8 Things to do in Phuket
Phuket is referred to as the “Pearl of the Andaman”; it is the largest and best-known island of Thailand, a popular spot for tourists and surfers. It is famous for its white-gold sandy beaches, tall palm trees, tropical blue water, beautiful landscapes, colorful night markets, sunset spots and, not to forget the delicious sea-food. It has a wide array of activities for all types of travellers, tastes and budgets. You can reach Phuket from Bangkok either by Train or bus which would take up to eleven hours, however, traveling by air is the fastest way and now Phuket has its own international airport too making the commute easier for tourists.
Phuket is the ideal vacation spot that caters to everyone from solo travellers, families, couples, explorers and even for those who just want to relax by lying on the beach all day. This blog will help you plan your first or next trip to Phuket with all the best things to do; I have listed out my favorites and I hope it helps you too.
Apart from the main attractions in Phuket you can hire a speed-boat to the many nearby islands including Coral Island, Ko Phi Phi, Similan Islands or Phang Nga Bay. You can either plan for a day-trip or stay overnight at one of these exotic islands.
Phuket is all about warm sand and gentle waves, there are many beaches but the best ones are Patong, Karon, Kata, Ao-Nang and Freedom Beach. The beaches are family-friendly, busy throughout the day, many trendy bars and there is plenty going on to keep you entertained. You can either go for a swim, surf or just relax by lying down on the white sand. Patong beach is the most popular as there are water sports, massage parlours and tattoo studios.
To get a glimpse of the history of Phuket, head to Phuket Old Town, it is small enough to explore on foot, lined with small and colourful Portuguese houses. There are Sino-colonial mansions as well which were built in the 18th century. You will also see many hawkers selling local food, grab some food or coffee while exploring the town.
A trip to Phuket is incomplete without a visit to Laem Promthep, Kata Viewpoint or Karon Viewpoint to enjoy a breath-taking view of a 360-degree panorama of the island during the sunset and also make it one of the most important highlights of your trip.
Night Markets/ Nightlife
You can head to Bangla Road where all the action takes place after the sun sets, the street is lined with Go-go Bars, live music bars, night-clubs, Karaoke and Thai bands, it is the best place to pub-crawl. For a much laid down and relaxed vibe you can go to the beach bars at Kata. There are a few markets in Phuket like Chilva market, Phuket weekend market, Indy night market or Malin Plaza in Patong. You will find an impressive selection of food, clothes, souvenirs and curios sold at extremely low prices after bargaining of course.
Phuket spoils you when it comes to food, from tiny hawkers, noodle stores, sea-food restaurants and fine-dining options. You will also find small barbeque stalls where you can chose from a variety of chicken, pork, beef, mushrooms, broccoli and some more veggies on skewers at a reasonable price too. There is a great variety of local food to sample including chicken and chips, crepes, ice-cream, cocktails, fresh fruit juices and sushi too.
The idea of a beach club is setting up an elegant, modern resto-bar built by using natural, recyclable items and as near to the sea or sand as possible. You would be surprised at the number of beach-clubs in Phuket, there is a diverse range of clubs for one and all. From splendid sea-side pool views to local pubs and bars on the beach, you can have a lot of fun and enjoy a chilled out day.
Book a local tour to Khao-Sok National Park which is a paradise for nature lovers where you will encounter elephants, jungle trekking and canoeing. You can also go to Koh Yao Noi for a full-day bike tour on its fantastic shoreline, hike down to Bang Pae Waterfall which has white milky white water with a scenic background or indulge in sea kayaking in Phang Nga Bay which is an experience you shouldn’t miss on.
Phuket is a smaller place compared to Bangkok, apart from the above listed activities; you can also go to the Trick Eye Museum, Upside- down House, Phuket Fantasea or the Simon Cabaret which are highly famous and just a short tuk-tuk ride away. I couldn’t make it to these places due to lack of time but I will cover them in my next trip. You can also go to Jungceylon mall in Patong which is famous for its water fountain and fire shows. The best time to travel to Phuket is between November to March and make all the reservations and tour bookings locally to get the best deal.
Plan your itinerary well and make sure to include these places to enjoy your trip even better and make it unforgettable.