Thailand’s largest island stretched into the Andaman Sea in the south of the country, visiting Thailand is most likely visited website.
Between the dream beaches, the tasty pleasures of Thai cuisine, the grandiose excursions, the underwater activities, the big Buddha or the surrounding islands, you will surely want to return. To help you organize your stay more easily, we have listed 15 best things to do in Phuket and its surroundings.
Visit the old town of Phuket
City of 80,000 inhabitants, Phuket is a seaside resort located on the southeast coast of the island. Founded by Chinese and Malay merchants in the 19th century, Chinese-style houses can still be seen in the streets of Phuket’s Old Town. Do not miss: the Thai Hua Museum, the Hai Leng Ong Statue (the golden dragon monument) and Soi Rommanee.
Visit Patong and party
This is where fans of the holiday, typical of Thailand, come. Patong’s nightlife is unbridled, crazy, but beware: it’s also a paradise for debauchery and sex tourism. A little creepy if you’re alone, better come accompanied to party. If you come to visit Phuket to see scenic and authentic Thailand though, do not go to Patong.
Traditional Thai shows and cabarets
What to do in Phuket else, if not see at least one traditional cabaret? Thailand is known for its lady-boys who were once … boys. Why not go see a dance at Phuket’s cabaret? To reassure more than one, it is a show rather frequented by families.
Taste Thai cuisine on the street
Thai cuisine could be described as succulent, refined, exotic, tasty and sometimes astonishing. In the street – even in Bangkok – we eat € 2 to € 3 of very good plates – including the famous Pad Thai. Going to the restaurant becomes almost useless. But beware, the dishes will very often very spicy.
See the statue of the Big Buddha
25 meters high on the top of Nakkerd Hill, this huge statue overlooks everything. If you come to visit Phuket, you will not be able to miss the Big Buddha: we see it everywhere! Its marble comes from Burma, but to penetrate the site, it will be necessary to cover ones legs and shoulders according to the codes of Buddhism.
Visit Wat Chalong temple
Wat Chalong is the largest and most visited of the 29 temples open to visit Phuket. Composed of three floors 60 meters high, it was erected at the beginning of the 19th century. To stroll after the visit, a huge garden surrounds the buildings. Remember to cover your legs, shoulders and remove shoes when entering the temple.
Attend a Muay Thai fight (Thai Boxing)
Coming to Thailand, visiting Phuket without seeing a Thai boxing fight would be like visiting New York without seeing the Statue of Liberty! Every Friday night at the Boxing Stadium in Phuket City, come and watch this Thai national sport and watch the excitement of pre-game betting. For the first time, the fights will be really impressive.
Freedom Beach and Karon Beach, a little corner of paradise
Phuket is known for its dream beaches, and it’s not a myth. We come here to stroll, cook on the sand – all precautions of use kept of course -, to admire the landscape, to make snorkeling, to swim or to walk. The nicest and nicest beaches are on the west coast:
- Freedom Beach
- Karon Beach
Kata Beach and Kata Noi
These two beaches reveal the corners of paradise of the southwest coast of Phuket.
- Kata Beach
- Nai Han Beach
Visit Sirinat National Park
Spread over 90 km², the Park is located 30 kilometers northwest of Phuket, and has a discontinuous strip of 13 kilometers of beaches. Hat Nai Thon, Hat Nai Yang, Hat Mai Khao and Hat Sai Kaeo, to name but a few.
Visit Phang Nga Bay
A large bay in the Andaman Sea with an area of 400 m², the bay extends south between Phuket to the west and the province of Krabi to the east. A postcard decor while visiting Phuket. For travelers and locals, it’s a wonder we never tire of. By boat, the traditional Phang-Nga circuit will take 3 hours. You will explore a landscape for the least chaotic in the open sea: a hundred karst peaks some of which are 100 meters high. All simply magnificent.
To see especially in Phang Nga Bay is Khao Phing Kan, a pair of islands famous for appearing in The Man with the Golden Gun, one of James Bond’s films. Since then it has been called “James Bond Island”.
Go to the island of Ko Sire
At the eastern end of Phuket Town, this tiny island separated by a river is a small refuge sheltered from mass tourism. Going to visit Phuket, it can do good …
You will find beautiful views without amusement parks and much less Western tourists – the famous “pharangs” in Thai. The fishing port offers a different, authentic look from Phuket.
The Phuket Aquarium, Cape Phanwa
South of Ko Sire, there is a cape where you can visit the Marine Biology Research Center and the Phuket Aquarium, and see hundreds of colorful exotic marine species.
Criss-cross the glass tunnel 10 meters in length and watch all sorts of fish passing by. Continue the visit by the turtle hatchery at the rear of the building, where they are raised in large tanks before being released.
The Marine Biology Research Center also conducts numerous studies on tropical reef ecosystems and the development of a reasonable and responsible commercial fishery.
Excursion to Koh Phi Phi
A boat will be necessary, but one can not visit Phuket and go back to Bangkok without going through the Ko Phi Phi islands. These are two islands – Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Phi Phi Ley – including Maya Bay, the world famous beach thanks to the film The Beach with G. Canet, V. Ledoyen and L. Di Caprio. An idyllic setting, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Rent a scooter to visit Phuket
What better way than to feel free to visit Phuket without being dependent on buses and tuk-tuks? Rent a scooter will allow you to go where you want, according to the wind and desires. But beware of the “Thai tatoo”, famous expression for those who have been scratched or injured after a fall on a scooter. Roll slowly, protect yourself and catch your eyes.