Phuket is Thailand's largest island. It is 48 km in length, 21 km at its widest, and is in Southern Thailand, on the west-facing Andaman Sea coastline, suspended from the southern tip of Phang Nga Province by a pair of short but substantial road bridges. There are numerous places to visit in Phuket from cultural sites to enchanting natural attractions, making for a memorable holiday experience.
November through March is the cool north-east monsoon season, when cool breezes keep things comfortable. The average daily temperature is around 24C to 32C. Phuket's hottest months is from April through May, with temperatures ranging from 27C to 36C. However, frequent short heavy thundery showers, offer welcome relief from the temperature and humidity. June, July and August normally consists of sunny days with brief but heavy showers, with temperatures ranging from 20C to 33C.Remember, however, Thanyapura is all weather, all seasons — come visit us any time of the year.
Pura Organic: Savour the delectable all natural goodness of organic produce when visiting Phuket Thailand with Pura Organic. This organic food distribution company, sources only the best organic produce, that have been taken from farms that follow eco friendly and sustainable practices, such as the Thanyamundra resort in Surat Thani. Bursting with fresh flavours and healthy nutrients, this wide range of organic produce is perfect for families leading an active lifestyle and looking to put the zest back into life.
Khao Phra Taew Wildlife Park: Set off on an exciting adventure, deep into the heart of Phuket’s last noteworthy patch of virgin rainforest, at the Khao Phra Taew Wildlife Park. A great place to enjoy a trek through a forest, this park which is rich in biodiversity, is also home to the island’s largest waterfall and a gibbon rehabilitation centre.
Promthep Cape: One of Phuket’s most photographed spots, Promthep Cape is known for its truly spectacular sunset vistas. Located on the island’s southernmost tip, near Rawai Beach, this scenic area is also home to such sites of interest as a lighthouse and a shrine that has a fascinating array of elephant statues. 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 golden sun slips into the western horizon.
Old 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.
Wat Chalong Temple: Wat Chalong is one of Phuket's most important temples and visited by thousands each year. It is beautifully decorated with infinite reflections from hundreds of tiny glass pieces and several 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.
Waterfalls: Phuket's waterfalls are not the biggest in the country but they are interesting gathering places for those seeking a cool place for a dip or a picnic. There are two major falls, Ton Sai and Bang Pae and they are both located in Khao Praew Thaew National Park 22km north of Phuket Town. Best visited in the monsoon season from May to October, the surrounding jungle is great for trekking through.
Thai Boxing (Muay Thai): When it comes to unique things to do in Phuket, Muay Thai is an electrifying spectacle to watch. Visit Saphan Hin Stadium in Phuket City to see regular matches with well-trained martial arts experts. Or try Patong Beach, where you can also see the skill and dexterity of these super-fit fighters. Tradition and courtesy are at the heart of this dangerous contact sport and a good Muay Thai participant is ultra-disciplined in spirit as well as body.
Chalong Big Buddha: Visible from most of the south of Phuket, the Big Buddha is a recent arrival to the island. The image stands on the top of the Nakkerd Hills and looks down over Chalong, Kata and Rawai. It cost USD1 million to construct and is 45 metres high. 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' Thailand and the view from the top is enhanced if you take a map to identify the many, many sights.
Beaches: Imagine life lazing on soft golden sands, swimming in azure waters, taking part in thrilling water sports and watching enchanting sunsets; all this and more awaits those who step foot on one of the many beaches in Phuket. Be it the palm lined shores of Kata, the seclusion of Kamala and Nai Yang, the laidback atmosphere of Surin or the energetic nightlife of Patong, these beaches offer a coastal getaway in paradise amidst the sun, sand and surf.
Golf: Home to some of the world’s most breathtaking courses, Phuket offers a golfing holiday like no other. Set amidst breathtaking natural scenery and panoramic vistas of the sea, these courses of a rewarding round of golf for both amateurs and professionals. The Phuket Country Club, the Mission Hills Golf Club and the Blue Canyon Country Club are among the courses you will find here.
Entertainment: With an abundance of white sandy beaches, lush green forests, vibrant streets and stimulating night clubs, Phuket always offers you a whole host of exciting choices to suit your numerous budgets, tastes, and desires. Phuket Fantasea, Simon Cabaret Show and Siam Niramitr are a few of the myriad of attractions to choose from. Anyone is tempted to explore the ancient cultural heritage blended with a sophisticated modern way of life during a brief tour to this paradisiacal island and the only thing missing is the time to explore.
The Phuket Aquarium: The Phuket Aquarium offers an unforgettable adventure into the deep, giving you and your family a chance to see a striking array of marine life. The aquarium features over 30 tanks, home to such fascinating species as stonefish, razorfish, eels and cuttlefish. It also has a stunning transparent tunnel which gives you a chance to view rays, sharks and other sea creatures, swim around and above you.
Thepkasattri Monument: Located along the road from Phuket town and the island’s airport, the Thepkasattri Monument should definitely be on your list of what to see in Phuket. It is built in honour of two brave sisters, Chan and Mook; they played a pivotal role in helping to defy a Burmese invasion in the 18th century and their heroic act of bravery is very much a part of the island’s rich history.
Shopping: Shopping in Phuket is definitely a unique experience as it offers such a broad choice of exciting venues including big, shiny, shopping malls and department stores, roadside boutique shops, bustling night bazaars and thousands of street hawkers. Phuket is also home to a few first- class movie theatres. SF Cinema city, SFX Coliseum Cinema and Coliseum Paradise Multiplex are some of the theatres located in the mega shopping complexes such as Jungceylon and Central Festival Phuket. Phuket is absolutely a fun lover’s ultimate delight as it has something in store for every visitor to the island.