The island of Phuket has been heavily developed for tourism and has become a favorite destination for families thanks to the availability of generous group holiday packages. Here are the reasons why you need to check out Thailand’s most popular tourist destination. Get your Phuket Travel Guide with Offline City Street Map to help you out in planning your itinerary.
1. Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is famous for its towering limestone cliffs sticking out of the water but its most famous attraction is its Koh Ta-Pu. The charm and beauty of Koh Ta-Pu became world renowned when it was used as a major setting for the James Bond movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. People started calling it James Bond Island ever since. If you love seeing different living creatures, the Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park will keep you enthralled with its numerous species of fish, amphibians, mangroves, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Swing by Koh Panyee, a Muslim fishing village impressively built entirely on stilts.
2. Old Phuket Town
The old Phuket Town is the place to go if you want to immerse yourself in the island’s culture. Phuket architecture, cuisine, clothing, and more were greatly influenced by Chinese and Indians as the island used to be a major trading stop between China and India. Arab, Malay, and Portuguese traders also frequented it and left their own influences. Phuket Town is the largest town in the province and boasts a great selection of restaurants and cafes as well as awesome markets.
3. Buddhist Temples
There are 29 vibrant Buddhist temples spread across the island. Among these temples, the Wat Chalong is the most popular, attracting thousands of tourists each year. The temple features a 60-meter tall pagoda and numerous gilt statues of two venerable monks who saved hundreds in the Tin Miners Rebellion of 1876. Today, the temple is known as a place of healing for both body and soul.
4. Phi Phi Islands
The Phi Phi chain of six islands is one of most famous tourist spots in Thailand. Phi Phi’s white sandy beaches, turquoise blue waters, and intriguing rock formations have already been featured in countless local and international films. Take that ferry ride and enjoy ultimate relaxation in this exotic paradise.
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