Diese Inselgruppe gilt nicht nur in der Andamanensee als hervorragende Tauchregion, sondern zählt zu den 10 besten Tauchrevieren der Welt. Sie sollten sich die Gelegenheit nicht entgehen lassen, die Küste von Phuket zu erkunden und bei Tag oder nach Einbruch der Dunkelheit die Similan-Inseln zu besuchen.
Die Phang Nga-Bucht liegt im Norden der Insel Phuket und ist bekannt für ihre atemberaubenden Kalksteinklippen, die sich aus dem Wasser und den immergrünen Mangrovenwäldern erheben. Genießen Sie die malerische Landschaft bei einer Bootsfahrt, paddeln Sie mit dem Kajak durch enge Höhlen und besuchen Sie Koh Panyee, ein von vormals nomadisch lebenden Fischern auf Stelzen im Wasser erbautes Dorf.
Phuket (Stadt) (chinesisch-portugiesische Bauten, Märkte, Ao Chalong-Tempel, Großer Buddha – Tour von Laguna Tours)
Die geografische Lage von Phuket hat der Insel eine reiche Geschichte beschert, unter anderem geprägt von birmanischen Invasionen, Zinnminen, dem Gummihandel, verschiedenen Glaubensrichtungen und dem Tourismus. Ohne diese Ereignisse und Geschehnisse wäre Phuket heute sicher nicht zu einer so bekannten und weltweit beliebten Insel geworden.
Most photographs of the stunningly beautiful sunset in Phuket were taken here: Laem Phromthep at the south-most tip of Phuket island offers a memorable, unparalleled sunset moment on a clear day. Go early and sit back to enjoy the sun setting behind the Andaman sea. With its landscape easily recognizable by sailors, it is also the location of the 50-feet-tall Kanchanaphisek Lighthouse, erected in 1996 to celebrate the auspicious occasion of the king’s 50th anniversary of his accession to the throne.
Phuket Old Town
Phuket was one of the major Peranakan Chinese cultural centrals, along with Singapore, Malacca and Penang, thanks to the dramatic growing of tin mining business in early 19th century, luring in a large number of Chinese merchants from the China mainland. It was led to the constructions of Sino-Portuguese mansions and shop houses in the Phuket town. These buildings were the residence of tin mine tycoons, and their descendants, featuring unique Peranakan architectural styles. Each shophouse look narrow from the front but its space spans as long as ten meters or more to the back, making there’s a vast space to accommodate a lot of people. Walk along the roads of Dibuk, Phang-Nga, Yaowarat, Thalang and Krabi to admire the beauty of crafted facade of the remaining shop houses. Some of them are now open as a boutique hotel you can also try lodging. For an in-depth history of Peranakan culture in Phuket, you might want to pay a visit to Phuket Thai Hua Museum.
Wat Chalong is the most famous and sacred temple in Phuket as it was the residence of a respected monk Luang Po Cham, who took part helping people during the Chinese Coolie Rebellion in 1876 during the reign of King Rama V. The statue of Luang Po Chaem is now enshrined at the main hall, together with statues of Luang Po Chuang and Luang Po Kluem, other revered monks who resided at the temple in later years. Locals and visitors usually visit the temple to vow their wishes from the statues, and will return to burn firecrackers when the wishes become true.
The first Sino-Portuguese mansion in Phuket town, Ban Chinnapracha was built in circa 1903 during the era of King Rama V. The mansion was the former residence of Phra Phithak Chinnapracha (Tan Ma Sieng), son of a local tycoon Luang Bamrung Chinnaprathet (Tan Neow Yee), who were originally from Fujian province in China. This kind of mansion is called Ang Mor Lao by the locals, which means “Western-style building” in Hokkien Chinese. Part of the mansion is now renovated as The Blue Elephant Phuket, the world’s famous Thai restaurant and cooking school.
Phuket Thai Hua Museum
Phuket has a long history as a trading hub controlled by the local Peranakan Chinese community, a community is Straits Chinese found in Singapore, Penang and Malacca) and the best way to explore this rich history is at the Phuket Thaihua Museum, housed in a charming 1930s British-colonial-style mansion that was formerly the oldest Chinese-language school in Phuket. Spread over the two stories are 16 galleries portraying the island’s Chinese ancestry and Phuket Town’s growth to prosperity.
Opening hours: Daily 09.00 a.m. - 17.00 p.m.