Top 5 sights in Phuket

Wat Chalong, photo by notphilatall on Flickr

It’s no secret that Thailand attracts the curious and the wild, regardless of age or budget. But nowhere it is more obvious than in Phuket, the largest island of the country, and its most popular as well. Phuket has long been a tourist paradise, and except for Bangkok, thee most well known destination in Thailand. There is no end to the things you can do in Phuket, and the beaches are not the be all and end all of activities on the island. If your intentions for your trip in Phuket are somewhat quieter than those of the party crowd, don’t worry about feeling out of place in Phuket. There are more than enough sights on the island for those who want to explore the attractions and culture of Thailand. Here are top 5 sights in Phuket that you shouldn’t miss while you’re there.

Wat Chalong

There are almost thirty Buddhist temples in Phuket, but Wat Chalong is the most important and most impressive of them all. The temple is dedicated to the memory of two monks, Luang Pho Chuang and Luang Pho Chaem who saved the victims of a rebellion in the 19th century with their knowledge of medicine. This ancient temple is resplendent with its gilded decorations and vibrant colors.

Bang Pae Waterfall

photo by Nitram75 on Flickr

Phuket is home to some of the largest and most impressive waterfalls in Thailand, especially during the rainy season. Bang Pae is the largest, and despite that fact that it is rather modestly sized compared to international standards, it is nothing less than beautiful. The waterfall is a populra picnic destination, where you can rest in the shade and take a refreshing dip in the water.

Phuket Butterly Garden

If you like bugs (or at least the variety with pretty wings), then you should definitely spend a few hours in the Phuket Butterfly Garden, which houses over 40 different butterfly species from all over Thailand. At any given time, you can stroll among 6000 butterflies and marvel at their colors, or take a look at the exhibits of Insect World. The Silk Museum is also located at the complex, and it offers a very interesting glance into the history of silk making.

Chana Charoen Crocodile Farm

FantaSea, photo by StephEvaPhoto on Flickr

If butterflies and bugs are too tame for you, then you should visit another one of the top 5 sights in Phuket: the Crocodile Farm. The farm has an aquarium with over a thousand marine species, and a sizable number of freshwater crocodiles and estuarine alligators. You can see the feeding of the crocs, or perhaps stay for a show and see the trainers tempt death and survive the jaws of these ferocious animals.

Phuket FantaSea

When all you want is to relax and not really think about anything serious, you can spend a day at FantaSea, one of the best theme parks in Thailand. FantaSea is the Disneyland of South Asia, but its attractions were inspired by Thailand’s culture and heritage. There are live shows with stunning special effects, festivals, aerial ballet and acrobatics.

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