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9 Top-Rated Day Trips from Phuket

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Phuket sits amid some of the world's most ravishing scenery. Lush limestone peaks jut from the emerald Andaman Sea and punctuate the dense jungles on land, providing superb options for day trips. The most popular Phuket tours are multi-island boat tours, where you can skim the clear waters through towering rock formations on a speedboat or traditional longtail boat and explore nearby archipelagos.

Not far from all the things to do in Phuket lie the famous Phi Phi Islands , with Maya Bay and Monkey Beach, and Phang Nga Bay , home to the distinctive pinnacle made famous in a James Bond film. Further afield are the Similan Islands , a favorite diving location. All this beauty lures hordes of tourists, but just a short hop from Phuket are a few sleepy islands, where the locals still follow their traditional way of life, and you can step back in time and soak up a more authentic Thai vibe.

Eco adventures are also a highlight. In Khao Sok National Park , you can spend time with elephants; canoe down the serene Sok River; and trek through the jungle, where monkeys and gibbons swing through the treetops, and tigers and bears still roam. Find the best places to visit with our list of the top day trips from Phuket.

1. Phi Phi Islands

2. phang nga bay, 3. khao sok national park, 4. coral island, 5. racha islands, 6. khao lak, 7. mu ko similan national park, 8. koh yao yai, 9. koh yao noi, map of day trips from phuket.

Phi Phi Islands

Hands down the most popular day trip from Phuket are the Phi Phi Islands. About 45 to 60 minutes away by speedboat from the Royal Phuket Marina, these six dazzling islands are famous for their dramatic limestone karst formations, cloaked in lush foliage, which jut from the jade-green sea.

Here, you'll find famous sights, such as Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Ley, the location of the famous film The Beach, and Koh Phi Phi Don , the archipelago's only inhabited island. Packed with resorts, this island is famous for the crab-eating macaques at Monkey Beach and the white sands of Laem Thong . Snorkeling is excellent in the crystal-clear waters around the islands.

A great way to visit Phi Phi Island without the crowds is on the Morning Phi Phi Island with Maya Bay Snorkeling Tour. This 10-hour excursion departs at sunrise, arriving before the big tourist groups, and you'll have a chance to snorkel in the luminous waters of Maya Bay and see the macaques of Monkey Beach.

James Bond Island, Phang Nga Bay

More than 100 steep, jungle-cloaked rock islands dot the clear, green waters around Phang Nga Bay, creating a breathtaking seascape that is best viewed from the water. A large area of the bay is protected as the Ao Phang Nga National Park .

The most famous island is Koh Tapu (meaning "Nail Island" in Thai) more commonly known as James Bond Island, thanks to its distinctive top-heavy pinnacle made famous in the 1974 film The Man with the Golden Gun . Koh Ping Ghan is another popular stop and a great place to snap a photo of James Bond Island's famous rock formation.

Many boat tours also include a lunch stop at the Muslim fishing village of Koh Panyee, which is home to wooden shops and homes built on stilts above the island's fringing shallow waters. Other tour highlights include swimming at Naka Island and kayaking through the limestone sea caves or Hong ("rooms") at Koh Panak and Koh Hong . Try to pick a tour that leaves in the early morning or after lunch, as tourists clog the islands in the middle of the day.

A rewarding way to explore this breathtaking bay is on the ten-hour Hong by starlight tour with sea cave kayaking, which includes a powerboat ride from Phuket and a paddle around the caves and cliffs of Phang Nga Bay. Top off your day with a seafood buffet dinner under the moonlight.

If you also want to explore the beauty under the water, the eight-hour Phang Nga Bay Kayaking tour combines a kayaking tour with a chance to swim, snorkel (bring your own gear), and sunbathe at Lawa Island.

Cheow Lan Lake, Khao Sok National Park

About 150 kilometers from Phuket, Khao Sok National Park is a visual symphony. Lush greens, deep blue lakes, waterfalls, and towering limestone peaks provide eye-popping scenery, all set in 738 square kilometers of one of the planet's oldest rainforests. Nature lovers will be in heaven here. Favorite things to do include canoeing and kayaking down the Sok River, elephant experiences, exploring bat-filled caves, and jungle trekking.

Deep in the national park, man-made Cheow Lan Lake is a top attraction, with floating raft houses and luxury camps with tents perched on pontoons above the water. The park is home to diverse flora and fauna. Wildlife includes spectacled langurs, wild elephants, tigers, deer, boar, bear, and marbled cats. If you're lucky, you might even spot wild gibbons swinging through the jungle canopy. The park is also home to more than 300 species of birds, including the impressive hornbill.

This is one of Thailand's rainiest areas, so the best time to visit is during the dry season, from December through April.

Official site: http://www.khaosok.com/index.php

Coral Island

Called Koh Hae by the locals, Coral Island lies about six kilometers southeast of Phuket and is a popular day trip destination for snorkelers and beach lovers, although the coral here has seen better days. You'll find two lovely but typically crowded stretches of soft, white sand here: Long Beach , where many of the tour boats land, and Banana Beach , a rugged fifteen-minute walk through the jungle from the eastern end of Long Beach.

The day trippers who come here love to feed the many fish that congregate in the clear water, or kick out to the offshore coral reefs to snorkel with the tropical fish, including parrotfish, butterfly fish, and trumpet fish. Parasailing, kayaking, banana boat rides, and massages on the beach are other popular activities.

Deck chairs are available along the shore, and you can also enjoy a meal at one of the beachfront restaurants. This is one of the cheap Phuket tours that gives you a taste of a different island.

Racha Yai

Translucent turquoise water and white sands lure crowds of day trippers to the two Racha Islands, about 12 kilometers south of Phuket. Racha Yai (Big Racha) is the most popular, with its beautiful horseshoe-shaped bay, called Ao Tawan Tok, and luxury villa-style resort The Racha . Ao Siam, the island's other large bay, tends to be a little quieter. The main activities here are snorkeling and swimming in the warm, clear waters and basking on the white sands.

Racha Noi (Little Racha) is uninhabited and has no tourist infrastructure, but the surrounding waters offer some decent diving. Phuket sightseeing tours usually depart from Chalong Pier or Rawai, and the trip takes about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the type of boat. This day trip is often combined with a stop at Coral Island.

Khao Lak

On the mainland, about 80 kilometers north of Phuket, laid-back Khao Lak features about 20 kilometers of silky golden-sand beaches stretching along the north Andaman coast. On the road trip from Phuket, you'll pass through quiet little coastal towns, which seem a world away from the crowds of the big resorts.

Devastated by the 2004 tsunami, much of Khao Lak has been rebuilt, and it's still a popular holiday destination in itself, with a much slower pace than Phuket. You'll find many upscale, low-rise resorts and a family-friendly vibe.

Day trippers will find plenty to do here. Top on the list is basking on the beautiful beaches, lapped by calm blue waters and lined with coconut palms, casuarinas, and rustic cafés. Lush mountains form a beautiful backdrop to the region, and three national parks, including Khao Sok , sprawl in the hinterland.

Popular attractions and things to do in the area include elephant encounters, bamboo rafting trips, waterfalls, tourist markets, and a tsunami memorial. Khao Lak is also an excellent jumping-off point to explore the relatively unspoiled Surin Islands and Similan Islands , with some of the region's best diving.

Soft coral colony, Similan Islands

About 90 kilometers offshore from Phuket, this 70-square-kilometer national park encompasses eleven uninhabited islands. It is usually the domain of avid divers and tourists hoping to escape the crowds of Phang-Na Bay and the Phi Phi Islands.

Despite their distance from Phuket (more than two hours each way in a speedboat), greater numbers of day trippers are visiting the Similan Islands, and their numbers tend to swell around lunchtime. The scenery is stunning - striking turquoise seas, white sand, and smooth granite boulders rim their shores, and hiking trails lead to lookouts in the lush hills behind the beaches.

Sharks, rays, and vast schools of smaller fish swim in these crystal-clear waters, but unfortunately some of the hard corals have been damaged by coral bleaching and the onslaught of tourist boats. In 2016, the Thai government closed one of the archipelago's most popular islands, Koh Tachai, indefinitely due to environmental damage.

Try to pick a calm day for a tour to the islands, as the return boat trip can be choppy when the winds pick up, and note that the park is only open from October 16 to May 15.

If you prefer a more remote outer island experience, the Surin Islands , north of the Similan Islands, are also accessible from Phuket, but it's a long day trip.

Official site: https://www.thainationalparks.com/mu-ko-similan-national-park

Koh Yao Yai

Only 20 kilometers east of Phuket (about 30 minutes by longtail boat), Koh Yao Yai ("big long island") offers Phuket day trippers a laid-back pace and a more traditional Thai vibe. Its peaceful, secluded white-sand beaches are one of its finest features; Loh Paret in particular is ideal for swimming, and Laem Had beach, on Yao Yai's northeast corner, is also lovely.

Rice fields, rubber plantations, and coconut groves cloak the countryside, and a single concrete road through the center of the island is the main thoroughfare. (Bicycles and motorbikes are the most popular modes of transport.) Most day trippers rent a motorbike to explore the island, stopping off to visit the little villages or take a cool dip in the sea.

Koh Yao Noi

Like its sister island (Koh Yao Yai) but a little more developed, Koh Yao Noi ("small long island") in Phang Nga Bay, feels like the slower-paced Thailand of 20 years ago. This island is farther away from Phuket, about one hour by long tail boat, but the views of Phang Nga Bay on the way are worth the extra travel time. The locals still follow their traditional way of life here, fishing, farming, and running small shops out of rustic buildings in the Muslim village.

Many travelers come here to escape the crowds of the big resorts, soak up some authentic local culture, and relax on the relatively clean palm-fringed beaches. Along the coast, you can see beautiful views of Phang Nga Bay's limestone rock formations rising from the sea.

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The Big Buddha Statue is a towering symbol of peace and spirituality. This majestic 148-foot-tall statue sits atop Nakkerd Hill and offers beautiful panoramic views of the island. Built with reinforced concrete and layered with Burmese white marble, the statue is a testament to Thai craftsmanship and Buddhist devotion. My visit had me in awe at this incredible site.

Bangla Road: Bangla Road is THE epicenter of nightlife in Phuket. Located in the bustling Patong Beach area, it's famous for its energetic atmosphere, neon lights and bustling crowds. Lined with bars, nightclubs and street vendors. Bangla Road comes alive after sunset, offering the type of entertainment you often see on television. With bright neon lights, live music, gogo bars and international DJs spinning beats at mega clubs. Its lively ambiance and diverse offerings make it the go to destination for partygoers and travelers seeking a taste of Phuket's nightlife scene. Some people say, what happens on Bangla Road, stays on Bangla Road!

Patong Beach: Patong Beach is Phuket's most famous and lively beach destination. Situated on the west coast of the island, the beach stretches for approximately 2.5 kilometers and is lined with hotels, restaurants, bars and shops, which create a vibrant and bustling atmosphere. Known for its energetic nightlife and wide array of entertainment options, Patong Beach attracts visitors from all over the world. During the day, you can enjoy sunbathing, swimming and various water sports such as jet skiing and parasailing. As the sun sets, the beach transforms into a lively hub of activity with street performers, beach parties and bustling night markets. Whether you're looking for relaxation or excitement, Patong Beach is an unforgettable experience in the heart of Phuket.

Kata Beach: Located on the west coast of Phuket is well-known for its serenity and Instagram quality photo spots. The soft, golden sand stretches for about a kilometer, with lush green hills on both sides. The turquoise waters are perfect for swimming, snorkeling and various water sports. Kata Beach is divided into two sections: Kata Yai (Big Kata) and Kata Noi (Little Kata). While Kata Yai is more popular and bustling with activities, Kata Noi offers a quieter, more secluded experience. You can enjoy a range of beachfront activities including restaurants, bars and shops, making it an ideal destination for a relaxing day by the sea.

Nai Haran Beach: Nai Harn Beach is a hidden gem nestled in the southern part of Phuket. This crescent-shaped beach boasts soft white sand and crystal-clear waters. Unlike some of the more crowded beaches in Phuket, Nai Harn has a tranquil and unspoiled charm, making it a favorite among locals and travelers seeking a peaceful beach day. The gentle waves and shallow waters make it suitable for swimming and snorkeling, while the surrounding area offers opportunities for hiking and exploring nature trails. The Nai Haran is an incredible hotel right on the beach, and has a few beachfront restaurants serving delicious Thai cuisine, Nai Harn Beach provides the perfect setting for a peaceful beach day.

Freedom Beach: Situated on the southwestern coast of Phuket, Freedom Beach is a secluded paradise accessible only by boat or a short hike through the jungle. This pristine stretch of shoreline is renowned for its untouched beauty, white sands, crystal-clear waters and lush tropical jungle surroundings. As its name suggests, Freedom Beach offers a peaceful retreat away from the crowds, making it the ideal place for relaxation and rejuvenation. Visitors can swim, sunbathe or snorkel in the calm turquoise waters, admiring the colorful marine life and coral reefs beneath the surface. While facilities are limited, the natural beauty and serenity of Freedom Beach make it a must-visit destination for those seeking an idyllic escape from the hustle of everyday life and enjoy Southeast Asian nature.

Naka Market: Naka Market is Phuket's largest and most vibrant night markets, located in Phuket Town. Open every weekend, this sprawling market offers an incredible variety of goods including clothing, accessories, handicrafts, souvenirs and local street food (including insects). The vibrant atmosphere is enhanced by live music and cultural shows, providing entertainment for visitors of all ages and tastes. Naka Market is a paradise for bargain hunters and food enthusiasts alike, with countless stalls offering a diverse selection of Thai delicacies and international cuisine. Whether you're searching for unique gifts, indulging in tasty treats or simply experiencing the lively ambiance, Naka Market promises an unforgettable shopping and dining experience.

Tiger Muay Thai: One area in Phuket worth visiting is Fitness Street. Tiger Muay Thai is one of the top destination gyms in the world. Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand. For anyone who loves to try new fitness experiences, Tiger Muay Thai has several classes in Muay Thai, Boxing, MMA and Crossfit. It is definitely worth the trip to try a class. People from all over the world come to Fitness Street to train at the many different gyms and fitness studios there.

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Dishes to Try in Thailand, they can be spiced to your taste. These dishes are available almost everywhere in Phuket, from street corners to fine dining restaurants.

Pad Thai . Pad Thai is THE iconic street food classic, a blend of stir-fried rice noodles intertwined with shrimp, tofu or chicken. The noodles are wok-tossed with eggs, bean sprouts and a tamarind-based sauce that melds sweet, sour and spicy in perfect proportions. Hints of fish sauce and palm sugar deepen the umami flavor, while fresh lime and a sprinkling of peanuts offer zest and crunch. Garnished with fresh scallions and a dash of chili flakes, each bite of Pad Thai is a flavorful homage to Thailand's dynamic street food culture, offering comfort and excitement in equal measure.

Papaya Salad (Som Tum) Papaya Salad, or Som Tum , is a vibrant collision of textures and flavors. The perfect appetizer, the refreshing crunch of green papaya shreds forms the backbone of this dish. Tossed with a dressing of lime juice, fish sauce and a touch of sugar, the salad hits a harmonious balance of tangy, salty and sweet. Chili peppers can add a fiery kick, while crushed peanuts introduce a nutty richness and an option of dried shrimp lends a subtle umami depth. Each mouthful is a tantalizing journey through Thailand's rich culinary traditions.

Green Curry (Gaeng Keow Wan): Green Curry is a luxurious and aromatic dish that showcases the complex intersection of herbs and spices in Thai cuisine. This curry is distinguished by its vibrant green hue, achieved through a paste of green chilies, fresh coriander and Thai basil. Simmered with creamy coconut milk, the curry develops a luscious and rich texture that coats the chicken or beef and a medley of vegetables. The heat from the chilies is tempered by the sweetness of the coconut milk, creating a wonderfully balanced dish that dances between spicy, sweet and savory. Best paired with jasmine rice or rice noodles.

Tom Kha (Coconut Milk Soup): Tom Kha is my ultimate comfort food. It is a rich coconut milk soup that blends the rich creaminess of coconut milk with the invigorating sharpness of galangal and lemongrass. Infused with the citrus flavor of kaffir lime leaves and the subtle heat of fresh chilies, the broth is a fragrant and flavorful base. Tender pieces of chicken or seafood float alongside mushrooms, absorbing the soup’s aromatic qualities. A final touch of lime juice adds a bright, tangy finish, elevating the creamy richness to a new level of sophistication. Tom Kha is a bowl of comfort and complexity, a perfect representation of the delicate balance and depth that can only be found in Thai cuisine.

The Treehouse Restaurant & Beach Club: The Tree House Restaurant & Beach Club Phuket overlooks a pool lagoon. It has multi-levels. The restaurant and bar serves salads, burgers, Thai and International dishes, while the bar serves a complete range of drinks from juices to cocktails. They also hold special events DJ dance evenings.

Cafe Del Mar Phuket: At Café del Mar , immerse yourself in breathtaking vistas, luxurious amenities and culinary delights. Relax on plush loungers by our serene pool, nestled amidst swaying palm trees, offering captivating panoramas of the shoreline and ocean. Embrace the laid-back ambiance of Ibiza fused with the vibrant energy of Phuket, fostering a spirit of togetherness through our weekly gatherings and gastronomic adventures curated by renowned chefs.

Tann Terrace Beach Club: Tann Terrace is an incredible beachfront restaurant and lounge catering to those in pursuit of a wonderful beachside dining experience. The expansive beach club has panoramic views of the Andaman Sea, perfect for witnessing breathtaking sunsets while luxuriating on our comfortable sunbeds. The menu offers a diverse array of international cuisines from four corners of the world. As night falls, immerse yourself in the lively ambiance of the bar, where skilled mixologists craft exquisite cocktails, premium spirits flow and a splendid champagne menu awaits your indulgence.

3 Monkeys: 3 Monkeys serves authentic Thai cuisine in an incredible, warm atmosphere. Many of the dishes are served family style. The soft, warm lighting and mellow Thai music offer a unique and incredible dining experience.

Black Ginger: Black Ginger is housed in an old mansion at the Slate Resort. A fine dining establishment, I enjoyed Chef Piak’s specialties including som tam, tom yum and phanaeng curry.

Blue Elephant in Phuket Town : Another fine dining establishment, Blue Elephant is housed in an old Governor’s mansion. They also offer cooking classes, which is definitely something worth doing! The menu consists of authentic southern Thai food. The menu is changing often because of the fresh, local ingredients used. The quality of the food was incredible.

Kan Eang at Pier: This restaurant had some of the best seafood I have ever eaten, which is their specialty. You will find yourself enveloped by the glistening embrace of the Andaman Sea, nestled within this picturesque setting lies a utopia for seafood aficionados Kan Eang at The Pier stands out as an unrivaled destination for indulging in the finest seafood feasts. This renowned waterfront eatery, with its open-air ambiance, has earned widespread acclaim throughout Thailand for its unparalleled culinary creations showcasing all the sea has to offer.

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If you can only visit one place in Thailand, zero in on the island of Phuket. Set some 400 miles south of Bangkok, Phuket crams a near-excess of sights and activities within its coastline: gorgeous beaches, delicious food, amazing natural parks, and access to some of the Andaman Sea’s most breathtakingly beautiful islands.

Backpackers introduced Phuket to the tourism world. The first backpacker-friendly accommodations sprung up in Patong in the 1970s, presaging a steady rise in visitors that peaked at 14 million in 2018. Phuket’s present-day attractions have evolved with tourist tastes; beyond the beaches, visitors can now check out Phuket’s Michelin-starred restaurants, world-class theme parks, and luxury hotels fringing the sands.

For the first-time visitor to Phuket, the island can be a lot to unpack at first glance. Read on to make sense of Thailand’s most popular tourist destination, and how you can have the time of your life when you visit.

Planning Your Trip

  • Best time to visit : Plan your trip between mid-October to mid-February; the “winter” months coincide with a cool, dry climate caused by northeast monsoon winds blowing in from Siberia.
  • Language: Central (standard) Thai is widely spoken throughout Phuket, though southern Thai is the local mother tongue. A fair number of Phuket locals can manage basic English, but don’t expect them to manage sustained conversation. These are a few useful phrases to learn when traveling in Phuket.
  • Currency : The Thai Baht (THB) is standard currency across the island.
  • Getting Around: You can ride buses (songthaew), tuk-tuks, or motorbike taxis to get around Phuket. Songthaew commute between Phuket Town and resort areas like Surin, Karon, and Patong. Tuk-tuks and motorbikes can take you on a point-to-point basis for short distances.
  • Travel tip: Phuket’s beaches are lovely to visit and swim in—but during the monsoon months between May and October, riptides and unpredictable swells make them positively dangerous for casual swimmers. Watch for red flags on the beaches, which warn against swimming when the conditions are too risky.

Things to Do

For an island just over 200 square miles in area, Phuket offers a surprising number of things to see and do. To be sure, its beaches are Phuket’s spotlight attraction, but there’s more to discover once you move beyond the coastline.

  • Enjoy Phuket’s beaches . Each beach in Phuket offers a distinct appeal that caters to different folks—partygoers go to Patong Beach, couples to Karon, and nature lovers and plane-spotters prefer Mai Khao.
  • Visit Phuket Town. In its heyday, Phuket Town was a key trading post for Thai, Chinese, and British colonial entrepreneurs. While the tin trade that drove local business has long since faded, the old town has retained its old-timey charm, its townhouses having been converted into museums, restaurants, and shops.
  • Take in the nightlife. All nightlife adventures in Phuket begin at Bangla Road in Patong—a neon-lit thoroughfare with attached soi (alleyways) brimming with bars, live music venues, and street performers.
  • Go island-hopping: The seas of southern Thailand offer some of the most breathtaking views, both above and underwater. Tours to Koh Phi Phi, Phang Nga, and Koh Similan can be easily booked from your Phuket hotel.

Explore more attractions with our full-length articles on the best things to do in Phuket , the best day trips from Phuket , and scuba diving excursions from Phuket .

What to Eat and Drink

Thanks to Phuket’s long history as a trade entrepot, the local culinary scene bears influences from all over—European fine dining, Southern Chinese home cooking, and Thai royal cuisine, among others. Foodies in particular swear by Phuket’s fusion of Thai and Chinese cuisines, the natural result of the island’s Chinese/Peranakan community centered around Phuket Town.

The local food scene has earned Phuket recognition as a "Creative City of Gastronomy" by UNESCO, owing to the variety of dishes and dining styles. High-end diners can take in a meal at one of the island’s Michelin-starred restaurants, while budget eaters can count on Phuket Town's hawker-style premises that resemble similar setups in Singapore and Malaysia . The street food scene in Patong helps balance out the town’s raucous nightlife, and many resorts offer in-house dining experiences overlooking the sea.

Learn more with our guides to foods to try in Phuket , Phuket's best restaurants , and Phuket's nightlife scene .

Where to Stay

The vast majority of hotels and resorts in Phuket are located around the west coast, as Phuket’s top beaches can be found there. One exception is Phuket Town, whose affordable hotels are offset by its considerable distance from the beaches.

The graceful Sino-Portuguese buildings, cheap food, and activities around Phuket Town make it an excellent choice for history nerds and foodies. Meanwhile, budget travelers and partygoers should look for accommodations around Patong, home to the island’s hottest nightlife scene and most affordable budget hotels. Hotels around Karon Beach offer a happy medium for tourists who like staying close to the beach, but abhor Patong’s congestion and party-happy atmosphere. The relaxed energy around Karon appeals to families, couples, and seniors.

For a selection of Phuket accommodation options, check out this list of Phuket’s top hotels.

Getting There

Some 16 million people fly into Phuket International Airport from all over Asia and Europe. Located at the northern end of Phuket, the airport sits over 20 miles from the island’s main tourist stretches. If you’re flying in during Phuket’s peak season, be aware that it will take over an hour to get to or from your Phuket resort, so plan accordingly.

Phuket is connected by bridge to the Thai mainland, allowing domestic travelers to take the bus from cities around Thailand to the island. Most cross-country buses arrive and depart to/from Phuket Bus Terminal 2 on Thepkasattri Road in Ratsada.

Despite Phuket’s relatively low crime rate, some risks remain for visitors to the island. The beaches hide dangerous riptides and jellyfish, whereas locals might also take offense to fighting words or undue talk about politics or religion.

When hanging around the beaches, keep the following threats in view.

  • Beware of riptides. During monsoon season, Phuket’s beaches hide a nasty secret: deadly riptides that can pull you out to the open sea, or pull you under to drown. Patong, Karon, and Kamala beaches are notorious for these. If you see red flags flying on any Phuket beach, do not go into the water.
  • Listen for tsunami warnings. The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami hit Phuket hard, killing over 5,000 people. Today, an advanced tsunami warning system watches over Phuket; warnings will be sent via broadcast media and SMS on local cellphones, giving you plenty of time to head to higher ground.

Thai locals are some of the most easygoing people on earth, but remember that their patience can be severely tested, too. Here’s how to stay on locals’ good side—and how to stay out of trouble otherwise:

  • Never get angry or aggressive . Avoid conflict wherever possible. Thais do not go for pranks or humiliating jokes at their expense, and they also look down on Westerners picking fights. You should also avoid political talk—Thailand has a lese majeste law that penalizes insulting talk about their royal family, so steer clear of that topic in polite conversation.
  • Don’t do drugs. Thailand has extremely punitive laws against drug trafficking and use. You can spend years in prison if caught with even a small amount of prohibited drugs, or get the death penalty at worst.
  • Keep your eyes open for scams . Tourist locations tend to attract a fair number of scammers, and Phuket is no exception.

Money Saving Tips

Even as luxe hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants have taken over, they haven’t crowded the backpackers out yet—budget travelers can still find plenty of ways to stretch their dollar. Follow these simple rules to get the most value out of your Phuket trip:

  • Eat the way locals do. Get a meal at a Patong food hall, or hunker down to street food in Phuket Town. The cheapest meals can be found at wet markets in your vicinity, where you can get rice, meat, and a drink for no more than 100 baht ($3.30).
  • Use local transportation. Look up the songthaew routes around your hotel and your preferred destinations, and ride them whenever possible. Tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis will also let you haggle the price down to a certain extent.
  • Visit Phuket in the low season. Between May and October, Phuket gets the brunt of the monsoon season. Prices are at their lowest for both accommodations and transportation, though, which can save you money in what is arguably Thailand’s priciest town.
  • Get a local SIM card for your phone. Assuming your phone is compatible with the local networks, buying a prepaid SIM card will let you surf the web and call home without breaking the bank. You have your choice of three brands: AIS , DTAC , and TrueMove . All are available at the airport, or at any convenience store on the island.
  • Drink Thai-made beers. Chang, Leo, and Singha beers are much cheaper than Australian or European beers around Phuket—and they’re arguably just as good.

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The BEST PHUKET ITINERARY in Existence (2024 • UPDATED)

It is a mark of impressive self-control to resist the urge to make a bad Phuket pun. They’re not even half as funny as you initially think, and probably about a tenth as clever.

But Phuket, life is short, and it does wonders for publicity…

Beautiful beaches, night markets, big buddhas and questionable (or seriously legit) Thai cooking classes are all up for grabs. But how to fit in all this wondrousness in such a short time?

The answer is in hand with my top-tier Phuket Itinerary , written for the purposes of indulging your island hopping, street food chopping, Bang Tao Beach loving appetites. These three days may well be some of the most enjoyable of the year, decade, century… etc.

Let’s see what we can do in Phuket!

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A Little Bit About this 3-Day Phuket Itinerary

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Are you an edgy cool person intent on backpacking through Thailand ? Do you feel existential dread from the prospect of an unscripted day?

Then come on through! I am about to uncover some of the best things to do in Phuket , from delicious local dishes and beautiful Islands to authentic Thai culture…

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This 3-day Phuket itinerary is set up to be busy, so don’t worry if you feel you can fit everything in! There’s an unreasonable amount to do here, and just taking part in some of it will give you a real feel for the place.

Your Phuket trip is (as always) up to you, so take what you fancy, drop what you don’t, and hopefully, you’ll have a baseline for your perfect personalised itinerary. Taking the time to visit Phuket and its top attractions will be an unreal addition to your Thai adventure!

3-day Phuket Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1: Phuket Old Town | Wat Chalong Temple | The Big Buddha | Kata Noi Beach | Prompthep Cape | Laem Hin Pier
  • Day 2: Bang Pae Waterfall | Sirinat National Park | Bang Tao Beach | The Banzaan Market | Paradise Beach | Bangla Road
  • Day 3: Patong Beach | Phang Nga Bay | Koh Panyi | James Bond Island

Before you head off on your travels, it’s worth getting to grips with where to stay in Phuket . Not only will this drastically improve the odds of your SO liking you, but it will also give you a good idea of what is up in this awesome Thai playground.

Phuket City (or Phuket Town) is Phuket’s capital and is the largest city for miles. If you enjoy learning about history and culture, Phuket City is the place to be. It has ok parties too.

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Patong is the most popular tourist destination in the province of Phuket. With picture-perfect coastal views, stunning white sand beaches, a relaxed atmosphere, and beautiful scenic surroundings, I can see why! If you’re searching for Phuket nightlife, Patong is where you want to be.

Karon beach is found on the west coast of Phuket island and is the second-largest tourist beach. Karon is just the place if you’re looking for out-of-this-world views, inviting turquoise waters and long stretches of white sand shores!

Staying with locals in Phuket  through a homestay is another awesome (and cheap) accommodation option, and it comes with a much more authentic feeling.

Best Hostel in Phuket- Lub D Phuket Patong

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This magnificent Phuket Hostel was Voted in 2017 as the “Best New Hostel” in the world, and it must be seen to be believed. Take a dip in the see-through outdoor swimming pool, sunbathe on the huge terrace and treat yourself to a few delicious cocktails or beers. This is a place with vibe and friendliness oozing from the walls! Meet other travelers and enjoy the fun and relaxation of the space. If you’re looking for the beach, then it’s only 2 minutes away! If you want to hit the nightclubs & bars on Bangla road then you only have 5 minutes to walk.

Best Airbnb in Phuket: Luxury Room & Rooftop Pool with Phuket City Views

Luxury Room & Rooftop Pool with Phuket City Views, Phuket

Enjoy amazing views and modern amenities in this luxury condo in Phuket Town. Located on the 11th floor, this contemporary condo offers guests a king-sized bed, colourful décor, and comfortable living space.

With free wifi, two swimming pools and a fitness centre, you won’t find a better Airbnb in Phuket.

Best Budget Hotel in Phuket – U Sabai Living Hotel

U Sabai Living Hotel

This Budget pick is constantly surprising punters with its spacious rooms, cleanliness, and great location. Phuket international airport is 40 minutes away by car, whilst the famous Patong beach is just a 15-minute walk. Traditional Thai massages are on offer, and each room has a private bathroom. Snorkelling and sightseeing tours can be arranged from the front desk, and the on-site restaurant offers a mix of great Thai and western dishes.

Best Luxury Hotel in Phuket – Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa

Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa

One of the best luxury resorts going, this family-friendly resort offers guests access to 3 swimming pools, 8 dining options and a private beach. There is a fitness centre, two whirlpool pools, and of course, a great massage centre. One of the bars even offers guests the opportunity to swim up to it. There are loads of activities for kids on offer too, which makes it super great for family vacations, as well as romantic getaways. If you’re looking to be pampered, look no further.

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Ok, without further ado, I present to you my epic, super fun, mostly well-thought-out Phuket Itinerary…

…Enjoy!

Phuket Old Town | Wat Chalong Temple | The Big Buddha | Kata Noi Beach | Prompthep Cape | Laem Hin Pier

In and around Phuket, day 1 is all about getting to know your immediate surroundings. Then, we move down to southern Phuket, before returning to the city for a seaside dinner. Phuket city accommodation is preferred here!

8:00 am – Phuket Old Town

Phuket Old Town is a must-see place in Phuket and provides you with different shapes and sizes of old Sino-Portuguese splendors, plenty of funky shops, and boutique cafes! Explore and find some of the most unlikely places that will surprise and delight at the same time.

Phuket Old Town is the heart of Phuket’s island and also happens to be the capital. This town is far from ordinary, and offers so much more than you might think! Grab breakfast, and get ready for an awesome day.

Phuket Town displays attractive and aesthetic buildings that date back to the 1800s. There is a unique blend of colonial and Chinese architecture, joint with a tangible quaintness. This makes for a fascinating and eye-opening morning spent sauntering around Phuket’s Old Town. Expect the unexpected and don’t forget to take plenty of pictures !

  • Cost – Free
  • How long should I stay here? 1.5 hours
  • Getting there – Either you’re staying nearby, or you can taxi or bus. Phuket city is the centre so it’s not hard to get to!

11:00 am – Wat Chalong Temple

Wat Chalong Temple

This gorgeous temple showcases the brilliance of Phuket’s architectural creativity as well as the rich cultural history of religion on this island. Wat Chalong Temple is formally known as Wat Chaiyathararam and is a huge part of Phuket’s heritage!

Wat Chalong is the largest, most revered and most visited Buddhist temple in the whole of Phuket island. This temple was built at the beginning of the 19th century and is definitely at the top of our must-see places in Phuket.

You will see that the tallest building on the grounds of this stunning temple is the 60-meter tall stupa that shelters a magnificent bone fragment of the Lord Buddha. The walls and ceilings of the temple are adorned with beautiful and spiritually significant paintings that retrace the story of Buddha’s legendary life. Each of the three floors and also full of large donated golden statues.

  • Cost – Free, but donations are appreciated
  • How long should I stay here? 1 hour or less
  • Getting there – Grabbing a taxi or bus from Phuket is relatively easy. It’s well-known so you shouldn’t have problems getting there!

12:30 pm – Phuket Big Buddha

Phuket Big Buddha

The Phuket Big Buddha , otherwise known as The Great Buddha of Phuket, is a nobly seated Maravijaya Buddha statue in the south of Phuket island. The formal and official name is Phra Phutta Ming Mongkol Akenakiri, shortened to Ming Mongkol Buddha. Find this marvelous statue sitting atop Nakkerd Hill.

The Big Buddha is a 45-meter-tall white statue made entirely out of marble and is visible from anywhere in the southern part of Phuket as it protrudes the skies. Visiting this outstanding landmark is at the top of most must-do-in-Phuket lists and we can easily understand why! This is a monument that pays homage to the spiritual history of Phuket and it is a sobering experience to go and see it! The views from this mountain also happen to be breathtaking.

Mostly built on people’s donation in 2004, The Big Buddha Phuket is actually still under construction. If you feel like doing something to help to finish the broad base of the Buddha, you can sponsor a piece of white marble!

Make sure that you get there before it closes at 7pm!

  • How long should I stay here? 1.5 to 2 hours (with lunch!)
  • Getting there – Taxi, it’s about a 20-minute drive from Wat Chalong. It’s a 6km walk, but up a hill and in the day might not be the best idea.

2:30 pm – Kata Noi Beach

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Kata Noi is without a doubt one of the best beaches in Phuket. The white sands, gorgeous watercolour, and rising cliffs make this a top place to relax for the afternoon! The area gets waves good enough for surfers between May and October and is both pet and nudist-friendly. Kata Noi Beach is perched on the West Coast of Phuket, not too far from the Big Buddha.

Kata Noi is about 700 metres long, which means that if you’re looking for a bit of space, there is certainly that. There are also a load of activities to take part in; banana boating jet skiing and snorkelling are all possible past times here.

Hiking up to the nearby Karon viewpoint is a great way to put the beach into perspective. Enjoy some top-class views, and get familiar with some Thai jungle scenery!

  • Cost – Free (it’s a beach!)
  • How long should I stay here? around 3 hours. Get comfy!
  • Getting there – It’s half an hour’s drive again from the Phuket Big Buddha. Grab a taxi if you can!

6 pm – Prompthep Cape

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If you’re looking for a gorgeous sunset to finish the day off, then I have properly nailed this itinerary. The sunsets at Prompthep Cape are spectacular, but sadly this draws a pretty formidable tourist crowd. You can get a people-free shot by walking to the end of the Cape, but this isn’t an easy walk!

It’s at this point in the day when I start recommending alcohol. Bukito by Promthep Restaurant can offer dinner and drinks, but I’d recommend just going for a beverage or two – I’ve got a great dinner spot lined up for later. The Promthep lighthouse (also a small museum) is worth taking a look at, but it’s not worth staying much longer. Grab a photo, enjoy the sun setting, and get out of there!

People-watching here is excellent, since everyone is just waiting for a sunset photo.

  • Getting there – Sorry to say it’s another Taxi or drive from kata Noi beach. Takes about 20 minutes.

8 pm – Laem Hin Pier

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This is our evening endpoint. Located just north of Phuket City, you jump on a free shuttle boat which will take you out to a pier filled with some of the best local seafood places on the island.

Laem Hin is a vast wooden construction, but can still get reasonably busy. The seafood here is just amazing, so it’s understandable. It’s also cheap! So if you’re here with a family you can really go for the banquet experience.

After a long day, you’ll be ready to relax, so grab a beer or two, then head back to your Phuket Town accommodation for a good night’s rest. You’re going to need it!

  • Cost – Pay for what you buy (<$10)
  • How long should I stay here? around 2 hours
  • Getting there – Long drive back to Phuket town (just under an hour). Then take the ferry shuttle over to the restaurant.

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Bang Pae Waterfall | Sirinat National Park | Bang Tao Beach | The Banzaan Market | Paradise Beach | Bangla Road

Day 2 is all about tripping, specifically day tripping, and getting out into the furthest reaches of North and Eastern Phuket. Staying near Patong beach will allow you to make the most of this day.

8:30 am – Bang Pae Waterfall

Bang Pae Waterfall

Bang Pae waterfall is one of the top three best-known waterfalls in Phuket, perhaps four if you include a tiny one in Layan Bay, but only three are significant: Bang Pae, Kathu Waterfall and Tonsai Waterfall.

This is a must-see waterfall and getting there is an absolute adventure! Travel through the dense rainforests of Phuket, and see indigenous birds in their natural habitat. The waterfall is on part of a National Park which means you will also see some of the most spectacular jungle fauna!

Bang Pae waterfall is breathtaking and remarkably easy to reach. Take a stroll and see Thai teens and families playing in the stream as you walk up the hill. Visiting a waterfall is a wonderful way to spend a day during your weekend in Phuket, as this is when it is most busy and attracts the locals.

Grab a quick hotel/ hostel breakfast before embarking on this early-morning adventure!

  • Cost – The entrance fee is THB 200 ($6,34) for the national park, and then you will pay either a THB 20 (63c) parking fee for a motorbike or THB 30 (95c) for a car.
  • How long should I stay here? 2 to 3 hours
  • Getting there – Worth hiring a taxi man for the day if I’m honest, but you can bike it too! It’s a 40-minute journey from Phuket Town

11:30 am – Sirinat National Park

Sirinat National Park

The picturesque Sirinat National Park is found on the northwestern coast of Phuket Island.

There is such an atmosphere of peacefulness and so many new types of vegetation and wildlife for you to stumble across! Sirinat National Park stretches over a large amount of pine-fringed beaches, including Nai Thon, Nai Yang, and Mai Khao Beach.

Mai Khao Beach is famous for being the exotic home of nesting sea turtles, such as the leatherbacks and hawksbills! You can also explore tropical coral reefs that are clustered in the clear waters offshore and escape into massive mangrove forests in Sai Kaew Beach.

This is a truly amazing place to be, but it is rural. Pack some snacks for your day before you arrive. Lunch isn’t until later!

  • Cost – The entrance fee is THB 200 ($6,34) per adult and THB 100 ($3,17) per child.
  • Getting there – Sirinat National Park isn’t far from the Bang Pae Waterfall. Hop in your car, you’ll be there in 20 minutes!

Insider Tip: Keep an eye out for the birdlife, many famous and rare birds can be sighted within the canopies of Sirinat National Park! One of the most popular is the Kingfisher.

2 pm – Bang Tao Beach

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If you fancy a slice of the untouched, then Bang Tao beach is for you! An amazingly quiet, pristine beach, it is a great place to doze away the hours of the early afternoon. You’ll need to – things heat up later.

Bang Tao beach is one of the longest beaches on Phuket island. It is relatively uncluttered, and much more peaceful than many of the other beaches in Phuket. There are great fancy restaurants at hotels, but there are some midrange and cheaper places too. Stop off for a relaxing lunch to rejuvenate. Since the beach is so long, I’d recommend heading for the Southern section. There are more places to eat, and it makes the next section of your journey shorter.

Sit back, relax, grab some lunch, and then spread out the beach towel for a little early afternoon sunbathing.

  • Cost – Free!
  • How long should I stay here? About 2 hours
  • Getting there – Just head due south down the coast, it’s on the way to Patong beach. Takes around half an hour.

4:30 pm – The Banzaan Market

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Get swept into the energetic and vibrant mass energy here and explore a new way of shopping. The Banzaan Market is a modern-looking Thai fresh market found on Sai Kor Road, behind the Jungceylon.

Take the time to check into your Patong beach accommodation, and then head back out to the Banzaan market!

You will basically come across all kinds of produce and crafts that you could expect at any other street market, but the Banzaan Market is hosted in a much more pleasant envious mentioned and is famous for being so well organized.

The locals go all out to showcase their best products, and you will be amazed at the bargains you can hunt for! This is a cultural way to end the last of your 2 days in Phuket!

  • Cost – Entrance is free
  • How long should I stay here? About 1 hour
  • Getting there – Short taxi (or walk), after a half-hour drive from Bang Tao beach.

6 pm – Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach

The drinks are delicious, but the food is even better. Choose from their vast range of both Indian and Thai cuisine! We suggest going wild here and trying as many different dishes as you can!

Welcome to paradise! This magnificent and rather private beach is less than 200m in length and hosts a little rocky headland that kind of makes it two beaches if you want to get technical. Paradise Beach is a cosy and tiny cove near Patong and is famous for having lush and calm waters that feature a soft seabed mostly throughout the year.

Sunbathe or stroll the pristine white sand and be shaded by nodding palm trees, you will feel as if you are part of a photo shoot for a holiday brochure! Laze and allow yourself to emerge into the peaceful, picturesque environment that Paradise Beach provides.

Being the home of Paradise Beach Club, this magical cove even has a great choice of facilities, including upbeat restaurants, bars, sea kayaks, beach chairs and so much more. You can even get your party on and join one of Phuket’s only Koh Phangan-style beach parties !

I’d recommend grabbing dinner here, before heading back to Patong to experience the night life.

  • Cost – The entrance fee is THB 200 ($6,34) per person.
  • How long should I stay here? Around 2 hours
  • Getting there – Paradise beach is about 20 minutes from the Banzaan Market, on the West coast.

10 pm – Bangla Road

Bangla Road

Bangla Road in Patong is notoriously named for its highly energetic and lively nightlife! Bangla Road is a  must-visit while you’re in Phuket and you will find the experience to be unforgettable. The nightlife is at the top of its game and offers more clubs than anywhere else in Phuket! Bangla Road is also packed with a ridiculous amount of vibrantly lit bars, go-go bars, girly bars, and relaxed ex-pat bars – think lots of drinks, bizarre spectacles and music!

As the sun goes down, Bangla road becomes closed off to traffic, making it a wonderful space for easy pub-hopping! The neon lights and bars start to come alive and the music from all the bars starts to intertwine with each other.

Have a noisy, fun and energetic night out in this famous street and have a night that will open your eyes to a whole new world! This road in itself is an experience to be had and it can feel like you’re headed into a fantasy land. There are many side roads (called Soi’s in Thai) that lead off from Bangla Road. Here you will find even more bars, as well as mini clubs.

  • How long should I stay here? All night, all day who knows? Tomorrow does happen at some point though so try and get a little sleep xx
  • Getting there – Back to the hotel from Paradise beach (car/taxi 20 minutes), then walk out to the town from your hotel!

Insider Tip: When partying the night away, expect to be hit on by a few ‘women of the night’ and even ‘men of the night’ as Bangala Road is also the sex capital of Phuket. I would strongly recommend that you turn them down, as not all of it is hugely ethical.

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Patong Beach | Phang Nga Bay | Koh Panyi | James Bond Island

Day 3 is when we ditch the land and look seawards. Think island hopping, but better because I’m in charge…

Accommodation is up to you here, but staying near Phang Nga Bay might be easiest!

9 am – Patong Beach

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A lazy morning is probably not just desired but needed after the previous evening’s revelry. Take an easy stroll down to the beach for a morning swim to wake you up. Grab some street food or breakfast too!

An army marches on its stomach, and there is still lots to do today! Rent a beach chair, drool on the sand a little, but ready yourself! If you’re feeling refreshed already, there is paragliding, jet skiing, and other beachy activities to get you pumped.

Take advantage of a beach massage if you really want to get the ball rolling, and there are always people who will sell you a smoothie by the side of the road. Try one! Patong beach is very much a love-or-hate thing. It is busy but super beautiful. If you don’t mind other people, then you should have a great time.

  • Getting there – Short taxi, or walk from your Patong Beach accommodation.

12:00 am – Phang Nga Bay

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Okay, this is where a visit to Phuket (although already brilliant) becomes truly legendary. Phang Nga Bay itself is made up of hundreds of different points of interest, and choosing which ones to do is entirely up to you!

I’ve included Koh Panyi and James Bond Island on the itinerary list because they are must-haves, but get exploring and you’ll have an awesome time here!

The cave of the reclining Buddha is a great place to start before heading over to Koh Panyi for some lunch. After James Bond Island, think about heading to Laem Haad Beach, Koh Panak, Koh Hong, Kudu Yai or the Koh Yao Islands. Since Phang Nga Bay has so much to do, and it’s relatively spaced apart, it’s worth getting either a private tour boat or joining one with others. There’s so much to see, and it’s not worth missing out on!

  • Cost – 200 Baht ($6) for entrance, plus boat costs
  • How long should I stay here? All day, but try the reclining Buddha first (around 1 hour)
  • Getting there – Sadly, transfer over to Phang Nga from Patong takes around 2 hours. It is super worth it though! Hotels will often offer tours of Phang Nga bay, or you can join a private one!

1:30 pm – Koh Panyi

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This fishing village is almost entirely built on stilts. There is brilliant seafood, which makes it a great lunchtime stop, but people know about it (so it can get crowded too). It’s up to you if you want to luncheon here, but sitting down and taking an easy lunch can be a great way to ease the effects of the two-hour drive in the morning.

It’s a pretty crazy village, and the natural scenery surrounding it is absolutely stunning. There is even a mosque on the island, which is worth having a look at. However, aside from walking the town and trying the seafood, there is not much else to do. Enjoy the environment and prepare for bigger and better things!

  • Cost – To hire a private boat to the island it’s 1500 Baht (around $40). There are regular ferries which are much cheaper.
  • How long should I stay here? under 2 hours
  • Getting there – You can catch a longtail boat from Surakul pier, which takes around 20 minutes.

3:00 pm – James Bond Island

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The famous James Bond Island (or Khao Phing Kan) gathered a lot of international interest, and now gets swarmed with tourists…

But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it! It is a stunning place to be, and the cute coves and beaches make a visit very enjoyable. There are some interesting things to buy too, as vendors inevitably follow the tourist crowd.

James Bond island gets mixed reviews since many people go there. Like the Colosseum or Eiffel tower, people just want a money shot before clearing off. However, it is super pretty, and it’s worth going if you’re in the area anyway.

After you’ve enjoyed this tourist trap, I’d recommend chilling at a more relaxed beach until the bay closes at six, or going back to your hotel. If you fancy something active, there is a great range of outdoorsy ways you can explore the magical environment of Phang Nga Bay!

  • Cost – Boats can range between 400 and 2000 Baht (for a private)
  • How long should I stay here? an hour or less
  • Getting there – Boat from Koh Panyi

If you have the time, here are some things that you might want to squeeze in. Alternatively, substitute (or add in) some of these amazing gems to give your trip a distinctly “you” factor…

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Koh Racha, AKA Raya Island, is an island about 20 km south of Phuket. There aren’t any roads or cars, which makes this a haven for naturists. Lots of swimming, snorkelling and beaching is clearly on the cards.

Whilst you can certainly cover most of Raya Island in a single-day trip, if you really want to get a handle on this island, then I’d suggest staying over. There are some really really nice resorts, hotels and hostels that will have everything you need for a great stay.

The amazing Patok beach is a great place to sunbathe, and there are plenty of other things to take part in on the island. Fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling, and jet skiing could form part of a top-class day.

  • How long should I stay here? All day?
  • Getting there – 30 minute speedboat from Phuket

Phi Phi Islands

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The Phi Phi Islands were popularised by Leonardo Dicaprio and his pretty face. After he had been there, suddenly everyone else wanted to be there too, and it quickly became a tourist hotspot.

There are several islands in the Phi Phi archipelago, including the main island of Phi Phi Don. Bamboo Island is known for its beautiful sandy beaches, pristine natural state, and amazing snorkelling and diving. Ko Yung (Mosquito Island) is similar but slightly larger. Both these islands are uninhabited.

If you’re looking for some truly unbelievable beaches and marine life, then the Phi Phi Islands are a top destination for you.

  • How long should I stay here? Worth spending a night here. Lots to do!
  • Getting there – Boat from Phuket City

Phuket Simon Cabaret

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Experience something that you have never seen before with this intimate theater extravaganza! The show is a must-see attraction during your travels in Phuket! Witness an extravagant cabaret show with dancers in sparkly attire and even sparklier headdresses.

One of the oddest aspects that makes this show unusual is that it is probably the biggest “transvestite” cabaret show to be found in Phuket. This show features a spectacular musical floor show being performed by the world-famous “ladyboys” of Simon Cabaret.

See for yourself! You will be surprised how elaborate the costumes and makeup are, and how hard it becomes to tell the difference! Stunning costumes, bright lights, an excellent sound system, and expensive decorative sets are all part of this theatrical event that is not to be missed!

One of the coolest things to do in Phuket is to have a glamorous night out at the Simon Cabaret Show. See a variety of acts by dazzling men dressed as beautiful women complete with eye-catching costumes!

  • Cost – Tickets are THB 600 ($18,83).
  • How long should I stay here? 2 hours
  • Getting there – Taxi, or walk in Phuket City

Phuket Sunday Night Market

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The Phuket Sunday Market is known for having a hugely varied selection of curios and secondhand items on sale in a bustling market atmosphere! This is very different from the usual local markets where you can find copied T-shirts and cheap jeans. Hosted from the starting point at Thepkasattri Road and stretching all along the streets to Phuket Road.

All of the old Sino-Portuguese houses along Thalang road are brightly lit with ever-changing colours that add an extra spark to the festive mood created by this one-of-a-kind market! This beautiful historical street is very proud to be the first road on the entire island that is completely free of any large and ugly electric cables hanging around looking like a gigantic mess.

The market is an opportunity for you to try one of the Phuket specialities and explore your boundaries with cuisine! You can find a good mix of sweets and snacks to nibble as you walk. One of the most strange things is the horseshoe crab salad, which is not for the light-hearted!

  • How long should I stay here? No more than an hour or two. The market is open from 4 pm til 9 pm
  • Getting there – Taxi or walk

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Phuket has a welcoming, warm and tropical climate. The beautiful temperatures are wayyy hotter than they are cold, and even when it’s cold, it’s really still quite humid.

The extremely rainy Monsoon season begins mid-May and goes on till October, but don’t let this deter you. This is when Phuket is quiet, so you can experience a more authentic cultural side of the places you visit. It’s the perfect time to visit Phuket’s museums too.

Phuket’s high tourist season is from November to February. During this time, the days are sunny and you won’t have a drop of rain! Making it perfect for lazy afternoons, sightseeing, hiking and water sports.

When getting from place to place in Phuket, there are several options to consider. Tuk-tuks are found everywhere in Thailand, so you will easily be able to hire one at any given time to get you from A  to B. Be sure your driver understands where you want to go and check for an authentic license before you accept your ride!

Hiring out a bike is an excellent option when travelling in Phuket, and is ideal for couples or solo travellers. There are many businesses that hire out bikes, and most hotels offer this service or will know a company.

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Taxis are found easily, so hiring one is a good option and the prices are usually very reasonable! The locals are very used to tourists visiting Phuket, and can share some knowledge with you on the coolest places.

Walking in Phuket is beautiful, each place is pumping with vibrancy and culture! Meet the locals, find new spots and enjoy the street food. A lot of places in Phuket are easy to walk to, and it is well worth taking a stroll in some of the more culturally rich and scenic areas.

Packing for a tropical climate is the easiest packing you can do – couple of shorts and a t-shirt, and you’re good to go. Packing for thailand is usually straightforward.

The vast majority of the time, Phuket is a very safe place to visit, but it is good to know a few safety tips too. Be sure to keep your wits about you when dealing with locals after a few drinks, as things can get ugly if you lose your cool and start shouting or behaving like an ass. For the ladies, don’t drink alone or walk the streets at night by yourself, and watch out for drink spiking.

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There are also some safety precautions to heed when swimming in the famous ocean waters of Phuket. Although Phuket’s main beaches are now well-staffed with lifeguards, there are still a number of drownings that occur each year. When the beaches are lined with red flags, these are a warning of strong waves and undertow.

Other safety measures would be simple things like, wearing a helmet if you rent a motorbike in Phuket, driving cautiously and never driving drunk as Phuket has the highest rate of car accidents in Thailand.

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Here’s what people usually ask us when they plan their Phuket itinerary.

Is a Trip to Phuket a Good Idea?

Probably one of the best you’ve had I’d say. Phuket is magical in every capacity, and taking the time to visit Phuket will boost your Thailand trip into the stratosphere. Not only is it relatively cheap, but it’s super beautiful too!

How long should I spend in Thailand, Phuket Island?

Ideally, you should spend around a week getting to know Phuket, but anything 3 days or above is great too. There is so much to do here, and it’s easiest to get fully comfortable here if you spend a little longer.

What are some awesome free things to do in Phuket?

There are heaps to do for free. Explore the fascinating streets of Phuket Old Town before hitting up one of the many beaches.

What are the best Phuket things to do at night?

Bangla Road is the epicentre of the nightlife scene in Phuket. Alternatively, try the Phuket Sunday Night Market if you want a different vibe.

Phuket is not only a beautiful paradise of long-stretching beaches but also a hub of cultural experiences and friendly locals just waiting to share their stories with you! Embark on the adventure of a lifetime and enjoy moments that take your breath away.

It doesn’t matter how many days in Phuket you spend, you are bound to take something back from the experience. Laze around and allow these lifelong memories to soak in, as you will fall in love with everything about the astounding and magical island!

With our Phuket travel guide, you will have the most amazing time of your life in this mesmerizing part of Thailand as each moment will be full of new experiences and wonderment!

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The 21 best things to do in Phuket

From diving with manta rays to nights out on the town, here is how to make the most of your time in this island utopia

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Thailand ’s largest island has been a popular tourist destination for decades, but what exactly are the best things to do in Phuket ? Well, we’re sure glad you asked.

Now we’ve got a solid excuse to reel off about not just the history and culture of Phuket but also its incredible natural sights and unbeatable restaurant scene. Phuket sparkles in the day and comes alive at night , a 24/7 destination with endless entertainment and some of the best resorts in an area of the world where great resorts are ten a penny. Let’s delve into the best things to do in Phuket. 

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Best things to do in Phuket

1.  green elephant sanctuary park.

Green Elephant Sanctuary Park

What is it? The best and most ethical way to see elephants up close in Phuket. No trick shows, no tourist rides – just elephants being elephants in a lovingly cared-for environment.

Why go? Elephants can be seen working and performing all over Phuket, but unless you head deep into the jungle you won’t find any as happy as those who are lucky enough to call this place home. Beyond the gentle giants themselves, the real attraction here is the chance for you to get hands-on with feeding, cleaning and even swimming with these majestic creatures.

2.  Phuket Old Town

Phuket Old Town

What is it? The picturesque historical quarter of Phuket Town where you’ll find beautiful old buildings, museums, boutique shops and a thriving night market.

Why go? A million miles away from the tourist packed beaches and night time hedonism on offer elsewhere in Phuket, this antiquated area of town is steeped in heritage and small enough to explore on foot. There’s a strong old colonial Chinese and Portuguese influence here, especially along the particularly charming Soi Rommannee, where brightly coloured old buildings house boutique shops, guesthouses and cafes.

3.  Mom Tri’s Kitchen

Mom Tri’s Kitchen

What is it? Probably the most romantic place to dine in Phuket, this award-winning restaurant – attached to the resplendent Villa Royale boutique hotel – has some of the best food, wine and views on the island.

Why go? If you’re looking for an elegant, classy restaurant with incredible views and food and drink to match, Mom Tri’s Kitchen is for you. Located on the headland between Kata Noi and Kata Yai beaches, book a table on the terrace, pick a bottle from the 700-strong wine list and soak up the atmosphere at one of Phuket’s best restaurants.

4.  Bangtao Beach

Bangtao Beach

What is it? An eight-kilometre-long stretch of soft white sand lapped by crystal clear water that’s home to some of Phuket’s best-regarded restaurants and resorts.

Why go? There are dozens of beautiful beaches on Phuket (Freedom, Kata and Karon all deserve mention) but Bangtao Beach is the pick for many in the know. Home to the upscale bars, beach clubs and resorts of Laguna Complex, where there’s a relaxed yet refined vibe that’s perfect for sunbathing and slow strolls in the sand.

5.  Simon Cabaret

Simon Cabaret

What is it?  One of the best ‘ladyboy’ cabaret shows on Phuket with spectacular shows three times a night.

Why go? Simon Cabaret is renowned as one of the very best of its kind in the country, with extravagant sets and high-tech production backing faultlessly choreographed and opulently dressed performers. The recently opened Aphrodite Cabaret just outside Phuket Town is also well worth a look.

6.  Chalong Bay Rum Distillery

Chalong Bay Rum Distillery

What is it? A small eco-minded distillery producing award-winning rum, offering tours and tastings.

Why go? Thailand might be best known for its ferocious whiskies, but the young French couple behind this place are proving it can produce rum that’s up there with the very best. Sustainably produced using purely hand-harvested, local sugarcane, the rum tastes great; and the spacious, airy bar is the perfect place to sample a mojito, capriosa, or both.

7.  Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong

What is it? The most important and largest Buddhist temple on Phuket with a grand pagoda housing a splinter of bone from Lord Buddha himself.

Why go? The beautiful buildings and grounds are the perfect place to take a break from the beach. Always bristling with local worshippers and curious tourists, it can get really crowded here so try to come as early in the day as you can if you want time and space to take it all in - or get that perfect photo for the ‘gram. Remember: this is a sacred site, so make sure you cover up.

8.  Big Buddha

Big Buddha

What is it?  The clue's in the name with this one. Phuket's 45-meter marble Buddha statue is one of the biggest draws for Thailand.

Why go?  You can't go to Phuket and miss the big Buddha. Quite literally, as it can be seen from just about anywhere in the south of the island. But take the time to climb up the hill in Karon and you'll be treated not only to an impressive close-up of the religious icon, but also stunning views of the mountains and Andaman sea. While you're up there, make a pitstop in the cafe and pop into the gift shop.

9.  Island hopping in Phang Nga Bay

Island hopping in Phang Nga Bay

What is it? The chance to jump aboard a speed boat and take a day trip (or two) out to explore some of the hundreds of tiny paradise islands surrounding Phuket.

Why go? There are dozens of tour operators offering all sorts of different day trips out from Phuket. If you’ve only got one day, head out on a Phan Nga Bay/James Bond Island trip, which takes you to the jaw-dropping limestone cliffs made famous by 007 plus a few other small islands for quality snorkelling and beach time.

10.  Diving

Diving

What is it? The submerged reefs of East Asia are among the prettiest in the world and teeming with life. There's no better way to see them than a close-up dive.

Why go?  Even if you've never dived before in your life, you'll have a blast exploring the Andaman ocean. Phuket has numerous diving instructors on-hand at hotels, hostels and beach resorts ready to take groups and private tours out. We'd recommend Hin Daeng and Koh Dok Man to dive at and if snorkelling’s more your thing, head to Nai Harn beach.

11.  Bang Pae Waterfall, Khao Phra Thaeo National Park

Bang Pae Waterfall, Khao Phra Thaeo National Park

What is it? A small, but beautiful and tranquil waterfall surrounded by dense tropical jungle in Khao Phra Thaeo National Park on Phuket’s sparsely populated eastern side.

Why go? Bang Pae might not be Niagara Falls, but it is Phuket’s largest waterfall and attracts plenty of locals and tourists alike throughout the year. It’s best visited in wet season, when the rock pools are full enough to take a dip in and the lush jungle is at its verdant best. There’s a couple of decent local restaurants nearby for when you get hungry, but make sure you bring decent shoes and plenty of mosquito spray. Entry to the park costs 200 baht.

12.  Naka Weekend Market

Naka Weekend Market

What is it? An enormous weekend market in Phuket Town selling all sorts of wares, with a large outside area packed with street food hawkers serving speciality dishes and Thai favourites.

Why go? The biggest and best place to chow down on delicious, authentic Thai food without breaking the bank. You can get everything from spicy stir fries and freshly grilled fish to pancakes, fruit salads and spring rolls here. Most stalls do just one dish, but do it very well. If you’re feeling brave, try the deep fried locusts. They taste like popcorn. Really.

13.  Monkey Hill

Monkey Hill

What is it? Forget the tourist packed, more famous Monkey Beach and take a walk from Phuket Town up Toh Sae Hill for a close encounter with our furry cousins.

Why go? If you’re keen to ensure your holiday features some monkey-spotting, this is the best place to go. Head up the hill and you’ll soon meet monkeys looking for food. Bring some nuts or fruit along and you’ll make plenty of friends. But remember, these aren’t tame monkeys so don’t get too intimate. And if it’s raining, don’t bother – monkeys hate rain as much as we do.

14.  Floating restaurants at Laem Hin Pier

Floating restaurants at Laem Hin Pier

What is it? A cluster of floating restaurants that can only be reached by a short boat journey from the mainland, serving up some of the finest seafood on the island.

Why go? It’s one of the most unforgettable and unique dining experiences you can have on Phuket. Jump aboard one of the free long tail taxi boats (five minutes) that run from Laem Pier and head out to the floating restaurants near Koh Maphrow. Fill your face with the freshest oysters, crab, prawns and fish – all cooked to traditional Thai methods – and then catch a boat back beneath the stars. There are a few restaurants here; Bang Mud and The Black Crab are two definitely worth your attention.

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15.  Promthep Cape

Promthep Cape

What is it? The most southerly point of Phuket, where you can breathe in the most awe-inspiring, sublime views on the island.

Why go? You can’t really visit Phuket and not make your way up the viewpoint on Promethep Cape for at least one sunset. It can get incredibly busy, but the views more than make up for the constant stream of camera clicking tourists that arrive in the adjacent car park every evening. If crowds aren’t your thing, wait for night to fall and grab a table at the nearby Promthep Cape restaurant for a serene sundowner meal.

16.  Bangla Road

Bangla Road

What is it? A notorious and raucous (but great fun) 400-meter strip of all kinds of night time entertainment that’s the beating heart of Phuket nightlife.

Why go? If you want a big night out in Phuket, this is the place to come. Running from the beach to the centre of Patong, take a walk up Bangla Road after dark and you’ll pass everything from beer bars and live music spots (Red Hot, Rock City) to enormous nightclubs (Illuzion, Tiger Disco) and, of course, plenty of go-go bars (Soi Freedom, Soi Sea Dragon). You probably won’t have a civilised night out here; but come with the right attitude and you’ll definitely have a great time.

17.  Mor Mu Dong Restaurant

Mor Mu Dong Restaurant

What is it? An authentic, rustic restaurant nestled in the mangroves where locals and tipped-off tourists dine on incredible seafood in bamboo huts.

Why go? Mor Mu Dong in Phuket Town isn’t the easiest place to find, but is well worth the effort. Despite its location well off the beaten path (head past Phuket Zoo and keep going down the track), the quality of the food and the peaceful setting means this place is always. Don’t miss the stuffed curried mackerel.

18.  Muay Thai at Patong Boxing Stadium

Muay Thai at Patong Boxing Stadium

What is it? A buzzing Thai boxing stadium where the fights are very real and the seats are packed with locals cheering their favourite fighters to victory.

Why go? You'll see plenty of billboards advertising Muay Thai fights all over Phuket, but most are nothing more than tourist-pleasing staged spectacles. This is the place to go for the real deal. The fights are violent and the atmosphere can get pretty wild – but that’s exactly what makes it all so exciting.

19.  Chillva Night Market

Chillva Night Market

What is it? Constructed from colourfully painted upcycled shipping containers and aimed at young, fashionable locals, this bohemian little market is among Phuket’s best.

Why go? While you shouldn’t miss the island’s famed Night Market and Walking Street in Phuket Town, or the foodie paradise of Malin Plaza down in Patong, if you’re looking for a local experience, make sure you spend a couple hours browsing, eating and people watching here.

20.  Siam Supper Club

Siam Supper Club

What is it? A seriously chic bar and dining destination, renowned for its refined yet relaxed old-school atmosphere, sublime cocktails and fantastic food.

Why go? Stepping out of the tropical heat and inside Siam Supper Club is like being transported to another world. Dim lighting, a long bar and wooden walls covered in black and white photographs of Hollywood’s golden era all combine to give this place an atmosphere that’s unique on Phuket. The menu is mostly Western and the wine list among the best on the island.

21.  One Chun Restaurant

One Chun Restaurant

What is it? One of the island’s best Thai restaurants with food, service and prices that have made it a real local’s favourite.

Why go? There’s no shortage of dining options on Phuket, but you come to Thailand for Thai food so pass on the pizza, ribs and burgers for at least one night and make your way here for a taste of authentic southern Thai food. The seafood is exceptional; don’t miss the stir-fried crab with lime sauce or deep fried tuna.

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What to Do in Phuket?

What are the best things to do in Phuket is one of the most important questions people ask us when planning a trip. We explored the island for 30 years to bring you the best of Phuket, sorted in what we saw and what people liked the most. There is an incredibly vast range of attractions, activities and tours, from fabulous beaches and natural wonders to glittering temples and human-made attractions for you to explore and experience.

Phang Nga Bay is an absolute must-do, with jaw-dropping limestone cliffs and flooded caves. Phi Phi islands are everyone’s second favourite thing to do in Phuket, even though they can be a little crowded. The 45-meter-high Big Buddha of Phuket is also on everyone’s list, and this attraction is not difficult to reach. Walking with the elephants to help them escape a life of hard labour is the next big thing in Phuket and is growing fast in popularity.

4 Important things to know when planning tours in Phuket

1 . We recommend planning just a few tours and day trips before travelling, then once here you can adjust your plan according to your mood or the weather. However, if you plan to visit Phuket during the peak season (end of December and January) you should try to book the tours that relate to islands, cruises and Phang Nga Bay (especially the famous John Gray SeaCanoe )

2. You can book those day trips once here; they are usually cheaper and can be booked directly from your hotel, in the street or one of the many travel agencies. We added information on each attraction.

3. Tours always include transportation from and to your hotel, so that is not a worry!

4. Some tours may look more expensive than others, but those usually offer a better experience: less crowded, better service and overall: a better experience.

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Our full list of things to do

With so much to choose from, it may be challenging to fit all the things to do in Phuket into one holiday. So to make your travel planning a lot easier, we listed here a long list of must-do in Phuket sorted by popularity. Some are on the island, and some are around the island but easily accessible in one day.

1. Explore the Beaches of Phuket

The beaches of Phuket

This seems to be so obvious thing to do in Phuket since this is the main reason why most travellers travel such long distances, but did you know that we counted more than 46 beaches? You probably know the famous ones, mostly located on the southwest coast: Patong, Kata, Karon, Kamala and Nai Harn. They are famous because they are truly beautiful, but they can also be too busy if you come to find peace and isolation.

Don’t limit yourself to one beach and explore Phuket: drive around and discover the north and east coast beaches as some are superb and still peaceful: Nai Yang, Naithon, and Mai Khao Beaches. Read more about Phuket beaches .

Panwa Beach in Phuket

2. Explore Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay by Sea Canoe

The incredible scenery of Phang Nga has always been at the top of our list of places to visit. There are many ways to explore it. You can take a lazy sunset cruise on a Chinese Junk or explore Phang Nga by canoe through caves and enclosed lagoons. If you can afford it, a full day on a customised private cruise around Phang Nga is the most relaxing and enjoyable experience. Day trips to Phang Nga usually include a stop at the famous James Bond Island and Koh Panyi, the village built entirely on stilts. Similar to the famous Halong Bay in Vietnam, these landscapes will leave unforgettable memories. Read more about Phang Nga Bay

Seacanoe in Phang Nga Bay

How to get there : Phang Nga can be booked even one day before, once in Phuket, at your hotel or street booth. However, everyone agrees that the best way to do it is with John Gray Seacanoe , which should be booked in advance online, especially during the high season (December to May) When to get there : Thanks to its sheltered geography, Phang Nga is accessible and beautiful all year round, even during the rainy season. The sea is never rough, so you won’t have to worry about seasickness.

3. Climb to Big Buddha of Phuket

Big Buddha Phuket

Number 3 on our list of best things to do in Phuket has always been the Big Buddha, an iconic 45-meter tall white marble statue sitting at the top of Nakkerd hill in the south of the island. The construction of this statue, entirely from donations, started in 2002. You can contribute too by sponsoring one small white marble tile and signing your name on it.

It’s a great thing to do; your name will be there forever. Remember that Big Buddha is more than just a landmark; it is a religious place. You should respect it by dressing appropriately: if you wear shorts or skirts above the knee , you will need to wear a sarong provided by security at the entrance. It would be best if you also tried to keep your voice down, which unfortunately is not very well understood by tourists.

The Big Buddha of Phuket

The road to get up there is steep but well-paved, and the panoramic view from the top is worth the climb. To the north, you can see the whole of Chalong Bay to Phang Nga; in the south, you will see Kata Beach . On the way down, stop at one of the many little panoramic bars to get a bird’s view of Karon Beach. Read more about Phuket Big Buddha

How to get there : you can easily reach the Big Buddha with your motorbike or car. Tuk-tuks will happily take you there and wait for you. Keep in mind that most tours include a visit to the Big Buddha. When to get there : all year round Price : Entrance is free but donations are appreciated

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4. Take a Trip to Phi Phi Islands

Phi Phi Islands

Phi Phi is a beautiful archipelago made of fantastic beaches and immense cliffs over two bays you can admire from a famous viewpoint. Phi Phi is also renowned among young crowds for those legendary beach parties lasting all night long, reminding a bit of the Full Moon Parties on Koh Phangan. But this fame comes with a price, and Phi Phi may have become too popular.

The crowds, greed and developments have severely affected the island, so don’t imagine yourself walking alone on the deserted Maya Beach like they do in the movie The Beach, unless you book a hotel in the north of the island. Read more about Phi Phi Islands

Phi Phi Island in Thailand

How to get there : Book it in advance if you plan to stay overnight. You can book a ferry or speedboat once in Phuket if you only want to go for the day, but day trips usually allow you such a short time on Phi Phi Island you won’t have much time for exploration. The price starts as cheap as 375 baht for a ferry ticket + hotel transfer.

When to go there : Phi Phi island is open all year round, but of course, it’s more beautiful with a blue sky during the high season (December to May). During the low season, the ride can be bumpy, so take some pills if you are prone to seasickness.

5. Maya Bay

Maya Bay in Phi Phi Islands

We can’t talk about Phi Phi Islands without talking about Maya Bay. We listed it separately because it can be a day trip on its own. Maya Bay has reopened after being closed for a while but access is restricted. Read more about Maya Bay

6. Party on Bangla Road

Bangla Road

Bangla Road might not be to everyone’s taste, but judging by the enormous crowd walking up and down Patong walking street every night, Bangla is on many people’s must-see list. Unlike what most people believe, Soi Bangla is not a Sin City for Single Men. It’s a colourful and vibrant street full of life, restaurants, shops, bars and dancing girls.

If you want to know more, enter these famous Go-Go bars and see what a go-go bar is. You will often see couples tourists having a drink; Patong is a lot more easygoing than Bangkok or Pattaya. Read more about Bangla Road

Bangla Road in Patong Beach

When to go there : Bangla is lively all year round. Nothing happens during the day, and the street closes to traffic around 7 pm. However, the party atmosphere only kicks in after 9 or 10 pm.

7. Explore Phuket Old Town

Phuket Town

It’s hard to resist those old Sino-Portuguese streets with beautiful shophouses and magnificent mansions. Phuket’s old town is perfect for a half-day, with many small cafes, bakeries, and eateries along the way. You can reach there by tuk-tuk or even with the local blue bus that stops at the city market, then walk to Thalang Road, the most popular of the old streets of Phuket Town.

Visit the local markets near the bus station and explore the little streets here and there to discover some incredible abandoned mansions. Don’t miss the Phuket Walking Street on Sunday, a chance to try a lot of local food you cannot find easily! Read more about Phuket Old Town

Thai restaurant in a heritage house in Phuket Town

How to get there : Tuk-Tuk or Grab taxis are the standard options. Then the cheapest way apart from driving there yourself is to ride the local blue bus .

8. Visit Chalong Temple

Wat Chalong Phuket

Chalong Temple (locally called Wat Chalong), built at the beginning of the 19th century, is the largest and the most visited Buddhist temple in Phuket. The most iconic building on the temple grounds is a 60-meter-tall stupa sheltering a fragment of bone from Buddha. Inside the building, beautiful paintings and illustrations on the walls and ceilings narrate the life of Lord Buddha, and each floor is full of donated golden statues.

You can also climb stairs to reach a terrace and enjoy a panoramic view. Just like in any temple in Thailand, remember to dress appropriately: no shorts or skirts above the knee , and no sleeveless shirts. Remember to remove shoes and caps when entering the temple buildings. Read more about Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong Phuket

How to get there : easy to reach by car or motorbike. Most tours will include Wat Chalong, usually combined with a visit to the Big Buddha. When to get there : the temple is open from 7 am to 5 pm, but you can walk around the property anytime. Price : free entrance, but donations are appreciated

9. Explore the many Night Markets!

phuket lard yai street market

Phuket has a lot of night markets, but on any day of the week, the line between a night market and a night bazaar is relatively thin. Some markets only open during the weekend, and some during the weekdays. The Sunday Walking Street Market on the old Thalang Road of Phuket Town is the most creative. Read more about Phuket Night Markets

Chillva Market Phuket

10. Relax or Party in a Beach Club

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There is a growing list of superb beach clubs all around Phuket. Most are open all day for customers to enjoy food and drinks on comfortable sofas or beach beds, and some turn into party clubs at night. As you may expect, the prices are often on the high side in the most popular clubs such as Catch Beach Club or Carpe Diem on Bang Tao Beach, and Cafe Del Mar on Kamala Beach , but our list includes a lot of little hidden beach clubs at fair prices. Read more about Beach Clubs

Carpe Diem Beach Club on Bang Tao Beach, Phuket, Thailand

11. Spa and Massages

Best Spas in Phuket

Thailand is a massage and well-being destination famous around the world. Almost every hotel has a spa, and massages are available everywhere, even on the beach! The prices start around 300 baht for a simple Thai massage to extravagant half-day packages in luxury resorts. Everyone should try, especially to recover from jet lag, help with a sunburn, make use of a rainy day or treat themselves to a relaxing experience.

Keep in mind that a spa is one of the most popular things to do in Phuket when it rains, so book with your spa or hotel in the morning to beat the queue!

12. James Bond Island

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James Bond Island is one of those bucket list items many people want to tick off their list of Things to Do in Phuket. There are many positive and negative opinions about James Bond Island, and most are justified. Before that old 1974 James Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun with Roger Moore and Christopher Lee (remember Count Dracula? or Saruman in Lord of the Rings?), no one talked about this island. The movie wasn’t even good (45% on Rotten Tomatoes). Read more about James Bond Island

How to get there : Check with your hotel or a local agent. This tour can usually be booked the day before. When to get there : all year round

13. Koh Panyi

Koh Panyi Village (Koh Panyee) in Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

Koh Panyi is a surprisingly small fishermen’s village built entirely on stilts in the middle of Phang Nga Bay . What used to be a remote place is now more of a tourist attraction, but it is still a real village with a sizeable Muslim community, a mosque and a school. You can explore the narrow ‘streets’ and see the water through the crevices of the floor, do some local shopping and enjoy a tasty seafood lunch.

Take a longtail boat early to reach there before tourists arrive, and you get a completely different feel for the place. Continue to James Bond Island if you feel like seeing the shooting set of this old movie, The Man with the Golden Gun. Read more about Koh Panyi

Koh Panyi in Phang Nga Bay

How to get there : almost every tour agent offers this tour with James Bond Island. You could also drive to one of the many Phang Nga piers and ride a longtail boat.

When to get there : There are no waves all year round, as Phang Nga is a bay.

14. Enjoy Sunset Drinks and Dinner

Phuket Best Sunset Bars

When weather permits, Phuket sunsets can be pretty impressive, especially during the low season, because clouds reflect the red hues in remarkable ways. You will be able to enjoy sunsets from most of the beaches on the West Coast, but the best way is to share the moment with a cold drink in hand! Here is a list of sunset spots we love in Phuket.

Akoya rooftop bar on Ao Yon Beach in Phuket Island

15. Plane Spotting on Mai Khao Beach

Plane landing over the beach at Phuket Airport

Plane Spotting has become a viral phenomenon since the day it became forbidden. The more it’s forbidden, the more people go there, and this once-deserted beach has become a permanent Instagram playground. And why not? Seeing these enormous flying machines approaching from far away and getting closer to you in a roar is jaw-dropping. As they are about to land, they fly so low above the turquoise water; that you could almost touch their wheels! Read more about plane spotting in Phuket

How to get there : most people use their cars or bikes to get to Maikhao beach. It seems that some local agencies offer a ride there. Read how to go there by yourself.

When to go there : Please remember that planes land over the beach only during the high season (November to May) when the wind blows east to west! During the low season, planes will land from the other side, over the main road. This is just an indication; that wind can change according to the weather.

Can you go? : Technically, it is not allowed to be under the plane’s path, but no one seems to care.

16. Andamanda Phuket Water Park

Andamanda Phuket Water Park

Andamanda Phuket is an immense new water park near Phuket Town, passed Kathu when coming from Patong Beach. This massive park covers a staggering 100,000 sq.m. and 25 attractions, including many impressive waterslides, a 10,000 sq.m. swimming area with artificial waves and the longest lazy river in southeast Asia.

Location : Kathu

17. Go on an Instagram Photo Spree!

Naithon beach stairs

The island is an Instagrammer’s paradise! Between the many natural wonders, the beaches and islands, the beautiful Sino-Portuguese architecture of Old Phuket Town and the Instagram-dedicated photo playgrounds, Instagrammers will find endless opportunities to shine. Several spots are on this list already, but we keep adding new ones on the dedicated page!

Instagram spots on Phuket

18. Try Real Local Food!

Mor Mu Dong Restaurant

Trying local Thai food in Phuket is a must-do for any traveller visiting the island. Phuket is known for its delicious and authentic Thai cuisine, with a variety of dishes that are unique to the region and south Thailand. Trying local Thai food is also a chance to experience the local food culture by visiting night markets, street food vendors and local restaurants, but you need to know where to find these small restaurants!

Phuket Floating Restaurant

19. See and feed the Elephants

Phuket Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

At Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket, visitors are offered an opportunity to interact with elephants enjoyably. Unlike the old and controversial practice of elephant trekking, no one rides the animals here. Instead, guests can feed, play with, and bathe adult and baby elephants in a way that is unlike any other experience. The visitors also have the chance to prepare food for the animals and then join them in muddy waters for playtime.

20. Dinner in the Sky

Dinner in The Sky in Phuket

Dinner in the Sky takes eating to new heights—literally. Suspended by a crane, guests sit at a table high above Karon Beach, taking in the beautiful views while enjoying a delicious dinner. The experience blends thrill and luxury, with guests safely secured into their seats. Chefs cook excellent dishes directly in front of your eyes, delivering an unforgettable gastronomic experience. Whether it’s a romantic date or an adventurous adventure, Dinner in the Sky promises an unforgettable dining experience above the clouds.

Location : Karon Beach

21. Carnival Magic

Carnival Magic - The Magical Kingdom of Lights

Carnival Magic is a brand new 40-acre nighttime Thai carnival theme park, known as the Magical Kingdom of Lights. It features numerous record-breaking attractions that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Situated on Kamala Beach, Carnival Magic stands as an iconic destination that no visitor to Phuket should miss.

Location: Kamala Beach

22. Snorkel in Koh Racha

Koh Racha Island

Koh Racha Yai is a tiny island with amazingly clear blue water, easy to access as it is only a dozen kilometres from Phuket. It is very popular for day trips, snorkelling and scuba diving. The island is so small it can only accommodate a few resorts.

Racha Island, Thailand

23. The Upside-Down House

The Upside Down House in Phuket Town

The Upside Down House, also known as Baan Teelanka, is a fun place for kids and adults on any day, rain or shine! This unusual photo playground built on three floors is on the outskirts of Phuket town. Read more

Location : By Pass Road near Phuket Town Address : 51/11 Chalermprakiet Ratchakan Thi 9 Road, Phuket 83000 Open : 10 am – 6 pm Phone : 076 376 245 Price : Adults: 470 Baht, Kids 4 to 11: 240 Baht

24. Karon Viewpoint

Karon Viewpoint

Next on our list of best things to do in Phuket is the famous Karon Viewpoint, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of three magnificent bays. The closest is Kata Noi Beach , further is the beautiful bay of Kata with its small iconic island, and the far is Karon Beach . The place is well-known and frequently busy, but people don’t stay long.

Apart from taking a couple of photos and maybe buying some drinks, snacks and ice creams, there is not much to do up there. You will often see a Thai guy on his motorbike with a big eagle offering to take a photo with the bird for a small fee. Remember that wildlife is protected, and you should not encourage this practice, no matter how cool the picture looks on your Instagram. Read more

Price : free

25. Watch a sunset at Prompthep Cape

promthep cape

Promthep Cape is not as grand as you might expect, but it still attracts busloads of tourists every evening at sunset. The elevated location at the very south of the island offers beautiful views of the bay and the few nearby islands. You can enjoy local shopping and even an excellent Thai dinner at the ‘ Promthep Restaurant ‘. Read more about Promthep Cape

Promthep Cape in South Phuket

How to get there : usually, people ride their cars or motorbikes.

When to go there : sunsets are much more impressive during the low season (June to November), but some days might be cloudy. Need to know when to arrive to see the sunset? Check the time on Google !

Price : Free

26. Cooking Classes

BrassWok Thai Cooking class in Phuket

Cooking classes are an increasingly popular activity in Phuket because Thai food is so famous and good, and TV and social media feature it so frequently. There are many cooking schools all around the island and for all budgets. Several are in hotels around Phuket, usually more expensive than privately run schools. Some cooking classes include visiting a local market, which is a fun experience. Read more about Cooking Classes

27. Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

Samet Nangshe Viewpoint - View of Phang Nga Bay

Samet Nangshe is quite a recent discovery, and the view from up there is jaw-dropping. As it is just outside Phuket island, it takes some driving to reach it, but the beauty of this natural wonder is well worth the effort! It used to be quite a challenge to climb the hill to one of the viewpoints, but a pickup truck takes you up there for a small fee. Read more about Samet Nangshee

28. Be Amazed by the Similan Islands

phuket snorkeling

Similan Island is the most impressive set of Islands accessible from Phuket, blessed with incredible white sand and clear blue waters. But these are only open from November to May and are a bit far, 100 km northwest of Phuket in the Andaman Sea. If you get a chance, you should go. If you are not confident, go to Phi Phi Island, but it’s crowded. More accessible and closer is Racha Island, or nearby is also Coral Island. Read more about the Similan Islands

The Similans

How to get there : You can book this tour from your hotel or a local agent once in Phuket. A van will usually pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Tap Lamu Pier outside the island. From there, you will ride a speed boat. When to get there : Similans are only open between October to May. Price : starts around 2,350 baht. Just remember that cheap tickets may mean overcrowded boats.

29. Blue Tree Water Park

Water Parks in Phuket

Blue Tree is a vast water park, and the lagoon is enormous, but it has fewer slides and features than Andamanda or Splash Jungle. It seems more dedicated to water and land activities with Slip’ N’ Fly, a zip line above the water, water fighting, a stand-up paddle, and even a trapeze school and a skate park.

Blue Tree Phuket

Location : Cherngtalay (near Bang Tao Beach) Address : 4/2 Srisoonthorn, Cherntalay, Phuket 83110 Open : 10 am – 6 pm Phone : 076 602 435 Price: 950 baht for adults, 350 Baht for kids

30. Yona Floating Beach Club

Yona Floating Beach Club

Yona is a floating beach club taking the Phuket Beach Club scene to a new level. The boat is 1,200 sqm on three floors with a central 22-metre-long swimming pool surrounded by trendy loungers and palm trees. At the back of the pool are the DJ station and a bar with a vast choice of fun cocktails to enjoy the party. The floating beach club anchors in the bay of Patong during the high season.

31. Koh Khai Islands

Koh Khai Islands

Koh Khai is a group of famous tiny islands just 15 15-minute speedboat ride from Phuket’s east coast. There are three islands: Koh Khai Nai, Koh Khai Nui and Koh Khai Nok, but their names get a little confusing, especially once you know that ‘Koh’ means ‘Island’ in Thai.

32. Bamboo Rafting in Phang Nga

bamboo rafting

Bamboo rafting in Phang Nga is a fun and relaxing experience, a chance to discover an activity that has always been popular in Chiang and Chiang Rai. Glide gently in the green tropical jungle.

Komol’s Corner Bamboo Rafting Location : Phang Nga Phone : 095 410 1988 Facebook : click here

33. Visit Phuket Aquaria

Phuket Aquaria at Central Floresta

Phuket now has two aquariums: the original Phuket Aquarium in Cape Panwa, on the southeast coast, and the newly built Aquaria in Phuket Town. Cape Panwa Aquarium is a marine biological centre that often rescues dolphins, dugongs and turtles. Aquaria, the latest and largest aquarium in Phuket, is a tourist attraction built under the immense Central Floresta Shopping Mall, and it even includes a restaurant. Read more about Aquaria

Location : Central Floresta Shopping Mall , Phuket Town

34. Watch the Simon Cabaret Show

Phuket Simon Cabaret

Simon Cabaret on Patong Beach is a performance with a Las Vegas atmosphere but with a twist. The stage is magnificent, and the sets and costumes are glittering and colourful, but what people come to see are the stunning ladyboys! Perfect bodies with cute faces, most of them would fool you! Read more about Simon Cabaret Show

Phuket Simon Cabaret

Location : Patong Beach

35. Siam Niramit

Siam Niramit Phuket Show

Siam Niramit Phuket is a surprising show narrating 700 years of Thailand’s history. The stage is immense, and the choreography involving over a hundred people is spotless. The narration is simple and clear enough for everyone to understand each scene. The superb sound system immerses you in a fantastic world based on centuries of Thai myths and legends. It is seriously impressive.

Location : By Pass Road near Phuket Town

36. Phuket Fantasea

Phuket Fantasea Show

Phuket Fantasea is a dazzling cultural theme park in Thailand, blending magic, elephants, and vibrant performances. It’s a mix of traditional Thai folklore and modern technology with dazzling shows, games, and an elephant village, offering a fun experience of Thailand’s rich culture and entertainment.

Location : Kamala Beach

37. Scare yourself at Flying Hanuman

Flying Hanuman Phuket

There are 3 or 4 Ziplines around the island, and we tried Flying Hanuman in the forest near Patong Beach. Zipline is a great way to do something fun and exciting with friends and family. You can do something active, fun and unforgettable in the dense forest in Kathu. It’s enormous, impressive and safe; anyone can do it, even a four-year-old kid! Read more about ziplining in Phuket

38. Dino Park Mini Golf

Dino Park Mini Golf

Phuket Dino Park is an iconic mini golf with a fun prehistoric theme in Kata Beach. Play around the dinosaurs and inside a volcano. It’s fun and quite easy, and the central location makes it an easy thing to do after dinner if you stay in Kata or Karon Beach.

Location : Kata Beach

39. Black Rock Viewpoint

Black Rock Viewpoint

Black Rock is not as hard to reach as Samet Nangshee, listed higher on this page, but it still requires a bit of climbing. It’s not too difficult to find as the path is not well defined, as you can see on our page. The spectacular view from up there offers a superb bird’s view of Nai Harn Beach and the islands. Read more about Black Rock Viewpoint

40. Monkey Hill

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Monkey Hill in Phuket town used to be a popular attraction and would rank higher in the past, but the proliferation of monkeys and tourists started to affect the behaviour of the animals. The monkeys rely on humans to feed and sometimes get impatient and grab what they can. The big boss can also be territorial and may try to intimidate you. If you decide to go, put your small belongings in a bag and keep an eye on the monkey’s behaviour.

Monkey Hill in Phuket Town

41. Visit Fresh Markets

Banzaan Market in Patong Beach

Visiting any of the fresh markets in Phuket is a chance to see amazing tropical fruit displays, and even experience some you may never have seen or heard about. Beyond this, if you are into cooking, this is also a chance to find the immense array of herbs and spices that make Thai food so delicious! There is a fresh market in almost every town and beach resort and visitors are always warmly welcome. Banzaan Fresh Market is the most impressive, located in Patong Beach, just behind the famous Jungceylon Shopping Center.

42. Froggy’s Fun Park and Adventure Village Phuket

Froggys Fun Park in Patong Beach, Phuket

Location: Patong Beach, Jungceylon Department Store – Address: 3rd floor, 175 Rat Uthit Song Roi Pi Rd, Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150 – Hours: 11 am – 10 pm – Phone: +66 65 348 5777

Adventure Village at Blue Tree Water Park Phuket

Adventure Village Phuket

Adventure Village, the largest amusement park in the north of Phuket is located in the Blue Tree complex in BangTao and offers a variety of activities and attractions suitable for all ages, including trampolines, playgrounds, rides, and engaging games.

Location: Cherngtalay, Blue Tree Complex – Address: 4, 2 Srisoonthorn Rd, Tambon Si Sunthon, Cherngtalay, Phuket 83110 – Hours: 10 am – 8 pm – Phone: +66 611 789 794

43. Chalong Bay Rum Distillery

Chalong Bay Rum Distillery

Did you know that Phuket produced its own rum, made of pure sugar cane juice instead of molasses? You can visit the factory, do some rum tasting and even take a cocktail class in their beautiful setting in the Chalong area. It’s a lot of fun (and great if it rains!) Read more about Chalong Bay Distillery

Location : Chalong, near Phuket Zoo

44. The Selfie Experience

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The Selfie Experience is a fun photo playground near Phuket Town with more than 40 backgrounds to play with! This is a fun way for families, friends and selfie lovers to spend a fun day away from an occasional rainy day.

Location : Phuket Town (Bypass road)

45. Adventure Mini Golf

Adventure Mini Golf in Phuket, Bangtao Beach

Adventure Mini Golf is an 18-hole miniature classic championship golf course surrounded by palm and bamboo trees and a large restaurant on Bangtao Beach.

Location : Bangtao Beach Address : 72/44 Moo 3, Bangtao Beach Road, Soi 2 Cherngtalay, Talang Phuket, Phuket 83110 Hours : 11 am – 11 pm Phone : 076 314 345

46. Get your Dream Dress or Suit Done!

Phuket Best Tailors

Having a dress or suit custom-made in Phuket with local tailors offers a fantastic opportunity during your holiday. Not only will you receive a one-of-a-kind garment that fits you perfectly, but you’ll also experience the long tradition of craftsmanship. Phuket’s tailors are known for their skilful work, attention to detail, and use of high-quality fabrics and unbeatable prices. Moreover, the process is typically efficient, allowing you to have your custom outfit ready before your vacation ends. This is a chance to get a suit or a dress done for those special events once back home.

47. Get an Amazing Tattoo

Celebrity Ink tattoo studio in Phuket, Patong Beach

Getting a tattoo done while on holiday in Phuket is an opportunity to consider if you have been wanting to do this but have always been worried about the quality of the artwork, and the price! Phuket boasts a vibrant tattoo scene with talented artists who can bring your vision to life for a reasonable cost. Whether you dream of traditional Thai designs or modern styles, skilled tattooists can create stunning and meaningful artwork on your skin. With a range of reputable studios offering top-notch hygiene standards, you can trust the process.

48. Have Dinner on Rang Hill

Rang Hill in Phuket Town

Rang Hill is a beautiful viewpoint above Phuket town, with city lights and a good view daily and at night. Enjoy the view from the panoramic platform and stay for lunch or dinner at the beautiful Tunk Ka Cafe. If you drive down the other side of the mountain, stop for a photo at the golden sitting Buddha of Wat Kao Rang. Read more about Rang Hill

How to get there : You will need your transportation or ride a tuk-tuk (or grab).

49. Volunteer at Soi Dog

soi dog phuket volunteer

Dog lovers who spend long enough on the island can dedicate a day or two to doing a good deed. Visit the surprisingly large and well-organised Soi Dog on Maikhao Beach, and you will make some dogs happy by walking them around and interacting with them; they love it! And for those who worry, all the animals are in good shape, and you will not have to see anything scary!

Location : Mai Khao Beach

50. Tiger Kingdom Phuket

Tiger Kingdom Phuket

The Tiger Phuket Kingdom is a captivating wildlife sanctuary in Phuket, Thailand, offering visitors an opportunity to interact with various tiger species. The facility combines conservation and tourism, housing well-cared-for tigers in naturalistic enclosures. Guests can observe, learn about, and even have limited supervised contact with the tigers. While it aims to educate and raise awareness about these magnificent creatures, concerns have been raised about the ethics of such interactions and the impact on tiger welfare.

Location : Between Patong Beach and Kathu

51. Watch a Muay Thai Fight at the Stadium

Muay Thai Fights in a stadium in Phuket

There are two Muay Thai stadiums in Patong Beach where travellers can pay to get a seat to watch a fight. The easiest to reach is Bangla Walking Stadium which is now located behind the famous Jungceylon Shopping Mall, and Patong Boxing Stadium Sainamyen which is on a back street. The fights consist of several confrontations, usually starting with the youngest and least experienced fighters, keeping the most experience for the end. The last fights can be quite impressive. Read more about Thai Boxing Stadiums

52. Learn About Phuket in a Museum

Thai Hua Museum in Phuket Town

There is a surprising amount of museums here, and while they might not be jaw-dropping, they offer an interesting view of how Phuket island became what it is today, starting with the arrival of the first Chinese immigrants who brought wealth with tin mining long ago.

53. Discover the little-known island of Maiton

Maiton Island Resort

There are a lot of islands near Phuket, but because Maiton was a very exclusive private island for a long time, it has remained a little mysterious. Even though Maiton is only 15 minutes from Phuket by speedboat, not many people visit it. To add to this surreal atmosphere, 60 of the once luxurious 70 villas are now just standing wrecks. It’s a very peaceful and beautiful island, great to relax, snorkel and take photos, and there are no loud watersports here.

Maiton Island near Phuket

▷ SPORTS & ACTIVITIES

Beyond landmarks and islands, there are a lot of fun things to do in Phuket for active travellers, from easy-going spas and cooking classes to water activities like surfing and scuba diving, all the way to intense training in Muay Thai camps.

54. Snorkeling

Snorkelling is an easy and fun activity anyone can enjoy, young or old. During the high season, the water is crystal clear, and the island has many great bays where you can easily admire tropical sea life and enjoy beach time.

ATV in Phuket

ATV in Phuket is a wild ride through nature! You get to zoom on rugged trails, feeling the adrenaline rush as you explore jungles, hills, and muddy paths. It’s like a thrilling adventure on wheels, letting you experience the island’s beauty in an exciting and fast-paced way.

56. Learn to Surf

Phuket surfing

Surfing in Phuket is mostly possible during the rainy season, from May/June until October. The waves are not big, so it is the perfect opportunity to start and practice safely. There are a few surf schools in Kata Beach and Bang Tao Beach.

57. Scuba Diving

Phuket Diving

Scuba diving has always been a big attraction in Phuket, and the dive sites in the Andaman Sea made it to the top 10 best dive sites in the world, especially Richelieu Rock. Diving is easy and affordable, and many advanced courses are available. There are many dive clubs for all nationalities, languages, specialities and budgets.

58. Wakeboarding

Phuket Wake Park Cable Ski in Kathu, Phuket

Wakeboarding is a popular activity at Phuket Wake Park in Kathu, around an O-shaped lake equipped with a 700 m long cable running counterclockwise at 30 km/h for a fun cable ski experience. Wakeboard is much easier to enjoy than one would imagine! You will be surprised how fast you can succeed and how much pleasure you will get for each little step done.

59. Take a Muay Thai Training in a Camp

Muay Thai Camps in Phuket

Muay Thai is another way to make the best of your holiday to experience the legendary Muay Thai martial art. There is a surprisingly large number of Muay Thai camps around the island, offering full training and even accommodation for those who want to maximize their experience. Read more about Muay Thai Camps

60. Kitesurfing

Kitesurfing in Phuket

Kitesurfing is an exhilarating water sport that is getting popular in Phuket. It’s a mix of surfing, wakeboarding, and flying kites. Phuket is a good spot for kitesurfing because it has amazing beaches, warm water, and a holiday vibe all year round, but the low season is the best time to learn and improve your kitesurfing skills.

61. Join a Yoga Session

Best Yoga Studios in Phuket

Many yoga classes are available around the island, some in beautiful tropical surroundings and at reasonable prices. Yoga is also a perfect activity for one of those occasional rainy days.

62. Race a Go Kart

Go Kart Phuket

Go Kart Phuket is a fun, fast and exciting way to compete with friends while on holiday in Phuket. Several Go-Kart tracks are available on the island, two near Patong, just passed the hill and close to Kathu. Patong Go-Kart Speedway is easy to spot and has been a long-time favourite.

63. Play Golf in Phuket

Phuket Golf Courses

You are spoilt for choice if you intend to play golf in Phuket, with seven golf courses on the island and several more just across the border in Phang Nga province. Most of the golf courses in Phuket are in the northern half of the island.

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The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog

33 Best Things to do in Phuket, Thailand

Written By: The Planet D

Updated On: September 30, 2023

There are so many things to do in Phuket, Thailand you could spend your entire vacation exploring its beaches and having great adventures. We’ve spent months on Thailand’s largest island island during our various visits and always find something new to do.

Located in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is the largest island in Thailand . Patong is the main tourist area with nightclubs, busy beaches, restaurants, and shopping malls. Most people b-line it to Patong, but the island is so large, there are many other places to visit and things to do. So let’s start exploring all of the best things to do in Phuket on your next trip to Thailand.

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Things to do in Phuket, Thailand

The beaches and islands of Phuket and Krabi have been overrun with tourists and backpackers over the past decade, but if you want to discover some of the most beautiful scenery on earth, we suggest making your way to Thailand.

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1. Explore Phang-Nga Bay by Sea Canoe

best things to do in phuket thailand sea canoe

One of the most memorable things to do in Phuket is to book a Hongs by Starlight tour with John Gray Sea Canoe . John Gray himself discovered the hongs of Thailand and this tour takes you inside the hidden lagoons and sea caves that he found in 1989.

Phang Nga Bay is one of the most beautiful places in Thailand. You are surrounded by Karst islands and the calm protected waters of Ao Phang Nga National Park.

2. Hongs by Starlight

dave and deb things to do in phuket hongs by starlight

We loved this tour because after paddling through sea caves into high cliff lagoons, we enjoyed an afternoon basking in the sun while making our own Kratongs (floating flower arrangement) to set sail after dark.

Phuket is famous for its bioluminescence, (remember in the movie The Beach when light danced around Leonardo DiCaprio was rolling around in the water as it lit up around him?) When you paddle after dark at Phang Nga Bay, the water lights up with each stroke. It is one of the most magical things to do in Phuket.

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3. Muay Thai Kickboxing Course

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If you want to spend some time in Phuket getting to know the locals and learning a bit about Thai culture, take a Muay Thai Kickboxing Course. Raway Muay Thai is the pioneer of Thai Kickboxing courses for tourists in Thailand, and this is one of the coolest things to do in Phuket.

We took a month-long course getting our butts in shape as we grappled and sparred with other tourists looking for something different in Phuket. Located in Khao Lok, Rawai Muay Thai is away from it all offering a quiet experience in Phuket.

4. Camp on a Private Island

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The beaches of Phuket can be quite busy, so why not find a private island to go camping in complete seclusion. This is a dream trip in Phuket where you will have a personal chef make a traditional Thai meal as you relax and watch the sunset with nobody around for miles.

We booked this tour with John Gray Sea Canoe , but there are other places to camp in Phuket including Naka Noi Island.

5. Go Beach Hopping

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Phuket Island is filled with white sandy beaches, from the busy party beach of Patong to the pristine serene Panwa Beach on the East Coast. Rent a scooter (be careful, wear a helmet and try to get a bit of experience before going out to explore) and go beach hopping in Phuket to truly take in its beauty.

Patong Beach is the main beach resort, but if you want to look for other beaches in Phuket, check out some of the most popular beaches in Phuket including Freedom Beach, Kata Noi, Surin Beach, and Na Hairn Beach.

Here is a Breakdown of Phuket’s most popular Beaches

  • Location: West coast of Phuket.
  • Highlights: Known for its vibrant nightlife and array of water activities, it’s a go-to place for those looking for entertainment and excitement.
  • Location: South of Patong.
  • Highlights: Popular for surfing, especially from May to October, it’s a family-friendly beach with clear waters and white sands.
  • Location: North of Kata Beach.
  • Highlights: The third-longest beach in Phuket, it’s famous for its golden sands, clear waters, and opportunities for snorkeling and diving.
  • Location: Northwest coast of Phuket.
  • Highlights: A long and tranquil beach, home to luxury resorts, and offers various water sports activities.
  • Location: South of Phuket.
  • Highlights: A more secluded option, renowned for its crystal-clear waters and lush surroundings, it’s great for swimming and relaxing.
  • Location: Close to Patong Beach.
  • Highlights: Accessible by boat, it offers seclusion and tranquility, making it ideal for those seeking a more serene beach experience.
  • Highlights: Known as ‘Millionaire’s Row’, it offers a quieter atmosphere and is a great place to enjoy the sunset.
  • Location: North of Patong Beach.
  • Highlights: A well-kept secret among locals, it’s less crowded and offers a peaceful environment with clear waters and fine sands.
  • Location: Between Kamala and Surin beaches.
  • Highlights: A hidden gem accessed by boat or foot, offering stunning views, snorkeling spots, and a secluded atmosphere.
  • Highlights: As Phuket’s longest beach, it’s part of the Sirinat National Park and is a nesting site for sea turtles.

6. Stay at Kata Noi Beach

If you are looking for a quiet and beautiful beach to stay in Phuket, Kata Noi is a good choice. There are only three resorts on the beach, but it is close enough to Kata Beach that you can easily get to all the nightlife and restaurants

The Shore at Kata Noi is a great honeymoon destination that is an adults only resort . The luxury villa resort is located directly on the beach with an infinity pool, fine dining, and beautiful sunsets.

7. Go Island Hopping

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From beach hopping to island hopping, it’s worth taking a day trip to explore the islands of the Andaman Sea. Exploring the islands is one of the best things to do in Phuket. There are several beautiful islands around Phuket and a day tour to explore is a must.

The famous Maya Bay of the Phi Phi Islands is just a high-speed boat tour away. From James Bond Island, which was featured in The Man With the Golden Gun, to the Ratcha and Coral islands, there are countless islands around Phuket to explore. Check out the most beautiful beaches of Thailand

8. Scuba Diving

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One of the best places to go scuba diving in Thailand is the Similan Islands. The Similan Islands are located about 100km from Phuket, but if you want to really delve into the best scuba diving there is, book a liveaboard yacht to explore the crystal clear waters and secluded beaches.

9. Go Snorkeling at Maiton Private Island

Maiton Private Island is just 15 minutes from Phuket by speed boat but feels worlds away. Go snorkeling right off its shores in the coral reef shimmering int its crystal clear waters. The white sand beaches are divine and keep an eye out for dolphins and don’t miss hiking up to the Maitong Island viewpoint.

Maitong Island tour is a great snorkeling and dolphin watching day trip to Maiton Private Island. It includes a buffet lunch with traditional Thai cuisine and seafood.

10. Karon Viewpoint

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If you like lookouts with stunning views, the Karon Viewpoint is a popular stop. Located near Kata Noi Beach, Karon Viewpoint offers views of either side of the island. If you go early in the morning, you will see less tourists at this popular stop on tours.

Phuket is a mountainous island, so there are many viewpoints for you to stop and take a look at throughout the day. If you have rented a motor scooter, make sure to stop at the many viewpoints in Phuket. Read more: 23 Fun Facts About Thailand – The Land of Smiles

11. Promthep Cape

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Another beautiful lookout is over Promthep Cape at Rawai Beach. You can make an afternoon out of it to visit The Lighthouse and museum and take in the views of Ya Nui and Nai Harn. On clear days you can see as far as Koh Phi Phi Islands. But be sure to stay for sunset to enjoy views from the restaurant.

12. Take a Surfing Lesson in Phuket

Surfing in Phuket is great for beginners wanting to try their hand at riding the waves. Many beaches on the west coast offer surfing lessons and board rentals. The best surfing season is during the rainy season of May to October, so you’ll see fewer crowds if you decided to visit Phuket during this time.

If you are going during the high season of November to April, book a surfing lesson on Kata Noi or Kata Beach with a private or group lesson.

13. Visit the Big Buddha of Phuket

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The 45 meter tall white jade Buddha of Phuket is one of the most important landmarks on the island. Known as Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha, the Big Buddha sits at the top of Nakkerd Hills it offers spectacular views of the island. Be sure to cover up as this is a religious site. No beach attire instead cover your shoulders and knees. A sarong is a good option to take with you. Read: Thailand Travel Tips – 32 Things to Know Before you Go

14. Visit Wat Chalong

While we are in our cultural mode of looking for things to do in Phuket, a visit to the Buddhist temple of Wat Chalong in Chalong Bay is a must. The Wat dates back to the 1800s and has been an important place of worship for the Thai People for more than a century. Be sure to go to the Grand Pagoda, the highlight of the wat to see a small splinter from the bone of Lord Buddha himself. (It is amazing how many pieces of Buddha are strewn across South East Asia’s temples 🙂

16. Sample Chalong Bay Rum Distillery

Take a distillery tour at Chalong Bay Rum Distillery. Tours are offered daily and as you sip on a mojito, learn how rum is made in Phuket all the way from harvesting the sugar cane to bottling the spirits. Visit the Rum Distillery for details.

17. Visit Phuket Old Town

The old town of Phuket is an Instagram-worthy stop to see its colorful Sino-Portuguese buildings. There are beautiful mansions to explore, walking streets and night markets. The most popular night market in Phuket is the Sunday walking street on Old Thanlong Road and don’t miss the Chillva Market on Yaowarat Road which has transformed old shipping containers to shops selling everything from street food to sarongs.

18. Browse the Night Markets of Phuket

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When visiting Thailand, the streets come alive in nearly every city with night markets filled with street food options and souvenir stalls. Besides the night markets of Phuket Town, you’ll find night markets at Patong Beach, Karon Beach, and Bangtao Beach. 

19. Patong Beach

Patong is the main beach area of Phuket and it is worth spending a night or two. There are high-end resorts to affordable guesthouses along its 3km stretch. Or you can head to Patong to catch a movie at the cinema, go to one of its shopping malls and enjoy plenty of dining and nightlife.

There is everything from Parasailing to jet skis on Patong Beach. And you’ll easily be able to find a cheap Thai massage on the beach or you might want to try your hand at windsurfing.

20. Go Shopping at The Jungceylon Shopping Mall

To escape the heat, one of our favorite things to do in Phuket is to head indoors to the shopping malls. The Jungceylon Shopping Mall is the largest in Phuket with 200 shops and Cinema City. We always go hit up a matinee while in Thailand. Make sure you stand for the king when the national anthem comes on before the show.

21. Patong Nightlife

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Chances are you’ll be staying for at least a night or two in Patong Beach while visiting Phuket and it is worth heading to Patong at night at least once during your stay. Known as the party capital of Phuket it’s an interesting experience walking the streets.

Bangla Street has the go-go bars, strip clubs, and nightclubs and if you feel a bit uncomfortable going on your own, you can book a tour to go bar hopping in Phuket.

22. Take in a Cabaret

lady boy cabaret show

If you are looking for something a little more organized in Phuket for nightlife, check out the famous Simon’s Cabaret Show. The famous ladyboys of Thailand, but on a Vegas-style cabaret with elaborate sequined costumes and glittering sets.

23. Khuk Kak and Khao Lak Beaches

For secluded beaches on Phuket, Khuk Kak and Khao Lak Beaches are located on a long strand of sand that feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of Patong. With beach bars and luxury resorts, it takes you away from the usual backpacker haunts of Phuket. This was close to Rawai Muay Thai and on our days off, we enjoyed the tranquil setting and relaxation.

The JW Marriott Resort on Khao Lak Beach is a luxury resort that sits on the beach and azure waters of the Andaman Sea.

24. Khao Lak – Lam Ru National Park

jungle tour national park phuket

Not too far from Khao Lak Beach is Khao Lak National Park. If you are looking for nature and waterfalls, this is a great escape on the island of Phuket.

Visitors can camp on the south end of Khao Lak Beach as they explore the national park. The Ton Chung Fa Waterfall is the most visited attraction in the park. The 2.5 km trail takes you to a five-tiered waterfall that you can swim in. A really fun way to explore Khao Lak is to take a bamboo rafting tour!

25. Monkey Hill

Playful monkeys scurry all over Thailand and when in Phuket, Toh Sae Hill houses 400 macaques. Keep an eye on your sunglasses and belongings, monkeys are curious creatures and love to swipe things from tourists. This is a great place to watch the sunset in Phuket.

26. Take a Thai Cooking Class

thai food cooking class

It is recommended in nearly all of our Thai travel guides, but a cooking course is seriously one of the best things to do in Phuket or wherever you find yourself in Thailand. Read more: Best Thai Food – Traditional Thai Dishes to Eat in Thailand or at Home

It’s fun to take a cooking course in different regions of Thailand because the food varies from North to South. In the islands learn to make Tom Yum Soup along with your staple dish of Pad Thai. It’s a fun afternoon and you often get to explore the local markets for ingredients. When you get home you can enjoy a taste of Thailand with your newfound skills.

27. Go Zip Lining

If you want to escape the beach for a bit, Zip-lining over the jungles is one of the more adrenaline-soaked things to do in Phuket. The flying Hanuman is a jungle Arial adventure park with ziplining, abseiling, and platforms above the ground. Located between Phuket and Patong, it’s a great day’s adventure. https://flyinghanuman.com/

28. Try Bunjy Jumping

If you want something with a bit more adrenaline, Phuket Jungle Bunjy offers Bunjy Jumping over a picturesque lagoon. Bunjy Jumping was invented in New Zealand and with Kiwi owners, you know you are getting the real deal here in Phuket.

29. Watch the Sunset

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There are plenty of places to watch the sunset in Phuket. Find a beach bar on the west coast for beautiful sunsets from the beach. Bangtao Beach is a good option. But there are plenty of lookout viewpoints to see the sunset as well.

  • In Patong head to the Patong Sunset View restaurant.
  • At Kata Noi Beach watch sunset from the After Beach Bar

30. Koh Yao Noi Island

things to do in phuket private island

Really, I have got to stop mentioning islands to visit. It can be an entire post unto itself. Koh Yao Noi isn’t as frequented by visitors as other islands but it is a great day trip by boat. There is a rubber tree plantation, kayaking, secluded beaches. There are places to stay on Koh Yao Noi, so if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle for a night, check out some of the hotel options here.

31. Trickeye Museum

If you are looking for something unique to do in Phuket, The Phuket Trickeye Museum is a gallery that showcases paintings to trick the eye. Take photos of yourself as you take part in the 3D paintings where you can pose within the concept art.

32. Phuket Charitable Organizations

rawai muay thai charity

One of the toughest parts of traveling to Southeast Asia is witnessing the suffering of animals and children. Things have been improving since our first visit over 20 years ago, but the suffering still continues. When we first visited Thailand, we felt helpless when we saw cats and dogs suffering. But now there are organizations in Phuket working to make a difference.

There are plenty of organizations you can support when visiting Phuket. There are plenty of animal sanctuaries and child development organizations. We went with Rawai Muay Thai to their project to give children an education and help them develop skills of Muay Thai Kickboxing.

cats of thailand

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary and Tree Tops Elephant Reserve  do not allow bathing and are good elephant sanctuaries in Phuket that help elephants rescued from tourist and labor camps. You can also sponsor the cats and dogs of Phuket at the Soi Dog Foundation that have little value to people and it is simply heartbreaking to see. And there is The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project that has been running since 1992 to help gibbons that have been displaced due to urbanization.

33. Andamanda Water Park

If you are looking for things to do in Phuket with families, make your way to the Andamanda Water Park to enjoy this Thai heritage themed water park. The 1000 thousand square foot complex is filled with water slides, splash pools, restaurants and Thail Village. You can enjoy a Thai massage, shopping and the experience of a genuine Thai Market.

Where to Stay in Phuket

things to do in phuket where to stay

Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and choosing where to stay can be very overwhelming. We have a few recommendations depending on what you are looking to do in Phuket.

  • Patong – If you want to be in the heart of the action and nightlife. Stay in Paton. Check Paton Hotels here.
  • North or South Patong – For a quieter visit, stay just outside of Patong in either North or South Patong. Check out Bliss Resort for a South Patong Stay
  • Bang Tao Beach – This high end resort area has five star hotels and a quiet setting Angsana Laguna Phuket.
  • Phuket Town – This is a great place for nightlife, shopping and culture. Browse these Phuket Town hotels on TripAdvisor
  • Karon – This is a great beach and in fact, it is the second busiest beach after Patong. Check out the 10 best hotels in the Karon area of Phuket
  • Kata – Kata is located just south of Karon and is a bit quieter. Chanalai Romantic Resort is a highly rated option for Kata Beach.
  • Kamala – Heading farther north Kamala Beach is a great place for families. Novotel Phuket Kamala is located directly on the beach. Intercontinental is one of the best hotels in this area.
  • Rawai – Getting much farther off the beaten path is Rawai. We stayed here when kickboxing and it is world’s away from the hustle and bustle of Phuket. The Nai Harn is a luxurious property for a romantic getaway in Rawai.
  • Laguna – This development is fast becoming a popular place to stay in Phuket. The beach spans 3km. Laguna Phuket is home to eight hotels and there are shuttles between the Laguna Resort.
  • Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket

How to Get to Phuket

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Getting to Phuket is a relatively straightforward process for international travelers. The island province, located in the Andaman Sea, is served by Phuket International Airport, which welcomes flights from various global destinations. Many major airlines operate regular routes to Phuket, making it accessible from numerous countries around the world.

Upon arrival, visitors can utilize a range of transportation options such as taxis, buses, or car rentals to reach their specific destinations on the island.

Additionally, those who are already in Thailand can choose to travel to Phuket by bus, car, or ferry from mainland cities like Bangkok, with a well-maintained network of roads and sea routes facilitating the journey. Travelers should always check for any travel advisories, visa requirements, and other regulations that might affect their plans, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable trip to this tropical paradise.

When is the Best Time to Visit Phuket

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The best time to visit Phuket is during the dry and cool season, which typically spans from November to April. During these months, you’ll have clear skies, and fresh breezes, with lower humidity levels, making it ideal for exploring the island’s picturesque beaches, engaging in water sports, and participating in outdoor activities.

The temperatures are comfortable, generally ranging between 23°C to 30°C (73°F to 86°F). This period also coincides with the high tourist season, witnessing an influx of visitors and a vibrant nightlife.

While December and January are the peak months with the highest number of tourists, planning a visit in November or February to April can help avoid the largest crowds while still enjoying favorable weather. Regardless of the timing, it’s always advisable to book accommodations and activities in advance to secure availability and potentially better rates.

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PHUKET DAY TRIPS, THAILAND

The south of Thailand offers many spectacular islands, caves, and beaches to enjoy and explore but these are the best Phuket day trips.

We love Thailand and like every other tourist, we headed to Phuket for some fun in the sun. We enjoyed the ‘culture’ of Bangla Road, the ‘beauty’ of Patong Beach and the ‘authentic Thai food’ in a Pizza Hut. But that’s not to say we didn’t take many Phuket day trips.

During our stay, however, we did want to see some of the more beautiful places the South of Thailand has to offer and enjoyed the best things to do in Phuket . We booked various tours during our stay and here are the best day trips you need to make during your next visit. If you are visiting any of the islands in Thailand, don’t forget to find yourself the best Dive Liveaboard experience that suits your needs and budget.

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PHI PHI ISLANDS

Comprised of 6 small islands and around 45 minutes from Phuket via speedboat, Phi Phi is a popular choice for tourists to explore, sightsee, snorkel or scuba dive. Some companies even offer just half a day trip if you’re short on time or you can opt for tours that visit neighbouring Khai Island, Bamboo Island or Yao Yai Island.

Most tours include snorkelling with some even offering scuba equipment. There are lots of different caves and beaches on these islands so have a browse and choose a tour that suits your needs. This trip should definitely be part of your Phuket Itinerary.

Half-day tours should cost around £40/$50 whilst full-day tours start at around £60/$80 but can be bargained down to the £40/$50 price.

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PHANG NGA BAY

This bay consists of 42 islands, meaning your tour company can easily find an empty beach for you to relax, swim and have lunch on. This was our favourite tour.

If you like a bit of adventure, this is the Phuket Day trip for you. Tours to the Bay often include kayaking, canoeing, snorkelling and jet boating. Trips cost around £40/$50 but by booking in the late afternoon the day before, we got tickets for £30/$37 each.

The most famous island in Phang Nga Bay is James Bond Island, named after its appearance in The Man with the Golden Gun.

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SIMILAN ISLANDS

If you’re looking for some snorkelling or scuba diving , this is the island to visit.

Similan is world renowned for its tropical fish, coral species and rays. Day trips often include three dive stops whilst overnight trips are available for those with scuba diving experience.

Day trips start at £100/$125 with scuba diving included but book these trips in advance during peak season. PADI courses are also available.

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MAITON ISLAND

This is a quieter, more idyllic island to visit. Trips often include snorkelling, relaxing on the beach and having a BBQ or buffet-style lunch on the beach itself. Prices start at £60/$80.

You can opt for a day trip or even stay the night in one of the handful of resorts on the island.

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There are many different platforms you can book your trips from Phuket at, but we highly recommend one of the top 3 ones in Thailand. You can read traveler reviews and see a detailed overview of each trip so you know what to expect.

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How to get to Phuket

Phuket is easily reachable from all over the world with frequent direct flights from Europe, Australia, and other Asian destinations, as well as connected flights from the US and elsewhere through  Bangkok . It’s really well-connected.

We recommend checking flight deals on Kiwi and booking your bus or train travel on 12go (the best booking site for trains, buses, transfers, ferries, and more).

From popular nearby southern Thai destinations like Krabi , Phi Phi Islands , and Koh Lanta, you can catch a speedboat or ferry to Phuket , which is often the fastest and most convenient.

Best day trips from Phuket

Phuket’s proximity to so many amazing places in Southern Thailand makes it the perfect base for day trips. So you can get picked up in Phuket in the morning, have a full day out, and return in the late afternoon/evening.

We’ve personally done a lot of day trips from Phuket . And even though Phuket itself has many fabulous spots, the trips made our stay in Phuket even better.

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1. Maya Bay and Phi Phi Islands day trip

The most popular day trip from Phuker is definitely the day trip to Maya Bay and Phi Phi Islands . You visit the famous Maya Bay as well as some other great spots in Phi Phi Islands like the Pi Leh Lagoon and, depending on the trip, Bamboo Island or Khai Island.

Best day trips from Phuket to Maya Bay and Phi Phi Islands - beach at Maya Bay

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Highlighted trips:

  • Maya Bay, Phi Phi, and Bamboo Island with Buffet Lunch
  • Phi Phi, Maya Bay, Khai & Bamboo Island Day Trip
  • Luxury Small Group Phi Phi Sunrise

Beautiful beach at Maya Bay, Phi Phi Islands, Krabi

Maya Bay and Phi Phi Islands day trip

2. Phang Nga Bay day trip

With its emerald waters and towering limestone cliffs, Phang Nga Bay offers breathtaking natural beauty.

Phang Nga Bay is best visited on a day trip from Phuket, as you can do a lot in the bay in a day, from exploring the hidden caves and lagoons to visiting the famous James Bond Island, taking a boat through the mangrove forest, and much more!

Best day trips from Phuket - Phang Nga Bay

  • Classic Phang Nga Bay Tour
  • Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayaking and Loy Krathong Floating
  • Phang Nga Treasures Sunrise Tour
  • James Bond Island & Canoeing Day Tour by Luxury Boat
  • James Bond Island Luxury Sunset Cruise
  • VIP tour Krabi Islands & Phang Nga Bay

Another great island to explore in Phang Nga Bay is Koh Hong , but unfortunately, there are very few tours going there from Phuket. It’s closer to Koh Yao and Krabi and mostly visited from there. So if you’re also visiting Koh Yao, you can check out the Koh Yao to Hong Island long-tail tour .

White sand beach with limestone cliffs, Hong Island, Krabi

Koh Hong: Phang Nga Bay’s Best Island

3. Similan Islands day trip

One of the best day trips from Phuket is a day trip to Similan Islands , a group of some of the best islands that Thailand has to offer. You can explore the beautiful beaches, hike up the famous viewpoint, and snorkel the beautiful coral reefs, which are full of life.

  • Similan Islands Early Bird Day Trip
  • Similan Islands Snorkeling Day Trip
  • Similan Islands Private Tour

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Crystal clear waters of Similan Islands, Thailand

Similan Islands Day Trip

4. Surin Islands day trip

You can have some of the best snorkeling in Thailand by going from Phuket on a day trip to Surin Islands . It focuses a lot on snorkeling and a visit to the local Moken people.

  • Surin Islands Snorkeling Day Trip (Love Andaman)
  • Surin Islands Snorkeling Day Trip (SeaStar Andaman)

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Street in Moken Village, Surin Islands

Surin Islands

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5. Koh Yao day trip

A great day trip option from Phuket is to the nearby, quiet islands of Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi, which are much less populated and less crowded than Phuket.

You can hop on a  speedboat to Koh Yao  and explore it on your own. Or you can book a  Yao Island Cycling and Beach Day Trip  where you cycle the 22km loop on Koh Yao Noi, visit the countryside and secluded beaches, and enjoy a Thai lunch.

6. Racha and Coral Island day trip

Another great option not too far away from Phuket is a day trip to Racha and Coral Island .

Racha Island is a captivating destination known for its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. It is perfect for relaxing on the beach or scuba diving and snorkeling.

Koh Hey – Coral Island, known for its Banana Beach, is a stunning island near Phuket. Its crystal-clear waters and pristine white sand make it the perfect destination for beach lovers. There are also many water sports and activities to enjoy.

  • Racha & Coral Islands Day Tour by Speedboat
  • Coral or Racha Island Catamaran Yacht Tour
  • Racha and Coral Island Water Sports Tour
  • Coral and Racha Islands Hype Luxury Catamaran

7. Khai Islands day trip

A more budget-friendly way to explore some nearby islands and go snorkeling is the day trip to Khai Islands . The islands are really close to Phuket, so even a half-day tour can be enough for most.

  • 3 Khai Islands Tour with Snorkeling or Scuba Diving (half day or full day)
  • Khai Nok, Khai Nai, and Khai Nui Island Day Trip (afternoon)
  • Khai Islands Snorkeling Speedboat Tour (half day morning/afternoon, full day)

8. Khao Sok trip

One of the best nature experiences you can have on a trip from Phuket is on a Khao Sok and Cheow Lan Lake Tour , where you can take a boat tour on the lake and stay in a floating raft house. And if you’re lucky, you can maybe even see some wild elephants on the lake’s shore!

There are two different areas you can explore in Khao Sok National Park , the area of the Khao Sok village and the Cheow Lan Lake .

  • 2-Day Cheow Lan Lake and Wildlife Tour
  • Khao Sok National Park Jungle Safari Full-Day Tour

Best trips from Phuket - Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park

9. Diving trip

As a certified diver in Phuket , you have plenty of fun dives available, with the best being the scuba diving trips to Racha Yai and Racha Noi and even to Phi Phi Islands and the private island of Maithon.

Highlighted trips

  • Private Full-Day Scuba Diving in Phuket
  • Full-Day Koh Phi Phi Scuba Diving
  • Maithon Private Island Fun Diving

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DIY – Best Do It Yourself trips from Phuket

Phuket is a great starting point for DIY, do-it-yourself trips by renting a car or motorbike or simply using convenient transport options like speedboats between Phuket and nearby destinations.

So even without booking a tour, you can do plenty from Phuket.

1. DIY trip to Phi Phi Islands

It sounds crazy, we know, but going on a day trip to Phi Phi Islands from Phuket by yourself is a common thing. Yes, you won’t have that much time there, but if you’re pressed for time, it’s a great way to explore one more awesome place in your own way.

As Phi Phi Don is the only inhabited island, it’s going to be your arrival port when you take a speedboat or ferry to Phi Phi Islands from Phuket.

  • Earliest arrival: 9:30
  • Latest departure: 16:00
  • Things to see: Phi Phi Viewpoint, Viking Beach, Long Beach

Now if you add a night in Phi Phi Islands and make it an overnight trip, you can have a full day there, plus a night where you can see a Muay Thai fight or watch a fire show. Or simply relax with a cocktail at sunset.

2. DIY trip to Railay Beach in Krabi

A great option for a day out from Phuket is a trip to Railay Beach in Krabi , which is only accessible by boat and is famous for the Phra Nang Beach and Cave.

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The easiest way to get there is to take a speedboat to Railay East , and then you simply head down from the port to Phra Nang Beach and maybe even enter the Bat Cave for some cool views of Railay West Beach.

  • Earliest arrival: 10:15
  • Latest departure: 15:45
  • Things to see: Railay Beach, Phra Nang Beach, Bat Cave

If you add a night in Railay Beach , you can enjoy the beach in the morning before anyone arrives, check out the Diamond Cave, or even hike up the East Railay Viewpoint.

3. Private boat charter in Phuket

The perk of Phuket being the biggest island in Thailand is also that you can find amazing options for a private boat charter in Phuket , so you can pick your own itinerary and go where you want to go, and in a much more relaxed way than on shared boat tours.

These trips do cost significantly more than shared tours. But if your budget permits or if you’re traveling with a group or bigger family, it’s absolutely worth it!

You get to customize your trip with local experts, and on the day you travel, you are joined by a competent skipper (captain) and a knowledgeable guide.

Highlighted charters (fully customizable by local experts) :

  • 5 Star Marine Private Boat Tour (max 15 persons)
  • Phi Phi Islands Private Boat Tour (max 15 persons)
  • Phang Nga Bay Private Boat Tour (max 15 persons)

Where to stay in Phuket

The best place to stay in Phuket depends on what you want from your stay, as there are many distinct areas on the island offering different experiences.

  • Must Read: Where To Stay in Phuket for All Budgets: Best Hotels and Areas

In Phuket, Karon and Kata are the best for a fantastic beach experience, Kamala for luxury stays, Nai Harn to be away from the crowds, and Old Town for history, food, and architecture.

Depending on where you stay in Phuket, tours and excursions you book might not provide a complimentary transfer from your hotel. Instead, you will likely have to pay an additional fee.

However, if you’re staying in places like Old Town, Kata, Karon, and Patong, you will be fine, as they are almost guaranteed to be covered.

Best trips from Phuket to incredible beaches

Best areas to stay in Phuket:

  • Phuket Old Town – main city, history, architecture, food
  • Kata – gorgeous beach, lovely area full of restaurants and hotels
  • Karon – great beach, quieter and great for families/couples
  • Surin – beautiful beaches with nearby luxury stays
  • Kamala – relaxed with a great beach
  • Patong – extremely touristy, famous for nightlife
  • Bang Tao – incredibly long beach, lots of space, all-inclusive hotels
  • Mai Khao – longest beach in Phuket, peaceful, nice resorts, nearby airport
  • Rawai – more local area, great nearby beaches, boats leave here for the south islands

Below are the top-reviewed stays in each area worth checking out for your Phuket visit.

Phuket Old Town

Hostel: The Z Nite Hostel | Black Panther Hostel | Capzule Bed Hotel: Alleyhill Phuket Upper-end Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott

Hostel: Nonnee Hotel: Kata White Villas Resort: Sawasdee Village

Karon Beach

Hostel: Fishtail Hostel Hotel: Kata Tranquil Villa Resort: Mandarava Resort and Spa

Hostel: ChillHub Hostel Hotel: Pen Villa Hotel Resort: Outrigger Resort

Kamala Beach

Budget: B3 House Hotel: The Umbrella House Resort: InterContinental Phuket

Hostel: Hip Hostel Hotel: The Villa Residences Resort: Holiday Inn Resort

Hostel: ChillHub Hostel Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Resort: The Pavillions Resort

Budget: Mai Khao Beach Guest House Hotel: Mai Khao Beach Residence Resort: Anantara Vacation Club

Budget: Good 9 at Home Hotel: Wyndham La Vita Resort: Navatara Resort

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Discover the charm of Thailand, a captivating destination famous for its diverse landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history. Immerse yourself in the turquoise waters and golden sands of Phuket, or delve into the historical wonders of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, where ancient ruins whisper tales of dynasties past. Whether seeking adventure in Krabi’s limestone cliffs or relaxation on Koh Samui’s shining beaches, these must-visit places in Thailand promise unforgettable journeys for every traveller.

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Thailand is a popular place with many must-visit tourist attractions that offer an impeccable experience in this buzzing country. From its shimmering beaches, and breathtaking landscapes to its vibrant culture it has its unique charm. We have compiled a list of must-visit places in Thailand designed according to your requirements. Explore this enchanting destination with Crystal Travel UK and find the best hotels in Thailand to complete your journey comfortably.

Bangkok

Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand is an unblemished merge of sights, sounds, and smells. Immerse in the major architectural symbol of the royal Thai family The Grand Palace for more deep understanding. Don’t miss the iconic Wat Pho, home to the Reclining Buddha, and indulge in street food at Chatuchak Market, the world’s largest weekend market. Enjoy the charm of Bangkok nightlife to the fullest. Explore these and more exciting things to do in Bangkok for an unforgettable journey.

Shangri-La Bangkok.

Akara Bangkok.

Prince Palace Hotel Bangkok.

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2. Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

It is well known as a hub of Thai handicrafts settled in the mountainous north, Chiang Mai is a haven for culture enthusiasts. Explore the intricate architecture of Doi Suthep temple, perched atop a lush hilltop with panoramic views of the city. Visit the Elephant Nature Park to interact with rescued elephants in a sanctuary setting, offering a heartwarming and educational experience. Wandering through ancient temples or enjoying local markets, Chiang Mai promises a blend of tradition with unforgettable moments.

Khum Phaya Resort & Spa Boutique Collection.

Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel.

Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai.

Phuket

Phuket’s shimmering water and soft ivory sands make it a perennial favourite for every traveller. Discover the iconic Big Buddha pierced atop Nakkerd Hill, offering breathtaking views of the island. For a unique experience, take a boat trip to the Phi Phi Islands or explore the dramatic limestone cliffs of Phang Nga Bay. Witness the lively atmosphere of Bangla Road with its bustling nightlife and eclectic street performances. Phuket is one of the best places to visit in Thailand offering one lifetime experience.

Hotel Tide Phuket.

Novotel Phuket City Phokeethra.

Little Nyonya Hotel.

4. Ayutthaya

Ayutthay

It’s undoubtedly the best destination for all the history buffs. Taking back the traveller in time with its ancient ruins and rich history. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site where magnificent temples like Wat Mahathat and Wat Ratchaburana stand as testaments to the city’s former glory. Visit the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum, showcasing artefacts that chronicle the city’s golden age. Don’t miss the Ayutthaya Floating Market, where you can navigate canals and sample traditional Thai snacks with a picture-perfect view.

The Park Ayutthaya Resort and Spa.

SALA Ayutthaya Boutique Hotel.

Kantary Hotel Ayutthaya.

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Krabi

Krabi, a jewel of Thailand’s Andaman coast, is a paradise for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. With its sheer limestone cliffs, crystal-clear waters, and stunning beaches, it offers endless opportunities for rock climbing at Railay Beach, exploring the emerald waters of the Four Islands, and soaking in the calm hot springs of Klong Thom. Don’t miss the iconic Tiger Cave Temple, where a challenging hike rewards you with breathtaking panoramic views of the deep green landscape with craggy cliffs.

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi.

Venice Krabi Villa Resort.

Centara Anda Dhevi Resort & Spa Krabi.

Pai

Settled in the lush mountains of northern Thailand, Pai is a peaceful retreat offering a perfect blend of nature and culture. Take a walk through Pai Canyon for breathtaking sunset views, soak in the soothing Pai Hot Springs, and explore the enchanting waterfalls such as Mo Paeng and Pam Bok. The vibrant Pai Walking Street comes alive at night with local crafts, street food, and a bohemian atmosphere. For a unique experience, visit the Land Split for fresh fruit and juice, provided by local farmers who turned a natural disaster into a tourist attraction. Pai’s relaxed vibe and stunning scenery make it an ideal escape from daily struggles.

Pai Village Boutique Resort.

Reverie Siam Resort.

B2 Pai Premier Resort.

7. Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi encourages exploration and reflection since it is the flawless union of history and environment. Discover the terrifying history of the Death Railway’s construction by going to the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum. Walk across the iconic Bridge over the River Kwai and take a scenic train ride along the historic route. Discover the natural beauty of Erawan National Park, where the seven-tiered Erawan Waterfalls provide a perfect spot for diving in water. For a more peaceful experience head to the Sai Yok National Park to enjoy caves, waterfalls, and green dense jungle trails. Kanchanaburi seamlessly weaves together a narrative of the past with the surreal beauty of its landscapes.

The Legacy River Kwai Resort.

Lake Hill Resort Kanchanaburi.

The Hub Erawan Resort.

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8. Koh Samui

Koh Samui

Koh Samui is a gem of islands in the south of Thailand famous for its lively nightlife, magical scenic beauty, and long stretch of soft sandy beaches. It’s one of the best places to visit in Thailand for couples, offering opportunities to dip into Ang Thong Marine Park’s crystal-clear waters, perfect for kayaking and snorkelling around limestone cliffs. Wander through Fisherman’s Village, where charming streets offer trendy shops and gourmet dining. Don’t miss Wat Plai Laem, with its mesmerising 18-arm Guanyin statue, reflecting the island’s rich cultural tapestry. Koh Samui, with its calm beaches and lush interiors, is a haven.

Nora Buri Resort & Spa, Koh Samui.

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Koh Samui.

Chi Samui Resort.

9. Sukhothai

Sukhothai

Sukhothai, the first capital of Thailand’s revered ancient capital, immerses visitors in an undisturbed realm of historical richness. Rent a bicycle to explore the sprawling Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site adorned with intricate temples and serene Buddha statues. Witness the city’s golden age come to life during the Loy Krathong festival, where flickering lanterns adorn the night sky, reflecting in the park’s tranquil waters.

Sriwilai Sukhothai Resort & Spa

Legendha Sukhothai Historical Park Resort

Thai Thai Sukhothai Resort

10. Hua Hin

Hua Hin

Hua Hin is a treasured beach town known for its relaxed atmosphere and royal connections. It offers a beautiful combination of relaxation and cultural discovery. Enjoy fresh seafood and peruse handicrafts at the bustling Hua Hin Night Market as you immerse yourself in the native way of life. Hike through the verdant jungle to uncover Phraya Nakhon Cave’s secret glory, where a magnificent cavern holds a sunlight pavilion. A trip to the lively Cicada Market, which offers a sensory feast of art, crafts, and mouth-watering street food, will round out your day.

Fulay Guest House with Bar on the Sea.

Anantara Hua Hin Resort.

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin.

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Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Thailand

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The best time to visit Thailand, with cooler temperatures and lower humidity, is during the dry season from November to February, with average temperatures ranging from 25°C to 32°C (77°F to 89°F).

The official currency used in Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB).

Thailand is typically 7 hours ahead of the United Kingdom according to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+7).

The major international airport in Thailand is Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok.

The flight time from London, United Kingdom to Bangkok, Thailand is approximately 11-12 hours.

 Dress modestly when visiting temples, covering shoulders and knees. Remove shoes before entering temples and be respectful towards monks and religious artefacts.

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