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Phuket Attractions

Phuket Must-See attractions and places:

1. Phang Nga Bay Phang Nga - North east of Phuket
Phang Nga Bay is unique. A day out here is an unforgettable experience. A distinctive feature of the bay is the sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the emerald-green waters. These islands are home to sheltered fauna that are possible to observe on certain tours. James Bond Island and Koh Panyee are just two of the more famous spots in this bay.

2. Bangla Road Nightlife Patong Beach
After dark stroll down Patong's Bangla Road. Here you will find the biggest collection of nightclubs, bars, shows and general nocturnal fun in Phuket. But you will probably need a sense of humour and an open mind. It is still very much one of the essential things to do in Phuket, even if it's just to say that you have been there.

3. Big Buddha - Chalong
Visible from most of the south of Phuket, the giant Buddha image sits on the top of the Nakkerd Hills and looks down over Chalong, Kata and Rawai. It cost 30 million baht to construct and is 45 metres tall. Next to it stands a smaller golden image that is actually made of brass and there is a shrine near the site's car park. The drive up to the Big Buddha takes you through the ‘real" natural scenery and the view from the top is enhanced if you take a map to identify the many, many sights.

4. Wat Chalong and Phuket Temples
Wat Chalong is one of Phuket's most important temples and is visited by thousands each year. It's beautifully decorated, with infinite reflections from hundreds of tiny gliterring glass pieces on its many pagodas. On special holidays, Wat Chalong hosts 'country fairs", with a real local flavour where you can buy just about anything and snack on Thai food to your heart's content. Wat Chalong has an interesting history and is Phuket Island's spiritual centre. Visiting this fascinating temple is one of the essential things to do in Phuket.

5. Similan Islands Phang Nga - North-west of Phuket
The stunning Similan Islands are surrounded by amazingly clear blue seas and pristine white-sand beaches. Heaven for island-hoppers and scuba divers, the nine islands are about 30 km off the coast of Khaolak. They are ranked among the best dive sites in the world for their lively and colourful coral reefs and perfect visibility. For non-divers, the famous Sailing Boat Rock is on Similan No. 8 and is an iconic feature of this must-see archipelago

6. Phuket Viewpoints - Kata - Nai Harn - Panwa
There are many viewpoints on both the east and west coasts of Phuket, affording sunrise as well as sunset views. Promthep Cape is also very popular. There, you'll get fabulous views over the ocean stretching as far as Phi Phi Island on a good day. Check out Phuket's other viewpoints, such as the 'Three Beaches' hilltop venue on the road between Nai Harn and Kata, or sip a cocktail at the After Beach Bar (also on the same road), while the sun slips below the western horizon.

7. Beach Clubs - Bangtao - Kamala - Patong
With great beaches come great beach clubs, and some of Phuket's are among the best in the world. These chilled-out venues offer great music, first-class food and delightful cocktails. Just steps from the sand, and often featuring splash pools, good times are all but guaranteed. With regular special events and parties, these are among the best places to be seen and the best things to do in Phuket.

8. Old Phuket Town Phuket Town
Sino-Portuguese splendours and funky shops in the most unlikely places will surprise and delight you in the heart of Phuket's sleepy provincial capital. Phuket Town offers much more than you think, with some excellent restaurants and local sights. The unique blend of colonial and Chinese architecture, along with a tangible quaintness, makes for a fascinating and unforgettable afternoon spent sauntering around Phuket's Old Town. Expect the unexpected and don't forget your camera.

9. Simon Cabaret Show Patong Beach
Simon Cabaret is probably the biggest transvestite cabaret show in Phuket. This show features a spectacular musical floor show performed by the world famous ladyboy cast. Fabulous costumes, glitzy and fun.

10. Elephant Sanctuaries Phuket Town - Naithon - Bangtao
Phuket's tourism industry is constantly evolving to keep pace with modern trends. Nowhere is that fact clearer than with the elephant sanctuaries springing up in and around the island. The sanctuaries provide a safe escape from trekking and logging camps. They also let you interact with the gentle giants in a more ethical, animal-friendly way. If you're a responsible traveller, these places should definitely be on your list of things to do in Phuket.

11. Phuket FantaSea Show Kamala Beach
It's wacky but fun and very professionally done. Trapeze artists, elephants on stage and pyrotechnics combine in a Las Vegas-style show. You'll see nothing else like it anywhere on the planet. Combining Thai traditional myths with humour, fantasy and a loose plotline that keeps getting more and more amusing, FantaSea's extravaganza is a highly entertaining and riveting show, worthy of its spot in this list of the best things to do in Phuket.

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