Top 7 Non-Beach Things to Do in Phuket
Post Date : May 17, 2018 | Author: Admin
Phuket is loved for sea, sand, and sun. Yet, there is no reason to be upset or disappointed if things don’t go according to plans, like an unexpected rain or a cloudy grey sky that kills your beach holiday shots. Phuket is a big city and offers plenty of indoor fun if you ever need a break from beaches. These activities are also suitable for families. So, check out our list of things to do in Phuket when it rains, and make the best of your holiday, rain or shine!
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#1 Non-Beach Things to Do in Phuket
Phuket Food Tours
Tucked at the eastern part of the island is Phuket Old Town, a charming historical neighborhood akin to Georgetown, Penang. The quarter is known as the area that preserves and passes on Phuket’s oldest heritage which is Sino-Portuguese buildings and Baba culture, including food. Taking a guided tour in the area with Phuket Food Tours, you can experience atmosphere of a bygone era, take photos of candy-color heritage buildings, and taste delicious local dishes you would never find on your own.
The agency currently offers 2 tours: day and night. Both take you street stalls and restaurants that only locals known about so you can try authentic local food. You’ll get to taste Southern Thai food (known to be spicy), Hokkien dishes, Muslim dishes, and Baba food which integrates Thai, Malay and Chinese recipes. The tours are among the few guided tours in Phuket that really allow you to experience local culture and cuisine.
#2 Non-Beach Things to Do in Phuket
A trip to the sea isn’t complete without seeing any fish! While snorkeling around Phuket’s shore doesn’t offer much, you can see the creatures that live in the area’s underwater world at the aquarium. More than 30 tanks are home to thousands of colorful tropical freshwater and saltwater creatures. You can walk through a tunnel and see rays, groupers, wrasse, sharks, snappers flying above and around you. At 11am, the fish feeding show takes the stage at the tunnel tank for half an hour.
Outside the main gallery, there is a sea turtle nursery and rehabilitation center. While baby turtles have their first swims, the injured adults enjoy their retirements here. The aquarium is a part of the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC). So don’t expect it to be a grandeur or an exciting show like a big famous aquarium. In fact, be proud to contribute to a good cause as your entry fee goes to supporting marine education, research, and protection.
How: A songthaew bus from Phuket Town goes to the aquarium. It departs from Ranong Road and takes 30-40 minutes. Otherwise, a car or a motorbike is more convenient.
When: daily, 8.30am – 4.30pm
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The Upside Down House
The Upside Down House is an eye-catcher from Phuket’s Bypass Road. Once you see the house, no explanation is needed. You enter the house through the roof, directly into the attic. Your first thought is ‘what is going on here?’ as you see everything stuck to the ceiling and hanging upside down. Then your brain starts to realize that you’re actually walking on the ceiling! The rooms are beautifully executed, be it the kitchen, living room, bedroom, the open-air basement which is on the top floor.
A trick when you take a photo here is to include the ceiling and items above your head in the frame as much as you can and make sure you don’t leave a bag or something on the floor or they will give away the answer. Rotate the camera and you’ll see how surprisingly real the photos look. At the back of the house, there is a Garden Maze. Small as it is, it’s a real challenge.
How: 51/11 Chalermprakiet Ratchakan Thi 9 Road (By-Pass Road). Check entrance fees on their website.
When: daily, 9.30am – 6pm
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Phuket Trick Eye Museum
Another non-beach thing to do in Phuket, this interactive 3D painting exhibition offers amazing photo opportunities and a family fun! The museum features over 100 painted and sculpted scenes using the trompe-l’oeil techniques. When taking photos with these paintings, you’ll be surprised with how impressive and fun these paintings are. The paintings are ever changing. So if you make it back here a couple of years later, you can expect new surprises.
When you’re in front of a painting, explore your imagination of what to do with it first. Think where to stand and what postures to do for the camera to capture! But if you cannot figure it out, sample photos are available to help. Spare at least 2 hours for the museum. This is a perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon or escape from the beach’s heat.
How: Montri Road, near the Post Office, Phuket Old Town. 500 THB for adults and 300 THB for child.
When: daily, 10am – 7pm
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The cultural theme park has long been the super star night-time family entertainment in Phuket. Every bit of Phuket FantaSea is so absorbing, you’ll lose track of time. Children love Phuket FantaSea. Adults will just find themselves being young again. In this land of Thai myths and literature, you can play games, dine, watch shows, shop for souvenirs, and of course take lots of photos. You can see exotic tropical animals like white tigers, elephants, and parrots. And if you wish to be in a fancy traditional Thai costumes, you can put them on and take photos with an extravagant backdrop.
However, the star of Phuket FantaSea is the light and sound show that starts at 9pm. Palace of the Elephant Theatre features Las Vegas-style theatrical productions with special techniques and effects include cultural dances, to magic shows, circus acts, acrobats, and narrations of Prince Kamala’s adventures. It’s colorful and exciting. Imagine seeing 15 elephants on the stage all at once in a nice choreograph? But one pity is that you’re asked to remove your phone and camera before entering the show. Prior to the show, you can have a buffet dinner in the spacious Golden Kinnaree Restaurant. Seafood is available as well.
How: Kamala Beach, about 20 minutes from the famous Patong Beach. Best if you have your own transportation. The park can arrange a transfer for you. There’re 2 types of tickets. Both include park admission fee. For show & buffet dinner: 2,200 THB/adult and 2,000 THB/child. For the show alone: 1,800 THB/adult or child.
When: 7.30m – 11.30pm; closed on Thursdays
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Phuket Botanic Garden
Phuket Botanic Garden is home to endless collections of tropical and exotic plants from all over the world. Certainly a place for plant lovers to be, families and children love it for being so educational and informative about the plants, even the ones you doubt could exist on earth. On top of that, it’s truly a mind detoxing sanctuary. On the land of 6 acres, you are surrounded by beautifully arranged and manicured gardens with soft music box melodies floating in the air.
Each zone contains different species such as tropical palms, herb garden, fragrant plants, cactus, fruits. The Thai Herb Garden displays live plants and their parts crucial to Thai cuisine. It is quite surprising: even with a dangerous-looking plant you wouldn’t want to touch but Thai people have figured out ways to cook its parts and serve them on different palatable dishes. The Rainforest Garden looks like setting of the Avatar movie. There is also a butterfly garden here.
How: the Garden is located in Chalong sub-district and hiring a taxi is the best way to get here. 500 THB/adult. 300 THB/child
When: 9am – 5pm; closed on Wednesdays
#7 Non-Beach Things to Do in Phuket
Phuket Bird Park
Phuket Bird Park sits on an area of 12 acres. The park is home to over 100 species of tropical birds. You can learn everything you need to know about them, such as their diet and their habitats. The birds are kept in the cage with the environment closest to their habitat. Apart from learning about the birds in the cage, there are a few spots you get to hold, feed and take pictures with them.
The park also trains birds for shows. You will be surprised at how smart and lovely they are. There are 3 performances a day, starting at 10.30am, 1.30pm, and 3.30pm. In this large amphitheater with a beautiful Sino Portuguese house as a backdrop, you can admire the birds’ talent up close. The parrots are the clowns of the show, and they’re very talented. It’s not too often you’ll see a bird riding a bicycle, collecting empty beer cans and dropping them into a bin, picking numbers, and playing dead.
How: Chaofa (West) Road. Best way to get here is your transportation or taxi. 500 THB/adult. 300 THB/child
When: daily, 9am – 5pm