Patong is a bustling beach with plenty of options for food and entertainment but to access some of the more interesting cultural experiences in Phuket, the areas around Patong have more to offer. Sure, you can always take the family to any of the large malls such as Jungceylon or Central Festival or maybe even catch some of the nearby museums but for a real Thai cultural experience, you need something deeper.
Phuket continues to attract people for beach vacations and the laidback life but its geographical location in the Andaman Sea makes it an interesting cultural outpost. For Phuket’s native culture and vibe, Phuket Old Town is certainly the place to be but for something more broadly Thai, Thalang Maneekram is the best option.
Mini Thailand: Thalang ManeekramThalang Maneekram is open all year long and they offer activities that involve art, tradition, culture from all over Thailand. It takes just 45 minutes by car to reach this culture hotspot, where you can spend all day eating, shopping and so much more.
Thalang Maneekram is Phuket’s first mini Thailand. It is spread over 76,000 sqm in size and it is made up of buildings with architecture from all over. There offerings are numerous and they range from shopping and games to fun fair activities.
With dishes from all over Thailand, Thalang Maneekram is dotted with vendors that make street food and other fresh daily items from across the country. You can spend all day here and come back for more if you desired.
The Broad OverviewThalang Maneekram has Thai costumes and locations that represent the most important phases of Thai history. Turn back the clock by wearing the clothes that Thais from centuries ago used to wear and pose in what their surroundings looked like. You are free to take your own photos and selfies but for an ideal finish, our professional photographers can be hired to take some photos as timeless souvenirs.
Thalang Maneekram’s various programs and offerings take you through the biggest Thai festivals and symbols. Songkran and Loy Krathong festivities take place here every day, which why is it is so much fun to enjoy these festivals that actually happen only once a year in Thailand. Make a splash with these festivities and gain some real insight into some of the key highlights on the Thai cultural calendar.
Thailand’s diverse natural beauty is also on display in Thalang Maneekram. The TMK Botanical Garden is a gorgeous tapestry of exotic flowers that Thailand is famous for. Thai rural life is not complete with draught animals such as the Buffalo and Cow and you can interact with them at the Buffalo House. At The Elephant House, you will get the opportunity to meet Thailand’s beloved national symbol, the elephant.
See how rural Thailand’s farmers operate in the Farmland area, as the agriculture of this industrious nation is at the heart of what so many people do. The monkeys in Farmland are not to be missed as they have been trained to pick up coconuts from the trees.
The shopping areas in Thalang Maneekram are special as well. There is a curated selection of international and local brands with products for just about everyone. You will find handicrafts, handmade products and supporting young entrepreneurs and designers from across the country in our stores.
Finally, let loose at Funland, which is a great place to enjoy the fun-fair games and win prizes for your efforts. Thalang Maneekram has many arts and crafts activities such as plaster painting, fan painting, candle making and shirt painting to name but a few. Visit Thalang Maneekram at your convenience when you stay in Patong, Phuket. For a long-stay rental, check out Rental For The Holidays.