- Key Details
- Cultural Discoveries
- Explorations of Land and Sea
- A Gourmand’s Paradise
The Great Outdoors
Blue Canyon Golf Course
(165, Moo 1, Thepkasattri Rd., Thalang, Tel: 076 328 08)
One of Blue Canyon’s most famous visitors, Tiger Woods, ranks this golf course way above par. Stretching over 720 acres of verdant grounds with a mountainous backdrop, Blue Canyon is an award-winning 18-hole golf course in paradise. Take a class with expert instructors. Spend the day with your choice of challenging and fun courses. The expansive and sumptuous centre also has a Thai-style spa, with swimming pool, shopping and two impeccable dining venues.
(Open daily 9:00am-5:00pm; 51 Moo 8 Sakdidet Rd. A. Muang, Tel: 076 391 126)
Phuket Aquarium, sponsored by the Thai government, brings visitors up close to the incredible biodiversity of the Andaman Sea, one of the most beautiful aquatic ecosystems in the world. Over 20 exhibits recreate the marine microcosms. Visitors can view the flora and fauna up close in the transparent tunnel exhibit and feel surrounded by underwater beauty. Some of the marine life featured includes the butterfly fish, banner fish, Napoleon wrasse, bluefin trevally, sea turtles and more. At the touch pool, visitors may gently touch shallow reef creatures, such as sea cucumbers, manta rays and starfish. The aquarium is a great preparation before your diving expedition.
Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
(Open daily 9:00am-5:00pm; Tel: 076 215 616, 02 108 612)
Delight in a tropical garden with waterfalls, overflowing with flowers and thousands of butterflies. Take part in this conservation effort to uphold the island’s amazing natural diversity. On a sunny afternoon, stroll the expansive grounds and gardens in awe as you watch butterflies hatch from cocoons.
(Open daily 8:30am - 6:00pm; 23/2 Moo.3, Soi Palai, Chaofah Rd., Muang, Tel: 076 381 227)
Explore tropical gardens and shaded walkways to glimpse exotic creatures from the far reaches of Thailand. In the Bird Park, parrots, eagles and macaques roam as in the wild. Keep on the lookout for bird’s nests! The Orchid Garden displays thousands of species over the course of the year depending on their blooming period, which sometimes lasts only one day. You might arrive just in time for the world’s largest orchid species, the tiger orchid. Each day, tune into the thrilling and entertaining – albeit eccentric – animal shows. Commemorate your visit by getting your picture with a baby tiger or monkey. The monkeys and elephants will win your heart with their antics, tricks and dance moves, even if their painting skills leave much to be desired! Meanwhile, the skill of the crocodile handlers is indisputably remarkable. The staff warns that those of ‘nervous disposition’ should stick to the orchid exhibit!