Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Site in Phuket

Big Buddha

High atop the Nakkerd Hills, northwest of Chalong circle, and visible from half of the island, the 45m-high Big Buddha sits grandly on Phuket's finest viewpoint. Though it's a tad touristy, tinkling bells and flappi…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Rawai

Laem Phromthep

If you want to see the luscious Andaman Sea bend around Phuket, then come here, to the island’s southernmost point. The cape is crowned by a mod lighthouse shaped like a concrete crab, and an evocative elephant shri…
Top Choice Distillery in Rawai

Chalong Bay Rum

Chalong, 9km north of Rawai, is home to Phuket's only working distillery, launched by a young French couple who bonded over booze – rum, in particular. Upon arrival, you'll be awarded a mojito concocted with their d…
Wildlife Reserve in Phuket

Khao Phra Thaew Royal Wildlife & Forest Reserve

Phuket isn't all sand and sea. On the north half of the island, this reserve protects 23 sq km of virgin island rainforest (evergreen monsoon forest). Because of its royal status, it's better protected than the aver…
Wildlife Reserve in Khao Phra Taew Royal Wildlife & Forest Reserve

Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Project

Financed by donations (1800B cares for a gibbon for a year), this tiny sanctuary adopts gibbons that have been kept in captivity in the hope that they can be reintroduced to the wild. The centre has volunteer opport…
National Park in Sirinat National Park

Sirinat National Park

Comprising the exceptional beaches of Nai Thon, Nai Yang and Mai Khao, as well as the former Nai Yang National Park and Mai Khao wildlife reserve, Sirinat National Park encompasses 22 sq km of coastal land, plus 68 …
Museum in Thalang District

Thalang National Museum

This excellent museum chronicles Phuket’s history, from prehistoric Andaman inhabitants to the tin-mining era, with Thai and English displays. It traces southern Thailand's varied ethnicities and dialects, and recou…
Buddhist Temple in Rawai

Wat Chalong

Tourists head to Rawai for the transcendental sunsets, but you can catch a glimpse of local life at Wat Chalong. This three-tiered salmon-pink temple has 36 golden Buddhas seated, reclining and meditating around its…
Buddhist Temple in Thalang District

Wat Phra Thong

About 7km north of the Heroines Monument, Phuket’s ‘Temple of the Golden Buddha’ is half buried, so only the head and shoulders are visible. According to legend, those who have tried to excavate the image have becom…
Historic Building in Phuket Town

Thavorn Hotel

Opened in 1961 by the then tin-mining Phuket Chinese–Thai Thavorn Wong Wongse family, the Thavorn was Phuket's original five-star. It's one of the oldest hotels around still operating. Although the facade is pretty …