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  • Phuket Town walking tour
    4 stars

    Take this self-guided walking tour around Phuket Town's Old Town to enjoy intricate Chinese shrines, steaming bowls of noodles and candy-coloured shophouses dripping with red lanterns. Intricate Chinese shrines, steaming bowls of noodles, candy-coloured shophouses dripping with red lanterns. The ... read more

  • Phuket museums and historic sights
    3.5 stars

    Though Phuket’s museums may lack the flash and interactivity of museums found in larger cultural centres, with entry fees at 30 to 200 baht, they’re a cheap and cheerful way to learn more about the island beyond its beaches and bars. You're coming to Phuket for its beaches, right? Most visitors ... read more

  • Thai Hua Museum
    3.5 stars

    The Thai Hua Museum chronicles the journey of Chinese migrants to Phuket during the 1800s tin-mining era and their subsequent influence on the region’s culture and commerce. Housed in a former Chinese school built in 1934, the museum's exhibitions are a mix of old photographs, illustrations and ... read more

  • Things to do in and around Phuket Town
    3.5 stars

    Aside from the markets and viewpoint, there is little to "do" in Phuket Town itself, but it does make for a handy base for trips elsewhere. If you want to recreate the yummy cuisine of Thailand for your friends and family back home there's plenty of opportunities to learn how to fry pad Thai and ... read more

  • Lard Yai Sunday Street Market
    3.5 stars

    Lard Yai Sunday Street Market is a great place to buy local souvenirs and sample delicious local cuisine while also enjoying Phuket's old architecture. For a chance to sample some cheap and tasty local Phuket food and soak up some Old Town charm, the Lard Yai Sunday Street Market is well worth a ... read more

  • Wat Chalong
    3.5 stars

    Wat Chalong is the most revered and the most ornate of the Buddhist temples on Phuket and as such remember to dress appropriately. The large golden temple is on the highway near Ao Chalong and, as it's part of the Phuket City tour, you won't have to worry about being the only clueless tourists ... read more

  • Big Buddha, Phuket
    3.5 stars

    The 45-metre-tall Big Buddha sits on the highest peak of the Nakkerd Hills in Ao Chalong, making this not only a great cultural activity but also a breezy break from the heat with stunning 360-degree views of southern Phuket. Construction began in the early 2000s and the sight has quickly ... read more

  • Organic Thai Cooking School
    3.5 stars

    Held at the home of Thai chef Khun Eng, this three-and-a-half hour class covers the preparation of three Thai dishes using organic ingredients. Phuket is home to several Thai cookery courses where you can learn the secrets behind those dreamy, creamy curries, spicy salads and tasty stir-fries. ... read more

  • Other things to do on Rawai
    3.5 stars

    There are a handful of spots across Phuket offering truly spectacular views and the best-known is Promthep Cape near Rawai which is a stop for every tour bus on the island. On a clear day you can see all the way out across the blue waters of the Andaman to Ko Phi-Phi. This is also the best location ... read more

  • Phuket Aquarium
    3.5 stars

    Stroller friendly, air-conditioned and rarely crowded, the modest Phuket Aquarium is a part of the government-run Phuket Marine Biological Centre on picturesque Cape Panwa. While not exactly up to world-class standards, the aquarium makes for a relaxing half-day jaunt — especially if you ... read more

  • Surfing on Phuket
    3.5 stars

    For surfers, Kata Noi gets a fast right hander that comes in near the northern headland of the beach, while bigger Kata Yai gets what many regard as the best waves on Phuket. Phuket is not exactly a top surfing destination but the arrival of the southwest monsoon from May to October kicks up enough ... read more

  • Kathu Waterfall
    2.5 stars

    Kathu waterfall is more of a trickle than a flow, but if you’re exploring the interior of Phuket its quiet jungly setting makes it worth a stop. Found at the base of one of Phuket’s highest hills in Kathu district, about halfway between Patong beach and Phuket Town, Kathu waterfall has a series ... read more

  • Things to do on Patong
    3.5 stars

    Surfers are better off heading to Patong for a drink than a wave, as the waves here tend to close out. If you're desperate, try the northern cap of the beach, but you're really better off heading elsewhere on the island -- even if just to Kalim Bay, which is just north of Patong and has a shallow ... read more

  • Things to do in Kamala
    3.5 stars

    Snorkelling at Kamala is pretty much restricted to the reef -- expect to see a lot of smashed coral -- partly as a result of the 2004 tsunami, but also frequent boat traffic. As with elsewhere on Phuket, you're technically supposed to have a Second Class Helmsman's license to operate a jet ski but ... read more

  • Things to do in northern Phuket
    3.5 stars

    Phuket's northern reaches are home to a number of surfing options. From south to north; The highlight for surfers on Nai Yang is the offshore reef that gets a very good wave when it's working. The problem is it's a bloody long paddle out to it and if the surf's working boats can be a bit unwilling ... read more

  • Ceramic Kitchen
    4 stars

    Ceramic Kitchen serves up an impressive menu in an enchanted-garden setting and is also a showcase for colourful ceramics designed by a local family and crafted in the attached factory. Ceramic Kitchen in Phuket's central interior offers little in the way of views, but it serves up an impressive ... read more

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