Phuket’s Fascinating Highlights
Phuket’s Fascinating Highlights
The beaches of the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’ (a nickname of Phuket) always have been the major
attraction of this tourism destination. Yet there is more and this half day introduction
to Phuket shows that there is much more than the beaches.
WHY THIS TOUR?
No Phuket visit is complete without going beyond its beaches and lively centres along the island’s western coast. Thailand’s largest island is string of cultural and religious diversity, linked with its trading past and southern-style architecture.
Blessed with fertile lands and natural monuments of awe and splendour, all above is packed smoothly into an exploration of one of Thailand’s tourism destinations that venture slightly away from its sandy shores.
08:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 18:30
Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel on Phuket for a 5-hour exploration of some of Phuket’s most famous sites. We start our journey with a visit to one of the most notable viewing points along the west coast. As the name implies, Karon View Point is an elevated natural sight along the main access road away from Kata Beach for panoramic views over not only Karon and Kata Beach. Oﬀering magnificent views over the various bays and beaches along Phuket’s western coast line, it is locally known as “Khao Saam Haad” (Three Beaches Hill) as visitors can indeed admire three of Phuket’s main beaches from this spot.
Promthep Cape is an absolute pinnacle of watching the sea and the land coming together in a natural way gives a new definition of a panoramic view with a high dose of awe and amazement. Located in the deep south of Phuket, sunrises and sunsets make Promthep Cape a much adored landmark during the day.
The road trip includes the island’s most important religious site, the glistering Wat Chalong. The renowned monastery housing bronze images of the monks Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang, who are highly respected by Phuket inhabitants.
A guided tour into Phuket Town brings forward the Sino-Portuguese style influences, and there is also an opportunity to shop at one of the local markets or boutiques. Phuket town was originally settled about a century ago by Chinese residents of Malaysia who were drawn to the lucrative mineral deposits. Tin and rubber fortunes created by the great rush formed the great Sino-Thai dynasties, which still dominate the economies of southern Thailand.
Before we end this half day, we make a final stop that shows you some of Phuket’s finest. Phuket is well-known for its gem stones and a plethora of stones that can be found in the grounds on the island. A ‘ride into history’ is includes as we take you on a journey to get an up-and-close view of gem stone mining.
After seeing some of the most precious stones displayed, we will bring you back to your hotel.
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