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What to do in Phuket if you only have 1 day?

What to do in Phuket if you only have 1 day? If you rent a car or hire a mini-van with a driver for only 1 day, you probably want to see as much as possible without being exhausted at the end of your day. We list some places to discover in the south of Phuket, where most landmarks and things to see and do are. We used Patong Beach as a starting point, but it would work the same for Kata, Karon and Kamala Beach.

Most landmarks and famous points of interest are in the island’s south. Of course, Phuket and its surroundings have an incredible array of islands, beaches and amazing landscapes for you to enjoy if you have more time, but if you are limited by one day only, this itinerary works pretty well.

From our research, you can expect to pay 350 baht per hour, but if you want to rent a car, we gathered some information about car rental companies and car rates here.

This is not an exhaustive list; you could add many more things to this itinerary, but it’s a good start.

One day Phuket itinerary ☀️ What to do in Phuket if you only have 1 day?

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In the Morning

1. Enjoy the beautiful Kata Beach

Kata Beach

Kata Beach is the second most popular beach after Patong, with a wide crescent of powdery sand and clear waters (at least during the high season) and lined with tropical trees.


2. Stop for a short time at Karon Viewpoint

Kata Beach from Karon Viewpoint

Karon Viewpoint is worth a short stop to admire the panoramic view of three amazing beaches from a high vantage point: Kata Noi in the forefront, Kata beach in the middle and Karon Beach in the far.


3. Admire the superb Nai Harn Beach

Nai Harn Beach

Nai Harn has always been a favourite beach for tourists, locals and expats alike because hotels did not invade the place. Only the beautiful Nai Harn resort has the privilege of offering amazing views of this pristine beach. If you happen to be hungry during your day trip, a few Thai restaurants are waiting for you in the shade of giant casuarina trees, as well as shops and massage shops.


4. Enjoy a panoramic view at the Windmill Viewpoint

Windmill Viewpoint

Phuket windmill viewpoint (the only wind turbine in Phuket) is an easy-to-access viewpoint offering beautiful panoramic views of Nai Harn and Ya Nui Beach, as well as the tiny island locally called Koh Man.


5. Find the small Ya Nui Beach

Yanui Beach

Ya Nui Beach is a charming tiny bay tucked in a cove between the Windmill Viewpoint and the famous Promthep Cape in the very south of Phuket Island. It looks like a secret beach, but it is very well known and can be busy sometimes. If you feel like enjoying the spot a little longer, there are two small restaurants by the roadside where you can enjoy inexpensive Thai food or even a drink. You can even rent kayaks on the beach. Read more


6. A quick look at Promthep Cape

Promthep Cape

7. Have lunch in Rawai or Bon Island

Aek Seafood restaurant in Rawai, Phuket

In the Afternoon

10. Explore Phuket Old Town

Phuket Town

Phuket town is not very big, but you might want to keep an hour or two exploring the historical streets of Thalang, Dibuk and Soi Romanee, do some shopping, stop at one of the many lovely little coffee shops and even try real local food at Raya Restaurant or Tu Kab Khao restaurant.

In the evening

Most tours will take you back to your hotel around 5 or 6 pm, but if you are on your own, you can also plan some evening activities to make the most of your day out.

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Rent a van with a driver

Renting a van with a driver for the day is one of the best ways to explore Phuket without stress. They can speak English and customise the places to visit as you wish.

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Willy Thuan
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 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 and manage large international online travel guides.