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Phuket : Attractions / Tour Routes
City Route • Northern Route • Beach BouteSouthern Route

Northern Route (Route 402)

Drive out of town to the North by Route 402 (Thep Krasattri Road) Notice the signs of the attractions on the right and left of the route. (See Route Map of Phuket Island for the locations of the following attractions.)

Monument of the Two Heroines
Monument of the Two Heroines, Phuket

(Thep Krasattri Road or Route 402)
This is the most famous landmark of Phuket located about 12 km. off Phuket town. The monument comprises two statues of women standing side by side which were the two heroine sisters of Phuket -- Thao Thep Krasattri, the widow of the governor and her sister Thao Si Sunthon. The sisters courageously rallied islanders to repel Burmese invaders in 1785 when the town was without a governor.

For taxi : อนุสาวรีย์ท้าวเทพกษัตรี


Thalang National Museum
(Route 4027)
Established in 1985, the museum is located in Thalang District, 200 metres from the Heroines Monument. Built in a southern architectural style, the museum exhibits the Battle of Thalang, the way of life, culture and history of Phuket and the South.
Thalang National Museum, Phuket
Thalang National Museum, Phuket
There is also an exhibition of antiques, ancient artefacts and remains discovered on the Andaman Coast. It is an ideal place for history-oriented tourists.
More details

Information Tel. 0 7631 1426
Open Daily, 09.00-16.00 hrs., except national holidays
Admission Fee 30 B
For taxi : พิพิธภัณฑ์ถลาง

Wat Phra Nang Sang
Wat Phra Nang Sang, Phuket
(Thep Krasattri Road)
This old temple, about 20 km. from town, is also an important temple of the province. Inside there are 3 historically valued bronze heads of Buddha images recently discovered, estimated to be over a thousand years old.

For taxi :  วัดพระนางสร้าง ถนนเทพกษัตรี

Wat Phra Thong
(Thep Krasattri Road)
For people in Thalang District, Wat Phra Thong is the most important Buddhist temple, enshrining a most revered Buddha image called "Phra Thong", meaning the Gold Buddha. The image is also called "Phra Phut" which means a Buddha image emerging from the ground.
Wat Phra Thong, Phuket
According to local legend, about 200 years ago the villagers found the image buried in the ground and tried to excavate it for enshrinement, but only the upper part could be uncovered. Later they built a temple over it and covered it with gilded stucco, and it has remained so ever since. Inside the temple area is a museum, whose collection of historical objects includes a raincoat worn by miners at the time when tin mining on the island was flourishing.

For taxi : วัดพระทอง ถนนเทพกษัตรี



Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Park (Route 4027)
Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Park, Phuket
Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Park, Phuket

Located in Thalang District about 20 km. north of the provincial town, Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Park is the only perfectly preserved rain forest abundant in flora and fauna in Phuket. Here, visitors can encamp and experience outdoor life all year round.

The most interesting plant in Khao Phra Thaeo is Palm Lang Khao or white-backed palm (Kerriodoxa), a unique species of palm which is found nowhere else in the world and considered the world’s most endangered palm species.

The elegant green foliage of this rare deciduous palm can spread out to 2 metres and the tree can grow up to three to five metres. Wild animals living in the area are wild boars, porcupines, pangolins, civets, leopard cats, gibbons, and birds like fairy blue birds, blue-winged pitta and oriental white-eye.

The park also boasts the Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre, which enables gibbons to return to their home in the forest. Moreover, in the area, there are two scenic waterfalls that are best seen in the rainy season.

Ton Sai Waterfall is located near the park headquarters and can easily be accessed by a four-kilometre trail. The scenic fall is well maintained and surrounded by a large variety of plant lives.

Bang Pae, a small size waterfall with a height of 12 metres, is also enveloped in uncontaminated natural beauty but is a little out of the way.

How to get there

From Phuket International Airport, follow the road signs to the Heroines Monument and turn left onto Route 4027. Follow the road until you reach the sign for Bang Pae Waterfall, then turn left and continue for 1 km to the park’s entrance.

The Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre opens daily from 9 am. to 4 pm. (no entrance fee).

For more information, please contact Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Park on tel. +66 (0) 7621 1067 to 3

For taxi : อุทยานสัตว์ป่าเขาพระแทว อำเภอถลาง




Naithon Beach
This pristine beach backed by casuarina trees has a large open cove which serves as an excellent shelter from the wind and is suitable for swimming.
Naithon Beach, Phuket
For taxi :  หาดในทอน



Naiyang Beach
Here is where the office of Sirinat National Park (comprising Naiyang, Naithon and Mai Khao beaches) is located. Blessed with shady pine trees and offshore coral reefs, this is an ideal place for swimming and snorkelling.
Naiyang Beach, Phuket

It is also a good place to see turtles laying eggs in winter from November to February and to watch the release of young turtles at the Songkran Festival in April.

For taxi : หาดในยาง




Mai Khao Beach or Airport Beach
Mai Khao Beach, Phuket
This is the longest beach of Phuket, extending 9 km. from the northern end of the island to Nai Yang Beach on the west coast. It is here that until recently giant sea turtles had lumbered ashore to lay eggs from October to February.

For taxi :  หาดไม้ขาว

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