Looking forward to your living near Bang Tao beach in Phuket? Then you can already start planning to visit not only all the sights on Bang Tao beach, but also those a bit more distant though still within your reach. And if you’re just visiting for a vacation, you’d better plan it ahead, since there is so much to see that you’ll most surely find yourself at a loss when deciding where to go. Otherwise, check out Seventh Sky’s list of top 5 attractions in Phuket.
James Bond Island
Well, surely, it is not the actual name of the island, but it is most famous for being a setting of the shoot of one of the James Bond movies, namely a 1974’s “The Man with the Golden Gun” starring Roger Moore. And the location was not chosen at random – it is just unbelievably and breathtakingly beautiful there.
Located in Ao Phang Nga National Park, James Bond Island (originally Koh Tapu) is basically a vertical limestone karst cliff. So, you can’t visit it – unless you climb it. But again, you can’t since it’s in a precarious condition and protected by the park authorities. Still, you can enjoy the view of it from a boat or the beach on Koh Ping Ghan, a neighboring island which itself is a popular destination thanks to its magnificent sea caves.
A tip for visiting James Bond Island
It is pretty crowded here, especially in high season from November to April. For a more authentic and secluded experience, visit the place either very early in the morning or right before the sunset. This way you won’t have to explain to your friends who are all these people next to you on the pictures.
Phuket Big Buddha
This landmark is seen from far across, and not just because it sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills, it is huge – 147.6 feet tall (45 meters). The giant statue is made of concrete and covered with white marble that looks dazzling in the sunlight. What makes Phuket’s Big Buddha special is the spectacular view on the Karon, Kata, Kata Noi and Chalong bays that open from its footsteps. On a clear day, you might actually be able to see Phang Nga Bay in the distance!
Tip for visiting the Big Buddha
It takes time to get to the top of this attraction in Phuket, so be sure to bring some water with you and wear sunscreen. The view of the bay during sunset, however, is worth the road, so you might also want to book a table at a terrace of Nakkerd Sea View Restaurant that is right beside the statue.
Wondering what to see in Phuket on a rainy day? Try Phuket Aquarium, it is totally a worthy pastime, especially if you visit with a kid. It is located in Cape Panwa, at the southeast end of Phuket, so most surely it will take Seventh Sky condo residents some time to get to it. There are lots of species here, from seahorses and clown fish to leopard sharks and even Amazon piranhas. You can even see here some baby sea turtles – the aquarium breeds them to release them later into the open sea. The place features a 33 feet long (10 meters) underwater tunnel as well as other aquariums of various sizes.
Phuket Pearl Farms
If you’re wondering what souvenir to bring from Phuket, pearl jewelry is something really special. Besides, visiting a pearl farm is an interesting pastime. Here, you’ll be able to see how pearl oysters are bred and what pearls look like before they turn to be a part of a necklace or earrings.
There are a number of such farms in Phuket, and most have a jewelry shop as well. Some will even provide you with a free two-way transfer from the hotel and the visit to the farm will also be free of charge, since visitors fees are not what these places are living off for the most part.
Phuket Botanic Garden
This is one of the attractions in Phuket for an alternative recreation. The Phuket Botanic Garden covers a large area in Chalong and includes numerous sections – a herb garden, an orchard, a vibrant orchid garden, a rainforest with a waterfall, a butterfly garden and many more. The place is definitely worth a visit, especially if you are keen on floriculture or just want to experience something different for a change.
See? Phuket is not just all sun and sea, it is so much more! And no matter how long you plan to spend in Phuket, you can experience a lot of stuff – spectacular nature views, marine fauna, cultural festivals and a lot more. Keep an eye on Seventh Sky’s blog to learn more about what to see in Phuket.