Another charm of Phuket is the road network on the west coast that allow you to drive along to appreciate the fascinating views of the Andaman Sea from Rawai Beach in the South to Bangthao Beach in the North. (See Route Map of Phuket Island for the locations of the following attractions.)
Located to the south of the island, Rawai is an old fishing village and also known as Sea Gypsy village. Rawai is a great starting point for half or full day boat tours to Phuket's surrounding islands. Many long-tail boats available for hire line its shores, where you can arrange a trip to Coral Island, Koh Lone or Racha Island, or a fishing or snorkelling trip. Besides, there are seafood market and lots of seafood restaurants on the waterfront.
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Sometimes called Laem Phra Chao or God's Cape, Phromthep is a very special place at the southernmost tip of the island. It is a cliff where you can view the breathtaking panorama of its nice surroundings and the striking sunset.
Approximate Sunset Times--In order not to miss the sunset, you are recommended to be at the cape from around 17.30 hrs. onward from December to February, and from around 18.00 hrs. onward from March to November. However, the opportunity to see the sunset depends on the weather conditions.
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Located on Rawai beach, a collection of over 2,000 species of shells is displayed here. You will see one of the rarest golden pearls, the left-handed Noble Volute, giant clams and fossils dating back 380 million years. English information about the displayed species and their habitats is available.
Information Tel. 076 613 666
Open Daily from 09.00 – 17.30 hrs.
Entrance Fees Adult 200 baht
Child 100 baht
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Nai Harn is a place for those who love peace and quiet. Its most picturesque landscape can be seen on the way from the north of Phromthep Cape down to the beach.
But it is not advisable to go for a swim here during the monsoon season (from May to October).
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To enjoy a panoramic view of Kata Noi, Kata and Karon beaches, there is a vantage point on the beach route between Nai Harn and Kata Noi beaches. It is one of the most photographed locations in Phuket and also a nice place to view the sunset.
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Kata View Point
Composed of 2 lovely beaches called Kata Yai (Big Kata) and Kata Noi (Small Kata) - separated from each other by a small headland. Kata Beach is a thriving resort, suitable for holiday makers who look for tranquil surroundings with a bright sun, white sand, a calm clear sea and a colourful underwater world. At the north end of Kata Beach lies a small coral reef for off-shore snorkelling.
Kata is located only 6 km. from the Chalong Intersection. The way leading to the beach can overlook the elegant scene of Chalong Bay on the southern coast of the island. Except those who like to stay in a busy area, Kata Beach has never disappointed any visitors. Various kinds of accommodations, restaurants, shops and aqua-sports facilities are available to tourists of different tastes.
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Just across a low hill to the north of Kata, the long white beach of Karon stretches magnificently with pines and palms standing tall over the rolling sand-dunes providing a unique scene. It is flourishing side by side with Kata Beach, but is more placid.
The sea water here is clean and the sand is powdery. It is one of the best places for swimming, diving and sunbathing. You can come from Kata to Karon easily by road or by a path along the coast.
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Phuket Simon Cabaret
Phuket Simon Cabaret ShowLocated on Patong Beach, here you'll find a splendid cabaret performance with hi-tech sights and sounds in luxurious surroundings.
Daily shows : 19.30 and 21.30 hours
Please make reservations in advance at Tel. 0 7634 2011, 0 7634 2114.
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Patong is the foremost beach resort of Phuket which can compete with any other famous beaches of the world. But many people do not know that, as late as a few decades ago, Patong was the remotest district of Phuket, cut off from the main part of the island by mountains. Even though it was located only 15 km. from the provincial town, it sometimes happened that a Patong villager who was seriously ill would die before reaching a hospital in town. Thanks to His Majesty King Bhumibol, after his visit to Patong in 1959, a modern road called Phra Barami was built leading from Phuket town to Patong Beach, bringing modernization to the district.
Patong Beach is widely known among Thais and foreigners because of two important factors. One is its natural beauty -- the white sandy beach, plentiful sunshine, clear turquoise sea, fantastic underwater life and soft breezes. The other factor is the availability of a wide range of man-made facilities. Here you have a big choice of accommodation from luxury hotels to palm cottages, a host of restaurants and shops, all kinds of aqua-sports equipment and numerous places of nighttime entertainment, including enchanting transvestite cabaret shows. Patong is also famous for its late night markets where everything wanted by tourists can be found.
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It is just 6 km. north of Patong. Probably because most of the villagers here are Muslim, Kamala Beach is the only major beach in Phuket that does not have extensive hotel development and thus is still much peaceful.
However, the beach has a highlight at "Phuket FantaSea", the cultural theme park offering a dinner buffet with an extravagant show.
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This is a unique cultural theme complex on a 140-acre land situated on Kamala Bay. It features a mixture of spectacular light and sound presentation mixed with pyrotechnics, dances, acrobatics, cultural and fantasy show. In addition, it offers a festival village with carnivals, games and handicrafts, and a marvellous restaurant serving Thai and international cuisines.
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Laem Sing Cape
About one kilometre from Kamala Beach is Laem Sing (Sing Cape) which is a small white beach with a scenic rocky cape on the left.
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This beach, bordered by a hillside with a nine-hole golf course, is a good place to see the golden sunset of Phuket. But one should not have a swim here because the beach has a steep slope which causes strong tides and waves, especially during the monsoon season.
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Located south of Naithon Beach, this 8 km. sandy beach with an 18-hole golf course is suitable for swimming, sunbathing and water sports. The beach is lined with several upmarket resorts, most of which are part of an integrated resort system.
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For your safety, it is not advisable to go for a swim during the monsoon season. Visitors can observe red flags put up on a beach as a warning sign of the monsoon or ask hotel officers before going
For more information, please contact Tourism Authority Phuket Office,tel. 0 7621 2213, 0 7621 1036.