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Private Phuket Islands Tour: Hidden Treasures of Maphrao Bay
"The object of our daytrips is to move quietly through an area that enjoys a lifestyle unchanged in decades and longer while enjoying our very special pampering aboard the boat the “Pitta”. Thaphao IslandYour first stop after leaving Ao Chalong is Thaphao Island which is a nature lover’s paradise with beautiful forest walks where very old trees can be seen. For the fit some of the paths can be quite steep but if you prefer a more leisurely stroll you can always take a walk along the flats. Perhaps you will see Hornbill birds and many other species that can be heard
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Private Monkey Jungle Cruise: Phuket Day Eco Tour
"Floating Fish FarmsOur boat “Pitta” leaves from Chalong Bay at 9am as we head out to see authentic floating fish farms where you will have the opportunity to meet our local Sea Gypsies. These are genuine working fish farms which have been owned and operated for generations by traditional Thai Sea Gypsies. Here you will observe where the locals live and how they work.Thai VillagesDuring this trip we will also travel through Thai Villages were you can interact wi you will also get to see the damage and rebuilding from the result of the Tsunami in 2004. You will be able to observe the Kings Project which is based on rebuilding the Mangroves in Thailand. In the past over 40% of the mangroves were slashed for burning to manufacture charcoal but now this practice is no longer allowed and has since been banned.Mangrove Forest and The MonkeysWe then head off to the Mangrove Forest to see the monkeys. Offering a rare opportunity to see wild monkey’s in their natural habitat where they are free to swing from tree to tree and are always pleased when Captain Gordon arrives with his boat. From here you can paddle your own kayak or you can have one of the crew to paddle for you
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Private Islands and Eco Tour: Hidden Treasures of Chalong Bay
"Travelling up the River in Mangrove ForestWe then move on and follow the special bamboo sticks which were placed here by the local fishermen to form the channel which takes us into the river. Once we’ve entered the river you will have a chance to observe the local villages and longtail boats with many Thai people waving enthusiastically as we pass gently by. The villagers are always surprised to see us as rarely any tourists find their way here. With only a maximum of 10 guests on board we can stop anywhere you like. It’s up to you there is no strict itinerary. Feeding Friendly Monkeys and KayakingOur next stop takes us to see the Monkeys
From $602.00

Downtown Tips (24)

Don't miss it

Please don't miss a visit to the capital of the island which is not Patong as some people might believe after a week spent on Patong beach....
Most inhabitants would advise you not to go there and tell you that there is nothing to see. But i think it is a pretext because this is the economic pulse of the island and they maybe don't want it învaded by tourists. I think the islanders might want to keep the tourists in their resorts.
I think it is interesting to see this city, the everyday working life of the people here.

Shopping is great and will find much more quality ware then in Patong. There were some nice boutiques selling decorative stuff (Tyara) and also 2 department stores selling cheap shoes for instance.

Just be warned of the "guides" that will come towrds you and offer you to show you the city. They will surely bring you their friends' shops and try to make you buy stuff. Just do it by yourself you can't get lost.

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michelle_x11
Jul 29, 2005

Shopping!!!!!!!!!!!

What can I say about Phuket Town? The shopping is the only reason to go there, so put on some confortable shoes and get ready to do some serious bargaining.

There are quite a few shopping complexes in Phuket Town where bargaining is not allowed, but you are still guaranteed to get a good deal.
There is Robinsons where there are thousands of pairs of womens shoes. Then there is the Big C, which sells bits and pieces of everything. There is also Phuket Shopping Centre, which is smaller but you will get a better deal.

Then there are the shops on the streets. These shops sell clothes, shoes, bags and everything else you could want. You can bargain at these shops so make sure you don't settle for the first price they say. Always go to the next shop and see what they will offer you.

Wherever you go, you are sure to have a great day out shopping.

You may need to buy an extra suitcase though . . . .

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Jenelle7
Jun 20, 2005

Phuket Town Night Markets

I have visited these markets three times now and I have thoroughly enjoyed them each time. The people I have taken with me (including guys who hate markets) have all loved the experience and are eager to return - two of them have even said they could happily visit these markets nightly!!

The markets are predominantly VERY fresh fruit, vegetables, seafood, pork and tasty, varied food. There are also dried foods such as spices and fish. So many kinds of food at bargain prices. The foods are really interesting as well as absolutely delicious!

Make sure you don't eat before you visit as it is a great way to eat dinner. Most food goes for about 10 baht per serve. The best time to visit is from around 5.00-7.30pm. There is a later-night market on Ranong Road itself from around 9.00pm. Day markets also run from this area with more of the clothing.

It is a great place to see the locals' way of life in Phuket. Some of the more interesting choices are; deep fried cockroaches and chickens bottoms on skewers. There are butchered frogs for sale along with a few other less palatable choices.

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Tina-Perth
Jun 04, 2005

Drinking in Phuket town

I got really drunk with my thai friends before and went to clubs / bars in Phuket town, its a nice change cause these are Thais who wont be all over you, nice for the enjoy you can bring your own bottle into a lot of these places, and then just buy ice /mix from them.

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cooL_guY_corY
Mar 30, 2005
 
 
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Show Of The Katoeys

Thailand is famous for its beautiful ladies with their golden smiles. Thailand is well-known too for its "Katoeys". Anyone who has spent more than a short time in Thailand, is likely to have come across Katoey, the catch-all term for Thailand's large number of transvestites and transsexuals, popularly referred to here in Japan as Mr Ladies of Lady-boys.

Don't let this seemingly lenient attitude fool you, though. Even in a country associated, as pundits say, with loose sexual morals, tolerance does not necessarily mean acceptance, nor an absence of negative social scrutiny. Take a look-see and experience the utmost and extravaganza entertainment center of the South: the Katoey-Cabaret.

These guys showed their superb sparkling to make a collection for the relatives of the X-mas tsunami ... and asked for attention with their famous golden smile ...

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RoyJava
Jan 11, 2005

Observe and relax

It is nice just to sit back (specially if you find a seat in the town center on the street) and watch how the town is living and how people are rushing from one side to another asking questions in their mind .. what are we doing sitting on the street?

Well the thing is it started to rain and we were looking were to find a good corner to wait that the rain stop and there he was this friendly local man sitting on a chair with two free chairs beside him and so we decided to chat a little bit and wait so that a storm stopped.

Quite nice way to meet people and must admit I have a great 10 minutes in this place!

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Glorija
Jan 08, 2005

Diving with Sea Bees

Their multilingual dive team has highly qualified CMAS and PADI professionals. All are fully trained in First Aid / EFR management. Small classes and dive groups ensure that safety is top priority with them.

We were highly impress with Sea Bees. Two of us being Rescue and Adavnced PADI divers and the third one of the group undertaking a PADI Open Water course for the first time. He was very new to diving but seriously enjoyed the course and undertook extra dives after it.

They have also recieved three Golden Dolphin awards for Best Dive Centre in South-East-Asia & Pacific

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scubaphoto
Nov 24, 2004

Thai Kick Boxing

Check out some real Thai Boxing with up to 13 fights per night. This is the real thing not catering to the needs of tourists. Expect to be heavily outnumbered by locals with vested interests in the fights. Watch money change hand and guy from 8 years upwards go head to head in a trilling contest of skill and tactics. Try and get a ringside seat, we sat alongside the adjudicators and were right at the heart of the action. Well worth it I think about $4.

A shop inside the arena sell as the drinks and snacks one would need to sustain the body through a night of fights.

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scubaphoto
Nov 24, 2004
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"Our Second Home - Phuket"
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"Phuket Introduction"
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Simon Cabaret

jus go there for an experience... whereby 'ah qua' dances n sings (its actually CD playing, they jus match e lyrics), n u can take pictures with them after e whole show is over.. its cost 1000baht, if there no increase over e years lah....

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nellie09
Dec 30, 2003

Phukets night scenary

Simons Cabaret - an international Travesty show - high level - see my travelogues !
The show is running fast - the entrance fee rather high - the lady-boys unique - almost to perfection !!
The aprés small talk with the performers revealing ! But it is great !!
Reservation is necessary !

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Luchonda
Dec 08, 2003

Phuket town

Phuket town is a noisy town, and the temperature is very hot in the city. It is not much to do for tourists here, except for having appointments with a dentist or something like that.

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georeiser
Aug 31, 2010

Exploring Phuket town

Phuket town is very interesting from an architectural standpoint. There are some great old colonial buildings-plus some shop houses. There is also a large Chinese feel to the place.

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Apr 27, 2005

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