Did you know that Phuket, one of the most popular islands in Thailand, is almost as big as Singapore?! It's no wonder there are so many things to do while visiting. Here are my top suggestions on how to spend your time in Phuket.
P.S. Want to know where to stay in Phuket? Check out this guide
Beach Hop All Day
Instead of spending your day at the most crowded beaches in Phuket, hire a motorbike (or car) instead and drive around the island. There are so many hidden beaches to explore it won't be hard to find something more secluded. I've heard Banana Beach is the most beautiful.
Most don't think of Phuket as the ideal location to waterfall chase but they have quite a few beautiful ones! The best waterfalls I've heard of in Phuket include: Bang Pae Waterfall, Lampi Waterfall, Sri Phang Nga National Park, Tonsai Waterfall, Kathu Waterfall, and Ton Prai Waterfall.
One of the scariest things I have ever done in my life, and 100% worth it. Bungee jumping in Phuket is very safe, the owners of the jump are Australian and New Zealand. I did a single jump alone and then a tandem jump with Matt! Book your jump here.
Party on Bangla Road
I am not a huge partier and even I thought Bangla road looked really fun. Tons of bars, clubs, and discos line the street. All have amazing drink specials.
Take an Island Hopping Tour
One of the top things to do in Phuket is join a tour that takes you to several islands in one day. Most will also include snorkeling or kayaking. Make sure you pick one that includes Phang Nga Bay (also known as James Bond Island) the most popular island in the area.
Check out the Viewpoints
Since Phuket is so mountainous it has quite a few viewpoints to check out. The most popular is Karon View Point, it will be the most crowded but it has by far the best view. Other viewpoints to check out include: Ya Nui Viewpoint, Khao Rang Hill, Radar Hill Viewpoint and Kata Noi Viewpoint.
Phuket's Big Buddha
Phuket buddha statue is big, really big. Situated on the peak of Mt. Nagakerd in Karon, you can enjoy 360 degree views of south Phuket Island.
Watch Sunset from Promthep Cape
Promthep Cape near Rawai Beach is a popular spot to catch an epic sunset. Grab a motorbike or taxi and take in the sky as it turns pink, orange, and purple. There is also a lighthouse and a Buddhist shrine you can visit nearby.
Visit Phuket's Old Town
Book a walking tour and learn all about what made Phuket so popular. Hint: it wasn't the beaches.
Take a Cooking Class
One of the more popular things to do anywhere in Thailand is taking a cooking class. You can't leave the country without learning how to make some of it's famous dishes. We took a class at Pum Thai Restaurant and it was such a great experience.
Visit James Bond Island
If you do one thing while in Phuket, let it be this. James Bond Island or (Phang Nga Bay) is one of the most popular islands in the region (and the world). We took a combined tour that included snorkeling, kayaking, and visiting several islands.
Phuket has some amazing places to dive to. There are many dive centers all around Phuket so don't worry too much about booking ahead of time.
This should be a good start to plan your days. If I am missing anything exciting let me know in the comments below!
One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a guidebook along with you. I always use Lonely Planet's pocket guides since they fit in my ...... pocket.
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