Phuket is endowed with stunning golden sand beaches, colourful shore line stuffed with shacks, colorful chairs and umbrellas, thrilling water sports, amusement shows and mind blowing night life. The Thai city ranks pretty high among the popular holiday destinations when it comes to parameters like tourist-friendly, accommodations, basic amenities and accessibility — thus ensuring delightful and enthralling holiday.
For them, who are already convinced about Phuket as their next holiday destination and for those who are yet to finalise, here is a catalogue of amazing places to visit in Phuket.
1. Patong Beach: The Colourful Shoreline
Patong beach is the lifeline of Phuket town. It, certainly, is one of the most happening beaches in Phuket, and hence a top contender among amazing places to visit in Phuket. The hemispherical golden sand beach is vibrant and dotted with cafes, shacks and pubs. It offers plenty of enthralling water sports and the surrounding cliffs with crystal clear water. The shining sand adds up to the glamor of the seashore.
The charges for each watersport are different. Parasailing costs INR 1,500 for 10 minutes. Prices are high and one can negotiate hard!
Things to do: Sunbathing, snorkelling, swimming, jet skiing, hobie cat sailing, parasailing and banana boat ride.
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2. Karon Viewpoint: Bay through a Bird’s Eye
Located between Nai Harn and Kata Noi beaches, Karon Viewpoint is one of the popular tourist spots in Phuket. The viewpoint offers stunning view of three beaches — Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon. It is also known as Khao Saam Haad. The place is often crowded with tourists busy taking amazing photographs. Moreover there are small eateries serving tea and snacks offering some respite from scorching sun.
Don’t miss: View the stunning Andaman Sea and take splendid photographs of glistening blue sea, snow-white sea, shining beaches, an outlandish island – Koh Pu and lush green hills of Phuket.
3. Koh Panyee – The Floating Village
Koh Panyee is a small, traditional Thai village, It is one of the significant places to see in Phuket. Location of Koh Panyee is quite interesting — in the middle of Phang Nga Bay. The place is always crowded with travel groups, so if you want to have the actual feel of the village, reach early on any given day.
Don’t miss: Explore the village, try mouth-watering local food at various seafood restaurants and some retail therapy at stalls selling knick-knacks.
4. Phi Phi Island – The Picture Postcard Destination
Cruising for nearly an hour in the Andaman Sea will take you to this picturesque island – Phi Phi, one of the amazing places to visit in Phuket. The surrounding beauty is mesmerising, the bluish-green water is absolutely see-through and the sizzling beaches are extremely alluring.
Phi Phi is the most glamorous and happening islands in Thailand. It is among the ideal places to visit in Phuket for honeymoon. Phi Phi can be accessed via daily cruises from Phuket. Just remember that stay options are limited.
Things to do: Snorkeling, surfing, swimming, sunbathing and diving in Shark Point, Anemone Reef and the King Cruiser Wreck. People mostly wish to spend the day on the beach with a beer or drink, relaxing and building sand castles.
5. James Bond Island – Now the Filmy Way
Located in Phang Nga National Park, James Bond Island displays excellent profile of karst (limestone) topography. One can see and explore picturesque stalactites, stalagmites, pillars and helictites here. It was formerly known as Khao Phing Kan. Then in 1974, the island was featured in a couple of James Bond movies like Tomorrow Never Dies and The Man with the Golden Gun — hence the popular name of the island. Since then, it has become one of the popular tourist places to visit in Phuket. Quite filmy!
Things to do: Swimming, kayaking, sailing and exploring the karst topography.
6. Kata Noi Beach – Serenity by the Sea
Kata Noi is a less crowded, not so popular, serene beach in southern Phuket. This secluded bay is mostly visited by people for relaxing and enjoying the stunning view of the sea and shore. Kata Noi is a tranquil place and its romantic backdrop has made it one of the ideal places to visit in Phuket for couples.
Things to do: Nothing much to do besides spending leisure time, swimming and snorkelling. Avoid swimming during monsoon season (May to October).
7. Rang Hill – The City from a Height
Located in the northern side of Phuket, Rang Hill is a famous viewing area with magnificent views of the entire island, of a surrounding island, of hills, of greenish-blue sea and of Big Buddha statue. The upland comprises of a well-designed park with play area for children, few restaurants and bars, a fitness zone and a fascinating terrace. People visit this viewing area to have a splendid view of the city, especially post sunset – to see the dazzling city lights.
Don’t miss: Experience the bird’s eye view of Phuket city, eat out at the well-appreciated Tungka Café and Phuket View Restaurant.
8. Old Phuket Town – The Colonia Charisma
The old Phuket town with its century old traditional houses, streets and urban infrastructure, takes you way back to the colonial era. If that sort of charms you, it is certainly one of the not-to-be-missed places to visit in Phuket. The houses built in Sino-Portuguese fashion, colourful walls, narrow streets, quaint café, bakeries and small eateries together augment the lure of the ancient township.
Don’t miss: Explore Buddhist and Chinese temples, abandoned mansions and public museums like Thai Hua Museum. Take a walk along the Soi Romanee Street to see the sino-Portuguese style shop houses. Do not miss the Thalang Road for retail therapy. This road is lined with small boutique shops and outlets.
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9. Big Buddha – Blessings from above
Big Buddha is one of the significant milestones of Phuket. Located atop Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata, this 45 m tall statue overlooks Phuket Town, Kata, Karon beaches and Chalong Bay. The statue is made of white marble and is among a must visit while sightseeing in Phuket.
Don’t miss: Enjoy the bird’s eye view of the Phuket town and surrounding bays and explore the museum of history of this Big Buddha.
Opening Hours: 8 am to 7:30 pm
Entry Fee: INR 550 for adults, and INR 275 for children
10. Wat Chalong – Vibrancy of Buddhism
Wat Chalong is one of the oldest and most prime Buddhist temple of Phuket — built as early as 19th century. This large and visually fascinating temple, originally known as Wat Chai Tararam, is dedicated to two abbots. The present structure is a 60 m long Chedi(stupa) guarding a chip of Buddha’s bone.
Don’t’ miss: Poh Than Jao and Nonsi – the two most significant golden Buddhist statues, the gilt-covered statue of Luang Poh Cham, Luang Pho Chuang and Luang Poh Gleum – ex-abbots of the temple and splendid wall paintings depicting the life history of Buddha cannot be missed.
Opening hours: 7 am to 5 pm
11. Fantasea – Dance, Drama, Magic
Fantasea is a cultural show which demonstrates the cultural heritage and true essence of Thailand. The charm and vibrancy of Thailand is showcased with music, dance performances, drama, lavishly decorated stage and digitally enriched special effects. Fantasea is a cultural premises sprawling over 140 acres. The show is known as Fantasy of a Kingdom. The cultural complex here consists of a plethora of activities, fun games and adventure rides, themed villages, souvenir shops and a grand restaurant that can offer buffet dinner to almost 4,000 people.
Don’t miss: Fantasy of a Kingdom – The extravagant melodrama, Tiger Jungle Adventure, Hanuman’s Lair, Carnival Village, hoping Street, Golden Kenmare Buffet Restaurant and Suriyamas Seafood Buffet Restaurant.
Opening hours: Gates open at 8:45 pm, but the show starts at 9 pm every day. Duration of the show is 70 minutes. Buffet dinner starts from 6 pm and goes till 9 pm every day.
Entry fee: There are two types of tickets – shows with buffet dinner cost INR 4,050 for adults and INR 3,700 for children. Shows without dinner costs INR 3315 for adults and children both. Children below 4 years of age are not provided separate seats.
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12. Soi Bangla Road – Go crazy this night!
The first thing that comes in mind when you hear Phuket is its nightlife. The dazzling after sunset scene of Phuket is famous worldwide. One of the important places to visit in Phuket, it is the lifeline that sparkles in the evening. The linear stretch becomes alive with glowing neon sparkles, loud party music, numerous not-so-expensive resto pubs and attractive girls. Shopkeepers and bar workers distributing pamphlets and brochures of different shows and performances is common sight. Leave your kids back at the hotel, as it is not an appropriate place for the little ones.
Don’t miss: Take a walk along the Soi Bangla Road to get a feel of it and enjoy a drink or two at famous pubs like D Club, Money Night and Moulin Rouge.
Opening hours: After sunset
13. Simon Cabaret – Get dazzled!
This is a special transvestite cabaret show by the world famous ‘ladyboys’. The performances are extravagant, dazzling and in harmony with melodious music. The talented ladyboys with their perfect body, pretty faces and outstanding skill make the show mesmerising.
Don’t miss: Gorgeous get-ups, dazzling set up and stage décor, tech savvy sound system and the splendid dramatic concerts.
Opening hours: Simon Cabaret Show can be seen every day. There are three show times: 6 pm, 7:45 pm and 9:30 pm.
Entry Fee: INR 1290 onwards
14. Chalong Bay Rum Distillery – Rum-azing Experience
Chalong Bay Rum Distillery is located close to Phuket Zoo and is an important tourist place of the city. The world-class white rum produced in this manufacturing unit is world famous. The distillery tour allows tourists to experience the various stages of rum production and tasting them. Complete bliss! For more details, see their website.
Don’t miss: The cocktail workshop where people can actually get hands-on training. One can also enjoy some relaxing drink at the distillery bar.
Opening hours: The distillery tour is for 30 minutes. The hourly tours start from 2 pm to 6 pm. The bar stays open from 10 am to 8:30 pm. Closed on Sunday.
Entry Fee: INR 555 for distillery tour and 2,210 for the cocktail workshop with 4 participants. For workshop, prior booking is mandatory.
15. La Moet- Day Cruise – Perfect Day at Sea
La Moet is a popular day cruise starting from Phuket, and encompassing beautiful sights of the translucent sea, mesmerising surroundings and rocky cliffs. It is an escape from urban chores of Phuket city, amidst of fresh air.
Don’t miss: Sunbathing at the deck, enjoy the surrounding sceneries along panoramic ocean views and view the amazing beauty of sunset.
Opening hours: Cruise starts at 9 am every day.
Entry fee: INR 6,445 for adult and INR 3,225 for kids
Hope, this ready reckoner of sightseeing in Phuket will help you plan the trip. Let us know, if there is something more that we should add to it.
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