Things to Do in Phuket - 12 Best Phuket Attractions

Things to Do in Phuket
Things to do in Phuket - If you are as lazy as I am, you don't want to read twenty pages to start your holidays somewhere. I don't enjoy reading endless prose to extract the facts I really need to know. That's why you'll find so many Top 10s on my blog. So these are 12 of Phuket all time favorites, if you can fit some of them in your holidays, you will have great memories.. You might only memorize some, and once on the island you will change your plan according to your own mood. I never plan much in advance. Reading about a place you never saw is like trying to imagine the taste of a dish you never even saw before.

Phang Nga Sea Canoe1) Phang Nga Bay
This most incredible scenery should certainly be on top of your list of places to see absolutely. You can take a lazy cruise on a Chinese Junk or closer to nature, Explore Phang Nga by Canoe through the caves of Phang Nga and see some fantastic lagoons. Similar to the famous Halong Bay in Vietnam, these landscapes will leave you with unforgettable memories. Read more...

2) Old Phuket Town
Hard to resist those old Sino Portuguese streets with their beautiful shop houses and magnificent mansions. With many small cafes, bakeries and eateries along the way... it is perfect for a half day. Visit also the local markets near the bus station and explore the tiny streets here and there to discover some incredible abandoned mansions. Don't miss the new Phuket Walking Street on Sunday!  Read more...

3) Prompthep Cape Viewpoint
Prompthep Cape is not as grand as you might expect but it still draws a crowd of tourists every single evening at sunset time. The location is high and at the very south of the island. It boasts nice views on the bays and the few islands around. If you decide to go there, stop at the other nearby 'windmill viewpoint' and consider a Thai dinner at the local 'Prompthep Restaurant'. Read more...

4) Karon Viewpoint
From the Karon Viewpoint you really can see three magnificent bays : the closest and smallest one is Kata Noi Beach, then a bit further is the beautiful bay of Kata with its island 'Koh Poo' which means Crab Island, and in the far, the very long Karon Beach. Read more...

5) Big Buddha
The Big Buddha is a 45 meter tall white marble statue visible from anywhere in the southern part of Phuket and the views from up there are definitely breathtaking. When reaching the top of the hill you will find a large parking and a road leading to a construction where people can donate, buy amulets and where occasional ceremonies are held. This place also serves as a museum of the history of the Big Buddha.  Read more...

 Wat Chalong6) Wat Chalong
Wat Chalong, built at the beginning on 19th century, is the largest and one of the most visited Buddhist temple in Phuket. Its real name is Wat Chaitararam and the most recent building on the grounds of Wat Chalong is a 60 meters tall 'Chedi' sheltering a splinter of bone from Buddha. Walls and ceilings are decorated with beautiful painting illustrating the life of Buddha, as well as many donated golden statues.. Read more...

7) Soi Bangla
Everyone should see it at least once. And unlike what most people believe, Soi Bangla is not 'Sin City for Single Men'. It's more of a colorful street full of life, restaurants, shops and bars and of course girls. Now if you want to know more, enter these famous Go Go bars and see for yourself what is this all about. You will often see couples tourists having a drink... Patong is a lot more easy going than Bangkok or Pattaya. Read more...

8) Visit Similan Island or at least one island
The most impressive set of Island is without a doubt the Similan Island, but these are open at certain time of the year and a bit far. If you get a chance, you must absolutely go. If you are not confident, go to Phi Phi Island, but it's kind of crowded. Easier and closer are Racha Island or really nearby Coral Island. Read more...

9) Phuket Fantasea
It took me a long time before stepping onto the huge grounds of this 'entertainment park' in Kamala Beach. It's bright and colorful, full of shops and fun fair games, but the main attraction is the stage performance given by Thai actors, dancers and acrobats accompanied by their dozen massive elephants. Read more...

10) Simon Cabaret
Another Las Vegas kind of show, but of a totally different nature. Here too, the stage in Patong beach is magnificent, the sets and costumes are glittering and colorful, but what people really came to see are the amazingly pretty ladyboys! Perfect bodies with pretty faces, most of them would fool you! Read more...


11) Rang Hill
A beautiful viewpoint set above Phuket town. Great by day and by night with the city lights. If you happen to go there, by car and bike, stay for lunch or dinner at the beautiful and excellent Tungka Cafe or Phuket View Restaurant on the other side of the hill. Read more...

12) Koh Panyee
A small fishermen village built entirely on stilts in the middle of Phang Nga Bay. Take a longtail boat early to reach there before tourists arrive and you get a complete different feel for the place. Continue to the James Bond Island if you feel like seeing the shooting set of this antique movie 'The man with the golden gun'. Read more...


Other Top 10 you might want to look at are:  '10 Things to Do Off the Beaten Track', 10 Girly Things to do in Phuket, and 10 Things to Do in Phuket when it rains, and 10 Ways to Party Wild in Phuket (this one is not as bad as you think.... )