The Best Things to do in Phuket

Phuket, the tropical island, southern of Thailand, is very famous for a number of things like beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, night markets, delicious seafood, and of course scuba diving. On such a large and popular island, it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of fun things to do in Phuket. So we’ve prepared a list of the top attractions on the island to make sure the only thing you’re worrying about is what to do first.

1. Big Buddha

Phuket Big Buddha, or The Great Buddha of Phuket, is a seated Maravija Buddha statue in Phuket, Thailand. The official name is Phra Phutta Ming Mongkol Eknakiri, shortened to Ming Mongkol Buddha. Sitting atop Nakkerd Hill (also spelt Nagakerd) near Chalong, construction began in 2004. Expansion of the base was ongoing as of 2015. By 2017, 80 percent of the project had been completed. It is the third-tallest statue in Thailand behind only the Great Buddha of Thailand and Luang Phor Yai. A 45 meters -tall white marble statue, it’s worth the walk uphill under the hot sun to see the Buddha up close; you’ll be rewarded with glorious panoramic views of Phuket from the top.

2. Phuket walking street

Located in the old town part of Phuket. The 2 main items sold at Phuket Walking Street are food and souvenirs, you may find a lot of things here, whether it is authentic southern Thai cuisine, authentic Thai handicrafts and gifts under the scenic Chinese lanterns and between the majestic, colourful buildings.

3. Promthep cape

The place is for sunset lovers. Promthep Cape has one of the best, most beautiful views of the sunset in all of Thailand. You may see its famous view of the sunset all over the internet, but nothing compares to seeing it in real life. We recommend that you should arrive at least an hour before dawn because of the bad traffic and the limited parking spot. Grilled squid and coconut ice cream are must-tries at Promthep cape

4. Muay Thai stadium

The most well-known Thai sport. Muay Thai, seen in the stadium in Patong, allows competitors to strike one another using legs, fists, knees and elbows. This discipline is known as the “art of eight limbs” as it is characterised by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees and shins.The boxer uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. It is considered to be one of the deadliest martial arts . Muay Thai fights in the ring can be brutal -and bloody- with flying knees, sharp elbow strikes, hard kicks to the guts, and swinging punches. The stand-up striking in Muay Thai is among the most effective you will find in any martial art. It is also one of the most widely trained martial arts on the planet.

5. Phuket Old Town

Lively Phuket Old Town is a perfect place for ‘Instagrammer’ and is known for colorfully painted, century-old Sino-Portuguese buildings, with a well-preserved row along Soi Rommanee. Main street Thalang Road has stores selling artisanal ice cream and batik fabrics and a Sunday market for souvenirs and street food. Wandering around this area, you will come across a lot of shrines as well as Buddhist and Chinese temples to take pictures from.

6. Enjoy cozy Thai massage

You know what, in the popular tourist areas of Phuket, you can’t walk more than a few meters without being offered a massage. You can even get a Thai massage right from your beach chair!. Unlike typical Western-type massages, you lie on a mat or a massage table while a practitioner uses stretching, pulling,rocking and a set of yoga techniques to relieve tension, promote relaxation, and improve flexibility and blood circulation and relax your whole body.

7. Visiting Bang Pae Waterfall

Bang Pae Waterfall is one of the famous waterfalls on the island of Phuket, located on the northeast of the island in Khao Phra Thaeo National Park. This place is on of a popular weekend escape, Bang Pae usually teems with local families enjoying picnics and cool dips in the stream. And Yes, alcohol is apparently forbidden within the park grounds

8. Sang Tham Shrine

Or Shrine of the serene light, is a beautifully decorated Chinese Temple on Phang Nga Road, one of the most famous streets of Phuket Town. The Shrine was built by a local Hokkien Chinese family in 1889. Small but breathtaking, the Shrine is one place that seldom makes it to the tourist destination. One reason for this was that, until recently, the Shrine has been hidden behind a cluster of shops and small crowded alleys.

9. Wat Srisoonthorn’s reclining Buddha

The first impression on entering the temple is of the 29-metre-high Reclining Buddha on top of the wat’s central building. A reclining Buddha is an image that represents Buddha lying down and is a major iconographic theme in Buddhist art. It represents the historical Buddha during his last illness, about to enter the parinirvana. He is lying on his right side, his head resting on a cushion or relying on his right elbow, supporting his head with his hand. After the Buddha’s death, his followers decide to build a statue of him lying down. It’s worth stopping to see as the representation has a remarkable look, with large ears and a very relaxed expression

10. Take a trip to Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong, or Chalong Temple, built at the beginning of the 19th century, Its real name is Wat Chaiyathararam, but you probably won’t see it on any road signs. Wat Chalong ( Chalong Temple ) is the largest of Phuket’s temples, and the most visited.
Chalong Temple is one of the Must-See places in Phuket and the nearby Big Buddha of Phuket, as they are relatively close to each other. It is dedicated to two highly venerable monks, Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang, who led the citizens of Chalong Subdistrict fighting against the Chinese rebellion(Ang Yee)in 1876 and with their knowledge of herbal medicine helped the injured.

11. Discover Rawai Village

If you want to experience a more authentic side of Phuket, then venture out to this small village on the island’s east coast to take a peek at the lifestyle of the Moken or (Sea gypsies). This is an excellent place to experience some real Thai culture. This palm-fringed beach is best known for sea gypsies, a formerly nomadic fishing minority believed to be of Melanesian descent. Compared to many other areas in Phuket, Rawai is not quite as popular as a tourist destination. This makes it one of the best places in Thailand to experience authentic local culture.

12. Ride an ATV

Enjoy a safari adventure on an ATV quad bike that takes you on and off roads. The tour ends off at the iconic Big Buddha for panoramic views of the island.

13. Zip-line at Hanuman World

Adrenaline seekers will love the Hanuman World adventure. Pick your course ranging from 1 – 3 hours with varying difficulties of obstacles, high elements, abseil points, and 800m zip-lines.

14. Dive into Phuket’s deep blue waters

Phuket diving sites number among the very best to be found. In fact, the readers of the top diving magazine voted Phuket diving among the top ten in the world. Diving Phuket’s warm clear blue waters is best from mid-October to May. Phuket’s western shore is dotted with a dozen pristine white sandy beaches, including Surin, Patong and Nai Yang beaches, which abound with aquamarine life. Listed among the top 10 Scuba diving destinations in the world, the beaches on the west coast of Phuket offer some supreme Scuba diving with the depths from about 30 to 45 meters. Good close-up photographs can be taken. Also, regular diving cruises and private trips can be arranged to other highly regarded diving areas such as the Similan Island. Phi Phi Island diving is also one of the highlights for any serious dive’s itinerary, Phi Phi Island diving takes the diver to one of the most famous diving sites in the world, and facilities for Phi Phi Island diving are among the best.

Diving Equipment: Several dive shops concentrated in the Patong, especially, Kata and Chalong areas have Asian and European expatriate(s) (speaking English and several other languages) and bi-lingual Thai dive instructors who offer inexpensive beginner’s courses. All diving equipment is available for hire.

15. Phuket island hopping

Phuket island hopping is a popular activity for tourists visiting the island of Phuket in Thailand. With crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and lush tropical landscapes, the island offers a plethora of options for island hopping and exploring the surrounding areas.

One of the most popular island hopping tours is the Phi Phi Island tour. This tour takes visitors to the famous Phi Phi Islands, which are known for their stunning cliffs, clear waters, and colorful marine life. The tour usually includes a stop at Maya Bay, where the movie “The Beach” was filmed, as well as stops at other beautiful beaches such as Loh Sama Bay, Monkey Beach, and Bamboo Island. Visitors can also enjoy snorkeling and diving in the crystal clear waters, where they can see a variety of marine life such as colorful coral and tropical fish.

16. Adventure and Outdoor Activities

Phuket offers a wide range of adventure and outdoor activities for visitors, such as rock climbing, jungle trekking, and elephant riding. Visitors can also participate in water sports such as jet skiing, parasailing, and sea kayaking. Additionally, Phuket is also a popular destination for diving, with many dive sites around the island.

17. Shopping and Nightlife

All around Thailand is known for its fantastic shopping centers, and Phuket is no exception. Particularly fine examples of handicrafts from around the country are available at the tourist markets and specialty shops of the beach centers, Phuket Town and at Canal Village in the Laguna Phuket complex – which also boasts its own branch of Jim Thompson’s, the Thai silk specialists.

Thaland Road, in Phuket Town, is home to many cloth merchants, offering excellent deals on a wide selection of cloth, which the island’s tailors will be happy to convert into a fashion statement of the customer’s choosing. Phuket’s rapidly developing infrastructure has also allowed for a considerable growth in shopping opportunities. Several large department stores are located in Phuket Town, Thalang and Patong and two giant supercenters such as Tesco Lotus and Big C, there have recently opened on the Bypass Road therefore we would say that Phuket is a real paradise on Southeast Asia where it truly worth to come for travel and having hundreds of exciting activities on this island.

18. Golfing

Phuket and several nearby provinces all have world-class golf clubs, some are designed by renewed international architects and well-known star golfers from both inside and outside Thailand. The courses are set among a variety of exciting surroundings like amidst green mountains and by the azure sea. Wherever they are, all have modern facilities and impeccable services. Green and caddie fees are always very affordable. Some courses boast excellent cuisine and accommodation. All can cater to any program for groups large and small. This publication gives you valuable insight into the golf courses in the three provinces, but there is nothing that can compare to actually playing on one, or even a few of them.

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