Phuket Car Rental-Where to go


Today, Phuket is well known as tourist paradise, a most rewarding place for holiday makers. With its magnificent long white beaches, its luxuriant vegetation, its crystal blue sea water and many other attractions, Phuket - the Pearl of the South - entices many travellers to vist here more than once. The numerous places of attraction in Phuket are grouped into the following routes: in town, nothern route, beach route, southern route, and nearby islands.

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In Town



Old town buildings in the Sino-Portuguese style mixed with modern constructions from the unique identity of the town of Phuket.


Khao Rang (Phuket View-Point), a low hill near the town centre, is an excellent place to view the beautiful scene of the town especially on a full-moon night. Serveral restaruants are located there.




Saphan Hin Mining Monument - It was built in 1978 to commemorate the first metal ore-dredger use in Thailand, introduced by Australian Captain Edward Thomasmile in 1909. With the large ground in the area and shady pine trees, it is frequented by town people.

Phuket Butterfly Garden & Insect World is a woderful place to view plenty of butterlies of different species, numerous insects and rare insects and reptiles.

Phuket Zoo - You can get a close encounter with as amazing range of animals like crocodiles, camels, tigers, ostriches, emus, and other rare birds. There are also crocodile wrestling, elephant and monkey shows.


Phuket Cultural Centre - Visitors will be charmed by elephants at work, handicraft shops and workshops, demonstrations of tin mining and rubber manufacture, and cultural shows.



Nothern Route


Monument of the Two Heroines - The monument comprises two statues of women, the towh heroine sisters of Phuket who courageously rallied islanders to repel Burmese invaders in 1785.


Thalang National Museum- Built in a southern architectural style, the museum exhibits the way of life, culture and history of Phuket and the South. Open every day except national holidays, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wat Phra Nang Sang This old temple enshrines 3 historically value bronze heads of Buddha images, estimated to be over a thousand years old.


Wat Phra Thong - The temple enshrines a most revered Buddha image of Phuket called " Phra Thong" or the Gold Buddha. In the temple area is a museum exhibiting collectioms of historical objects.


Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Park is the only perfectly preserved rain forest abundant in flora and fauna in Phuket where peole can encamp all year round.

Naithon Beach Backed by casuarina trees, this beach has a large open cove which serves as an excellent shelter from the wind and is suitable for swimming.


Naiyang Beach is an ideal place for swimming and snorkelling, and a good place to see sea turtles laying eggs from November to February.


Mai Khao Beach or Airport Beach this 9-km beach is the longest beach of Phuket. It is here that until recently giant sea turtles had lumbered ashore to lay eggs.

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Beach Route



Driving along the beach route running parallel to the west coast from Rawai Beach in the South to Bangthao Beach in the North, you can appreciate the fascinating vews of the beaches along the Andaman Sea.


Rawai Beach is a good beach area where sea-people reside and where serveral restaurants provide different styles of delicious foods, especially seafood.

Phromthep Cape Sometimes called Laem Phra Chao or God's Cape, Phromthep is a very special place at the southernmost tip of the island. It is a cliff where you can view the breathtaking panorama of its nice surroundings and the striking sunset.



Nai Harn Beach is another beautiful beach of Phuket which can be reached in only 5 minutes from Phromthep Cape. It is idea of swimming all year round except September-October during which there are big waves due to the monsoon. Accommodations are available.

Kata View Point is on the beach route between Nai Harn and Kata Noi beaches, offering a ponoramic view of Kata Noi, Kata and Karon beaches. It is better visited in the morning than the evening as the view clearer.


Kata Beach Composed of 2 lovely beaches call Kata Yai (Big Kata) and Kata Noi (Small Kata) separated from each other by a small headland, Kata beach is a thriving resort, suitable for holiday makers who look for tranquil surroundings with bright sun, white sand, a calm clear sea and a coloful underwater world.


Kata is located only 6 km from the Chalong intersection. The way leading to the beach can overlook the elegant scene of Chalong Bay on the southern coast of the island. Except those who like to stay in a busy area, Kata Beach has never disappointed any visitors. Various kinds of accommodations, restaurants, shops and aqua-sports facilities are available to tourists of different tasters.


Karon Beach Just across a low hill to the north of Kata, the long white beach of Karon stretches magnificently with pines and palms standing tall over the rolling sand dunes providing a unique scene. It is flourishing side by side with Kata Beach, but is more placid. The sea water here is clean and the sand is powdery. It is the one of the best places for swimming, diving and sunbathing. You can come from Kata to Karon easily by road or by a path along the coast.



Patong Beach Patong is the foremost beach resort of Phuket which can compete with any other famous beaches of the world. But many people do not know that , as late as a few decades ago, Patong was the remotest district of Phuket, cut off from the main part of the island by mountains. Even though it was located only 15 km from the provincial town, it sometimes happened that a Patong willager who seriously ill would die before reaching a hospital in town.


Thanks to His Majesty King Phumibol, after his visit to Patong in 1959, a modern road called Pra Barami was built leading from Phuket town to Patong beach, bringing modernisation to the district. Patong beach is widely known among Thais and foreigners because of two important factors. One is its natural beauty - the white sandy beach, plentiful sunshine clear turquoise sea, fantastic underwater life and soft breezes.



The other factor is the availability of a wide range of man-made facilities. Here you have a big choice of accommodation from luxurious hotels to palm cottages, a host of restaurants and shops, all kinds of aqua- sport equipment and numerous places of night time entertainment, including enchanting transvestite cabaret shows. Vacationers who love nature and modern comforts would find Patong an ideal place.


Phuket Simon Cabaret - is an entertainment centre on Patong Beach offering a splendid cabaret performance given by over 100 performers with lights and sounds in luxurious surroundings.


Kamala Beach is the only major beach in Phuket that does not have extensive hotel development and thus is still much peaceful.

Phuket Fantasea is a unique cultural theme complex, offering a festival village with carnivals, games and spendid shows.


Laem Sing Cape has a small white beach with a scenic rocky cape on the left.

Surin Beach this beach is a good place to see the golden sunset of Phuket. Swimming is not suggested because of strong tides and waves.


Bang Thao Bay - This 8-km sandy beach is suitable for swiming, sunbathing and water sports.

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Southern Route



Marine Biological Research Centre or Phuket Aquarium displays a varied collection of tropical fish, sea turtles and other marine lives.


Wat Chalong This Phuket's most beautiful and renowned temple enshrines the gilt statues of monk-hero Luang Pho Chaem and his assistant Luang Pho Chuang, both having important roles in quelling the miner rebelling in 1876.

Chalong Bay - Being the main pier for travelling to
all the islets off the east coast of Phuket, Chalong Bay is too muddy to swim in but is popular for seafood restaurants on the shore offering fine surrounding views.


Laem Ka Beach is a quiet and lovely beach frequently visited by local people.


Nearby Islands


Some intersting nearby islands of Phuket are as follows: Noppharat Thara Beach - Phi Phi islands Marine National Park consisting of several attractions like Phranang Bay, Noppharat Thara Beach, manny scenic beaches on Phi Phi Don Island, Maya Bay which is "The Beach" film location, on Phi Phi Le island and Phai Island: Phang-Nge bay attractive for its numerous weird limestone outcrops and cliffed islets rising from the sea;


Similan Islands, another world's famous tourist destinations most suitable for swimming, diving and fishing; Coral Island (Ko He), one of the most popular destinations for a one-day tour from Phuket iwth

colourful coral reefs, offering air-conditioned bungalows, aquatic sports shops, dive shops and restaurants.


Si-Re Islet the biggest sea gypsy village in Phuket cut from the main island by a small canal iwth a hill commanding good views of Phuket; Ko Racha Yai, a favourite place of divers and snorkellers due to its beautiful coral reefs and clear blue water; Ko Mai Thon, a popular place for honeymooners from all over the world with a long white sandy beach, plentiful coral reefs and tranquil atmosphere; Nakha Island with unspoilt natural beauty and a large famous cultured pearl farm; Ko Rang Yai (Pearl Island), an ideal location for a quatic activities and biking; and Ko Yao consisting of two islands, the smaller one of which has beautiful secluded beaches and a vantage point offering breathtaking views of the surrounding limestone formations in Phang-Nga Bay.




Source: Thaiways Magazine (2009), Vol. 24 No.7, P. 121-138



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Last Updated : September 11, 2023