Phuket Attractions – What to See & Do in Phuket

Phuket Attractions - Fantasea Show

Phuket is one of the most popular tourist spots in Thailand. You can do many things here as well as experience various Phuket attractions. In fact, there is such a wide variety of places and activities here that it will take you quite a few days to do most, if not all of them.

 

Tours

Phuket has many places you can explore and one of the best ways to do that is to take yourself on tours.

Go island hopping via speedboat on Phi Phi Islands. You can begin by exploring Monkey Bay on Koh Phi Phi Don, and then go snorkelling in Hin Klang reef or Maya Bay. You can also take the time to swim in Bamboo Island.

If you’re fond of theme parks and you’re traveling with kids, visit the Phuket Fantasea Show! It has a carnival village with many shops and handicraft stores, plus you can enjoy a lavish buffet that serves both Thai and international dishes. Moreover, treat your eyes to a grand Las Vegas-style theatrical show that features some of Thailand’s myths and mysteries.

Nature lovers can opt for a Safari tour at the Siam Safari elephant camp. The four main activities you can do here are meeting young elephants, elephant trekking, witnessing how rubber is made, and learning the different uses of coconuts.

Adventurers, on the other hand, can go on an extreme eco tour via ATV at the Phuket ATV Park or enjoy white water rafting at the Tone Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary in Phang Nga.

 

Shopping

It’s nearly impossible not to shop whenever you travel and Phuket attractions actually include shopping places that suit the different tastes and needs of its many tourists.

If you’re the usual mall goer, there are several malls that can cater to your needs. When you’re in Patong, the nearest mall is Central Festival Phuket which houses over 120 stores. Another mall in Patong is the Jungceylon Shopping Complex, which has two main stores: Robinson and Big C Supermarket.

If you love haggling and do not mind not shopping alfresco, go to Phuket’s markets. You can search through a seemingly endless list of goods at the Phuket weekend market along Chao Fa West Road. If you don’t like crowds, visit the Indy Market on Dibuk Road where you can shop and be entertained with live performances. There’s also the modern Banzaan Market that looks like a mall, but with cheaper-priced goods.

Other shops include the Premium Outlet Phuket, tailor shops (specializing in Thai silk), antique shops, and handicraft shops.

 

Restaurants

Going on tours and shopping can be pretty tiring activities and they can make you hungry, too! The great thing about Phuket attractions is that they also include restaurants that can satisfy your gastronomical needs as well as provide you with a chance to experience authentic Thai cuisine as well as international ones.

Enjoy fine dining while breathing in the sea air at Breeze restaurant in Cape Yamu, Boathouse Wine & Grill on Kata Beach or in Mom Tri’s Kitchen Royale on Kata Noi Beach. Love Italian cuisine? You should head on over to Acqua Restaurant on Kalim Beach or La Gaetana along Phuket Road. For French cuisine lovers, go to Le Versace Restaurant Lounge Bar on Patong Beach. Order as much Thai food as you want at a fixed price at the very popular Ka Jok See Restaurant. Enjoy sunset cocktails at Joe’s Downstairs in Kalim.

There are other food places you can explore in Phuket and finding them is one of the best experiences you’ll have on this island.

 

Other Phuket attractions

Exploring the numerous Phuket attractions can be exhausting, but getting a massage can rejuvenate you for more adventures. There are various spa resorts and treatments you can avail of in Phuket, so it’s easy to book a session.

If you want to learn or watch a sporting event, go for Thailand’s national sport, Muay Thai, which is basically Thai boxing. Cheer with the crowd as you watch nightly boxing events in the Patong Beach area.

You can also enrich your spiritual side by visiting Phuket’s Big Buddha and the different Buddhist temples in the area. The Big Buddha is 45 meters high and is one of the most well-known and most important Phuket attractions. Wats or Buddhist temples, on the other hand, are spread throughout Phuket island. There are 29 temples in all and are open to both locals and tourists.

Since Phuket has over 30 beaches, you can also go snorkelling, water skiing, wakeboarding, surfing, swimming, and kite surfing. You can also go cable skiing at the Phuket Wake Park or go golfing in various golf and country clubs.

Because there are so many Phuket attractions to explore, you just need to plan your trip well to enjoy most of them, if not all.

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