: Attractions / Tour Routes
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.)
of the Two Heroines
(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
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.
There is also an exhibition of antiques, ancient
artefacts and remains discovered on the Andaman
Coast. It is an ideal place for history-oriented
||Tel. 0 7631 1426
||Daily, 09.00-16.00 hrs., except
|For taxi :
Phra Nang Sang
||(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
|(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
|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
Phra Thaeo Wildlife Park (Route 4027)
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
For taxi : อุทยานสัตว์ป่าเขาพระแทว อำเภอถลาง
|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.
|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.
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
Khao Beach or Airport Beach
|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