A mountainous rainforest island in the Andaman and the jewel of Thailand, Phuket is so huge and mesmerizing, you won’t feel you’re on an island. Whether you are adventurous or romantic, solo traveler or here with a gang; Phuket is your place to be anytime of the year.
There’s no end to the things to do in Phuket. With amazing warmth and impeccable hospitality, the local people beckons tourists to see Phuket attractions and enjoy its best things to do.
Following are the 10 must see – must do activities in Phuket.
The Old Phuket town
With many small eateries, bakeries, and cafes these old Sino Portuguese streets are hard to resist. The magnificent mansions and small houses are perfect for a half day visit. Explore the local markets near the bus station and the small streets to visit some beautiful abandoned mansions. The newly built Phuket walking street is a must see on Sundays.
The 45 meters tall Big Buddha white marble statue is visible from anywhere in the southern part of Phuket. The views from up here are unbelievably beautiful. Reach the top of the hill and you’ll find huge roads that lead to the construction site where you can donate money if you wish to and buy amulets. Occasional ceremonies are also held here. This is the best place to get insightful details about the history and life of Buddha.
James Bond Island
Have a list of sight-seeing in Phuket? Make sure that you have this island in it. Originally known as Koh Tapu (meaning Nail Island) because of its pointy rock. The shooting of the famous James Bond movie “The man with the golden gun”, took place here and that’s why now it is fondly called as the James Bond Island. The view is breathtaking. The mesmerizing island on the backdrop of blue waters is beautiful beyond words. While clicking pics if you feel hungry, you can always have delicious flat dry squid to satiate your hunger pangs that’s a specialty of the island.
Overlooking Phuket town, this beautiful viewpoint is great during the day and simply breathtaking during the night. If you have your own commute, you can choose to stay back to have some amazing dishes in Tungka café or at the Phuket view restaurant on the other side of the hill.
Phang Nga Bay
One of the most beautiful view here in Phang Nga Bay is the limestone cliffs that jut vertically out from the tranquil emerald green water. Rich in flora and fauna, this place defines paradise. Soak in the grandeur of the beautiful Phan Nga bay and relax in the lap of nature. Make sure you don’t miss this blissful place and rejuvenate your senses.
One of the most important temples oh Phuket and visited by thousands every year, the Wat Chalong temple is decorated beautifully with intricate glass pieces that show a gazillion reflections. The Wat Chalong temple hosts country fairs on special holidays where you get to see the local flavors and you can dig in on about any Thai snack to your hearts content. A visit to Phuket is incomplete if you haven’t seen this beautiful temple.
Simon Cabaret Shows
Established as the best professional cabaret show in Phuket, the Simon Cabaret Shows are known for its extravagance and the drop dead beauty of ladymans. With outstanding design of the set, beautiful costumes, and glamorous performers, the cabaret shows are one of the main Phuket attractions. Featuring truly modern and traditional acts from around the world in additional languages and English, this show is a must see to finish the evening with a zing.
Chalong Bay Rum Distillery
Take a tour of the Chalong Bay Distillery to know the origin, history and popularity of rum. Producing high end white rum, a tour to this place will surely whet your appetite. Your tour typically starts by taking a look at how the rum is produced followed by the packaging process. The final and the best part of this trip is where you will learn how to make different cocktails at the cocktail workshop and then sample the cocktails and relax.
Phuket Town Weekend Night Market
Located a little away from the Phuket town, this market also known by the locals as Naka market is a night market where you will find all sort of colorful products such as animals, fruits, clothes, and old curiosities. A popular place to shop both among the locals and tourists alike, afternoon is the best time to visit if you want to avoid the crowd. This market offers some of the best known street food that is both tasty and super economical on your pocket. Don’t forget to try the buttered golden corn on the cob.
Thai Cooking Class
Now this is one thing you must try whether or not you like to cook and are just a foodie. When you eat the local delicacies in Phuket, you will notice that the version of the Thai food you have eaten in your country is different. It somehow lacks the authenticity of being a Thai food. Taking a Thai cooking class will ensure that you pick up the right ingredients and hone your skills to get that authentic taste of Thai cuisine at your home. There are many place in Phuket that offers morning, afternoon, or packages for whole day where you will pick the veggies from the market and eat what you have cooked.
Form water sports to traditional attractions and modern touristy affairs; Phuket has everything to make you fall in love with it. So, wait no more, pack your bags and head to Phuket today!