An introduction to Phuket Island's
Only half an hour offshore of Chalong pier is the Coral Island,
one of the most popular destinations for a one day tour from Phuket.
The island is surrounded by colourful coral reefs providing such
aquatic sports as swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. You can
engage in these activities all year round because not only is the
weather always warm, but the island is not much affected by the
monsoon, being located off the east coast. You can also enjoy sun-bathing
and delicious seafood lunches. If you plan to stay overnight, Coral
Island offers air-conditioned bungalows.
Cut from the main island by the small canal Tha Chin and located
4 km. east of Phuket town, Si-re Islet is interesting as the oldest
place in Phuket where the "sea people" or "sea gypsies" have lived.
Near the sea gypsy village on the islet, there is a big reclining
Buddha on a hilltop from where a good view of Phuket town can be
Small Islets Around Phuket,
such as Ko He, Ko Mai Thon, Ko Dok Mai, Ko Tlone, Ko Racha, Ko Kaeo
Phitsadan, etc. are enchanting for their fantastic underwater world,
good for snorkelling, diving and fishing.
Phi Phi Islands,
one of the world's most beautiful tourist destinations, is part
of Krabi province, 1.20 hrs. by modern ferry or 2.30 hrs. by conventional
boat from Phuket port. It is composed of two rocky, tree-covered
islets. One is Phi Phi Don where several long white powdery beaches
attract visitors there to sun-bathe and swim, and the other is the
rocky Phi Phi Le where thousands of swifts nest inside the Viking
Cave. With its emerald crystal sea, secluded beaches, wooded cliffed
mountains, colourful coral reefs and undersea life, Phi Phi is a
paradise in the Andaman. Visitors to Phuket should not miss it if
the schedule is not too tight.
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Because of its fascinating seascape and its short distance (75 km.
by road or 3 hrs. by boat) from Phuket,
Bay is usually visited by tourists of Phuket. The bay is attractive
for its numerous weird limestone outcrops and cliffs islets rising
from the sea. This place became more famous after the James Bond
adventure, The Man with a Golden
Gun, was partly filmed there.
The national-park-on-sea off Phang-nga, Similan is famous among
tourists, both domestic and foreign, for its uncontaminated water
and abundant marine life and as a place for angling and scuba diving.
It can be reached in about 10 hrs. by boat from Phuket or 4 hrs.
from Thap Lamu Port or Takua Pa in Phang-nga.
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