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 at any time of the year.

There’s no end to the

things to do in Phuket

. With amazing warmth and impeccable hospitality, the local people beckon tourists to see Phuket attractions and enjoy its best things to do.

1. 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 visits. 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.

How to reach: Local buses and tuk-tuks are the economical ways of reaching Old Phuket Town. You can also rent a bike or car if money is not an issue.

2. Big Buddha

Big Buddha

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.

How to reach: Tuk-tuks are the best way to reach Big Buddha. Do not forget to ask the driver to wait for you outside. You can also rent a bike or a car. If you love hiking, you can also hike up to the top from Karon Beach. But the path is a bit difficult, so choose this method only if you are a seasoned hiker.

3. James Bond Island

James Bond Island

Have a list of sight-seeing in Phuket? Make sure that you have this island on it. It was 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 with the backdrop of blue waters is beautiful beyond words. Apart from exploring the island, you can always enjoy delicious flat dry squid to satiate your hunger pangs. The squids are a specialty of the island.

How to reach: The best way to reach James Bond Island is by ferry. You can also opt for a long tail boat to go to the island.

4. Rang Hill

rang hill phuket

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.

How to reach: Driving from Old Phuket Town to Rang Hill takes around 10 minutes. You will find enough parking spaces up the hill. If you have some time and do not mind walking, you can hike up the hill.

5. Phang Nga Bay

phang nga bay phuket

One of the most beautiful views here in Phang Nga Bay is the limestone cliffs that jut vertically out from the tranquil emerald green waters. 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.

How to reach: You can reach Phang Nga Bay by both bus and ferry.

6. Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong phuket

Wat Chalong is one of the most important temples in Phuket and is 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 heart’s content. A visit to Phuket is incomplete if you haven’t seen this beautiful temple.

How to reach: The fastest way to reach Wat Chalong is by road. You can either drive yourself or take a cab. You can also travel by train to reach the place.

7. 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 ladymen. With the 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.

How to reach: The cheapest way to reach this place is by bus. You can also take a tuk-tuk or taxi. It is 7 minutes away from Patong area.

8. Chalong Bay Rum Distillery

Take a tour of the Chalong Bay Distillery to learn about the origin, history, and popularity of rum. Producing high-end white rum, a tour of 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.

How to reach: There is no public transportation available to this place. It is best to hire a taxi or a private vehicle to this place. Many tours also include the distillery in their itinerary.

9. Phuket Town Weekend Night Market


Located a little away from Phuket town, this market, also known by the locals as Naka market, is a night market where you will find all sorts of colorful products such as animals, fruits, clothes, and old curiosities. A popular place to shop both among the locals and tourists alike, the 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 for your pocket. Don’t forget to try the buttered golden corn on the cob.

How to reach: Taking a taxi or a tuk-tuk is the best way to reach this night market.

10. Thai Cooking Class


Now, this is one thing you must try whether you like to cook or not 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 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 places in Phuket that offer morning, afternoon, or packages for the whole day where you will pick the veggies from the market and eat what you have cooked.

How to reach: This will depend on where your cooking class is located. Most places in Phuket are well connected by buses. If you are unsure, it is best to take a taxi or tuk-tuk.

11. Phi Phi Islands


Phi Phi Islands have become quite popular among tourists mostly because of its appearance in the movies. And, what’s not to like? The islands are home to the most gorgeous white sand beaches, clear blue waters, and breathtaking landscapes. Maya Bay, Phi Phi Viewpoint, Phi Phi Islands Marine National Park, and The Viking Caves are a few of the things to see here. You can also enjoy kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and island hopping. You can also be a part of some amazing beach parties here. While a day trip from Phuket is possible, it is best to spend at least a couple of days on Phi Phi Islands to enjoy its beauty to the fullest.

How to reach: The easiest way is to take a ferry from Phuket. Speed boats are also a good option if you would like to add some thrill to your trip.

12. Andamanda Phuket Water Park

When you are tired of all the sightseeing and partying, head over to Andamanda Phuket Water Park for some fun time. This is not just a regular water park. It is true that Andamanda Water Park has all the makings of a state-of-the-art water park. But what makes it different is that the theme of the water park is based on Thai culture and heritage. The architecture of the place blends Thai architecture with the Sino-Portuguese heritage of Phuket. Plus, this water park has some amazing slides, pools, and attractions for people of all ages. Aquadrop, Flowrider Double, Aqualoop, Bubba Tub, Aquatube, Boomerango, Rolling Ripples, and Racing Nagas are a few of the rides to checkout.

How to reach: You can reach Andamanda Phuket Water Park via metered taxi, Tuk-Tuk, and motorcycle taxi.

13. The Upside Down House

The Upside Down House is one of the most unique attractions in Dubai and is called Bann Teelanka in Thai. As the name suggests, this house museum is upside down, with the roof at the base and the base where the roof is supposed to be. So, you enter through the roof into the attic and climb up to the base. You will find all the furniture, paintings, and accessories arranged upside down. This quirky museum is the perfect place to click some amazing pictures to adorn your social media page. This is a great family-friendly attraction in Phuket.

How to Reach: You can reach the place by taking a public bus. But if you

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From 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!

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A free spirited girl who loves to eat and talk about street food. During spare time, she loves to read, travel, and experiment with ingredients in kitchen, while cherishing those moments by chronicling them.

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