If you need a day away from the beach, take the opportunity to visit one of Phuket’s unique animal experiences. The Phuket Aquarium on the southern tip of Cape Panwa houses a wide selection of freshwater and marine animals and corals in an immersive “tunnel tank.” You’ll be thrilled at the giant rays, sharks, octopus, and sea turtles as they swim right up to you and over your head. Colorful tropical fish and corals are also a top attraction.
Ever wanted to see crocodiles and tigers up close? At the Crocodile and Tiger World, you can watch staff tame crocs right in front of you and even bottle-feed a baby tiger. This is a farm, though, and not a sanctuary – be prepared to be offered crocodile meat and products at the gift shop.
For nature’s most fabulous insects, head to Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect World, a conservation and education area. More than 6,000 butterflies of 40 different species are kept in the garden, and visitors can watch the entire butterfly life cycle unfold before their eyes. The other insects and arachnids that make up Insect World also offer an exciting peak into how these tiny creatures live.