If you’re visiting Phuket on vacation there are many things you simply cannot miss. Beaches, great views, shows, and historic monuments all feature on the horizon. What are the must-see attractions in Phuket? What should be on your to-do list for the best vacation in Phuket, ever? Here we give you a few ideas for places to see and things to do on your trip to Phuket. Don’t miss out – try to do them all!
1. See the Phuket Big Buddha
The 45-meter-high statue of Buddha watches over Phuket from his position in the Nakkerd Hills. You will be able to see this landmark from most of southern Phuket. Drive up to the Buddha and enjoy the natural scenery on the way as well as the sweeping view from the Buddha statue itself.
2. Tour Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is to the northeast of Phuket and it is a unique day out. The limestone cliffs that sheer off into the gorgeous emerald waters have to be seen to be believed. You certainly won’t be able to check out this view anywhere else. While visiting Phang Nga Bay don’t miss James Bond Island and distinctive Koh Panyee.
3. Visit Wat Chalong
One of the most important of all of Phuket’s temples is Wat Chalong. This beautiful temple is decorated with shards of colored glass that shine in the bright sunshine and when you visit you can soak in the atmosphere at this important spiritual center.
4. Take a Trip to Old Phuket Town
If the beach is getting too monotonous (and if this is the case, you’re on the wrong beach – but that’s another story…) then head into Old Phuket Town for some authentic Thai shopping and sightseeing. The sleepy capital of Phuket boasts an enticing blend of Chinese and old colonial buildings – it’s a quaint place and you’ll get some good pics.
5. Go with an Open Mind to Bangla Road
Bangla Road after dark is not for the faint-of-heart. But this bustling, crazy, exotic and – above all – fun stretch of town is great for anyone who wants to be surprised, shocked and enchanted. Sip a beer and watch the crazy cast parade by your table.
6. Spend Some Time at Phi Phi Islands
You simply cannot miss Phi Phi Islands when you are traveling to Phuket. You’ll probably have seen this sight in the movies or on countless home videos but you need to see it for yourself. The islands rise up from the aquamarine waters, and the beaches are fringed with jungle. The sands are soft and white. You’re in for a peaceful and stunning time when you visit Phi Phi.
7. Take in a Fight
Muay Thai – Thai boxing – is a spectacle that you can’t miss when you go to Phuket or anywhere else in Thailand. The best place to watch is at Saphan Hin Stadium in Phuket City where regular matches have the large crowds enthralled. Muay Thai is a sport characterized by precision, tradition, and athleticism – even if you don’t particularly like boxing, you’ll get a rush when you attend a Muay Thai bout.
8. Check Out the Stunning Views
There are so many potentially beautiful views over Phuket and the ocean, it is hard to single them out for individual praise. For example, Promthep is popular and busy but stunning. Watch the sunset at “Three Beaches” or the “After Beach Bar” on the road between Nai Harn and Kata. Anywhere you go for the view is enhanced when you have a cocktail in hand as the sun goes down.
Did we inspire you to take a trip to this beautiful part of Thailand? Let PhuketOn assist you in planning your trip to remember to Phuket. Find out which beaches are best, where to eat, and which hotels in Phuket offer the best accommodation. A trip to Phuket is one experience that will live with you for years to come.