Dating back to 1025 A.D., the island of Phuket just southwest of mainland Thailand has a long and complex history, mostly as a trading post for foreigners carrying and seeking valuable materials such as rubber, tin, pearls, timber, ivory, and gems. The glitter of these villains, traders and travelers still glows today in the spirit and the culture of the island.
Connected by two principal bridges to mainland Thailand, Phuket attracts millions of tourists each year with the hopes of experiencing the marvelous natural wonders, bizarre spectacles and fascinating history in the form of an exotic vacation. From Las-Vegas style shows highlighting, among other things, dancing elephants, to natural waterfalls and stunning views of the ocean, this tiny gem in the Andaman Sea is not to be underestimated.
At Patong Beach, catch the Simon Cabaret Show, likely the most exotic experience you'll find in a show-like atmosphere. Expect to glimpse a fair share of world-famous 'ladyboys', better known as transvestites, putting on a glistening performance marked by fantastic costumes and unbelievable bodies. Women and men will both agree, this show will leave you speechless. And if 'ladyboys' are up your street, then a late night stroll down Bangla Road might also find its way into your agenda, where you'll be amazed by the sheer quantity of flamboyant characters prancing around and beckoning your guilty senses.
Day breaks and you might seek some refreshment in the form of spiritual retreats or natural wonders. Both treats blanket the island of Phuket. Wat Chalong, for instance, is one of the island's most important temples, where you'll find intricate carvings and glass mosaics decorating several pagodas. This is Phuket's spiritual center, with a cultural importance that highlights the unique history of the island. On special holidays, you'll also find country style fairs where you can nibble on traditional Thai dishes while breathing in the aromas of the fragrant natural surroundings.
At 45 meters high, be sure not to miss the Big Buddha monument, a recent arrival in Phuket with a spectacular view of surrounding Chalong, Kata, and Rawai. Catch a traditional Thai Boxing match, plan an excursion to relaxing outdoor retreats surrounded by waterfalls, make a quick return visit to your favorite 'ladyboy' performers, or simply indulge in the exotic nature of this one-of a kind world destination. Whatever the case, Phuket offers diversity in spectacle and attractions that will leave you with plenty to talk about upon your departure.
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