If you’ve never visited Phuket before you’d be forgiven for thinking that a Phuket vacation consists of lying on the beach and not much else. The quality of the beaches, the warm blue water, and the sunshine create this impression. But Phuket isn’t all about the beaches – there’s so much more to do in Phuket. Some activities are fun and active, some are challenging, while others are downright hair-raising. Here’s what you can do in Phuket when you’re looking for some adventure away from the sand.
- Try Bungee Jumping
Looking for an intense rush of adrenaline? Then bungee jumping in Phuket has to be on your list of things to do. Bungee jumping is popular all across Thailand and you can give yourself a high-octane thrill in Phuket at various locations including the Jungle Bungee Jump, Kathu – make sure you check out a licensed site and one that is fully insured. Jumping in Phuket is more fun when you plummet over water – the aquamarine lagoons in Thailand are perfect, whether it’s your first jump or your 50th.
- Take an Arial Runway Tour
Otherwise known as a canopy tour, there are various places in Phuket where you can float over the tops of the trees, securely fixed to a zip wire. Canopy tours are a relatively sedate way to see the countryside from a vantage point you could not normally experience.
- Go Go-Karting
For a high-speed way to spend an afternoon, pay a visit to a go kart track. The competitive among us will relish the chance to pit their skills against friends and family on a racing track. For people who are not too confident about their driving skills, the go kart track is a great place to practice and have fun. Plenty of places in Phuket are available for go karting – take a look and find out where you can take part.
- Cycle or Hike in Phuket
If you want a small break from the adrenaline-charged activities you can find in Phuket, take some exercise doing something a little more sedate (but no less fun). You can easily escape the noise and the crowds by hiring a bike and taking off on a self-guided tour around the tiny villages and farms of the Phuket rural area. You can also join a guided tour, either on a bike or by ATV, where you don’t need to worry about taking a map.
Hiking is an option for those holidaymakers with the desire to see more of the natural side of Phuket. There are certainly a lot of hiking options on the island and you can walk to landmarks like waterfalls and overlooks with views of the island. It is better when you know where you are going, and several local groups organize walking groups where you can join in and see the natural landscape up close.
- Take the High Road Rock Climbing and Abseiling
You only need to travel a few hours from the center of Phuket to discover a world of amazing climbs. Not many people know this, but Phuket actually has a lot of challenging climbs for experienced climbers, as well as gentler climbs for beginners. Whatever you choose, you can be sure of a great view while you try out your climbing skills. Head for the limestone cliffs in-between Tham Phra Nang and Railay East beach.
- Find the Rush with Zorbing
Did you know you can take part in a zorbing experience on Phuket? Rollerball is the location for zorbing – getting into a giant sphere and taking off down a hill. Find the zorbing center overlooking Kalim Beach, where you can experience a long track and excellent views over the Bay.
- Test Your Skills on the Shooting Range
Phuket Shooting Range in Phuket has been in existence since 1989 and it has long been recognized for the place to try out shooting in a safe environment. There are also other activities including elephant trekking, paintball, and ATV riding.
- Get Your Running Shoes On
If you are going to miss your daily run when you’re on vacation in Phuket, don’t panic. You can easily find a place to run on your own, or there are organized groups that meet every weekend for a group run. Running is popular in Phuket and there are plenty of ways to get your fix while seeing a bit more of the countryside.
Whatever you want to do in Phuket, find more information about activities and entertainment at Phuket On. Discover the best sights and activities with Phuket On and plan your trip to remember.
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