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The Royal Phuket Marina on Phuket's east coast can be accessed from all parts of the island. The Royal Phuket Marina has excellent transport links with the nearby hotels in Phuket. The 2,500-square metre indoor exhibition space includes a convention room that can seat 680 people. The Asian Hospitality and Travel Show was hosted here in 2011.
There is a huge variety of dining available in Phuket, ranging from roadside noodle bars to sophisticated restaurants. Local dishes to try include banana fritters, barbeque chicken and sticky rice. For those who prefer to eat food from closer to home, there is a huge variety of Western food available too. Many hotels in Phuket, such as the Benyada Lodge, offer traditional dishes prepared with local ingredients.
In Phuket, Thailand, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping. For designer stores, head for the Central Festival Phuket shopping mall. For a more authentic slice of Phuket life, try the OTOP Market where you can find handcrafted items from all over Thailand.
Visible from most of South Phuket, the Big Buddha statue stands an impressive 45 metres high. The smaller Buddha statue next to it appears to be made of gold but is actually brass. For something that you are equally unlikely to see at home, attend a Thai boxing match.
As a tropical island, Phuket is a magnet for scuba divers and is one of the top ten scuba dive destinations in the world. Snorkelling and surfing are other water-based activities you can try, but if you prefer to stay on dry land, Phuket is Thailand's premier destination for warm weather golf.