One of the most difficult things to do is enumerate and rank the attractions in Phuket because there are so many of them. Simply walking around this tropical island-province, meeting people, and immersing in Phuket’s local culture are all quite an experience. Phuket promises one or two unique attractions for specific groups of people having different interests. The most obvious attraction for people coming here is, however, the water.
For the majority of tourists, there are plenty of beautiful beaches and dive spots that are sure to satisfy. Here is a recent list of the Top 10 Phuket beach resorts:(1) Le Meridien (Patong Beach), (2) Katathani Phuket (Kata Beach), (3) Andaman White Beach (Nai Thon), (4) Sheraton Grande Laguna (Bang Tao), (5) Surin Phuket (Surin Beach), (6) JW Marriot Puket (Mai Khao), (7) Sala Phuket Resort (Mai Khao), (8) Kata Beach Resort (Kata Beach), (9) Dusit Thani Laguna (Bang Tao), and (10) Laguna Beach Resort (Bang Tao). Meanwhile, the most popular dive sites are Anemone Reef, Koh Dok Mai, King Cruiser Wreck, Rahcai Noi and Phi Phi Island, to mention a few.
Other than swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving, a more creative way to enjoy the water is a visit to either Splash Jungle Water Park or Phuket Aquarium. Splash Jungle has several kinds of swimming pools (wave machine, kiddie pool, lazy river, slides, beach front pool, Boomerago and Super Bowl), a fitness center and spa, dive centers, and a beach restaurant. Owned and managed by West Sands, Splash Jungle is located north of the airport at Mai Khao Beach. It’s hard to miss.
Then there’s Phuket Aquarium. Children love this place, and adults get to feel like children again. The main attraction is a 360-degree walk-through aquarium that is swarming with sharks, rays, snappers and man-sized cods, to name a few of the many species. For tourists who love a wide array of exotic wildlife, the places to choose from are the butterfly garden, crocodile farm and elephant rides. The butterfly garden, in particular, is a lovely and perfect educational tour for students and butterfly enthusiasts. It contains about 40 native species flying freely in a tropical rainforest habitat. The garden is located in Yaowarat Road, Samkong.
For a taste of the wildlife, Phuket is also popular for its crocodile farm, the largest of which is just outside the town of Phuket. Its main attraction includes a show in which a crocodile handler dangerously places his limbs and head inside a crocodile’s mouth. There’s real danger there since crocodiles cannot be trained. The handler is simply relying on his knowledge that crocodiles normally leave their mouths open for a long time. The Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm in Bangkok since 1950 is the largest in the world.
And then there are the elephants, Thailand’s national animal. There are about 200 elephants roaming the province of Phuket, offering safari, jungle and water trips for the most interesting and cultural way of getting around Phuket.
As for tourists who long for a cultural experience, a visit to the Wat Chalong and the Big Buddha on top of the Nakkerd Hills is a must. And what better way to immerse in Thai culture than to watch a Muay Thai tournament at Saphan Hin Stadium? Tourists get a special rush watching this original Thai contact sport, which is now gaining worldwide popularity.
Finally, there are the bars, discos and clubs at Patong Beach. Tourists seeking adult entertainment could stroll down Bangla Road and get a time of their life. Nightlife attractions in Phuket, specifically at Patong Beach, are unlike anything else in the world.