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Phuket Island In Thailand

''Whether it’s adventure, shopping or nighlife, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Phuket''

LOCATION : Phuket is one of the southern provinces of Thailand. It consists of the island of Phuket, the country's largest island, and another 32 smaller islands off its coast.

THINGS TO DO : • James Bond Island and Koh Panyee are just two of the more famous spots in Phang Naga Bay. The bay is known for its breath-taking limestone cliffs standing vertically in emrald waters. Indulge in a day boat cruising amidst spectacular scenery and through dramatic limestone islands. You can occasionally stop to enjoy quiet beaches that fall on your way. James Bond Island can get too crowded in peak seasons. This island had been featured in a James Bond movie from the 70s. In order to avoid the crowd, you can do hire a private vehicle to go around around.

• As you canoe through the Phang Nga Bay, you can always stop by the Floating Village, which is an amazing sight in itself. You’ll get to see shops, houses and mosques standing here on stilts. The market here largely caters to tourists. You can stop here for lunch and enjoy lip-smacking seafood and also get a probe into the life of locals.

• Phukest is also home to one of the largest man made Buddha statues. It’s perched on top of a view point and one has has to climb up to the statue. But you won’t repent hikinh up the hill as the statue is very impressive and the sight gives a fantastic bird’s eye view of the town and emerald waters. However, local taxi service and ‘tuk-tuk’ can also be hired to reach the Big Buddha. Do cover yourself properly if visiting this place. Carry a water bottle too.

Old Phuket town is known for Buddhist shrines, temples and beautiful colonial shophouses, quaint cafés, restaurants, creative galleries and museums. Get an old era feel strolling in the old town. Seek help of a local to get the best of the place. A local can take you to places, which otherwise might not be easy to explore. The food here is divine. Shop here for a good deal on clothes. Just eat, drink and shop here and watch the world go by.

• Spend a fun-filled evening enjoying the Phuket FantaSea show. Shuttle services from hotels are available to reach this place. It’s a live theatrical show based on the legends of the kingdom of Kamala. As part of the show, you get to see amazing stunts by elephants and other animals and acrobatics and aerial ballet beautifully dressed girls performing. Cameras and camera phones are not allowed inside the auditorium. To keep your belongings safe, you can use locker facilities available outside the auditorium.

• It’s a scenic drive from Patong to Promthep Cape. Kanchanaphisek Lighthouse here is a mini-lighthouse museum that exhibits bulbs that were used in the lighthouse. You can go up the lighthouse to get a 360 degree view of the Promthep Cape and its surrounding from here. Don’t miss the sunset view. You can also take back souvenirs from here.

Wat Chalong is one of the important Buddhist temples in Phuket. You’ll find statues of monks here who fought against the influx of immigrant Chinese. Locals and tourists offer them prayers and seek their blessings in return. A tooth of Buddha is preserved here which is believed to have been imported from Sri Lanka. Dress appropriately if you plan to visit the temple. You are bound to fall in love with the architecture and ambience of this place.

• Once you’re through with sightseeing, pamper yourself with a rejuvenating Thai massage. There’s no dearth of massage parlours in Phuket.

Phuket is a shopaholic's paradise! Here are a few places you can check out for shopping.

• Phuket weekend market deals in both fresh and second hand items ranging from jeans, T-shirts and toys to mobile phones, watches and jewellery. Ladies, you can get hands on some cool handbags for youself here. The market starts around 4 o’clock and stays open till nine.

• You can shop for branded clothes and electronics at Jungceylon Shopping Mall. It is also a great entertainment haven with a five-room SF Cinema and a 16-lane bowling alley. If you’re looking for sports goods and clothes, visit Super Sports shop here.

• Central Festival Phuket is an air-conditioned, fully equipped one-stop shopping mall. This is another place where you can shop for up-market clothes, fashion accessories, silk goods, household goods, toys and children’s accessories.

• Phuket Walking Street in the old town is an ideal choice if you want to buy local handicrafts. Clothes, toys and accessories are also a good bargain here. The market is laid only on Sundays.

• Visit Big C supermarket for clothes, electronics and household items

• You’ll find a huge selection of wines, beer and spirits from around the world at the Deli Supermarket.

• Bangla Mall is also the epicentre of Phuket’s nightlife, shopping and entertainmnet.

• Phuket is also the source of several of the country's finest gift and souvenir products including cultured pearls, neilloware, pewterware, ornaments and dried seafood.

• Phuket is also known for its Batik work.

• You must try Thai food here, which generally comprises of a curry dish with condiments, a dip with accompanying fish and vegetables.
• You can gorge on delicious boiled buttered corn, spicy sausages, grilled chicken and fishcakes in Phuket weekend market.
• If you’re a non-vegeterian, you must try out barbecued squid, chicken and pork in the old town weekend market.
• You can also visit Banana Walk on the beach road that houses a couple of good restaurant Sizzlers, Yoshinoya, Swenson’s, KFC and Coffee Club.

Source / Review By : Team Triponomics

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