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Wednesday, 15 June 2011 09:34

PLACES OF INTEREST IN KATHU DISTRICT

Patong Beach (หาดป่าตอง) : This is Phuket’s central tourist and night time entertainment district. Over the years, Patong has turned from a fishing village into one of the island’s two cities. The famous bay and 4 km. beach remain as they were, with development limited to the area back of the beach road. There, however, virtually every kind of entertainment imaginable awaits visitors, with bars catering to every nationality. Live music can be found in many places, and there are also discotheques. Accommodations range from budget to five-star. Shopping opportunities appear to be endless. Whatever one’s culinary disposition, a restaurant catering to it will be found. In addition, there are many tour companies waiting to help visitors plan their vacations. Some of the options available are listed below, but Patong is thick with everything. There’s saying locally, “If you can’t find it in Patong, it doesn’t exist in Phuket,” which, it not entirely true, about sum it up.

Among the larger attractions are :

Phuket Water Ski Cableways An inland water skiing course on a man-made lake. Skiers are pulled round the oval track at speeds of up to 30 kph by overhead cables. Instruction is free for beginners. Located over the hill northeast of Patong at 86/3 Moo 6, Soi Nam Tok Kathu, near Kathu Waterfall tel. 66 (0) 7620 2525-7; open daily 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Simon Cabaret This transvestite show features dozens of gorgeously appareled boys dancing and lipsynching to popular songs. Costumes, choreography and pacing are very impressive; sound system and staging are state-of-the-art. Two shows nightly is located on the Patong-Karon road tel. 66 (0) 7634 2011-5.

Tarzan’s Jungle Bungy Jump, jump from the top of a 53 m. crane toward a pond while connected to a long elastic bungy cord; very exhilarating. Fully insured. Note : This is not recommended for the aged, the infirm, or those with chronic heart problems. Food and drink are served in a park-like atmosphere, located over the hill northeast of Patong at 61/3 Moo 6, on the road to Phuket Town tel. 66 (0) 7632 1351.

Tarzan’s Catapult Bungy This uses an elastic cord similar to the one mentioned above, but relies upon a catapult to shoot customers up in the air. Located on Soi Sunset at Patong Beach, near the Expat Hotel tel. 66 (0) 81 464 1581.

Patong Go-Kart Speedway A well planned raceway and high-powdered go-carts await carting enthusiasts. Food and drink are served in the pits, open 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., located over the hill northeast of Patong at 118/5 Vichit Songkram Rd., near Kathu District Office tel. 66 (0) 7632 1949.

Kalim Beach (หาดกะหลิม) : This beach is really a continuation north of Phuket’s strand, from which it is separated by some rocks. It is not yet developed and thus affords some privacy. Back of the beach are accommodations. The waters contain extensive coral reefs.

Kamala Beach (หาดกมลา) : Kamala is a Muslim fishing village north of Patong. Tourist development on the beach much of which is covered by a Muslim graveyard and a police outpost has been slow in coming. Buffalo herds still come down to the beach to cool off in the afternoon. The beach is beautiful and about 2 kms. in length. There are accommodations ranging from guesthouse to international class, and a number of small Thai restaurants specializing in seafood for the tourist. Kamala is the perfect place to get away from it all and has little to offer in the way of entertainment for that go across the mountains to Patong. Regular bus sevice to and from Phuket Town during daytime; tuk-tuk service available to Patong, 5 kms. away on the new road.

Phuket Fantasea The ultimate cultural theme park was constructed on 300 rai of land at Kamala Beach, about 9 kilometers north of Patong on the island’s rim road. Fantasea represents a new dimension in nighttime entertainment, using ultra-high technology to create fantastic illusions and special effects for shows centering on Thai legends featuring hundreds of performers and dancers in gorgeous attire. There are also animal performances, the most prominent being a large troupe of trained elephants in 3,000 seats theatre. Other features include a fanciful village where souvenirs are displayed, a 4,000 seats restaurant serving Thai & International cuisine. For details and information about tickets please call tel. 66 (0) 7638 5000.