Where to take the best selfies in Phuket
Selfies and model photography have become fully part of the young generation of travellers holidays. Local restaurants, businesses and beaches are taking full advantage of this trend by adding a lot of ‘special features’ to the natural beauty of the island. Of course, as you can expect, these backgrounds don’t come for free, and you will have to pay for an entrance fee or at least order a drink or a meal to enjoy the facilities. Accessories can go from just a great angle, like landing planes, to a single swing hanging from a tree, a full set of hanging hearts, photo frames and staircases leading to the sky.
The old streets of Phuket town have always been a favourite playground for selfies. The colourful houses and the many arches of Thalang Road and Soi Romanee just make it so fun and easy.
Ma Doo Bua is a trendy cafe very popular with selfie lovers for its superb traditional Thai village background, but mostly for the immense floating leaves that cover the lake. A central pier allows models to walk further in the lake, creating a beautiful perspective and placing the model in an advantageous angle. The restaurant has a vast terrace with low tables and cushions for more fun photos.
You can even take drone photos from above while sitting in the Thai wooden boat. Ma Doo Bua is in the Cherngtalay area, which is on the way to Bangtao beach. If you want to take a couple of unique and unforgettable photos of yourselves, Ma Doo Bua offers 2 photo options that you can’t do by yourselves. A drone photo of you lying down in that wooden Thai boat, and a picture of you standing in the middle of a floating leave. The drone photo starts at 500 baht for 1 person.
3. Nui Beach
Nui Beach is a hidden and somewhat hard to reach cove found between Kata and Nai Harn Beach. It was long known as an unfriendly place as the management was rather strict on the access. Things have changed, and Nui Beach is now welcoming the outside world, with a small transportation fee as the beach is hard to access via a steep dirt road. The beach is full of fun selfie setups: heart shapes seats, woven cocoons and fake window frames opening on the blue tropical ocean. The highlights are 4 gigantic swings going so high, they are guaranteed to make your model scream!
Mai Khao Beach was once a deserted beach, but since social media took over the world, everything changed. People started to post selfies with huge planes so close, it feels like they could touch it. The fact that the international press shared that taking photos in the path of landing planes was forbidden, the world knew about it, and the place suddenly turned into a playground. Just keep in mind that planes don’t always land from the beachside, so read this page before going!
The Big Buddha of Phuket is a popular place for selfies, just keep in mind that this is still a religious place, so if you can’t resist the urge for a selfie, please do it discreetly. Keep also in mind that short skirts and too short tops will not be accepted. Security will ask you to wear a sarong, which might not look so good on your Instagram, so plan well!
Splash is just between Patong beach and Paradise beach but is a little hard to find if you don’t know where to look. The beach is tiny, but the setting is quite simple but pleasant, and the heart swing by the sea is a popular spot for a romantic selfie. Note that there is a 100 baht fee to access the beach. Read more
Samet Nangshee is outside Phuket island, but it’s such a beautiful viewpoint, it’s worth the trip if you have a car. Once you reach Samet Nangshee parking, there is a small fee for the pickup truck to take you to the top of the hill, but it’s worth it as it’s quite a climb. Keep in mind that there are 2 viewpoints next to each other and one is more selfie-friendly.
8. Rock Beach Swing
Rock Beach Swing is a new selfie spot in Phuket, but as the name indicates there is no beach, so it’s not as popular as the other places listed above and they charge 600 baht to get there. It’s probably not going to stay long.
9. Coral Island
Coral island is a very busy island close to Phuket, offering a few selfie settings. If you happen to travel there (it’s only 15 minutes by speedboat), you can get your selfie done where everyone else does, but honestly, you will get better backgrounds if you walk away from the busy area and play with the natural background of the blue sea. See where to go here.