Top Things to Do in Phuket

Top Things to Do in Phuket

By Chris QuanUpdated Jan. 25, 2022

Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, with a wide area of about 540 square kilometres. It is located about 862 kilometers south from Bangkok. Nowadays, approximately thirty-five thousand tourists visit every day.

Begin with the must-visit beaches in Phuket like Khao Lak, Patong, and Bang Tao to enjoy the fascinating natural scenery as well as snorkelling, scuba-diving, and other water sports. It takes at least 3 days to explore the main activities in Phuket. It is the right choice destination for you to visit with friends, your partner, or family.


  • Take a visit to famous Phi Phi Island where Leonardo Di Caprio filmed "The Beach".
  • Beside beaches, you can explore some fantastic caves and lagoons in Phang Nga Bay by canoe or sea-kayak.
  • Take a visit to the largest Buddha statue and enjoy an incredible 360-degree view of the southern Part of Phuket Island.
  • Walk around the markets to find some local souvenirs, eat some local street food, or simply just to have a stroll and discover what is offered.
  • Spend an unforgettable night to enjoy magic entertainment in Phuket FantaSea, close to Kamala Beach.
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Relax on the Beaches

There are many things you can do to relax and enjoy the stunning beaches in Phuket. From north to south, each beach has its own excellence and beauty.

Khao Lak is well-known as a departure point for live-aboard scuba-diving trips to the Similan Islands. It is a quiet and unspoiled beach which has all the best parts of a deserted island escape. It is a suitable place to enjoy the sand, waves, and sun with your loved ones.

Patong Beach is suitable for young tourists who love to try many water sports like jet skiing, wind surfing, and parasailing. In the evening, you can enjoy the famous nightlife on Bang La Road.

Bangtao Beach is a place where you can enjoy many luxurious resorts and villas, like one of Asia's largest resort complexes, called Laguna Phuket.

Cruising at Phang Nga Bay

Recommended length of visit: one day

Phang Nga Bay is a major tourist destination at where you can enjoy a leisurely day trip, cruising through the dramatic limestone islands and occasionally stop to enjoy quiet beaches. Cruising around James Bond Island, having a seafood feast for lunch in Koh Panyee, sea-kayaking in Koh Panak and Koh Hong, are highly recommended on the list of things to do at Phang Nga Bay.

Koh Tapu, which means Nail Island, is also called James Bond Island since it was made famous by the James Bond movie 'The Man With The Golden Gun' in 1974. The entire area surrounding this island, with its signature rocky pinnacles, is indeed spectacular.

Koh Panyee is a remarkable small island where you can enjoy the scenery of hundreds of huts, shacks, restaurants and villagers' houses, built on stilts over the surrounding shallow sea.

Both, Koh Panak and Koh Hong, are surrounded by wonderful scenery. It is perfect to explore the beautiful limestone cliffs and stalactites by sea-kayak, paddling through caves into the mysterious hearts of islands.

Itinerary :

08.00-10.00 : Hotel pick-up in Phuket
10.00-10.30 : Gather at Ao Po Pier and get ready to leave for a cruise
10.30-12.30 : Cruising to James Bond Island
12.30-13.30 : Have a seafood lunch in Koh Panyee
13.30-14.00 : Sightseeing and shopping in Koh Panyee
14.00-15.00 : Cruising to Koh Hong and Koh Panak
15.00-17.00 : Enjoy sea-kayaking and explore caves in Koh Hong and Koh Panak
17.00-18.00 : Cruise back to Ao Po Pier
18.00-19.00 : Have dinner at a restaurant near Ao Po Pier
19.00-21.00 : Head back to your Hotel in Phuket

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Rock Climbing on Phi Phi Island

Recommended length of visit: one day

Phi Phi Island, Pearl of Andaman, has become famous since Leonardo Di Caprio's filming "The Beach" in 2000. One of the world's best-known for its natural beauty and voted to be Thailand's and Asia'a premier holiday destination for travelers from all over the world.

Besides being known for its crystal-clear water for snorkeling and scuba-diving, rock climbing on the stunning limestone cliffs is also one of the interesting activities to do there. There are several rock climbing spots based on location and level of difficulty. For example, Tonsai Tower, a 200 meter tall limestone tower, which is suitable for beginner climbers.

Trekking and Visiting the Big Buddha

Recommended length of visit: half a day

The Big Buddha is located on the Nakkerd Hills - between Kata and Chalong - at the southwestern tip of Phuket, facing the east side of Phang Nga Bay and the Andaman Sea, so it can be seen from many places in Phuket. The Buddha is made from white Burmese marble and sparkles elegantly in the sun.

From the top of the hill you are able to get the best 360-degree panoramic view of the island. This place is very quiet apart from the sound of dharma music and some little bells.

There are two Buddha images, the smaller one is 12 meters high and the giant one is 45 meters high. Developing the Big Buddha required a lot of money, so tourists can donate bricks, tiles, or stones to the Buddha statue, according to their wishes.

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Experience a Fascinating Phuket FantaSea Show and Dinner

Recommended length of visit: half a day

The FantaSea Show is the biggest all-in-one entertainment in Phuket in a 140-acre cultural theme park. The complex is filled with a carnival village with a variety of games, handicraft stalls, and hundreds of dancers, as well as elephants, tigers, and various other types of animals.

Inspired by Thailand's rich and exotic heritage, elegant and talented dancers present an award winning, spectacular performance that tells about Thailand's traditions, myths and mysteries. The stunning Las Vegas style theater show is full of charm and beauty, with the latest technology of special effects.

Enjoy a dinner experience at The Golden Kinnaree, the biggest buffet restaurant in Asia with 4000 seats, offering both, fascinating royal Thai and international food, served by 200 staff. There are two kinds of packages with different prices that you can choose from: Show ticket only or show and buffet ticket. Make sure you will have this amazing experience with your family.

Learning Authentic Thai Cooking

Recommended length of visit: half a day

Take a Thai cooking class when you visit Phuket. This is a great choice for you who love the exotic flavours of authentic Thai food and want to learn the secrets of it. The knowledge of Thai cooking is the best souvenir you can bring home to share with loved ones and reminisce of your holiday experience in Phuket.

A cooking class includes a market tour to choose fresh and natural ingredients, as well as fruit carving, an authentic Thai recipe guide, and a certificate of achievement. You will learn about ingredients, preparation, techniques and the all-important balance of flavours from an experienced chef.

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Enjoying a Street Food Tour at the Night Market

Recommended length of visit: half a day

Night markets in Phuket are always fun, intense, colorful, surprising, and fascinating. Some of the night markets only open on Fridays, some only on Sundays, some the whole weekends. Naka Market, Lard Yai, and Chillva Night Market are the most recommended night markets in Phuket.

They have a fresh smell of the exotic street food and are a great place to have your dinner, shop for cheap souvenirs in cool comfort, sometimes accompanied by street performances and music. You can taste many kinds of authentic, tasty Thai foods like pad thai, papaya salad, grilled chicken, pork satay, and thai milk tea at affordable prices.

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