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What is Phuket Famous For? 11 Things to See, Do and Try

11 Things to See, Do and Try in Phuket

You are finally coming to Phuket and that’s great! So what makes Phuket so Famous? You heard a lot about it, your friends told you about it and you probably have a list of ‘things to see and do’. Phuket is a small island, only 48km long and 21 km wide, but surprisingly rich on activities. This might be one of the reasons Phuket is so popular. Here we list some of the things people loved most and talked most about on their first trip. There are obviously a lot more (and that’s why they come back) but if you tick all the boxes below you will have a great time, good memories, fun stories to tell and photos to share. (Note that for now we mostly list here what is on the island itself… there is a lot more all around)

1. Beaches

Phuket Beaches

Pick one of the 40 amazing beaches on Phuket

Beaches are the obvious reason so many people come to Phuket. The beach, the sea, the sun and warm weather. There are more than 40 beaches in Phuket so there is definitely one for you out there. The large majority are on the west coast and those in the south are the busiest ones. Beaches in the north are also beautiful and a lot more quiet. Read more


2. Party and Nightlife

Phuket Nightlife

Make your nights count as much as your days!

Hanging on the beach all day is fantastic, but what are we going to do after that? Go back to our hotel and way for tomorrow to come so we can do it again? No such chance! Phuket is an amazing party island that really comes to life at night. It comes in all shapes and it can be as wild or as sophisticated as you want it to be. Patong and particularly Bangla Road are where the real party is, with clubs, live bands, go-go bars and half  a zillion beer bars. Other beaches often have a more modest nightlife but you will never feel lonely… or thirsty. Phuket is also famous for rooftops, beach clubs and stage performances. Read more


3. Seafood

Phuket Seafood

Try the freshest Phuket lobsters and King prawns, sitting by the sea

All this sun tanning and party is nice but it doesn’t stop here. Great food makes great holidays, especially when that great food is easy to find and not even expensive. Thai food happens to be one of the very popular cuisine in the world and in Phuket you get to enjoy some amazing fresh seafood. Read more


4. Night Markets

Phuket Night Markets

Buy fun things you don’t need at the night market

People love night markets, tourists and locals alike. We don’t really have to explain why night markets invariably attract crowds. It’s a fantastic display of local fun stuff and colours, exotic objects that catch your eyes, things you think you need but you don’t. There is always a lot of local food to enjoy while singers and local bands add a background music. It’s a blast of sights, sounds and smells. It’s exactly the reason you travelled all the way here.  Read more


5. Tuk Tuks

Tuk Tuk in Phuket

Take a ride on the wild side

A lot was said about Tuk Tuks and what you read in the news is often the bad side of it. These iconic Daihatsu are colourful, small, fast and omnipresent. There is always a Tuk Tuk when you need one and they are actually very convenient. Some of them come with blasting sound systems and more flashing lights than a mobile disco… young travellers love going around in those, going from party to party. Wind blows through as you go and it’s a unique experience… Yes Tuk Tuks can be more expensive late at night but if you drank a little too much, a few extra baht are cheaper than a hospital bill. Don’t drink and drive, ride a tuk tuk to your hotel! Read more


6. Ladyboys

Phuket Ladyboys

Take a selfie with a Ladyboy on Bangla Road

Ladyboys in Phuket are very pretty, always very feminine and popular photo models… You can meet them in feather and glitter costumes on Bangla road where they will urge you tho take a photo with them, for a fee that is. You can also enjoy the very famous Simon Cabaret Show in Patong where they perform every night. They can be so feminine, it sometimes is so hard to tell if they are boys or girls we wrote a page to help how to recognise a ladyboy when in doubt


7. Big Buddha

Big Buddha Phuket

An amazing viewpoint

This 45 meters high white marble Big Buddha has been serenely sitting at the top of Nakkerd hill in the south of Phuket since more than a decade… It certainly is impressive and it is on many travellers list of places to visit. In addition the panoramic view from up there is superb. Read more


8. Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving in Phuket

Diving in Phuket is easy to learn and affordable

The waters of Phuket and the many superb islands around are a diver’s heaven. The sea is full of life and incredibly clear during the high season. Koh Phi Phi, the Similan islands, Racha Island and the King Cruiser wreck to name only a few are great dive sites for beginners and advanced. Many hotels work with dive centers to offer beginners diving courses in the hotel pool, it’s very affordable and so easy. Liveaboards, day trips and even beach diving are available for all budgets and all languages.


9. Sino-Portuguese Houses

Old Phuket Town

Beaches are beautiful but a visit to Phuket would not be complete without a walk through the old streets of Phuket town and the beautiful mansions and shop-houses. Th town isn’t big so it’s a great half day of exploration. The city was recently renovated and those ugly electric cables buried, almost a miracle! Read more


10. Phuket Pineapple

Phuket Pineapple

Rediscover what a real pineapple really taste like

Yes there are a lot of great tropical fruits to enjoy in Phuket; mangoes, mangosteens and rambutan are among the favourites, so you might think pineapple is rather blend and common. Phuket pineapple is actually very famous and loved all over Thailand. It is very sweet, a little crunchy and very flavoursome, so don’t miss a chance to buy some at one of the street fruit carts or at the market. Some local restaurants offer some free Phuket pineapple at the end of your meal, and to travellers surprise, pineapple comes with salt and chili powder on the side. Read more


11. Planes Landing

Plane Spotting in Phuket

Get a selfie with a roaring plane just meters above you

Phuket is one of the few airports in the world where planes hover extremely close to the beach when approaching the runway. The vision of planes landing this way is not new on itself, but standing in the path for a selfie has become incredibly popular since it became forbidden. Human nature is a wonder. Read more


What is Phuket Famous For? 11 Things to See, Do and Try
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