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20 Amazing Things To Do In Phuket, Thailand - The 2019 Video Guide

Published on April 3, 2019 by Our Roving Reporter

Looking for things to do in Phuket? This video guide will put you in the picture.

Smiled at the Thought of Visiting Phuket in The Land of Smiles? ​You ought to. Phuket in Thailand is so beautiful that you cannot help but smile. Here we share 20 things to do in Phuket.

Phuket, one of the provinces in the southern part of Thailand, is an archipelago that consists of the country’s largest island, Phuket, along with 32 smaller islands off coast.

The province of Phuket is a little less than Singapore in terms of size, with an area of 576 square kilometers. It is the second largest province in the entire country, and is situated in one of the major trading and business routes between China and India.

There are 30 stunning beaches within the area, so Phuket is the dream summer travel destination for people who love tropical climate and warm vacations. Aside from sun, sand, and lots of water, the central town is packed with nightclubs, bars, and discos. This province is also one of the most open when it comes to gender diversity, so men, women, and gay folks can enjoy their time in Phuket without discrimination based on their sexual preferences.


Where is Phuket?

Phuket is located off coast on the western part of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. It is attached by the Sarasin Bridge to Phang Nga Province in the north. The nearest province to Phuket is Krabi, to the east across Phang Nga Bay.


What's the Weather and Climate like in Phuket?

Like most countries in Asia, the climate in Phuket is characterized by tropical monsoons. Because Thailand is near the equator, there is not much difference in the variation of its temperatures the whole year long. Phuket only has 2 seasons: the dry season that goes from December through March, and the wet season that covers the remaining months.



How Do You Say 'Phuket'?​

Phuket only has two syllables, but it is relentlessly mispronounced by tourists. The way most people say it sounds like a phrase you shouldn’t say in front of children. Yes, like “Fuket” or “Fukc it”. It does sound like a profanity, which—I think—makes perfect sense, since in the English language, the letters "p" and "h" next to each other make an "f" sound. Thais, though, say words beginning with “Ph” with a stressed “P” sound, so Phuket is actually pronounced “Poo-ket” or “Poo-get”.


Breathtaking Things to See and Do in Phuket, Thailand


1. Phang Nga Bay​

Phang Nga Bay​

One of the features that made Phang Nga Bay a cut above the rest of its kind are the fascinating limestone karts that protrude vertically out of the clear, emerald-green waters. Its waters remain calm all year long, since the bay is protected from monsoons, which also adds another layer of appeal to its impressive backdrop and  abundant  wildlife.

Two of the more popular spots in the Pha Nga Bay are James Bond Island and Koh Panyee. The best way to enjoy the bay and its spectacular landscape, with minimal encounters with the other tourists and the crowd, is by taking one of the relaxing boat trips that start from the Northern end of Phuket.

A regular day trip cruising would take you through the striking limestone islands, seldom stopping to appreciate the quiet and serene beaches. This cruise is by far more rewarding than the usual standard bus-boat tours.


Bucket List Things to Do in Phuket, Thailand

2. Phi Phi Island

Bucket List Things to Do in Phuket, Thailand

Phi Phi Island is one of the many reasons why Phuket is a coveted tourist destination. It has starred in a handful of movies and is usually the talk of the town among Thailand travelers. It is hyped, yes, but it does not disappoint and lives up to the excitement attached to it.

Phi Phi’s magnificence is what mostly drives the allure. From a boat, the islands seem to rise from the waters like an ancient fortress. Rocky cliffs loom overhead, and then give way to a jungle with a mesmerizing waterfront.

The islands seem to rise from the waters like an ancient fortress. Rocky cliffs loom overhead, and then give way to a jungle with a mesmerizing waterfront.

Another inviting factor of this island is its laid-back vibe. You don’t need to rush or hurry when visiting Phi Phi Island, since there wouldn’t be a crowd to bustling tourists there.


Iconic Things to See in Phuket, Thailand

3. Visit The Big Buddha

Visit The Big Buddha

The Big Buddha is an iconic representation of the orange-robed monks that distinguishes Thailand from other Asian countries. This iconic attraction in Phuket is one of the most significant and respected landmarks in the whole of Thailand. The enormous figure sits atop the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata.

Since the Big Buddha is at 45 meters tall, it can be clearly seen from spots as far flung as Karon Beach and Phuket Town. The highest site provides an exhilarating 360-degree vista of the island, with full views of Kata, Chalong Bay, Phuket Town, Karon, and more.

This tourist spot is also a religious site, so some locals and even tourists might find it disrespectful to wear beach clothes, shorts skirts, and tank tops in the area. If you think you have dressed a little too daringly, you could ask for a sarong as a cover-up.

Reaching the Big Buddha is easy, via a winding 6-kilometer route leading from Phuket’s main road.


Fun Things to Do in Phuket, Thailand

4. Shopping at Night Markets

Fun Things to Do in Phuket, Thailand

The province of Phuket also has a pulsating night clubs and bars for the party people, but its streets are also alive with bustling markets and small kiosks, where you could get great deals and bargains for a bunch of souvenirs and keepsakes.

These markets are also open during the day, but why stroll under the scorching heat of the sun and waste a perfectly good beach day? You can wander at night and enjoy the gentle Thai breeze while scouring through affordable items.

Phuket Night Markets also hold special festivals with entertaining street performers and good food. Food stalls also abound even at night, so this is the perfect time  to grab some  grub and experience authentic Thai street food while shopping in cool comfort.


Exciting Things to See and Do in Phuket, Thailand

5. Island Hopping

Exciting Things to See and Do in Phuket, Thailand

The province of Phuket consists of 33 islands in total: the large island Phuket plus 32 smaller islands scattered around it. From tiny lumps of rocks that protrude from the waters to large pieces of land jutting up from the waters of the Andaman Sea, Phuket has them all.

These islands bring a sense of relaxation, tranquility, freedom, and exoticism, and those are what made this archipelago so alluring.

Unfortunately, the main island Phuket has lost some of its idyllic atmosphere due to industrialization and the demand to upgrade to further promote tourism. Nevertheless, a number of smaller islands around it still offer a secluded sanctuary for those who want to escape their stresses.


Best Things to See with Kids in Phuket, Thailand

6. Phuket Fantasea Show

Phuket Fantasea Show

If you are tagging kids along, this is one of the Phuket attractions that they will truly enjoy. The structures in this attraction are rather quirky, with entertainers in over-the-top colorful costumes, and elephants walking around. Phuket Fantasea has been built to impress while embodying the principal essences of Thai culture, so much so that it deems itself as “The Ultimate Cultural Theme Park.”

The main lure of Fantasea is the stage show, but there are also other rides and offerings that also adds to the overall appeal of this attraction. There is a village with an array of shopping options, carnival games, elephant rides, and food stalls and restaurants. In Phuket FantaSea Show, everything is bright, elaborate, and absolutely impressive.

They also offer superb customer service; the management of the show ensures that you are transported in comfort, fed well, and generally happier and more entertained when you leave the place. They have plenty of staff around to assist you with your concerns and help you head in the right direction.


Cultural Things to See and Do in Phuket, Thailand

7. Wat Chalong and Phuket Temples

Wat Chalong has been one of the oldest temples and up until now, it is still extending its warm welcome to visitors and tourists.

Buddhist temples or Wats are one of the significant Thai symbols because majority of the population are Buddhists. Also, these temples are so enchanting in their own right. In Phuket province alone, there are almost 30 Buddhist temples around the islands. Wat Chalong has been one of the oldest temples and up until now, it is still extending its warm welcome to visitors and tourists.

Thai locals visit the temples to pray, while Westerners come to learn more about their religion. These temples are open from 7 am to 5 pm daily.


Things To Do In Phuket At Night

8. Old Phuket Town

Things To Do In Phuket At Night

The old Phuket Town is an attraction that’s a bit far from the usual tropical favorites. What makes this are so inviting is its history that is still very much evident in its structures and establishments. In this area, you will see Chinese and Buddhist temples, shrines, rich and ornately preserved shop houses, charming cafes, small printing shops, and museums. The old Phuket Town was built on resources garnered from the province’s tin boom during the last century.

You would also see extravagant Sino-colonial mansions once owned by tin barons around a hundred years prior. This town is small enough to be explored on foot and it is best to stroll around early in the morning or a few hours before dusk.


Free Things to See and Do in Phuket, Thailand

9. Similan Island

Similan Islands may not have the attractive limestone of Pha Nga Bay, but it has verdant and dense forests that nature and hiking enthusiasts would swoon over.

Similan Islands may not have the attractive limestone of Pha Nga Bay, but it has verdant and dense forests that nature and hiking enthusiasts would swoon over. Gum trees and Ironwood trees abound in the area, but there are also rattan, bamboo, and jackfruit trees that serve as habitat to the variety of wildlife that thrive in the area. Similan Island is home to a plethora of crab-eating monkeys, bats, squirrels, lizards, and several species of birds.

Another eye-catching feature of this island is the boulders that seem to stack on top of each other.

Nevertheless, the best sights that this island offers can be found underneath the waves. Similan Island is also a popular dive spot and it boasts of spectacular coral growth and colorful marine life.


Best Things to See and Do with Kids in Phuket, Thailand

10. Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

Elephants are revered animals in Thailand, so much so that these docile creatures are also an icon that identifies the country. Unfortunately, though, a lot of elephants are maltreated for the sake of entertainment.

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is not like other animal parks that exploit and even hurt the animals to coerce them to perform. More than an attraction, it serves as a retirement home for elephants that were rescued from abusive and cruel animal show managers.

Tours conducted here are not mainly for entertainment, but to raise funds for the food, care, and medicines of a handful of elephants in the institution. This is not a petting zoo and you are not allowed to ride elephants, but you could walk with them, feed them, and watch them in their natural environment


Gastronomic Things to Do in Phuket, Thailand

11. Try the Pad Thai Shop

Thailand’s National food, Pad Thai, isn’t actually that complicated nor complex to make, but its taste has been so distinct that it is rather easy to tell a good Pad Thai from a “I’ll pass on that” Pad Thai.

Thailand’s National food, Pad Thai, isn’t actually that complicated nor complex to make, but its taste has been so distinct that it is rather easy to tell a good Pad Thai from a “I’ll pass on that” Pad Thai. When a restaurant is well-known for a specific dish, you can be sure that their prized dish would be one  of the best you would  taste in your lifetime.

The Pad Thai Shop has mastered the beautiful art of preparing excellent Pad Thai and the serve over a hundred servings a day. You love Pad Thai? You’d be surprised to know that you could fall deeper in love with it when served here.

When a restaurant is well-known for a specific dish, you can be sure that their prized dish would be one of the best you would taste in your lifetime. The Pad Thai Shop has mastered the beautiful art of preparing excellent Pad Thai and the serve over a hundred servings a day. You love Pad Thai? You’d be surprised to know that you could fall deeper in love with it when served here.


Educational Things to See and Do in Phuket, Thailand

12. Phuket Aquarium

Phuket Aquarium offers guests and tourists an opportunity to see both the wonderful as well as the weird creatures that live in Thailand’s rivers, lakes, and seas, and learn a lot about their life systems too.

Phuket Aquarium offers guests and tourists an opportunity to see both the wonderful as well as the weird creatures that live in Thailand’s rivers, lakes, and seas, and learn a lot about their life systems too.

You will also get the chance to see and experience a simulation of their natural habitats, namely mountains, mangroves, streams, coral reefs, and the deep ocean in general. Phuket Aquarium is not that big, but it makes up  for its area size with vibrant aquatic displays and interactive exhibits.


Historical Things to Do in Phuket, Thailand

13. Phuket Mining Museum

Historical Things to Do in Phuket, Thailand

Located in Kathu, between British International School and Loch Palm Club, is Phuket Mining Museum. It is one of Phuket’s  most interesting museums, since it displays tin mine models and recreated opium den scene, among many others.

The structure of the building was Sino-Portuguese inspired, like many of the mansions and other structures all around the province. Most of the mansions were owned by Chinese families in the Old Phuket Town district.

The museum opened in August 2009 as an informative historical and cultural attraction. The structure of the building was Sino-Portuguese inspired, like many of the mansions and other structures all around the province. Most of the mansions were owned by Chinese families in the Old Phuket Town district.

Entrance to the museum used to be free to locals and tourists alike, but now there is a fixed fee: For local Thais, it is about 50 baht for adults and 20 per child; for foreigners, though, a ticket costs 100 baht per adult and 50 per child.

Luxurious Things to Do in Phuket, Thailand

14. Blue Elephant

Luxurious Things to Do in Phuket, Thailand

Blue Elephant has long established itself as an authority in authentic Thai cuisine. If you are in Phuket, give them a try and you will understand why. The restaurant location is a posh and huge mansion, where they serve beautifully dishes that match the grandiose of the building.

Its wooden interior with traditional Thai decorations adds another layer of Thai culture to the experience.  Blue Elephant has courteous and English-speaking staff to assist you and make your dining experience even more enjoyable.


Fun Things to Do with Kids in Phuket

15. Phuket Trickeye Museum

Fun Things to Do with Kids in Phuket

If you are bringing kids along your trip to Phuket, you can bring them to Phuket Trickeye Museum for a couple of hours of fun. From the name of this attraction, “Trickeye”, their concept is presenting giant 3D paintings that look like optical illusions, for photo sessions. It is similar to the #D museums in Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Bangkok. Phuket Trickeye Museum isn’t affiliated to any of those three museums, though.

The museum building in Phuket used to be the popularly weird Pearl Cinema, then the Fantasia Entertainment Club. Now, the museum houses over a hundred different optical illusion 3D paintings showing a variety of scenes for the guests to be silly with.


Things to Do in Phuket - Places To Eat

16. Red Duck Restaurant

Things to Do in Phuket - Places To Eat

Red Duck Restaurant is only a fairly small restaurant, but their food is anything but small. Authentic Thai dishes are cooked to perfection and are served creatively and with style. The food they serve are definitely as good as they look and they live up to the hype. The charming chef and owner is always present to make sure that him and his staff provide you with world-class quality service.


Historical Things to See and Do in Phuket, Thailand

17. Phuket Thai Hua Museum

Phuket Thai Hua Museum

Thai Hua Museum, one of Phuket’s most prized architectural wonders, is located on Krabi Road. It is one of the most charming and most well-maintained Sino-Portuguese structures in the province of Phuket. The building, which was recently renovated, was once a Chinese-language school. It also features a lovely garden where  heavy tools and machines from the industrial era were displayed.

As the previous purpose of the building implies, this museum exhibits how the Chinese figures in Phuket strived and struggled to become successful in their trades.

What’s it about, though? As the previous purpose of the building implies, this museum exhibits how the Chinese figures in Phuket strived and struggled to become successful in their trades. Somehow, it also shows the history and culture of Phuket,, as seen from Thai-Chinese business trade standpoint.

In 2008, Thai Hua museum was awarded in the field of constitutional and public buildings, by the Siam Architect Association under the King’s support in the museum’s exemplary role in architectural arts.


Things to Do in Phuket For Free

18. Promthep Cape

Promthep Cape

The much coveted Promthep Cape is located at the southernmost part of Phuket. It is the rocky cliff that juts out into the sea, providing a panoramic view of the island, especially at sunset. Aside from the fantastic view, there is also an elephant shrine and a charming lighthouse displaying several historical maritime relics for the history buffs who are interested in the area’s history.

The balcony of the lighthouse also has its treat: a marvelous view of the nearby islands. On a fine day, visitors can see the distinctive shapes of Koh Racha Noi, Koh Phi Phi, and Koh Racha Yai.


Fun Things to Do with Kids in Phuket, Thailand

19. A-Maze Garden Tours

Fun Things to Do with Kids in Phuket, Thailand

Who said Thailand is just about beaches and ancient temples? Here at A-Maze Garden in Phuket, the visitors’ brain cells will be challenged as they try to wander and find their way out of a thousand square meter labyrinth. They can race or take their sweet time exploring this one-of-a-kind attraction.

This is a fun activity to do whether you are with friends or kids, you will have a grand time practicing and utilizing your directional skills. A-Maze Garden has been a popular destination for family fun and this is one of the spots to spend an afternoon at—heck, why not an entire day?

A-Maze Garden Tours

Fun Things to See in Phuket


20. Visit The Upside Down House

Visit The Upside Down House

The Upside Down House in Phuket is one of the quirkiest things you will see in this country. This literally upside down house  offers a one-of-a-kind chance to somehow walk on the ceiling. Visitors to this quirky attraction enter from the attic of the inverted house and they  are free to explore the fascinating rooms, including the kitchen, bathroom, living room, including a garage with a life-size tuk tuk in it. Once visitors have adapted to the awkward feeling of seeing the floor above and the ceiling below, the place is actually good for taking social media worthy selfies and groupies as well.


Phuket, Thailand is a province blessed with lush and verdant landscapes, turquoise waters, and breathtaking beaches. Moreover, wildlife and marine species abound, which add up to the archipelago's inviting appeal. 

Much  like anywhere in the world, Phuket may not be everyone's cup of tea, but there are a lot of things to do there for everyone. 

Phuket boasts of its natural wonders, and it also has amazing man-made architectural gems to balance things out. Furthermore, the rich cultural and historical background of the province is definitely something to be fascinated about. 

The best part of it, I believe, is that you don't have to spend a lot to enjoy the islands. 

Phuket in Thailand is absolutely one of the places you should not miss in Asia. 

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