Phuket is well known for many beautiful beaches and gorgeous islands. When you see images of these amazing places on the internet or in a magazine, it may be hard to believe that the emerald-colored water and the white sandy beaches are real. When people purchase a one-day Phuket tour package, it is usually comprised of a trip to one of the famous islands: Koh Phang Nga, Koh Phi Phi, and Koh Similan. These islands are very popular among foreign tourists and it’s no surprise that some people decided to settle down here. If you walk around the town of Koh Phang Nga, it almost doesn’t look like Thailand because most of the people you see are foreigners. You might spot a few Thais who are shopkeepers but if you glance around you’ll see mainly foreigners. The seaside is a terrific way to spend your island vacation, but if you want to explore other natural attractions around Phuket, try Ton Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary in Phang Nga province located north of Phuket.
Ton Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary is a vast area of protected forest complex that houses rare species of birds and flowers. The most iconic element in this sanctuary is the Ton Pariwat Waterfall. You might have to do a bit of trekking to get there but the trip is worth the sweat. The waterfall is simply breathtaking, perfect for taking pictures. You could even take a dip in the cool refreshing pool or just sit and relax at the shallow part of the water and admire the school of fish that swim by. For many people, a good tour in Phuket means spending time on the beach. Although beaches are awesome, a waterfall will give you a different feel that is just as awesome. The best part of this? Less tourists so you’ll get a chance to take in the spacious view.
Aside from the waterfall and endangered bird species, Ton Pariwat is also known for their elephants. Try elephant trekking that will take you on the back of an elephant through the jungle and river of Ton Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary. You’ll ride on an elephant and see things from higher places. However, be advised that it could be a bumpy ride. After your ride, the next thing you could do is to bathe baby elephants. You will be in the river with the elephants so be prepared to get sprayed with water. For the elephant keepers, giving bath to elephants is a chore. But for the visitors, it is so much fun! Not to mention, the adorable animals will love a little pampering time.
Another great activity not to be missed is white water rafting. If you’re up for a little thrill, this is for you. You will navigate the gushing river in an inflatable raft with a guide, a lifeguard, and other raft mates. There will be couple of paddles onboard and it’s up to you and the whole team to make sure the raft doesn’t crash into rocks or capsizes in the water. There will be unavoidable screams and laughter as you and your team fight the obstacles on the rushing river. As with most outdoor activities in Thailand, make sure you put on sunblock, and also don’t forget to bring a towel and spare clothing because you will get wet.