Things to do in Phuket – Karon Viewpoint, Phuket Botanic Garden & Try local foods
Sometimes referred to as the ‘Three Bay Viewpoint’, it’s located between Nai Harn and Kata Noi Beaches. This is a tastefully developed facility with a Thai-style sala, which offers superb views on several levels. From here Kata Noi, Kata and Karon beaches can be seen and out to sea is Koh Poo (Island). Without doubt one of the island’s best views!
How to get there: Kata Viewpoint is located along the road between Kata Beach and Nai Harn Beach, just five kilometres from Kata Beach.
|Phuket Botanic Garden|
Phuket Botanic Garden should be on a list of attractions to visit while in Phuket! The site is in the Chalong area not far from Chalong Temple. The garden features an amazing horticultural display split into 30 zones, each containing different species.
The site contains a butterfly garden in addition to various other gardens: Herb Garden, Orchards, Sufficient Garden, Orchid Garden, Fern Garden, Cactus Garden, Rainforest, Japanese Garden, English Garden, Bali Garden, Water Lily Garden and a Palm Garden. The Phuket Botanic Garden also serves as a research centre for many rare plant species. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy these immaculately kept tropical gardens.
Open from 9am-4.30pm. Closed on Wednesday. The entry fee for non-locals is 500 baht for adults and 300 baht for kids. For more information contact: + 66 7636 7095.
|Try local foods|
The island has a unique cuisine and both its entrées and desserts are a combination of local and Chinese cooking styles. International visitors shouldn’t miss the opportunity to sample the mouth-watering and unique offerings of Phuket’s kitchens. We have the inside track on toothsome dishes which will tempt your taste buds. Please allow us to offer a few examples:
Oh Aew: An unbeatable Phuket dessert which is made from jellied banana-flour mixed with boiled red beans, ice, and sweet red syrup: available at Lok Tiean Local Food Centre, Intersection of Yaowarat Road with Dibuk Road, Phuket City
Dim Sum: This is a steamed dumpling, filled with a choice of every imaginable variety of sweet or savoury filling, sometimes accompanied by Chinese herb chicken soup and condiments.
Oh Tao: (Also known as Hoi Tod Hokgian). This is a fried oyster dish prepared with eggs, flour, bean sprouts and taro root. It’s a favourite Phuket snack.
Mee Hok Kian: This is made with large yellow noodles similar to Japanese Soba. Mee Hok Kian can be served with pork-bone soup and/or dried noodles. A delightful variety known as Mee Hok Kian Pak includes fried noodles, soup, egg, fried onions, pork crackling and a choice of pork, fish or squid. Recommended Mee Hok Kian restaurants are Mee Ao Gay, located on Poonpol Road, and Mee Sapam at Sapam Village, Thepkasattri Road.
Mee Sue: Phuket’s breakfast noodles with a salty taste and white colour when uncooked are boiled and flavoured with oriental spices. They can be served with sliced pork or chicken accompanied by boiled rice or rice soup.
Feature Things To do from Window on Phuket, January 2014