Located right on the beach, Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection is a mere 15-minute drive from Phuket International Airport and a 35-minute drive from downtown Phuket - distant enough to escape the city hustle and bustle but close enough to get to various places of interest around Phuket with convenience.
A marvellous combination of sightseeing and nightlife, eco-tourism, shopping, island-hopping and people-watching is what will make this trip of yours one of your best travel experiences.
A unique and pristine natural habitat surrounded by diverse species of flora and fauna, Phang-Nga National Park covers an area of 400 square kilometres of gorgeous landscape and sparkling lakes. This national park offers abundant adventures and thrills ranging from trekking, elephant riding and bamboo rafting to white-water rafting and simply cruising over the Andaman Sea.
Phuket’s Big Buddha sits tall on top of the hills in southern Phuket and is easily visible due to its unusual height. At a height of 45 metres, this statue can be seen from over five kilometres away and exhibits a calming ambiance. It also offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the island and is simply magnificent if encountered during sunset.
The most majestic and dramatic tract of the virgin forests in Southern Thailand, Khao Sok National Park boasts 188 diverse species of fauna, with the likes of elephants, monkeys, tigers, bears and boars being a part of it. Rafflesia Kerrii, the largest and most foul-smelling flower in the world, is a part of the flora that punctuates a picturesque and extraordinarily scenic location.
For all your golfing needs, Phuket accommodates six golf facilities each with their own unique characteristics: mountainous, lake-strewn, pastoral, seascapes and practice facilities (as well as night golf).
Phuket boasts eight golf courses set amidst serene island panoramas. Open daily (and in the evening to beat the sun), Phuket's golf courses include some of the best in Thailand (Red Mountain, Laguna). Golfers from all over the world choose Phuket due to its status as a perfect holiday destination with high-quality golf facilities suitable for both amateurs and professional players.
• Phuket is home to eight golf courses set amidst serene island surroundings. Open daily, and in the evening for those keen to escape the heat of the day, Phuket's golf courses are some of the best in Thailand, though priced a bit higher. Golfers from all over the world choose Phuket due to its status as a perfect holiday destination known for pristine sandy beaches and high-quality golf facilities suitable for both amateurs and professional players. Convenient:
• BLUE CANYON COUNTRY CLUB (2)
Blue Canyon Country Club is one of the most prestigious golf courses in the region, and is located just 10 minutes from the resort. Golfers can indulge themselves on two golf courses: the 18-hole championship Canyon Course, and the award-winning Lakes Course. Both courses were created around existing landscape, offering superb sporting facilities and stunning views.
• MISSION HILLS GOLF RESORT & SPA
Just 20 minutes’ from the resort, Mission Hills is an 18-hole course with an additional 9-hole floodlit course designed by Jack Nicklaus. This championship golf course is located in the northeast of Phuket and offers spectacular sea vistas.
• LAGUNA GOLF PHUKET GC
Recently renovated, this erstwhile, cozy, recreational golf course graduated to major-league status. Just a 30-minute drive from the resort, the award-winning course features a wealth of scenic tropical lagoons and handsome fairways set against a stunning backdrop of mountains and the nearby sea.
• RED MOUNTAIN GC and LOCH PALM GC
A 45-minute drive away and winding its way through a dramatic 1,400-rai former tin mine site in the heart of Phuket, Red Mountain is an exciting golf course. Cleverly routed to take advantage of a huge variety of landforms and dizzying elevation changes, scars left from the tin mine era have been imaginatively incorporated into the overall scheme, creating a unique experience. Loch Palm Golf Club is built around Crystal Lake, the glistening central feature of the course and the largest body of water on any Phuket course. It has smooth slopes and dramatic elevation changes and takes you across and around ravines and plateaus. The front nine sits amid lakes and palm trees. The back nine moves though mountains and woods.
Phuket is blessed with a plethora of local markets, as well as the more sophisticated Central Festival Mall (40 minutes) and Jungceylon in Patong.
o Phuket Town (Night Market)
This little bundle of mini-stalls and street salesmen has all you wish to eat. Shouting from their special Pad-Thais and Khao Pads to their sticky rice with mango desserts, this market serves the gastronomical aspect at nightfall.
o Turtle Village
Located in northern Phuket, this mini-village offers some exquisite Thai souvenirs, memorabilia, gifts and even involves other items on offer, such as clothing, food and drink, dining and much more. This village encompasses an area of 3,000 sqm of retail space and is a famous shopping destination in this region.
o Bangla Walking Street
Bangla Road in southern Phuket comes to life after sunset when the partygoers and bar-crawlers crave for entertainment. It delights people of all ages and has street performers that snatch you from a screaming night club. Bars, clubs, discotheques, restaurants and some souvenir shops all dominate this road.
Situated in a blessed location, Khao-Lak National Park is widely known for its breath-taking scenery and innumerable trekking trails. Be it a hiking trip in the dense woods or an extreme ATV racing matchup, excitement and thrill is always experienced. Khao-Lak National Park also offers scuba diving, fishing and surfing experiences. It harbours a Tsunami Memorial Park within its boundaries.
A cave temple located on the top of a mountain houses a reclining Buddha that is 15 metres in height with tiny shrines and chedis. It is popularly known as the Monkey Cave as it is home to hundreds of long-tailed macaques.
Phra Thong Temple displays the beauty of an enormous Buddha statue that is partly submerged underground, while the other half protrudes outwards. A myth prophesised that, from this site during the invasion in 1785, whenever the Burmese attempted to dig deeper in hopes of transporting this statue back to their country, a swarm of hornets assaulted them, preventing the soldiers from excavating the site, and causing them to flee.
This must-visit temple harbours the myth of the King of Thailand’s favourite monk, who had supernatural abilities to predict the future. In his name, this site erected a 15-metre-high black monk statue. It also hosts a freshly built temple and a separate shrine where visitors can pay their respects to the surreal wax statues of the monks showering blessings upon their followers.
In Khura Buri District lie the remains of the ancient town of Ban Thung Tuk. Depicting an agglomeration of the earlier settlement of Indians built ages ago, the town evokes a sanctuary that has a sacred altar reserved for ceremonies and rituals alike. With regards to the archaeologists, this town was a major hub for Arab, Malay and Indian merchants to trade in their valuables for a barter of spices, earthen pots and unusual herbs.
A hot spring is located in nearby Natai offering mineral-rich hot water baths that have numerous salubrious benefits.
A marine conservatory located within the Third Fleet of the Royal Thai Navy shares knowledge of Andaman aquatic life and resources, which are highly valuable to the Phang-Nga region. Established by the Phang-Nga Naval Base, this two-story complex preserves the area’s aquatic life and also aids in the development of waste-water disposal.
The Surin archipelago offers five dream islands to discover, two of which are the main islands where several snorkelling and scuba diving activities thrive. Manta rays and white sharks are common visitors of this habitat. Due to the intense efforts of the Surin Marine National Park, they host a variety of sea turtles as well as flora and fauna that are rare in other regions of Thailand.
Listed as one of the most exciting diving locations in Southeast Asia, the Similan Islands are extremely friendly towards scuba divers and snorkelling fanatics. The islands’ topography is so diverse that you can simply swim 20 minutes into a whole new ecological system of aquatic life. Similan also harbours a few landmarks, especially the boulder formation that also serves as a viewpoint for many a tourist’s ultimate holiday pictures.
Famously known for 007, Ko Khao Phing Kan is a splendid destination. The island was featured in the 1974 James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun, giving it the name. Since then, it has simply been an attractive photo destination where tourists pose for pictures with a backdrop of the absurd rock formations and the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea.
An island untouched by tourism which reminds you of the unspoiled beaches and truly tropical paradise of the past, Koh Yai is known for its peaceful and welcoming natives, the calm of the island and the purity of the forests. The island is located southeast of Phang-Nga Province and offers an experience in the natural way of living.
This little bundle of mini-stalls and street salesmen has all you wish to eat. Shouting from their special Pad-Thais and Khao Pads to their sticky rice with mango desserts, this market serves the gastronomical aspect at nightfall. It is also very closely located to the Phang-Nga National Park, making it an ideal stop to kill those hungry birds growling in your stomach.
The ultimate cultural theme park of Thailand; located in central Phuket, this entertainment venue boasts elephant performers and their charming ladies. If that’s not enough, then you will be overwhelmed by the Tiger Jungle Adventure theatrical safari, which gives you goosebumps from their ancient myths. This venue also hosts a shopping carnival decorated with sparkling ornaments from the Thai culture.
Located in northern Phuket, this mini-village offers some exquisite Thai souvenirs, memorabilia, gifts and even has other options on offer, such as clothing, food and drink, dining and many more. This village encompasses an area of 3,000 sqm of retail space and is a famous shopping destination in this region of Phuket.
Bangla Road in southern Phuket comes to life after sunset when the partygoers and bar-crawlers crave for entertainment. In a friendly atmosphere, it delights people of all ages and has street performers that snatch you from a screaming night club. Bars, clubs, discotheques, restaurants and some souvenir shops all dominate this road.