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Activities in Phuket

There are many things to do in Phuket but because most of the tourist information you will find at the airport, travel agencies and your hotel lobby as all from the main tour companies, you will most likely never know that Phuket has so much to offer to entertainment yourself and your family during your holiday in Phuket. Get off the tourist track, explore Phuket and discover below what Phuket has to offer. This list below will continue to grow as we will update it on a continuous basis with new activities, be sure to come back for fresh info.

Xtremaventures Phuket | Shopping! | Coral Islands by speedboat | Golfing in Phuket | Elephant trekking
Phuket Fantasea | Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect World | Phuket Aquarium | Watersports in Phuket | Mini Golf

   

Xtremaventures Phuket

Realize your childhood dream of climbing up the trees, and then venture freely from tree to tree via a series of suspended bridges, walkways, nets, barrels and other fun challenges. You will experience new sensations never felt before on beautiful trees and with breathtaking views. Xtremaventures Phuket is the only park in Asia to offer two different technologies to have fun in the trees for a total of 69 stations. All our installations are assessed by an independent professional company called Ceres Control France.

Xtremaventures Phuket is located near Big Buddha and Luang Pu Suppha Temple on Chaofa Road, only 5 minute drive from Chalong circle.

Xtreme Adventures Phuket
   

Central Festival Shopping Phuket

Jung Ceylon Patong Phuket

Shopping!

Phuket seems to be overwhelmed by shopping outlets. From the well-known international brands to the local street stall selling everything from your favorite fragrance to souvenirs to local copies, you will find everywhere you go something to buy.

High-end branded shopping:

Central Festival Phuket located on the outskirt of Phuket in the shopping district. 120,000 square meters bursting with world-class branded products, restaurants and a large cinema complex. This mall is fully air conditioned and comfortable for an afternoon break from the beaches. Catch a bit to eat, enjoy a movie and shop till your heart content.

Junk Ceylon Patong, conveniently located in the center of Patong Beach at the end of Bangla Road, about 400 or 500 meters from the beach, offering 200,000 square meters of total surface area with over 75,000 square meter of SHOPPING. Similar to Central Festival, you can shop, eat and catch a movie in this massive complex. Junk Ceylon is partly open air with restaurant galleries and partly air conditioned with brand outlets and stalls. You will find Italian, Japanese, Korean, French, Chinese and Thai restaurant along an Irish pub and a nightclub.

For a completly different scene and more local shopping try the weekend market, open only 2 nights per week, Saturdays and Sundays, this open air (under plastic sheeting!) local Thai market offers a myriad of local products along copies of all kind (surprisingly the cops have not raided this spot) and lots of food. Wear (or buy in this market) comfortable shoes and spend the next 2-3 hours visiting this market. Similarly, in Phuket Town, back road of Patong, Karon and Kata beach, you will find comparable markets, not as big but as interesting.

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Coral Islands by speedboat

There are many boat services that offer day tours to island in the Andaman sea a few kilometers from Phuket. The speedboats take approximately 45 minutes to reach some amazing places where you will be able to snorkel with coral reef fishes.

Racha Island is a favorite, starting off from Chalong pier, you will be taken on a 45 minutes speedboat ride to a hidden bay where you can enjoy snorkeling and feed coral fish. The boat will then take you to the main beach of Koh Racha Yai (Yai means big, as there are 2 Racha islands, one big and one small). The boat crew will then guide you to a small jungle restaurant in the middle of the island where you can enjoy a well prepared Thai buffet. After your meal, you will have a few hours to yourself, which you should use to explore the island’s beaches, swim and relax. The speedboat will take you again to another bay to enjoy to swimming and coral before returning to Chalong pier. Generally these tour companies offer transportation from and to your hotel, so don’t hesitate to ask your local tour agency or hotel lobby. This is a recommended day tour activity in Phuket.

Coral Islands by Speedboat
   
Golf Phuket

Golfing in Phuket

Phuket has excellent golf courses with first class facilities and very well maintained with amazing have the sceneries, green and water everywhere as most courses are built on the old Phuket tin mines. Golfers will find plenty on Phuket to satisfy your appetite for challenging courses that can be played during the day as well as during the night. Phuket has amazing courses which have been played by the best players in the world.
See below reference links to most of the golf courses in Phuket where you can easily find all the details for each course with their green fees and great packages with amazing rates for your golfing vacation in Phuket. Happy golfing!

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Elephant trekking

Elephant trekking is a must to try if back home the closest you ever got to an elephant is at the zoo. There are in Phuket quite a few elephant trekking places but our favorite is located on the way to some of the greatest viewpoints of Phuket, following the Phuket coastal road after going through Kata.

Based on your choice of package offered which are based on time of the trek, you will be trekking (the elephant treks, you just sit on its back!) along a path in the tropical jungle, up the hill from which you can enjoy amazing views. Upon returning you can feed your elephant with some well-deserved bananas…They love them! Donate a bit of cash for the bananas. The elephant amongst other animals are well kept, cleaned and the entire area feels good. Enjoy a refreshing drink at the hut-bar and don’t forget to take some picture with the elephant for souvenir. This is definitely a recommended activity.

Elephant Trekking Safari Phuket

   

Phuket Fantasea Entertainment Park

Phuket Fantasea

Phuket Fantasea is Thailand most famous and grand cultural theme park, the “Ultimate Cultural Theme Park”.  Inspired by Thailand’s colorful and cultural heritage, Phuket Fantasea offers you an audio-visual extravaganza, incorporating Thai culture with magical illusions, aerial ballets, pyrotechnics, special effect and animal performances that will amaze you.

Phuket Fantasea should not be missed, it is amazing and unforgettable. The story is not easy to understand but since there is so much happening in front of you and above you, not understanding the meaning of the story is not a big deal.

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Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect World

With over 15 years of experience, the Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect World offers one of the best butterfly gardens in Southeast Asia.  Walk through a tropical garden surrounded with flowers and thousands of butterflies, freely flying and snipping nectar in this amazing complex with over 6,000 butterflies in 40 different species. The complex also offers different educational areas where you and your children will discover things never seen before back home, such as the insect works, silk museum and their green projects. This center even offers you a “butterfly wedding” if you are looking for a unique way of getting married.

The Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect World is located at the back of the main road going toward Central Festival. The street name is Soi Paneung, but it is best to refer on the official website www.phuketbutterfly.com for the exact map.

Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect World
   
Phukt Aquarium

Phuket Aquarium

Phuket Aquarium is part of the internationally renowned Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC), located on the southernmost tip of Cape Panwa on Phuket Island. It is surrounded by breathtaking scenic bays and islands and is the perfect destination for a family excursion.

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.

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Watersports in Phuket

If water is your thing and you like sports, then Phuket has a lot to offer! If you are visiting Phuket during the low season to escape the crowds and you don’t mind a little (well sometimes not so little!) rain, then you can enjoy the myriads of water sports available in Phuket.

Here are some of the most popular water-based activities available in Phuket.

Cable Skiing - say what? Principal is simple; a lake, a cable and you on a board! The cable is suspended on poles on the side of the lake, so no danger to you in the water, and from the starting point it is powered to simply go around the lake.

Diving - Phuket has so much to offer to many world class diving destinations. Day trips or liveabord are both very popular here.

Parasailing - costing somewhere along B.700 tm B.1, 000 you get to experience parachuting not from a plane but dragged by a long rope attached to a speedboat!

Surfing - Surfing is not so popular here as we do not get the massive Hawaii waves. Kalim, end of Kamala beach, Karon beach and Surin beach offer decent waves during the rainy season.

Windsurfing - Windsurfing is available in the North and the South of Phuket Island.

Kite Surfing - It is picking up in Phuket in a big way and there are a number of operations offering equipment and lessons.

Speedboats & canoes - take a day trip to some of the most amazing destinations in Southeast Asia. This is not an over-statement! Phang Nga, Phi Phi, Krabi, the Similans and a myriad of small islands and amazing destinations.

Deep Seas Fishing - Phuket offers some amazing seas if you are a big game fisherman. Day trips are offered everywhere in Phuket, group boats or private charters.

Cable Water Skying in Phuket

Kite Surfing in Phuket

Parasailling in Phuket

 

Mini golf in Phuket

Mini Golf Parks in Phuket

Phuket features a number of mini golf parks to enjoy with the all family for a lazy late afternoon or evening. While visiting the Bangtao Beach area, we discovered this newly opened mini golf park called Phuket Adventure Mini golf. The area is very well designed, featuring an impressive 18 holes course surrounded by tropical plans, trees, boulders, sand traps and water ways. The place is very well maintained and looks like a professional golf course, only smaller so no extensive walking is required. Phuket Adventure Mini Golf was opened late in 2011 as a place where the entire family can spend some quality relaxing time and still have some great fun.

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