Bang Wad Dam
Bang Wad Dam is located in Kathu beside the 18-hole Phuket Golf Country Club golf course. This dam can hold around 8.5 million cubic metres of water and provides around 43,000 cubic metres of water to Phuket households every day. It is also used for flood and drought control. Surrounded by green hills the dam is a very scenic spot and is popular with locals who like to jog, stroll or ride bicycles around it in the late afternoon and early evening. After exercising you can buy cheap food and drink from the small stalls that are found near the car park. To get to Bang Wad Dam visitors should follow the road signs for the Phuket Golf Country Club.
Mention Kathu Waterfall to many visitors to Phuket and they will instantly conjure up mental images of hundreds of feet of water freefalling perpendicularly into a massive pool. Kathu Waterfall is nothing like this; rather it’s a series of drop pools that sometimes are gushing with rainwater and sometimes not.
One thing is for sure, though: If you want to get to the very top of Kathu Waterfall expect a hard climb. Luckily, most of the way up comprises stairs and is shaded so you can stop and take rests at will. The best time to go is from June to November when there is plenty of monsoon water but it’s advisable not to go when it’s actually raining as things can get rather slippery underfoot. Right at the top there’s a pool in which you can take a dip and there are ‘drop pools’ stationed along the way up to cool off in.
Owing to Phuket’s strong Chinese roots, dim sum is an incredibly popular meal among locals and you can find a dim sum restaurant in almost every town or neighbourhood on the island. As is often the case, particularly in Phuket, Thai-style dim sum has its origins in Southern China, where the practice of eating dim sum with many cups of jasmine tea is known as yum cha. Naturally, over the years Thais have adapted the recipes for Chinese-style dim sum dishes to suit their tastes, and the tea to pandan tea, but many of the most iconic dishes remain quite similar to their Chinese predecessors.
Steamed dumplings are an essential part of any dim sum meal and several varieties are commonly found here in Phuket.
Central Festival Phuket
Central Festival Phuket is an air-conditioned, fully equipped one-stop shopping mall lying just outside of Phuket Town. If you are coming from Patong, Central lies on your left, before the main crossroads as you enter Phuket. Rightly regarded as the shopping hub of the island, Central plays host to over 120 outlets selling products ranging from silk to sushi, from Levi's to laptops, from books to barbecues - if it isn't on sale at Central you probably didn't need it anyway. It's literally possible to spend a full day here - shopping, catching the latest movies, and dining out at the range of international restaurants that offer erything from French cuisine to Japanese to local Thai outlets.
Central has free underground parking in case you have wheels, but if you arrive by taxi or bus it's simple to alight outside and use the main entrance.
Flying Hanuman Ziplining
Flying Hanuman offers a high-speed ziplining adventure that's unlike any other, sending you flying through the treetops with the speed and grace of a bird. Admire Phuket Island's dense jungle landscapes and forest-covered hillsides while you get your adrenaline pumping.
After pickup from your hotel, take a drive a drive to the zipline course and meet your friendly guide, who goes over a safety briefing that helps you prepare for your adventure. Nestled on a 262,467-square-foot (80,000-sq-m) plot of land covered with rubber trees, Flying Hanuman is the perfect place to observe the thriving green flora and diverse fauna that make the island unique.