There are so many amazing places to visit on a Thailand yacht charter, and Koh Sirey is no exception to that! Lying to the east side of Phuket town, the island feels more like a small cape than an island, but it is an island nonetheless and happens to be connected to Phuket town by a very short bridge! Koh Sirey is definitely an area of Phuket that is not well known but is definitely worth a visit on your Thailand yacht charter if only to view the beautiful Sirey Bay!
About Koh Sirey
[mappress mapid=”7″]This small island is only 20km square and can be seen from fairly far away due to the Thai temple that sits at the top of a hill. It is on the eastern side of Phuket town and is very un-touristy with almost non existent construction almost giving you a glimpse of how Phuket was over 20 years ago. The beautiful leafy coast with the rubber plantations nestled behind offers you lovely views of the island on your Thailand yacht charter
Things to see at Koh Sirey
A visit to the temple on the top of the hill takes you up a small windy road to the top, where you can admire the temple and it’s large golden reclining buddha, as well as the lovely views to be had down onto Phuket town.
- Wat Sirey is an unusual Buddhist temple, it is ringed by the look of elevated rooms, all housing golden Buddha images and each with a ladder for essential access, but the steps leading up to the temple have excellent views out over Phuket and Sirey.
- Go ashore to some of the unspoilt beaches, it is worth stopping for a swim at one of the islands many beaches, whilst they are not as well kept as some of the beaches in the main tourist areas, they have a certain charm because of this, they tend to offer more rough shingled sand, perfect for exploring on.
- There is also a Sea Gypsy village here known as Chao Lay, known locally as Chao Ley (or people of the sea) they are a colony of Moken Sea Gypsies from Laem Tukkae village. It is said that these sea gypsies were in fact the first inhabitants of the Andaman coastal regions of Thailand and Malaysia. They have their own distinctive culture and religion and retain their own language, they are very approachable but expect them to be a quite shy. There is a lovely big open air seafood restaurant next to the sea gypsy village which is a good place for a lunch stop.
- Take time to watch the many monkeys at the small recreation park near a mangrove swamp by the main bridge they are fed fruit by the locals every evening and many an hour can be spent watching their cheeky antics, though they are not as tame as the monkeys to be found on Monkey Hill in Phuket Town.
- See all the fishermen at work in the fishing port, loading ice onto their boats ready for another fish catching expedition.
- Enjoy the slower pace of life here on Koh Sirey, hard to believe that it is only half an hour away from the hustle and bustle of Patong, but perfect for some relaxing time soaking up the relaxed atmosphere of island life.
- If you want to leave your Thailand yacht charter behind for a day and explore the interior of the island, then there is no public transport on the island itself, though it is easy to hire either a car or motorbike to explore more on land.
So another must visit place on your Thailand yacht charter, if you fancy a look back at how Phuket may have been many years ago.
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