Phuket Off The Beaten Track – Part 2 – An Alternative Guide to Phuket

Phuket Off The Beaten Track – Part 2 – An Alternative Guide to Phuket

Phuket Off The Beaten Track – Part 2
An Alternative Guide to Phuket

Phuket Off The Beaten Track page is for travellers who have been in Phuket a few times before. If this is your 1st time you should read this page first. If you have visited all the ‘must-see and do in Phuket’, read our ‘Phuket Off The Beaten Track – part 1 ’. Once you ticked all the boxes, we hope you can find more tips to explore Phuket island further in this new page.

After more than 20 years living on this amazing island, I realized that people often had a very stereotyped vision of Phuket. The most surprising statements are probably ‘Phuket is too crowded’ and ‘Phuket is not Thailand’.

Yes Phuket has become an international destination and this for many good reasons, but surprisingly most people complaining will be found on the 5 most touristic beaches of Phuket. That’s a little ironical when you know 35 other superb beaches of Phuket are quiet and even deserted.

Phuket has so much to offer to travelers of all lifestyles, from very modern facilities to traditional temples, from superb restaurants with incredibly talented chefs to fabulous cheap street food, and hidden seafood restaurants. Your experience of Phuket depends entirely on what you want it to be, but you have to step away from tourist areas to find places that have little changed. Once you do, you will be surprised to see that the entire northern part of the island is relatively untouched.

We share here some places most people miss, little things to discover once you covered all the classic landmarks. (click on each read more to find maps)

Beaches

1. Nai Yang Beach

Nai Yang Beach Bar

Stay away from crowded beaches and discover, Nai Yang, a bay of Phuket that hasn’t change much in years.  Locals love to come on weekends for a picnic and a barbecue under immense trees while kids splash about in the sea. It’s a national park so there might be a little fee to enter, but you will love the unique relaxed atmosphere of Nai Yang beach. Read more


2. Laem Singh Beach

Laem Singh Beach

Laem Singh Beach might come as a surprise in a ‘off the beaten track’ list because it was so popular and crowded for so long. But Laem Singh closed to the public a couple of years ago people who loved it only had their eyes to cry. Recently a couple of boats started taking people there to Laem Singh for a small fee. (You can’t cross the land, but law allows you to reach by sea : read this)

If you find that tiny boat on Surin beach and spend a few hours on Laem Singh, you will understand right away why it is on this list. Read here how to get there


3. Nui Beach

Nui Beach

For long time, Nui Beach was a bit of a mystery beach in Phuket. Few people heard of it mostly because getting there was so challenging. It was hard to find, hard to reach at the end of a steep dirt road, and if by chance you found it, the staff at that ‘private’ beach used to ask 500 baht entry fee. Luckily someone finally changed that and the entry is now free! Read here how to reach Nui Beach.


Bars

4. Wassa Homemade Bar

Wassa Homemade Bar

There are quite a few impressive viewpoints around Phuket but Wassa Homemade bar offers a nice terrace to enjoy the famous ever-changing Phuket sunsets with a cold drink, sitting comfortably high over Patong Beach. Read more


5. The Cove in Ao Yon

The Shore Bar

The Cove is a tiny but very enjoyable seafront bar and restaurant found at the end of the hidden Ao Yon Beach. A few tables with large umbrellas are set just by the beach and the place is very peaceful for a break at any time of the day. The Cove serves Italian, Spanish, seafood and Thai cuisine so it should please everyone. It’s just a little far, unless you are staying in the Panwa area.


Restaurants

6. Rimpan Seafood

Rimpan Seafood Restaurant Phuket

Rimpan Seafood is a tiny restaurant hidden at the foot of the Sarasin Bridge in the north of Phuket. The tiny beach where it sits might not have great sand but it is peaceful and nice for a short dip, even during low season. Food is really Thai (no, that’s not the case all the time!) with some really good local dishes, and very well priced. Read more


7. Piang Prai

Piang Prai Restaurant

Piang Prai is an excellent local restaurant in a very enjoyable green setting, just next to the relatively well-known Bang Pae waterfall. The place is breezy and spacious, a good way to relax before of after visiting the waterfalls. Piang Pari serves of course a great Thai food at local prices, including some local specialties. Read more


Places

You have been to the classic attractions on your first trip, namely Big Buddha, Wat Chalong, Old Phuket Town, Promthep cape and the Karon Viewpoint? So here is a list of places you may not have seen, or ever heard of!

8. Black Rock Viewpoint

Black Rock Viewpoint

Black Rock is a relatively new viewpoint located a little further than the very well-known Karon Viewpoint on the way to Nai Harn Beach. The thing is that it is a little challenging to reach and find via a dirt road. There is also a bit of climb to do in the forest, but the view from the top is worth the effort. As an extra bonus, if you reached Black Rock, you also found the elusive Nui Beach, which is even harder to find and is also worth stopping at. Read more


9. Wat Phra Nang Sang

Wat Phra Nang Sang

Almost everyone drive pass this unusual and colorful temple but almost no one ever stops. Wat Phra Nang Sang has a bit of an unusual history. On the interesting side it is the oldest temple of Phuket and supposedly shelters a relic of Lord Buddha, but I’m not entirely sure about this fact. On the unusual side, Wat Phra Nang Sand was displaying very strange statues. One was an immense black statue of a very revered monk called Luang Por Chaem, but the body proportions were so strange, people asked for the statue to be demolished. It didn’t take long and they took it down, together with other statues of mythical giants having their breasts out and holding machine guns. The temple is still beautiful, with a lot of paintings to admire, including a reclining Buddha. It is absolutely not off the beaten track but strangely, no one seems to take the time to stop. Read more


10. Kathu Museum

Kathu Museum

The Kathu museum is a new addition to the museums of Phuket list. It opened without fanfare and is very modest, but the house itself is so beautiful, it is worth a stop on your way from Patong to Phuket Town (or vice versa). The museum displays an interesting list of the most typical Phuket dishes, spices and ingredients. This house was a part of a beer company distribution and was abandoned for a very long time. Story to come soon, see the map below in the meantime.


11. Street Art in Phuket Town and Around

Phuket Street Art

In recent years the walls of Phuket town and of the entire island were given to Thai painters as canvas to express all things Thai. The result is simply superb and it adds a touch of fun to your exploration. Most paintings are not ‘off the beaten track’ and you can’t miss them on your visit of Phuket Town, but some others like the photo above are really hard to find. It’ fun and 100% Thai!. Read more


Phuket Off The Beaten Track – Part 2 – An Alternative Guide to Phuket
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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 24 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

The Best FOOD Stuff
10 Most Romantic Restaurants
10 Best Local Restaurants
10 Best Seafood Restaurants
10 Great Thai Dishes
10 Phuket Typical Dishes
10 Best Classic Thai Dishes
10 Hardcore Thai Food

The Best EXPLORER Stuff
14 Hidden Beaches of Phuket
15 Islands Near Phuket
18 Nicest Mansions in Phuket
13 Viewpoints in Phuket
10 Things to See Off the Beaten Track
10 Most Quiet Beaches of Phuket

The FUN Stuff
16 Things to Do with Kids
10 Ways to Party in Patong
7 Best Beach Clubs
10 Best Rooftop Bars
7 Night Clubs
10 Romantic Things to Do in Phuket
10 Reasons Why We Can’t Leave Thailand

The USEFUL Stuff
10 Questions People Always Ask
10 Mistakes People Do on First Trip
13 Tips to Save Money
12 Things to Do on Small Budget
10 Quick Facts about Phuket

The WEATHER Stuff
10 Things to Do When It Rains
What To Expect in Low Season
7 Beaches for Low Season

The TOTALLY SILLY Stuff
13 Really Weird Things in Phuket
10 Tips to Spot a Ladyboy
10 Insects for Gourmets
10 Clues you have been in Phuket TOO LONG!
10 Cheap Fun Things to Do in Phuket

USEFUL
Phuket Airport: Things to Know
Phuket Weather
Phuket Event Calendar
How to Pronounce Phuket
About Us – Contact us

40 BEACHES OF PHUKET
Patong Beach ☆☆☆
Kata Beach☆☆
Karon Beach ☆☆
Kamala Beach ☆☆
Nai Harn Beach ☆☆☆
Kata Noi Beach ☆☆☆
Laem Singh Beach ☆☆☆
Bang Tao Beach
Mai Khao Beach
Surin Beach ☆☆
Nai Yang Beach ☆☆
Naithon Beach ☆☆
Rawai Beach

HIDDEN BEACHES
Freedom Beach ☆☆☆
Paradise Beach ☆
Banana Beach ☆☆
Ya Nui Beach ☆☆
Ao Yon Beach
Ao Sane Beach
Tri Trang Beach
Panwa Beach

15 ISLANDS NEAR PHUKET
Similan Islands ☆☆☆
Phi Phi Islands NEW!
Bon Island
Coral Island
Khai Islands
Racha Island
James Bond Island
Koh Panyee

BEST THINGS TO DO IN PHUKET
12 Things to Do When it RAINS
John Gray Sea Canoe ☆☆☆
Phang Nga Bay ☆☆☆
Buddha Cave in Phang Nga
Phuket Town Walking Map
Thalang Road – Old Phuket Town ☆☆
Phuket Walking Street ☆☆
Simon Cabaret Show ☆☆
Phuket Fantasea ☆☆
Phuket Trickeye Museum
Upside Down House
Kao Rang Hill
Phuket Aquarium

10 PHUKET VIEWPOINTS
Big Buddha ☆☆
Karon Viewpoint (Kata Viewpoint) ☆☆
Wassa Homemade Bar ☆☆
Windmill Viewpoint
Black Rock Viewpoint ☆☆
Samet Nangshe Viewpoint ☆☆
Promthep Cape Viewpoint
Panwa Viewpoint
After Beach Bar

PHUKET WATERFALLS
Bangpae Waterfall
Kathu Waterfalls
Tonsai Waterfalls

PHUKET MUSEUMS
Baan Chinpracha
Phuket Mining Museum
Thai Hua Museum

TEMPLES of PHUKET
7 Buddha Postures for 7 Days
Big Buddha ☆☆
Wat Chalong ☆☆
Buddha Cave in Phang Nga
Wat Kao Rang and Sitting Buddha
Wat Phra Thong
Chinese Temples
Shrine of The Serene Light

NIGHTLIFE
10 Tips to Spot a Ladyboy
10 Ways to PARTY in Patong
Simon Cabaret Show
Paradise Complex
Party Drinks in Phuket
Phuket Fantasea
Rock City Patong

PHUKET BEACH CLUBS
Cafe Del Mar ☆☆
Catch Beach Club
Dream Beach Club
Kudo Beach Club
HQ Beach Lounge
Iguana Beach Club
Xana Beach Club

INSIDE GO GO BARS (HOT)
Suzy Wongs A Go Go (HOT)
Devil’s Playground (HOT)
Diablo A Go Go
Exotica A Go Go
Harem A Go Go
Rock Hard A Go Go

SOI BANGLA ROAD
Soi Seadragon (HOT)

PHUKET NIGHT CLUBS
Illuzion Phuket
White Room
Seduction Phuket
Tiger Club

SHOPPING
Central Festival Phuket
JungCeylon Shopping Mall ☆☆☆
Phuket Price Check

PHUKET NIGHT MARKETS
Chillva Night Market ☆☆☆
Phuket Walking Street ☆☆
Phuket Weekend Market
Phuket Indy Market

PHUKET MARKETS
Banzaan Market ☆☆☆
Phuket Amulet Market

EVENTS & FESTIVALS
Loy Krathong
Songkran
Patong Gay Festival
Vegetarian Festival

SPORTS & ACTIVITIES
Diving in Phuket
Thai Boxing Training
Wake Park
Dino Park Mini Golf
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
Go Kart
Kayaking in Phang Nga Bay
Phuket Tree Adventures
Spas and Massages
Splash Jungle Water Park
Surf House Kata Beach
Surf House Patong
White Water Rafting

INFORMATION
Phuket AIRPORT: Things to Know
Phuket Travel Tips and FAQs
10 Quick Facts about Phuket
Phuket FAQs
Driving and Renting a Bike or a Car
Phuket Price Check
Phuket Map – with all locations
Bangkok Blog

HOTELS & RESORTS
21 GREAT HOTELS IN PHUKET

MAI KHAO & NORTH PHUKET
Sala Phuket Resort
Renaissance Phuket Resort
Banyan Tree Phuket
Hyatt Regency Phuket
Maikhao Dreams
Pullman Arcadia Naithon Phuket
Phuket Marriott Nai Yang
The Slate Phuket
Trisara Villas
TwinPalms Phuket

BEST HOTELS IN PATONG
Amari Phuket Resort
Holiday Inn Phuket
Kalima Resort
Phuket Graceland
Le Meridien Phuket
Novotel Phuket Resort
The Kee Resort
Impiana Resort Patong
Swissotel Patong

BEST HOTELS IN KATA BEACH
Kata Rocks
The Shore at Kata Thani
Katathani Beach Resort
Mom Tri’s Villa Royale

KARON BEACH
Movenpick Resort
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket

PHUKET TOWN
Westin Siray Bay Resort
Novotel Phuket Phokeethra
Little Nyonya

ISLAND RESORTS
Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi
The Racha

BEST RESTAURANTS in PHUKET

MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS
La Gritta at Amari Phuket
Wok Pagoda
Da Maurizio
360 at Pavilions
Mom Tri’s Kitchen
Pan Yaah Restaurant
Tunk Ka Cafe
Gaetana Italian Restaurant
Blue Elephant
Panwa House at Cape Panwa

10 BEST LOCAL AND THAI RESTAURANTS
Mor Mu Dong Restaurant
Piang Prai Restaurant
Kan Eang 2 Seafood
Kan Eang @ Pier
One Chun
Kaab Gluay
Raya House
Tunk Ka Cafe
Paknam Seafood
Suay Restaurant
Kru Suwit Restaurant
Thanoon Seafood
Osha Phuket
MORE PHUKET RESTAURANTS

STORIES
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Phuket Funniest Photos
Phuket Tsunami