Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, and it will steal your heart right off the bat! This island offers a piece of paradise for everyone who travels here,  and with over 100 villages to explore, you’ll never be bored!

The beaches found here are some of the best in the world! Find sprawling white-sand shorelines, shimmering blue waters, abundant aquatic life, and take in the vitamin D from the warm sun rays.

Along with the stunning beaches, Phuket is made of 33 islands that each offer something unique! Dense rainforests, refreshing wild waterfalls, and indigenous vegetation that will make you succumb to the magic of this unforgettable island paradise.

Our complete travel guide will be your travel companion, making sure you get the best out of your time in Phuket! We have all the best tours, day trips and more to share with you and ensure that your days are filled to the brim with wonder and unforgettable adventure!

Best Time To Visit Phuket

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These are the best times to visit Phuket!

Phuket has a welcoming, warm and tropical climate which varies from hot to cool and rainy. The beautiful temperatures are usually hotter than they are cold, and even when it’s cold, it’s really still quite humid.

The extremely rainy Monsoon season begins mid-May and goes on till October, but don’t let this deter you. This is when Phuket is quiet, so you can experience a more authentic cultural nature to the places you visit and experience the most beautiful dense bouts of rain! The perfect time to visit Phuket’s museums.

Phuket’s high tourist season is from November to February. During this time, the days are sunny and you won’t have a drop of rain! Making it perfect for lazy afternoons, sightseeing, hiking and water sports.

 Average TemperaturesChance of RainCrowdsOverall Grade
August82°F/28°CVery HighCalm😐
September81°F/27°CVery HighCalm😐

Where To Stay In Phuket

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These are the best places to stay in Phuket!

When traveling to this glorious slice of Thailand, we want you to know the best neighborhoods so that you know where to stay in Phuket when you plan your exciting trip!

Phuket City is Phuket’s capital and is by far the largest city on the whole island!

Stroll the narrow streets, and find the best and most exclusive Thai restaurants, novel shops and beautifully unique must-see attractions like the Thai Hua Museum.

Phuket City is the place to be if you enjoy learning about history and culture, so soak up the local atmosphere and enjoy the charming attractions in this urban city.

Karon beach is found on the west coast of Phuket island and is the second largest tourist beach! Karon is just the place if you’re looking for out-of-this-world views, inviting turquoise waters and long stretches of white sand shores! You will have no problem finding things to do in Karan, and there is an unending amount of cool restaurants and bars for you to check out!

Patong is the most popular tourist destination in the province of Phuket. With picture-perfect coastal views, stunning white sand beaches, a relaxed atmosphere, and beautiful scenic surroundings, we can see why!

Whilst you enjoy the laid-back energy, be sure to think about how you’re going to unleash your wild side during the night as Patong also happens to be the premier party destination in Phuket! Bangla Road is where to be when you’re looking for the heart of the nightlife scene.

Oh, there are also great Airbnbs in Phuket spread across the island to suit every traveller. Staying with locals in Phuket through a homestay is another awesome (and cheap) accommodation with a much more authentic feeling.

Best Hostel in Phuket- Lub D Phuket Patong

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Lub D Phuket Patong is our pick for the best hostel in Phuket!

This magnificent Phuket Hostel was Voted in 2017 as the “Best New Hostel” in the world, and it must be seen to be believed. Take a dip in the see-through outdoor swimming pool, sunbathe on the huge terrace and treat yourself to a few delicious cocktails or beers. This is a place with vibe and friendliness oozing from the walls! Meet other travelers and enjoy the fun and relaxation of the space. If you’re looking for the beach, then it’s only 2 minutes away! If you want to hit the nightclubs & bars on Bangla road then you only have 5 minutes to walk.

Best Airbnb in Phuket: Luxury Room & Rooftop Pool with Phuket City Views

Luxury Room & Rooftop Pool with Phuket City Views, Phuket
Luxury Room & Rooftop Pool with Phuket City Views our pick for the best Airbnb in Phuket

Enjoy amazing views and modern amenities in this luxury condo in Phuket Town. Located on the 11th floor, this contemporary condo offers guests a king sized bed, colorful décor, and a comfortable living space.

With free wifi, two swimming pools and a fitness center, you won’t find a better Airbnb in Phuket.

Best Budget Hotel in Phuket – Natural Mystic Patong Residence

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Natural Mystic Patong Residence is our pick for the best budget hotel in Phuket!

The Natural Mystic Patong Residence has some of the most amazing views of Phuket’s mountain landscapes that you can view from your own private balcony. Each room also offers you an air-conditioned apartment, and this hotel has a convenient on-site parking area it is also only a 10-minute ride from Jungceylon Shopping Mall. Natural Mystic Patong Residence is a short 3-minute drive from the amazing Patong Beach and a 30-minute drive from Phuket Town.

One other advantage is that Phuket International Airport is a 45-minute ride away, so you can easily find your way to and from your terminal. Lounge on the modern sofas and enjoy local Phuket shows on the flat-screen cable TV at night after a busy day. You will also find incredible restaurants within 5 minutes walk, and if you have any questions there is a 24-hour open desk.

Best Luxury Hotel in Phuket – The Nchantra Pool Suite

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The Nchantra Pool Suite is our pick for the best luxury hotel in Phuket!

This luxury 5-star hotel is located directly on Siray Bay Beach. The Nchantra Pool Suite has very spacious and beautifully decorated suites, each with its own private pool and a kitchen. You will be a short 5-minute drive from Rassada Pier, and the property itself also includes a pool, a tour desk, and a 24-hour front desk. Each room at The Nchantra Pool Suite features a separate and comfortable living area and a fabulous balcony with world-class views! Experience luxury and peacefulness at this remarkable hotel and enjoy fine service from one of Phuket’s best hotels!

Phuket Itinerary

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Welcome to our EPIC Phuket itinerary

When getting from place to place in Phuket, one of the easiest ways to guarantee you will not get lost is to catch a tuk-tuk, which is a popular mode of transportation in Asia. Tuk-tuks are motorized rickshaws and provide you with open sides so you can enjoy the scenic drives and feel plenty of fresh air as you cruise! Tuk-tuks are found everywhere in Thailand, so you will easily be able to hire one at any given time to get you from A  to B. Be sure your driver understand where you want to go, and check for an authentic license as well before you accept your ride!

Hiring out a bike is an excellent option when traveling in Phuket, and is ideal for couples or single travelers. There are many businesses that hire out bikes, and most hotels offer this service or will know a company for you to organize one from.

Taxis are found easily, so hiring one is a good option and the prices are usually very reasonable! The locals are also very used to tourists visiting Phuket and can share some knowledge with you on the coolest places to see in Phuket and easy travel itineraries to get around town, but expect most of them not to speak English.

Walking in Phuket is beautiful, each place is pumping with vibrancy and culture! Meet the locals, find new spots and enjoy the street food. A lot of places in Phuket are easy to walk to, and it is well worth taking a stroll in some of the more culturally rich and scenic areas.

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Day 1 Itinerary in Phuket

 Bang Pae Waterfall | Bangla Road | Wat Chalong Temple | Phuket Big Buddha 

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Day 1/Stop 1 – Bang Pae Waterfall

  • Why it’s awesome: There is a Gibbon sanctuary close-by and you may get a chance to see them!
  • Cost: Entrance fee is THB 200 ($6,34) for the national park, and then you will pay either a THB 20 (63c) parking fee for a motorbike or THB 30 (95c) for a car.
  • Food Recommendation: Grab yourself a delicious seafood meal at Bang Pae Seafood and admire the picturesque views of the mangroves and the ocean waters whilst you dine! We recommend any one of their fish dishes in particular, you won’t be disappointed!

Bang Pae waterfall is one of the top three best-known waterfalls in Phuket, perhaps four if you include a tiny one in Layan Bay, but only three are significant: Bang Pae, Kathu Waterfall and Tonsai Waterfall.

Bang Pae Waterfall

This is a must-see waterfall and getting there is an absolute adventure! Travel through the dense rainforests of Phuket, and see indigenous birds in their natural habitat. The waterfall is on part of a National Park which means you will also see some of the most spectacular jungle fauna!

Bang Pae waterfall is breathtaking and remarkably easy to reach. Take a stroll and see Thai teens and families playing in the stream as you walk up the hill. Visiting a waterfall is a wonderful way to spend a day during your weekend in Phuket, as this is when it is most busy and attracts the locals.

Day 1/Stop 2 – Bangla Road

  • Why it’s awesome: This is the absolute epicenter of nightlife in Phuket!
  • Cost: Entrance is free.
  • Food Recommendation: Bangla road is one of the places to get amazing street food. Treat yourself to a delicious meal from one of the vendors and experience the juicy and spicy flavors that Thai food is known for! Expect ribs, chicken, rice more seafood than you could imagine!

Bangla Road in Patong is notoriously named for its high energetic and very lively nightlife! Bangla Road is a  must-visit while you’re in Phuket and you will find the experience to be unforgettable. The nightlife is at the top of its game and offers more clubs than anywhere else in Phuket! Bangla Road is also packed with a ridiculous amount of vibrantly lit bars, go-go bars, girly bars, and relaxed expat bars – think lots of drinks, women, and music!

Bangla Road

As the sun goes down, Bangla road becomes closed off to traffic, making it a wonderful space for easy pub-hopping! The neon lights and bars start to come alive and the music from all the bars starts to intertwine with each other.

Have a noisy, fun and energetic night out in this famous street and have a night that will open your eyes to a whole new world! This road in itself is an experience to be had and it can feel like you’re headed into a fantasy land. There are many side roads (called Soi’s in Thai) that lead off from Bangla Road. Here you will find even more bars, as well as mini clubs.

Insider Tip: When partying the night away, expect to be hit on by a few ‘women of the night’ and even ‘men of the night’ as Bangala Road is also the sex capital of Phuket.

Day 1/Stop 3 – Wat Chalong Temple

  • Why it’s awesome: It is the most important of all the 29 Buddhist temples in Phuket!
  • Cost: Entrance is free, but donations are welcome.
  • Food Recommendation: Mangiafuoco Soitaied is a casual space to dine and have yourself amazing breakfast! We suggest going for the Bruschetta bacon and mozzarella dish and enjoying a fresh cup of amazing coffee to kickstart your day!

This gorgeous temple showcases the brilliance of Phuket’s architectural creativity as well as the rich cultural history of religion on this island. Wat Chalong Temple is formally known as Wat Chaiyathararam and is a huge part of Phuket’s heritage!

Wat Chalong Temple

Wat Chalong is the largest, most revered and most visited Buddhist temple in the whole of Phuket island. This temple was built at the beginning of the 19th century and is definitely at the top of our must-see places in Phuket.

You will see that the tallest building on the grounds of this stunning temple is the 60-meter tall stupa that shelters a magnificent bone fragment of the Lord Buddha. The walls and ceilings of the temple are adorned with beautiful and spiritually significant paintings that retrace the story of Buddha’s legendary life. Each of the three floors and also full of large donated golden statues.

Begin your journey into Phuket by visiting one of the temples that are considered to represent the historical and cultural heart of this gorgeous island!

Day 1/Stop 4 – Phuket Big Buddha

  • Why it’s awesome: You can see the Big Buddha from pretty much wherever you are in the south of Phuket!
  • Cost: Entrance is free.
  • Food Recommendation: The Mountain Breeze Bar & Restaurant not only offers a laid back environment but also amazing views! Be served authentic Thai food with a flair! We suggest going to one of the many different and noodle dishes.

The Phuket Big Buddha, otherwise known as The Great Buddha of Phuket, is a nobly seated Maravijaya Buddha statue in the south of Phuket island. The formal and official name is Phra Phutta Ming Mongkol Akenakiri, shortened to Ming Mongkol Buddha. Find this marvelous statue sitting atop Nakkerd Hill.

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Phuket Big Buddha, Phuket

The Big Buddha is a 45-meter-tall white statue made entirely out of marble and is visible from anywhere in the southern part of Phuket as it protrudes the skies. Visiting this outstanding landmark is at the top of most must-do-in-Phuket lists and we can easily understand why! This is a monument that pays homage to the spiritual history of Phuket and it is a sobering experience to go and see it! The views from this mountain also happen to be breathtaking.

Mostly built on people’s donation in 2004, The Big Buddha Phuket is actually still under construction. If you feel like doing something to help to finish the broad base of the Buddha, you can sponsor a piece of white marble!

Make sure that you get there before it closes at 7pm!

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Day 2 Itinerary in Phuket

Sirinat National Park | Paradise Beach |  The Banzaan Market | Phuket AquariumPhuket Old Town 

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Day 2/Stop 1 – Sirinat National Park

  • Why it’s awesome: This park stretches along some of the best beaches in Phuket!
  • Cost: Entrance fee is THB 200 ($6,34) per adult and THB 100 ($3,17) per child.
  • Food Recommendation: The Good View has some of the freshest and quite unique dishes to share with you! Lounge on the beachfront and indulge in an authentic Thai meal.

The picturesque Sirinat National Park is found on the northwestern coast of Phuket Island.

There is such an atmosphere of peacefulness and so many new types of vegetation and wildlife for you to stumble across! Sirinat National Park stretches over a large amount of pine-fringed beaches, including Nai Thon, Nai Yang, and Mai Khao Beach.

Sirinat National Park
Sirinat National Park, Phuket

Mai Khao Beach is famous for being the exotic home of nesting sea turtles, such as the leatherbacks and hawksbills! You can also explore tropical coral reefs that are clustered in the clear waters offshore and escape into massive mangrove forests in Sai Kaew Beach.

Insider Tip: Keep an eye out for the birdlife, many famous and rare birds can be sighted within the canopies of Sirinat National Park! One of the most popular is the Kingfisher.

Day 2/Stop 2 – Paradise Beach

  • Why it’s awesome: Just look at the name, I think that says it all!
  • Cost: Entrance fee is THB 200 ($6,34) per person.
  • Food Recommendation: Enjoy tasty cocktails at Blue Mango Bar and Grill!

The drinks are delicious, but the food is even better. Choose from their vast range of both Indian and Thai cuisine! We suggest going wild here and trying as many different dishes as you can!

Welcome to paradise! This magnificent and rather private beach is less than 200m in length and hosts a little rocky headland that kind of makes it two beaches if you want to get technical. Paradise Beach is a cozy and tiny cove near Patong and is famous for having lush and calm waters that feature a soft seabed mostly throughout the year.

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Paradise Beach, Phuket

Sunbathe or stroll the pristine white sand and be shaded by nodding palm trees, you will feel as if you are apart of a photo shoot for a holiday brochure! Laze and allow yourself to emerge into the peaceful, picturesque environment that Paradise Beach provides.

Being the home of Paradise Beach Club, this magical cove even has a great choice of facilities, including upbeat restaurants, bars, sea kayaks, beach chairs and so much more. You can even get your party on and join one of Phuket’s only Koh Phangan-style beach parties!

Day 2/Stop 3 – The Banzaan Market

  • Why it’s awesome: Everyone who takes a trip to the Banzaan market will have a fantastic time and make plenty of lifelong memories!
  • Cost: Entrance is free.
  • Food Recommendation: There are so many amazing places to get you and your travel companions an unforgettable Thai meal! We suggest whilst you browse that you don’t miss a chance to sample some fresh exotic drinks such as sugarcane, coconut and guava juice!

Get swept into the energetic and vibrant mass energy here and explore a new way of shopping. The Banzaan Market is a modern-looking Thai fresh market found on Sai Kor Road, behind the Jungceylon.

You will basically come across all kinds of produce and crafts that you could expect at any other street market, but the Banzaan Market is hosted in a much more pleasant envious mentioned and is famous for being so well organized.

The locals go all out to showcase their best products, and you will be amazed at the bargains you can hunt for! This is a cultural way to end the last of your 2 days in Phuket!

Day 2/Stop 4 – Phuket Aquarium

  • Why it’s awesome: There is a huge variety of exotic and indigenous aquatic life for you to see in a truly one-of-a-kind way!
  • Cost: Entrance fee is THB 180 ($5,71) per adult and THB 100 ($3,17) per child.
  • Food Recommendation: The Cove Phuket is the place to go if you’re looking for a laid back atmosphere and wonderful views! Experience amazing service whilst you dine. We suggest trying one of their wood-oven prepared pizzas!

The Phuket Aquarium is a haven of many different types of colorful fish & vibrant coral reef displays! Some of these pools are interactive, and there is even a ‘touch pool’ where you can put your hands in and feel these marvelous creatures.

The Phuket Aquarium is in Cape Panwa and one of its defining features is a beautiful tank that is also a tunnel! The tunnel may only be a few meters long, but its effect is enormous and gives quite the ambiance when you walk through and see majestic sea life surrounding you

Phuket Aquarium

There are Several sea-themed rooms displaying aquariums of various sizes. Starting with the smaller tanks that have gorgeous seahorses floating about, cheerful clownfish, the funny looking longhorn cowfish, or even some squarish box-looking-fish, and then moving onto enormous tanks. These impressive tanks are the home of the local species, such as the giant grouper, sea turtles, leopard sharks, moray eels and so many more!

Create memories of a lifetime at this scenic and entertaining slice of the ocean! Just be careful not to get too friendly with the Amazonian Piranhas!

Day 2/Stop 5 – Phuket Old Town

  • Why it’s awesome: This town is full of historical attractions!
  • Cost: Entrance is free.
  • Food Recommendation: Rider Cafe Phuket offers fresh steaming coffee and delicious western breakfasts. We recommend one of their mouth-watering burgers!

Phuket Old Town is a must-see place in Phuket and provides you with different shapes and sizes of old Sino-Portuguese splendors, plenty of funky shops, and boutique cafes! Explore and find some of the most unlikely places that will surprise and delight at the same time.

Phuket Old Town
Phuket Old Town, Phuket

Phuket Old Town is the heart of Phuket’s island and also happens to be the capital. This town is far from ordinary, and offers so much more than you might think! You can dine at excellent restaurants and spot a host of fun local sights.

Simply walking the roads of this town will fill your heart with wonderment, as Phuket Town displays attractive and aesthetic buildings that date back to the 1800s. There is a unique blend of colonial and Chinese architecture, joint with a tangible quaintness. This makes for a fascinating and eye-opening morning spent sauntering around Phuket’s Old Town. Expect the unexpected and don’t forget to take plenty of pictures!

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Day 3 And Beyond

Phuket Trickeye Museum | Phuket Simon Cabaret | Dino Park Mini Golf & Restaurant | Baan Teelanka – The UpsideDown House of Phuket | Phuket Sunday Night Market

Wanting to know what to do in Phuket? Enjoy some of Phuket’s most amazing and unusual events and attractions! We have a list of must-do adventures if you plan on staying 3 days in Phuket or more!

Phuket Trickeye Museum

  • This is a fun spot to go with family members and is especially fun if you have children joining you.
  • The Museum hosts elaborate and intriguing 3D paintings!
  • Cost is THB 500 ($15,80) for adults and THB 300 ($9,48) for children 101-130cm tall.

The first and only eccentric Trickeye 3D Museum of Southern Thailand is found in none other than Phuket Town! Escape into a world of fun and captivating artwork that will have you stumbling over in awe! The Trickeye Museum is a fantastically interactive museum that prides itself on hosting paintings that will blow your mind. The whole concept of this unique experience is to stimulate your creativity and awaken your imagination.

The Phuket Trickeye 3D Museum offers you an amazing opportunity to engage and interact with modern installation art! The vast and truly captivating permanent collection is wacky enough, but the museum also hosts fun temporary exhibitions so that each time you visit you will see something new!

The techniques used by the artists at the Trickeye museum that indeed “trick your eyes” is the Trompel’oeil technique. Ever dreamt of diving into a painting and feeling the atmosphere as if you were really there? Well, The time has come when you can really do that at this museum!

Phuket Simon Cabaret

  • This show is a huge attraction to both locals and travelers alike!
  • A once-in-a-lifetime show experience that you will remember forever!
  • Tickets are THB 600 ($18,83).

Experience something that you have never seen before with this intimate theater extravaganza! The show is a must-see attraction during your travels in Phuket! Witness an extravagant cabaret show with dancers in sparkly attire and even sparklier headdresses.

One of the oddest aspects that makes this show unusual is that it is probably the biggest “transvestite” cabaret show to be found in Phuket. This show features a spectacular musical floor show being performed by the world famous “ladyboys” of Simon Cabaret.

See for yourself! You will be surprised how elaborate the costumes and makeup are, and how hard it becomes to tell the difference! Stunning costumes, bright lights, an excellent sound system, and expensive decorative sets are all part of this theatrical event that is not to be missed!

One of the coolest things to do in Phuket is have a glamorous night out at the Simon Cabaret Show. See a variety of acts by dazzling men dressed as beautiful women complete with eye-catching costumes!

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Dino Park Mini Golf & Restaurant

  • This is a very popular place for families and especially children, so expect lots of kiddies mucking about!
  • It is located by Kata Beach, one of Phuket’s most favorite coastline paradises!
  • Entrance fee is THB 240 ($7,54) for adults and THB 180 ($5,65) for kids – you can also pay a reduced rate of THB 120 ($3,77) for adults and THB 80 ($2,51) for kids if you want to just look around.

The Dino Park hosts an incredible outdoor mini-golf set-up that features dinosaur statues and volcanoes in jungle surroundings!  There is also a wonderful restaurant and bar for you to relax in and take in the scenery. The Dino Park Mini-Golf course is a must-visit attraction in Phuket and offers unending amounts of childlike fun!

There are 18 holes in this game of miniature golf that is set in a special atmosphere where the natural environment is combined with astounding high-tech effects, fun active volcanoes, gentle streams, prehistoric caves and authentic scale replicas of prehistoric creatures!

Get lost in this world of imagination and explore the magic that this setting provides. You will be entertained for hours! Each one of the miniature golf holes blends in with the overall dinosaur theme and features a different exciting view of the prehistoric world.

Baan Teelanka – The UpsideDown House of Phuket

  • Expect something unique and wacky, this is a huge attraction in Phuket! It is open daily 10am-6pm.
  • Try not to go here after a few drinks, as the effects of this house will have you falling over!
  • The entrance fee is THB 150 ($4,71) for adults and THB 100 ($3,14) for children.

This eccentric and eye-catching venue hosts a bunch of fun interactive attractions, one of which is the uber fantastic inverted house! The famous Upside Down House is one of Phuket’s most unique tourist attractions and one of the Top must-see places when visiting the island.

Experience a great and very quirky house that offers you a chance to take some goofy photos with your travel buddies! It really is an unforgettable setting and you will create memories all generations can enjoy.

The grounds also offer other fun attractions and activities, such as A-Maze-in-Phuket which is a well designed garden maze, and The Chamber of Secrets that provides you with an enthralling escape room game! All of this and more at this amusing and exciting venue!

Phuket Sunday Night Market

  • This market is on every Sunday from 4 pm to 9 pm.
  • The weekend street market is a huge success, adding a very much-needed event to this well known historical part of Phuket Town!
  • The entrance is free.

The Phuket Sunday Market is known for having a hugely varied selection of curios and secondhand items on sale in a bustling market atmosphere! This is very different from the usual local markets where you can find copied T-shirts and cheap jeans. Hosted from the starting point at Thepkasattri Road and stretching all along the streets to Phuket Road.

All of the old Sino-Portuguese houses along Thalang road are brightly lit with ever-changing colors that add an extra spark to the festive mood created by this one-of-a-kind market! This beautiful historical street is very proud to be the first road on the entire island that is completely free of any large and ugly electric cables hanging around looking like a gigantic mess.

The market is an opportunity for you to try one of the Phuket specialties and explore your boundaries with cuisine! You can find a good mix of sweets and snacks to nibble as you walk. One of the most strange things is the horseshoe crab salad, which is not for the light-hearted!

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Staying Safe in Phuket

The vast majority of the time, Phuket is a very safe place to visit but it is good to know a few safety tips. Most of the harm comes from the scammers that prey on travelers, so watch out for dodgy tuk-tuk drivers (ask to see licenses if you aren’t sure), motorbike and jet ski renters, and timeshare pushers.

Be sure to keep your wits about you when dealing with locals after a few drinks, as things can get ugly if you lose your cool and start shouting or behaving like an ass. Just like most nights out on the town, there are a few safety measures to keep in mind. Make sure you keep a group with you when enjoying the vibrant nightlife of Phuket. For the ladies, don’t drink alone or walk the streets at night by yourself, and watch out for drink spiking.

There are also some safety precautions to heed when swimming in the famous ocean waters of Phuket. Although Phuket’s main beaches are now well-staffed with lifeguards, there are still a number of drownings that occur each year. When the beaches are lined with red flags, these are a warning of strong waves and undertow, so that’s how you will know to stay out of the sea. If you’re at a smaller beach with no lifeguards, rather stay clear of the water, as you don’t want to be caught in the strong currents.

Other safety measures would be simple things like, wear a helmet if you rent a motorbike in Phuket, drive cautiously and never drive drunk as Phuket has the highest rate of car accidents in Thailand.

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Day Trips From Phuket

Experience the best that Phuket has to offer on these incredible day tours! Whether you are going to be spending more than 4 days in Phuket or a weekend in Phuket, these are some of the best ways the full your sunny days!

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Phuket: 5-Hour City Highlights & Viewpoints Small Group Tour

Phuket 5 Hour City Highlights and Viewpoints Small Group Tour

Getting to know Phuket is a fun and exciting adventure! This special island has so much colorful and diverse history and incredible cultural landmarks that exude a presence that will captivate and inspire you!

Fall even more in love with Phuket on this half-day tour that is designed so that you get the best experience of Phuket’s magnificent highlights. During your day out, you will see the authentic lives of the locals, visit historical landmarks and go on a journey through Phuket Old Town.

It doesn’t end there, you will also be taken with an expert guide to all of Phuket’s raved about viewpoints and have access to some of the best memories (and pictures) of a lifetime.

Phuket: Half-Day Ethical Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

Phuket Half Day Ethical Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

Thailand is renowned for having some of the best and most respected elephant sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers in the world! We can’t recommend going to an unverified sanctuary with questionable treatment of these incredible animals, so we’ve done the research and picked out one for you.

Elephants are important to the way of life for the locals in Phuket and are indeed also important to the hearts of everybody who is lucky enough to encounter them.

On this half-day tour, you will have the rare opportunity to spend quality time with the elephants on an elephant retirement park that is run in a completely ethical way, paying a lot of respect to the lives of the elephants! Enjoy meeting, feeding, bathing and even playing with these magnificent animals. (And NEVER riding them!)

Similan Islands Early Bird Day Trip from Phuket/Khaolak

Similan Islands Early Bird Day Trip from Phuket Khaolak

Phuket has some of the most interesting and beautiful islands known to mankind, and each one has a new treasure just waiting to be admired and explored! On this day trip, you will have an amazing opportunity to visit the world famous Similan Islands!

The Similan Islands are popular globally for having gorgeous coral-white sand beaches, crystal clear blue waters, exotic fish life, remarkably picturesque landscapes and for being the home to dozens of glorious sea turtles!

Spend your day lazing on the beach, soaking up the sun, swimming with the fishes and experiencing the majesty of the sea turtles as they glide under the surface of the water. Remember to bring your camera for some truly epic snapshots!

Phuket: Water Sports Boat Cruise with Optional Scuba Diving

Phuket Water Sports Boat Cruise with Optional Scuba Diving

Can you imagine cruising the Andaman Sea along the Gulf of Thailand? Well, no need to imagine anymore as this dream will become a reality on this exquisite cruise along the crystal-clear waters of Koh Racha Yai.

It gets better, this cruise includes all of the most thrilling watersports!

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the variety of amazing watersports you can partake in, whether you’re into snorkeling and admiring majestic ocean life, or water-sliding and getting your heart pumping! Relax and have fun on this unforgettable and unmissable cruise!

Phuket: 4-in-1 ATV, Zipline, Temple, and River Rafting

Phuket 4 in 1 ATV Zipline Temple and River Rafting

Wanting to fill your day with zest and exhilarating outdoor activities? Then look no further. Spend your day experiencing four awesome and exciting adventure sports all in one day!

Venture through an eerie and ancient temple, river raft down a vigorously flowing river, zoom over the rapids on a 150-meter zip line and complete your day by taking an off-road drive on an ATV for 30 minutes.

Each of these experiences offers you a look into the vast beauty of Phuket, be it the old history or the magnificent wildlife!

Travel with peace of mind. Travel WITH a security belt.
Active Roots Security Belt

Get your cash stashed with this awesome Pacsafe money belt. It will keep your valuables safe no matter where you go.

It looks exactly like a normal belt except for a SECRET interior pocket perfectly designed to hide a wad of cash or a passport copy. Never get caught with your pants down again! (Unless you want to.)

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Phuket is not only a beautiful paradise of long stretching beaches but also a hub of cultural experiences and friendly locals just waiting to share their stories with you! Embark on the adventure of a lifetime and enjoy moments that take your breath away.

It doesn’t matter how many days in Phuket you spend, you are bound to take something back from the experience. Laze around and allow these lifelong memories to soak in, as you will fall in love with everything about the astounding and magical island!

With our Phuket travel guide, you will have the most amazing time of your life in this mesmerizing part of Thailand as each moment will be full of new experiences and wonderment!

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