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Phuket


It is the beach paradise of Thailand. Its Portuguese and Chinese influence can be clearly seen in the city. Wat Chalong is one of Phuket’s most famous temples. It is beautifully decorated with hundreds of small glass pieces that reflect onto the roof and around. There are many pagodas too. During special festivals, fairs are organized here and you can sample Thai food here.


Phuket also has numerous waterfalls. There are two major one--Ton Sai and Bang Pae. They are in Khao Praew Thaew National Park about 20 kms off Phuket. The best time to visit is between May and October. There are trekking routes in the forests close by. There is a Gibbon Rehabilitation Project as well.


Patong has a 2-km-long beach. It is a favourite spot for tourists, especially divers. Facilities for parasailing, jet-skiing and boating are also offered here.  


The area around Karon is a tourist hub. The Karon Plaza has guesthouses, cafes, restaurants and bars. There is a small art community where you can find Thai painters exhibiting and selling pictures, sculptures etc in the art galleries in which they live and work. Near Kata there is a football stadium that hosts local and international sporting events.

 




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