TOP 31 best attractions in Phuket


Phuket is a large island and south­ern province of the King­dom of Thai­land, famous for its pic­turesque hills, trop­i­cal forests, wide bays and lagoons.


Who and why should come to Phuket

Phuket, locat­ed on the coast of the Andaman Sea in the Indi­an Ocean, is a very pop­u­lar Thai resort. The main secret of its attrac­tive­ness is a wide coast­line cov­ered with white fine sand, a gen­tle and smooth entrance to the sea.

Well-main­tained and crowd­ed beach­es are locat­ed in the south­ern and west­ern parts of the island. In Patong, Nai Harn, Karon, Kali­ma, hotels, water attrac­tions, shops, restau­rants are wait­ing for guests.

Phuket offers active peo­ple kayak­ing in Phang Nga Bay, riv­er raft­ing, scu­ba div­ing, surf­ing, sport fish­ing. Extreme lovers go to the Adven­ture Park. There, among the tops of the trees, cables and sus­pen­sion bridges are stretched, along which you need to walk while main­tain­ing bal­ance. It is easy to get a dose of adren­a­line on kart­ing — the island has adult and chil­dren’s tracks that allow you to feel like a real rac­er.

The Thai resort is famous not only for enter­tain­ment and beau­ti­ful nature. Tourists come here to see lux­u­ri­ous tem­ples, Bud­dha stat­ues, the his­tor­i­cal cen­ter of Phuket. The Nation­al Muse­um and the Seashell Muse­um are very pop­u­lar.

The island pro­vides a var­ied cul­tur­al pro­gram for par­ents with chil­dren: swim­ming on the beach, rid­ing the rides in Fan­ta­sia Park, walk­ing in the botan­i­cal gar­den and the Siri­nat nature reserve.

On vaca­tion, you should try Thai nation­al cui­sine, which is dis­tin­guished by a com­bi­na­tion of spicy, sweet, sour and salty tastes. The hall­mark of the resort is fried rice, tom kha coke soup, papaya sal­ad, seafood skew­ers and trop­i­cal fruits.

Interesting places

Old Phuket Town

stari town phuketa

In the 19th cen­tu­ry, tin reserves were found in the depths of the island. The dis­cov­ery attract­ed investors and Chi­nese set­tlers, who built the city of Phuket around the deposit, the archi­tec­ture of which clear­ly shows Asian-Por­tuguese fea­tures.

On the cen­tral streets, low hous­es with columns and arch­es, dec­o­rat­ed with Chi­nese lanterns, gongs, and carved fig­ures of drag­ons, have been pre­served. In the Old Town there are cozy cafes, mas­sage par­lors, hotels, muse­ums, restau­rants, Bud­dhist tem­ples.

Bangla Road

ulica bangla road

Bangla Road runs along the chic Patong Beach. Here are places of enter­tain­ment that attract tourists from all over the island. A brisk trade con­tin­ues around the clock. Shops and street stalls are burst­ing with var­i­ous goods.

In the evening, car traf­fic stops, and until the morn­ing the street becomes a pedes­tri­an zone. Dancers, singers, cir­cus per­form­ers per­form on the pave­ment flood­ed with bright lights. On both sides of the road, sports bars, cabarets, dis­cos, and restau­rants lure guests.

Night Bazaar in Phuket Town

nochnoi basar

In the Old City near Rama IX Park, it is easy to find a large week­end mar­ket, oper­at­ing from sun­set until mid­night. Under the pic­turesque canopies are shops, stalls with goods. Here you can buy high-qual­i­ty fakes of brand­ed items, hand­made sou­venirs, live snakes, ham­sters, fruits, Thai del­i­ca­cies.

Buy­ers are wait­ing for mas­sage par­lors, restau­rants, hair­dressers. Peo­ple come here to find out local news, make new acquain­tances, buy things and prod­ucts at a bar­gain price.

Thai village

taiska village

Pre­vi­ous­ly, on the site of an eth­nic vil­lage there was a real set­tle­ment with an orig­i­nal way of life. To attract for­eign­ers, it was turned into a col­or­ful attrac­tion that intro­duces the cus­toms and cul­ture of the Thais. Today the vil­lage is the enter­tain­ment cen­ter of the island, built up with tra­di­tion­al hous­es.

The liv­ing quar­ters con­tain house­hold items typ­i­cal of the 19th cen­tu­ry. In craft work­shops, they show how to weave bas­kets, make clay pots, and sew clothes. The cafe serves nation­al dish­es and orga­nizes cook­ing mas­ter class­es. Local train­ers tell how to hunt wild ani­mals and teach how to deal with ele­phants, hors­es, bulls.

architectural landmarks

Wat Chalong

vat chalong

In the south of the island is a large Bud­dhist tem­ple, Wat Cha­long. The sanc­tu­ary, found­ed at the begin­ning of the 19th cen­tu­ry, is under the patron­age of the roy­al fam­i­ly and is a cen­ter of pil­grim­age. The archi­tec­tur­al com­plex con­sists of the main tem­ple, a pavil­ion with stat­ues of the gods, the abbot’s cell, a farewell hall, and out­build­ings.

Big Buddha Statue

statua bolshogo buddi

Between Kata Beach and Cha­long Bay there is a moun­tain, on top of which there is a stat­ue of the Big Bud­dha. The height of the white mar­ble sculp­ture is 45 meters, the weight is 135 tons. The deity sits in a lotus posi­tion, his head is crowned with a gold­en point­ed cap.

A huge stat­ue, turned to face the sun­rise, seems to be hov­er­ing over the island and looks calm and peace­ful. To see all the details well, it is bet­ter to exam­ine it from afar. There is a small muse­um next to the mon­u­ment. The exhi­bi­tion tells about Bud­dhism and the con­struc­tion of the facil­i­ty.

Wat Phra Nang

vat phra nang

Phra Nang, erect­ed 500 years ago, is con­sid­ered the old­est in Phuket. The com­plex, sur­round­ed by a bright fence, includes a wide court­yard, the main tem­ple, and sev­er­al cer­e­mo­ni­al build­ings. The sanc­tu­ary was built under the influ­ence of Thai and Chi­nese mythol­o­gy.

The inte­ri­or is dom­i­nat­ed by gold jew­el­ry, red fab­rics, paint­ings describ­ing the life of the deity and his­tor­i­cal events. In the court­yard there is a gild­ed sculp­ture of Bud­dha in the lotus posi­tion, a small reclin­ing Bud­dha, stat­ues of lions, tigers, drag­ons.


put dgor

Pud-Jor Tem­ple, ded­i­cat­ed to the Chi­nese god­dess of mer­cy Quan Yin, is revered by the locals. Peo­ple come here to ask for hap­pi­ness in fam­i­ly life, health and good luck. To achieve the favor of the god­dess, pil­grims leave gifts: can­dles, incense sticks, pearl neck­laces, lotus flow­ers, fruits or pies.

The tem­ple is fur­nished with sculp­tures of the god­dess, red Chi­nese lanterns. The walls are dec­o­rat­ed with gild­ed pat­terns, draw­ings and sculp­tures.

Surin Tower

basnia surin

The cen­ter of Phuket Town is dec­o­rat­ed with a three-tiered white tow­er, built in the neo­clas­si­cal style in 2003. The grace­ful build­ing has an arch and an open­work bal­cony.

At the top is a round clock. Around the build­ing are plant­ed flower beds, equipped with foun­tains and bench­es. Near­by there is a shop­ping cen­ter with shops, restau­rants, a mas­sage par­lor, a chil­dren’s play­ground.

Trinity Church

troicka cerkov

Phuket is the largest Ortho­dox church in Thai­land, ded­i­cat­ed to the Holy Trin­i­ty. The gold­en-domed church, lined with white mar­ble, was built in Tha­lang in 2011 with dona­tions from believ­ers.

The inte­ri­or walls were paint­ed by artist Roman Bychkov. Next to the church is the The­o­log­i­cal School. It includes a teach­ing church, a Sun­day school build­ing, and admin­is­tra­tive build­ings.


Monument to the Heroes of Phuket

pamiatnik heroem

In Phuket Town, not far from the build­ing of the Nation­al Muse­um, there is a mon­u­ment to two brave women who par­tic­i­pat­ed in the 1785 war with the Burmese. The sis­ters Chan and Muk took up arms, gath­ered a detach­ment and forced the ene­my to retreat from their home­town. In 1967, a bronze mon­u­ment was erect­ed to them.

The white pedestal with stat­ues reminds of the hero­ic past of the island. A wide mar­ble stair­case, dec­o­rat­ed with stone sculp­tures of ele­phants and flow­ers, leads to it.

Sea Horse

morskoi konek

The famous land­mark of Phuket is the Sea­horse, which tow­ers over the square in the east­ern part of the Old Town.

A two-tiered foun­tain topped with a fig­ure of a horse is sur­round­ed by green lawns and neat­ly trimmed fruit trees. Smooth alleys are laid along the square, there are dec­o­ra­tive flower pots, bench­es for rest. In the evenings, the walk­ing area is illu­mi­nat­ed by bright lanterns.

Golden Dragon

solotoi dragon

In Phuket Town, near Chi­na­town, you can see a beau­ti­ful stone drag­on cov­ered in gold paint. It was installed with the mon­ey of local busi­ness­men in 2006.

The grand open­ing of the mon­u­ment was timed to coin­cide with the birth­day of the Thai Queen Sirik­it and held with great pomp. Tourists com­bine vis­it­ing the Gold­en Drag­on with a vis­it to the city park, plant­ed near­by.


National Museum

nac musei

The largest muse­um on the island has opened its doors in Tha­lang, telling about the tur­bu­lent his­to­ry of Thai­land. Archae­o­log­i­cal finds, ancient stone stat­ues, medieval weapons, house­hold items, nation­al cos­tumes, jew­el­ry made of gold, pearls, sea shells, stat­ues of gods and things raised from sunken ships are exhib­it­ed in spa­cious halls. Sep­a­rate expo­si­tions tell about the hero­ism of the war­rior sis­ters and the tsuna­mi that hit Phuket in 2004.

Apichart Art Gallery

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An art gallery has been opened in Patong, attract­ing con­nois­seurs of con­tem­po­rary art. The guests are pre­sent­ed with paint­ings in the style of mod­ernism, expres­sion­ism, avant-garde. Among the exhibits are engrav­ings, clay vas­es, mar­ble sculp­tures.

All works of art are for sale. The pur­chase is easy to check­out at a rea­son­able price. Local artists who work at the gallery paint por­traits and land­scapes to order.

3D museum

3d museum

A fun pas­time for the whole fam­i­ly is pro­vid­ed by the 3D muse­um, equipped in Phuket in 2013. It allows you to become the hero of three-dimen­sion­al paint­ings on var­i­ous top­ics. Vis­i­tors have access to mas­ter­pieces of world art, sto­ries from car­toons, nat­ur­al land­scapes, archi­tec­ture of cities around the world. Dur­ing the tour, you can relax and take amaz­ing pho­tos.

Seashell Museum

musei morskih rakovin

In the Rawai area, not far from the beach, there is a Seashell Muse­um. The expo­si­tion occu­pies two tiers in a mul­ti-storey build­ing. On the ground floor there are shells found in dif­fer­ent parts of the globe. The col­lec­tion includes murex with spines, giant snails cov­ered with pat­terns, corals, cephalopods, pearls.

There is a gift shop on the ground floor. On sale are paint­ings of shells, pearl jew­el­ry, corals and shells found off the coast of Thai­land.

Chinpracha House

dom chinpracha

In Phuket, a Chi­nese-colo­nial archi­tec­tur­al com­plex has been pre­served, includ­ing a beau­ti­ful man­sion, a cozy court­yard, and out­build­ings. The inte­ri­or of the estate clear­ly demon­strates how the fam­i­ly of a wealthy planter of the last cen­tu­ry lived.

Part of the house has been con­vert­ed into a muse­um and is avail­able to tourists. Vis­i­tors are shown Ital­ian floor tiles, antique fur­ni­ture import­ed from Chi­na and Europe, a col­lec­tion of paint­ings, pot­tery, kerosene lamps.

Tai Hua Museum

musei tai hua

There is a large colo­nial man­sion in the Old City — it used to be a school for Chi­nese set­tlers. Now it is a pub­lic build­ing, where a muse­um and tem­po­rary exhi­bi­tions are open. On the tour, guests watch doc­u­men­taries about the his­to­ry of Phuket and learn about the role of the Chi­nese in the devel­op­ment of this province.

Among the exhibits of the muse­um are tools for tin min­ing, rare pho­tographs, doc­u­ments and things belong­ing to famous peo­ple of the city.

Natural attractions and parks

Botanical Garden

bot sad phuketa

Sev­er­al hectares of land in the Muang area is occu­pied by a botan­i­cal gar­den. Trees and shrubs are plant­ed in tra­di­tion­al Thai style. The ter­ri­to­ry is dec­o­rat­ed with ponds, Chi­nese lanterns, bench­es, foun­tains. Along the paths are sculp­tures of ani­mals and deities. Gold­en carps live in the lakes.

The park area is divid­ed into zones. The largest are:

  • trop­i­cal fruit gar­den,
  • arti­fi­cial for­est with palm trees, ferns and lianas,
  • eng­lish park,
  • rose gar­den,
  • pavil­ion with orchids, med­i­c­i­nal herbs and spices.

snake farm

Smeina ferma

Farm in Cha­long is an excit­ing attrac­tion that intro­duces king cobras and Thai python. Dur­ing the 45-minute show, the train­er makes the snakes do a vari­ety of tricks and amus­es the audi­ence.

After the per­for­mance, tourists take pic­tures with poi­so­nous cobras and go to a store sell­ing drugs from snake ven­om, Kore­an gin­seng, reishi mush­room. The local restau­rant serves cof­fee, buns and snake dish­es.

Cape Promthep

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To admire the nat­ur­al land­scape, peo­ple go to Promthep Cape. The pic­turesque moun­tain in the south of the island is a nat­ur­al view­ing plat­form — from it you can see a gor­geous panora­ma of the sea and sandy beach­es.

On the hill ris­es a light­house erect­ed in hon­or of King Bhu­mipol the Great. Near­by are a ship­ping muse­um, a tem­ple of the god Brah­ma, cafes, and sou­venir shops. Around the hous­es are numer­ous paint­ed fig­urines of ele­phants made of stone and wood.



In the north­west­ern part of the island, the Siri­nat Nation­al Park is locat­ed, con­sist­ing of the purest white sand beach­es. From Novem­ber to Feb­ru­ary, giant tor­tois­es can be seen com­ing ashore to lay their eggs. The beach­es are lined with trop­i­cal forests, man­go and almond groves.

Mag­pies, nightin­gales, dron­gos, sea eagles, king­fish­ers and spot­ted pigeons nest in the trees. The ani­mal world is rep­re­sent­ed by snakes, lizards, mon­keys. At a dis­tance of 1000 m from the coast there are coral reefs. Shrimp, sea bass, rays and jel­ly­fish live in the water.

orchid garden

sad orhidei

A pri­vate farm in Phuket, opened in 1973, spe­cial­izes in grow­ing orchids. Gar­den work­ers cross vari­eties and cre­ate new types of roy­al flow­ers. Numer­ous flower beds are plant­ed with orchids of var­i­ous shapes and sizes. Tourists can buy their favorite seedlings in the store.

bird park

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The bird park in Phuket has become home to 1,000 birds from Asia, Africa, and South Amer­i­ca. The vast open-air area is sur­round­ed by a fine mesh. Inside, among the trees and shrubs, cock­a­toos, macaws, grays, love­birds, horn­bills and ostrich­es live.

All vis­i­tors are shown an inter­est­ing show with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of birds. For a small fee, adults and chil­dren can buy a piece of corn and feed the par­rots, which are not at all afraid of peo­ple.

Bang Pae Waterfall

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The largest water­fall on the island is locat­ed in the vicin­i­ty of Phuket Town in the Khao Phra Theo Nation­al Park. This is a great place for a pic­nic and fam­i­ly vaca­tion. The trail to the water­fall pass­es through the jun­gle.

A gib­bon reha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter has been opened in the shade of trees. Huge mon­keys are kept in cages, and you can’t get close to them. A ten-meter steep water­fall flows along the rock and falls into a pic­turesque lake. On the shore of the reser­voir there are cafes and places for bar­be­cue.

tiger kingdom

carstvo tigers

The Roy­al Tiger House opened in Phuket in 2008. This is not an ordi­nary zoo, but a research cen­ter where the most com­fort­able con­di­tions for ani­mals are cre­at­ed. Big cats live in spa­cious enclo­sures, sur­round­ed by care.

The staff of the cen­ter offer tourists to watch an enter­tain­ing show, com­mu­ni­cate with ani­mals, and take vivid pho­tographs. Tiger King­dom has a restau­rant over­look­ing the park and a gift shop sell­ing soft toys, key chains, cal­en­dars, bags and clothes.

Karon beach

pliag caron

The wide coastal zone in the west of the island is cov­ered with fine white sand with a high con­tent of quartz. The south­ern part of the beach is sur­round­ed by a reef with branched corals of pur­ple, blue, green, yel­low. Sea sponges, crus­taceans and mol­luscs live in the water.

In the north side of Karon water attrac­tions, bars, cafes and restau­rants are con­cen­trat­ed. Hotels and hotel cot­tages rise along the beach, inter­spersed with car parks.




An ocea­nari­um has been opened in Phuket to get acquaint­ed with the marine fau­na. It con­tains large and small reser­voirs with water, in which hun­dreds of fish, mol­luscs, and algae live. The col­lec­tion includes sea­hors­es, clown­fish, elec­tric stingrays, perch­es.

The main high­light of the aquar­i­um is a tun­nel that sim­u­lates div­ing to the seabed. Pass­ing through it, tourists watch fish in their nat­ur­al habi­tat, admire corals and giant shells.

pearl farm

gemchugna ferma

A large pearl farm is locat­ed on the small island of Coconut near Phuket. Any­one can order a vis­it to the enter­prise. Dur­ing the tour, guests are told how arti­fi­cial pearls are grown and show all the stages of work­ing on it.

The exhi­bi­tion hall con­tains large and small pearls, as well as jew­el­ry made by local jew­el­ers. All prod­ucts can be bought at the farm store. There are also gold and sil­ver bracelets, rings, ear­rings with pink, white or sil­ver pearls on sale.

Fantasy Park

park fantasia

Enter­tain­ment com­plex “Fan­ta­sy” on the coast of Kamala guar­an­tees a lot of pos­i­tive emo­tions. Play­grounds, mod­ern attrac­tions, bars, restau­rants with Thai del­i­ca­cies, themed clubs are con­cen­trat­ed here.

Rest­ing in the park, adults and chil­dren ride ele­phants, feed gold­en carps in the local pond, look into the vil­lage of crafts, learn how to per­form tricks, admire the pyrotech­nic show and dances.


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