Introduction of Phuket:
The island is blessed with magnificent bays, powdery, palm-fringed white beaches, sparkling island-dotted seas, sincerely hospitable people, comfortable accommodation, superb seafood, tropically vegetated mountains, lovely waterfalls and parks, and delightful turn-of-the-century Indo/Portuguese and Chinese-influenced architecture which create an enchanting ambiance. The main resorts include Patong, Karon and Kata, but better beaches are scattered all around the island.
Key Attractions of Phuket :
Deep Wild Interior of Phuket :
Visitors to Phuket Province generally head for the sea, but the interior is worth exploring for its vivid patchwork of plantations and rice paddies, crowned by the island's last rain forest in Khao Phra Thaw Royal Wildlife Reserve. Here, rainy season hikes provide the best views of Ton Sai and Bang Pae waterfalls, with possible sightings of resident wildlife such as flying foxes and slow loris: visit the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center near Bang Pae falls and see how they reintroduce captive gibbons to the jungle.
Patong - Countless Pristine Sites
Phuket's limestone cliffs and palm-fringed tropical beaches are its biggest attractions. Sunseekers flock to its blue waters, with many enjoying the shopping and nightlife of vibrant Patong. A few quieter beaches to investigate are Karon, Kata, Rawai and Surin. Situated in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is a world-class dive destination with countless pristine sites and just as many operators, mostly around Patong. Experienced yachtsmen looking for all-inclusive charters will find fair-to-excellent craft with great facilities at the Phuket Boat Lagoon (Ao Sapam) and the Yacht Haven Phuket (Laem Phrao).
Divers Paradise :
Near Phuket, on Thailand's west coast from Ranong down to Krabi are a large number of excellent dive sites. However, the area is sometimes tricky and can be difficult during the southwest monsoon from June to November. As Phuket's popularity among divers of all nationalities has increased, so has the number of dive sites. Nowadays, regular trips lasting up to two weeks are made to distant island groups in the Andaman Sea. Many of them are uninhabited and absolutely pristine, with dive sites to rival the best in the world.
The other attractions of Phuket include Phuket's restaurants that are excellent and there are still plenty of beaches for snorkeling and other water sports. There is also a wide variety of non beach activities: Tours of coconut and rubber plantations, Buddhist temples, batik factories, a cultured-pearl farm, a crocodile farm, the Marine Biological Research Center (essentially a fish farm), a number of parks and the nearby islands off Rawai Beach (tropical scenery) are possibilities.
Phuket has remarkable range of sports, tours, diversions and adventures guarantee a fun-packed holiday for all. The Andaman Sea and Phangnga Bay offer an unrivalled selection of watersports, including deep-sea fishing that would give Hemingway a thrill, and snorkeling and Scuba diving that would take Cousteau's breath away. There is also sea-canoeing into spectacular hollow island escarpments and enchanting yachting experiences that have not only made these waters world famous, but also helped make Phuket one of Asia's premier yachting destinations
Gallop gracefully across the sand on a horse from one of Phuket's several riding stables, or take a trek into the island's jungles aboard an elephant. Hike through the primordial forest of Khao Phra Tieow, or mountain bike along the winding hill roads. Phuket, Phangnga and Krabi all have world-class golf courses some designed by renowned international architects and star golfers.
Phuket is the country's finest gift and souvenir products including cultured pearls, neilloware, pewterware, ornaments and dried seafood. Phuket offer the best Batik - crafted by the island's numerous artists into tee-shirts, dresses, wall hangings, and bed covers - beachwear and easily-affordable made-to-measure cotton, linen and silk clothing - courtesy of the island's many tailors. Thalang Road, in Phuket Town, is home to many cloth merchants, offering excellent deals on a wide selection of cloth.