There is so much to see and do in Phuket besides relaxing on the island’s glorious beaches. Explore some of the surrounding tropical islands that offer amazing snorkeling with a diverse underwater world. Visit some of the religious sites with famous temples like Big Buddha and Wat Chalong. Go back in time in the Old Town with historical buildings and museums. Take a ride on an elephant or see the island from one of the many beautiful view points. Here are some recommended attractions.
Going back around 100 years, Phuket was a thriving tin mining community with many Chinese settlers working in the industry. As the economy boomed, the construction of mansions and trading shop houses emerged built in Sino-Portuguese style. The shops are narrow yet long with wooden doors and Chinese fretwork carving. Many of the mansions and shop houses in town have been preserved and restored and have become Phuket Old Town with quaint cafes, restaurants, galleries, boutiques and more. Take a stroll around Dibuk, Phang-Nga, Yaowarat, Thaland and Krabi roads to see this delightful architecture. Other old European-style buildings of note are the Provincial Hall (Sala Klang), the Phuket Courthouse (San Changwat), and Nakhon Luang Thai Bank.
This well maintained temple is a revered place of worship for the people of Phuket and a popular temple for tourists to visit. Housed at the temple are the statues of Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang who helped the injured people of Phuket with their knowledge of herbal medicine during the tin miners rebellion in 1876.
On the hill leading from Kata to Nai Harn is the Karon Viewpoint, with a purpose built pavilion that provides amazing views. From the shelter, visitors can sit and enjoy the glorious sight that looks out over Kata Noi, Kata and Karon Beaches, as well as the small Crab Island. Toilets and refreshments are available.
Tour counter offers a full selection of excursions including Phuket Old Town, Phi Phi Island, James Bond Island, scuba diving, snorkeling, game fishing, safari and elephant trekking, private speed boat tours, the canoe experience, Phuket Fantasea and much more. Our tours staff have the local knowledge to help find the right tour for you which include: