James Bond Island or Koh Ta-pu (‘Nail Island’) in Thai, has become a huge international tourist attraction since it was featured in ‘The Man With the Golden Gun’. Situated in the breathtaking Phang Nga Bay, it has a truly paradise-like setting with limestone cliffs and emerald green waters that are unmatched anywhere in Thailand!
Wat Chalong is the most famous and sacred temple in Phuket as it was the residence of a respected monk Luang Po Cham, who took part helping people during the Chinese Coolie Rebellion in 1876 during the reign of King Rama V. The statue of Luang Po Chaem is now enshrined at the main hall, together with statues of Luang Po Chuang and Luang Po Kluem, other revered monks who resided at the temple in later years. Locals and visitors usually visit the temple to vow their wishes from the statues, and will return to burn firecrackers when the wishes become true.
The Phuket Sea Shell Museum exhibits a large collection of shells from around the world. But the true highlights are the emphasized collection of sought-after shells found in Thai waters and the world’s largest gold-colored pearl (measured 140 karats) as well as million-years-old fossils of ancient shells.
With half-moon shape of sloped, white-powdery beach considered the most beautiful on the island, Patong was the first beach in Phuket that was developed to serve local and international tourists. The three-kilometer beach is now Phuket’s tourist central with the most choices of accommodations, restaurants, spas, tourist-related services and shopping venues. The vibe here is dynamic so it lures in more of younger tourists who love to experience the fun and challenging water sports such as jet ski, wind surf and parasail. At the center of Patong finds Bang La, a nightlife central with selections of bars and clubs for every preferences.
Enter the aquarium and find yourself in an amazing underwater world with over 150 different species from freshwater and marine habitats, most of them local species from the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. The aquarium`s interactive displays take you on an environmental journey through rivers, lakes and precious, endangered coral reefs, mangroves and estuaries. All information is provided in Thai and English and includes both common names and interesting facts about the animals.
Kathu Shrine is also one of the places which share a long history with Phuket people. There are several different names to call the shrine such as ‘Lai-thu-tao-bo-keng’ in Chinese, ‘Aam-ka-thu’ or ‘Chai-tueng’ as old Phuket people would call. This ancient shrine is highly respectable in terms of its holiness and also is the first shrine in Phuket to begin the famous vegetarianfestival.
Besides beautiful beaches, there are many other touristic places. So, when you finish swimming in the beach, do not forget to visit those splendid waterfalls in Phuket as well. One of them is a small waterfall called Kathu; it is 4 kilometers away from the municipal office. This waterfall is one of the most popular touristic places among Thai and foreigners. Tourists can come up the stairs to see Kathu waterfall; the distance is 130 meters with 3-tiered height. The first tiered is for wading in where 3 dams can be found there. It is a small and clear waterfall.
Located in the shopping district of the world famous island destination, Phuket, Central Phuket is the largest shopping venue that provides visitors from around the world with a wide variety of world class brands and services. The Central Festival Phuket shopping complex houses many famous retails shop such as Zara, La Coste, etc, a world class movie theatre, leading beauty salons, banking zone, hobby and Jewelry shops, making it a perfect one-stop shopping destination.
The very gigantic Buddha standing tall on the top of the Nakkerd Hills and looks down between Chalong and Kata strikes everyone’s interest to go and visit. The 45-metre high Big Buddha surely is a beautiful landmark of the island where Buddhists and tourists come and pay respect.