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Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100, Thailand

From its site high atop the Nakkerd Hills, Phuket's Big Buddha cuts a striking figure. This gigantic statue covered in white Burmese marble stands 45 meters (148 feet) tall. The panoramic view from its base is dazzling,...

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Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand

Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia—in fact, one of the few in the world—never to have been colonized. But because Phuket was an important 17th-century trading port, its historic center still reflects the influence of...

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Khao Phing Kan, Phang-nga, Thailand

Gorgeous Phang Nga Bay can be found in the Strait of Malacca between Phuket and the Malay Peninsula. Ao Phang Nga National Park takes in parts of the bay, protecting its clear, emerald-green waters and abundant wildlife. The bay is home to...

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Ko Phi Phi Don, Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi, Thailand

The Phi Phi Islands are a small archipelago in the Andaman Sea. (Just as "Phuket" is pronounced poo-ket, the name of these islands is pronounced pee-pee.) These stunning islands are lapped by warm, clear waters and lined with white-sand beaches...

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17/2 moo10 Soi Yodsanae, Chao Far Road, Chalong, muang, อำเภอเมืองภูเก็ต PHUKET 83130, Thailand

A trip to the Chalong Highlands will reward you with sweeping views of Phuket, its lush mountains and the sparkling Andaman Sea. You'll also get to visit an elephant camp, where you can learn about these majestic creatures and the conservation...

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Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand

Home-style southern Thai food is served inside a century-old Thai-Portuguese house, complete with the original floor tiles. Every table orders the crab curry with vermicelli noodles; it's zesty and fragrant but not overpowering. Wine is...

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44/1 Moo 5 Viset Road, Muang Tambon Rawai, Muang Chang Wat Phuket 83130, Thailand

This Thai/Japanese restaurant sits at the water's edge overlooking the Andaman Sea. The main ingredient here is ultrafresh local seafood. Tuck into crab curry, prawn tempura or chili crab—but be aware that the crab's zesty sauce will soon...

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181 Thanon Ratuthit Songroipi Rd, Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu, Chang Wat Phuket 83150, Thailand

You'll find more than 200 stores in this gleaming mall, many selling Thai crafts, textiles and home goods, ranging from silver jewelry to Oriental rugs. For edible souvenirs like teas, sweets and dried fruit, head to the supermarket...

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Yaowarat Rd, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand

Phuket has two stores named Ban Boran. This shop, on Yaowarat Road, is textile heaven (the other, which sells antiques, is also worth a visit). Inside are shelves and racks overflowing with colorful silk and cotton fabrics, many made by the...