Saturday, February 12, 2011

Phuket Map Information 2

Tri-Trang Beach (หาดไตรตรัง)Tri Trang beach is located in a scenic bay South of Patong Beach in front Merlin Beach Resort. The cosy atmosphere and peaceful silence is only interrupted by the occasional longtail boat to and from Freedom Beach. As popular the beach is for snorkeling, Tri Trang is definitely not to be recommended just for swimming, as by low tide there are many rocks in the rather flat seabed.
In addition, Tri Trang is very near the popular possibly finest beaches of Phuket, namely Freedom Beach, which can only be accessed by boat.

Karon Beach (หาดกะรน)The second largest of Phuket’s main tourist beaches. Many large resort complexes line the road back of the beach, such as Thavorn Palm Beach Resort, Ramada or Hilton Arcadia but the beach itself, long and broad, has no development. Due to its extensive size, and despite being very popular, the beach never is too crowded and there is always ample space between the sun loungers. It is therefore a very popular beach for families as well as longer staying travelers. The sand is very white, and squeaks audibly when walked on. The southern point has a fine coral reef stretching toward Kata and Poo Island.
Restaurants, bars, tour companies and other non-hotel businesses are at the northern end of the beach, near the traffic circle, and at the south, on the little road connecting the back road with the beach road. The narrow road between Kata and Karon has a number of small shops and galleries.
Karon Noi Beach (หาดกะรนน้อย) Karon Noi Beach, in the North of Karon, is in principle the private beach of upmarket Le Meridien Resort and Spa and is basically only accessible through the resort.

Kata Beach (หาดกะตะ)The smallest of Phuket's three main tourist beaches, Kata is different in appearance and style from Patong or Karon, while only a few minutes drive away. The beach itself is broad and curvy, and structures bordering it are low–rise. Very popular with families, Kata is an all round favourite due to mainly its spectacular palm-lined beach, great restaurants, lively but not raucous nightlife.
The clear water is perfect for swimming, and at the north end is a coral reef with a rich variety of colorful tropical fish and corals which stretch out toward Poo Island, about 500m off shore.
Kata Noi Beach (หาดกะตะน้อย)
South of Kata is Kata Noi, a smaller beach with only a few hotels and little other development. The beach is superb and the scenery is breathtaking from the popular Kata Viewpoint. Swimming can be difficult due to the abundant rocks and corals but Kata Noi has long been a popular spot for surfers during the summer months. To get there take the narrow beach road up over the hill from Kata.

Nai Harn Beach (หาดไนหาน)Nai Harn Beach is located South of Kata Noi and north of Promthep Cape. It borders the most gorgeous lagoon on the island, it borders the most gorgeous lagoon on the island, and is therefore definitely worth a visit. The center of the beach is dominated by the Samnak Song Nai Han monastery, which has obstructed excessive development and is the reason why the beach is generally less crowded than other spots on the southern part of the island.
A wide variety of water sports can be enjoyed, but swimmers should be alert for the red flag which warns of dangerous currents during the monsoon season from May to October. As well, and not too far away, Ao Sane Beach offers outstanding snorkeling. In addition one can walk to nearby Promthep Cape to observe sunsets, which are often fiery and spectacular, and thus a very popular destination for tourists and photographers alike.

Coral Island or Koh Hae (เกาะเฮ)Coral Island, also known as Koh Hae, is located 9 km southeast of Phuket.
Koh Hae is part of a marine park, but accommodations, local restaurants, watersports, and above all diving and snorkeling are widely available. To access the island, boats leave from Rawai beach and Chalong bay. Also, package tours are available, which tend to bing a large amount of day trippers to the island and its reefs.
The main attraction of Coral Island is its very rich marine life and is therefore a favourite scuba diving and snorkeling location. Main beaches are Long Beach and the smaller Banana beach.
Currently there is not too much choice in terms of accommodation aside of the long established Coral Island Resort.

Racha Yai Island (เกาะราชาใหญ่)Racha or Raya Island as sometime refered to consists of Racha Yai and Racha Noi. The island is located about 12 KM south of Phuket and can be access by boat, speedboat or though a excursion tour. Mostly travelers are heading to Racha Yai as the west coast is probably the most stunning fine white sand beach available in the area. It is closed in by the hill that stretch away from it like to arms of a horseshoe called alternately Ao Tawan Tok or Ao Bungalow.
A very clean powdery sandy beach and crystal clear waters of Racha Yai attract day-trippers from Phuket. In the recent years, aside of the original bungalow accommodations, some upmarket resorts have been developed and combining outstanding service with the breathtaking sceneries making Koh Racha a all-time favorite for couple and honeymooners.
As well, from the top of the hill to the south of the bay is the viewpoint from which the whole island can be seen. On the east, at Ao Kon Kae Bay, is an excellent site for diving.

Rawai Beach (หาดราไวย์)Rawai Beach is the site of the famous Chao Ley or Sea Gipsy villages as well as the very first tourist beach of the island. Indeed in the earlier days, the residents of Phuket town would prefer to drive out to Rawai to enjoy the shady Casurina fringed beach rather than take a chance with the hilly and (then) treacherous winding roads across the island's hills to go onto the West shores of Phuket.
Many restaurants and bungalows, shell handicraft shops, and both fishing and charter boats to the nearby islands are available in Rawai Beach, which is very suitable for swimming. Rawai is 7 kms. West of Chalong Circle.
In the current times, Rawai is more of a transit beach and launching point for day boat excursions out to the numerous islands surrounding Phuket. Many longtail boats are available for hire and trips to Coral Island, Koh Lone or Racha Island.
Rawai is home to some of the island's the five-star resorts and has become a very popular living area for foreign residents lending a bit a bohemian and laid-back touch to the area.

Lone Island (เกาะโหลน)This large, mountainous island is only 20 minutes by regular passenger boat from Chalong Bay, in the south of Phuket. The mainly Muslim inhabitants engage in fishing, rubber and coconut planting.
There is a long stretch of beach on the northeast coast. Boats to Koh Lone leave daily in the early morning from Chalong Pier.
Else the island has so far not been developed much and is therefore a perfect hideaway for travelers who want to have a break from the hustle and bustle of Phuket’s main touristy and commercial areas.

Panwa Cape (แหลมพันวา)The southernmost tip of this cape is home to a Marine Biological Research Center and Phuket's Aquarium where visitors may inspect several hundred exotic and flamboyantly colourful marine species found in the teeming waters of Phuket and elsewhere, comfortably and without risk of getting seasick on a snorkeling trip.
It is in principle more of a functional beach – due to both the Marine research center as well as a marine base with a large pier, mainly for commercial and military use.
There are a few accommodations developing in the area in the recent years and some of the hotels also have an attractive beach, but often reserved for their guests only.

Yao Yai Island (เกาะยาวใหญ่)Yao Yai is the largest island in Koh Yao District and has many interesting beaches, such as Ao Thi Kud, Ao Klong Son, Ao Sai, Lo Pa Raed beach, Ao Laan, Ao Hin Kong, and Laem Nok Og. Lo Jaak pier is an important pier from Koh Yao to Phuket. The water at the pier is clear and schools of fish swim near the bridge at the pier. Visitors can see the production of dried anchovies (pla ching chang) here.
There are inexpensive bungalows on the island along with home-stay accommodation with the local people, who make a living by fishery or agriculture, to learn their lifestyle. Attractions of Koh Yao Yai are Loh Jaak Beach and Loh Jaak pier, which is an the main transit point from Koh Yao Yai to Phuket. The beach here is white, and the water is clean and very clear. Visitors can also go fishing or search for shells or see the production process of making dried anchovies (pla ching chang). Long-tail boats can be hired to go to Koh Kai Nok or Koh Kai Nai. There are two trips leaving the pier to Phuket everyday at 8 pm and 2 pm daily.

Yao Noi Island (เกาะยาวน้อย)Koh Yao Noi is one of the larger islands in Phang Nga Bay, an archipelago of 44 islands. It is easily accessible from both Phuket and Krabi Provinces and sports some of the most beautiful sea scenery in South East Asia. Great for bicycling and walking, the island covers about 50 square kilometers and has about 18 kilometers of dirt track and concrete road around. There are a few hotels developed in the last years ranging from budget to a high end exclusive resort.
As one of the major island, Koh Yao Noi is home the District Administration office as well as to a hospital, several schools and a post office. 24 hour electricity supply, Internet access, mobile telephone connection and ATMs are available.
Attractions include Tha Khao Beach, about five kilometers away from the Koh Yao District Administrative Office. This beach has many colorful rocks and pebbles. As well, a short distance away from the beach is a small island called Koh Nok which can be reached on foot during low tide or by canoe during high tide.

Ao Por / Yamu Cape (อ่าวปอ / แหลมยามู)Ao Por or Yamu Cape is located in the East Coast of Phuket, in close access to both Boat Lagoon and Royal Phuket Marina. The stunning scenery overlooking the numerous limestone islands of Phang Nga Bay is prominently advertised by the real estate developers setting up properties in this lesser known part of Phuket. The easy access to Phuket town as well as the boating / yachting areas will attract a different public and thus create a new destination.
There are currently not too many developments there, but rather hi-end quality ones, with more to be developed by international investors. As yet still a bit away from the crowds, Yamu will rapidly gain momentum in the years to come.

Naka Yai Island (เกาะนาคาใหญ่)Naka Yai Island used to be a rather simple destination with mainly a small fisherman village on the West. In the meantime, major developments are seen to be made resulting in hi-end hotel properties. The island is therefore becoming more of a exclusive destination than what it used to be.
The stunning views in the East towards Phang Nga Bay are simply stunning and most of the fine white sandy beaches are currenly occupied by day - trippers from Phuket. Lazying in the sun and swimming are pretty much the only activities on Koh Naka and due to the scarcity of restaurants, one may consider bringing a picnic along if planning to stay during the whole day. Although most of the visitors are coming as part of a day trip around Phuket and many a boatload of siwmmers and snorkellers are generally stopping off at some point during the afternoon off the Eastern coast.
The most direct access to the island is with longtail boats which can be hired at Ao Por pier. Accommodations are about to be completed, so mainly still a day trip destination.

Phuket Map Information 1

Phuket International Airport (ท่าอากาศยานนานาชาติภูเก็ต)The gateway to Phuket Island as well as to Phangnga and Khao Lak, all of which are very popular destinations over the years for tourists from any origins looking for a holiday paradise of tourists in the South of Thailand.
Airport code is HKT is now under supervision of the Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited. Many domestic and international carriers are servicing the island as well as long haul charters, some of which are available year-round.
Most of the traffic is staying on the Island of Phuket, but more and more sub-destinations are gaining in popularity. Let aside the many beaches and night entertainment, Phuket and the Andaman Islands have something for every taste and from young travelers to families and retirees the combination of warm climate and developed infrastructure made Phuket on the center of longer staying tourist.
The easy reach to the stunning white powdery beaches of Koh Racha or the more private and adventurous Koh Yao Noi as well as Koh Phi Phi in the South and the Similan Islands in the North make Phuket an ideal gateway and/or access point for unforgettable holidays.

Thalang District (อำเภอถลาง)Thalang was the original center of Phuket province, of which the Island had its former name : Mueang Thalang. The district borders to the south Mueang Phuket and Kathu, while to the north is Takua Thung of Phang Nga Province, separated by the Pak Prah strait, crossed by nowadays by Sarasin bridge, thus connecting Phuket to the mainland.
The Khao Phra Thaeo Natural reserve protects more than 20 km² of rainforest within the hills of the district. The three highest peaks of this reserve are the Khao Prathiu (384 m), Khao Bang Pae (388 m) and Khao Phara (422 m). The Sirinat National Park on the northwestern coast was established in 1981 and protects an area of 90 km² (68 km² marine area), including the Nai Yang beach known for being a sea turtles sanctuary and breeding area. In the South of the district a branch museum of the National Museum was opened in 1989 at the heroines monument. The monument itself commemorates the local heroines Thao Thep Kasattri and Thao Sri Sunthon, who forced the Burmese army besieging the town of Thalang to retreat. Phuket International Airport is located in the Northern part of the district. The main road is Highway 402, which runs from Sarasin bridge over the Pak Prah strait till Phuket city in the South East of the Island.

Boat Lagoon (ท่าเทียบเรือ)The Boat Lagoon, a unique maritime township on the east coast of idyllic Phuket is offering an easy-living homes surrounded by tropical green garden, full service marina, resort hotel, commercial plaza, bank, med park, supermarket, restaurants and other sporting facilities.
An increasing number of both sailing and motor yachts are moored year round there as yachting in the emerald seas around Phuket Island as well as the smaller islands around the Phang nga Bay rapidly gains in popularity.

Kathu District (อำเภอกะทู้)Kathu is a district of Phuket Province, located in the west of the island.
It neighbors Thalang to the north, Mueang Phuket to the east and south, and the Andaman Sea to the west.
Kathu is the district which covers the most touristical beach of Phuket, namely Patong beach. Kamala beach to the North is much less developed, but rapidly gaining in popularity.

Phuket Town (เมืองภูเก็ต)Mueang Phuket is the capital district of Phuket Province. The town Phuket itself is in the northwest of the district.
The district covers the southern part of the island Phuket. The western and southern coast consists of several more or less touristical beaches, from the northwest: Karon, Kata, Kata Noi, Nai Harn, Rawai and the Friendship Beach along the Chalong Bay. The beaches are separated from each other by rocky capes, most notably the Promthep Cape with the southernmost trip of the island. The cape is popular for Thai as well as International tourists for its dramatic views of the sunset.
 The most important of the 29 buddhist temples of Phuket is Wat Chalong (วัดฉลอง, วัดไชยธาราราม). It is dedicated to two highly venerable monks, Luang Pho Chaem (หลวงพ่อแช่ม) and Luang Pho Chuang (หลวงพ่อช่วง), who with their knowledge of herbal medicine helped the injured of a tin miners rebellion in 1876.

Mai Khao Beach (หาดไม้ขาว)Mai Khao Beach is located on the northwest coast of Phuket. The main beach which stretches a bit over 10km is still much less developed as the other destinations. Mainl as it is part of the Sirinat National Park and the only significant constructions along it is Phuket International Airport as well as a few high end resorts, such as JW Marriott and Anantara. Although the sand is not the finest, and perhaps the coarsest in Phuket, the beach is so positively secluded that visitors can enjoy endless privacy.
Both due to the isolation and the National Park status, Mai Khao is a very popular camping spot . At the far north of the beach, where the waters from Phang Nga Bay meet the Andaman Sea, surfers sometimes ride the waves, otherwise the beach is mostly devoid of activities except fishing and hiking. Due to a sharp drop off in to the Andaman Sea, swimming may be limited in the low season due to strong underwater currents.
Mai Khao is as well where the endangered giant leatherback turtles come to lay their eggs in the spring. In addition, every year young hatchlings are released into the sea in an effort to repopulate the sea.

Nai Yang Beach (หาดในยาง)Is a very popular beach for local and residents alike. Only located 5 minutes south of Phuket International Airport, it is as well where the National Park office is located. The beach itself is on a long curving bay lined with casurina trees that provide shade to picnicker.
The large coral reef is home to many different species of fish, and Nai Yang is well known as a site where sea turtles come to lay their eggs during the period from November to February; unfortunately the population of these has however, dropped off greatly.
First class accommodations are available and small food vendors cater to the many day trippers. To get there take the Nai Yang Rd., and look for signs indicating the park entrance.
Aside of some informal restaurant and bars in the sand – there is not much of evening entertainment available to the visitor. All very laid back, it recalls the early days of Phuket Island, before it made it to be listed in nearly every travel agency programme.

Nai Thon Beach (หาดในทอน)This quiet bay nestled at the foot of high hills has a fine strip of the sand. It is a beautiful beach, and until now not developed commercially. There are some accommodations but virtually no other business. Ideal for swimming and dining in the small restaurants in high season, the area is very isolated and nearly forgotten in low season, when the occasional stormy sea make the bay unattractive or even dangerous.
Located between Bang Tao Bay and Nai Yang Beach, Nai Thon Beach can be reached by taking Thep Krasatri Rd. Turn at the first traffic light north of Thalang Town to Nai Yang Rd. Look for signs indicating the turn-off to Nai Thon. The journey is definitely worthwhile, especially from the south, as the long winding road reminds a lot of the Southern areas of Europe.
Aside of swimming there are very good diving and snorkeling spots, most of them accessible only by boat which can be arranged at local dive shops on the Beach Road. Entertainment and nightlife are very limited to a few beach bars and shopping is pretty much the selection of a few mini marts.

Layan Beach (หาดลายัน)Layan Beach is at the northern end of Bang Tao area where the beach meets a river and a lagoon. Many birds and other wildlife call this area home as they can enjoy the peacefulness of the lagoon.
The many small tracks which cover the hillside of the beach are well known by climbers and bird watchers. You can reach the beach by walking pass the Laguna Phuket Resort or by following the highway and turning in to Nai Thon beach at the road sign. Layan Beach Resort & Spa Village is the only resort on this beach.
 The beach can be accessed by a small road passing close by the Banyan Tree Golf Club. Altogether though the beach is quite limited and for swimming tourists and residents prefer to head to Bang Tao Beach, a 10 to 15 minute walk south.

Bang Tao Beach (หาดบางเทา)Bang Tao is a large open bay with one of Phukets longest beaches. In the older days the whole area was used for tin mining, but has since been developed into a number of luxury resorts and apartments. Most of Bangtao Beach is occupied by the Laguna complex, a massive five-hotel development with golf course. During the Dry Season (November to April) swimming is excellent, during the summer months the swimming is restricted due to strong currents. At the Northern end there is a smaller bay, almost completely enclosed, at the mouth of which is some fine coral. Plenty of places to eat, tour companies, and other tourist facilities available either at Laguna or in the nearby town of Choeng Thale, which has kept its traditions alive with most of the inhabitants living off fishing, rubber taping and farming.
In terms of nightlife and entertainment, the area is rather undeveloped as most of the upmarket hotels have their own activities for guests and thus there are not many alternatives in the immediate vicinity.

Pansea Beach (หาดแพนซี)Pansea Beach is refined luxury by excellence.
Small, intimate and exclusive, the Northern end is reserved for the top end Amanpuri Phuket and Chedi resorts – home away from home for the rich and famous and numerous celebrities from fashion designers to industrial magnates are known to be regulars.
The only access to Pansea Beach is through the hotel grounds and it therefore quite restricted.

Surin Beach (หาดสุรินทร์)Swaying casurina tress in the sea breeze rim this small, curvy bay beneath the foothills north of Kamala. A bit off the beaten track, Surin has seen a lot of mid to upper market development in the recent years and it rapidly gaining in popularity by couples and families alike.
As well Surin is home to Phuket's first golf courses, a nine-hole course laid out more than sixty years ago during the reign of King Rama VII. It is now largely in disuse except as a park.
Word to the wise, the steep incline of the beach, turbulent water, and big waves make Surin a dangerous place to swim during the rainy season, but during the dry months, it is a perfect location to collect perfect holiday memories.
Surin Beach is located at the end of Sri Sunthon Rd., the road running west from the Two Heroines Monument. Nightlife is very limited, but both accommodations and restaurants can be found. Some of the hotels do run Sunday brunches which have long been very popular to the locals and foreign residents alike.

Kamala Beach (หาดกมลา)Kamala is a Muslim fishing village north of hustle and bustle of Patong Beach. Tourist development on this much more laid back and quiet beach have become a preferred place for long stays and retirees, although much of the area is covered by a Muslim graveyard and a police outpost has been slow in coming.
The beach is very beautiful and spans over about 2 km in length. There are accommodations ranging from guesthouses to international class hotels and self catering apartments as well as a number of small Thai restaurants specializing in seafood for the tourist.
Kamala is the perfect place to get away from it all and has little to offer in the way of entertainment for that go across the mountains to Patong. On a scenic drive along the headland to the south, can be found a number of luxury villa developments, with great views of Kamala Bay and beyond.
Kamala is more the type of place to meet and relax with friends in a local seafood restaurant or bar, so night entertainment is rather low-key. This said, Kamala is also home of the acclaimed Phuket FantaSea entertainment complex which has become one of the must-see places when visiting Phuket.

Nakalay Beach (หาดนาคาเล)Nakalya Beach is the private and secluded beach of Thavorn Beach Village. The entrance to the beach bears a DO NOT ENTER sign, clearly limiting it to the residents of the resort. Swimming is only possible at high tide.
In the center of the Beach, a long pier has been built and the Nakalay Junk moores not too far away, providing both day and sunset trips as well as being available to be fully chartered for parties.
Nakalay Beach is located in Nakalay Bay near the Patong/Kamala border sign and 4 km north of Patong Beach. It is suitable for people who like it quiet but still want to be near the entertainment area of Patong.

Kalim Beach (หาดกะหลิม)
Kalim Beach, Phuket is in fact a continuation in the North of Patong's main beach, of which it is separated by some cliffs. Kalim beach with its extensive coral reef is more for snorkeling than for swimming and the views over the bay are very charming.
Despite the more quiet edge to the beach, the vicinity to Patong Beach make it an ideal alternative for travelers who like to have a bit more of a quiet time, albeit easy access of the nightlife, restaurants and entertainment.
It is though recommended to use solid footwear if planning to enter the water in that area as the corals do have very sharp edges. The Northern part of the bay is quite exposed to strong winds in low season (June to September) and occasional surfers are to be found on the breaking surf.

Patong Beach (หาดป่าตอง)Patong Beach is Phuket's central tourist and night time entertainment district. Over the past ten years, Patong has turned from a quiet fishing village into one of the island's two cities. Mainly due to the development of tourism, the beach has seen a massive number of restaurants catering to any taste and cuisine, pubs and bars, tour and travel agencies. As well a lifestyle shopping complex, Jungceylon, opened recently offers more international goods and brands in air-conditioned space in addition to the usual endless night market popping up at sunset all along the side walk of beach road, turning the whole of Patong into one extensive market.
The famous bay and about 4 km long beach is more often referred to when tourists are aiming for Phuket to be their holiday destination. Accommodations range from budget to five-star. Live music can be found in most pubs and bars. Motorbike rentals as well as paragliding and jet ski rental are widely available on the beach.
Nightlife is centered around Soi Bangla (Bangla Road), but is virtually found all over, in either shape or form. Nevertheless both North and South end of the bay are however there are quieter and family friendly. Patong Beach is ideal for swimming as well aswater-sports.

Phuket Guide

A Guide to PhuketPhuket is Thailand's largest island, approximately the size of Singapore. Phuket nestles in Andaman Sea waters on Thailand's Indian Ocean coastline, located 867 kilometers south of Bangkok. Phuket is blessed with magnificent coves and bays, powdery, palm-fringed white beaches, smaller surrounding islands, hospitable people and seafood, delightful turn-of-the-century Sino-Portuguese architecture; numerous sporting and leisure opportunities; a lush tropical landscape - all of which combine to create a delightful ambience for truly memorable holidays. The most famous beaches are Patong, Kata, Karon, Kamala and Nai Harn Beach. Phuket and its islands are ideal for sailing, diving & snorkeling, golfing and all kinds of sports and entertainment you can wish for. You can also take a trip with a submarine to discover the colorful marine lives under the sea. There is plenty of accommodations available ranging from standard bungalows to 5 star hotels.

Weather and Climate
Located in the Andaman Sea, Phuket has a tropical monsoon climate with dry and wet seasons. In its hot season, the weather is bright and sunny. It can be sweltering hot in some months. During the rainy season, some beaches in Phuket can be dangerous due to the undercurrents. But in general, the downpour takes only a short time and followed by the sunshine.
In this section, temperature, amount of the rainfall of each month and the best time to visit are shown to help you plan the best time to visit Phuket including actual time and temperature, the wind, sunrise and sunset time.

Getting There
Located 867 km from Bangkok, Phuket is easily and conveniently accessed. If you prefer to drive, it can possibly take around 12 hours on Highway no. 4 through beautiful scenery of many provinces and the Sarasin Bridge. Thanks to the international airport, it only takes about 1.20 hrs by plane. There are international flights as well as domestic airlines including low-cost airlines operating many flights a day flying from and to Bangkok. Buses run from Southern Bus Terminal. The journey takes 14 hours. Night buses are available. It can also be reached by train to nearby provinces, then road connection is required as there is no railway connection to the island. By sea, the island has deep sea port for boat and cruise. Information on the flights with flight schedules, bus information and timetables, train timetables, boat timetables from different destinations and directions for driving from Bangkok is provided in this section.

It is hard to resist the enthralling beauty of this big island. Surrounded by captivating nature both on land and in water, Phuket abounds with hundreds and hundreds of memorable and fascinating natural attractions as well as impressive man-made destinations. The national park in the province invites you to experience the abundance of its tropical flora and fauna as well as waterfalls. Marine national park comprised of beach forest, mangrove and marine environment. Surrounding islands allures tourists to experience their offer. The province’s long history has resulted in imposing architecture of the buildings as well as charming culture and tradition. Some of that were collected and put on display in museum. Unquestionably, Phuket is also known as an entertainment hub of the south. There is a good number of entertainment and leisure attractions for all ages, for instance, zoo, aquarium, cabarets and many more.

Beaches & Islands
Phuket has hundreds kilometres of magnificent coastline which brings about beautiful beaches. Its twisted and contorted coastline hides breathtaking bays and lagoons. The island boasts more than 25 beaches with diverse characteristics, shapes, atmospheres with a lot of different activities. Some beaches are as small as 150 metres long, a good size for family picnic and some are as long as 9 km with a plenty of space for playing beach sports or a long jogging in the morning. Beaches in Phuket do not only come with the clear blue water for swimming, but they also have stunning distinct surroundings on land such as capes and offshore islands dotted in its azure. They are ideal for tranquil escape such as Coral Island, Koh Yao, Koh Bon and many others within a quick speedboat ride. Whether you want a quiet and solitude atmosphere, vibrant scene, local village or something else in between, you can find information, description, accommodation as well as facilities and maps in this section.

Dinning in Phuket
Phuket, the landmark of gastronomic delights, offers a wide culinary option to suit all preferences. A numerous choice of restaurants are located throughout, all locations that you can think of. Whether you like to have a hearty breakfast or romantic dining on the beach, barbeque on the pool terrace in a boutique resort or savoury fresh seafood side street restaurant, you will find them at a stone throw. The choice of cuisine of other nationalities is copious, English, Italian, French, German, Swiss, Chinese, Japanese, Muslim and many more. If ones may want to try the authentic local food, the first and foremost advice is that you must be able to take the spice. Southern food is famous for a variety of curries, varying in tastes and colours.

Golf Course in Phuket
Once Phuket was full of tin mines, located amidst the scenic mountain range. Since golf has become popular amongst the residents and tourists, Phuket offers several golf courses designed by international golf course designers. From putting green to fully integrated courses, golfers will find Phuket a golf paradise with its stunning views of the ocean or green mountains. Some tin mines have been transformed to the course with interesting designs. Golf Clubs are not limited to just golf course, they also offer exceptional accommodations, superb services as well as other facilities.

Nightlife in Phuket
Apart from its spectacular nature, Phuket offers a vibrant nightlife of all kinds of entertainment you can think of. There is something to suit everyone. There are more than 150 clubs, pubs, bars, beer bars, go-go bars and discos on Patong Beach alone. By day, this area is quiet but as the sun goes down, the lights of the bars lit up while nightlife in other areas is more low-key. Live music can also be found at some pubs and bars. Increasing popular, cabaret or transvestite performance calls loud applause from the crowd. It is also located on Patong – Karon. Unique to Phuket, Phuket Fantasia offers cultural performance in combination with light and sound technology in Las Vegas style.

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Kho Samui Guide

A Guide to Koh Samui
Koh Samui is the third largest island of Thailand after Phuket and Koh Chang. Thanks to Samui International Airport, Samui can be reached within an hour from Bangkok. Samui has everything to offer, from relaxing on white sand beaches to pristine jungles to a vibrant nightlife. It has different beaches of different landscapes and characteristics but the popular ones are Chaweng, Lamai, Bophut & Maenam. Great facilities as well as a wide range of accommodations ranging from bungalows to 5-star resorts suitable for all budgets are available throughout. A variety of restaurants of all flavors and nationalities invite for delicious dining. Those who enjoy pampering and rejuvenating will find Samui a paradise of spa and massage. Activities for relaxation, adventure or family abound such as elephant trekking, sailing, diving, golfing. Sightseeing activities include, to name but a few, waterfalls, temples, butterfly garden, zoo, monkey theatre. All is waiting to be experienced.

Weather and Climate
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Samui has a tropical monsoon climate. Hence, checking the weather is an ideal. Samui has hot, dry and wet seasons. The temperature on the island is pleasant with the sunshine all year long so you can keep away your jumpers. During rainy season is nothing to worry about as it lasts 30 - 60 minutes a day. You will be greeted by the sunshine before and after the downpour.
In this section, temperature, amount of the rainfall of each month and the best time to visit are shown to help you plan the best time to visit Samui including actual time and temperature, sunrise and sunset time. Check out the full moon, half moon and dark room to plan a party. Beach webcam shows different beaches.

Getting there
Although Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand with the distance of 35 km from the mainland in Surat Thani, getting to Samui is no hassle. There are different options of travelling there. The fastest way to get to the island is by plane. Samui has an international airport with flights from Bangkok and overseas. Flights from Bangkok take only about 60 – 90 minutes. There are also buses running from Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok to Surat Thani which takes around 12 hours, then take a ferry to cross over to the island. There are different types of buses to choose from. The cheapest way to get there is to take the train. Then take the local bus to the pier and pier to take the ferry. Information on the flights with flight schedules from Bangkok to Samui and from Samui to Bangkok, airport information, bus information, ferry schedules from different companies and some useful travelling tips are provided in this section.
Teeming with beautiful natural resources, Samui has been beckoning tourists from all over the world for decades. Samui has offered plentiful natural and man-made attractions to discover both in water and on land. Located in prolific underwater world, the island allows tourists to explore what lies beneath with colourful dive sites as well as other surrounding islands. On land, besides the sandy beaches, attractions created by the forces of nature can amaze the visitors such as the rock sculptures, Hin Ta - Hin Yai and refreshing waterfalls located inland in the different parts of the island. As a Buddhist country, religious sites such as the Big Buddha, Magic Buddha Garden and Sawadee Shrine are built with religious arts, architecture, legend as well as myth. Furthermore, there are some other amazing attractions like Ancient Teak House, the oldest house on the island. Witness the amazement of the different animals such as butterflies, snakes, and crocodile in shows, farms and museums.
Beaches in Samui
Samui covering an area of 228.7 sq km is located in azure sea of the Gulf of Thailand. It is known for its natural resources and picturesque landscape. The coastline is comprised of 19 beaches with 6 of them are main destinations. Each one is different in characteristics which add the charm to the island. The common sights of the beaches that you will find is fringed by coconut trees providing shades for hiding the scorching sun. Some beaches have powdery white soft sand, golden in colour or rocky. The atmospheres are also distinct. You can find all, from vibrant to almost deserted. Some beaches provide magnificent spots for watching the sunset and sunrise over the glittering water. Activities and facilities abound on most eastern beaches with restaurants, bars, accommodations and water sports while the western beaches are suitable for those who seek tranquility. This section provides the map and information on 19 beaches on the east and west sides of the island with suggested accommodations.
Sports & Leisure
Samui has grown increasingly as a major tourist destination with development of infrastructure, accommodations, attractions as well as activities both on water and on land. Large and small surrounding islands offer a beautiful chance to explore. Scuba diving and snorkeling should not be missed. There is an abundance of coral reefs, colourful schools of fish and a variety of aquatic animals that you will witness. Kayaking and canoeing are a great way to explore the beautiful shoreline of the island. Other watersports such as jet ski or sailing are available throughout. Kite boarding and bungy jump are not for those who are faint-hearted. To appreciate the lush green nature of Samui, Cable Rides Rainforest offers more than 500 metres ride on a cable. If you don’t appreciate much of height, trekking or mountain biking can be another choice to enjoy the nature. Golfers would not miss the chance to go on a tournament with friends here. Samui offers a good choice of courses amidst stunning views.
Travel & Tours
There are hundreds of activities that ones should not miss to appreciate the beautiful nature and the fun that Samui has to offer. Arranging the tour is made easy by packages with value for money. Normally, packages are less expensive than booking the travel yourself in regard to the transports, meals and accommodations. Whether you would like to take a trip around the island and to the surrounding islands, venture out in the sea for game fishing, discover the green forest on a safari tour on foot, by 4x4 WD, ATV Quad Bike or on elephant’s back, there is a wide range of options with full day, half day or just one hour for you to choose from. Packages to Full Moon Party on Phangan Island can be easily arranged for party-goers. Wild hearts can enjoy the thrill of cable ride over the lush environment of the inner island. This section facilitates you with list of tour package of various interests, booking engine for tour packages as well as accommodations and currency conversion.
Dining in Samui
Food industry has increasingly grown in Samui. The island, a tropical paradise, not only offers imposing scenery and landscape but also an awe-inspiring dining and wining. There is an array of restaurants located on the beaches as well as inner island. Whether you opt for a fancy dinner in an internationally acclaimed restaurant, a resort restaurant, a romantic dinner by the sea, festive dining with live music or a low-key food stall, Samui has all to offer. Ambience is an essential ingredient of a dining and the view is a seasoning spice for your food. Different beaches in Samui offer you a great choice whether it is beachfront or on a cliff protruding into the sea. Various types of cuisine are available such as Thai food, Mediterranean, Japanese, Swiss, Italian, Scandinavian and many more. Fresh seafood from the sea could not be deniable. This section provides information on Thai food, its basic ingredients and a complete list of restaurants divided by beach location and nationalities.
Nightlife in Samui
Samui has one of the most vibrant nightlife in Thailand. When the sun goes down, all the illuminated signs of night clubs, pubs and bars are alight along the beaches like on Chaweng, Bophut and Lamai. A wide variety of venues to choose from, such as bars, pubs, discos with local and international DJs to spin the tune. Themed bars and theme party such as ice bar, foam party are recently added to Samui to add the fun to the night. Be entertained by an extravaganza and glamour of the cabaret shows on Chaweng and Lamai beaches. Those who prefer enjoy the night with live music, there are some leading venues to serve good music from local musicians as well as musicians from all over the world whether it is jazz, rock and blues. Not everywhere in the night in Samui would be so boisterous, a quite night in a pub can also be sought. They range from beachfront or side street bars, great for watching passer-by to luxurious hotel bars overlooking the serene sea at night.
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Khao Kheow Open Zoo In Chonburi

Khao Kheow Open Zoo and Night Safari in Chonburi (150 km east of Bangkok) was established as a unit of the Zoological Park Organization of Thailand on June 1st, 1978 as an open zoo with an area of 5,000 Rai or 2000 acres.
In the Khao Kheow animal sanctuary, there are 300 species of animals with a population of 6000 lives.

Roles of Khao Kheow Open Zoo
1. Conservation
2. Research
3. Education
4. Public recreation

= Fast Facts = 
Location :Chonburi                                Animals :8,000 lives
Size :5,000 raiMammals :916 lives
Established 1978Reptiles :298 lives
Visitors :650,000/yearBirds :6,804 lives
Hours :8:00 - 18:00
Adult Fee :50 Baht
Child Fee :15 Baht

Dusit Zoo In Bangkok

Dusit Zoo was formerly a part of the Royal Dusit Garden Palace, called Khao Din Wana, which was set up by King Rama V as his private botanical garden. In 1938, the Royal Thai government under Field Marshal P. Pibunsongkhram, then prime minister, asked the King for the land to set up the zoo for the public. King Rama VIII granted the land and the government appointed the Bangkok Municipality to the build the zoo in March 1938. The zoo was turned over to the Zoological Park Organization of Thailand in 1954.

Roles of Dusit Zoo
1. Bring people in contact with animals for educational and recreational purposes.
2. Reasonability in the welfare, caring and breeding of animals to prevent extinction.
3. Ensure the animals quarters are as comfortable as their natural habitat.
4. Produce a zoo environment which serves truly as place of recreation and relaxation

= Fast Facts = 
Location :Bangkok                                 Animals :1598 lives
Size :118 rai                        Mammals :288 lives
Established 1938Reptiles :292 lives
Visitors :2,500,000/yearBirds :1018 lives
Hours :9:00 - 18:00
Adult Fee :30 Baht
Child Fee :5 Baht

1.Head office / Public room
2.Pheasants & Peacocks Aviary
3.Watersports Pier
4.Reptiles Exhibit
5.Monkey Zone
6. Children Zoo
7. Nocturnal Animals Exhibit
8. Zoo Museum
9. Play Land