When it rains in Phuket
For those rainy days on the island, most of which occur in low season and many in the month of October, Phuket isn’t short on indoor entertainments. Obvious choices include malls and going to the cinema but there is actually quite a lot more to do while you’re trying to keep dry. You could indulge in a relaxing spa treatment; take a cooking class and learn the art of Thai cuisine; or attend one of many shows in the evening.
Central Festival Phuket is situated in the heart of the island, just outside of Phuket Town. Full of well-known clothing stores, shoe labels and electronic shops, it also boasts a range of restaurants and cafÃ©s, in addition to a cinema. Jungceylon in Patong is another mammoth mall full of all things retail, including eateries, a cinema, an arcade area, bowling alley and shooting range. Expo Market in Phuket Town is another shopping option with hundreds of smaller shops and a food court located under one air-conditioned roof.
Phuket Aquarium, situated in the east coast town of Cape Panwa, provides a fun day out where you can watch an assortment of marine life from the waters of the Andaman Sea.
There are a number of interesting museums to frequent in Phuket, some of which offer insight into the island’s past.
In town, you’ll come across the rather bizarre Thavorn Museum, full of once cared for but now long forgotten items. It will take you back in time and leave you feeling rather curious. Head over to Kathu to enter the magnificent pink Sino-Portuguese building that is home to the Phuket Mining Museum and you’ll have experienced an educational day out.
The Phuket Trickeye Museum is the first 3D painting exhibition of its kind in Southern Thailand. Another off-the-wall adventure can be had at the Upside Down House on the By-pass Road.