Sights worth seeing!
Phuket has a long history and has been enriched by many major cultures: Arabic, Indian Burmese, Chinese, Malay and more. One result of this influx: The food is, generally speaking, spicier in Phuket than elsewhere. Buddhism is dominant of course but there are nearly 40 mosques throughout the island where Muslims live harmoniously alongside other Thais. Be sure to check out a Muslim fishing village, small rural temples, and Phuket Town. Outdoor activities should also be at the top of your to-do list. Major activities include swimming snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking, water exploration and even rock climbing in Krabi.
Phang Nga bay
One of the main attractions in this part of the world is Phang Nga bay, a remarkable sanctuary of over 50 towering limestone outcrops, some of which have collapsed in the center due to eons of geological activity to form hongs (huge hollowed rooms with sunlight above) that are usually accessible at low tide. The water around here is postcard green and the whole area is simply breathtaking. Phang Nga Bay stretches out from the east coast of Phuket Island to Krabi. The most famous rock is of course James Bond Island where the motion picture, “Man with the Golden Gun” was filmed.
Wat Phra Thong
The myth around this statue that appears half buried also involves 1785 (when after a failed attempt to dig the Buddha out, they decided it wanted to stay put and they just built a temple around it). It’s located just south of the airport so you may be able to squeeze in a visit on the way to or from the airport.
Wat Chalong is one of twenty five Buddhist temples on the island. Known for the monk that lead the village people to the temple to protect it from the Chinese revolt, this monk has a life-size wax replica of him where people come to pay their respects and pray. Consisting of several temples on the grounds, the main temple holds a fragment of a bone of buddha. With ornate drawings depicting the previous lives of Buddha, gold statues where you can lay a piece of gold foil, and numerous statues of buddha, this is one of the most beautiful temples you will see in Thailand. Youʼll also want to bring a few bahts for a donation to light incense and set off firecrackers to wish bad luck away. With an extensive shopping market at the back of the temple, you can also pick up some amazing Thai souvenirs.
Sirinath National Marine Park
This gorgeous protected area (35 sq, miles) of land and sea is located in the northwest corner of the island and provides respite from the island’s general busy-ness as well as boasting the island’s largest coral reef in shallow water (just over a half mile off shore) and the opportunity to glimpse the endangered Olive Ridley turtle that nests here every year between November and February. It’s also located near the airport
This underrated town is a real charmer with turn-of the-last century Sino-Portuguese architecture housing cool coffee shops, art galleries, delicious inexpensive restaurants and even inexpensive yet hip guesthouses The town reflects Phuket’s rich, multicultural past which becomes evident not only in the pretty and often restored buildings but also in the varied cuisine Taoist temples, festivals, and even the tourists it attracts, from veiled Muslims and young Chinese to Euro backpackers and the occasional American expat you’re staying along the west coast, it’s easy to arrange a taxi or tour at your hotel concierge. Avoid the heat by going in the early morning, or visit after dusk when the area is lit up with Chinese lanterns. Stroll past lots of stalls selling trinkets, then relax with a cold drink and a snack. Talang Road is the name of the first road of Phuket Town, this street has become popular for its historical buildings. Still an epicentre for shopping, tourists walk through this area to admire the buildings bright colors and explore the areas shops.
The Andaman Sea is a world-class diving site, and the least-expensive area in the world to obtain a PADI license. There are numerous dive centers from which to arrange a local trip and they all supply equipment The best deep-water diving areas are around Phi Phi the Similan Islands (50 miles northwest of Phuket) and the Surin Islands on the borders of Burma. KohTao in the Gulf of Thailand is also popular but it’s the nearby tiny twin islands of Koh Nangyuan that
impress most, thanks to a sand bar dividing the islands at low tide which helps’Ereate a true feeling of paradise. Note, though, that it is definitely on the tourist map and quite popular, it also requires a lot of time and energy to get there.
Tachai Island National Park
Only recently open to the public, and only for day trips, Tachai Island has been called ‘the.Thai Maldives.’ It’s an hour away from Khao Lek by speed boat, and while you won’t be the only boat of visitors, you can walk a bit to find your own deserted stretch of paradise
Khao Sok National Park
Thailand’s premier rainforest reserve that has more than 48 species of mammals including wild elephants, tiger and leopards.
Phi Phi Islands
Made famous by the movie “The Beach” and now rather overdeveloped. However, Phi Phi islands are still a majestic sight to see and makes for an interesting day-trip excursion.
Thailand offers some of the best snorkelling in the world with many coral reefs as close as 50 feet from the shore. You can rent equipment through your hotel or at the dive centers along the tourist beaches. But if you have your own, pack it. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to use it
It seems super cheesy, it’s not specifically gay, and if you don’t like the idea of animals performing in a circus stay away, but this attraction is recommended by our gay Thai friends. it includes lots of sexy shirtless Thai dancers in a Vegas-revue-worthy pageant spectacular featuring on-stage trapeze