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Phuket Local History

Built near the highway on the way to the Airport, the Heroine's Monument, pays tribute to two very important figures in Phuket's history. In 1785 A.D the island was attacked by the Burmese, this was not the best time to be attacked as the Govenor of Phuket had just died. In desperation, his widow Chan and her sister Mook decided to fool the Burmese by dressing women in mens clothing and stationing them on the city walls. This worked and the Burmese troops withdrew.

The Burmese again attackd forty years later destroying Thalang (previously the capital of Phuket) and the inhabitants left to settle on the mainland. After another twenty years King Rama III rebuilt Thalang, discovered Tin deposits on the island and founded the new capital city, Phuket Town.

Phuket Attractions

Top Attractions

Khao Phra Thaeo National Park - this is Phuket's only remaining virgin rainforest. It is the perfect place to hike and walk surrounded by nature. View the waterfall and visit the information centre and museum.

Phuket Sea Shell Museum - marvel at the worlds biggest golden pearl and more of the worlds most valuable sea shells from the local area and the rest of the world.

Snake Shows - watch the amazing spectical of deadly snakes being charmed, touched and even kissed by their handlers. There are various spots throughout the island to watch shows including the Andaman Cobra Show on Soi Ta-Iad.

Wat Phra Thong - the Golden Buddha Temple in Thalang has a tiny museum with a collection of unique crafts as well as the huge half-buried Buddha in the Temple floor.

Phuket Fantasea Show - a huge entertainment complex showcasing Thai traditions. It includes a festival village with carnivals, handicrafts and shopping as well as a Las-Vegas-style theatrical show celebrating the myths and magic of Thailand. Park is open 5:30pm-11:30pm daily except Thursdays, show starts at 9:00pm. (Tel: 076 385 000, Fax: 076 385 333, http://phuket-fantasea.com)

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Phuket Shopping

Phuket is fantastic for purchasing local arts and crafts such as Chinese and Thai ceramics along the main bypass road. Also look out for textiles, tailor made clothing, furniture and gems at specialist shops like Gem Gallery. Inexpensive souvenirs can be bought at local stalls and street vendors where you are expected to bargain, look at paying between 10-40% less.

Please be aware that it is illegal to take images of Buddha, deities and various antique artefacts of the country.

Phuket Activities

Phuket Zoo - a wide variety of animals such as camels, Monitor lizards and tropical birds can be seen at the zoo. Be entertained by crocodile, monkey and elephant shows several times daily. Open 8:30am-6:00pm daily.

Go-karting - pretend to be a formula 1 driver for the day at the 600 meter track. Open daily 10:00am-7:00pm with sessions lasting 10 minutes.

Butterfly and Insect Farm - view a selection of exotic insects and butterflies in this peacful garden setting. Open daily 9:00am-5:00pm.

Phuket Parks & Gardens

Phuket Orchid Garden and Thai Village - enjoy a meal in one of the four restaurants while letting the children play in the playground. Browse for handicrafts and Orchids in the nursery and see displays of dancing and Thai martial arts.

Saphan Hin Park - a popular park for fairs and festivals, this park in Phuket city also has a stadium, jogging trails, fitness centre, mangrove walkway and restaurants.

Loma Park - another popular location for festivals and events, located along the beach in Patong. A great place to enjoy a family picnic.

Phuket Beaches

Patong - 3000 meters of sand of Phukets most famous beach wich has a big variety of activities and nightlife.

Karon - endless strech of white sand and plenty facilities and activities, Karon is however less crowded than Patong.

Kamala - a popular family beach of an enclosed bay that has great snorkeling oppurtunities.

Phuket Restaurants and Bars

Phuket has become a real treat for those who love to indulge in different kinds of cuisine from Indian and italian to Mediterranean and American fast food. The island is also the perfect place to eat wonderful traditional Thai cusine from roadside stalls and elegant restaurants.

Phuket is best known for its fresh seafood and an open air restaurant overlooking the ocean is the best place to indulge your tastebuds.

Phuket Restaurants

The Albatross Cafe and Pub - Canal Village, Laguna Phuket, Cherng Talay. A casual atmosphere with a waterfront terrace and an indoor bistro serving Thai cuisine, curries and seafood. Open 8:00am-10:30pm.

Kan Eang Seafood Restaurant - 44/1 Viset Road, Chalong Bay. Rated as the place to eat the best seafood by locals, this restaurant is beautifully located on the Ao Chalong beachfront under some shady trees. Open 10:00am-10:00pm.

Tatonka - Outside Laguna Resort, entrance 382/19 Moo 1, Srisoonton Road, Cherngtalay. Daily seafood specialities and a fantastic Tapas Platter.

Don Cafe - 48/5 Soi Yuan Road, Moo 7, Rawai. A well known place to meet and mingle in Phuket with an International menu.

Pakarang - Le Meridien Phuket Hotel, 8/5 Karon Noi. Eat a delicious buffet breakfast 7:00am-10:00am daily in this lovely open air restaurant. Theme buffets from around the world are served nightly. Open 7:00am-10:00pm.

Phuket Bars & Clubs

Safari - located on the road towards Karon, South of Patong. A mainly open air complex with a jungle vibe, lagoon and a live music area.

Minivan Bars - Seen along Bangla-Rat-U-Thit Road and Beach Road. Enterprising locals have converted Vw Vans into travelling bars. A unique and cheerful place to have a beer.

Tiger - Bangla Road. This is a colourful bar designed to look like a cave.

Star Club - Corner of Rat-U-Thit and Bangala Road. A huge dance club with a elaborate sound and light system and a mix of DJ"s and live music.

Dragon - Soi Easy, off Bangla Road. New disco with huge video screens and pool tables.

Phuket children's activities

Phuket Zoo - a wide variety of animals such as camels, Monitor lizards and tropical birds can be seen at the zoo. Be entertained by crocodile, monkey and elephant shows several times daily. Open 8:30am-6:00pm daily.

Go-karting - pretend to be a formula 1 driver for the day at the 600 meter track. Open daily 10:00am-7:00pm with sessions lasting 10 minutes.

Butterfly and Insect Farm - view a selection of exotic insects and butterflies in this peacful garden setting. Open daily 9:00am-5:00pm.

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