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Entertainment

Phuket Town has several cinemas showing Western films, usually with the original soundtrack. Most of the larger hotels have light entertainment, and the occasional traditional dancing shows.

Night Life

Those who like to party until the early hours are likely to make Patong Beach their first port of call. Here you will find plenty of night clubs, bars and discos. If Patong is not to your liking then Kata Beach also has a number of clubs and bars. Other beach resorts are more laid back than Patong or Kata but you will usually find somewhere to wile away the evening.

Phuket Town has a good selection of bars and coffee shops which stay open until late. Several of the larger hotels have night clubs or discos.

Shopping

All the beach resorts have plenty of shops selling toiletries, souvenirs and handicrafts etc. In Phuket Town you will find a number of medium sized department stores. Lacquerware, nielloware, paintings, silk, jewellery and a host of other things can be found in shops around the town.

Sight Seeing

About 20km north of Phuket Town is Ton Sai National Park which has a picturesque waterfall. For the energetic a walk up Phuket Hill, to the south-west of town, is rewarded with a fine view of the city. Phuket Aquarium is at the south of the island.

A little further a field is Phangnga Bay, which has white sandy beaches, offshore islands and caves to explore.

There are several islands within easy reach of Phuket, most popular of which are Koh Phi Phi and the Similan Islands.

Sports

Swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving are some of the most popular activities for the island's visitors. Many of the beaches have wind surfing facilities and water scooters for hire. Local authorities, concerned for the safety of swimmers, have recently banned jet skies from Phuket, and this could be extended to water scooters. A compromise solution may be reached with the jet ski operators.

Phuket has good facilities for those who enjoy golf, and plenty of gymnasiums for the keep fit enthusiast.

Charter boats are available for those keen to try their hand at deep sea fishing.

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