10 BEST Things To Do in Phuket

Phuket is located on the Andaman Sea in southern Thailand. It’s the biggest island in the country. Thanks to its convenient accessibility through an international airport and a bridge connecting it to the mainland, this destination stands out as a top tourist hub. 

Its allure lies in its sandy beaches, lively nightlife, and delectable Thai cuisine, drawing visitors from far and wide. In this article, we highlight 10 of the best things to do on Phuket Island.

10 BEST Things To Do in Phuket

10. Hit The Beaches 

With over 30 beaches to choose from, Phuket has something for everyone. If you like the more popular party beaches with lots of activities, then Patong or Karon Beach might be for you. And if you enjoy quieter, more serene beaches then look no further than Yan Nui or Freedom Beach. Our favorite one called Nai Harn Beach had the best of both worlds. 

This beach doesn't attract crowds yet, but does offer some activities and facilities. Keep in mind the beaches in Phuket are best visited between November and May. At that time you won't be fighting rough waves that can make swimming and snorkeling dangerous.

9. Eat at a night market 

Wherever you go in Thailand, the streets come alive in the evenings with night markets filled with delicious street food options and souvenir stalls. The most popular and authentic one on the island is the Sunday Walking Street Market in Phuket Town. But if you're not visiting on a Sunday, you can browse for other night markets in the area. 

Best Phuket Town, you'll also find them at Patong, Karon, and Bangtao Beach. The Indy Market in Phuket Town is also an amazing spot to enjoy local dishes. All of the markets on the island provide a great opportunity to sample Thai cuisine. 

8.  Explore Phuket Old Town 

As the capital of the Phuket Province, Phuket town has a rich history which is reflected in the architecture of its Old Town today. Strolling around Thalang Road, you'll find colorful Chinese-European-style houses. There are several souvenir and handicraft shops as well as some cafes and restaurants along the way. The street isn't very long and you don't need than an hour or two to walk around here. 

7. Day Trip To Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island 

One of the things we enjoyed most about Phuket was its proximity to nearby highlights, such as the stunning Phang Nga Bay. This natural beauty is shaped by towering limestone cliffs, emerald waters, and numerous islands to explore. From Phuket, it's possible to go on a one-day tour here. 

The first stop on the tour is generally the Monkey Cave Temple, where you can find brilliant Buddha images and of course lots of Monkeys. Panyee Island is another popular stop on the route and a place we really enjoyed. We got here by longtail boat and were able to explore the amazing village built on stilts by local fishermen. 

We also had some delicious Thai food on the island. Talu Cave was the next stop on our tour, where we explored its beautiful blue waters and rock formations by canoe. And finally, we visited the famous James Bond Island which got its name from the 1974 James Bond movie " The Man with the Golden Gun". 

6.  Experience the Patong Nightlife 

Patong is known as the party capital of Phuket if not all of Thailand. Bangla Road is the notorious heart of all Phuket Nightlife with a variety of live music and nightclubs to choose from. The road turns into a pedestrian walking street after 6pm and you can expect large crowds later in the evening. 

5.  Visit the Big Buddha

One of the most iconic landmarks on the island is undoubtedly the Big Buddha. This 45-meter or 147-foot-tall white statue is at the top of a hill and offers spectacular views of the island. The best way to get here is by renting a vehicle, taxi, or tuk-tuk. It's also possible to hike here from Kata Beach but keep in mind that it's a steep, long,  and sweaty route. 

4. Viewpoints of Phuket

Besides the Big Buddha, there are tons of other breathtaking viewpoints. One of the most popular areas to take in the scenery is Karon Viewpoint, which is accessible by road and gives you a lovely view of three beaches. 

But our favorite view was Black Rock Viewpoint in the south of Phuket. It's the most challenging view to reach as it involves first driving a scooter or car over a sketchy dirt road as well as some steep walking. If you hike the trail from the last parking lot on the dirt road like we did, it takes about 15 minutes to get to the top. 

3. Watch the sunset in Phuket

There are plenty of places to watch the sunset in Phuket, whether you head to one of the beaches on the west coast such as Patong, or go to a higher lookout point. Phrom Thep Cape is likely the most visited sunset spot on Phuket Island. 

But for a more relaxing experience, try to secure a spot at one of the on the west-facing hill with a panoramic view, just a three-minute drive from Karon's viewpoint. After Beach Bar and Restaurant is a good one. 

2. Visit Wat Chalong

You cannot leave Thailand without visiting at least one of its Buddhist temples. Wat Chalong is the largest and arguably most beautiful one in Phuket. Dating back to the 1800s is also an important place of worship for the Thai people. Make sure to visit the Grand Pagoda, which protects a fragment of Lord Buddha's bone. You can book a half-day tour of this temple. But there are also more than 25 other temples in Phuket, so you might find one closer to you as well. 

1. Boat tour to Koh Phi Phi & Maya Bay

Finally, numerous beautiful islands are only a short boat right away from Phuket. The most popular ones to visit on a day tour are undeniably the Phi Phi Islands, which includes the beautiful Maya Bay. Here, you can find white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and spectacular natural scenery. 

You might recognize the idyllic setting of Maya Bay from the movie "The Beach" with Leonardo DiCaprio. But if you're looking for less crowded island to visit it, might be best to look at some other options, such as Koh Yao, The Similan Islands, Coral Island, and Racha Island. So pick your favorite!


The island is heavily loaded with tourists in all of the popular areas. There are a lot of fun things to do here, but keep in mind that it's always busy. If you're looking for a laid-back, tranquil Island, then we recommend looking into the smaller islands that are off the shore of Phuket or in the Gulf of Thailand.

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