- August 16, 2017
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Phuket Town and Phuket’s east coast are less known to tourists. However, they contain some unique hideaways and budget friendly attractions, which are very popular amongst the locals. Therefore, a visit at these places is worthwhile, especially for tourists who seek unique vacation with a local touch.
Here is our list of the recommended places to visit:
1.) Ao Sane Beach
Hidden from the main tourist area of Phuket, this little, mostly unknown beach is just a stones throw from the more popular Nai Harn Beach. Unless you knew you had to drive through a tunnel under the Phuket Yacht Club, you will never find it. Ao Sane consists of three very small sandy bays of which you can walk from one to another through the few beach bungalows. The first bay is the most popular with a nice beach restaurant where you can sit in the shade of the trees. Make sure you bring you snorkeling gear, as this is also a very good area for snorkeling. Need a place to stay nearby Nai Harn Beach or Rawai Beach? Then you should review this great selection of budget villas in Phuket.
2.) Suan Luang Park or King Rama IX Park (Phuket Town)
Located west of Phuket Town, the main entrance to this impressive park in on Chao Fa East Road, heading out towards Chalong. A great way to spend the morning clearing off those handovers from the night before. Famed by locals, especially Chinese descents, people of all ages gather to walk, run (no motorbikes or bicycle) or just admirer the local scenery. There are a number of old fashioned fitness machines dotted throughout the park. People congregate early in the morning to partake in their daily Tai Chi exercise routine. The park is well used, not just with joggers, but there are several greenhouses, where plants are grown. It is a very well maintained area of Phuket and definitely should be added to your “to do list” as a Phuket activity.
3.) Health and Fitness – Clean The Beach Boot Camp
Held every other Saturday on various beaches in Phuket, Clean the Beach Boot Camp is a free fitness and yoga session held on the beach, working out on powder white sands, while splashing around in crystal clear water. It’s designed for people of all fitness levels so suitable for families. It is now seen as a family activity in Phuket. In return for a free fitness and yoga session, participants are then asked to lend a hand in cleaning the beach afterwards. A fantastic opportunity to combine fitness, while helping the local environment. A great opportunity to meet new people, keep fit and it’s FREE.
4.) Local Markets-Phuket Indy Market
This quaint little market is only open on Thursdays and Fridays from 4pm-10.30pm, but has certainly grown in popularity, since is first started and has now become a significant Phuket attraction. Located just a short walk from Thalang Road in the center of Phuket Town (Limelight Avenue to be exact), teenagers get to show off their latest fashion and jewelry creations. Together with food stalls and live music there are also bars and restaurants. It’s a perfect way to spend an inexpensive afternoon in Phuket Town.
5.) Walking Street Market
Due to the popularity of a walking street market in Chiang Mai, Phuket have recently started their very own Walking Street Market and is now turning into a major attraction in Phuket Town. This weekly event(every Sunday from 16.00-22.00) is located along the 350m long Thalang Road, which hosts a mix of Baba (Chinese migrants settled in Phuket at the beginning of the 20th century). Phuket Walking Street allows visitors to discover some typical southern Thai culinary specialists as well as local handicraft and gift stalls.
6.) Football Phuket FC
If your trip involves a Saturday evening stay in Phuket Town, why not make a trip to watch Phuket FC play on their home ground (depending on fixtures). Based at Surakul Stadium (beside Central Festival Department Store), Phuket FC Club is a professional Thai football club based in Phuket Province. They currently play in Thai Division 1 League. Although they have struggled through recent times with the quality of their football, it’s a joy to watch their dedicated male and female supporters, scream and shout for the complete 90 minutes. Kick off times are usually around 5pm and should cost you no more than 70 baht for entrance fee. They might not be the best football team in Thailand but, if there was a trophy for the most passionate and loudest supporters, Phuket FC fans would win every time.
7.) Saphan Hin Park
A popular seaside park and a favourite among local Thais, Saphan Hin is usually dotted with street food stalls most evenings of the week. A popular Phuket attraction, it has now become a main venue of most of Phuket’s annual events, most knowingly is Loy Kratong (Festival of Flowers held on the 6th November 2014) and a hub for the last night of the Phuket’s famous Vegetarian Festival. A common social get together area in Phuket for people of all ages, it usually becomes alive in the late afternoon and early evening. Its pine, tree, lined road makes it a quiet destination with lots of open space and seating areas. The city’s main sports center is also located inside the park featuring badminton, basketball and tennis courts along with a swimming pool. A great place to spend a relaxing early evening, while having some street food and watching the world go by.
8.) Khao Kad Viewing Tower at Cape Panwa
A very quiet area just a short drive from Cape Panwa, Khao Kad View Point offers some of the best 360 degrees views of Phuket and the surrounding islands. It is best visited by motorbike, so you can enjoy the stunning views on the drive up the hill, although there is parking available along with a small shop where you can purchase refreshments. At the very top there is a viewing tower overlooking Chalong Bay with great views of Big Buddha to the west and Phi Phi Islands to the east. Steps lead directly to the tower, although there are a number of more scenic pathways through the wooded area.
Colin Gallagher, lecturer for Intercultural Communication at Prince of Songkla University in Phuket.