the crafting of parasols.
Phuket Butterfly Garden & Insect World
The farm is situated 3 km. from town and has a fascinating col-
lection of such tropical creatures as butterflies and insects; all
displayed in natural surroundings. Open daily .00 a.m. to 5.30
p.m. Tickets are 200 baht. Tel. 0 7621 5616, 0 7621 061
Wat Phra Nang Sang
A historical Phuket landmark, Wat Phra Nang Sang was origi-
nally a fort built to resist Burmese invaders. Enshrined in the
main hall are three old and large Buddha statues made of tin.
Tours & Cruises
Several tour operators arrange island tours, visit to pearl farms,
island cruises, dive safaris and more. Full and up-to-date infor-
captivating underwater scenery, as well as a replica of the Holy
mation on these and other sightseeing and touring options are
Footprint on the island.
available at TAT’s Phuket office on Phuket Road.
Tel: 0 7621 2213, 0 7621 1036
Ko Racha Yai
The gleaming beaches can be reached by chartered boat from
Ao Chalong. It takes about 2-3 hours for the boat trip during the
off-monsoon season (December-April). At Ko Racha Yai, there
There are four top 1-hole golf courses in Phuket, which offer
is the most perfected and versatile of corals for visitors to see.
excellent and challenging play. All offer reasonably priced green
Sightseeing services are available from tour operators in town.
fees, golf club rentals and caddy services.
Accommodation is available.
• Phuket Country Club (in Kathu)
Tel. 0 7632 103-40
Namtok Ton Sai &
• Blue Canyon Country Club (in Amphoe Thalang)
Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Sanctuary
Tel. 0 7632 0
An idyllic setting cooled by sonorous cascades, this 22 sq. km.
area is rich in wildlife, including bears, porcupines, gibbons and
• Laguna Phuket Golf Club (at Hat Bang Thao)
macaques, as well as over 100 bird species. For nature enthusi-
Tel. 0 7632 4350
asts, the sanctuary has also mapped out walking trails.
• Loch Palm Golf Club (in Kathu)
Tel. 0 7632 12, 0 7632 133-4
A few kilometres inland from Ao Chalong, the temple enshrines
statues of Phuket’s two most revered monks: Luang Pho Chaem
There are three riding clubs: the first is on Patak Road, on the
and Luang Pho Chuang.
way to Hat Kata, the second is Ban Sai Yuan situated at Hat Nai
Han route and the Laguna Phuket at Bang Thao. These three
have facilities for visitors’ convenience and courses for both
Several pearl farms are located in and around Phuket. Please
beginners and experienced riders.
contact TAT’s Phuket office for details of arranging visits.
Native Handicrafts Centre
This sport can be enjoyed at most major beaches. Boards may
Located on Thep Krasattri Road, the Centre has artisans skilled
be rented by the hour, half-day, full-day or week. Expert tuition
in silk weaving, lacquerware, silverware, jewellery-making and is also available.
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