After the all-day meetings and working long hours during the week, you can enjoy yourself by visiting many popular tourist spots in Phuket on your weekends.
Famous tourist attractions in and near Phuket:
This bay, which has the islands largest and most visited pier, is located 11 kilometers south of town. From this pier, holidaymakers can get chartered boats to some nearby islands south of Phuket. The bay area is dotted with dive shops, a few travel agencies and superb seafood restaurants. Although the bay has a stunning setting and relaxing ambience, swimming is not recommended here.
Chalong Temple or Wat Chalong is where stands the cast statue of Luangpho Chaem, who helped the people of Phuket put down the Angyee or Chinese Coolie Rebellion in 1876 during the reign of King Rama V. There are also statues of Luangpho Chuang, and Luangpho Chaem, abbots of the temple during later times.To get there: Wat Chalong is about 8 kilometres outside town. TakeWichit Songkhram Roadto the bypass and turn left, and drive for about 10 minutes. Wat Chalong is on the left.
Karon Beach or Hat Karon is a 4-kilometre long straight beach with fewer visitors than its big sister, Kata. Nightlife is pretty much confined to dining and a few beer bars.
Karon View Point
Karon View Point or Sam Ao Viewpoint is the most famous observation point of the 3 beaches, Kata Not, Kata and Karon, is located on the road half-way between Nai Harn Beach and Kata Noi Beach. From this spot, an intriguing view of the 3 beaches and Ko Pu has constantly impresses visitors.
Patong Beach or Hat Patong is the most developed, most vibrant, most visited beach of Phuket that never fails to impress visitors. Located approximately 15 kilometers from the city, the beach has a wide range of accommodations and shopping arcades, and provides magnificent leisure activities and energetic night-time entertainment. It is a picture perfect postcard view of a 3-kilometer long white sandy beach that is perfect for swimming, lazing, and enjoying challenging water sports such as jet skiing, windsurfing snorkeling, sailing, and parasailing.
Phromthep Cape or Laem Phromthep is a headland forming the extreme south end of Phuket. "Phrom" is Thai for the Hindu term, "Brahma", signifying purity, and "Thep" means "God".
Local villagers used to refer to the cape as "Laem Chao", or the God's Cape, and it was an easily recognizable landmark for the early seafarers traveling up the Malay Peninsula from the sub-continent.