Trekking and Elephant back trekking
Several tour companies offer you a challenge to explore the rain forest in the interior as well as the national parks and jungles in the nearby provinces, e.g. Phang-nga and Krabi.
Some islands in Phang-nga Bay and the sea off Krabi, have caves accessible through small openings which are immersed in sea water at high tide but are just a few feet above water when the tide is at the lowest. The world inside these undersea caves is wonderful. The water is calm and clear, the sand white and powdery, and the mangroves grow better than anywhere else.
Inflatable canoes are offered by some tour companies to explore these caves which cannot be reached by long-tail boats. The canoe is always paddled by a professional assigned by the tour agency. You can also paddle it yourself, not to get into a cave, but to get a close look at the rocks and plants of the islet.
One of the main assets of Phuket as a flourishing resort is its abundance of diving destinations, offering a fantastic underwater world of tropical fishes and coral formations, so exotic and colourful. From Phuket, all sorts of dive tours are organized lasting from half a day to two weeks. The nearest are off the west coast where you can explore soft and hard coral reefs, with a large variety of tropical marine life.
More popular are trips to the islands lying to the south and east of Phuket, including Coral Island (Ko He) with its beautiful natural scenery; Ko Racha, with dives of up to 30 metres; Shark Point, a favourite sleeping spot of leopard sharks and stingrays; Ko Dok Mai offering an impressive wall dive and cave dives; and Ko Phi Phi where you can view white-tip sharks, stingrays and moral eels.
Truly world-class diving sites are farther away, including Ko Similan, Ko Surin, Ko Tarutao and the Burma Banks. All the first three island groups are marine national parks which have magnificent coral gardens. Many big diving companies have extended three to seven-day trips on live-aboard dive boats to these destinations.
Phuket surrounded by the Andaman Sea, boasts a large number of dive companies, the majority are located at Patong, Kata and Karon beaches. Others in Phuket town and Chalong Bay.
All dive companies offer the introductory course and the full range of PADI courses for learners. They are staffed with qualified instructors who are members of PADI or NAUI, and provide all sorts of modern equipment which are available for hire.
The best diving months are December to May.
Thailand has become an important golfing destination in Asia, boasting over 100 golf courses throughout the country. Many are newly opened with lush surroundings and superbly equipped clubhouses. The booming of golfing facilities in Thailand has been attributed to several factors including the favourable weather conditions throughout the year and the low green fees and caddy fees.
Phuket and the neighbouring provinces of Phang-nga and Krabi have a number of world-class golf courses. Some designed by well-known international architects and golfers. The courses are set amidst lush mountains and many overlooking the crystal Andaman. Accommodations are also provided at some of the courses.
There are four challenging 18-hole golf courses in Phuket -- Banyan Tree Club at Bang Thao Beach, Blue Canyon Country Club in Thalang, Phuket Country Club and Loch Palm in Kathu District. All the courses, built on former tin-mine sites, have their natural beauty and also offer a pleasant walk for non-golfers.
Phuket has become the newest addition to the foremost yachting regions of the world. The annual King's Cup Regatta, first held in Phuket in 1987 as a 60th birthday tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who is a gold medal sailor himself, has taken place in Phuket with great success and is now one of the prime yacht-racing fixtures in Asia.
The development of sailing activities in and around Phuket has been due to the natural beauty of the area, the warm climate throughout the year, the readiness of equipment and facilities for the sport, and other attractions in Phuket for the sailors.
Yacht charter companies are located at Chalong Bay, Patong Beach and in Phuket town. All offer both bareboat and crewed charters. Day trips usually include boat, crew, lunch, soft drinks and snorkelling gear.
The list of fighting fish species available in the Andaman Sea around Phuket is as long as one to be found in a game fisherman's handbook. They include marlin, tuna, sailfish, giant trevally, king mackerel, wahoo, cobia, barracuda, rainbow runner, dolphin fish, queen fish and african pompano.
The fishing grounds in the Phuket area extend far beyond the nearby waters, to Krabi, about 75 km to the east of Phuket, the two Phi Phi Islands and the Similan Islands. More and more charter companies have sprung up in Phuket, Krabi and Phi Phi in the last few years, offering boats and equipment for hire, including professional flying-deck boats.
Riding clubs have been set up in Phuket with instructors available for beginners. Accomplished riders can walk their horses to admire the natural beauty, or seek adventure by riding at a canter through the forests, along the beaches or in the hills.
There are many well-surfaced roads that wind through scenic hills, green jungle and plantation on one side and, as often as not, blue sea on the other.
Rock Climbing and Abseiling
Quest Laguna Phuket invites you to excitement of the Quest high wire challenge course.
Climb to the top of a 15m tower then abseil back to earth! The Quest climbing tower offers challenges for beginners to the advanced climbers on its 15° wall, sheer slab or gravity defying incline wall. Professional instructors will teach you the ins and outs of rock climbing and abseiling.
This is an adrenaline-pumping plunge for the adventurous types who live for challenges.
The jump tower is set over a pond, formerly the site for tin-mining activities, but now a location for experiencing big-time thrills. The site is the only licensed one in Thailand and the only insured site in Asia.
On the road leading from Patong to Phuket Town look for Jungle Bungy Jumpat the bottom of the big hill near the major intersection on the town side.
The Patong Go-kart Speedway is open every day from 10:00am to nightfallwithin easy reach of Patong. You can reach high speeds as you race against others on a real challenging 600m racing track. Single and double karts are available and there's even floodlighting for evening races. A car park and restaurant with refreshments and snacks are also available.
Phuket Water Ski Cableways
This ia an inland water skiing course on a man made lake. Skiers are pulled round the track at speeds of up to 30 kph by overhead cables. Instruction is free for beginners.
Northeast of Patong at 86/3 Moo 6 Soi Nam Tok Kathu, near Kathu Waterfall.
Telephone: (076) 202 525-7; open daily 10:00 am. - 7:00 pm.