Being the largest island of Thailand, Phuket is one of the most visited tourist attraction in the country. Also referred as the Pearl of the Andaman, this tropical island is abundant with forested hillsides and beautiful seashores, while its surrounding waters are a repository of marine life. Its landscape comprises green hills, rubber plantations and coconut grooves. Whether land or water, this island offers a range of adventures and sports activities to indulge in, such as deep sea fishing, snorkelling, sea-canoeing, yachting, hiking, mountain biking, golfing, go-karting, windsurfing, kayaking and scuba diving. Travellers interested in exploring this tropical island can take time out of their busy schedule and plan a trip to this place with Phuket tours.
This destination is also popular for its delicious cuisine, spa therapies, serene beaches, beautiful islands, historical sites, museums, zoo and natural beauty. Some of the famous places of tourist interest in this place include Wat Chalong, Saphan Hin, Ton Sai Waterfall, Phuket Zoo, Coral Island, Chalong Beach, Khao Phra Taeo and Wat Phra Tong.
Located in Mueang, this zoo is a private property, which conserves several endangered animal species of South-east Asia. New species of mammals, fish and birds get added every year in the zoo through various breeding programs. There are different varieties of mammals living in the zoo, such as crocodiles, tigers, emus, ostriches and camels.
The highlights of this tourist spot include monkey shows, crocodile shows and elephant shows that take place daily. Monkey shows feature short-tailed macaque variety, which are a common sight in Thailand. The crocodile show includes a nerve-wrecking performance put up by a trainer with his head in the mouth of a crocodile. The featured performances during elephant show consist of balancing acts, disco dancing, football games and races.
More Attractions to Watch Out
The other attractions of this place are a bird park, an aquarium and an orchid garden. The aquarium houses a range of both saltwater and freshwater species comprising fish, frogs, turtles, crabs, nocturnal animals and birds, giant snakes and lizards. It also displays seashells and fishing equipment showing different fish catching techniques. The orchid garden has a number of species of orchids, such as Bulbophyllums, Rhynchostylis, Cirrhopetalums and Grammatophyllum as well as Thai and hybrid varieties. Some of these flowers have life of just one day and some remain in full bloom till six months. Nature loving tourists who wish to visit this habitat to witness these rare species during their Phuket holidays must add it as part of their travel itinerary. The best time to visit this island is from November to March during the monsoon period when the temperature is ideal for sightseeing.
Travellers looking for tour packages to this beautiful island can visit various travel websites that offer them for different seasons and different prices.