Phuket At A Glance

The whole of our 4 days in Patong, was spent walking around town. It’s truly a Free & Lazy itinerary and we did not visit the major Phuket attractions as we have done so before. Patong town isn’t big and you can cover by foot within one hour if you restrict to window shopping. Our main focal point was the vicinity of Jungceylon Mall where our hotel is located. The Jungceylon Mall complex itself can easily take a whole day if not two, to fully explore. A host of convenience can be found here.

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Jungceylon Mall entrance facing Thanon Ratuthit Songroipi Rd.

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The Junk inside Jungceylon. Twice a day, there will a fountain display.

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Adjoining shopping complex housing anchor tenants Robinson’s Department Store & BIC-C Supermarket.

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Full fledged BIC-C Supermarket.taking up two floors

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Foot SPA therapy at Phuket Square outside Jungceylon near KFC.

The main tourist attractions of Patong Town are the beach activities along Patong Beach and the night entertainment for the young and young at heart along Bangla Street. Here you’ll find crowded and noisy restaurants, pubs, bars, nightclubs, etc till the early morning. In the morning, you can do some serious shopping at Jungceylon Mall and souvenir hunting in shops or roadside stalls.

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Patong beach, Phuket.

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Bangla Road fronting Patong beach.

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The happening street at night for the young & young at heart.

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Crowd starting to build up at Bangla Road at night.

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Souvenirs by the roadside.

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More souvenirs.

Banzaan Fresh Market is located across Sai Kor Road at the rear of Jungceylon Mall. It is just a normal market serving the locals daily needs. In what is common to most Asians, this market would also be referred as a ‘wet market’, where most of the floors would be wet. The upper floor has a large food court with halal food available.

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Banzaan Fresh Market across the road from the rear of Jungceylon.

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The fresh vegetable section.

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Varieties of fresh fruits you can sample before buying.

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The seafood section with lobster and crayfish.

The only attraction we went to is FantaSea. It’s a cultural theme park with it’s main attraction being a Thai Cultural Show with trained animals joining in. Laser show has now been incorporated into the one hour segment which wasn’t there 17 years ago. This is our second time here, the first in 2001.

I tend to enjoy more the first time as the animals got more stage time, now lasers having it’s ‘own slot’. Honestly I’ll say, seen once, seen them all. The ‘wow’ factor diminishes for repeat visitors. Video recording devices including hand phones are not allowed in. You’ll hand over your devices and be given a ticket to claim them after the show.

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Back again to FantaSea after 17 years.

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Parrots at Phuket FantaSea theme park.

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A rare white tiger in a glass cage at Phuket FantaSea. This isn’t part of the show.

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The event building where the show was performed. It has theater style numbered seating.

Phuket now has a new, large modern International Airport. Arrival is on the lower level while departure on the upper. The domestic terminal is next to it which actually was the old airport. This new terminal building was a far cry from the old with many amenities for the convenience of passengers. This new terminal was completed in 2016.

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Departure level of Phuket airport.

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Entrance for departures on the upper level.

Arrival exit at the ground level.

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The old airport which is now the domestic terminal located alongside the new.

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Spacious check-in counters in the new airport.