Ultimate Guide for a 3-day Phuket trip

Phuket is a popular destination for all types of travellers! It is a big island with lots of things to do and see, so what should you do? Don’t worry, we’ve put together the perfect 3-day itinerary plan for you! It’s time for a Thai break, here is how to see the island in 3 days.

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Island hopping

About Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is one of the world’s best beach destinations, with white sandy beaches and authentic Thai food and friendly locals! Phuket is without a doubt one of the most fun Thai islands, there’s a large number of entertainment options, plenty of market stalls in which you can purchase souvenirs from, and of course stunning beaches. Although Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand, there are also over 30 smaller islands nearby where you can take a speedboat to. Find out more about Phuket here.

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Traditional boats

Best months to travel

The best time to visit Phuket is during the northeast monsoon season which is from December through March. It is when you’ll get the most sun and the least amount of rain! Phuket is warm all year round, though it is hottest during April to May and September to October. Monsoon season in Phuket is between May and October, the water conditions during this time can be quite dangerous and you may not be able to see the beaches in their best conditions.

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Patong beach

Best accommodation recommendation

Phuket is a popular destination for many, the best place to stay in order to experience the calm and serenity is the Paresa Resort Phuket ! This five-star luxury resort is perched up on the Kamala Cliffs in the west of Phuket and offers stunning panoramic sea views. The resort is comprised of 48 opulent suites and villas which incorporates Southern Thai architecture and design and offers guests with a high level of privacy. Each suite and villa features spacious bathrooms, luxury linens and are completed with private infinity pools. Get the best luxury hotel deals for Paresa Resort Phuket by booking with us to get 30%-70% off! Take a quick tour about Paresa Resort Phuket!

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Infinity pool
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Hotel exterior
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Stunning 5-star resort


Transportation can be quite inconvenient in Phuket, so the best way to get around Phuket would really depend on where you intend to go. Tuk Tuks are actually the most expensive form of transportation on the island, they are even more expensive than taxis. Songthaews are quite common all around Thailand, they are pickup trucks or small trucks that have a roof which is used for shade and also two benches in the bed for passengers to sit. The final destination is often displayed on the Songthaews however they will stop, collect and drop off passengers anywhere on their route.

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Tuk tuks
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Getting around between the beach areas

To get around between the beach areas, you may take the Phuket Smart Bus, it takes you from beach to beach and rides all the way from Phuket airport to Rawai Beach and return. Along the way, it will stop at 12 stations, the beach stops will include Bangtao Beach, Surin Beach, Patong Beach, Karon and Kata Beach and also Rawai Beach. Phuket Smart Bus costs starting from 50 baht (around $12.7 hkd) for the shortest distance and for the longest distance, it will cost 170 baht. (around $43.16 hkd).  The good thing about the Phuket Smart Bus is that it is cheap and also it is free for kids that are under the age of 7!

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Phuket Smart Bus
Phuket Smart Bus Itinerary
Smart Bus Price table

3 day and 2 nights Phuket trip

Phuket has many things to do and places to visit. However with limited time, here is a suggested itinerary plan which you can follow to get the best out of Phuket!

Summary of the 3 day and 2 nights Phuket trip

Day 1 – Relax in the Paresa Resort Phuket & Go to Bangla Road

Day 2 – Island Hopping & Dine at the Paresa Resort Phuket

Day 3 –  Go to Karon Viewpoint,  visit Wat Chalong, Big Buddha & Phuket Weekend Night Market 

Day 1 – Check into Paresa Resort Phuket, Relax in the  Paresa Resort Phuket & Go to Bangla road

Check into Paresa Resort Phuket

The check-in time for this resort is 2pm – midnight and the check-out time is noon. The ride from the Phuket International Airport to Paresa Resort Phuket takes about 51 minutes by car. Once you leave the airport, there are many taxis that line up outside which can take you straight to the resort! Though it is quite a journey from the airport to the resort, you can sit back and enjoy the car journey through Phuket. 

Relax in the resort

After getting on a flight to Phuket, you’d surely want to relax first! Spend a few hours at the resort and make the most out of their top-notch facilities. Lounge around by the outdoor pool, or if you prefer to have some alone time, you can chill in your very own private pool that your room or suite would have! 

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Grand residence pool villa
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Outdoor pool

How do you get to Bangla Road from Paresa Resort?

To get to Bangla Road from Paresa Resort is extremely easy and it is not too far from the resort. It is only a 23 minute drive and you may catch a taxi that will take you directly there! 

Bangla Road

After spending half the day in the resort, head over to Bangla Road. Bangla Road is best known for its nightlife, it is filled with loud music, cheap local food that is definitely worth a try, cheap beverages and of course many neon lights. Enjoy a night out and explore Bangla Road!

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Entrance to Bangla Road

How do you get back to Paresa Resort Phuket from Bangla Road?

Getting back to Paresa Resort Phuket from Bangla road is not as hard as you may think. There are plenty of Taxis and Tuk Tuks near Bangla road which you may take, I would recommend taking a taxi rather than a tuk tuk since tuk tuks are more expensive. 

Day 2 – Island Hopping & dinner in the Paresa Resort Phuket

Island Hopping (Phi Phi Island)

Island hopping is a must while in Phuket, there are many smaller islands that are worth going to as these islands have white sandy beaches with crystal clear water, perfect for snorkelling or diving! Phi Phi island is one of the best and most popular islands to visit. I would highly recommend to go into town to book an island tour as that is where you will find the cheapest and most value for money tours! Around Bangla road, there are many small stalls which sell all sorts of Island tours. The island tours tend to include a buffet lunch and also a complimentary round-trip transfer. When booking the island tour, it is best to book it the day before you go since most tours begin very early in the morning.

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Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island is only a 45-minute speedboat trip or a 90-minute ferry boat ride from Krabi or Phuket. It offers many tropical beaches as well as crystal clear waters and wonderful marine life. People who visit the island also tend to walk up to the Phi Phi viewpoint, it will take around 20-30 minute to stroll to the top! From there, you can get some breath-taking pictures of Koh Phi Phi – maybe even some for your instagram! 

Phi Phi island

Dinner at the Paresa Resort Phuket

After a tiring and eventful day visiting the islands, it’s time to sit back and unwind. There are 2 on-site restaurants in the resort which serve the best dishes in the city, Diavolo and Talung Thai. Diavolo serves mediterranean and international cuisine whereas Talung Tahi serves thai cuisine. Enjoy a one time complimentary dinner for two when you book with us! 

Talung Thai

Talung Thai is Paresa’s signature restaurant, and serves thai cuisine. Enjoy some of the city’s best dishes at this restaurant, dine with a spectacular view of the Anadman sea. 

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Talung thai

Opening hours : Monday – Sunday from 07:00-22:30

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Talung thai

Enjoy a complimentary one time dinner for two when you book with us!


Opening hours : Monday – Sunday from 07:00-22:30

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Day 3 – Visit the Karon Viewpoint, Wat Chalong, Big Buddha & Phuket Weekend Night Market

On day 3 (the last day), the day will be packed with different things to do and places to visit. Rather than visiting the beaches and islands in Phuket, you can visit the different attractions that are scattered around Phuket before heading back home!

How to get to Karon Viewpoint from Paresa Resort Phuket?

It is 42-minute drive from Paresa Resort Phuket to Karon viewpoint. Although it may be quite a long journey, this viewpoint is definitely worth a visit, as you would get an amazing view of Phuket.  

  1. Karon Viewpoint

Karon viewpoint is a popular viewpoint in Phuket as you can enjoy stunning views of Karon beaches, Kata Yau, Kata Noi and the deep-blue Andaman sea. From the Karon viewpoint, you can enjoy Phuket’s amazing astonishing sunsets. 

Address : 4233 Tambon Karon, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83100, Thailand

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Karon Viewpoint

How do you get to Wat Chalong from Karon Viewpoint?

It is only a 17-minute drive from Karon Viewpoint to Wat Chalong, you can get there by taxi!

2. Wat Chalong

Locals come to pray in Wat Chalong, whereas tourists come to learn about Buddhism and admire the beauty of the Wat. This temple is worth a visit as it is one of the largest temples and the most revered of all temples on the island.

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Wat Chalong

How do you get from Wat Chalong to Big Buddha?

It only takes 18-minutes by car to get to Big Buddha to Wat Chalong which is considered a pretty short drive. 

3. Big Buddha

The Big Buddha is a 45-meter-tall white marble statue, all carved from white marble.

It offers amazing panoramic views of Phuket, you would be able to get views of Phuket Town, Kata, Karon, Chalong Bay and more! It is one of the Island’s most important landmarks and it is definitely worth a visit. It is located just behind Chalong and at the peak of the Nakkerd hills. 

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Big Buddha

Address :  ยอดเขานาคเกิด Tambon Karon, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83100, Thailand

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Stunning views from the Big Buddha

How do you get to Phuket Weekend Night Market from Big Buddha?

From Big Buddha, it is a 38-minute drive to Phuket Weekend Night Market. This is also quite a long journey, however if you’re planning a trip to Phuket that falls on the weekend, it is worth a visit, especially if you’re looking to buy souvenirs or other products!

4. Phuket Weekend Night Market

Phuket Weekend Night Market is the largest night market on the island, bargains can definitely be found here! The night market is located near Naka Temple which is just outside of Phuket city. There are many different things that the night market sells, such as t-shirts, authentic thai food, handmade crafts and many more. These local markets are the best place to find great bargains and souvenirs to bring home!

Opening hours : Saturday & Sunday from 16:00 till 21:00

Address: Thalang Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand

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Find some great bargains!
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Colourful tents and stalls

Although this is just a suggested itinerary plan, there may be other things you’d want to do or places to visit, click here to see the 10 things you must do in Phuket, Thailand. 

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