12 Things to Do in Phuket Off the Beaten Track (updated!)

12 Things to Do in Phuket Off the Beaten Track (updated!)
12 Things to Do in Phuket Off the Beaten Track (updated!)
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12 Things to Do in Phuket Off the Beaten Track (updated)

Things to Do in Phuket Off the Beaten Track: Like most people you want to visit Phuket but you would prefer to see it from a less known angle, places most people haven’t heard of, and where the chances to meet another tourist are rather thin. Many would say there are no such places in Phuket anymore, but there are! After seventeen years spent on Phuket Island, I found a lot more than you think! So here are some of the little places I rediscovered in the past months and where I spend time when I feel like getting away from it all, and these are just few among many!


1 Banana Beach

Banana Beach

Banana Beach is quite large with shallow clear blue waters, large palm trees and an excellent sand quality, it is a mystery why it hasn’t been developed like the rest of the island. It’s not totally deserted though, a restaurant has been there as long as I can remember. Banana Beach is hard to find if you don’t know where to look. Just finding the road passing by its entrance is tricky for most visitors. The best way is to go to the airport, and when you are almost there, at the T-junction turn left instead of right as you would for Phuket Airport, follow the signs to Naithon beach (which is also very nice) and drive few more kilometers. Read more


2 Haad Sai Kaew Beach

Haad Sai Kaew Beach

Haad Sai Gaew, means ‘Glass Sand Beach’ in Thai is a beautiful endless beach located at the very north of Phuket Island. During the high season, The sea over there has a nice blue tone and walking alone for miles, you would never guess you are still in Phuket. It is also home of some great small seafood restaurants. Read more


3 Bon Island

Bon Island

Bon island (or Koh Bon) is located just south of Rawai Beach in Phuket and is just a short longtail boat ride away. The isle’s coast is dotted by few sandy beaches and despite been so close to Phuket, it hasn’t yet been invaded. Only two beaches on Bon island are occupied, but only during daytime. Read more


4 Wat Srisoonthorn

wat-srisoonthorn

Wat Srisoonthorn sounds like any another Wat, and since there are maybe 40 of them in Phuket, you might ask what can be different about this one? I has a huge reclining Buddha very visible from the main road, but missed by most visitors. Read more


5 Bang Pae Seafood

bang-pae-seafood

Another of our great week end favourite in Phuket. Bang Pae Seafood serves a large choice of delicious and really local dishes. Sit in a perfect nature setting made of huge mangrove trees growing right into the sea and totally out of the beaten tracks. Read more


6 Radar Hill View Point

radar-hill

Phuket has quite a few viewpoints but some less visible than others are actually much nicer. The panorama from the ‘Radar Hill’ is simply breathtaking. Once you are up there, you will barely see anyone but locals and you’ll wonder why. Read more


7 Wat Kao Rang

Wat Kao Rang

Here is of other sitting Buddha of Phuket, not the Big Buddha but the original and first sitting golden Buddha on the island, built long ago on the hillside of the popular Khao Rang Hill in Phuket Town. Here too, many people don’t even know about this beautiful temple. Read more


8 Discover Secret Old Phuket Town

old-mansion

Thalang Road is where everyone goes on a Phuket exploration, it’s a nice walk and a must do. But if you too have a passion for old houses, you might want to explore a bit deeper to uncover some amazing mansions still standing right before our eyes, but everyone drive too fast to even notice them. It is so easy to imagine Phuket hundred years ago when standing in front of one of these beautiful mansions. Read more


9 Go to Phang Nga on your own

phang-nga

Phang Nga Bay is huge and you can explore it endlessly without meeting any tourists all you have to do is rent your own car and drive around then hire a longtail boat to cruise around Phang Nga Bay and visit the renowned cave and get a unique glimpse of Koh Panyee daily life by going early morning then enjoy a sunset cruise on a Chinese Junk. Read more


10 Wat Tham Suwan Khuha

wat-tham-suwan

Feel like a little drive outside the island? Explore another face of Phang Nga! This site is not only famous for its incredible limestone cliffs plunging right down in to the sea, but also for some little jewels on land. Driving along these majestic cliffs is equally impressive if you happen to rent a car, visit the caves around town and surprising Wat Tham Suwan Khuha cave and its reclining Buddha. Read more


11 Mor Mu Dong

mor-mu-dong-phuket

One of the most local and talked about but hard to find seafood restaurant in the eastern mangrove of Phuket island. It’s great, fun and you get a full blast of the real local life. By now, everyone knows that Andrew Zimmern from ‘Bizarre Food’ tried it and so should you. Read more


12 Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

Also located in Phang Nga Bay this amazing view point has gained popularity. Of course just like any newly discovered attraction it has become very busy and potentially crowded but it is still worth the trip. A very early walk to Samet Nangshe located high above sea level will offer you a spectacular 5.30 am sunrise photo. Located about 75 kilometre from Patong Beach, 25 kilometres past the Sarasin bridge connecting Phuket to the mainland (1.30 hours drive). Read more

Map of Samet Nangshe viewpoint

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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world in my 20s and never stopped until I finally settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 23 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run 2 blogs: Phuket101.net and BangkokUndercover.com, I also manage 30 online travel guides in Asia and beyond, including Phuket.com, Bangkok.com and Bali-Indonesia.com