The list of things to do and see in Phuket is seemingly endless. Amongst the best attractions of offer is the Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect World, which is one of the last remaining butterfly gardens in Thailand. There’s also the Pearl Farm, located on the island’s east coast around a kilometre offshore, which can be visited by boat. The Phi Phi Islands are another popular natural attraction, and the incredible beauty of their white beaches, unique foliage and geographical features are protected by their national park status. Various marine recreational activities are on offer, including scuba diving and snorkeling to view the coral reefs and marine fauna, as well as kayaking.
Phuket Old Town offers some fine examples of Sino-Portuguese architecture, dating back to the island’s episode as a colony of the Portuguese Empire. The unique and varied cultures of Phuket with its history of Siamese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian and Chinese migration are most evident within the capital.