Famous Nightclubs in Bangla Road




Seduction Nightclub

Seduction Nightclub is the largest discotheque in Patong Beach. Located right on the main nightlife entertainment strip of the most popular resort in Phuket, it is found on the second floor of Seduction Complex – a nightlife entertainment complex with five separate venues – and can host a large crowd of dancers and partygoers (up to 3,000!). Modern and chic, Seduction Nightclub is the perfect place for young visitors to Phuket planning for a long night out to dancing to the most trendy commercial beats, having fun with friends, meeting people, and partying ‘til they drop. Professionally managed, all the actors involved in the Seduction operation – DJs, dancers, bartenders, waitresses, and security guards – ensure that everyone will enjoy a safe and fun night here.

Regarding entertainment, exciting dance and trapeze shows are regularly performed throughout the night by pretty and talented dancers. Seduction also invites top-name DJs from around the world such as Skrillex, David Morales, Calvin Harris, Goldie and several Bangkok big-name spinners. The music played at Seduction is mostly energetic commercial dance music. The club attracts a hi-so crowd and has many more foreign patrons than Thais. The attention to high quality creates an atmosphere pretty similar to any good discotheque in Europe or the United States of America. Seduction is a very safe place to party: the security service is as discreet as it is efficient and all the staff – from bartenders to waitresses – offer a top-notch service.

Opening Hours: 22:00 – 04:00 daily

Location: Toward the eastern end of Bangla Road, opposite Moulin Rouge

Tel: +66 (0)7 634 3173



White Room Nightclub

White Room Nightclub is an old and well-known name on Patong Beach’s famous Bangla Road, but one which has undergone a major reboot, providing a large, chic and modern party space. The first-class lighting rigs and sound systems – along with top talents on the decks – make it a fantastic place to party while the décor and design give it a degree of sophistication. The impressively large dance floor in the middle of the long room is filled with trendy young dancers by a good mix of the latest R&B, Hip Hop, Dance and House music. Closer to the entrance, before the floor, is the main bar and seating. Beers and house pours from the exotic blue-lit bar start at 120 baht.

True to its name, the interior of White Room Nightclub is mostly white, which gets washed with colour from the state-of-the-art light system. The dress code sets the mood of the place and demands a smart, classy look – as does the resident club photographer. If you show up in a Chang Beer singlet, you will be turned away. The drinks choice is similarly classy, with the star drinks packages including Belvedere vodka and Cristal Champagne. The emphasis on sophistication does slightly tone down the wildness of the parties and the dance floor will perhaps not be as packed as other venues along Bangla Road, but the great music still gets people moving. For the most urbane and refined experience on the street, White Room Nightclub is the place to go.

Opening Hours: 22:00 – late

Location: Soi Gonzo, off Bangla Road, Patong Beach

Tel: +66 (0)81 582 1756


Price Range: Free entry

Illuzion Show & Discotheque

Illuzion Show & Discotheque is one of the most impressive night spots in the most popular resort town in Phuket – Patong Beach. Located in the heart of the nightlife entertainment area – Bangla Road – Illuzion is set on the second storey of a large building which also hosts Ocean Plaza Patong on its first floor. Equipped with the latest first-rate sound and lighting equipment, Illuzion is a surprising venue able to hold almost any type of event. From standard dance club rocked by house music and special guest DJ live performances to Las Vegas-style shows performed by local and international professional dancers, Illuzion can suit a wide range of partygoers’ tastes.

Summing up, Illuzion Show & Discotheque should be on the bucket-list of every reveller visiting Patong Beach for the quality of the entertainment they provide and for the high-standing style of the venue. With skilled management, efficient security service, gentle staff and proper emergency exits, Illuzion is really an agreeable and safe place to party in Patong.
Illuzion Discotheque

Opening Hours: 22:00 – late

Location: 31 Bangla Road, Patong Beach

Remarks: Children are allowed in the venue until the end of the show

Tel: +66 (0)98 024 6369, +66 (0)7 668 3030


Tiger Disco

Tiger Disco is a huge entertainment complex located on Patong Beach’s infamous Bangla Road. Opened in 2013, after the previous Tiger Disco situated on the other side of the road burned at the end of 2012, this venue has learned from its mistakes and nowadays offers a perfectly safe environment for partygoers. You simply can’t miss Tiger Disco: the imposing complex covers some 5,000sqm on three floors. The building is fitted out with stone-like cement décor with large concrete tigers overlooking the street from the second floor. The place offers at least three types of entertainment: girl hunting (or being hunted by girls, according to one’s character and taste), pool, and partying to live music.

You reach the second storey by a staircase located on the left-hand side of the building’s exterior. Security guards check bags before allowing people to get up there. The large room in which you enter at the top of the stairs has two bars, a few pool tables, and even an ATM machine in case you run out of cash. It’s pretty quiet as the music coming from downstairs is muted by the thickness of the cement floors. At the back of the room stands the entrance to the discotheque itself. The disco is opened from 22:00 to 03:00 and the entrance fee is 200 baht (including one free drink). Tiger Disco itself is a large, rather dark room flanked by bars on each side, and dozens of high round tables with bar stools occupy the central part. Here again, big tiger statues make up the décor. A live band plays on a stage at the back of the room and facing the stage, you’ll see a staircase leading up to a third storey on which stands the DJ booth. Behind the DJ booth are a dozen pool tables and you can observe the second-floor goings on from this floor. Summing up, Tiger Disco is a well-thought-out entertainment complex for those who want to party in a safe environment with a large number of security guards and well signaled emergency exits. You can spend an entire evening there: dinner and pool game at Tiger Pool Club, a few drinks at one of the first floor’s bars, then dancing the night away at the second floor… Have fun!
New Tiger Disco

Opening Hours: 18:00 – 03:00

Location: Next to Seduction Complex, Bangla Road, Patong

Tel: +66 (0)94 845 6241


VIP Room

VIP Room Patong Beach brings a bit of class to the beach end of Phuket’s most famous nightlife hub – Bangla Road. With a classy look from the red carpeted entrance to the luxurious VVIP section, it is one of the smartest nightclubs on the street. Opening its doors for the first time in early November 2015, VIP Room Patong Beach replaces the highly popular Hollywood Discotheque, which formed the upper floor of Soi Easy. The entrance is up a flight of stairs by the beginning of the soi, which has a red carpet running from street level right up to the door, with a small team of friendly and professional guards about halfway up. Once inside, you will find a surprisingly long single-room club, spanning a total of 1,200 square metres. The majority of the space is taken with tables and stools, with sofas along the left-hand wall and a long bar along the right. Even though it looks high class, there is no strict dress code (though it is always a good idea to dress to impress!).

Other drinks at VIP Room Patong Beach include a standard selection of cocktails (250 baht each), local and international beers (150 – 250 baht), alcopops (150 – 250 baht), shots (100 – 200 baht) and wine (110 baht per glass, 1,500 baht per bottle). VIP Room Patong Beach is a very different nightclub to the famous Hollywood Discotheque it is replacing. However, it adds a much-needed touch of style and sophistication to a part of Soi Bangla which is mostly known for simple beer bars and budget food.

VIP Room

Opening Hours: 22:00 – late

Location: Above Soi Easy, Bangla Road, Patong

Tel: +66 (0)98 039 5446




Famous Bangla Road in Patong

Bangla Road really comes to life once the sun sets. The road is closed to vehicle traffic and becomes a 400 metre festival of neon lights, loud music, cheap beer and sexy girls. Jammed most nights of the year, it is quite a friendly and lively place to walk around as bars and clubs compete with each other for customers. If you’re looking for a fun night out in Phuket, Bangla Road should be your first (and, often, only) stop. Almost all of the bars are outdoors, so the music from each one blends into a deafening mess of sound. Beer bars occupy most of the street’s length, with several go-go bars and a few pubs, restaurants, discos and shops rounding out the attractions, both on Soi Bangla and down its side streets. Street performances are also common most nights, which can make dodging around the tailor shop salesmen, leaflet distributors, street vendors and ping pong show touts more difficult, but it is all part of the fun.

The main road itself can be roughly divided into three sections, each with its own particular atmosphere:

1.The end of Soi Bangla which is furthest from the beach and closest to Rat-U-Thit Road and Jungceylon Shopping Centre is home to most of the biggest and best nightclubs in Phuket, including the Seduction Complex, Tiger Disco and Illuzion. At the entrance to the street, you’ll find live music at Red Hot and lightly-clad ladies at Rock Hard, many more of whom you will also find at the tightly-packed beer bar complexes of the old and new Tiger bars, which are right across the road from each other. Soi Vegas and Soi Tiger spit off the northern side of this part of Bangla Road while Patong Promenade is accessible to the south, down Soi Food Court.

2.Head further west, towards the large LED screen at roughly the half-way point down Bangla Road, and you will find the mid-range part of the street. There are many more touts here and they are often more direct, sometimes blocking your path to accost you and try to convince you to enter their establishment or buy their wares. You will find most of the go-go bars along Bangla Road here (and many more in Soi Seadragon, which splits off the northern side of the road, opposite Soi Patong Resort), including L’Amour and Upstairs A Go-Go. You will also find probably the best live music bars in the street, including the extremely popular Monsoon. This part of Bangla Road has the most shopping options, particularly in Bangla Mall on the northern side of the road and Soi Patong Resort on the southern side.

3.The beach end of Bangla Road – starting from Soi Freedom – is the most easy-going part. The southern side of the road is lined almost exclusively with beer bars, including Moon Bar, Sunset Bar, Kangaroo Bar and Shipwreck Bar. Most have their own unique atmosphere and style, but they are mostly very friendly and both the patrons and the girls serving them are generally older than those at the other end of the street. Across the road are some of Bangla Road’s most notable establishments, including the huge Aussie Bar at the head of Soi Gonzo and VIP Room Patong at the top of Soi Easy. You will also find ladyboy cabaret dancers posing for photos around here, directing people towards the nearby Moulin Rose cabaret show. The beach end of the street is taken entirely by shops, selling suits, souvenirs and fast food. It is also common to find street performances here.

Soi SeaDragon

Soi Sea Dragon is the hottest street in Patong’s nightlife scene. It was upgraded in 2012 with the addition of a lofty roof – highly welcome in low season – which makes it look like a huge booze-and-body emporium. Soi Sea Dragon is a 100m long lane comprising something like 46 bars (mostly beer bars and go-go bars), a souvenir shop, a guesthouse (good luck getting a decent night’s sleep there…), a tattoo parlour, and a hairdresser. The central part of the soi is dedicated to beer bars, which are built in an unusual two-storey design, with the smaller bars located on the upper floor often having nothing to do with the one downstairs. Butterfly Bar, Bangla Sexy 9 Bar, Hangover Bar, Nida’s Bar, Drinks & Dreams Bar are just a few of their names. The Octopus Sports & Pool Bar – a two-storey drinking palace near Bangla Road – also deserves to be mentioned for its amusing ‘Husband Day-Care’ signboard hanging above the entrance door.

Summing up, Soi Sea Dragon is ‘where the action is’ in Patong Beach. It is difficult to miss on the northern side of Bangla Road, opposite Soi Patong Resort. If you can make it through the gauntlet of amorous ladies, you will find a small entrance right at the back. This leads to a narrow L-shaped road, providing a link between Bangla Road and Thaweewong Road (Beach Road), with the Kee Resort, its rooftop restaurant and conveniently-located underground parking at the corner.

Soi Freedom

Soi Freedom is one of the busiest streets to split off Phuket’s main nightlife hub – Bangla Road. The next street closer to the beach from Soi Seadragon, it is found roughly opposite Soi Lao and is lined with beer bars on either side, creating a gauntlet of bright neon lights, loud music and hostesses keen to drag you onto a bar stool – sometimes physically. Up until the end of 2013, the street was known as Soi Eric and may still occasionally be known by that name. It used to be notably different from the likes of Soi Tiger because the music for the whole street was set by a single DJ, making it less of a chaotic mess of conflicting beats. It was perhaps the decision to give each bar the freedom to play their own selection of music which led to the new name of the soi.
With so little to differentiate one bar from the next, it is perhaps not that surprising that the venues closer to the entrance of Soi Freedom are more successful than those at the end of the 80m street. This means that places like Sharky’s and Smiley Bar (which are on the left and right of the entrance respectively) as well as Tao Bangla Bar, Lucky Bar and the eponymous Freedom Bar are more popular than the Hangover Bar, Kiran Bar and Little Devils Bar. There are a couple of advantages to drinking at one of the places at the very end of Soi Freedom. You will see a small stage down there and, every now and again, you might even see a live act on it, but you won’t stand a chance of hearing it from any of the bars at the Bangla Road end. You will also find a public toilet down a short alley at the end, to the left of the stage.

Soi Vegas

Soi Vegas is the first of the side streets to split off Bangla Road from the Rat-U-Thit Road, closest to Jungceylon Shopping Mall. It is home to an interesting mix of mostly adult attractions, which is doubtless what gives it its other common nickname – Soi Happy. The street itself, being rather dimly lit, looks quite dark and gloomy. What lights there are consist mostly of the neon frontages of go-go and beer bars, with the star attraction being the Money Night A Go Go along the right-hand side (if you’re entering from Bangla Road). Home of the infamous ‘ping pong show’, among others, it is probably the most extreme of the adult entertainment establishments in Patong. The drinks prices are similarly extreme and are known to vary from night to night. If you question the price with service staff (politely), they might give you a ‘special’ discount.

The entrance to Soi Vegas is flanked by Tao Live Music Bar on the right and Moulin Rouge Russian A Go Go on the left. Moulin Rouge is widely regarded as the best club for seeing Caucasian dancers, but drinks prices are significantly higher than the venues which feature local talent. Other notable attractions to be found in Soi Vegas include the Belvedere Luxury Club, a guesthouse, a hairdressers and public toilets.

Soi Vegas

Location: Between Moulin Rouge and Tao Bar, near the Rat-U-Thit Road end of Bangla Road, Patong

Soi Gonzo

Soi Gonzo is one of the streets situated on Bangla Road in Patong Beach. You can’t miss its entrance as it is framed by the huge and long-established Aussie Bar. Once past the Aussie Bar you find a corridor-like lane flanked by seven beer bars on each side. Soi Gonzo is a dead-end street with the smallest discotheque in Patong Beach, The White Room, at its end. Basically, Aussie Bar and the White Room are the two places of interest in Soi Gonzo, no offense meant, but Soi Gonzo’s beer bars do not display more outstanding attraction than the 100 or so similar watering holes in the other sois off Bangla Road with the same beers and girls you wouldn’t take home to mother.

Soi Easy

Soi Easy is the first of the sois to split off Bangla Road in Patong if you enter the famous nightlife hub from the beach end. Starting about 80m from that end of the street and on your left (the southern side), roughly opposite Kangaroo Bar, it is home to one of Phuket’s most sophisticated nightclubs, a live music bar and a large food court serving mostly Thai dishes. The street is located directly underneath VIP Room Patong Beach nightclub (formerly Hollywood Discotheque). Getting particularly lively after midnight and into the early morning, the club has a very classy style from the red-carpetted steps to the left of the entrance to Soi Easy all the way to the extra-special VIP section at the back of the club, behind a unique circular DJ’s stage where you will find great local and international talents playing EDM and house tunes.

Right at the end of Soi Easy is the one final vestige of what the street used to be. Somewhat incongruous on what is otherwise quite a family-friendly place is the entrance to The Secret Ago-go. It is one of the more upscale venues of its kind, with a 500 baht entrance fee and expensive drinks prices, though it also boasts the most professional shows performed by girls of above-average beauty. Soi Easy is entirely covered since it is located directly underneath VIP Room Patong Beach, so it is a good place to shelter from any sudden rainfall. It is also one of the quieter spots along Soi Bangla, so it makes a comfortable refuge if you are feeling overwhelmed with the loud music, girls, neon lights and booze, giving you a restful place to recharge and refuel before heading back into the fray!

Soi Lao

Soi Lao is a virtually unknown among visitors to Patong’s Bangla Road due to its narrow and nondescript entrance and total lack of bars or clubs. It is, however, quite a popular alley with the local Thais, who come to enjoy great, cheap Thai food away from the crowds. Hidden in plain sight, roughly opposite Soi Freedom, a lit-up sign pointing to the public toilets at the end of the small alley is the only real notice that the place even exists. It also gives Soi Lao its common nickname of “Soi Hong Nam” (and sometimes also the English translation: “Soi Toilet”). Some maps show the street by the more appealing but just as accurate name of “Food Alley”.

Past Chiangrai Seafood, you will find a space commonly used as a motorbike parking place, followed by the toilets which give the place its nickname. These cost 10 baht to use and are about as clean as you could expect of a public convenience on Bangla Road. If you want to find Soi Lao, look out for the tour operator’s stall next to the illuminated “Toilet” sign on the southern side of Bangla Road (that’s the left, if you’re looking towards the beach).



Beaches in Patong , Kata , Karon

Patong Beach is the most popular destination in Phuket Island. The resort town is mostly renowned for its three-kilometre long beach and for its tremendous and hectic nightlife, but there are also a good number of natural and manmade attractions and sites that add to Patong’s appeal. Discover our Top 10 Attractions in (and near) Patong Beach, from its infamous nightlife’s heart – Bangla Road, to its attractive and secluded beaches – Freedom and Paradise – to its waterfall and rain forests, to the Kathu Mining Museum, there is something interesting to see and do for everyone at Patong Beach, Phuket.

1.Patong Beach

Patong is the most famous beach resort on Phuket. With its wide variety of activities and nightlife, Patong is an ideal place to party and play. By night the town has a bustling nightlife which includes literally hundreds of restaurants, beer bars, Go Go Bars and of course night clubs. The nightlife is centred around Soi Bangla (Bangla Road) however there are quiet parts of town. Visitors hoping for a glimpse into the exotic East might not find it here, though the steaming hot streets, neon lights and chaotic atmosphere of Patong can be overwhelming for the new arrival. The key to full enjoyment of the place is to pace yourself, drink lots of water and learn the meaning of ‘mai pen rai’ – which translates roughly to ‘It doesn’t matter’ or ‘Don’t worry, be happy’.

2.Karon Beach

Karon features the third longest beach on Phuket Island. Located on the west coast, between Patong to the north and Kata (with which it shares a common municipality) to the south, Karon Beach is the second favourite holiday destination in Phuket. The beach itself has excellent snorkelling (and even diving) spots at its southern end and is wide enough for beachgoers to never feel crowded. It features three main areas, each with their own assets: Karon Centre is a lively small city in which visitors can find a good choice of dining, shopping, and nightlife entertainment opportunities as well as a beautiful Buddhist temple hosting a weekly market. Karon Beach road is ideal for taking an evening stroll and is mostly occupied by large resorts interrupted by restaurants and shops (including the popular Karon Bazaar). The third main area of Karon is centred around Luang Poh Chuan Road, towards the southern end of the beach, which houses excellent restaurants and the ‘hottest’ nightlife spot of the resort town.

3.Kata Beach


The pleasant bay of Kata, just a few minutes south of Karon Beach, entices and charms many visitors with its white sands and clear waters. Very popular with families, Kata is an all round favourite due to its spectacular palm-lined beach, great restaurants, lively but not raucous nightlife and varied accommodation options – all close to the beach. From May to October surfers flock to catch Kata’s waves and from November to April the beach is alive with sunseekers. Kata is split into two focal areas: Kata Centre, which is at the northern end close to Karon and Kata South, home to several resorts. Visitors will find an abundance of shops to browse in, from souvenir and ready-to-wear outlets, to 7-Elevens and local mini-marts, to name-brand fashion stores.

4.Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach lies just north of the lights and noise of Patong and is a quieter stretch of sand with a more relaxed feel. This well-enclosed bay and fishing village surrounded by forested hills is one of the most beautiful places in Phuket. With its quieter pace, over the last few years, Kamala has become a favoured spot for retirees and other longer-term visitors staying in small hotels, villas and apartment rentals around the village. On the headland to the south, are a number of luxury villa developments, with great views of Kamala Bay and beyond along its winding road. Whilst Kamala doesn’t attract tourists in the same numbers as other places it has a certain niche, those who do come say ‘we like it just the way it is, don’t tell anyone as they’ll all come and spoil it’.

5.Surin Beach

Naturally beautiful Surin is known as ‘Millionaire’s Row’ due the the top-end celebrity haunts amongst the luxury resorts there, including Amanpuri, Twinpalms and The Surin. They stand alongside the US$ 1 million+ houses that dominate the prime spots on top of the hills overlooking the Andaman Sea. Although popular with tourists, it’s not a busy resort town and is more like a coastal village. Fine white sand and turquoise water has ensured that the picturesque beach is very popular with tourists and Thais alike. The whole area is awash with high-end hotels and housing which, in turn, has created opportunities for high-end restaurants and wine bars.

6.Nai Harn Beach

Nai Harn is one of the island’s most popular places with in-the-know locals. This relatively tranquil place has only a few hotels including the The Royal Phuket Yacht Club and is a popular anchorage for boats during the high season. Great for swimming from November to April, care should be take in the low season (May-October) when there can be strong undertows. The local restaurants just above the beach make a great place to relax with a sundowner. Further south is Ya Nui, a sandy cove that attracts snorkelers and divers. Another out-of-the way spot nearby is the tiny beach of Ao Sane, a great spot for snorkeling, reached by taking the road that starts at The Royal Phuket Yacht Club car park.

7.Kata Noi Beach

This cosy little bay is found at the end of a beachside cul-de-sac, just a few minutes’ drive over the hill from Kata beach. There’s not much to do in Kata Noi apart from admiring the wonderful scenery, which is precisely the point of coming here. Relax, take a walk along the soft sands, snorkel or swim. It’s long been a popular spot for surfers in the monsoon season of May to October, though swimming can be dangerous during this period. The popular Kata Viewpoint, offering a stunning vista across the three bays of Karon, Kata and Kata Noi, is only a five-minute drive along a winding road towards Nai Harn.








Markets and Shopping In Patong

Markets in Patong

1.Banzaan Market

Many visitors will enjoy exploring Banzaan Market in Patong, a modern-looking Thai fresh market on Sai Kor Road, right behind the megamall Jungceylon. Basically, you can get anything that one would expect from a local market here but in a much more pleasant environment. Prices are reasonable. The Banzaan Market is the brainchild of a well-known Phuket family who sought to offer shoppers an alternative experience other than visiting a typical local market. The word ‘banzaan’ means fresh market in Hokkien, a Chinese dialect popular among many overseas Chinese communities throughout Southeast Asia.

The big upstairs food court features a comfortable and clean dining space with quick service. The menu consists mainly of Thai food, so don’t expect KFC or fast food of any kind but lunch here will probably cost you less than 100 baht. Also, there are many small kiosks selling clothes, shoes, children’s toys, gifts, artificial orchids and other types of flowers. Also, in a unique twist, Banzaan Market is also home to a radio station, Smooth Smile FM 105MHz that broadcasts daily from 06:00 – 02:00. Another important building at Banzaan is a small but attractive Chinese shrine called Hok Siean Tua located at the front of the market. Though founded only in January 2011, it has quickly become a popular spiritual centre for many Patong residents, especially during the annual Vegetarian Festival. Overall, Banzaan Market comes across as a friendly neighborhood market in Phuket. Go see it for yourself!

Opening Hours: Daily from 07:00 – 17:00

Location: On Sai Kor Road, right behind the Jungceylon megamall in Patong

2.Malin Plaza Patong

The highlight of the market is the impressive array of food stands in front of the roofed area. These serve up anything from Thai street food classics to fried chicken and chips, crepes, fresh ice cream, sushi, 90-baht cocktails and fresh fruit. There are some stalls which specialise in halal food, which is also available at the Al Basha Restaurant, which is to one side of Malin Plaza Patong. The Italian Da Mario Restaurant is next door to that. The food throughout the market is very good, by street food standards, is safe and cheap for Patong.

Malin Plaza Patong is one of three in a chain of such markets (the others being in Chiang Mai and Mahasarakham). It is a good place for newcomers to experience Thai street food at great prices and to spend the money you just saved on dining on good quality souvenirs, which you can peruse in relative comfort. It is found by the side of the southernmost main road in Patong, between the exits for Rat-U-Thit Road and Sai Kor Road, with its glowing blue sign being impossible to miss.
Opening Hours: 14:00 – 24:00

Location: Prachanukhro Road, South Patong Beach Tel: +66 (0)93 324 7888

3.Royal Paradise Night Market – Phuket

Paradise Night Market, like many other markets and malls in Patong, has developed and cleaned up its act over the years. Nowadays this nightly market (18:00 – 23:00) has blossomed into at least 100 stores and you can browse through items ranging from mobile phone covers, sun hats, cushion and bedcovers, lamps, and beachwear and of course much more. The market ‘begins’ along busy Rat-U-Thit Road outside the towering Royal Paradise Hotel and turns to snake through the middle aisle (or ‘soi’ in Thai) of the three Royal Paradise Hotel entrance sois.

Apart from the evening breezes, there is no cooling ventilation at Paradise Night Market so make sure you dress light and wear a smile as you bargain, and speaking of prices unless they are clearly marked most vendors will assess your spending power by the way you look and from where you come. The language problem is not so prevalent here as many of the traders are from neighbouring countries and speak English quite well – and will assist if you come across a non-English-speaking Thai vendor. As this is the central soi it’s not too far to wander through to the other sois and have a snack and a beer at one of the many bars and pubs that line Soi Paradise and there are some excellent seafood restaurants diagonally opposite the market on Rat-U-Thit Road.

Opening Hours: Daily from 18:00 – 22:00

Location: In front of the Royal Paradise Hotel


Phuket Town Central Market

Located on ranong road , apart from the two fresh market here – talad sod satarana and downtown market

Ranong road is also famous for being the local bus station its link phuket town to most of Phuket beaches from 07.00 – 18.00 , about 20-30 bath to beach .

Opening hour : 05.00 -11.00 daily

Downtown Market is located in a soi on the right side of the one way ranong road , about 100m from the entrance of the street linking ranong and krabi roads .

Kata Market

Also know as kata porpeang market , ( talad nad for market open twice or thrice in a week , talad sod for market open daily ) , located on kata road opposite the chaca Phuket resort

Opening hours : 11.00 – 21.00 every Monday and Thursday

Kamala Village Market

Also known as ‘’ kamala talad nat ‘’ held on Wednesday and Saturday at bottom of the hill that separate kamala from patog , along the main road . known as fantasia market

Opening hour : 15.00 – 19.30

Lacation opposite Bangkok bank on kamala main road .

Cherng Talay Market

Located right opposite cherng talay police station , on the road that leads to the laguna Phuket complex of hotel

Opening hour : afternoon – 20.00 on Wednesday and Sunday


4.Patong OTOP Shopping Paradise in Phuket

Patong’s OTOP market stands along Rat-U-Thit Road directly opposite Dusit D2 Phuket and Hard Rock Café and is fairly quiet during the day and early evening. It’s only when the OTOP’s bars start to fill up (and there are a lot of them) that the market begins to get going. One of the reasons for this market’s popularity is that stall owners here rarely hassle passersby and there’s very little of the hard sell used by Soi Bangla and Beach Road traders. At OTOP you can combine a night drinking out at the (mostly Aussie) bars that line the alleys while getting your holiday shopping done. In short, it’s a fun and an unusual place to be. For serious shopaholics it’s good to know that there’s a money exchange bureau at the corner of the market on the main road along with several ATMs. Also along the well-lit alleyways you’ll find several restaurants, mobile food carts, and even a designated whiskey shop as well as a Black Canyon coffee outlet.

Items include purses, mobile phones and accessories, electronic gear such as iPods and headphones, pirated smart phones, mini-lasers, watches, fashion T-shirts at a fraction of the cost back home, travel bags (both hard and soft), toothpick holders, mugs, boxer shorts, beer-themed singlets (a must for most male shoppers), socks, baseball caps, basketball outfits, sports shoes, flip-flops, sunglasses, floppy sun hats, silly hats (but, rather disappointingly, no ‘Kiss Me Quick’ ones).

Opening Hours: 10:00 – late

Location: Opposite Hard Rock Café Phuket and Destination Patong Hotel on Rat-U-Thit Road

5.SB Plaza

SB Plaza in Phuket is a great place to pick up budget souvenirs in Patong. Conveniently located right in the heart of the city, between the expansive (and, generally, expensive) Jungceylon Shopping Centre and the Sleep With Me Design Hotel along Rat-U-Thit Road, it has quite an impressive choice of small market-type stalls selling a variety of wares. For the most part, the goods on sale at SB Plaza are far from unique – you can get effectively the same stuff at any of Phuket’s many markets, as well as right across Thailand. This includes clothing, bags, luggage, swimwear, fake sports apparel, questionable Thai silk products, a small selection of electrical goods and various souvenirs. The prices are also pretty similar. For example, the cost of a t-shirt starts at around 100 baht, though most prices can be haggled down, particularly if you buy more items at once.

There are a few unique aspects to SB Plaza in Phuket. A few of the stalls have quite a unique and remarkable range of items, including one selling what you could charitably call “army surplus-style” gear. There are several enclosed and air-conditioned stores, selling higher-quality goods including locally-produced snacks and treats as well as a couple of tattoo shops and a couple of tailor shops. There is also a choice of restaurants, selling mostly Thai cuisine. With corridors laid out in a simple grid, many of which are covered by a metal roof, SB Plaza is easy to look around, with cheerful and not excessively pushy storekeepers keen to help you find the perfect gift to take home. Its location close by some of Patong’s key attractions – including Bangla Road and the large shopping malls which surround it – makes it the most convenient market of its kind in the popular resort town, but the good prices and large number of stalls ensure that you don’t have to pay extra for that convenience.

Opening Hours: Every day

Address: 205/7-9 Rat-U-Tit Road, between Jungceylon and Sleep With Me Hotel, Patong

6.Banana Walk

Banana Walk is Patong’s newest shopping centre and is located just 100 metres south of Soi Bangla on the Beach Road, right next to Banana Disco. With over 4,000sqm of retail space, the mall is multilevel (three floors) and its overall design leans toward minimal and modernistic: the buffed concrete walls, the metal structure of the tall Plexiglas roof above a large open space, at night the lighting ranging from blue to red all gives Banana Walk the feeling of entering a spaceship dock in a science fiction movie. Shopping, dining and cosmetics are the three main thrusts of this large three-storey complex in which you can find almost anything to eat, drink, or buy. You even can improve your well-being at a spa or make yourself even more pretty/handsome at an aesthetic centre or at the onsite hairdresser.

Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 11:00 – 23:00

Location: Beach Road, near Banana Disco, Phuket 83150

Tel: +66 (0)86 997 8055

7.Bangla Mall

Bangla Mall sits squarely in the middle of chaotic Patong’s Bangla Road – the epicentre of Phuket Island’s nightlife, shopping, and entertainment hub. Bangla Mall officially opened in late 2012, is another good option for shopaholics; it features retail shops of all kinds as well as small kiosks, stands and restaurants. Customers will find plenty of things to take home, including watches, women’s clothing, eye glasses, kids’ clothes, shoes, bags, household items, pearls, jewelry, crystal, silk products, cosmetics, IT, spa products, leather goods and toys. There is also a bank (with ATM and money exchange service), Boots pharmacy shop, a supermarket and a food court.

Upstairs is still a work in progress with a soon-to-open spray-on tanning salon – this in a tropical beachside town – presumably for those who would like the beach look without getting sand between their toes, and a modest food court where such delights as chicken burgers go for 220 baht and a dish of noodles costs 50 baht. Underneath the mall stands a 7-Eleven and a curious affair called a ‘Korean-Style Capsule Backpackers Hotel’ that is decidedly cheaper than almost anywhere else in Patong. Whether guests get to get any sleep there is another question, though, given the high decibels along Bangla Road every night until just before dawn.

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 22:00

Location: Opposite New Tiger Entertainment Complex in Soi Bangla.

Tel: 076 342 531

8.Ocean Plaza Beach Road

Ocean Plaza Patong is one of two contained shopping malls along Patong’s Beach Road (the other being Banana Walk). Ocean Plaza has changed over the years from being somewhat of a haberdashery selling everything from fake guns to underwear to guitar strings to becoming a tangible and organized department store. Outside on the Beach Road gets fairly busy once the sun starts going down and beach lovers head back to spruce themselves up for the night’s action. To the right of ocean’s façade stand a sushi outlet with healthy but fairly expensive dishes. There’s also a fun pink VW Kombi that opens in the evening and sells cocktails, along with a Top Charoen Optician outlet where the ‘Sale’ sign never gets taken down. Handily enough, you’ll also find a currency exchange and an ATM machine here.

Up on the first floor you’ll find reasonably priced footwear, reading glasses and sunglasses, cute children’s clothes, and Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) shorts. A nice surprise awaits here for those who know Ocean from years ago: Instead of the terrifying guns and combat knives the entire corner has been cleaned out and replaced with beach balls, rubber rings, a Lillo collection, and all manner of beach gear. Finally on the top section of Ocean Plaza Patong Beach Road stands a food court that is air conditioned after a manner but is by no stretch of the imagination cool and refreshing. Here, you can tuck into noodles, fried rice and lots more. Each stand has a photo menu to explain what’s on offer. For light shoppers there is a supermarket/convenience store below the mall.

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:30 – 23:30

Location: Patong Beach Road, close to Patong Merlin Hotel





























Patong in Phuket

atong (Thai: ป่าตอง; rtgsPa Tong) refers to the beach and town on Phuket‘s west coast. It is the main tourist resort on the island of Phuket, and is the center of Phuket’s nightlife and shopping. The beach became popular with Western tourists, especially Europeans, in the late 1980s. Numerous hotels are located there and the area has expanded into a tourist Mecca.

Patong is located in ThailandPatong is the most famous beach resort on Phuket. With its wide variety of activities and nightlife, Patong is an ideal place to party and play. By night the town has a bustling nightlife which includes literally hundreds of restaurants, beer bars, Go Go Bars and of course night clubs. The nightlife is centred around Soi Bangla (Bangla Road) however there are quiet parts of town. Visitors hoping for a glimpse into the exotic East might not find it here, though the steaming hot streets, neon lights and chaotic atmosphere of Patong can be overwhelming for the new arrival. The key to full enjoyment of the place is to pace yourself, drink lots of water and learn the meaning of ‘mai pen rai’ – which translates roughly to ‘It doesn’t matter’ or ‘Don’t worry, be happy’.


Phi Phi Islands

Phi Phi Island Acctractions

Discover the best things to see in Phi Phi Islands; known in Thailand as Koh Phi Phi, they are stunningly beautiful and surely rank as one of the best attractions in southern Thailand. Located 43km west from Krabi coast, this small archipelago consists of six islands: Koh Phi Phi Don, Koh Phi Phi Leh, Koh Bida Nok, Koh Bida Nai, Koh Phai (Bamboo Island), and Koh Young (Mosquito Island); the only inhabited island – and the largest – of the group is Koh Phi Phi Don. Our Top 10 Attractions in Phi Phi below features the most popular sites that Phi Phi has to offer to its visitors. The natural beauty of the area is second to none and provides a great choice of tours and activities to vacationers: it seems that there is always something to see or do in Phi Phi Islands.

1.Phi Phi Ley and Maya Bay

Maya Bay

Koh Phi Phi Leh is the second largest island in the small Phi Phi archipelago. Uninhabited apart by a few rangers established in a small camp belonging to the Hat Nopharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park, the island hosts only one beach situated in Maya Bay that became world-famous after the release in 2000 of a blockbuster movie with Leonardo Di Caprio: The Beach. With clear crystal waters, white sand powder, and lush tropical vegetation, Maya Bay gathers all the postcard clichés in one place; all along high season (from November to April), its international fame attracts a myriad of daily visitors. Despite the crowded feeling, Maya Bay remains a place to see. A small terrace has been built at the far backend of the beach, offering a superb view point to Loh Sama, a small bay renowned for snorkelling. Another cool spot on the northeastern side of Koh Phi Phi Leh is the Viking Cave; featuring ‘ancient’ (no trustable source has given a precise date of their making yet) paintings figuring what seems to be drakkars – hence the cave’s name; the cave is still used nowadays to show tourists how to capture bird’s nests (swifts live in the cave), a great source of income for local fishermen.

Loh Sama Bay in Phi Phi Island

Loh Sama (Sama Bay in Thai) is one of the most famous sites of Koh Phi Phi Leh which, we have to admit, hosts a fair deal of outstanding attractions. Located on the eastern side of the southern tip of the island, it features a small islet in the centre of the bay and a tiny beach at the backside of a small canyon on its northern part. Loh Sama is reputed for its snorkelling and diving opportunities. The famous Maya Bay is separated from it by a limestone cliff, which is pierced by a small hole allowing passage at low tide. A wooden staircase and terrace has been built on the Maya Bay side, offering visitors a great vista over Loh Sama and the islet. Snorkellers can enjoy the shallow crystal-clear waters of the channel formed between Koh Phi Phi Leh and the islet while scuba divers can appreciate wall diving down to 20 metres around the islet itself. Loh Sama is also famous for being a great night-diving spot, with a narrow canyon covered with soft coral and gorgonian sea fans offering spectacular scenery at night thanks to the light reflection in the eyes of hundreds of crustaceans crawling around.

Hire a long-tail boat from Tonsai Pier. It will cost you about 2,000 baht for the whole day and you can discover the most interesting sites around the Phi Phi group of islands.

Pi Leh Bay in Phi Phi Island

Pi Leh Bay is one of the most impressive sites on Koh Phi Phi Leh. Also known/spelled as Ao Pileh, Pileh Lagoon, Pileh Cove or Pi Ley Cove, it is like a canyon, almost cutting Koh Phi Phi Leh in two. Located on the eastern of the island, a few hundred metres south of Viking Cave, it takes about 40 minutes for a long-tail boat to get there from Tonsai Bay, the main arrival/departure pier on Koh Phi Phi Don. With a length of about 600m from its entrance to its end, this long, thin bay offers great snorkelling opportunities. Framed by 100m-tall limestone cliffs, it is in the shade most of the time, except between 11:00 and 13:00 – the best time to photograph the outstanding beauty of its emerald green water. At some spots, it even seems that the water is lighted from the bottom of the sea, making it a spectacular sight to see. The western side of Pi Leh Bay features a few small beaches at the foot of the cliff, but most of the boats visiting it stay in the centre of the lagoon while their guests go swimming and snorkelling.

Hire a long-tail boat from Tonsai Pier. It will cost you about 2,000 baht for the whole day and you can discover the most interesting sites around the Phi Phi group of islands.

Viking Cave

Viking Cave is one of the most notable sites on Koh Phi Phi Leh. Located at the bottom of a tall limestone cliff on the northeastern side of the island, it takes roughly 30 minutes to get there by long-tail boat from Tonsai Bay (the main pier in Phi Phi Islands). Known as Tham Phaya Nak in Thai, Viking Cave owes its name to the paintings found on the eastern southern walls of the cave: they represent various types of boats, including what resembles a Scandinavian drakkar. These paintings are certainly quite recent, and were possibly realised by sailors taking shelter in the cave during a storm. Visiting Viking Cave also allows you to discover one of the most profitable local industries: the hunting/harvesting of swiftlet birds’ nests. Particularly prized in Chinese culture, these edible nests are believed to promote good health and to be specifically good for the skin. A local legend says that long time ago, sailors lost their boat during a storm and got stuck without food on one of the limestone islands lying in the mouth of the Phang Nga Bay. A cave located on this island was home to a colony of swiftlet, and the men could survive by eating their nests which gave them enough power to wait for rescue. The harvest of bird’s nests is rather a risky job: scaffolds are built with bamboo on which the hunters climb in the darkness to collect these precious items. Bird’s nests are sold, on average, for US$2,500 per kilo!

Hire a long-tail boat from Tonsai Pier. It will cost you about 2,000 baht for the whole day and you can discover the most interesting sites around the Phi Phi group of islands.

2.Phi Phi Viewpoint

Phi Phi View Point

Phi Phi viewpoint is one of the highpoints (in more ways than one) of a visit to Phi Phi Don. From the Reggae Bar, head towards Loh Dalum Bay and you’ll see signs for the viewpoint. Don’t forget to buy water at the bottom!

The viewpoint is elevated to 186m, which isn’t really that high. If you’re feeling energetic, it’s a brisk 20 minute walk and if not you can have a leisurely 30 minute stroll to the top. The journey up isn’t difficult at all, the path is well trodden and paved most of the way. There’s plenty of places to rest if need be.
When you arrive at the top you’ll be pleased to find cold drinks, ice creams and other snacks on sale. The hammocks will be extremely welcome for some and the flat rocks make comfortable seats. The view is, of course, magnificent. You can see Phi Phi Leh and all of both Tonsai Village and Loh Dalum bays. From here you will be able to appreciate the ‘dumbbell’ shape of the island and marvel at the island’s beauty. The best time to come from a photography point of view is before 10am as the sun will be behind you which brings out the colour of the sea. If there’s a light shower while you’re at the top you might be lucky enough to see a rainbow over Tonsai Village. For those who want to go further there are three paths leading to bays on the other side. The middle path takes you to Rantee Beach, about a 20-minute walk, and the paths to the left and right lead to Pak Nam Beach and Ao Toh Koh respectively, both some 45 minutes away. These are not nature trails as such; just tracks used by locals to save on the cost of a longtail to and from Ton Sai. There are some tricky bits, but nothing that requires a mountaineering diploma.

3.Bamboo Island

Bamboo Island, known as Koh Pai in Thai, is the most north-easterly island of Phi Phi Archipelago in the southern Thai province of Krabi. Lying approximately five kilometres off the northern tip of Koh Phi Phi Don, Bamboo Island is a stunning tropical hotspot that offers the perfect getaway from the crowds as, despite the fact a few tours from Phuket make a stop here after lunch, the island is most of the time never too crowded. Measuring roughly 600m wide by 700m long, the island is almost shaped like a heart and is entirely surrounded by a strip of white sand. Its central part is covered with lush vegetation including Casuarinas trees and the Bamboo trees that gave its name to the island. On the north-eastern side of the island, under the shade of the trees, a small bar serves drinks and snacks. The perfect spot for a day trip, Bamboo Island hosts great snorkelling opportunities. Between Phi Phi Don and Bamboo islands stands a notable coral reef known as Hin Klang which provides its masked and finned visitors with the feeling of swimming in an aquarium. Closer to the beach, the island is almost entirely surrounded by a reef that spreads up to 500m from the shore. To get there, hire a long-tail boat in Tonsai Village or at the Sea Gypsies Village on Laem Thong Beach; the ride will roughly take 40mins from the former, and 15mins from the latter. Day and overnight trips (sleeping in tents) are available from Koh Phi Phi Don, or you could visit the island on a Phi Phi day trip by speedboat from Krabi or Phuket. Due to the fact Bamboo Island belongs to a national park; please note that you’ll to pay a 400/200 baht (adult/child) entrance fee to get there.


4.Moo Dee Bay

Moo Dee Bay

Moo Dee Bay (Loh Moo Dee in Thai) hosts a 300m-long white sand beach bordered by emerald waters. Situated on the east coast of Koh Phi Phi Don, it is the perfect escape from the crowd (at least until lunch time), Moo Dee Beach can be reached on foot from Tonsai East along a 1km path starting behind Bay View Resort; and from the path starting at the bottom of Phi Phi Viewpoint. A less tiring way to get there is to hire a long-tail boat near Tonsai jetty, which will take you to Moo Dee in about 15mn for a fee of 150/200 baht (you must test your bargaining skill). Moo Dee Beach is really a cool spot; very quiet and relaxing in the morning, it is unfortunately visited by passing by speedboat day trips from Phuket and Krabi that perturb its peacefulness in the afternoon until 15:30. The beach offers its visitors pleasant snorkelling opportunities, mostly at both ends of the bay. A Rasta-run shack sells food and drinks (note that taking advantage of their situation on this secluded beach, their price for water is steep, so better come with your own bottle).

5. Phi Phi Markets

Phi Phi Market

A visit to Phi Phi Market is the occasion to get a glimpse of the islanders’ genuine daily-life. Located in the central part of Tonsai Village, the market is held every day and features a great choice of local and exotic products – fruits, vegetables, seafood – that you could find later in your plate at most of Phi Phi restaurants. Apart from seafood and coconut, no food is produced in Phi Phi; everything is imported from Phuket and Krabi. Besides fresh products (and in the same vein as any market in Thailand), the main interest of Phi Phi Market is the ready-made snacks available here at rock-bottom prices: steamed or fried skewers, sautéed meat, fish, noodle, and vegetable, all favourites of Thai street food can be found and sampled at Phi Phi Market.

6.Tonsai East Shopping Alleyway

Tonsai East Shopping Alleyway

Tonsai East Shopping Alleyway is located on the main path right before to reach Phi Phi Andaman Legacy Resort; another landmark of the lane is the beautiful Phi Phi Mosque (the Muslim community has been settled all along the Andaman Sea coast of Thailand at least since the 16th century). Tonsai East Shopping Alleyway hosts a dozen stalls selling an eclectic choice of tee shirts, souvenirs, and other accessories. This type of shopping places are not really permanently hosting the same stalls so it is pretty difficult to make a precise description of all the items available here; a few of them remain the usual suspects of these bazaar-like plazas: beach wear, sunglasses, funny tee shirts, silly hats and bandanas can for sure be found here.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – late

Location: Past Rimlay Resort on the left

Sun Flower Beach Bar & Restaurant

Sun Flower Beach Bar & Restaurant

Sun Flower Beach Bar & Restaurant is a very relaxed venue to spend the evening. Located at the northern end of Loh Dalum bay, right on the beach, it features salas, hammocks, and mats set around a bamboo and thatch building in a pure hippie-era spirit. The view to the bay is splendid – great sundowner spot – and the ambience could not be more laid-back. Serving excellent curries, Thai and western dishes, Sun Flower is renowned amongst the expat community on the island for the quality of its food. In the evening, fire shows and acoustic live music are performed. Prices are affordable, and Sun Flower is the perfect place to escape from its noisy southern neighbours (Slinky and other Apache beach bars).

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 02:00

Location: Viewpoint end of Loh Dalum Beach (northern side) Tel: 080-0383374


Carlito’s Beach Bar and Nightclub

Carlito's Beach Bar & Nightclub

Carlito’s Beach Bar and Nightclub is a long-lasting, buzzing night spot enjoying a great location along the path leading to the eastern end of Tonsai Bay. Set in two buildings (one on each side of the path) it is just the right place to party like in an open-air disco to the beat (reggae, house, oldies) of Thai and international DJs. In the afternoon, the place is more relaxed and you can practice ‘poi’ (unlit-fire chain handling), yoga lessons, checking your mails (free Wi-Fi) or play a game of backgammon; at night the beat changes drastically with loud music and fire shows (at 22:00) on the beach. Expertly mixed cocktails and ‘buckets’ heat up the atmosphere until late.

Opening Hours: 12:00 – 02:00

Location: On the way out of Tonsai Village towards Tonsai East and Long Beach

Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem is another of these long-lasting venues in Phi Phi offering a great place to chill-out in the evening. Located on Tonsai east beach, it features a large open-air terrace partly shaded by a large tamarind tree, and a two-storey wooden building housing the bar and at the second floor, a cool terrace with Thai cushions and low tables overlooking Tonsai Bay and offering a great view to Koh Phi Phi Leh to the south. Thai and international delicacies – prepared at the neighbouring Phi Phi Villa Resort – are served to hungry punters (Carpe Diem is also one of the restaurants catering for Phi Phi day-trippers at lunch time), and every night Carpe Diem presents a fire show. With cool live music, beach dance parties, and relaxed ambience, Carpe Diem is the good choice for a great evening and for mingling if you travel alone.

Opening Hours: 08:00 – late

Location: Tonsai East

Tel: 084-8401219




6 Islands around Phuket

Southern Thailand is gifted by the presence of an astonishing number of islands off its coasts. From tiny rocks to inhabitable larger pieces of land emerging from the surface of the Andaman Sea, islands – and above all, tropical islands – have always been perceived positively in our collective imagination. The sensation of freedom, escaping from the crowd, and exoticism are some of the reasons why tropical islands are so popular nowadays. Phuket – the largest island in Thailand – still offers the sensations mentioned above, but its fast development through the last 20 years undoubtedly made it lose some of its idyllic atmosphere; nevertheless, many smaller islands around Phuket still offer a real feeling of evasion from our modern world. Discover below the best islands around Phuket, each of which has its own personality and is certainly worth a visit if you come by Phuket.

1. Phi Phi Islands

Phi Phi Island is Thailand’s island-superstar. It’s been in the movies. It’s the topic of conversation for travelers all over Thailand. For some, it’s the only reason to touchdown in Phuket. Even with all the hype, it doesn’t disappoint. Phi Phi’s beauty is a large chunk of the allure. The islands, when approached by boat, rise from the sea like a fortress. Sheer cliffs tower overhead, then give way to beach-fronted jungle. It’s love at first sight. The second part of the why-we-love-this-place story is attitude: few places on the planet are this laid-back. Of the two islands located near Phuket and Krabi, one is completely free of human inhabitants (Phi Phi Leh), and the other is without roads (Phi Phi Don). There’s no schedule, no hustle-and-bustle, no reason to be in a hurry. Read More …

2.Similan Island

Similan Islands are located just 84 km northwest of the bustling crowds of Phuket. Koh Similan is one of the best-known island groups in the Andaman Sea, largely because of the wonders that wait beneath the clear blue waters that surround it. Generally counted among the 10 most interesting dive areas in the world, this little archipelago has also become a favourite destination for yachts and tour boats.  “Similan” is derived from the Malay sembilan, and means “nine”. Each of the Similan Islands has a number as well as a name. These are, running from north to south: Koh Ba Ngu (No. 9), Similan (No. 8), Payu (No. 7), Miang (No. 4, No. 5 and, in some opinion, No. 6), Payan (No. 3), Payang (No. 2), and Hu Yong (No. 1). Hin Pousar, or “Elephant Head Rock”, is alternatively designated No. 6 by some. Koh Bon, lying 17 nautical miles north of Ba Ngu, is part of the Similan National Park and may be granted honorary status as No. 10. Please note that the Similan islands are officially open to the public from 15 October until 15 May, but dates may vary each year.

3. Racha Island

The Racha islands (or Raya Islands), some 12 km south of Phuket, are best known as excellent diving and snorkelling daytrip destinations. Racha Yai, however, is quickly developing into a place to stay on for a while with a number of bungalow and resort operations springing up in recent years. Racha Yai reveals itself in splendid fashion, with most arrivals landing onto a strip of fine white sand tucked deep into the long, U-shaped main bay, called Ao Tawan Tok or Ao Bungalow. The water here is clear and perfect for snorkelling, though the bay gets quite busy with visiting boats in the afternoons. Racha Yai is home to The Racha, a splendid geteway resort. The other large bay, Ao Siam, is a pretty place where lonely strolls in solitude are possible. Racha Noi is uninhabited and has no services or accommodation, but there’s some great diving in the area.

4.Coral Island

Coral Island, known locally as Koh Hae, is a beautiful getaway destination located three kilometres southeast of Phuket. The island features two main beaches, Long Beach and Banana Beach.  It’s not called Coral Island for nothing; the snorkeling off Banana Beach is thrilling and if you go out far enough from Long Beach you will also have a lot to discover, at its impressive coral reef. At night this location is beautifully calm; by day it is quite busy with day trippers but peace and quiet can be found at the extremities of both beaches. Deck chairs and sun loungers can be rented and come free (at the resort) with the day tour. Both beaches feature a range of eateries ranging from rudimentary to buffet to impressive cuisine. Of course, Coral Island Resort includes lunch with their day tour but people who come with their own arrangements will have no problem finding a restaurant and toilet facilities.

5.Koh Yao Islands

Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai are a pair of large islands in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, equidistant to Phuket and the Krabi mainland. While the pace of development is accelerating on Koh Yao Noi in particular, the islands remain a quiet refuge that feels far removed from the crowds of Phuket. In 2002, Koh Yao Noi gained worldwide attention after receiving the World Legacy Award for Destination Stewardship from Conservation International and National Geographic Traveler magazine for the eco-friendly homestay programs offered by its local residents. Other activities available on the island include agricultural demonstrations (rubber and fishing), kayaking, hiking, snorkelling and swimming. Neither of the islands have banking facilities, but Internet service, restaurants and some shops can be found on Yao Noi, including a brand new 7-Eleven with a very powerful air-con, a good chance to cool down and get some sugary drinks and ice creams. So if you plan to stay over, remember to withdraw some cash money before you go, even though there are few opportunities to spend it! Note that the islanders are keen to preserve their traditional ways, so it’s important to respect the local culture by dressing modestly and refraining from drinking alcohol outside of the restaurants/resorts catering to visitors.

6.Koh Khai Island

Koh Khai Nok is a small island tucked away in Phang Nga Bay. It’s only 30 minutes or so away from the east coast of Phuket but ask anyone on the island if they’ve been there and you will probably draw a blank stare. Still, a hidden gem is sometimes all the more precious for being so and when we discovered a half day tour was going there we leapt at the opportunity to try it out. It’s a sunny morning at Royal Phuket Marina. Inside one of the side offices a large LCD TV shows previews of tours in Phang Nga Bay and the smell of fresh coffee wafts in the breeze. Souvenirs and candies are stacked high and above the cheerful din Cooper, our guide, informs us that it’s time to move out. We traipse past multi-million dollar cruising yachts, powerful speedboats and an antique wooden rice barge to our double-engine speedboat.


Markets and Shopping In Phuket Town

Market in Phuket Town


1. Phuket Weekend Market

Phuket Weekend Market (a.k.a. Talad Tai Rot or Chao Fah Market) is the equivalent – at a lower scale – of Chatuchak Market in Bangkok: it is with no doubt the biggest shopping and dining opportunity in Phuket. Held every Saturdays and Sundays (hence its name) on Wirat Hong Yok Road (off Chao Fa West Road, one kilometre south of Central Festival Phuket), it covers a 30,000sqm area. In here you could find almost anything in matter of clothing (first and second-hand), souvenirs, pirated items, accessories, and live animals, as well as an entire section dedicated to local food. It is interesting to note that many items also available on Phuket west coast’s resort towns are sold here at far lower prices. Attracting thousands of shoppers every weekend, this market gives a chance to sample street snacks such as satay (chicken or pork brochettes), fried insects, pastry (colourful cakes), kebab, sushi, dim sum (Cantonese steamed buns), and much more; all this delicious food can be washed down with an ice-cold Chang Beer or a fresh fruit shake. Children also have a reserved section with a huge inflated castle and a small carousel. Phuket Weekend Market gives a glimpse of real Thai life and should be on the must-do list of any visitor in Phuket.

Phuket Weekend Market

Also known as “Naka Market”

Located – along Chao Fa West Road just outside Phuket Town not far from Central Festival or Talad Tai Rot and Chao Fa Market , 1 km south of central festival shopping mall and is opposite Wat Naka , a Buddha temple

The Phuket Weekend divides into two section – covered and open

Covered will find secondhand item

Opening hour : 16.00 – 21.00 Saturday and Sunday


2. Phuket Walking Street

Phuket Walking Street is an extremely popular market/fair held every Sundays in the heart of Old Phuket Town on Thalang Road. This 350m-long commercial and cosmopolitan street is already well frequented during the week due to the many shops, restaurants, bars and guesthouses it hosts, but reach an affluence climax from 16:00 until 22:00 during this weekly event; also known as Lardyai Phuket (talaad yai i.e. big market in Thai) Phuket Walking Street is a must-visit for people who would like to get a glimpse into southern Thailand life. The event gathers an outstanding number of stalls selling an eclectic range of products from handcrafted accessories and souvenirs to clothing to fancy jewellery; great place indeed to find original presents to bring back home. As in any Thai market, food is the centre of all attention at Lardyai Phuket; you could sample here some of the most favourite street snacks such as barbecued squid, chicken and pork, khanoms (Thai sweets), beef and chicken skewers, and even an international touch with a converted songtheaw (Thai local bus) selling hamburgers. Phuket Walking Street is indeed a lively and great Thai-style weekend market

Phuket Walking Street

Also known as ‘lardyai or talaad yai “

Opening hour : 16.00 – 22.00 every Sunday

Location : Thalang Road


3. Central Festival Phuket ( Mall )

Central Festival Phuket is the second largest shopping mall in Phuket after Jungceylon in Patong Beach. Located at the intersection of Bypass and Wichitsongkram roads in a four-storey building, you could find here mostly anything. Hosting something like 120 outlets (fashion, electronics, accessories, souvenirs, cosmetics, photography, health, optic, culture, jewellery, and more), a three-storey department store (featuring international brands such as Levi’s, Billabong, Camel, and AIIZ, just to name a few), about 50 restaurants/food outlets, and an SFX Coliseum movie theatre, Central Festival Phuket is the most important shopping hub in Phuket, and the perfect place to spend an entire rainy day with no chance to get bored.

Central Festival Phuket

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:30 – 22:00

Location: On the Bypass Road in Phuket Town

Tel: 076 291 111


Top Attractions in Phuket Town

  1. Phuket Old Town

is the historical centre of Phuket Town (officially elevated to Phuket City since 2004, but its old name is still wildly used). Established during the peak of tin mining industry at the end of the 19th Century and beginning of 20th century, this district hosts superb mansions and beautifullPhuket Old Town y preserved ‘shop-houses’ built in a Sino-colonial architecture. Phuket Old Town’s aspect is rather similar to Georgetown’s in Penang:
‘shop-houses’ with arcades flank both sides of the streets, and Chinese shrines are more numerous than Buddhist Temples. Phuket Old Town is in constant evolution with the opening of many restaurants, coffee-shops, boutiques and bars, making it a lively place to hang around after sunset; during daytime, it remains an important commercial hub with the two markets held on Ranong Road; and every Sundays, Phuket Walking Street is an extremely popular event held on Thalang Road that attracts thousands of visitors.

2. Khao Rang

Sunrise over Phuket Town view from Khao Rang
Khao Rang (Rang Hill in English) is the second highest summit in Phuket Town. Located in the north-western part of the city it is covered with lush vegetation and permit to take a breath of fresh air in a peaceful environment. Rang Hill summit is a famous for the views it offers out over the town and to Phuket Island’s south eastern coast and the islands lying off at a short distance (Phuket Big Buddha can also be seen from here). The other highlights of Khao Rang are a Buddhist temple – Wat Khao Rang – that features a large sitting golden Buddha (the first ever built in Phuket); an exercise park near the summit (slightly overrun but still usable); three restaurants – two of them, Tung Ka Café and Khao Rang Breeze are at the top of the hill while the third one, Phuket View, is located on the way up; and right next to Khao Rang Breeze restaurant, a beautifully landscaped grassy spot for picnickers with a bronze statue of the Governor of Phuket during King Rama V’s reign.

Opening Hours: Daily

Location: two roads lead to the top of Khao Rang: one is right next to Vachira Hospital on Yaowarat Road, and the other starts off Mae Luan Road next to Cham Chae Joo Hoot shrine.

  • Wat Khao Rang

Wat Khao Rang (or Sumnak Song Khao Rang) enjoys a great location in Phuket Town, sitting on the slope of the popular Khao Rang (Rang Hill). This is where visitors can discover a large golden sitting Buddha – the first of its kind on the island. This charming temple is busy at weekends when locals pay a visit. Many tour companies bringing tourists to the Phuket and Andaman region usually include this temple in their tour itinerary together with Khao Rang Viewpoint and Khao Rang restaurants (see Tung Ka Café & Restaurant)

Buddha Statue

Opening Hours: Daily from about 08:00 – late afternoon.

Location: Khao Rang Hill, Phuket Town. Take the road Soi Vachira, leading from the Vachira Hospital, the temple is a few hundred metres up on the right.

  • Khao Rang View

khao Rang Viewpoint – sometimes called Rang Hill Viewpoint– is among the most famous of the many viewpoints around Phuket. The charming location offers unrivalled views to the south, right across the island’s main city and all the way to the Big Buddha, atop the hills in the distance. Some of the small, verdant islands off Phuket’s east coast are also visible. The viewpoint itself is mark

ed with a beautiful open pagoda, which leads out to a large viewing platform at the edge of the hilltop, with guardrails for safety. The whole area is surrounded by landscaped gardens and mature rubber trees, making it a very peaceful and natural spot .

4.  Phuket Trickeye Museum

Phuket Trickeye Museum

Phuket Trickeye Museum is a recent addition (opened early 2014) to Phuket Town’s attractions scene. This original and family friendly museum is entirely dedicated to the art of trompe-l’oeil (French for ‘deceive the eye’), a painting technique that creates a three dimensional illusion on a two dimensional (flat) support. Set in a large two-storey building at the intersection of Montri and Phang Nga roads, Phuket Trickeye Museum displays a gallery of something like 100 paintings offering great photo opportunities as well as a lot of fun. Sample photos are available to indicate visitors how they should position themselves in front of the paintings in a way to take the most realistic illusional picture (it also means that the experience is better with friends so you could take each others photos). From classic paintings with a twist to scenes of modern life to historical settings to movie scenes, visitors travel a lot geographically and through time in this highly amusing museum; children especially like it.

5. Siam Niramit Phuket

Siam Niramit Phuket

Siam Niramit Phuket is a great theatrical show relating Thai historical, artistical and cultural facts and beliefs in an extravagant yet extremely professionally run performance. Siam Niramit Phuket complex is located just off the By-Pass Road in the outskirts of Phuket Town. Divided in three acts, the show features songs, dance routines and traditional martial arts. From the stage décor to the lighting to the special effects to the costumes, everything in the show has been very well thought-out, and the result is spectacular and as educational as entertaining. It is suggested to arrive early to visit the surrounding attractions and facilities made of traditional Thai-style houses, a floating market, and souvenir shops. There is a restaurant located at the third floor of the building at which guests can enjoy an impressive view over the complex’s lake and landscaping.

Opening Hours: The show runs once a day, six days a week, and is closed on Tuesdays

Show Time: 20:30.

Theatre gates open at 20:00. Its attractions and facilities open at 17:30

Location: Just off the By-Pass Road between Tesco-Lotus Supermarket and the Airport Road junction, Phuket Town.

6. Baan Teelanka – The Upside Down

Baan Teelanka – The Upside Down House

Baan Teelanka – The Upside Down House is an extravagant new attraction in Phuket. Located on the By-pass Road one kilometre after Premium Outlet Phuket when heading South, Baan Teelanka is a fully furnished three-storey house built literally leaning on its roof. The first impression when visiting this house is that you just went down the rabbit-hole too far: all furniture and even a fish tank (fishes as well swim upside down!) hang from the floor as you walk on the ceiling from room to room; visiting Baan Teelanka is indeed a fun and brain-puzzling experience. The house’s garden is not upside down (yet) but also offers what could be a ‘timeless’ experience: a maze; you know at what time you enter the maze but you do not know at what time you will get out from it! Baan Teelanka and A-Maze-in-Phuket are real fun and family friendly attractions. Drinks and snacks are available onsite.

Opening Hours: From 10:00-18:00

Location: two kilometres from the North entrance of the By-pass Road.

Tel: 084-4565279

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