Ton Sai Waterfall, Khao Pra Taew National Park, Phuket Ton Sai Waterfall at Khao Phra Taew Park – Image courtesy of

Phuket Sights & Attractions

Blessed with lush inland forests Phuket Island offers a range of sightseeing attractions, including the following must-see sights…

Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre, Phuket

Khao Pra Taew National Park

Explore Phuket's last remaining virgin forest on an elephant safari through tropical evergreen forest.

Khao Pra Taew National Park covers 2250ha and is the natural habitat of monkeys, mouse deer, civets, flying foxes, lemurs, cobras and wild boar as well as some wild and semi-wild gibbons.

Hike paved trails to cascading waterfalls such as Ton Sai falls and look at for native birdlife, including Asian Fairy-bluebird, Green Leafbird, Red-Billed Malkoha, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and Brahminy Kite.

Check out playful monkeys at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre where abused ‘bar’ monkeys are cared for in more natural surroundings before being released into the wild.

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Wat Chalong, Phuket

Wat Chalong

Visit Phuket’s largest and most famous Buddhist temple at Chalong, Phuket’s principle boat anchorage and the island’s first resort.

Inside the tiered temple, admire a large collection of seated, reclining and meditating Buddha statues as well as a tribute to two highly venerable abbots: Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang.

The famous monks are immortalised in gilt statues wrapped in saffron robes.

Wat Chalong is the most imporatant of Phuket's 29 buddhist temples. You can visit the wat during the day or show up at 5pm to watch the resident monks pray.

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Thalang National Museum<, Phuket

Thalang National Museum

Discover Phuket’s indigenous culture, history, arts and crafts.

Stroll through the five exhibition halls that chronicle Phuket’s history and trace the various ethnicities found in Phuket and southern Thailand.

See backlit display panels and touch-screen electronic presentations depicting the famous Battle of Thalong and the legend of the ‘two heroines’ (memorialised on the nearby monument), who helped repulse a Burmese invasion force in 1785 by disguising local woman as male soldiers.

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Sirinat National Park

Take a guided hike along marked tracks through a pristine landscape, including an uninterrupted 13km stretch of beach and extensive mangrove forests. Spot various species of birds, from Brahminy kites to white-bellied sea-eagles.

Sirinat is also a breeding ground for a variety of sea turtles including the endangered Olive Ridley turtle that may come to nest between November and February.

Ko Sireh Island

Take a tour to see the fascinating floating villages of chao leh (sea gypsies), considered the indigenous people of Phuket, located on this tiny island and at Rawai Beach just south of Chalong Bay.

Hat Nai Yang National Park

A protected area in the north-west corner of the island that offers Phuket’s largest coral reef in shallow water, only 1400m from the shore, and the nesting site for giant leatherback turtles that come to nest annually between November and February.

Butterfly Garden and Aquarium

Discover hundreds of beautiful butterflies in a large enclosed garden at Soi Phaneung, Yaowarat Road, Tambon Rasada. It's open daily from 9am to 5pm.

Phuket Shell Museum

Visit the largest shell museum in the world located on Viset Road, Rawai Beach, just south of Chalong Bay, The museum is open daily from 8am to 6pm.

Latest update: Phuket Attractions: 8 June, 2020

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