Feed the Monkeys
Just after crossing over onto the island you’ll see a wooden platform with monkey carvings overlooking the mangroves. Inside those mangroves are hundreds of Macaque monkeys, and at sunset locals feed them from the platform. It is quite a scene – chaotic and exhilarating.
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A brilliant day spa option is hidden away at this unique condo resort on the headland between Kata and Karon. The interior is cosy and very Zen with sliding rice-paper doors dividing the treatment rooms. Try the red sweet body scrub, a mixture of sesame, honey and fresh orange juice. Or maybe you’d rather the coconut and passionfruit exfoliation? It also has a full-service beauty salon and offers a variety of massage styles.
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Kok Chang Safari
This well-run, attractive elephant camp is easily one of the best in Phuket – if not the best. (Most importantly, the animals here are healthy.) Tours last 30 minutes to an hour. If you do the full hour (1000B), you’ll have a magical view from the top of the mountain. Or you could always ditch the elephant trek and just hang with Charlie, a friendly and damn handsome monkey. He chills at the house.
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Blue Elephant Restaurant & Cookery School
Phuket's newest cookery school is in the stunning restored 1903 Sino-Portuguese style Phra Phitak Chyn Pracha Mansion. There are a variety of options from short group lessons to five-day private training (78,000B). Morning classes take in a market visit.
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Jurassic Park meets minigolf at this bizarre park on the southern edge of Hat Karon. It’s a maze of caves, lagoons, leafy gardens, dinosaur statues and, of course, putting greens. Kids will dig it the most.
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