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Do you want to tour impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

    • Big Buddha

      Far-sighted giant
      This gigantic Buddha is made of white marble. It stands 45 metres high, 25 metres wide and weighing 135 tons, on a mountain overlooking Chalong Bay, and was completed in 2008. It offers unforgettable panoramic views of the surrounding hills, towns and beaches, and of the sparkling blue seas of Phuket.
      Yot Sane 1, Tambon Karon
      Chang Wat
      83100 Phuket
    • Wat Chalong

      Popular temple
      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 architectural masterpiece is the perfect embodiment of the area’s much-used Sino-Portuguese style of building, and it is also an extremely popular photographic subject. Not only is it a popular tourist attraction, but locals also come here to pray. Visitors are requested to observe local customs.
      Luang Pho Chaem Alley
      Chalong
      83000 Phuket
    • Three Bay viewpoint

      Postcard subject
      Formerly the “Kata Viewpoint”, it is now officially called the “Karon Viewpoint”, and is one of the most popular destinations on the island. It is located on the road between Kata and Nai Harn. There are amazing views of the three bays to the north, Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon, which is why locals also called it “Three Beaches Hill”, and it is easy to get to by various forms of transport.
      Road between Kata and Nai Harn
      Phuket
    • Thai boxing

      Traditional martial art
      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. Thanks to the generous rules, Thai boxing truly is a supreme discipline. Visitors can attend the evening fights at the boxing stadium in Patong, and experience the unique atmosphere of the “witches’ cauldron”. Thai boxing includes many traditional elements with musical accompaniments and a frenetic audience.
      2/59 Sai Nam Yen Road
      Patong Beach
      Amphur Kathu
      83150 Phuket
      +66 81 737 7193
      boxingstadiumpatong.com
    • Ban Boran Textiles

      Exclusive fabrics
      «Boran» is the Thai word for antique. This shop is located in the northern part of Phuket. It has a wide selection of traditional textiles and clothing made of silk and cotton. The exclusive items are handmade in Thailand and neighbouring countries. The offer also includes shoes, jewellery, bags and lamps.
      51 Yaowarat Road
      83000 Phuket
      +66 76 258 249
    • Phuket Weekend Market

      Authentic Thailand
      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: clothing, shoes, electronic equipment, films, second-hand items – and even animals. The numerous stands also include vendors with drinks, tasty snacks and fresh fruit. You can simply go with the flow here, and enjoy exploring the many things that Thailand has to offer.
      Chao Fa West Road
      Phuket
    • Central Festival Phuket

      Large shopping centre
      The shopping centre lies on the city boundary of Phuket and has over 120 different shops, including Zara, Lacoste, MNG, Starbucks, Oakley and Swarovski. You will find literally everything on its 120,000 square metres: a whole line-up of international brands, restaurants and cafés, plus a state-of-the-art cinema complex. There is also an underground car park, and it is very well served by public transport.
      74-75 Moo 5 Vichitsongkram Road
      Amphur Muang, Talat Yai
      83000 Phuket
      +66 76 291 111
      centralfestivalphuket.com
    • Chan’s Antique House

      Asian antiques
      This shop has been in existence for over 15 years, and remains firmly in the hands of one family. You'll find crafts of the very highest quality from Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. There is a vast selection of select carvings, tables, cupboards, statues, lamps, fountains, vases and various decorative items, any of which can be sent to your home, anywhere in the world.
      99/42 Moo 5
      Chalermprakiat Road 9
      Tambon Rassada, Amphur
      83000 Phuket
      +66 76 261 416
      chans-antique.com
    • Thalang National Museum

      Bastion of resistance
      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 Two Heroines Memorial is dedicated to the sisters Chan and Mook, who defended the island against the Burmese in the 18th century. The museum contains a wealth of architectural finds and tells the story of the island’s history from the beginning to today.
      Thalang District
      83110 Phuket
      +66 76 313 397
      thalangmuseum.wordpress.com/
    • Mining Museum

      Historic excursion
      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. Over time, the pits became artificial lakes. The Mining Museum illustrates this era using lots of the items that were required for tin mining. You will also find petrifications and reproductions of mines that could almost be the real thing. It explains everything about the technology of tin mining. Some parts of the exhibition are in the open air.
      Ko Kaeo Road
      Kathu
      Phuket
      +66 86 470 7767
    • Seashell Museum

      Works of art from the sea
      The museum is on the south-east end of the island. It was opened by brothers who have spent 30 years diving for shells. The collection consists of over 2000 different species. It is the only one of its kind in the world, and includes one of the rarest golden pearls, a giant clam and fossils that date back 380 million years. The museum is proof indeed that there’s more to Phuket than sun, sand and partying.
      12/2 Moo 2, Viset Road
      Rawai, Muang
      83130 Phuket
      +66 76 613 666
      phuketseashell.com

    LOCAL TIP

    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. Every evening, professional musicians play covers of well-known songs – and for a modest «consideration» they'll also take requests. Drink prices are at the usual level for Thailand. When the bell is rung at the bar, a round of drinks is served to all those present – so be careful.

    Jérôme
    Red Hot Bar
    Bangla Road
    8351 Phuket