When people think of Phuket, the first things that come to mind are usually the beach life, the partying and the City’s close proximity to some of the most stunning islands in Thailand. Most of the fun tourist activities in Phuket are thought of as being close to the coastline but for those who venture inwards, there is a whole new world to be discovered.
Tourists tend to head straight to the beaches when they come to Phuket but what many people don’t realize is that over 70% of the island is covered in Jungle and Mountains. As these areas are relatively unknown to travelers on the island, they are the perfect areas to go for those wishing to get a bit of tranquility and solitude. There are many hills that are perfect for trekking and when things get a little too hot, there are waterfalls for swimming.
The largest evergreen forest in Phuket is the Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Park in the Northern Thalang area. Its trails show off some of the best scenery around. Aside from all the wonderful plant life, a rich assortment of animal life can be seen in this area such as the exotic birds that are native to the area, wild boars, barking deer, monkeys and even Malay Sun Bears.
Hiking in this region can be heavy going due to the humidity, so always bring plenty of water and good, strong footwear. Make sure you bring a towel and some bathers as well. There are plenty of places to cool down and go for a swim along the way.
Two of the most beautiful waterfalls in Phuket are the Tonsai waterfall, which is a true natural beauty and the Bang Pae waterfall, which is the largest on the island and is ideal for a quick dip. These areas have plenty of places for families and friends to have picnics so bring along a picnic basket if that’s your sort of thing.
So remember, next time you’re looking for something to do in Phuket, try something new and travel inwards. You never know what you’ll discover.