the price of tin fell by half. However, with its natural resources, Phuket later emerged as a tourist destination with great potential. This polished pearl of the Andaman is truly a destination that provides visitors with memorable experiences.

The islands long history has shaped the distinctive Phuket of the present with its diverse ethnic groups, culture, architectural influence, and fine cuisine. With approximately 35 percent of the population being comprised of Thai-Muslims, it is possible to see an equal number of Wats (Thai temples) located next to Mosques.


Phuket Attractions

Phuket Art, Culture and Heritage

Phuket Cultural Centre

Attraction Details :

Phuket Cultural Centreis located in the area of the Phuket Rajabhat University on Thepkrasattri Road. It displays history as well as the arts and culture of Phuket; such as, houses, ways of life, and utensils of the city of Thalang in ancient times. Furthermore, the library collects books on Phuket’s history and culture. The centre is open daily for free from 08.30 a.m. – 04.30 p.m., except public holidays. For a group of visitors who needs a guided tour, please address a letter of request to the Phuket Cultural Centre at 21 Thep Krasattri Road, Tambon Ratsada, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Phuket, Tel. 0 7621 1959 ext. 148.

Phuket Simon Cabaret Show

Attraction Details :

There’s not a diva in the West who can compare, and many a catwalk model has turned green with envy at the sight of the lady-boy performers of Simon Cabaret. This hugely popular tourist attraction, on the hill just outside Patong, has been wowing audiences for years with its exotic, hilarious, and transvestite cabaret. With sets and choreography that would do Broadway justice, and gowns dripping with diamante, the boys who are girls stiletto-strut their stuff to full houses each night at 07.30 p.m. and 09.30 p.m. Tel. 0 7634 2114-6

Ticket Type

VIP Seat : Adult 800 Bath, Children 600 Bath

Regular Seat : Adult 700 Bath ,Children 500 Bath (Children price for children under 130 cm.)

How to get there :

By Car

Locate on Sirirath Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket : on the way to Karon Beach

Thai Village and Orchid Farm

Attraction Details :

Located on Thepkasattri Road, approximately 3 kilometers from Phuket City is an extraordinary place for culture lovers. The village provides stunning classical Thai dance performances, sword-fighting, Thai boxing, southern customs and elephant shows. Handicrafts and traditional mining techniques are also featured. The orchid farm outside is worth exploring. It is open daily from 09.00 a.m. – 09.00 p.m. Cultural shows are performed daily at 01.00 p.m.and 05.30 p.m.Admission is 650 Baht for adults and 330 Baht for children. Tel. 0 7621 4860, 0 7623 7400 for details.

Phuket City and old buildings

Attraction Details :

Phuket City is a fascinating city that can be explored on foot or by traditional means of transportation, tuk-tuk or Sino-Portuguese architecture that is evident in the citys shop houses provides the town with a charming atmosphere and a late 19th century ambience. For visitors interested in strolling along the city, start the trip at the central post office and walk west along Thalang Road, then turn south at the Standard Chartered Bank building and walk towards Yaowarat Road. Continue the trip to Fountain Circle, then head west to Ranong Road and proceed to Patipat Road, which connects with the historic Krabi Road.

Ban Chinnapracha

Attraction Details :

It was built in 1903 A.D. in the later period of King Rama V by Phra Phithak Chinnapracha (Tan Ma Sieng), son of Luang Bamrung Chinnaprathet (Tan Neow Yee). He was born inFujianprovince,China, and held the military title of “Boontek Chongkul”. Most of the furniture in the house was inherited from Chinese ancestors and other materials used were imported from foreign countries because trading betweenPenangand Phuket at that time flourished tremendously. The house is located at 98,Krabi Road, Tambon Talat Nuea, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Phuket. Tel. 0 7621 1281, 0 7621 1167.

Old Phuket Town

Attraction Details :

The beginning of the tin boom in the 19th century led to construction of many fine mansions and shops that are still well preserved. The architectural style, typical of the region, is described as Sino-Portuguese and has a strongly Mediterranean character. Shops present a very narrow face onto the street but stretch back a long way. Many, especially onDibuk Road, have old wooden doors with Chinese fretwork carving. Other streets, forming what might be called “Old Phuket”, with similar structures are Phang-nga, Yaowarat, Thalang, and Krabi, and a walking tour of the area is easy and delightful. Some other old European-style buildings of note are the Provincial Hall, the Phuket Courthouse, and Siam City Bank.

Phuket Thai Hua Museum

Attraction Details :

It has been renovated to be one of the historical tourist attractions of Phuket. The 74-year old Sino-Portuguese architecture displays a photos exhibition and video media which tells the history of the Chinese people in Phuket, mining, local costumes, Sino-Portuguese architecture, local foods, tradition and culture of Phuket. It is located on 28,Krabi Road, Tambon Talat Yai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Phuket. Tel. 0 7621 1224. The Museum opens from Monday – Sunday, except Wednesday, between 08.30 a.m – 05.30 p.m.

How to get there :

By Bus

by Pink Songtaew fee 10 baht.

Wat Phranang Sang

Attraction Details :

This temple is located 20 kilometres from town on Thep Krasattri Road. An old and historical landmark of Phuket, the temple was once a fort resisting the Burmese invasion around 1785.  Inside the old chapel are enshrined the three oldest and largest Buddha statues made of tin. Called the Three Kings, they are positioned in the midsections of another three large statues.

Joe Conrad Magic Theatre

Attraction Details :

Joe Conrad Magic Theatre is Phuket’s first and only nightly show featuring state-of-the art Las Vegas Style Illusions. Set in an intimate 700-seat venue, Phuket’s newest theatre promises guests an evening full of surprises and fun from beginning to end. We have 2 shows nightly at 6.30 & 8.30 pm & are located on the 3rd floor of Jungceylon above Robinson’s Department store.
After enjoying a day in the sun, come enjoy a night of unforgettable fun.

How to get there :

By Car

We are located on the 3rd floor of Jungceylon Shopping Destination, Patong, above Robinson’s Department store

By Bus

We are located on the 3rd floor of Jungceylon Shopping Destination, Patong, above Robinson’s Department store

By Plane

We are located on the 3rd floor of Jungceylon Shopping Destination, Patong, above Robinson’s Department store

By Other

We are located on the 3rd floor of Jungceylon Shopping Destination, Patong, above Robinson’s Department store

Marine Biological Research Centre

Attraction Details :

The Marine Biological Research Centre at Laem Phanwa offers the opportunity to observe local marine life up close without the necessity of diving beneath the waves. More than a hundred aquatic species are housed at this facility, which is one of Thailand’s principle centres for research into the whales, dugongs, sharks, dolphins and sea turtles that make their home in the water around Phuket. The centre is open daily from 09.00 a.m to 05.00 p.m. Admission is 100 Baht for adults and 50 Baht for children. To get there, one can take a Songthaeo (local mini-bus) from the central market in Phuket Town. Call Tel. 0 7639 1126

Phuket Aquarium

Attraction Details :

Located at Cape Phanwa, southeastern-most end of the island is an extraordinary aquarium that displays hundreds of exotic and colorful marine species found in the sea around Phuket. The aquarium opens daily from 8.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Call 076 391126 or for more  information. To get by public transportation, take a local bus from the towns fresh produce market.

Phuket Butterfly Farm

Attraction Details :

Located approximately 3 kilometers from Phuket City via Yaowarat Road and the Sam Kong intersection, the farm proudly presents a unique collection of tropical creatures such as butterflies and insects. The farm opens daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The entrance fee is 150 baht for adults and 60 baht for children. Call tel. 0 7621 5616, or 0 7621 0861 for more information.

Phuket Fantasea

Attraction Details :

The very biggest of all Phuket’s extravaganzas, Fantasea brings Hollywood-sized, Las Vegas-style entertainment to the island. Remarkable acrobatics, dazzling light work, stunning set design and a host of animal action combine in a song and dance spectacular that brings to life tales of history and mythology that will leave visitors in no doubt that Phuket was at least as, if not more, exciting way back when.

Set upon 140 acres in Kamala Bay, this unique cultural theme park houses an immense theatre, a festival village offering carnivals, games and handicrafts, and reportedly the world’s largest buffet of Thai and international cuisine. Tel. 0 7638 5111, Fax: 0 7638 5222

Ticket Type
-Show + Buffet Dinner (at “Golden Kinnaree” International Buffet Restaurant)1,900 baht for adults and 1,700 baht for children

-Show Only 1,500 baht for adults and 1,500 baht for children
-Buffet Dinner Only 800 baht for adults and 600 baht for children

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