There are so many things to do on Phuket island! Because we only had 24 hours we missed out on a lot. So, we’ve put together a list of sights that you should consider during your visit. Friends we’ve met along the way told us all about them but they were either out of budget or didn’t fit into our time frame. If you’re looking for things to do on Phuket, all the tour offices can tell you how to get there. Make sure you book all tours 24-hours in advance.
Top Things to Do on Phuket According to Fellow Travelers
Wat Suwan Khiriwong
This awesome temple sits at the entrance of Patong. You can’t miss it. Truthfully, we could have gone in but we had a view of it from our hotel room and decided to focus on other things for the day. By the time we decided to go in, it was too late :(. Should’a, would’a, could’a (hindsight, what a b*tch!).
Many Buddha Images
Like the rest of Thailand, citizens of Phuket are very spiritual. You’ll find many Buddha images on the island. One of the top things to do on Phuket is to visit Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha. This Buddha is the second biggest image of Buddha in Thailand.
Many people actually call it Big Buddha. Despite it looking very impressive, we’ve seen Buddha’s of all shapes and sizes by now. So, considering it was extremely expensive to get there, we decided to give it a miss. If you only have one day on Phuket and haven’t experienced the grandeur of the Buddha statues in Thailand, you should definitely pay this guy a visit.
It seems like animal shows make up a huge portion of Phuket’s economy. The Tiger Kingdom, crocodile and elephant shows, and other animal-centric entertainment flood the island. We felt it wrong from a moral point of view. We didn’t want to encourage this kind of animal cruelty by contributing to them financially, so we skipped this one too.
Diving is not my thing, but Sarah absolutely loves it. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to set up a diving trip as we only had one day on Phuket. But, Phuket is one of the most popular diving spots in the West of Thailand. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to get your certification there or get some practice dives under your belt. The islands on the East coast are also very popular for their diving courses.
Phuket has dozens of beaches. Sun-bathing enthusiasts, you’ll feel like you’re in heaven as sunbathing on a variety of tropical beaches is one of the top things to do on Phuket. To name a few: Kata, Kata Noi, Kamala, Ra Wai, Nai Harn, Bang Tao, Rawai, Freedom, and Surin Beach.
Renting a motorbike or car is a great way to explore without having to pay expensive taxi rides. Be careful on the roads! Thai driving is something to take seriously. You never know when a car or motorbike is going to come flying by.
Monkey Hill offers a great attraction for animal lovers who don’t want to pay for shows. This lush hilltop gets it name because of the hoards of monkeys that call it home. Although we didn’t get a chance to visit, we have heard it should be on your list of things to do on Phuket Island. I wished we’d had a chance to see it!
Phang Nga Bay
We heard a lot about Phang Nga Bay and how beautiful it is. Unfortunately, a tour to the bay takes up a whole day so we didn’t get a chance to see it. However, for those of you who love to kayak and be in nature, this should be perfect! Not only this, you’ll get to see the James Bond island and Koh Panyee, two famous destinations.
Wat Chalong is one of Phuket’s most important and visited temples. If you have time, it should be well worth a visit. The pictures look beautiful! Also, if you go during the right time of the year, there ‘country fairs’ where you can taste local food. It is one of the more cultural things to do on Phuket Island as it is a great place to learn about Buddhism.
Karon View Point
Who doesn’t love a luscious sunset or sunrise with a view of a tropical beach, right? Karon view point is just one of the famous viewpoints on Phuket. You can also head to Promthep or Three Beaches where you may get a good view of Phi Phi if the weather permits.
Bang Pae Waterfall
If you are a nature and adventure lover, you should consider hiking to Bang Pae waterfall as one of your things to do on Phuket Island. The waterfall is north of Phuket Old Town and is a popular destination for islanders. It’s a great place for picnicking, swimming, and hiking.
For the adrenaline addicted lot out there, Flying Hanuman is the all-in-one Phuket jungle experience. If you have some spare time and are thinking of things to do on Phuket, this could be the place! Subject to daily inspections and check, you will be able to zipline 40 meters high through the trees.
If you are staying on Phuket, why not grab a tour to one of the famous nearby islands? Phi Phi Islands is on my bucket list for this year and I’ll be returning there to visit with my lovely mom in January. I’ll keep you posted on how it is :)!
There are loads of things to do on Phuket. From the shopping to the architecture, and the beaches you won’t get bored. If you have more than one day on Phuket be sure to check out some of the above, we’ve heard some really great things!
Help Us Add to Our Top Things to Do on Phuket Island!
Have you got anything to add to our list of things to do on Phuket Island? If so, get in touch, we’d love to know more as we are visiting again in January! Thanks :).
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