The museum contains five exhibit halls chronicling Phuket’s history and tracing the various ethnicities found in southern Thailand.
About the only thing Thai salads (ยำ yam) have in common with the Western variety is that they are both based on raw vegetables. A uniquely Thai flavor is achieved by drowning the ingredients in fish sauce, lime juice and chillies - the end result can be very spicy indeed!
The quintessential Thai aroma! A bold, refreshing blend of fragrant lemongrass, chilli, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice and fish sauce shapes this classic soup, giving it its legendary herbal kick. Succulent fresh prawns and straw mushrooms lend it body. A versatile dish that can fit within virtually any meal, the distinctive smell reminds you of exotic perfume, while it’s invigorating sour-spicy-hot taste just screams ‘Thailand’!
Thai locals love to eat, and boat noodles are high on the list of most sought after soup noodles. Crowds go crazy, devouring as many bowls of boat noodles as possible and competing against other tables to see who can eat the most, stacking noodle bowls on the edge of the table for prideful evidence.
At night the streets of Chang Mai come alive with rows and rows of vendors. The prices seem to be higher here than anywhere else in Thailand, but once you know what to pay for things, you can get them down to the proper price. Half of the fun is the bargaining anyway. With everything to choose from, it is your one stop shopping for every souvenir and piece of clothing that you need.
The 125-sq-km Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park , just south of town, is a splendid collection of sea cliffs, mountains, beaches, estuaries, forested valleys and mangroves. The park is home to hornbills, drongos, tapirs, gibbons, monkeys and the seldom-seen Asiatic black bears.
This flashy museum, formerly a Chinese language school, is filled with photos and exhibits on Phuket’s history, some more interesting than others like the Chinese Migration and Tin Mining Era exhibits to the those on Local Cuisine.
Day trippers flock to this small island, 7km offshore of central Pattaya, for sun and sand. On weekends, Bangkok’s visiting party people bake off hangovers in beach chairs, and the aquamarine sea is sliced and diced by jet-skis, banana boats and other marine merriment.
Escape the heat and sun at Underwater World with acrylic tunnels that make up a walk-through aquarium. It’s 200m past the Tesco-Lotus shopping centre on the main road south.
Pattaya Park has three different ways to exit the 55-storey tower in its water park. Once the kids (and Mum and Dad) have recovered, get them all excited again on the roller coaster and dodgems in the venue’s Funnyland Amusement Park.