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Tourist Places To Visit In Phuket
Phuket is an island down in Thailand, in the Southeastern region of Asia. Its vast stretches of beaches with pristine waters promise a lot more than just adventure sports. There are many touristy things to do in Phuket Town that will take your breath away. Like the Upside Down house where you will feel as if you are treading on the ceiling, or the Trickeye museum where the paintings come to life. The walks down the Weekend Market will make you shop till you drop and the stunning James Bond island will leave you in paradise. Here are some more things you can look forward to when in Phuket Town.
Phuket Weekend Market
If you are looking at shopping in Phuket, hold your horses before going to a mall. The town convenes every weekend in the Weekend Market or the Talad Tai Rot on Wirat Hong Yok road to shop and eat. You can do the same and visit this market on a Saturday or a Sunday to buy everything from clothes to jewelry, trinkets to pirated stuff. Antiques are especially famous, as are the live animals. You can gorge on local delicacies like satay, kebabs and steaming dim sums. If you have the stomach for it, do try the fried insects and a bit of coloured cakes for the sweet tooth.
Khao Rang (Rang Hill)
Khao Rang or Rang Hill is the second highest summit in the town of Phuket. The lush greens of the hill call for a leisurely picnic, overlooking the city and its many islands. You can see the lights of the world on one side and charm of the turquoise waters on the other. Rang hill is also the home to Phuket’s first Buddha installation in the Wat Khao Rang temple. It is a golden sitting idol. There are three main cafes to eat, namely Tung Ka Café, Khao Rang Breeze and Phuket View.
Phuket Trickeye Museum
There is a whole Museum dedicated to the art of illusion in Phuket. Trickeye is based on the art of trompe-l’oeil (‘deceive the eye’ in French), which is a painting technique that creates the illusion of three dimension on two dimension. This is the funkiest place to get photos for your holiday with more than a 100 paintings as backdrop, from classics, historical scenes as well as movies. You will travel geographically as well as in time when you visit this museum. Nothing like a day out here with friends or family.
Location: At the crossroad of Montri and Phang Nga.
Siam Niramit Phuket
Want to see the history of Phuket narrated in a seamless story? Head to the Siam Niramit to watch a theatrical show related to Thai history, art, culture and belief systems. It is a magnificent performance set up by professionals in Siam Niramit Phuket complex, just off the By-Pass road. The three acts boast of song and dance, mixed with martial arts to entertain you. The show is nothing short of spectacular, leaving you educated about the vibrant line of Thai history. Some touristy things to do if you come early for the show include a look at the thai houses, floating market and picking up a few souvenirs at the shop in the complex.
Show details: One show per day, closed on Tuesday.
Show Time: 8.30 p.m.
The Upside Down House
This is Phuket Town’s very own Wonderland. You will feel like Alice in the rabbit hole, with everything upside down in this house. It is a relatively new tourist attraction in the town and boasts of a three-storey building leaning on its roof. All bits and pieces of furniture in this place are upside down, including the fish tank and the fishes inside. You’d feel you are walking on the ceiling and that’s some experience! The garden of the house is not upside down (yet), but has a maze that you are bound to get lost in.
Location: It is located on the By-pass Road, 1 km after Premium Outlet Phuket.
Jui Tui Chinese Temple
Jui Tui Temple is the place you should go to for some insight into the spiritual side of Phuket. It is a Chinese temple and is very significant during the Phuket Vegetarian Festival. The interior houses three large altars with statues of Chinese deities. The idol of the god is Tean Hu-Huan Soy who is the god of performers and dancers. He has been regarded as patron by Chinese Opera. You will learn this and a lot more about Chinese trivia and tid-bits as you venture through this temple. Keep your cameras handy to capture the stunning interiors.
Location: Soi Phuthorn, Ranong Road, near main market
James Bond island
This island gets its name from its reference to the James Bond movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ which was shot here. The main attraction of this place is the limestone cliffs jutting out of pristine aqua waters, making it a picturesque setting to go boating, canoeing or just find a lonely spot and enjoy. It does get crowded during the tourist season of December to March though.
The Nemo Dolphins Bay is a theme park that hosts high energy marine life shows. The main attraction of this park is that you get to interact with dolphins closely. They put up a fantastic show with international standards and leave you wet with all the splashing water, gasping for more. Bring the children here for a live show of their favourite water animals and take lots of videos and pictures.