BY ELYSHA LAI
1. Phang Nga Bay
This bay has one of the best sceneries on the island! There are many tours operating here, and most of the itineraries will take you to visit the several lagoons, and may even include a night tour where you will be enclosed in total darkness—creating a very special candlelight atmosphere where you can enjoy starlight and the bio-luminescent plankton phenomenon.
2. Phi Phi Island
Yet another must-visit island is Phi Phi. Although it has tourists visiting it for its crystal-clear beach, there are also other activities to try after you’ve had enough time sunbathing by the seaside. The most popular sport at Phi Phi is diving! In fact, there are a large number of serious and professional PADI (the world’s leading scuba diver training organisation) dive centres in the island, offering courses (from beginner Discover Scuba Diving to expert Dive Master) and day trips to the many world-class dive sites available in and around Phi Phi waters.
3. Muay Thai
Speaking of sports… How can we miss out Muay Thai? One of the most popular spectator sports in Thailand, Muay Thai is fast gaining recognition all over the world. The martial art sport is exciting to watch even on TV, but the artful feints are much more riveting when seen live. Witness Thailand’s national sport amidst crowds of onlookers whose hearty cheers blend with notes of the Javanese clarinets, drums and finger cymbals that accompany the fights from beginning to end. For tourists in the Patong Beach area, nightly displays of Thai boxing are carried out in specially built stadiums on Soi Sai Namyen.
4. The Big Buddha
Phuket’s Big Buddha is one of the island’s most important and revered landmarks on the island. The huge monument sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and, at 45 metres tall, it is easily seen from afar. The lofty site offers the best 360-degree views of the island, with sweeping vistas of Phuket Town, Kata, Karon beaches, Chalong Bay, and more. Easily reachable via a 6km drive along the road from Phuket’s main artery route, it is a must-visit island destination. If you want to catch the sunset from one of Thailand’s best spots, try to be there before 6:30pm. The opening hours are 8am to 7.30pm.
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