23 Amazing Things To Do In Phuket For 2023!

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Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and is a tropical paradise that attracts millions of tourists every year. Needless to say, there are plenty of things to do in Phuket to keep any traveler busy!

Although known for its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and access to Thailand’s most beautiful islands, Phuket offers a plethora of activities that cater to all kinds of travelers.

chairs and umbrellas on the sand

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking for adventure or a culture enthusiast seeking to learn more about Thailand’s rich heritage, Phuket has something for everyone.

In this guide, we’ve pieced together some of our top attractions in Phuket, from exploring ancient temples and sampling local delicacies to island-hopping.

So if you’re not sure what to do in Phuket, get ready to pack your bags and embark on an unforgettable journey to this exotic destination!

Planning your trip to Phuket last-minute?

Don’t forget to plan ahead when visiting Phuket! Here are some of the top tours, hotels, and useful items you may need before your trip!

Top Experiences and Tours in Phuket

  1. Visit the Elephant Sanctuary in Phuket (a must for animal lovers!)
  2. A day trip to the Phi Phi Islands (see the iconic Maya Bay!)
  3. Watch the Simon Cabaret Show (an unmissable thing to do at night)

Top Accommodation and Hotels in Phuket

  1. Amari Phuket, Patong Beach (luxury resort, near the nightlife but away from the noise)
  2. Ozo Phuket, Kata Beach (a quiet resort, excellent for couples)
  3. Pullman Phuket, Karon Beach (excellent location, ideal for families)

Is Phuket Worth Visiting?

freedom beach with rocks and palm trees

There are many reasons why Phuket is worth visiting, but for me I think Phuket is the most accessible of Thailand’s island destinations in Southeast Asia.

It’s also the gateway to a great many of the world famous beaches in Thailand, national parks and islands that come to mind when you think of Thailand.

Phuket island has a rich cultural history, especially in Phuket Town where I live. The locals there, they live at a more ‘traditional pace’ and there are many beautiful examples of Chinese Shrines and Temples.

You are seriously spoiled for choice for food options in Phuket with probably a greater variety of cuisines than anywhere else in Thailand, outside of Bangkok of course, from hawker stands, beach vendors, local noodle shops, great Thai and Seafood restaurants right up to the finest International Dining.

While the beaches and blue skies are a major draw, I think it is the range of activities on offer that makes Phuket such a great all round destination.

You’ve got famous island excursions, world class snorkeling and dive trips, boat trips, elephant sanctuaries, trekking, jungle safaris, world class golf courses, cooking classes, scuba diving, traditional Thai massage, cabaret shows, go-carting, water parks, shooting ranges.

Things to Do in Phuket

Now you know why you should add Phuket to your Thailand bucket list, it’s time to show you what to do in Phuket for any visitor!

1. Check out the Beaches

umbrellas and beach chairs on a beach

Phuket boasts of some of the world’s best beaches. The beaches of Phuket are renowned for their crystal-clear waters, white sands, and stunning views.

Whether you’re looking for adventurous water sports to relaxing beachside massages, the beaches of Phuket cater to all kinds of visitors.

Some of the must-visit beaches in Phuket include Patong Beach which is known for its parasailing and jet ski experiences in the day, and wild nightlife after sunset.

Some quieter beaches are Ao Yon, Cape Panwa, Banana Beach, Nai Harn Beach, Freedom Beach, Paradise Beach and some completely deserted beaches are Mai Khao and Layan Beach.

Some other popular beaches you might want to check out are…

Kalim Bay

At the northern end, this Phuket beach has become the ultra-hip place to hangout and you will find the trendiest bars and restaurants along this stretch of coastline.

Kata Beach and Karon Beach

A sunset over a body of water

For a more Phuket laid back scene I’d recommend Kata and Karon Beaches as some of the best beaches in Phuket.

There is still enough going on here to keep you interested and the beaches are some of the very best on the island.

There are also some amazing viewpoints nearby such as Karon Viewpoint, which you can visit by motorbike, car or Tuk Tuk.

beach chairs on karon beach
Karon Beach

Cherng Talay

Another area I like is Cherng Talay. It is a couple of beaches up from Patong and generally caters for a more discerning clientele in the high end resorts of Surin and Bangtao beaches, and of course the massive Laguna Complex of resorts.

Cherng Talay is a good place to rent a villa or apartment and it is a popular place with expats. The pace of life is very relaxed here and there are some great international restaurants, bars and beach clubs.

Singh Beach

If you rent a motorbike or car while you are here, I’d recommend trying to find Laem Singh Beach. It is accessible by some very steep steps and is a very laid back bay with fantastic snorkeling around the rocks on the beach and has a great, relaxed vibe.

2. Check Out the Big Buddha

a large statue of a buddha
Photo credit: Trip Advisor

Sat on his mountaintop is always awe-inspiring, it is huge and can be spotted from most places in the south of the island.

It is even more impressive from the top and there are some brilliant viewpoints all the way up the mountain, not just from the summit.

3. Visit The Vibrant and Chaotic Phuket Night Markets

Stretch all the way along the beach road and just about every available space in-between.

Browsing the colourful stalls of handmade crafts, souvenirs, clothes and dubious counterfeit items is an experience that is integral to travel in Asia and they don’t come much more full on than in Patong.

4. Take in the Colorful Nightlife in Phuket

Patong has an infamous reputation for it’s ‘colorful’ nightlife and everyone should experience the beer bars, discos and go-go bars of Soi Bangla (the main strip) at least once in their life.

5. Visit Wat Chalong

a temple

The Wat, or temple, is one of the most recognizable symbols of Thailand and Wat Chalong is a shining example.

It is the largest temple in Phuket and is richly decorated with beautiful colours and countless images of Buddha and icons from Thai and Buddhist mythology.

6. Explore Phuket Old Town

Street in the Portugese style Romani in Phuket Town. Also called Chinatown or the old town. BANNER, LONG FORMAT

Old Town Phuket is a great place to be and really gives you a glimpse of what life was like on the island 100’s of years ago when the Chinese and Europeans arrived and started mining for tin.

There are many stunning examples of Sino-Portuguese architecture and Chinese shop houses, which are still to this day operating as traditional textiles, gold and printing businesses.

Nowadays, they are also home to quaint cafes and coffee shops, clothes boutiques and some lovely restaurants, guesthouses and local bars.

7. Dine at La Gaetana

In Phuket Town, a restaurant called La Gaetana is great fun and completely eccentric, serving the best in Italian and International cuisine.

There are only about 5 tables in the place, which is a good job as the ‘very’ personalized service from the Italian Owner is exceptional, including him personally adding the finishing touches to desserts at your table, custom made wine decanters and shawls for the ladies if they feel a slight chill from the air conditioning.

8. Have a Drink at The Brasserie, Phuket Town

I really like the Brasserie in Phuket Town. It is owned by a Belgian Family and has an amazing selection of Belgian Beers and a really cool European vibe going on.

The food there is excellent and it has a separate oyster and champagne bar, which I haven’t seen anywhere else.

9. Catch a Sunset on the West Coast

rocky headland of Promthep Cape with islands

Phuket has some amazing sunsets which can be seen from many viewpoints on the island’s west coast. A popular sunset spot is Promthep Cape, which is the southernmost point of the island and overlooks the ocean.

The Big Buddha is another popular sunset spot because of it’s scenic views.

If you want to avoid the crowds, the coolest place to enjoy a sunset cocktail with the other hipsters is Catch Beach Club on Surin Beach, where you can lounge about on comfy sofas listening to dubby beats and chilled out electronica, although it will set you back a few Thai Baht for the privilege.

Another popular spot is the ridge behind Kata Noi Beach and have stunning views over the Andaman sea, great seafood and a continuous stream of Bob Marley. It is easy to see why this is a popular, chilled out place to enjoy the famous Phuket sunsets.

10. Check Out Phuket Vegetarian Festival

The most bizarre experience I have ever witnessed in my life, bar none, is the Phuket Vegetarian Festival.

Don’t be fooled by the gentle sounding name, as this festival is more famous for its blood soaked, death defying acts than it is for it’s vegetarian food.

Spirit mediums in a state of trance cleans the soul by climbing ladders with rungs made of knives, walk barefoot across hot coals, perform brutal acts of self-mortification, piercing their bodies with hooks, skewers and various other sharp objects.

Some of the weirdest I have seen are cheeks pierced with AK 47 barrels and the long poles attached to ceiling fans.

The whole 9-day festival is accompanied by incessant rapid-fire explosions and clouds of smoke from Chinese Fire Crackers and is a full-on assault of the senses that leaves you wondering if you have in fact crossed over into a different realm along with the spirit mediums.

11. Visit During Songkran Festival, Phuket

people getting water thrown on them at Songkran

One festival that you cannot miss is the Songkran Festival in April, which marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year.

It is basically the world’s biggest water fight and is probably the most childish fun you will ever have in your life.

The place to go for this is Bangla Road on Patong Beach. You can expect water fights and festivities to take place for three days of fun – all day and all night!

Be sure to visit the Jui Tui Shrine during Songkran, which is an ancient Chinese shrine dedicated to the God of Water.

12. Take Part in the Lantern Festival, Loi Kratong (Festival of Lights)

Loi Kratong or ‘Festival of Lights’ is one of the most important and traditional festivals in the Thai calendar, representing the close bond between Thai culture.

Loi means to ‘float’ and ‘kratong’ is a small lotus shaped float, traditionally made out of the trunk of a banana tree and decorated with folded banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense sticks.

It is a very beautiful and serene occasion that happens in November as thousands of these small candle lit boats float gently out onto the water and fire lanterns light up the whole of the night sky.

13. Take a Boat Tour to Maya Bay and the Phi Phi Islands

aerial view of Maya-Bay

Maya Bay is the most popular Island Tour from Phuket and is world famous as the location of the utopian beach in the movie The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio.

I recommend visiting in the Low Season as the bay is overrun with boats and tourists in Peak Season and loses some of it’s appeal.

Plus, in the Low Season, Maya Bay can only be accessed via the back entrance due to the heavy tides and this only adds to the adventure. The boat takes you into a small lagoon where you transfer to a canoe and paddle over to a spider web rope net attached to the side of a small rock face.

After that, you walk through a small jungle to arrive on the beach in much the same way the characters did in the movie. This way, you get to experience the same impact of this beautiful bay with its’ towering limestone cliffs as they did in the film.

14. Take a Boat Tour of Phang Nga Bay

rock cliffs in the coean

Surrounding the north and eastern coast of Phuket, is a magical place of such breathtaking natural beauty that James Bond Villain Scaramanga opted to build his secret hideout amongst the limestone outcrops and tiny islands, in the classic film The Man With The Golden Gun.

You can visit James Bond Island by boat and depending on your tour itinerary you can also enjoy island hopping in the stunning bay, snorkeling, lunch at a floating Muslim fishing village, Koh Panyee, and sea kayaking through spectacular limestone sea caves (hongs).

15. Take a Boat Tour to Raya Island, Koh Khai and Coral Islands

a canoe in water

There are many beautiful islands close by to Phuket, which are less than a 30 mins boat ride away.

For a group of people (and depending on your budget), I’d recommend chartering a private Longtail boat, speedboat or maybe something even grander from Chalong, Rawai or Laem Ka beach.

Agree your own Phuket itinerary with your captain, but I especially like for snorkeling, swimming and beautiful white sand beaches.

16. Take a Day Trip to the Similan Islands National Park

a beach with rocks in it and boats

The most stunning island tour I have ever been on is to the Similan Islands National Park. It takes a little longer to get to The Similan Islands than it does on some of the other island tours, about 3 hours, but it is well worth the extra journey time.

The snorkeling and dive sites in this area are amongst the Top 10 Dive sites on the entire planet and the natural rock formations and jungle scenery are spectacular.

17. Eat the Local Street Food

plate of chicken satay
Thai street food

It is inexpensive, delicious and generally speaking you shouldn’t experience any major problems with food poisoning.

BBQ corn on the cob on the beach is fantastic, especially when accompanied by a fresh fruit shake and bbq chicken. Will set you back less than 120 THB.

Naka Weekend Market on the outskirts of Phuket Town is a great place to find street food and also shop for souvenirs. The prices are generally cheaper than at the markets in Patong, but you still have to bring your best bartering skills with you.

Many of the products here come from Bangkok.

If you want to try Thai street food but not ready to eat off the street, I don’t think you can do much better than Natural Restaurant in Phuket Town.

It’s a rickety wooden, traditional Thai shack with an eclectic jumble of plants, waterfalls, fishponds and strange artifacts sprouting out from all corners, including fish tanks made out of old TV sets.

It has an extensive menu of Thai food, probably one of the best I have seen in Phuket and the prices are very reasonable.

18. Watch a Muay Thai Fight

thai boxing

Watching a Muay Thai fight is an exhilarating and unforgettable experience, but it’s not for everyone.

Known as the “Art of Eight Limbs,” or more commonly simply “Thai Boxing,” Muay Thai is a traditional martial art that originated in Thailand and has since become a global phenomenon.

Muay Thai fights in Phuket are held regularly at stadiums across the island, but the most famous one is in Patong Beach.

You can witness some of the most skilled fighters in action, both Thai fighters and international ones too.

The atmosphere at these fights is electric, with music and cheering from the crowds adding to the excitement.

19. Spend the Evening Watching The Simon Cabaret Show

If you’re looking for more cultural things to do in Phuket at night, get some tickets for the Simon Cabaret Show.

The cabaret show features some of the most talented performers who are dressed in stunning costumes, mimicking famous singers and dancers.

The show is a perfect blend of singing, dancing, and comedy, making it an enjoyable experience for all ages.

It’s a great way to spend an evening with friends or family, and the memories from the show will last a lifetime.

20. Visit Khao Phra Thaeo National Park

Bang Pae Waterfall rushing over rocks

If you’re looking to experience the natural beauty of Phuket, then a visit to Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is a must.

The park is a protected area that covers more than 20 square kilometers and is home to an array of flora and fauna.

Visitors can explore the park’s lush rainforest, hike to scenic waterfalls such as the famous Bang Pae Waterfall, and spot rare wildlife species such as gibbons, langurs, and hornbills.

The park also offers guided tours and educational programs for visitors interested in learning more about the area’s biodiversity.

21. See the Monkeys on Monkey Hill (Toh Sae Hill)

If you’re an animal lover, a visit to Monkey Hill (Toh Sae Hill) in Phuket is one of the top things to do.

The hill is home to a large population of macaques, who roam freely around the area.

You can observe these playful creatures in their natural habitat, interacting with each other and the environment.

It’s a great opportunity to take some amazing photographs and get up close and personal with these fascinating animals.

That being said, it’s important to remember to respect the monkeys’ space and avoid feeding them as this can lead to aggressive behavior.

22. Visit the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

elephant walkign ghrough jungle

If you love elephants, then you might enjoy a visit to Phuket Elephant Sanctuary.

The sanctuary offers a safe home for retired elephants that have been rescued from the tourism industry, logging industry, or other forms of exploitation.

See the elephants in their natural habitat and observe them bathing and playing.

The sanctuary also offers educational tours that shed light on the plight of Asian elephants and the importance of elephant conservation efforts.

23. Take a Thai Cooking Class

cooking in Thailand

Taking a Thai cooking class in Phuket is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the local culture, learn new skills, and discover the flavors of authentic Thai cuisine.

Thailand is renowned for its spicy and aromatic food, and by taking a cooking class, you’ll get to learn the secrets of creating some of the most famous Thai dishes.

Classes often include a trip to a local market to select fresh ingredients, followed by hands-on cooking instruction from experienced chefs.

By the end of the class, you’ll have learned how to cook delicious Thai food and can take your newfound skills back home with you!

Best Time to Visit Phuket

flowers next to a beach chair

Phuket is an all year round holiday destination, but I would generally say avoid peak season in January and February as the island beaches are overcrowded and unrecognizable from the paradise you can experience the rest of the year.

Green season from May to October is supposedly the rainy season, but it is the best time to visit Phuket as the rates are lower and the beaches are less crowded.

There is usually a daily downpour late afternoon/early evening, but most of the days are actually hot and sunny.

If you want to avoid the rain, I recommend you visit in the just after the rainy season, at the end of October. Traditionally, the rainy season in Phuket is from July to October, and the peak season when all the tourists visit is from November to February.

April and May are the hottest months of the year, and there’s also field burning in the North which brings a lot of locals to the islands to escape the polution, so they can be very crowded times to visit.

You get good weather and cheaper deals if you visit in mid-late October.

But to be honest, Thailand’s largest island is a beautiful place no matter the time of year and you can take advantage of some great weather, fantastic hotel deals and room to breath on the islands beaches.

Getting To and Around Phuket

people riding a motorbike on the road

Air Asia and other budget airlines offer cheap and regular direct flights to Phuket from a growing list of destinations including Australia, NZ, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan and India.

The advantage of having an International Airport in Phuket is that you no longer need to fly via Bangkok and from my experience, Air Asia is a good, reliable airline, in our experience.

Phuket Town has a main bus terminal and you can catch buses, including night buses from just about anywhere in Thailand. Boat or Ferry from Krabi, Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi are a good and inexpensive option, just don’t rely on them keeping to the schedule.

Travelling around by boat on the Andaman Sea is a wonderful experience and a highly recommended means of getting around all of the stunning island destinations such as Krabi, Ao Nang and the Phi Phi Islands.

If you’re traveling on a budget, I recommend you get the night bus to Phuket Town from Bangkok.

If you are backpacking around Asia and working to a tight budget, the night bus allows you to save the cost of a nights room rental.

If you prefer to be more comfortable, you can get cheap direct flights form Bangkok. If you book in advance, you can save a lot of money.

When it comes to getting around the island, I recommend hiring a scooter. Choose a rental company for the whole of your stay and agree on a good price beforehand. You can usually negotiate, especially if you’re hiring a scooter for a few days.

This is the best way to see the Island and from my experience, Phuket is a much safer place to travel round by bike than other parts of Asia, but always wear a helmet.

Avoid Tuk Tuks and taxis

Avoid the tuk tuks and taxis, especially in Patong, as they are extortionate. Public buses between the beaches are available but they come so infrequently they are practically non-existent (and also extremely slow).

If you want to see Phuket Town you can get the public bus there and back from most major beaches for about 20 or 30 Thai Baht each way but it takes a long time because it stops almost every five minutes.

Where to Stay in Phuket

Use the map below to help you find hotel accommodation and vacation rentals on the island of Phuket.

Final Thoughts on Things to Do in Phuket

I love Thailand, and particularly Phuket, because of the stunning natural environments on my doorstep, the beaches, islands, national parks and marine landscapes.

In my view, they are some of the best in the world and not many people get the opportunity to see in such beautiful surroundings.

I hope this guide helped you decide on what to do in Phuket and gave you some inspiration for attractions to add to your to do list!

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  1. Really–the Natural Restaurant in Phuket town is what you’d suggest for budget eats? Sure, they have the best lemon/mint soda in the world, but their food I find kind of expensive and a bit on the–meh?–side. For really awesome cheap food, get out of the tourist areas and get to a restaurant that has no English on the menu…and then point and hope for the best! My family loves to eat by mystery pointing! There are some excellent restaurants in the Bangkok Hospital part of town, and over near the end of Phang Nga road on Surin road.

  2. Perfect timing. Thanks Craig. We’re flying into Phuket before we go island hopping in Thailand. We have one free day in Phuket Town so this is EXACTLY what we needed! Now the tough decision is which islands we decided to hop within 2.5 weeks!

  3. Sorry, but I beg to differ. After having spent five days in Phuket, where it costs 10 times as much to live as elsewhere in Thailand, my wife and I were elated to leave. The entire island is a great example of what rampant overdevelopment and greed can do to destroy a natural paradise. It is relatively inexpensive to get to Phuket. Our flight in was cheap and transport to our hotel was also cheap. But getting around and departing the island without paying a hefty price is impossible. It is somewhat similar to Costa Rica. The area is set up to fleece retirees and wealthy jetsetters who use tour groups.

    As the author indicated, the only way to get around is by scooter. But those things are dangerous as hell. Phuket’s roads are no place to learn if you haven’t ridden a moped before. Just a few days earlier, four Swedish teenagers died in a car accident (the cab they were in was hit by a truck). They had hired a private cab to take them somewhere, because the regular cabs charge too much. It’s a complete travesty. Buses do not run between beaches, only to and from Phuket Town. If you are at all on a budget, avoid Phuket like the plague.

    1. We have had great luck with the buses…they all run to Phuket town, and you can catch another bus from there. We have lived here for 6 months and get around exclusively by city (pink) buses and island (blue) buses. If you were not able to stay here cheaply, you just weren’t in the right area, because we are a family of 5 and live on around $1000-$1200 American a month.

  4. Hi Dana, Yes, I would recommend Natural Restaurant for budget food as it is a restaurant that I go to quite often when friends come to visit and everyone always enjoys the ambience, food and prices here. You are quite right though, the local restaurants do offer cheaper prices and if there is no English on the menu you can bet the food is authentic and delicious 🙂

    Chris, Phuket is Thailand’s most developed ‘tourism’ island, so in some ways your points are quite valid, but it is a over generalisation to say that the “entire island” is destroyed by greed and over development. Maybe, as Dana says, you just weren’t in the right area. If you go to the main tourist areas then you will pay tourist prices, but I don’t think this is any different from any other tourist destination in the world.

    I agree with Chris that if you are not used to riding a moped then Phuket is not the safest place to take a crash course. However, in the 2 years I have been riding a motorbike here I have never had a problem and from my experience it is generally safer than other parts of South East Asia, where the roads are not always in such good condition.

    Gerard, for island hopping, I would generally say avoid staying on Koh Koh Phi as it is Peak Season there and you might be disappointed. Instead, maybe opt for Koh Lanta and Railay Beach (Krabi) is always a great option. You can take a day trip to Koh Phi Phi from here as well so you get the best of both worlds. Have fun 🙂

  5. Wonderfully in depth post on Phuket with some great photographs too. I went to Phuket on the start of my travelling journey, hope to go back one day.

  6. We stopped over in Thailand when we relocated from the UK to Australia and stayed on Phuket in Bangtao for ten days. We stayed in Patong before having children and definitely wouldn’t want to stay there with younger kids, Bangtao was much more family friendly. Perhaps teenagers would enjoy Patong but we feel it’s too hectic for little ones. We thoroughly enjoyed our resort and Bangtao beach, we also spent a day at Phuket Laguna. We’d love to go back one day. I’ve provided tips about staying in and around Bangtao in this post: http://www.mumsgone2aus.com/2011/02/20/australian-stopover-destinations-thailand-phuket/
    Thanks for all the other tips you’ve provided.

  7. Thank you for this wonderful post. I have been to Phuket a number of times, and this helps to discover some of the hidden gems that only a local would find.

  8. Hi Sarah, thanks for sharing your Bangtao tips from a parent’s perspective 🙂

    My intention was to highlight that moves have been made recently to make Patong a more family-friendly destination with magic shows, theatre etc, but I would have to agree that Bangtao would be a more family-friendly option overall, especially with younger children.

    The Cherng Talay area (including Bangtao) has a much less touristy feel to it and it is very popular with expats with families as well as holiday makers looking for a quiet family holiday.

  9. Great tips Craig! Wish I saw this 2 weeks ago but hey, I still have 1 week in Phuket. Can definitely say having a motorbike here is very handy and fun!

  10. I love Phuket, and your amazing pictures brought back the memoirs of Phuket. I think it’s a most comprehensive guide to Phuket. Thank you.

  11. Thank you Craig. The info you provided is informative and I love your style of writing. Question though, I’m very much into the Trance / dance scene. However, after seeing footage of the Full Moon Parties etc. I’m put off by the hedonistic young moronic vibe and litter that sadly seems to go hand in hand with the whole dance scene. Are there any more chilled dance venues with good Djs away from the crowded mainstream in Phuket or the surrounding islands?

  12. Nice general guide for Phuket Island. I disagree with Patong Beach being the best family destination, I’d think that Kata Beach is probably more family oriented, although that is just my opinion.

  13. Hi there,

    Phuket cam be quite expensive, but there is a brand new activity that has opened in Chalong called Phuket Games Zone, that is not expensive at all.

    They have 3 games on offer:

    An 18 Hole Football Golf course, which takes around 1.5 hours to play. It’s only 500 Baht for the first round and 300 Baht for all subsequent rounds.

    A 9 hole Disc Golf course, which takes around 40 minutes to play and is only 300 Baht for the first round and 200 Baht for all subsequent rounds.

    Body Zorbing – best to Google this one if you don’t know what Body Zorbing is, but it’s a good laugh if you play with you friends – especially your boss!!

  14. Great general info in this post. I call Phuket my home since 2004 and can just say that yes there is a lot of development and yes there is a lot of traffic especially during high season.
    BUT there are still so many areas which are beautiful, unspoiled and full of friendly locals. It all really depends where you spent your time there.

  15. I was in Phuket 40 years ago when I rented a cabin at patong beach with a hammock and resident monkey in the tree outside and had a SURF at the beach 20 metres away. In 10 days I will go back to see the change. We will stay in the hotel with gym and lap pool, eat local food and fruit from the markets and take buses. I hope it hasn’t been taken over by a subculture of tattoed muscle-bound bozo westerners on hogs with the token tiny thai fucking machine on back hooning around bars like dicks.

    1. Deep breaths Gazza, I am afraid you might notice a lot of what you don’t want to. Head up to Bang Tao Bay instead, far more pleasurable

      1. Yes… I’m afraid you will have the shock of your life! If you are after beach and peace, stay on Bangtao beach, Nai Yang or Mai Khao beach… but prices are pretty high around there if you want a room near the beach, mostly luxury resorts. Anyway you should go have a look at Patong Beach and see for yourself. Great for party and a lot more easy going than Pattaya, but get ready for an overgrown hectic city!

  16. phuket villa with pool

    I went Phuket last year and believe me it was fun staying there. The surrounding was awesome and the beaches were out of the world.

  17. Extensive write up here, how long did you guys spend in Phuket to get all that info? While it’s cheaper to go in the rainy season, i wouldn’t suggest anyone do that.

  18. Really Nice Write up..Im planning to visit Phuket on 10 August..I was wondering how to travel in the island….and eat vegetarian..your post is really helpful!

  19. So many wonderful things to do on our island!! And you covered some of my favorites; about to participate in our third vegetarian festival here, and this year we actually live in Phuket Town, right in the heart of the action!

  20. I have first visited Phuket in 2006 and I’ve decided to move in right then. I’ve been living in Phuket Town since. Phuket really is an amazing place and it amazes you even more every single day you’ve spent in here.

    I’d recommend to try local Thai food whoever planning to visit Phuket. Also socialize with locals. Also expats would be useful to get some tips and recommendations. You can meet with many expats if you visit Roxy bar or Rockin’ Angels pub in Phuket Town.

    There are loads of nice hotels in Phuket. But also you may consider renting a villa especially if you are visiting with large group so it will come cheaper than hotel. (http://www.superholidayvillas.com/phuket-holiday-rental-five-islands-one/).

    Phuket is really special holiday destination and everyone should visit at least once. And definitely you should read this amazing article to get loads of useful information. Thank you for this great write up.

  21. Thanks for all the tips guys!
    I’m planning my trip to Phuket for June or July. I’m taking my mom. Where will be a good area thats central to stay. We’re going for shopping and touring. Any affordable guesthouses that anyone can recommend?

  22. Hey there, thank you very much for all the information that you have posted. I am heading to Phuket next week and this has helped more than you can imagine.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  23. I second your recommendation for Air Asia. I’ve traveled them to various destinations around Asia (and once back to the UK when they used to do their long-haul flights) and they’re an excellent airline. Sure, what you get is minimal and you have to pay for food and drinks, but their flights are cheap so it’s worth it and they are an excellent airline.

  24. Hey people, what a great blog! Needing advice and tips on costs of living. Coming to Phuket in August for 3 months and am wanting to know how much cash to bring etc…. Accommodation is paid for… Thanks!

  25. Thailand is really one of the most wonderful place in the world. Just by looking at the pictures it just added my excitement to go there.=D

  26. I have always been wanting to go to Phuket since I was a college student. Right now I am in Singapore working for more than a year, I still didn’t have any chance to visit the place. This September when my american friend is coming to visit Asia, she is offering me to go with her since she is traveling alone. Hopefully I can go with her that time.

  27. Phuket overpriced overcrowded full of rats and snakes mostly outside the populated areas.
    Garbage everywhere drivers are stupid don t care kids or tourists. If you die in a Phuket road accident its nothing but normal.
    And a smile you get only if showing your money. Thais like only themselves never ever farangs. They can bring their money and go. A land of pharisee.

  28. We’ve visited Phuket this summer with friends and it was a great fun! We really enjoyed our stay, from the beaches to the restaurants, everything was just perfect. As we were 5 couples, we’ve decided to try to rent a villa and it was probably the best part of our trip. If you too you’re traveling with a group, I’d recommend you do this, and by the way this is the company we contacted: http://phuketbestrental.com/
    They’ve been very helpful and contacted me by phone to know what we wanted to do so they could pick up the best location for us.

  29. I am a Sydney blogger going to Phuket ALONE, yes ALONE for 10 days in March as I am having dental work done. If there are any Aussie bloggers in Phuket at the time I would love to meet up to eat the street food!

  30. Your post is great ! Thanks.
    I wish also to add that diving in Phuket is also a very rich activity.
    You can explore all islands around Phuket but under the water this time 🙂
    Similan Islands are really one of the world’s top diving destination.

  31. Beautiful pictures and good written article you have done a good work!

    Phuket is an amazing place because everyone can find what he is looking for here. Many factors are combined together here – good infrastructure, natural attractions, amazing beaches, unique location right in the center of SEA. What makes Phuket perfect place to stop for travelers.

    Phuket has everything.
    If you need a busy and crazy place you go to Patong, if you need a tropical escape with almost no people go to the north of Phuket. And If you need even more peace go to some islands such as Ko Yao Noi or Ko Lanta.

  32. Hi,we are travelling in two days to thailand.staying for 5 days in Phuket.am super excited and just worried that it should’nt be raining too heavily for us to travrl around the place.

  33. A very useful read. I found that if you book a car rental in advance (a few weeks before) from the airport, it’s actually cheaper to drive to your hotel yourself if you are staying about the beaches further south than hiring a taxi.

    This is what I did the last time I was in Phuket. You’ll need a phone with Google Maps though as it can be hard finding your hotel if you don’t know where it is :D.

  34. I can totally recommend Rainy’s Tourist and Taxi services. We’ve been in Phuket Thailand many times and only used Rainy’s travel services, she speaks very good english and is friendly woman. Also this year we will definitely be using her services, which are very much cheaper than tourist offices provide. It’s so good to find someone you can trust.

    Contact info: Rainy mobile: +66843073993 or +66887541237
    email: [email protected]

  35. I’ll be traveling solo and would love to boat around the islands for 1/2 day – can you give me a company who would accommodate me? I’ll be there in September

  36. Hi there,
    I’m traveling alone (women 35 yrs).
    Is there any dangers and what shall I avoid please ?
    About night time, talk with local people, rules….


  37. Hi Roger,

    I’ll be in Phuket for 2 weeks in October (on a budget and no drivers license I might say). What do you recommend on places to stay and places to visit?


    Hi, I would like to know going to Similan Islands National Park and Phang Nga Bay, is it expensive and which is the best way to travel there.


  39. Hey man, thanks for this blog post. You wonderfully describe Phuket. This blog is about why visit Phuket. Oh Jesus..the title should be like this..you must go to Phuket. There are a number of reasons you should go to Phuket. It is a shopping heaven, the nightlife is incredible, taste delicious international foods. There are Buddha temples for peace, beaches for joy and the city for rejuvenate. Beside that Phuket has many luxurious hotels and resort which add more fun to your journey. You can find all the stuff under one roof. During my last vacation, I got the chance to explore the Phuket. I went to all the places you mentioned above. I enjoyed pool party, indoor games, fun on the beaches, spa at Karma Royal Phuket. The resort was magnificent with its luxurious rooms and infrastructure and beautiful view. Phuket is wonderful as your trip was. Thanks!

  40. Hello i am going to stay at Kamala Beach for 5days in january, can you please tell me how much aproximately cost a visit to phi phi and james bond island ? Thank you

    1. I can’t remember how much we paid. It was several years ago now so will be a different price. Maybe do a quick google search to see what you find

  41. Wow it turns out very much that we can do in phuket, before I only know a few things about phuket. But it seems like I should speed up to get on vacation right away! And it seems I can be satisfied culinary tour here yumm. I plan to stay at AquilaPhuket, maybe you have a complete review about this place? Some things that interest me is it said the scenery here is very beautiful and we can get the sea tour and the surrounding waterfall. Is that so? I embed the web, maybe someone also wants to come here with me

  42. Excellent post on Phuket, and nice pics too. Just wanted to throw my 2 cents here. Phuket is not as expensive as some make it to be. Costs can be very cheap, but not in the tourist areas.

    I have been traveling in and around Thailand for quite a while, and Phuket is one of the best places in all of the country. The natural beauty is worth the little in price difference.

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