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Thailand - South Region - Phuket Province

Phuket is an island Province and has become one of the world's playgrounds and can become a bit crowded in high season. Just over 860 km from Bangkok on the Andaman Sea coast. Phuket and its unique Sino-Portuguese styled buildings used to be known ads Koh Thalang. Joined to Phang-nga province by two bridges (Sarasin and Thao Thep Krasattri) in the north of the island.

Nicknamed 'The Pearl of the South', Phuket now draws thousands of tourists from around the globe every year.

Before tourism hit this white sandy beach paradise - Phuket was only known for tin mining! Not the crystal clear sea, luxuriant vegetation and relaxing atmosphere - Not to mention the fresh seafood and numerous attractions.

Districts of Phuket: Amphoe Muang - Main District, Amphoe Kathu and Amphoe Thalang.

Some of the sights and attractions on Phuket:

Bang Thao Bay: West of Thalang this beach is around 8 km of great sand, good swimming and water sports.

Chalong Bay: Has the main ferry terminal for all isles off the east coast of Phuket. You won't want to swim here!

Karon Beach: Just north of Kata Beach. Backed by palms and pines the long white beach has clear water ideal for snorkeling.

Kata Beach: Made up of two beach areas separated by a small headland - Kata Yai and Kata Noi (Big Kata and Small Kata).

Kata Viewpoint: Between Kata Noi and Naihan Beaches for great views (In the morning light).

Kamala Beach: An under developed resort area - very quiet!

Khao Rang: A low hill near the town centre giving excellent views.

Laem Ka Beach: South of Phuket town, a popular sheltered beach - popular with local Thai's that is.

Laem Sing: A rocky cape with tiny white beach just north of Kamala Beach.

Mai Khao Beach: (Airport Beach) The longest beach on Phuket at 9 km!

Monument of the Two Heroines: Just north of Phuket town - two statues of sisters who rallied the islanders to fight off the 1785 Burmese invasion.

Naihan Beach: Out of the monsoon season this is a great place to swim - quiet too!

Naithon Beach: A particularly nice beach in a large but sheltered open cove.

Naiyang Beach: Sea turtles lay their eggs here at night between November and February.

Patong Beach: The premier beach of Phuket only 15 km from Phuket town - well worth the trip! A turquoise sea with a fantastic white sandy beach.

Phuket Aquarium: The Marine Biological Research Centre - a collection of tropical fish, marine creatures and sea turtles.

Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect World: Plenty of different species of butterflies, rare insects and reptiles.

Phuket Fantasea: A Thai cultural theme park - Shows, Games and Parades. Not quite Disney!

Phuket Orchid Garden and Thai Village: Cultural and demonstrations of local craft and enterprise - Plus lots of exotic orchids.

Phuket Zoo: Get up close and almost personal with animals and birds from around the world.

Promthep Cape: (Laem Phra Chao - God's Cape) The cliff top southernmost point on the island. Sunset heaven! Between 1800 and 1850 depending on the time of year.

Rawai Beach: To the east of the southern tip of Phuket - A fishing village area with seafood restaurants.

Surin Beach: Not a bathing beach due to the tides and currents but a great place to see the sun set!

Thalang District Museum: Has displays and exhibits about Phuket's history, culture and way of life.

Wat Chalong: Just south of Phuket town. The premiere temple. Beautiful and interesting.

Wat Phra Nang Sang: The home of three antique bronzes (Heads) depicting the Lord Buddha.

Wat Phra Thaeo Wildlife Park: An area of preserved rain forest with abundant native flora and fauna.

Wat Phra Thong: Houses the much revered Gold Buddha - Phra Thong - and a collection of historical objects.

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