Archive for the 'Sightseeing & activties' Category

Aug 19 2013

A trio of tiny Phuket beaches

The happy sands of Laemka beach.

Phuket is known for having kilometres-long beaches along its west coast, but sprinkled in between the main beaches are some wee stretches of sand that offer some scenic alternatives. Three of Phuket’s cosiest little beaches are Laemka, Ao Sane and Ya Nui at the island’s southern end. Just down the hill from Cape Promthep between … read the full post

Aug 08 2013

Baan Chinpracha heritage house, Phuket

The inner courtyard with a cooling koi pond.

Baan Chinpracha is a stately Sino-Colonial mansion at the edge of Phuket’s Old Town area, and the island’s only historical home we’re aware of where visitors are allowed a peek inside. Built in 1903 by Phra Pitak Chinpracha (also known as Tan Ma Siang), it was among several grand homes built after the wave of … read the full post

Jul 02 2013

What to do when it rains on Phuket

A sailboat seeks shelter from the storm on Phuket's east coast.

Phuket can be a wet place during the southwest monsoon from May through October. But as Thailand’s largest and most developed island, there are plenty of things to do and places to escape to on a rainy day when the beach is not an option. Curling up in a dry spot with a good book … read the full post

Jun 25 2013

Phuket Mining Museum

Mini diorama of an open-pit mine.

Phuket’s fortunes are now made in tourism but in the past it was home to a thriving tin mining industry. The Phuket Mining Museum, found in a rather remote area of Kathu district, tells the story of the island’s tin-powered history. Set by a lagoon on sprawling grounds in a large pink Sino-Portuguese style building, … read the full post

Jun 17 2013

Exploring Ko Siray, Phuket

Keep a sharp eye out for suicidal monkeys.

Travellers looking to get away from the crowds of Phuket and see the island’s more traditional, peaceful side are well advised to head east. Off Phuket’s southeast coast lies Ko Siray, a small island with great hilltop views, scenic roads to explore and some good beachfront dining. Connected to Phuket by a short causeway, Ko … read the full post

Jun 03 2013

Rang Hill, Phuket Town

Park yourself here for a relaxed afternoon.

If you’re looking for a leafy-green alternative to the beach, Rang Hill in Phuket Town offers a pleasant place to cool down in the shade of its pavilions and stately trees. There’s a fitness park and a few pathways to explore, but most visitors simply relax and take in the views out over the town … read the full post

May 27 2013

Sang Tham Shrine, Phuket

Craftsmen have been carving out a new future for the 1891 shrine.

Sang Tham is a small Chinese Taoist shrine in Phuket Town that’s a microcosm of the transformation taking place in the town’s Old Town district. What was once an oft-missed sight hidden away down a narrow lane is now revealed in grand style with an ornate streetside archway topped by lively dragons. The shrine, also … read the full post

May 14 2013

Phuket Art Village

Love Art Studio - the home, gallery and studio of artist Pui Ngowsiri.

Phuket Art Village is a creative community tucked away down a small lane in Nai Harn at the southern end of Phuket. Home to a diverse and growing collection of home studios and galleries, the village was built from the ground up by the artists themselves. The village is set on a small plot of … read the full post

Apr 29 2013

Thavorn Museum, Phuket

Under the dust there's some really neat stuff here.

The Old Town historical district of Phuket Town is home to a number of strange little nooks and crannies to explore, none stranger perhaps than the Thavorn Museum in the Thavorn Heritage Hotel on Rassada Road. Dusty and a bit spooky, this small museum resembles a flea market except nothing’s for sale. But like a … read the full post

Apr 08 2013

Dino Park mini-golf and restaurant, Phuket

A terrifying T-Rex to send the kids running.

If you happen to be walking the streets of Phuket’s Kata beach in the evening, you might come across a surprising sight: a lava-spewing volcano surrounded by some fierce-looking prehistoric beasts. This Jurassic-themed scene is home to Dino Park, a mini-golf park and restaurant set along the road that links Kata and Karon beaches. The … read the full post

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