Phuket

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Phuket

Aqua Divers

Phuket ranks among the globe's top diving destinations. Day tours, including two dives, all equipment and three meals, can cost as little as $100. Aqua Divers offers day trips as well as multi-day ventures to islands further out in the Andaman Sea.

Near Phuket International Airport Airport and at Andaman White Beach Resort Hotel und Spa, www.aquadivers.com
Tags: snorkeling | smart splurge | things to do | outdoors | adventure

Blue Canyon

One of Asia's premier golf courses features 18 holes on 720 acres of undulating, well-maintained fairways and lush greens. Tiger Woods has even played here.

18 miles north of Patong, 165 Moo 1 Thepkassatri Rd., 011-66-076-328-088, www.bluecanyonclub.com
Tags: golf | great value | things to do | outdoors

Chalong Temple

Known more for its vibrant ornamentation than its architectural significance, this popular temple houses elaborate statues of revered monks. Don’t be concerned about the incessant exploding firecrackers – these are expressions of thanks for fulfilled wishes.

5 miles southeast of Phuket Town, Chao Fa West Rd.,
Tags: things to do | culture | architecture | history

Khao Phra Thaeo National Park

Home to Phuket's only remaining virgin rainforest, this lush park features leisurely trails leading to two scenic waterfalls (bring your swimsuit for a dip in the cool ponds). You may even spot barking deer, gibbons and monkeys. Guides are available at the park's headquarters.

Route 4027,
Tags: family | hiking | things to do | outdoors

Patong

Thanks to streets filled with go-go bars and tourist traps, Phuket's main beach gets compared to seedy Pattaya. But it’s recently moved upmarket and toward family tourism, and the long, sandy beach – Phuket's most developed – is quite scenic. Plus, this is the place to come when you need a serious nightlife fix.

, www.beachpatong.com
Tags: beach | family | nightlife | things to do

Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Center

Gibbons, a primate species native to Phuket, disappeared from local forests in the '80s when hunters captured and used them to stage photo-ops for tourists. See the survivors in their natural habitat at the center, which aims to return as many of the monkeys as possible into the wilderness.

Bang Pae Waterfall, 011-66-76-260-492, www.gibbonproject.org
Tags: family | things to do | wildlife

Sirinat National Park

Situated in Sirinat National Park on Phuket's northern tip, these unique saltwater swamps can be entered via elevated walkways. Look for unusual plants like mountain ebony, red cycas and black myrsina, and be on the lookout for leatherback turtles, which nest here in the winter. The park also harbors a string of undeveloped, deserted beaches.

northern end of Mai Khao Beach, 25 miles north of Phuket Town, 011-66-76-328-226, www.dnp.go.th
Tags: beach | family | hiking | things to do | outdoors | national park

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