If you are planning your vacation on Phuket Island; you must know that you will be surprised by the variety of things to do in Phuket. Phuket is the largest island in Thailand that is connected with the Thai peninsula by land and by an airport that daily receives plenty of tourists, with a wide range of hotels and services.
Phuket is located 870 km from Bangkok west of the Andaman Sea, with an area of 21 km wide and 48 km long. It is the sixth largest province in the country with 1.6 million inhabitants. It’s also known as “The Pearl of the Andaman” thanks to its beautiful beaches of crystal clear waters.
Here we are going to guide you through the most visited and best places to see in Phuket from the historical sacred temples and the rich culture to the gorgeous beaches and the colorful vibrant markets. Let’s take a look!
Places and Sightseeing
The city of Phuket (Phuket City)
Located southeast of the island, it is very interesting to know and enjoy this old part of the city, characterized with the colonial style of the streets and buildings that will absolutely catch your attention, many cafes and restaurants are also there, and let’s not forget the fabulous night market. The town is not too frequented by tourists since they usually spend their time on the beaches.
The lighthouse of Laem Promthep
To the south of the island, lies the lighthouse of Laem Promthep, from here you can enjoy the best views of the island, and especially the sunsets. It’s one of the most cheerful and lively spaces, where you will find a range of Go-Go bars and ladyboys, special restaurants, and shops. With accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets.
If you are interested in getting to know the authentic Thai culture, we recommend visiting this small village near the capital Phuket, which is visited by tourists who enjoy dancing, elephant rides and shows, as well as taking a glimpse over the Thai traditions and customs. It’s a very cozy place and a very interesting one too.
Gypsies of Mar Rawai
The village of the gypsies of the sea, located in the south-east part of Phuket. Their houses are built on wide wooden piles, these Muslims live on fishing, so you will find a restaurant where you can enjoy a spectacular view while you taste the main menu that is definitely "fresh fish". Then you can walk through the covered market and buy crafts and enjoy its colorful and cheerful awnings.
Naiharn Reggae Bar
This Bar is run by a family of Rastafarians, with a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere filling the air; you will feel as if you are at home. The bar is located next to the beach of Nai Harn.
A very authentic bar where you can have something to drink, eat hamburgers sandwiches, and maybe go surfing! As you will find a kind of pool with a very large current, and a ramp with a monitor. It is a very fun place to experience. Its public timetable is from 10 in the morning until 12 at night.
The Giant Buddha (Great Buddha)
In Phuket there is a giant statue of 45 meters, they call it giant Buddha. It is located on the top of a mountain and is visible from the road. It is one of the most common visits, especially by devotees of Buddha. You can find this statue on one of the hills in the center of the island.
Temples in Phuket
Generosity and kindness is an unmistakable quality of the Thais. This characteristic is very appreciated in this beautiful temple, where you will find many statues of Buddha, and you will feel much peace and tranquility.
Wat Khao Rang
It is the first temple of this type and the most visited spiritual place, the great golden Buddha is extensively welcoming worshippers especially on the weekends. This Buddha was the first on the island before building the giant Buddha. It can be visited in the grounds of Wat Khao Rang.
Jui Tui Shrine
This Chinese temple is a very popular one. It has become a tradition that as soon as you arrive in Phuket this is the first visit to do. It is considered the most respected temple for being the oldest. It is currently located in Soi Phuthorn, Ranong Road, very close to the main market of Phuket.
The spiritual tradition of Phuket is awarded with 29 temples, among them, the most revered is the Buddhist Temple of Wat Chalong, in a small garden surrounded by several buildings where you can enjoy the standard architecture Rattanakosin, typical of Thai temples, the view from the highest tower is really incredible, an infallible destination for lovers of photography that you can access at no cost.
Wat Phra Thong
A Buddha of half-buried gold is the main attraction of this small temple, it is believed that anyone who tried to touch it has been cursed! So, it is preferable to see it and not touch it. His name gives honors to King Rama VI who visited the temple in 1909.
Wat Srisoonthorn (Wat Lipon)
The first thing you see when you enter this temple is a big sleeping Buddha 29 meters high, it is so big that you can see it from the road. In the surroundings of the dormant Buddha; there is a lot of images in the form of lions and others that looks like ghosts, they are said to be the guardians of this temple. It is located in Thalang District in the North of Phuket.
Wat Phra Nang Sang
Two large statues hold the entrance doors of this temple for approximately 500 years. It is also known as “Temple Of The White Blood”.
Location: Thalang on Thepkasattri Road.
Wat Suwan Khuha
Built inside a huge limestone cave, portraying the image of a reclining Buddha of 15 meters; the temple is also known as Wat Tham, or Temple Cave and decorated with colorful and cheerful mosaics. Here you have to be careful with the large population of tremendous monkeys that want to take food away from tourists. It is located 12 km west of the city of Phang Nga in Takua Thung District.
Kiew Tien Keng Shrine
This wonderful sanctuary has a privileged location that is close to the seashore and is considered the starting point for all the Gods, The unique, colorful shows of the final parades of The Vegetarian Festival takes place in this temple, which is located in Saphan Hin Park, Phuket.
It is impossible to go on a trip without the need and pleasure of shopping and even more when we find markets so colorful, fun and cheerful. Whether a detail, a memory or a craving; you will surely find it in one of these markets.
As in any of Phuket markets, you will find a myriad of labyrinth-style passages and objects of any size, quality, and price that will capture your eyes and your curiosity. Be sure that you will come back home with the most unique gifts to your loved ones, or for your own place to remind you of the amazing adventure you once encountered.
In the city, there are many of these attractive markets, of which we will mention the most amazing!
Chilva Market Phuket
Is located in the northern area of Phuket Town! 30 minutes from Patong beach where you can buy, eat and walk! It's an afternoon-night market with a vibrant modern vibe. Perfect to spend an afternoon gap.
Phuket Sunday Street Market
In the Sunday Street market of Phuket, you will find all kinds of traditional products sold by vendors who do not overwhelm you, Moreover, there are places to buy a lot of things, live music that gladdens your senses in the street, and you will get to have a bite of different tasty local food in a special family environment unlike other markets.
Phuket Indy Market
One of the fascinatingly mysterious places of the city is this Art Market where locals sell hand-made products. Street owners organize this market with permission from local authorities every Wednesday from 4 to 10 pm where a number of establishments bring together the artists, sculptors, and designers of the city. This place is especially popular among young people. This mini-market is a kind of creativity shop, it is absolutely different from other markets with food or other goods, but you can buy paintings by local artists, or customize your own portrait which is done at the spot, the presence of dancers from the street creates a feeling of being at a small local party.
Karon Temple Market
It is a very nice flea market with street food stalls that are nice, clean, cheap and very rich. You can buy everything at very cheap prices. If you didn’t find something here to take home; it is certainly because you are not looking. It only opens on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4 to 10 pm.
Between the walls of the temple; it is advisable to dress conservatively.
Phuket Floating Market
Is an open-air market in progress, with establishments built around a body of water where you will find restaurants of typical food, souvenir shop, medicinal herbs and even a massage parlor, with very friendly and hospitable shopkeepers willing to serve you at all times, the prices are also reasonable, and there is a stage for Thai music groups and a big giant ring boxing bet.
Restaurants and Bars
The gastronomy is one of the strongest points of the island of Phuket, so you can feast and try several restaurants during your stay, here we will only mention some of the best.
Salvatore Cossu, owner of a very majestic trattoria, which is named Salvatore's, Who serves the best Italian food in the city, you can visit it on Rassada Road in the old town of Phuket.
To taste the exotic and exquisite Thai food, without a doubt the best place is Raya restaurant. The pleasant decoration of the twenties makes you feel that you´re eating in a museum. In the old town on New Dibuk Road, you will find this well-visited restaurant by well-known artists.
Flavor Organic Kitchen
To taste organic flavors, there is no better place than Flavor Organic Kitchen, a relatively new restaurant, with a fresh and very organized atmosphere. Pay it a visit in Yaowarat Road.
With a cozy atmosphere suitable for a romantic dinner, Gianni and Chonchita will warmly welcome you at La Gaetana, the quality of their dishes is exquisite for the sophisticated palates and even more accompanied by a delicious wine.
You will find it at the junction of Phuket and Ongsimpai streets.
In the center of the city, there is the restaurant of Suay, in Takua Pa Road. To be exact. If what you want is to taste the most delicious dishes with a mixture of Thai and German, you cannot miss this restaurant. It has a very comfortable setting in an outdoor environment as well as a very elegant interior.
The One Chun Café & Restaurant
Surrounded by a rich vintage decoration, you will enjoy the authentic Thai food at The One Chun Café & Restaurant, located in the last section of Thepkasattri Road.
Lovely European style, very bright and with different atmospheres; you can taste in Brasserie Phuket an authentic Belgian and French cuisine.
It is located on Rassada Road in the center of Phuket.
The beautiful island of Phuket is very touristy and with many bars, restaurants, plenty of excursions, a variety of interesting places to see, besides the most exotic and beautiful beaches with beautiful views including Kata Beach, Laem Singh Beach, Karon Beach, Kamala Beach, Surin Beach, Bang Thao, Banana Rock Beach, Praia Hat Mai Khao, among others.
Is located south of the island of Phuket, it is a long beach, with very fine and grey sand ideal for relaxation, this beach is a small paradise of very calm and warm waters. It is full of shops, resorts, hotels and cheap restaurants.
On the one hand, you can appreciate a majestic mountain full of vegetation and, on the other hand, a beautiful cliff watching the waves breaking on the rocks. It’s also great for surfing!
Surin is Kamala’s neighbor, thus, it maintains the same characteristics. It’s very quiet and is considered one of the best with some great restaurants.
Ao Sane Beach
Three bays of sand make up this paradise island of Ao Sane Beach, it is one of the few hidden beaches that are still remaining on the island, feeling that there are no changes and that everything is the same as a few years ago.
To get there you have to enjoy a walk along the sandy coves through the bungalows on Nai Harn Beach.
Laem Singh Beach
Under the bright sun, a multitude of tourists visits this beautiful sandy cove surrounded by the jungle. With joyful morning parties and jet skis adventures! However, when the sun is no longer shining and the clouds are present; it's time to get to know this amazing stream and enjoy a relaxing Spa.
One of the most visited beaches is Karon Beach, for accommodation you can find a number of guest houses at affordable prices, the beach is very long and if the waves are suitable; it can be very interesting to surf.
Mai Khao Praia Hat
In the Amphoe district, east of Thailand there’s this beautiful beach which is one of the most beautiful on the planet. It is characterized by a wonderful breeze, pure and crystalline waters, and few waves. A paradise surrounded by forests and mountains.
Ao Yon Beach
A huge hill of stones, divides the islands of Ao Yon and Ao Yon Junior, Ao Yon Beach, has the privilege of having a shrimp farm, it is a very quiet island with a spectacular view of Chalong Bay and the island Lone. The little ones have the opportunity to bathe and play in a cold stream while the adults rest under the trees and enjoy a spectacular waterfall behind the beach. To reach Ao Yon senior, you must walk to the hill and cross this jewel of the beach, since we have always dreamed of a fine white sand, the crystal blue sea, and the elegant coconut trees, where you can breathe a deep peace.
Bang Thao is a beautiful beach of about 8 km and is located on the west coast. Here you can find a variety of resorts of high quality and comfort.
When we talk about relaxation, Kamala is the ideal beach, a very beautiful beach located on the west coast of Phuket. It is not usually crowded with tourists so you can chill as much as you can.
This well-known beach is very famous because it has a wide variety of places that present a cheerful and diverse nighttime agenda. You get to choose among a lot of bars, restaurants, and discos specifically in Soi Bangla (Bangla Road) is a special environment for couples, singles, and friends.
Banana Rock Beach
A hidden gem between the beaches of Bang Tao and Nai, on the west coast of Phuket, it is a beach not very well known and very quiet since it is not easy to access.