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Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, and has plenty for all tastes. It lies to the southwest of Thailand, and its capital is also called Phuket. The nature is paradisiacal with fabulous sandy beaches, turquoise seas, palm trees and mangrove woods. All sorts of exotic fruits grow here that are sure to sweeten a stay, and for fitness-lovers the island offers a huge selection of sporting activities, including lots of water sports. There are breathtaking views of this miniature paradise from the densely forested hills.
Sino-Portuguese architecture dominates here, in Phuket’s old town, and the historic buildings are full of charm.
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This popular club is on the third floor of the Jungceylon Shopping Centre in Patong, and can accommodate over 1000 visitors.
It is the national museum of the province of Phuket, and is located in Thalang. This is the point where the Siamese (now the Thai) once fought back the Burmese invaders.
The museum is on the south-east end of the island. It was opened by brothers who have spent 30 years diving for shells.
Before Phuket became a tourist stronghold, it was famous for its tin reserves. Tin was mined all over the island, and this resulted in large pits and mounds of earth that still shape the landscape today.
The shopping centre lies on the city boundary of Phuket and has over 120 different shops, including Zara, Lacoste, MNG, Starbucks, Oakley and Swarovski.
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This 5-star hotel is on the western side of Phuket, and consists of architecturally unique villas that are right on the coast.
This 3-star hotel is in the centre of Phuket and the perfect base from which to explore the city.
This café is run by two cousins who set up on their own together after graduating from university.
This well-known restaurant is situated on a promontory in northern Phuket, and offers unforgettable views of Cape Yamu and the city.
The market is held on Saturdays and Sundays from 4 pm until 9 pm. It lies to the south of the Central Festival Phuket Shopping Centre, and it has just about everything
Thai boxing, also called Muay Thai, is the popular national sport of Thailand. It is characterised by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins and feet.
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Surin Beach, which has become something of an insider’s tip on Phuket, lies to the east.
If you're coming to Phuket, you really must pay a visit to the Red Hot Bar. This small live music bar in the heart of Patong lies at the end of Bangla Road.
Wat Chalong is the biggest Buddhist temple of Phuket, and a veritable visitor magnet. It lies 6 km south of the capital, in Chalong.
This shop has been in existence for over 15 years, and remains firmly in the hands of one family.
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This diving school offers courses to numerous coral reefs, grottoes and even shipwrecks. Phuket's biodiversity is vast, and definitely worth a visit.