Travel guide Thailand

Ron Khlong Thom Waterfall

A 200-meter long path along the crystal clear stream leads to the stone bathtubs. However, it is better to go a little further, to the hot waterfall.
The waterfall consists of about 5 levels. Every level is like a small pool. There are signs that say: the water temperature is about 40 degrees C; mineral composition (mg/l) – lead is less than 0.0001, nitrogen 0.09, fluoride 1.09, copper is less than 0.0001. For health benefits, it is advised to spend 20 minutes in the water, but no longer than 20 min! What can be better for your tired feet and body after a climb than a hot bath? The water here is very clean; there are many natural ledges in the tubs, where you can get comfortable. The waterfall flows into the river where water is cool, perfect for contrast baths.

Go for a Thai massage by the river (50 m from the waterfall) and you will reach nirvana. Don’t forget to take some cash with you.

At the exit of the Park, near the Parking lot, you will find a few restaurants with delicious Thai food, the prices are low. I suggest you order a bowl of fried rice with chicken and egg (Kao pad Gai Kai Dao in Thai.)

! Directions: from the city of Krabi head South on highway 4 for 38 km to the village of Khlong Tom, continue on route 4038, 4021 and follow the signs.

Ticket: 90 bath
Parking: 20 bath

Ron Khlong Thom Waterfall

Wat Tham Suea or Tiger Cave

COORDINATES
GPS
8°07'30.9"N 98°55'28.3"E
Decimal
8.125256, 98.924537

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The sign at the entrance says this is a place for meditation. Founded in 1975 by a monk Chamnian Silsetso, known for his knowledge in teachings of Vipassana in 1975 (Note: Vipassana — means to see things as they really are. www.dhamma.org). It is believed that in one of the caves used to live a leopard (not a tiger as the name suggests).

This is a large complex. At the entrance, you will find a small shop. It is better to buy food on the way out otherwise furry tailed inhabitants won’t leave you alone.

The entrance to the Tiger cave is immediate to the left along the cliff. There is a structure built in front of the rock for meditation and meetings with the monks. To enter the cave you need to walk through this structure. Inside you will find a footprint of the Buddha, where you can leave a coin and make a wish.

Going further along the road deep into the complex, on the left side, you will see two paths to the mountains. The first leads to the top of the mountain (1237 steps), the second to the "old" forest.

There are 1237 steps leading to the top of this 600 feet high mountain. It's not an easy walk. The steps are narrow and steep. In some places stair risers are up to 40 cm high, you have to use your hands to help yourself. To keep you occupied this 25-30 min, this is how long it takes to get to the summit, columns are installed along the staircase at the edge that show you how many steps you have ascended. Once you get to the top you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the surrounding area. Also, cold drinking water is available there.
One day on the way up I passed an old Thai man. He got to the top only 10 minutes behind me. He was 72 years old! This is for those of you who after reading this decided not to climb to the top.

Old forest: once you get over a small hill you get to the forest, it is truly a forest, not a jungle. The walk is easy here, there are many different paths. If you take the far left footpath it will lead you back in a circle to the starting point. On the way, there are a few caves with rock paintings. People come here to enjoy the silence. The trees are tropical with large and wide buttress roots. The largest tree I found was about 9 meters wide at its foundation! Standing next to that tree it was hard to believe that it was a living thing. It felt like I was leaning against a rock. The temperature in the forest is cool so that 20-minute walk around the circle is not tiring.

In the middle of the complex, before the staircase to the summit or in front of the Tiger cave, you will find monks and nuns. If you approach with a smile and ask they will tie a braided bracelet to your wrist, blessed for good luck. Make a wish or they themselves often wish for foreigners a lot of money, do not say “No”.

! Directions: from Krabi head East on highway 4, before you reach Big C supermarket turn left onto highway 6017, follow the road for 2 km.

Wat Tham Suea or Tiger Cave

Suwanna Khuha Monkey Temple

Province: Krabi | Category: Temple, Theme park | Link to this attraction

COORDINATES
GPS
17°36'28.5"N 102°16'57.0"E
Decimal
17.607907, 102.282507

On Google map

The path to the temple and the statue of reclining Buddha is “guarded” by dozens of monkeys. But you can bribe them with bananas. These furry creatures are not shy and will steal your food given a chance. Keep a firm grip on your belongings. Once you pass the first domed section of the cave you end up in the second part where there are many beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. You can climb to the top of the cave, but be careful – the path is slippery.

In the middle of the first section sometimes you can find a monk who if asked will tie a string around your wrist that will serve you as a protective amulet.

! Directions: from Phuket head towards Phang Nga on highway 402, then turn onto highway 4 before you reach Phang Nga.

Suwanna Khuha Monkey Temple

Cable Ski

WORKING HOURS
09:00 — 18:30

FEE
Adult
1500 THB

CONTACTS
+66 89 873 0187

COORDINATES
GPS
7°55'36.0"N 98°19'47.2"E
Decimal
7.926652, 98.329763

On Google map

Do you miss snowboarding? Try cable wakeboarding. The Park offers a range of different obstacles installed on a manmade lake. The lake is 400 x 100 meters in size and the water is clean. Their cable system works without a hitch. A basic set of equipment is provided free of charge with the purchase of a ticket. Professional equipment is also available for rent for more experienced riders.

If you have never tried wakeboarding before there are instructors are on hand to give you your first lesson. Even first-timers after a couple of hours of riding can do simple tricks.

There are showers and a restaurant on site.

! Directions: from Patong head toward Central Festival Shopping mall, once you get down from the hill at the first traffic light, at a Caltex gas station turn left like if you were going to the Kathu Watefall and follow the signs.

Cable Ski

Phuket Aquaria

Province: Phuket | Category: Nature, Theme park | Link to this attraction

WORKING HOURS
10:30 - 20:00

FEE
Adult
1190 THB

Kid
690 THB

CONTACTS
076629800

COORDINATES
GPS
7°53'23.4"N 98°21'59.6"E
Decimal
7.889837, 98.366556

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New aquarium was opened Phuket Aquaria in Central Festival Floresta shopping mall. http://www.aquaria-phuket.com You can also see a feeding process at specific time that written near windows. Tricky eye pavilion is available also you can include it in combo ticket.

Phuket Wake Park in Kathu

Province: Phuket | Category: Action, Theme park | Link to this attraction

WORKING HOURS
9:00 - 18:30

FEE
Adult
750 THB

Kid
450 THB

CONTACTS
089 873 0187

COORDINATES
GPS
7°55'35.9"N 98°19'47.2"E
Decimal
7.926641, 98.329763

On Google map

Do you miss snowboarding? Try cable wakeboarding. The Park offers a range of different obstacles installed on a manmade lake. The lake is 400 x 100 meters in size and water is clean. Their cable system works without a hitch. A basic set of equipment is provided free of charge with the purchase of a ticket. Professional equipment is also available for rent for more experienced riders.

If you have never tried wakeboarding before there are instructors are on hand to give you your first lesson. Even first-timers after a couple of hours of riding can do simple tricks.

There are showers and a restaurant on site.

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Phuket Wake Park in Kathu

Splash Jungle

Province: Phuket | Category: Action, Theme park | Link to this attraction

WORKING HOURS
10:00 - 17:45

FEE
Adult
1450 THB

Kid
700 THB

CONTACTS
076 372 111

COORDINATES
GPS
8°07'00.4"N 98°18'22.5"E
Decimal
8.116781, 98.306256

On Google map

Phuket Splash Jungle Water Park is fun for all ages. Slides and water attractions in the Park are designed for different age groups. For children, there is a whole water town and judging by the happy squeals and laughter coming from the place, they like it.

Parents with kids can relax too, for example, in the sauna while kids are enjoying the water. There are plenty of lifeguards keeping a watchful eye on everybody’s safety.

Need a break from splashing in the water, having fun in the sun can be tiring, have a snack at the café or a full meal at the restaurant.

Directions: head to the North of the island. At the cross roads with a sign to the airport go straight. You will see the sign “Splash Jungle” on you left opposite a mosque.

Splash Jungle

Fantasy show

Province: Phuket | Category: Show, Theme park | Link to this attraction

WORKING HOURS
17:30 - 23:30

DAYS OFF
Thu

FEE
Adult
2200 THB

Kid
2200 THB

CONTACTS
076 385 000

COORDINATES
GPS
7°57'23.0"N 98°17'15.1"E
Decimal
7.956390, 98.287516

On Google map

Fantasia is a big entertainment park that includes a theater where the show is performed, a restaurant offering a buffet dinner and a beautiful village.

The show tells a legend, where the Prince on a sacred elephant rescues his Princess from hands of Demons. The performance takes place not only on stage, but all around the theater with elephants walking through the audience, and aerial acrobats flying over spectators’ heads.
Theater Gold seats will give you the best view of the show.

Buffet dinner is served in a large dining room, featuring South East Asian and Japanese food with Thai sweets for dessert. Optionally, you can order a VIP dinner with seafood.

The village consists of various pavilions: a games pavilion, a zoo, where animals are kept in unusual rooms instead of cages; a pavilion where you can take pictures in national costumes, etc.

Directions: from Kamala beach head North toward Surin beach, it is easy to find.
! It is a good idea to come here by 18.00 then you can have the dinner and have enough time to walk around the park before the show starts at 21.00.

Fantasy show

Upside down house - Baan Teelanka

Province: Phuket | Category: Show, Theme park | Link to this attraction

WORKING HOURS
9:30 — 18:00

FEE
Adult
290 THB

Kid
170 THB

CONTACTS
084 456 5279

COORDINATES
GPS
7°56'19.9"N 98°22'47.2"E
Decimal
7.938852, 98.379767

On Google map

This is an interesting attraction for both adults and kids. It takes a few minutes for your brain to get used to the inverted interior and to understand how to take pictures. You will need to take a picture and rotate your camera so it looks like you are on the ceiling. Everything in the house is upside down not only furniture and objects but also signs and labels.

There is a garden maze behind the house with free WiFi.

Directions: from Premium Outlet head toward Central Festival Shopping mall. The house is on left before you reach Siam Niramit show.

Upside down house - Baan Teelanka

Botanic garden

WORKING HOURS
11:00 — 17:00

DAYS OFF
Wed

FEE
Adult
500 THB

Kid
300 THB

CONTACTS
076 367 095

COORDINATES
GPS
7°50'51.1"N 98°20'44.4"E
Decimal
7.847530, 98.345656

On Google map

As expected there are a lot of plants, exotic flowers, and tropical trees. It is divided into 30 zones or gardens each dedicated to one collection of plants. There is a cactus garden, an orchid garden etc. In the rainforest garden, you will find a waterfall with a path surrounded by foliage creating a green corridor with aerial roots hanging like a curtain from above.

The Garden is neither very informative nor immensely big nor does it have very rare plants. But we are certain that you will enjoy the beauty of nature and take some nice pictures.

There is also a restaurant, a playground, and a gift shop.
The Botanical Garden is closed on Wednesdays.

Directions: from Chalong roundabout head toward Central Festival Shopping mall, once you pass Wat Chalong keep your eyes open for the yellow sign “Botanical Garden”, the sign will be on you right.

Botanic garden