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11 Things You HAVE To Do In Phuket

11 Things You HAVE To Do In Phuket
Jess Leak

BY Jess Leak

4 months ago

Phuket is on your list of places to visit if you’re planning a trip to Thailand. Of all the southern islands, it’s the largest at approximately 540 square kilometers - which is around the size of Singapore!

So it’s safe to say you could spend a lot of time here. But in case you’re a bit short on time, I've put together this list of 11 things you HAVE to do while you’re on this beautiful tropical island in the Andaman Sea.

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1. See the Big Buddha

big buddha phuket

Probably Phuket’s most well-known landmark, a trip to Phuket wouldn’t really be a trip to Phuket without a photo in front of this guy! Sitting at the top of the Nakkerd Hills and standing at 45 meters tall, he’s very difficult to miss.

From the top of the hill, you’ll get to enjoy a panoramic view of the island in all its glory. Definitely worth a visit!

2. Relax at Kata Noi Beach

kata noi beach phuket

Just a short drive from the busier Kata Beach, Kata Noi is smaller, quieter and super cozy. Perfect for love birds who want to spend some time alone! Even in the high tourist season, it’s super chilled and peaceful.

The beach is only around 700 meters, but there’s usually plenty of room and the sand is some of the softest you’ve ever felt between your toes! Kick back and relax here for the day - don’t forget your sunscreen!

3. Visit Wat Chalong Temple

wat chalong temple phuket

Wat Chalong is the largest, most revered and most visited Buddhist temple in Phuket, built at the beginning of the 19th century(1837, according to some sources). The temple is famous for its 60-meter-tall stupa (chedi), which shelters a bone fragment of the Lord Buddha himself.

The walls and ceilings of the temple are decorated with beautiful paintings retracing the most significant steps of Buddha’s life. Each floor also houses many golden statues. 

Wat Chalong is built on three floors so feel free to climb all the way to the top floor terrace to get a beautiful bird's eye view of the entire temple grounds.

This is the place to go for your fix of traditional Phuket culture.

4. See the sights at Karon View Point

Karon View Point, Phuket

Sitting just to the south of Kata Noi Beach is Karon View Point, the most popular viewpoint in Phuket. Looking out over the Andaman Sea in one direction and the other direction pointing towards the three west coast beaches on the other side of the island, the view doesn’t get much better than this.

Due to the phenomenal views, it tends to get pretty busy here, especially at sunset. If you want to get your perfect shot free of crowds of tourists, your best bet is to set an early alarm and get here for sunrise. 

The lighting is amazing at this time and you’re more likely to have the place to yourself!

5. Have a tour of Chalong Bay Rum Distillery

chalong bay rum distillery phuket

This activity is a little less known about, but if you have the time, it’s a really great day out in Phuket! For any keen rum drinkers, this one's for you. The Chalong Bay Rum Distillery produces high-end white rum, which is now starting to be noticed worldwide. There is a lot to do when you arrive at the distillery.

Start by taking a tour and learning about how the rum is produced before looking at the work that goes on behind the scenes. Finally, take part in a cocktail workshop! Here you’ll learn how to make various cocktails that all include the locally made Chalong Bay Rum. And the best part...sample you’re freshly made cocktails! What’s not to like?

6. Go shopping at the Phuket Town Weekend Night Market

phuket weekend night market

Known by the locals as Naka Market, sitting just a short distance from Phuket Town, is a night market like no other. There are all sorts on offer here, from clothes and souvenirs to delicious local delicacies. A popular event with both locals and tourists alike, it’s best to arrive late afternoon to ensure you get a good look around before it becomes packed!

Definitely make the most of the cheap local foods on sale. My favorites are Pad Thai (of course), Massaman curry, and Tom Yam Goong (spicy and sour prawn noodle soup). Delicious!

7. Take a Thai cooking class

blue elephant cooking class phuket

Phuket has many different locations that offer cooking classes, and it’s certainly worth taking one while you are here! By taking a class, you’ll learn about fresh local ingredients and traditional methods, so you can continue to cook authentic Thai cuisine when you return home.

Many places offer morning, afternoon, or whole-day packages and you always get to eat your culinary creations after, so you won’t go hungry! You can book our Thai Cooking Class & Market Visit Tour where you will learn how to cook traditional Thai dishes and visit the local market to get your own ingredients!

After you are done cookings, you’ll be able to relax in the dining room afterward to try all the dishes you’ve made.

8. Visit the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

phuket elephant sanctuary

Who doesn’t want the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the most amazing creatures in the world? Our Phuket Ethical Elephant Experience offers you the opportunity to do exactly that in a way that is non-harmful to the gentle giants.

They have a strict no-riding policy and the elephants are free to roam the grounds as they, please. You’ll meet the elephants, learn all about them and get to support ethical elephant tourism. A day to remember!

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9. Take a trip to Phang Nga Bay

phang nga bay

Phang Nga Bay is an absolute must when you’re in Phuket; the bay is home to approximately 40 small islands that come straight out of the sea. The area is full of lagoons, caves and mangroves to explore, although seeing everything in one day could be a challenge!

The bay is protected from a lot of bad weather in the monsoon season due to its location. Visiting Phang Nga Bay with a tourist guide is the best way to ensure you don’t miss anything!

10. Walk around Phuket Old Town

phuket old town

Phuket Old Town is the provincial capital of Phuket. It’s a historically rich part of town where you’ll see an abundance of temples (Chinese and Buddhist), beautiful ‘shophouses’, small printing shops and a disused red light district.

The town itself is not very big so you can easily explore on foot rather than taking any transport. Take in the pretty surroundings and get some great photos, peruse the shops and taste some delicious local cuisine at one of the many restaurants and cafes.

11. Rock Swing Beach

rock swing beach phuket

Nui Beach, also known as Water Beach Club, is one of Phuket's most secluded paradise beaches. With its remote and hard-to-reach location, few people know about it. However, a new attraction may make this beach more popular in the future - the Phuket swing, which has earned the beach its new name Rock Swing Beach.

Probably inspired by similar attractions in Bali, there are many photo opportunity stations, including the Phuket swing, bird nests, bubbles, and more! 

For a small fee, you can pose to your heart's content and leave with plenty of awesome vacation snaps that will look amazing on your Instagram page! 

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The perfect way to tick off this list of the best Phuket offers! 

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