Phuket is a large island located off the southeastern coastline of the Thailand peninsula. It is Thailand’s largest island and filled with many attractions and things to do. In fact, it is so popular as a tourist destination in this country that it has its own international airport.
Here are a few of the popular attractions and activities in and around Phuket Island for you to enjoy on your next trip to this paradise.
James Bond Island
James Bond Island is located in Phang Nga Bay and reached by boat from Phuket. It gets its name because it was one of the scenes of the James Bond movie Man with the Golden Gun in 1974. Making this place unique are the towering limestone cliffs that shoot straight up from the water.
James Bond Island itself looks like a giant nail driven into the surface underneath the water. This particular island is protected so visitors view it from another island, Koh Ping Ghan. Koh Ping Ghan is also interesting because of its leaning rock structure with several caves inside.
Phi Phi Islands
Phi Phi Islands are picturesque with near-white sand beaches, turquoise water, and peacefulness. You get there by taking a 45-minute ride on a speedboat from Phuket followed by a 90-minute ferry boat ride. This getaway consists of two islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. Visitors go to Phi Phi Don as it is inhabited by locals. If you want, you can even stay the night at one of the resort hotels on the island.
Out of the 29 temples that Phuket has, it is Wat Chalong that is looked upon with the most reverence. It dates back to 1837 and has several statues of famous Thai icons that are important to the temple’s rich history. There is the statue of Luang Phor Cham who was the abbot of the temple at the time of the Chinese Coolie Rebellion in 1876.
He is famous for assisting the locals while they resisted the invaders during the rebellion. You will also find the statue of Ta Khee Lek who is said to have won several lotteries because of his consultations with the statue there of Phor Tan Jao. Opening hours to visitors are between 7 AM and 5 PM.
Songkran is the Thai New Year and it occurs each year on April 13 on the island of Phuket as well as throughout Thailand. What makes this celebration famous is how everyone takes to the streets and gets each other wet with squirt guns, buckets of water, and hoses. If you are in Phuket during this celebration, expect to get wet when you venture outside during daylight. It is loads of fun.
There are many more interesting things to see and do in Phuket. Put this island paradise on your travel agenda for your next visit to Thailand.