It probably comes as no surprise that Phuket is a very popular tourist destination. The island received a lot of media attention on December 26, 2004 when a deadly tsunami hit, creating havoc and destroying many lives and properties on the island. Although the tourism and fishing industry have suffered greatly from this natural disaster, the island was able to recuperate and continues to rise in popularity. Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and it is home to many beautiful beaches and mini islands. Most people come to Phuket to enjoy beach activities like swimming, snorkeling, parasailing and banana boat riding but the island has much more to offer as you will discover below. If you’ve never been to Phuket before or are simply looking for some inspiration, here’s our list of six non-beach things to do in Phuket.
What do you usually eat for breakfast? Porridge? Eggs and ham? A piece of toast and coffee maybe? In Thailand, people eat all sorts of breakfast. Some eat a Western style breakfast that includes eggs, coffee, and toast. Others eat congee (rice porridge), and there are some people who eat a heavy breakfast consisting of sticky rice, grilled pork on a stick, and stir-fry vegetables. The people in Phuket eat a variety of breakfast but their traditional breakfast is kanom-jeen-naam-yaa. Kanom-jeen is fermented rice noodles served with fresh vegetables and naam-yaa. Naam-yaa is the curry that you pour over the fermented rice noodles. There are different kinds of curry you could choose to pour over your kanom-jeen. Some of them are sweet and some are spicy. Kanom-jeen-naam-yaa is usually served in a small dish so you may have to order a second (or third) helping in order to fill you up.
Phuket Botanic Garden is a terrific place for children and adults to learn about plants. This garden has more than 30 different zones and each zone concentrates on different species of plants, herbs, and fruits. Have your camera ready because there will be plenty of photos for you to snap!
This vast bird park has over 80 species of birds from all over the world. If you think birds are boring then you have to come to this park and see what nifty acts they can perform for you. Phuket Bird Park is designed in such a way that it imitates the bird’s natural habitat, for example the park is very wide and there are many trees and plants growing everywhere. However, there is still a net and fence encompassing the perimeter, so even though many of the birds are not cooped up inside a tiny cage, but they are still not fully free either. This is a little something to keep in mind if you’ve decided to visit the bird park.
Get up close and personal with five adorable dolphins and two furry sea lions. Phuket Dolphin Show is not only for showcasing sea creatures do tricks, but audiences will have a chance to interact with them as well. If you choose the front row, one of the sea lions may come up and plant a wet kiss on you!
Siam Niramit Phuket is a cultural show that will blow your mind. It is dazzling, it is colossal, and it is amazing. Make sure to put this as part of your things to do in Phuket agenda because not only will you see a show that depicts Thailand’s historical and spiritual heritage, you will get to enjoy authentic Thai buffet as well.
Do you like bizarre art? Then this museum is for you. The Trickeye Museum is an interactive 3D art museum that lets you strike a pose in front of paintings and depending on the angle of your camera and the person doing the pose, it will appear like the painting is popping out from the wall. There is a museum with a similar concept in Pattaya called Art in Paradise.