Phuket Now Open To International Travelers Here Are 10 Top Attractions
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For decades Phuket has been one of the most popular island destinations in Thailand, attracting millions of visitors every year. With the disappearance of foreign tourists over the past 18 months, the island’s stunning beaches are once again unspoiled, azure waters are teeming with marine life, and the surrounding islands are rejuvenating with lush greenery never seen before. The island is now ready to welcome visitors from all over the world from July 1, and the portal has compiled ten of the best things not to miss when visiting Phuket.
Walk through history
Phuket has come a long way since its inception as a tin mining settlement, but with a little imagination, you can almost see the merchants of the past arranging goods inside ornate Sino-Portuguese shops in Phuket City. Transformed into trendy restaurants, guesthouses and boutique hotels, they have since taken on a new lease of life, with many regaining their former glory.
Insta-float among giant lilies
If you like that there is something strange and unusual in your nature, you will love the Ma Doo Bua cafe. A must-see for botanists and Instagrammers, this lakeside eatery is home to a colony of giant water lilies strong enough to support the weight of a child (or a very light adult).
Bridge in the heart
Ask any elderly Phuket resident and he will tell the story of Romeo and Juliet, who were together on the island and died untimely on the Sarasin Bridge. The bridge, which connects the mainland of Phuket and Phang Nga in southern Thailand, was opened in 1967 and is considered by some to be the most beautiful bridge in the country. In 1987, he entered the collective memory when a film about the tragic romance of two young lovers was shot under the title “Safan Cancer Sarasin” (Sarasin, The Bridge of Love). Whether you come here to reflect on life, love, or take a photo shoot in a beautiful gazebo overlooking the river, the Sarasin Bridge is sure to impress.
Take part in the release of sea turtles
Five of the world’s seven species of sea turtles, the Leather, Loggerhead, Olive Ridley, Hawkesbill and Green turtles, are found in the waters of the Andaman Sea. They are all classified as endangered. Mai Khao Beach is one of the few Phuket beaches that continues to welcome nesting turtles, thanks to the efforts of the Mai Khao Sea Turtle Foundation, which focuses on enhanced nest protection and improved incubation conditions. Anantara Mai Khao’s annual release of turtles takes place around Songkran in mid-April and brings the entire community together.
Taste rum on the island
For a more modern side of Phuket, head to the award-winning Chalong Bay Rum Distillery. Plan to spend a few hours here sightseeing, learning the centuries-old French technique of using copper cubes, before joining a cocktail workshop dedicated to pure sugarcane rum in Chalong Bay. Distilled and bottled in Phuket and infused with native plants, it skillfully showcases the island’s terroir.
Get to know local life
Ko Panye is a small fishing village built on stilts, a 20 minute long tail boat ride from the main island. The local Muslim community is always hospitable and ready to show you their unique home in the shallow waters. The floating village has a school, a mosque, small souvenir shops and restaurants. The community is also crazy about football and has their own floating football stadium and their love of the game has made them one of the best football teams in Southern Thailand.
See gibbons ethically
Gibbons were on the verge of extinction in the Phuket jungle over 40 years ago. Today, they are illegally kept as pets or used as props in tourist photographs, fueling the demand for baby gibbons. But there is a way to communicate with these magnificent creatures in an ethical way. The Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, a research arm of the Wildlife Rescue Foundation of Thailand (WARF), is rescuing and rehabilitating gibbons so that they can be returned to their natural habitat. Visit the center to learn about its work, as well as observe the animals in the designated areas.
The Man with the Golden Gun
If you choose to accept this offer, your mission is to enjoy the Golden Gun at Anantara Layan Residences. Board a private jet from Bangkok to Phuket, chauffeured limousine service to 8-Bedroom Similan Villa, the resort’s largest and most luxurious residence. Enjoy a martini (shaking but not stirring) from your personal butler before gifting him with a real golden pistol from the 1974 movie. A glamorous yacht cruise on Phang Nga Bay where The Man with the Golden Gun was filmed, and to top it all off Bond, pouring Krug champagne.
Shop till you drop
Phuket’s famous Sunday street market on Old Thalang Road has something for everyone, from secondhand goods, clothing, souvenirs, and the best part is the amazing selection of local food. Even if you’re not going to buy, the charged atmosphere and historic setting are sure to captivate.
Get back to nature
Hike into the last virgin rainforest in Khao Phra Theo National Park. The rainforest is known for its many birds and wildlife, but the main attraction is Bang Pae Falls, offering a cool swimming spot after a long walk.
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