Thailand is one of Southeast Asia's best beach destinations, and the country's beaches have drawn in millions of travelers each year. The province of Phuket, in particular, has a total of 33 islands, including the island that shares its name, that have been famous among beachgoers. 

Phuket, however, has much more to offer its visitors than its picture-perfect, pristine beaches. Those who don't like hanging out at the beach have a lot to see and do during their visit. 

Here are some of them. 

Old Phuket Town

Old Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand

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Old towns have this ability of transporting visitors back to another time thanks to its preserved architecture. Phuket is one of the cities that has been able to preserve its old town, which travelers can check out during their stay. 

The Old Phuket Town can be easily explored on foot, which is ideal if visitors want to enjoy how colorful the area is. Visitors can expect to find Sino-Portuguese style shophouses, coffee shops, and local restaurants. There are also a number of stores for those who want to go shopping. 

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Phuket Big Buddha

Phuket Big Buddha, Phuket, Thailand

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Otherwise know as the Big Buddha Phuket or The Great Big Buddha of Phuket, it is  seated Maravija Buddha statue found atop Nakkerd Hill. Believe it or not, this is the third-tallest statue in all of Thailand. 

Construction for the statue began in 2004, but it was not completed until 2018. As this is a temple complex, visitors are encouraged to dress appropriately as a sign of respect. 

Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong, Phuket, Thailand

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Known formally as Wat Chaiyathararam, Wat Chalong is considered as the most important temple in the whole of Phuket. This temple is dedicated to two monks, Luang Cho Chuang and Luang Pho Chaem, who led and tended to the citizens during the Chinese Rebellion. 

A standout structure in this temple complex is the tower known as Phra Mahathat Chedi. This structure is hard to miss, especially due to its intricately carved designs. 

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