Phuket Travel Information
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Scuba Diving :
Phuket is the center the scuba diving buisness. Popular locations for
diving include Similan, Surin and Phi Phi islands. Instruction and equipment
are available at the main beaches, with teachers of various nationalities.
Beginner courses are inexpensive, so if you have never learned to scuba
dive, Phuket is a great place to learn.
Swimming : Swimming at some beaches during the monsoon season is not recommended. Look for posted signs and flags indicating conditions for safe swimming ; if the red flag is flying, do not go swimming in the ocean!
Sailing : Most classes of boat - from dinghies to yachts are available for rent.
Wind Surfing : Boards may be rented by the hour, half-day, full day, or week at most major beaches.
Deep Sea Fishing : Many tarvel agents operate deep sea fishing tours with well equipped fishing boats. Consult a tour agent for details.
Sea Canoeing : Touring the limestone caverns in Phang Nga Bay is an unforgettable experience. Inflatable canoes squeeze into the inner sea of the island. Tour packages include all transportaion and lunch.
Golf : Phuket has top golf courses with service that makes it a worldwide center for golf lovers.
Tours of Phuket Town : the architecture and history of Phuket Town are examined during a guided tour of the town's historic center.
Horseback Riding : Guided tour tours on horseback are another way to relax while sight-seeing.
Mountain Biking : It 's easier than it looks Anyone can enjoy himself on a mountain bike, which has gearing sufficient to take the mightiest incline.
and Thai Massage : are available in a variety of price ranges
and levels of expertise.
Paintball : Play at war with guns that shoot paint instead of lead. Loads of fun.
Monkey School : at Chalong, show times are 11:00, 14:00, 16:00 daily except Friday
Snake Farms and Cobra Shows : are located at Chalong and Patong.
Large department stores are located in Phuket Town and Patong, and a smaller one is in Thalang Town; they have a broad range of what is available in Thailand, both imported and domestic. Tailors' shops are everywhere ; labour costs are inexpensive so a handmade suit is an attractive purchase. Tailors supply the cloth, or you can select your own from one of the many cloth merchants on Thalang Rd., in Phuket Town.Department stores :
Pearls, baltiks, and pewter ware
are Phuket's best known products. Shops that specialize in these are found
on Rasada Rd.; Phang-nga Rd., Montri Rd., Yaowarat Rd., and Tilok Unit
I Rd., in town and Tourist beaches such as Patong, Kata, Karon and Rawai.
has a number of foods different in character and flavour from those of
other areas in Thailand. The international character of the island, however,
with so many different restaurants catering to a multitude of tastes,
makes it difficult for non-Thais to identify Phuket cuisine. Below is
a list of dishes and shops where they can be sampled.
Mee Ao Geh
on Phunphol Rd., in Phuket Town. Yellow noodles are also cooked in both
"dry" and "wet" versions, and as a prawn soup. For these try :
Mee Huhn Pah Chahng
Dry Fried noodles eaten with pork bone soup. For this try (all in Phuket
Mee Sue Breakfast noodles served with the boiled rice dishes Khao Tohm or Johk. This can be ordered at various shops around town, but the best known in Phuket Town is : - Kou Kwan near Ruampaet Hospital on Phuket Rd.
Kanohm Jin Phuket
Noodles often compared to spaghetti usually served with a spicy curry
sauce, the most common
made from fish. It is usually eaten as a breakfast food and is, if you
can stand its fresh character, delicious. It comes with an array of fresh
vegetables and boiled eggs that are mixed with the dish by dinners at
their table. It is often found with the fried pastry called Pah Tong Go
and the curried fish mousse called Hor Mohk, both of which are very tasty.
Some of the curries are not spicy, so try a shop that has many curries
to choose from if you are sensitive to spicy cuisine. There are many shops
to choose from everywhere in Phuket but the most famous are in Phuket
Fried sausages served with fried tofu and spicy sweet and sour sauce.
For this try (In Phuket Town) :
Oysters fried with flour, eggs, and taro root. The best known places
in Phuket Town are :
Tao Sor or Kanohm Bia Phuket Spring rolls, Chinese crepes. The best known are found at: - Kaeng Tin near Ruam Paet Hospital on Phuket Rd.
Oh Aew An iced sweet made of flour, banana, and a little seaweed. Look for it at : - On Soi Soon Utit, Yaowarat Rd. - On Ranong Rd., at the entrance to Soi Lorong
Other foods held to be characteristic of Phuket include cashew nuts, which are planted along many of Phuket's highways, and pineapples--though to be crisper and sweeter than elsewhere.
try at :
Pineapples can be purchased in the Fresh Market, and are found generally.