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What to Do in Phuket

What to Do in Phuket? Phuket is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant nightlife. Some of the most popular attractions on the island include the Big Buddha, Wat Chalong Temple, the old streets of Phuket Town, and the elephant sanctuaries.

Phuket also offers a variety of tours and day trips, such as snorkelling and diving excursions to nearby islands like Phi Phi Island and Similan Island. Visitors can also take a trip to Phang Nga Bay to see the famous James Bond Island and Koh Panyi village on stilts. Other popular activities in Phuket include island hopping tours, cultural tours, and ATV adventures. With so much to see and do, Phuket is a perfect destination for those looking for an unforgettable vacation in Thailand.

All-times popular attractions

There are so many things to see and do in Phuket, we tried here to organize them in easy to browse list. Whether you come with friends, with your kids or with your loved one, we explored and sorted everything we found, with beautiful photos or videos.

Most popular attractions pages

The pages below share the many attractions of Phuket organized by themes and topics, from viewpoints to beach clubs and even rooftops bars and restaurants.

Most popular landmarks in Phuket

Below is a list summarizing some of the most popular landmarks and sites you can discover and visit while in Phuket. The classics always include The Bif Buddha, Chalong Temple, the old Phuket Town, Phang Nga Bay and Phi Phi Island, but there are so many more to explore! If you feel like renting a car or a scooter, you will be able to go from place to place by yourself. If not, the tour agencies in Phuket are well organized and affordable, plus they will always pick you up at your hotel and drop you off after your day trip.

Beaches of Phuket

Since the main reason decided to travel all the way to Phuket is the beaches, you will be pleased to know that we counted more than 46 beaches on the island. Those in the southwest are the most beautiful, but also the business ones, especially between December to March. Luckily, some superb beaches in the north are a lot more quiet, with enough hotels and restaurants to make your holiday perfect. We even found some beaches that remained quiet, not so much because they are secret, but because it requires a bit of effort to reach them, and people are often unwilling to make this effort, but fast to complain when the easy-to-access beaches are too busy!

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Islands near Phuket

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Wingfoiling in Phuket

Windfoiling in Phuket!

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The Big Buddha of Phuket

Phuket Big Buddha

Phuket's most iconic landmark Visible from anywhere in the southern part of the island, the Big Buddha of Phuket is ... Read More
Phuket Sunday Walking Street Market

Phuket Sunday Walking Street Market

Phuket Sunday Walking Street Market is the most popular attraction in Phuket Town. This 360-metre long street market was an ... Read More
Wat Chalong Temple in Phuket

Wat Chalong – Phuket’s most important temple

Wat Chalong is the largest, most revered and most visited Buddhist temple in Phuket. According to some sources, it was ... Read More
Chillva Market Phuket

Chillva Market Phuket

Chillva Market Phuket is one of the best weekday night markets on the island. Everyone seems to love them, Thai ... Read More
Central Floresta Phuket

Central Phuket Floresta Shopping Mall

Central Phuket Floresta sounds like another mall on the island but is just a massive extension of the good old ... Read More
Shrine of Serene Light in Phuket Town

Shrine of the Serene Light in Phuket Town ⛩️

Sang Tham Shrine or the Shrine of the Serene Light The Shrine of the Serene Light, locally known as Sang ... Read More
Phuket Naka Weekend Market in Phuket Town

Naka Weekend Market

Phuket Naka Weekend Market (previously called Chaofa Variety Weekend Market) is an immense night bazaar near Central Festival on the ... Read More
Tunk Ka Cafe Phuket

Tunk Ka Cafe in Phuket Town

Tunk Ka Cafe is one of our favourite restaurants in Phuket Town, a long-established hillside place beautifully built on top ... Read More
Phuket Indy Market - Phuket Town

Phuket Indy Night Market in Phuket Town

Phuket Indy Night Market is a fun, young, creative little night market in Phuket Town, located on Limelight Avenue, a ... Read More
Blue Elephant Phuket

Blue Elephant Phuket

A great Thai Restaurant in Phuket Town Blue Elephant Phuket is not a casual Thai restaurant, but contrary to what ... Read More
Market Village Phuket in Chalong

Market Village Phuket in Chalong

Market Village Phuket in Chalong is a small but convenient shopping village located in Chalong, in the south of Phuket, ... Read More
Phuket Aquaria at Central Floresta

Aquaria Phuket at Central Floresta

An immense aquarium in Phuket Town Aquaria Phuket is an attraction in Phuket town, on the lower floor of the ... Read More
Khao Rang Hill

Rang Hill in Phuket Town (Khao Rang)

Khao Rang Hill in Phuket Town Rang Hill (Khao Rang), located in the middle of Phuket, is famous for its ... Read More
Monkey Hill Phuket

Monkey Hill Phuket Town

Where to see monkeys in Phuket? Update: Monkeys are unpredictable and can be dangerous! Never feed them by hand. Accidents ... Read More
Decathlon Phuket

Decathlon Phuket

A huge sports mall at great prices Decathlon is a massive sports equipment warehouse located just next to Central Festival ... Read More
Wat Charoen Samanakij in Phuket Town

Wat Charoen Samanakij in Phuket Town

A hidden temple in Phuket Town Wat Charoen Samanakij, also known as Wat Lang San, is a beautiful and serene ... Read More
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Willy Thuan

Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early until I settled in Phuket in 1994. For the past 30 years, my passion for photography and my curiosity have taken me to every corner of Phuket, Bangkok and everywhere I could go in Thailand. My goal is to share my discoveries, photos and tips to help travellers plan their holidays by making Phuket 101 as easy as possible to use for everyone!