Archive for the 'Sightseeing & activties' Category

Feb 18 2013

Ko Siray sea gypsy village, Phuket

Phuket's largest sea gypsy village, as seen from Wat Siray hill.

While Phuket’s west-coast beaches are home to ever more modern hotels, swanky beach clubs and sun-baked tourists, Ko Siray on the east coast reveals a lesser-known, more humble side of the island. Just six kilometres from Phuket Town and a world away from the five-star resorts sits Phuket’s largest sea gypsy village. Some 1,900 Chao … read the full post

Jan 14 2013

Coral Island, Phuket

Not the worst place in the world: Coral's Banana Beach.

Coral Island is an easy 15-minute boat trip away from Phuket’s southeastern coast. Though Coral’s main beach gets busy with day-trippers, if you plan it right it’s possible to enjoy the island in the idyllic glory promised on the postcards. Known locally as Ko Hei, Coral Island has two sandy beaches lining its shore, backed … read the full post

Jan 07 2013

Wat Chalong, Phuket

The central worship hall.

If you’re looking for the heart of Phuket’s Thai Buddhist community, Wat Chalong is the place to go. The 200-year-old temple has grown in size and stature in tandem with Phuket’s development, and it’s now the island’s busiest and biggest temple. Far from being a place of quiet contemplation, Wat Chalong is a lively and … read the full post

Nov 27 2012

Thalang National Museum, Phuket

Thalang National Museum offers a peek into Phuket's past.

Though it’s a small and humble attraction, the Thalang National Museum reveals a side of Phuket that’s unknown to most visitors coming here for their sun-drenched tropical holiday. Found just 100 metres east of the Heroines’ Monument roundabout off Phuket’s main thoroughfare, Thepkrassatri Road, the museum is set in leafy green surrounds with a large … read the full post

Nov 05 2012

Banana Beach, Phuket

Banana Beach, unpeeled

With millions of visitors arriving to Phuket for sun-drenched holidays each year it’s safe to say that there are no hidden beaches left on the island, but Banana Beach comes close. Found on a tiny bay and reached only by longtail boat or a jungle path, Banana Beach offers a peaceful escape from Phuket’s tourist … read the full post

Oct 16 2012

Ao Chalong, Phuket

Dusky view at Kan Eang 2

Ao Chalong is a bustling harbour on Phuket’s southeast coast and one of the island’s main launching points for dive and snorkel trips. Chalong means “celebrate” in Thai, but unlike Patong Beach, its hedonistic west-coast cousin, it’s far from being a party zone. Chalong Bay’s coastline runs from Rawai Beach to the south and over … read the full post

Oct 09 2012

Phuket Aquarium

Shark!

Phuket Aquarium is a modest, government-run attraction but it’s not a bad place to spend an afternoon on the cheap. The aquarium sits on the waterfront in Cape Panwa on Phuket’s east coast, about 10 kilometres from Phuket Town. Those who have ever been to a big-city aquarium like Siam Ocean World in Bangkok or … read the full post

Sep 27 2012

Big Buddha, Phuket

big buddha statue

The Big Buddha of Phuket is a gleaming white 45-metre-tall statue that sits atop the highest peak of the Nakkerd Hills in Ao Chalong. Visible from many places across the south of the island, the Big Buddha’s become one of the most popular attractions on Phuket since construction started on it in the early 2000s. … read the full post

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