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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 (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.

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.
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Information         Tel. 0 7631 1426

Open                  Daily, 09.00-16.00 hrs., except national holidays

Admission Fee   100 B

For taxi :             พิพิธภัณฑ์ถลาง


Wat 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 ถนนเทพกษัตรี


Wat Phra Nang Sang


Wat Phra Thong

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.

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.

The temple also houses a museum, keeping religious artifacts and ancient weapons, tools and household items.

For taxi : วัดพระทอง ถนนเทพกษัตรี


Khao Phra Thaeo National Park (Route 4027)

Located in Thalang District about 20 km. north of the provincial town, Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is the only remaining virgin rainforest on the island. 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.

There are two small waterfalls in the park that are best visited in the rainy season. Ton Sai Waterfall is located near the park headquarters and can be accessed by a four-kilometre trail. Bang Pae Waterfall, a small size waterfall with a height of 10 metres, is a popular recreational place for local people.

The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, located near Bang Pae Waterfall, is a non-government organization (NGO) with the aim of taking captive gibbons and training them before releasing into the wild. You can visit and witness some gibbons, but cannot touch them. The Center opens daily from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. except Saturdays it is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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.

For taxi : อุทยานแห่งชาติเขาพระแทว 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.

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.

For taxi : หาดในยาง


Mai Khao Beach (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. This beach is where the marine turtles release ceremony takes place every year on Songkran day, April 13.

For taxi :  หาดไม้ขาว

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