If you want to get acquainted with the local traditions, life and customs of Thais, try the national dishes, then you need to go to the Thai village of Phuket. This place offers its visitors a whole complex of entertainment, which involves indigenous people of the island.

To get here, you will need: a car, a good mood and the exact address. Or enter the full name "Phuket Orchid Garden and Thai Village" into the navigator and go for a new experience. It's only a 10-15 minute drive from Phuket Town.

Things to do in the village

  • Watch dance shows, sword martial arts and Thai boxing;
  • Take a master class on souvenir making or cooking national dishes;
  • Get a tour on the elephants or go on a trip to Thailand to see the elephants in the village;
  • Riding on elephants or watching a show with their participation;
  • Walk around the beautiful orchid garden;
  • Have a delicious lunch in the restaurants or cafes in the village.

It is a very colorful place. Every day there are dance shows for tourists from 13:00 to 17:30 and Sunday is a day off. There are also tournaments in martial arts, where you can not only look, but also to learn the techniques. In addition to the usual wrestling in the village you can see the cockfighting. The spectacle is very funny, and most importantly, none of the roosters are not hurt.

For fans of something to do with their hands here are holding workshops where everyone can learn how to cook traditional Thai cuisine and make an unusual souvenir or dishes.

Tourists love to watch the elephant show and ride a horse. Also take good pictures that you will be framed and sold for a small fee. Elephants can be fed bananas by hand. The locals also offer to try a massage, when you lie down on the floor, and the elephant gently stepped on his back with his foot and begins to gently pat.

There is a fragrant orchid garden on the territory of 1600 km2, where every visitor can quietly stroll and relax after the entertainment program. The large variety of flowers will delight you with their beauty and delicate scent.

Local food

At the end of your tour of the village, stop by a local restaurant or cafe. Here they offer traditional drinks with food. The meals are buffet style. And the main feature is that each dish is an unexpected combination of all 5 flavors: salty, sweet, bitter, sour and spicy.

Different kinds of meat, fish and seafood, salads, rice and noodles, and a great variety of sauces. Be sure to try the Tom Yam soup with its unusual combination of flavors, Pad Thai - noodles fried with eggs, beans, peanuts, any kind of meat, and fish (or oyster) sauce.

An interesting salad called Som Tam will surprise you with a combination of green papaya, string beans, and tomato. Sometimes seafood is added to it, and in the shell. The whole thing is doused in a sweet and sour spicy sauce.

For dessert you can have mango sticky rice, which combines ripe mango and rice boiled in coconut milk.