As one of Thailand’s biggest islands, Phuket can be a holiday of a lifetime. To make that happen Hayley has written about some of the top ‘Places to Visit in Phuket’.
Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is a unique place in Phuket, making a day out here an unforgettable experience. The feature that stands out here are the sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically from the emerald green waters. The bay is also known for it’s two most famous spots, James Bond Island and Koh Panyee. It would be far more rewarding to enjoy a leisurely day trip cruising through the limestone islands, where you can stop and enjoy the peaceful beaches.
Old Phuket Town
In this historically rich part of Phuket you will find Buddhist and Chinese shrines and temples. Along with beautifully preserved shop houses, quaint cafes, tiny printing shops, private and public museums as well as a mini ex red light district. The old town is small enough to stroll around, but it is best to do this either first thing in the morning or when the day is not as hot. And don’t worry about refreshments as there’s plenty of restaurants and cafes to keep you going.
The Big Buddha
As one of Phuket’s most important landmarks The Big Buddha is very easily reached and is a ‘must visit’ island destination. Sitting at the top of Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata, The Big Buddha stands at 45 metres tall and is easily seen from far away. The site offers 360 degree views of the island, giving you the perfect opportunity to capture some incredible pictures.
Visited by thousands of people each yea, Wat Chalong is one of Phuket’s most important temples. Beautifully decorated with reflections from hundreds of tiny pieces of glass and several pagodas. Country fairs are held on special holidays where you can experience the local flavour and buy just about anything and snack on as much Thai food as your heart desires. As Phuket’s spiritual centre, Wat Chalong has a very interesting history. You won’t have seen Phuket until you’ve visited this fascinating temple.
Bangla Road really comes to life once the sun sets. The road is closed to vehicles and becomes a 400 metre festival of neon lights, loud music and cheap beer. It is often very busy for the majority of the year, but is a friendly and lively place to walk around. If you’re looking for a fun night out in Phuket, then Bangla Road is definitely the place to visit.