10 Things You Must Do in Phuket, Thailand
With pristine beaches and buzzing nightlife, Phuket is a destination that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Here are a list of things to do that will help you plan your perfect trip!
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1. Spend a day at Phi Phi Island
Located on the south west of the Krabi coastline is the breathtaking Phi Phi Islands. It is just a 45-minute speedboat trip or a 90-minute ferry boat ride from Krabi or Phuket! The ultimate serene getaway, it features many tropical beaches, crystal clear waters and wonderful sea creatures. The waters that surround Phi Phi Islands are filled with tropical marine life, such as docile leopard sharks, making it perfect for snorkelling or diving!
2. Visit the Big Buddha
The Big Buddha is a 45-meter-tall white marble statue and from the summit, you can get stunning panoramic views of Phuket. From there, you can see views of Phuket Town, Kata, Karon, Chalong Bay and more. The Buddha is dedicated to the late King of Thailand, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, and next to the Big Buddha is a smaller Buddha that is devoted to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. It is one of the Island’s most important landmarks and is a must-visit attraction!
3. Karon Viewpoint
Karon Viewpoint is a popular viewpoint in Phuket, it is locally known as “Khao Sam Haad” which translates to “Hill of Three Beaches”. At this viewpoint, you can enjoy astonishing views of Karon beaches, Kata Yau , Kata Noi and of course, the deep-blue Andaman sea. It is also a popular place to admire the sunset as you can get a clear view of Phuket’s skyline and is located along the ring road which is half-way between Kata Noi Beach and Nai Harn Beach.
4. Watch the sunset from Promthep Cape
Promthep Cape is without a doubt the most remarkable and incredible viewpoint in Phuket. It sits on top of a giant cliff overlooking the Andaman Sea. It is the perfect place to sit back and relax whilst watching the sunset. It is popular amongst tourists as they come to this meeting point in order to catch the perfect sunset photo.
5. Wat Chalong
Wats are one of the most important symbols of Thailand, this is because the majority of Thais are Buddhists. Locals come to Wat Chalong to pray whilst tourists come to learn more about Buddhism and admire the beauty of the Wat. Wat Chalong temple is the largest temples and the most revered of all the temples on the island.
6. Bangla Road
Bangla Road is best known for its lively nightlife, with the road closed to vehicle traffic and filled with neon lights, loud music and cheap food and beverages. Patong is located on the west side of Phuket and is the heart of Phuket nightlife. If you’re wanting a fun night out, this is the place to be!
7. Phuket Weekend Night Market
The largest night market on the island is the Phuket Weekend Market. It is the perfect place for those seeking a good bargain! It is located near Naka Temple, just outside Phuket city. The stalls sell a wide range of products such as t-shirts, authentic Thai food, handmade crafts and a wide variety of knick knacks and souvenirs..
8. Stroll around Phuket Old Town
Phuket Old Town is a historical area in Phuket where you will be able to find temples, tiny printing shops, old-fashioned cafes, public museums and bars. The place really comes to life after sunset, when the music starts playing and the drinks start flowing. For a more authentic experience of Phuket, head over to Phuket Old Town! The colourful heritage buildings makes it a good place to take photos – perfect for any Instagram enthusiasts out there!
9. Freedom Beach
Freedom Beach is undeniably one of the most pristine and tranquil beaches on the island. It is located on the south of Patong and is a small private cove. Although access to this beach can be difficult, it is very much worth the effort. It is truly an exclusive gem, filled with white sand and crystal blue water.
10. Take a day trip to Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is a must see for anyone visiting Phuket. It is surrounded by limestone rocks and emerald green waters – a truly stunning natural landscape. It is located between Phang Nga Town and Krabi which makes it more accessible and is a perfect place to do a day trip in! There are many day tours which include fun and exciting activities such as kayaking and birdwatching.
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