Phuket is one of the most visited areas in Thailand. The City of Phuket lies in the southeast part of Phuket Island in Thailand. It is a major tourist city in Thailand welcoming thousands of tourists every year. The list of things you can do and places you should visit in Phuket Island is quite long. It becomes a long vacation if you want to do all of those in one visit to Thailand.
There are many things to do in Phuket. The island offers a range of things to do from adventure activities to more informative tours. Here is a fine list of 7 best things to do in Phuket, Thailand:
Phuket is a dreamland for water-babies. Being an island, it offers a number of water adventure sports that will fulfill your hunger for water adventure. Snorkeling, Surfing, Kitesurfing, Jet Skiing, Scuba Diving, Sea Kayaking, Flyboarding, etc. are all available for you to try in Phuket. November to March is best for water adventure sports when the temperatures are cool and the sea is calm.
With many water sports, Phuket also comprises fabulous beaches where you can sunbathe, relax with a drink, take a walk, etc. Patong Beach, Kata Noi Beach, Kata Beach, Freedom Beach, Banana Beach, etc. are some of the popular beaches in Phuket, Thailand.
Boat tours from Phuket take you to some of the most amazing places in the world. Some of these places are far from Phuket while some are close by. Phang Nga Bay and Phi Phi Islands are the most popular chosen boat tours in Phuket. You can custom plan your boat tour based on the number of days you have or select from a readymade plan.
Image: Boat Trip
You can find many guided readymade city sightseeing tours that take you to the most popular landmarks in Phuket. You can also custom your own city tour to visit all the monuments and landmarks you want to visit. Do not miss out on anything from viewpoints to historical monuments or unique man-made monuments.
There’s something for people looking for nature and wildlife exploration as well in Phuket. They can enjoy viewing and exploring the wide range of herbs, trees, and animals in the national parks of Phuket. Witnessing the snake experts playing with some of the most venomous snakes is surely one of the most memorable moments offered on the trip. For more explorations, you should also visit the Phuket Orchid Garden, Phuket Aquarium, and Thai Village.
Image: Tiger in Jungle
Phuket, like other major cities in Thailand, is a top destination for shopping mongers. You have a variety of shopping places to choose from small flea markets to major shopping malls and some unique markets as well. Thailand, the whole country, is known for its unique handicrafts, clothes, and jewelry.
Phuket is a top location for lively night parties. Parties in Phuket go wild like any other party city in Thailand. The Bangla Road in Thailand is world-famous for extraordinary parties. The Bangla Road and Phuket are dreamland for party lovers. Phuket offers a wide range of clubs and bars to choose from with the world’s best DJs and bands playing every night.
After discussing some of the fun and unique things to do in Phuket, here we have 18 places to visit in Phuket where you get to do all these things:
Patong Beach is famous for its nightlife and its significant length of almost 3 kilometers. Banana boat rides, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, windsurfing, parasailing, and jet skiing are all available here. Many stalls, restaurants, and massage parlors are lined up near the beach for refreshments. The Bangla Road and Paradise Complex are the most happening places here for nightlife. Other than the parties and nightlife, the beach is also known for the variety of water adventure sports available in Patong Beach.
Kata Noi Beach is one of the smaller beaches in Phuket at about 700 meters but still, it is one of the most visited ones. It is mostly preferred by couples for a quieter beach experience. Water sports such as parasailing, surfing, and jet skiing are available here. Resorts and restaurants are available around this resort for a calm and enjoyable stay.
Kata Beach is probably the second most famous beach in Phuket after Patong Beach. The beach is about 1.5 km in length of golden sand. It offers a good selection of food, massage, shopping, and nightlife similar to Patong. Since Patong Beach is largely crowded, people often visit this beach as an alternative. This moderately crowded beach also offers water sports such as snorkeling, surfing, and scuba diving. Kata Beach is regarded as the “Best for Families” beach by many.
Karon Beach is one of the longest beaches in Phuket. Like any other beach in Phuket, this beach offers various food options, water sports, resorts, etc. There are many top resorts near this beach where you can enjoy watching the sea. Waterskiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, and snorkeling are available here.
Mai Khao Beach is one of the least crowded beaches in Phuket. It is because of the lack of many hotels, resorts, or restaurants near it. There aren’t any water sports available as well. One of the major attractions of the beach is plane spotting. Watching the planes land at the Phuket International Airport is probably the only attraction of the beach other than the quiet and calm environment its less crowded nature offers.
Image: Plane Spotting at Mai Khao Beach
Banana Beach is a hidden gem and a relatively less explored beach in Phuket. Because it is small and isolated, many people skip visiting this beach. You can have a peaceful lunch on the beach with your feet inside the water without many crowds disturbing you. The prices of the foods are higher than other places in Phuket but they are justified for the manual transportation.
Image: Banana Beach
Phang Nga Bay is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to visit from Phuket. Situated just a one-hour boat ride away from Phuket, this amazing island is one of the must-visit places when visiting Thailand. There are many enjoyable things to do in Phang Nga Bay like exploring the hongs, exploring Koh Panyee, cruising around the islands, and more. Koh Panyee is a Thai village where you can enjoy Thai Muslim dishes.
Image: Phang Nga Bay
Phi Phi Islands is another popular place to visit in Phuket. A boat trip to this island is one of the most selected trips from Phuket. Phi Phi Islands is about an hour's boat ride from Phuket. You can also reach this island from Krabi. The islands are largely popular for magnificent parties held almost every night. You can also enjoy at the beach sipping your favorite cocktails in the sun. The island also offers various water sports which fulfill your hunger for adventure.
Image: Phi Phi Islands
The Coral Island of Phuket is located 3 km from the south-eastern coast of Phuket. A Coral Island is a tropical isle formed from the organic remains of corals, including skeletons and detritus, along with other flora and fauna closely linked to coral ecosystems. The island has two beaches which are the leading attractions: Long Beach and Banana Beach. Both beaches offer many water sports and all other beach activities.
Karon View Point is situated south of Kata Noi Beach giving an amazing view of Kata Beach and Kata Beach. It is one of the most-visited viewpoints in all of Thailand. It is busy and crowded most days of the year. The north view is the most-loved in which you can see 3 beaches and Koh Pu Island. The viewpoint provides ample tasty food and drinks for refreshments.
The Old Phuket Town is a historic area situated at the heart of Phuket city. The area is popularly known for its well-preserved Sino-Portuguese architecture and traditional houses. The place is a symbol of the industrial history of Phuket when European and Chinese traders visited and lived here and introduced their architecture and lifestyles. The place consists of some of the finest art museums and galleries. It also hosts an annual “Phuket Art Festival” attracting artists and enthusiasts from all over the world. The walking street and markets are a major attraction as well. These markets offer various handmade crafts, jewelry, and portable snacks as well.
The Phuket Weekend Night Market is a spectacular marketplace in Phuket. As the name speaks, it opens only during the weekend nights. It opens from 4 PM up to 11 PM at night on Saturdays and Sundays. Because of its limited open time, it is usually busy and crowded. It is also locally known as Naka Market. If you’re not a shopping monger and just want to walk around, you can opt for that too. There are some entertainment centers as well that you can try.
The Chillva Night Market is more popular for its amazing food and beverage stalls than the shopping experience, not that the shopping experience is bad though. The market opens at 6 PM and closes at around 11 PM. The market offers various clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, and accessories as its leading products. Other than that, there is live music happening almost every night to keep you entertained.
Tiger Kingdom is one of the most visited places for tourists interested in exploring wildlife in Phuket. The Tiger Kingdom is home to one of the most dangerous predator animals, the Tiger. The tigers in this location are well-trained. You can play with them and take pictures with them as well. The tigers here are loved and cared for from their new birth until their old age.
The Big Buddha statue is one of the less adventurous and thrill-providing places to visit in Phuket. It is situated atop Nakkerd Hill with gorgeous views of jungles and beaches at a distance. The 45-meter-tall Big Buddha is a religious and spiritual landmark with calm surroundings. The sounds of bells, fluttering of flags, and mantras chanting are soothing to both the mind and soul. It is recommended to ask the locals about what to wear and other etiquette to follow when visiting the Big Buddha Statue.
Wat Chalong is a religious landmark with high importance for locals of Phuket. Locals visit this temple to pray as a regular part of their life. Tourists visit this landmark to learn about Buddhism. It is officially called Wat Chaitararam but popularly referred to as Wat Chalong. Like the Big Buddha statue, you are expected to maintain certain etiquette when visiting Wat Chalong as well.
The Phuket Aquarium is one of the most amazing places to visit for enthusiasts of aquatic life in Phuket. It is situated in the southeastern part of the island. It is not just any ordinary aquarium but comprises of latest technology for the best experience. The whole experience inside Phuket Aquarium is something you’ll remember for a long time. It is both knowledgeable as well as exciting.
Image: Phuket Aquarium
Aquaria Phuket is a popular destination situated in the main city of Phuket. It is regarded as the largest aquarium in Thailand. The journey in this aquarium is magical observing the many animal species. There are 4 major regions here: Mystic Forest, Coastal Heaven, South China Sea, and Station Aquarius. The aquarium is deeply facilitated with food and drink stalls.
Image: Aquaria Phuket
The Splash Jungle Water Park is located near Mai Khao Beach in Phuket. It is an unmissable place for water lovers. Usually, kids enjoy such places. It has many water slides that are safety-tested and other water activities. The Water Park is equipped with the best apparatus and trained guides for your comfort.
Image: Splash Jungle Water Park
The Upside Down House is a completely unique and exciting approach where everything inside the house is upside down. You can experience the unusual feeling of walking upside down in the house. You would be essentially walking on the ceiling of the house. You might feel baffled to comprehend what is happening inside the house. Additionally, there are gardens and a maze outside of the house for further fun and entertainment.
Well, there it is. A detailed list of places to visit in Phuket along with things to do in Phuket.
Which one excited you the most?