Welcome to Phuket!
The tropical paradise of Phuket is an amazing island filled with unique natural attractions and cultural treasures. Here are a few things you may not know about our island home, and a short list of things to do in Phuket when you’re not enjoying the fun and facilities at Thanyapura.
New!: If you’re looking for Rainy Day activities in Phuket, check out our Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Phuket top list and infographic.
November through March is the cool north-east monsoon season, when cool breezes keep things comfortable and the daily temperature is around 24C to 32C. Phuket’s hottest months are from April through May, with temperatures ranging from 27C to 36C. Frequent thunder showers offer welcome relief from the temperature and humidity at this time of year. June, July and August normally consists of sunny days with brief but heavy showers, with temperatures ranging from 20C to 33C. Keep in mind that the facilities at Thanyapura are all weather, all seasons — so come visit us at any time of the year.
Thing To Do In Phuket
Khao Phra Taew Wildlife Park
Set off on an exciting adventure, deep into the heart of Phuket’s last virgin rainforest at the Khao Phra Taew Wildlife Park. The park which is rich in exotic birds, animals and plants. It is also home to two scenic waterfalls and a gibbon sanctuary.
One of Phuket’s most photographed spots, Promthep Cape is known for its spectacular sunsets. Located on the island’s southernmost tip, near Rawai Beach, this scenic area is also home to a lighthouse and a Buddhist shrine with a fascinating array of elephant statues. Other viewpoints in Phuket include the Three Beaches hilltop venue on the road between Nai Harn and Kata, and from the After Beach Bar (along the same road) where you can sip cocktails and watch the setting sun slip to the horizon.
Old Phuket Town
Sino-Portuguese splendours and funky shops will surprise and delight you in the heart of Phuket’s provincial capital. Phuket Town offers some excellent restaurants and local sights. The unique blend of colonial and Chinese architecture along with a tangible quaintness makes for a fascinating and unforgettable afternoon spent sauntering around Phuket’s Old Town.
Wat Chalong Temple
Wat Chalong is one of Phuket’s most important temples and visited by thousands each year. It is beautifully decorated with infinite reflections from hundreds of tiny glass pieces and several pagodas. On special holidays Wat Chalong hosts country fairs with a real local flavour where you can buy just about anything and snack on Thai food to your heart’s content. Wat Chalong has a long and interesting history and is Phuket’s spiritual centre.
Phuket’s waterfalls are not the biggest in the country but they are interesting gathering places for those seeking a cool place for a dip or a picnic. Two large waterfalls, Ton Sai and Bang Pae, are both located in Khao Praew Thaew National Park in the north of Phuket near Thanyapura. The waterfalls are best visited in the monsoon season from May to October, and the surrounding jungle is great for trekking.
Thai Boxing (Muay Thai)
When it comes to unique things to do in Phuket, Muay Thai is an electrifying spectacle. Visit Saphan Hin Stadium in Phuket City to see regular matches with well-trained martial arts experts. Or try Patong Beach, where you can also see the skill and dexterity of these super-fit fighters. Tradition and courtesy are at the heart of this dangerous contact sport and a good Muay Thai participant is ultra-disciplined in spirit as well as body. Train for Muay Thai at Thanyapura!
Imagine life lazing on soft white sands, swimming in azure waters, taking part in thrilling water sports and watching enchanting sunsets; all this and more awaits those who step foot on one of the many beaches in Phuket. Be it the palm lined shores of Kata, the seclusion of Kamala and Nai Yang, the laidback atmosphere of Surin or the energetic nightlife of Patong, these beaches offer a coastal getaway in paradise amidst the sun, sand and surf.
Home to some of the world’s most breathtaking courses, Phuket offers a golfing holiday like no other. Set amidst breathtaking natural scenery and panoramic vistas of the sea, these courses of a rewarding round of golf for both amateurs and professionals. The Phuket Country Club, the Mission Hills Golf Club and the Blue Canyon Country Club are among the island’s many excellent courses.
*NEW* – Just 15 mins down the road from Thanyapura next to Layan beach is the beautiful new 18 hole Laguna Phuket Golf Club, well worth a look!
The Phuket Aquarium
The Phuket Aquarium offers an unforgettable glimpse of life beneath the waves, with incredible displays of marine life from Phuket’s Andaman Sea region and beyond. The aquarium features over 30 tanks, home to such fascinating species as stonefish, razorfish, eels and cuttlefish. There’s also a transparent underwater tunnel which gives you a chance to view rays, sharks and other sea creatures as they swim around and above you.
Baan Teelanka Upside-Down House
Baan Teelanka is a contemporary style house on stilts like you’ve never seen before! This fully-furnished upside down house is fantastic lighthearted entertainment for all the family and is the perfect attraction for those looking for an alternative to the beach.As well as the upside down house, the Baan Teelanka site also include A-Maze-In-Phuket, which is Phuket’s first hedgerow garden maze. Baan Teelanka is located on the main bypass road, between Premium Outlet and Siam Niramit. Open daily from 10am to 6pm.
Chalong Big Buddha
Visible from most of the south of Phuket, the Big Buddha is a recent arrival to the island. The giant statue cost USD1 million to construct and is 45 metres high. Next to it stands a smaller, golden image that is actually made of brass and there is a shrine near the site car park. The drive up to the Big Buddha takes you through the ‘real’ Thailand and the view from the top is enhanced if you take a map to identify the many sights.
Located along the road from Phuket town and the island’s airport, the Thepkasattri Monument is the geographic crossroads of the island. It is built in honour of two brave sisters, Chan and Mook, who played helped defend the island from a Burmese invasion in the 18th Century and their heroic act is an important chapter in the island’s rich history.
With an abundance of white sandy beaches, lush green forests, vibrant streets and exciting nightlife, Phuket offers a whole host of exciting choices to suit numerous budgets, tastes, and desires. Phuket Fantasea, Simon Cabaret Show and Siam Niramitr are a few of the cultural attractions to choose from. Explore Thailand’s ancient cultural heritage blended with a sophisticated modern way of life during your visit.
Shopping in Phuket offers such a broad choice of exciting venues including big, shiny, shopping malls and department stores, roadside boutique shops, bustling night bazaars and thousands of street hawkers. Phuket is also home to a few first-class movie theatres, at the Central Festival mall in Kathu and at the the Jungceylon shopping centre in Patong. Phuket is a fun lover’s paradise, and there is something in store for every visitor to the island.