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  • Phuket Town walking tour
    4 stars

    Intricate Chinese shrines, steaming bowls of noodles, candy-coloured shophouses dripping with red lanterns. The Old Town district of Phuket Town is a must for those who want to delve into the food-and-culture scene of the island. A self-guided walk around the area could take just a couple of hours ... read more

  • Phuket museums and historic sights
    3.5 stars

    You're coming to Phuket for its beaches, right? Most visitors to the island aim for its coastline without ever delving into its culture, but for those with the time and interest, Phuket’s museums offer a good, if sometimes quirky, look into its past. Thalang National Museum is the best of the ... read more

  • Thai Hua Museum
    3.5 stars

    Housed in a former Chinese school built in 1934, the museum's exhibitions are a mix of old photographs, illustrations and descriptions in Thai and English. The original immigration papers of some of the island’s migrants are also on display. Attractively laid out and informative, the museum also ... read more

  • Things to do in and around Phuket Town
    3.5 stars

    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 pound curry paste like a pro. The Thai Cookery School is located at Ko Siray, a 10-minute drive from Phuket Town, and offers a one-day cooking ... read more

  • Lard Yai Sunday Street Market
    3.5 stars

    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 visit. Held every Sunday from 16:00 till 22:00 along a section of Thalang Road in Phuket Town, Lard Yai was launched by culture-preservation-minded locals ... read more

  • Wat Chalong
    3.5 stars

    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 there. Entrance is free, but small donations are appreciated and go toward temple maintenance. Best visted before 09:00 to ... read more

  • Big Buddha, Phuket
    3.5 stars

    Construction began in the early 2000s and the sight has quickly become one of Phuket's most popular attractions, drawing some 1,500 visitors per day. The crowds can be avoided in the early mornings, although a sunset visit is always spectacular. The statue itself, which is officially known as ... read more

  • Organic Thai Cooking School
    3.5 stars

    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. Most of the island’s top resorts offer Thai cooking classes, but we were looking for something more low-key and accessible. Asking around led ... 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

    While not exactly up to world-class standards, the aquarium makes for a relaxing half-day jaunt — especially if you have kids in tow or are seeking a rainy day activity. Attractions include more than 150 species of aquatic life mainly from the Andaman Sea, a 2004 tsunami exhibit and a ... read more

  • Surfing on Phuket
    3.5 stars

    Phuket is not exactly a top surfing destination but the arrival of the southwest monsoon from May to October kicks up enough waves to enjoy some board-riding action. Surfing is possible along most of Phuket’s west-coast beaches but conditions are best at Kata beach, the most popular surfing spot ... 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

    As with elsewhere on Phuket, you're technically supposed to have a Second Class Helmsman's license to operate a jet ski but this is rarely checked, especially not by the guy whose job it is to rent out the jet skis. The easiest way to avoid any problems is to ride as a passenger. Both passenger and ... 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 in Phuket's central interior offers little in the way of views, but it serves up an impressive menu and a beautiful, enchanted-garden setting. It's also a showcase for the colourful ceramics designed by a local family and crafted in the attached factory. Found along the busy road ... read more

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