Phuket is one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations and no wonder! It’s alive; it’s tropical; there are stunning white-sand beaches, jaw-dropping sunsets and lots of things to see and do around the island. No reason to stay put! Pack up and explore this wonderful 540-square-meter island while you can! Here are 10 great things to do in Phuket.
Top 10 Things to do in Phuket, Thailand
1. Venture out and explore all of the beaches around the island of Phuket
Of course, visiting the stunning paradise-like, white sand beaches that bordering the azure blue Andaman Sea is one of the first things you will do upon arrival on Phuket Island. All beaches are breathtaking, some great for parties and watersports, some perfect for diving and snorkelling and some more remote and lesser known to the crowds, ideal for ultimate relaxing to the sound of the sea.
Around Patong, on the west coast of the island, you will find the busiest beaches such as Patong Beach, Kata Beach and Kamala, great for those wanting to chill out together with like-minded travellers, enjoying beach BBQs and parties and get the adrenaline pumping with watersport activities. If you want a place to relax beneath a coconut palm with a good book, visit Nai Tang Beach at the northern part of the island, Laem Ka Beach in the south or try Ao Sane, Banana or Freedom Beach. The last one is located surprisingly close to Patong and yet, it is wonderfully quiet.
2. Stay in your own private luxury villa
It’s hard to beat having your own private slice of paradise to relax together with your dear ones. Bathe in tranquillity and luxury in your own private villa in Phuket, surrounded by lush tropical nature and a swimming pool to dip into just steps away from your bed, you are bound to feel rejuvenated again! The stay comes complete with heart-warming Thai staff to look after all of your needs and wishes.
3. Visit the Old Phuket Town
The historical centre of Old Phuket Town is not to be missed during your stay in Phuket. This lively city centre is home to beautiful historical buildings, grand mansions and Chinese temples. There are lots of things to see and do. You can visit the busy and colourful Naka Market, try exotic tropical fruits and buy some souvenirs to take home with you. Get ready to practice your bargaining skills!. Explore interesting museums such as the 1917 Thai Hua Museum or Thavorn Museum and when your belly really starts to get hungry, get a delicious Pad Thai or a yummy masaman curry from the street vendors. If you are not into spicy food, do let them know, because the Thai sure do love chilli! You can enjoy lovely walking tours around town but also, be sure to take one of those Tuk Tuk rides, it is fun!
4. Sea Kayak in Ao Phang Nga National Park
A visit to Ao Phang Nga National Park makes a perfect day trip. This national park encompasses around 40 islands located in between Phuket and Krabi and it is ruled by limestone cliffs and caves. The exciting part about this day trip is that you get to explore the islands peacefully with a sea kayak. One of the most famous islands in Ao Phang Nga national park is Khao Phing Kan, better known as ‘James Bond Island’. Some James Bond movie scenes from ‘The man with the Golden Gun’ were filmed here.
5. Meet Phuket’s Big Buddha
Perched on top of a mountain in the Nakkerd Hills, in between Chalong and Kata, sits a stunning, impressive 45-meter high white stone Buddha statue, layered with beautiful Burmese white jade marble stones that sparkle brightly in the sun. The most enchanting time to go is in the early morning, at the dawn of the day. As the sun rises you will see this giant Buddha sculpture, peacefully guarding the island. The sweeping panoramic views of Phuket are also breathtaking! On your way back, there are many viewpoints worth making a stop at. Take some more great photos and enjoy a coffee or a juice at one of the viewpoint cafés.
6. Spend a wonderful day at the waterfalls
There are lots of tranquil waterfalls to visit in the lush tropical jungle of Phuket. Fresh spring water cascading steadily into natural pools down below creates idyllic spots for swimming or picnics by the waterside. The biggest waterfalls are Bang Pae and Tonsai in the north of Phuket and Kathu in the centre of the island. Bring your bathers!
7. Encounter monkeys on Monkey Hill
The highest hill of Phuket Town, Toh Sae Hill is better known as Monkey Hill because this is the place to go if you want to meet cheeky macaques monkeys in their natural habitat. It’s a bit of a steep climb but once up there, you are treated to great views of the city. You can buy nuts and bananas on the way to feed these funny little animals. They will love it and so will you! Watch your belongings, though, because the Macaque monkeys tend to steal things like sunglasses, hats and even things out of your bag if they get the chance.
8. View the Andaman Sea and Phuket’s white sand beaches from Karon Viewpoint
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A jungle trek up the hill will lead to Karon Viewpoint, boasting jaw-dropping views of the stunningly blue bays of Kata Noi and Kata Yai as well as the beautiful Karon Beaches. The locals call it ‘Khao Saam Haad’, which means ‘Three Beaches Hill’. Watching the sun set over the Andaman Sea from Karon View is truly magical!
9. Explore the Neon Nightlife at Bangla Road
On the famous Bangla Road in Patong, you can party all night long at clubs, bars or simply out on the street, beneath the sea of neon lights. Bangla Road is also known as ‘sin street’ and you will know why once you are there. It may not be for everyone, but it sure is intriguing; the colours, the music and the all-around madness. Lots of people wander around this street every night, in between the vendors, transvestites, and divas. The notorious alcohol buckets and ping pong shows are no exceptions on this road. Go see for yourself whether you love or hate it.
10. Visit the largest Buddhist Temple; Wat Chalong
Sniff up some culture at Wat Chalong, the Largest and most famous of the 29 Buddhist Temples in Phuket, located in Chalong. The temple is dedicated to the monks Luang Pho Chamo and Luang Pho Chuang, who lived in the times of King Rama V in the 19th century when the temple was built. The centrepiece is the 60-meter tall Chedi which is said to hold a bone splinter of the Buddha himself. A must see!
There is so much more to Phuket than just beaches and nightlife! Venture out to see those ancient temples, colonial mansions, street food markets, wildlife, waterfalls and viewpoints for yourself. They aren’t hard to find at all, you just need to know where to go, and now that you do, go explore and enjoy!
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