Apart from beautiful beaches, there are so many things to do in Phuket.
An azure sea and a pleasant temperature you can enjoy fascinating history and culture in Phuket. However, there are some attractions that you should not miss while visiting Phuket.
The big advantage of Phuket is that there is always something to do.
It does not matter the weather or temperature. Below you will find the top sights and places you really should see. They are classified based on popularity.
Before you go, we hope you will take the time to visit our restaurant you would be most welcome.
If you only visit half of these destinations, you will have an unforgettable vacation. What are you waiting for?
Phang Nga Bay
The Bay of Phang Nga Bay is unique. A day at this bay is an unforgettable experience. Particularly striking on this bay are the massive limestone cliffs that perpendicular to the emerald green waters. The Koh Panyee and James Bond Island are the more famous spot in this bay.
More on Boat and Island trips later.
The Phuket Beaches
Do you like beaches?
Then you love Phuket!
Phuket has 35 different beaches – from mega-busy beaches like Patong Beach to peaceful gems like Banana Beach and Laem Sing Beach. (pictured).
There’s a beach for everyone! The beaches are well maintained. Almost nowhere is dirty and the water is crystal clear. Most beaches are well-liked and have restaurants and all kinds of water activities like paragliding and surfing. On the large beaches, there are mattresses and umbrellas for hire, although sunbeds on the beach are not allowed.
Mai Khao Beach is not Phuket’s most beautiful beach, but it’s the longest!
This beach is over 3 KM long with the South located right next to Phuket International Airport, where you can spot and listen to nearby aeroplanes.
Also very fun for kids!
Not all beaches have amenities, you are welcome to bring your parasol, mat, and towels! Don’t forget that sunscreen and hats.
If you are going swimming PLEASE check the Lifeguards Flags.
Things to do in Phuket the views and culture.
Phuket Viewpoints, scenic views and Phuket Town.
At Phuket, you can enjoy one after another beautiful view. Our favourite position is the relatively unknown Windmill Viewpoint, where you have an excellent view of the small Yanui Beach and a small island just off the coast.
Another beautiful perspective is the Karon Viewpoint, where you can see the three white beaches of Kata Noi, Kata, and Karon in the distance.
There’s also Big Buddha which you see almost anywhere when you are in the South of Phuket more on Big Buddha below.
Finally, the Phromthep Cape just up the road from the Windmill is one of the most beautiful (and most romantic) spots in Phuket to watch the sunset. You do not have this viewpoint for yourself alone, but you can also share it, everyone.
You do not have this viewpoint for yourself alone, but you can also share it, everyone.
Phuket Vegetarian Festival and other events in Phuket Town
In this ideas and things to do in Phuket feature, you should definitely visit Phuket Town. You will find surprising Chinese-Portuguese splendour and excellent shops at this location. The city of Phuket offers much more than you would think. You will find some excellent restaurants and local attractions.
You will also find a unique mix of colonial and Chinese architecture. Along with the tangible peculiarities, you are already strolling through the old town of Phuket for a fascinating and memorable afternoon.
In Phuket, most festivals are held in honour of religious conviction or just for fun. The festivals are exciting, sometimes bizarre spectacles. They are certainly not boring.
The Phuket Vegetarian Festival brings visitors from all over the world. It is colourful, deafening and sometimes even fascinatingly horrible.
The Gay Pride Festival and the Songkran Festival are normally held at the same time around 12th – 17th April.
Both are fun, great festivals that celebrate the exuberance of life in Thai fashion.
Loy Krathong is in early November read more HERE
Expect the unexpected and do not forget to bring your camera.
Taking a walk after sunset through the Patong Bangla Road should make you feel like fun. A good sense of humour and an open mind are a requirement. In fact, there is only one undeniable and obvious fact about Bangla – it’s not at all like home. You’ll find ladyboys, lascivious and exotic ladies, strange Westerners (mostly men). Having a beer on the Bangla Road is an unforgettable experience.
A good sense of humour and an open mind are a requirement. In fact, there is only one undeniable and obvious fact about Bangla – it’s not at all like home. You’ll find ladyboys, lascivious and exotic ladies, strange Westerners (mostly men). Having a beer on the Bangla Road is an unforgettable experience.
You’ll find ladyboys, lascivious and exotic ladies, huge nightclubs and just about one of best people-watching locations in the world.
The Simon Cabaret is probably the biggest ladyboy show you can find in the area. During the performance, you will see a spectacular musical performed by Simon Cabaret’s world-famous ladyboys.
The costumes are fantastic, it is mostly bling-bling and of course very nice to see.
Phuket Fantasea Show
Just North of Patong in Kamala is the Phuket Fantasea Show. It’s quite extravagant, but fun and very professional. Trapeze artists, elephants on stage and fireworks, are combined in this Las Vegas-style show.
This is one of the few places in Thailand let along Phuket you can experience this. The FantaSea Show is a very entertaining and engaging show. The show deserves a place in the top ten of what to see and do in Phuket.
The Wat Chalong Temple in Chalong Phuket
This is one of the historic temples in Phuket. Every year thousands of visitors arrive. It’s beautiful. On special holidays, the Wat Chalong markets are held. During these days you can buy almost everything. You can also enjoy Thai food at heart. This temple is the spiritual
You can also enjoy Thai food at heart. This temple is the spiritual
This temple is the spiritual centre of Phuket Island.
Big Buddha in Chalong
The Big Buddha is a relative newcomer to the island. Visible from most places in the South of Phuket. The picture is taken on the top of the Nakkerd Hills. It offers views of Chalong, Kata, and Rawai.
It cost an estimated 30 million baht to build and stands 45 feet high. Next to it is a smaller, golden image. This is made of brass. There is also a shrine near the car park at the site. During the trip to the Big Buddha, you will see the real Thailand culture.
Things to do in Phuket on the water.
Because of its location, Phuket is a good base for visiting nearby islands and nature parks. Phang Nga Bay is full of awesome scenic views, where your day out riding the boats for hours and witness the large rock formations. The bay hides many beautiful beaches, caves and mangrove forests, where you can go kayaking.
Another fascinating excursion is the Similan Islands, a beautiful island group where you can snorkel or dive beautifully and admire many coral reefs and fish.
You can also take the lantern boat and spend the day on nearby small islands like Coral Island, Racha Island and the Khai Islands.
Wellness, Health and Fitness other things to do in Phuket.
Thai Boxing (Muay Thai)
Muay Thai is a particular spectacle to watch.
The sport is gaining popularity all over the world and is now a major tourist attraction here. Regular matches with well-trained combatants are held throughout Phuket. You can look at the skills and agility of these super pussy boxers. Tradition and respect are at the heart of this contact sport.
A good Muay Thai athlete is ultra-disciplined in body and mind. Join the spectators and let yourself be soaked by the devout Thai.
Wellness and Health
There is an abundance of Health Spas throughout Phuket when looking for things to do in Phuket. You will find an abundance of corner shop massage to 5* resorts offering hours and days of special treatment to rejuvenate your body and soul.
Within in Phuket there are a number of Wellness and detox centres, the one we recommend is Atmanajai just a short walk from our restaurant and you can find out more HERE