Phuket Backpacker Thailand : Phuket Attractions
Chalong Temple : is about 8 kms. outside town. Take Vichit Songkram Rd., to the Bypass Rd., and turn left, and drive for about 10 mins. Wat Chalong will be on your left. This is where stands the cast statue of Luang Por Cham, who helped the people of Phuket put down the Angyee, or Chinese Coolie, Rebellion in 1876 during the reign of Rama V. There are also statues of Luang Por Chaung, and Luang Por Gluam. Other monks, who were abbots of the temple during later times, and who are the objects of respect and recipients of the offerings by Phuket people generally.
Antique Buildings : The beginning of the tin boom during the Nineteenth Century led to construction of many fine old mansions and shops still well preserved. The architectural style, typical of the region, is described as Sino-Portuguese and has a strongly Mediterranean chracter. Shops present a very narrow face on the street but stretch back a long way. Many, especially on Dibuk Rd., have old wooden doors with Chinese fretwork carving. Other streets, forming what might be called "Old Phuket", with similar structures are Phang-nga, Yaowarat, Thalang, and Krabi, and a walking tour of the area is easy and delightful. Some other old European-style buildings of note are the Provincial Hall (Sala Klang), the Phuket Courthouse (San Changwat), and Nakhon Luang Thai Bank.
Fantasy of a Kingdom Show : Inside the palace, the Kamala Prince orchestrates a spellbinding fantasy, where myth, mystery and magic merge with space-age technology, in a dazzling extravaganza of music and dance, of pyrotechnics and acrobatics, of illusion and mystery. Never before has Thailand seen such grandeur and excitement.
The magnificent Palace of the Elephants is a state-of-the-art theater fronted by a reconstruction of a Sukhothai-era stone palace with intriguing elephant statues.
There are nightly performances of “Fantasy of a Kingdom”, a theatrical extravaganza which combines Thai culture, magical illusions, aerial performances, acrobatics, indoor pyrotechnics, special effects and elephants. There is a very loose story line which is more of a pretext to the impressive stunts and special effects.
Phuket Simon Cabaret : Colourful costumes, fantastic dance routines, music and magic - many of the live theatre productions in Phuket provide a total escape into a flashy, glittering and carefree world. Phuket Simon Cabaret put on the most spectacular shows.
Phuket Zoo :
Phuket Zoo is located on Soi Phalai. It's area covers 62 rai and is a fun place
to see a large collection of animal and reptiles such as lovely rabbits, 60
kinds of birds, more that 100 kinds of butterflies and more than 6,000
crocodiles. In addition, animal performances such as clever elephants and
monkeys make visitors enjoyed and amazed. Meanwhile, those get the exhilarated
and exiting feeling in fighting between men and crocodiles without weapon. It is
easy to touch the excellent land at Phuket Zoo Co., Ltd.
Open daily 8:30am-6pm. Admission: Foreign adults 400 Baht; foreign children 200 Baht; Thais 80 Baht (Tel: 076-381227 or 076-381337).
Aquarium ; The Phuket Aquarium is undergoing an 81-million-baht renovation and is closed until further notice. The aquarium's major attraction, once reopened, will be a new 10-meter-long glass tunnel in a design similar to the popular aquarium in Singapore (Tel: 076-391128).
Snake shows : Thailand is home to more than 50 species of snakes, including several poisonous varieties, and a spine-tingling (and safe) way to see them is at a snake show . Watch as seemingly fearless snake handlers charm, caress, harrass and even kiss various species of snakes, including spitting vipers and, most startlingly, King cobras.
Shows are held throughout the day at various spots around the island including the Phuket Shooting Range (300 Baht; Tel: 076-280130) in Chalong, just west of the Chalong circle on Route 4028, the Andaman Cobra Show on Soi Ta-iad, off Chao Fa East Rd, a few kms north of Chalong Circle, and at the small Snake Farm near Simon Cabaret, just south of Patong.
A tranquil paradise where butterflies flutter by freely throughout the garden. You will find more than 40 various species of butterflies in their natural surrounding, well preserved. Enjoy many kinds of trees & plants & flowers that make up this beautiful green paradise.
You can also relax and rest your legs near the carp pond, the dwelling place of hundreds carp fishes and their youngs. If you are lucky, you may even spot the large & unusual shell less turtle swimming among the carps. Take in the beauty of the waterfall & the sounds of nature, unwind as your eyes rest to the views & visions of nature yet to be experienced.
It is also an educational experience at the Phuket Butterfly Garden where you and your children will learn about the life cycle of the butterfly, the difference between butterflies and moths. You will see live eggs, larvae & pupa as well as mating butterflies. You may even see a butterfly hatching. You will learn about breeding butterflies and see first hand the successful breeding of the dedicated staff at the butterfly farm.
Phuket Sea Shell Museum :
International shell collectors would sell their mothers for even half of the remarkable collection on show at the Phuket Seashell Museum, on Viset Road, near Rawai Beach. The exhibition features more than 2,000 species, including the only left-handed Noble Volute ever discovered, giant clams, 380 million-year-old fossils and one of the worlds rarest golden pearls.
A labour of love for the Patamakanthin brothers, it has taken over forty years and visits to the four corners of the earth to bring together this extraordinary exhibition.