What to do in Phuket?
Are you searching for activities to do while you are in Phuket? Then this article is for you!
Aside of the obvious activities everyone is doing in a tropical island like sunbathing, Going to the beach and shopping there are other thinks to do.
Thinks to do in Phuket:
- Island-hopping around Phuket
- Climb to Big Buddha of Phuket
- Wat Chalong and Phuket temples
- Party in Bangla Road
- Old Phuket Town
- Phuket viewpoints
- Simon Cabaret Show
Phuket is an island and a province. It’s the largest island in Thailand – 48 km north to south, 21 km east to west. It’s about 20% smaller, in area, than Singapore but much less densely populated. Whilst the island nation of Singapore boasts a population of nearly 6 million, Phuket has a permanent population of around 400-450,000 (but varies a lot with the influx of tourists and a workforce that is always changing). Most of Phuket remains jungle and tropical rainforest despite an acceleration of development over the past 20 years.
If this is your first time in Phuket, you probably don’t know what to expect apart from those annoyingly beautiful photos you see every day on Instagram. If you need info about Phuket but are not in the mood to search the net for hours, we compiled here few Facts about Phuket that will summarise some of the interesting facts. It is not meant to tell you everything you should know, but you will get the big picture in few minutes, maybe enough to know the basics to start.
Island-hopping around Phuket
Are you traveling to Phuket and want to explore some of the nearby islands, but are not sure where to start? Phuket is an ideal base for island hopping in southern Thailand. in fact, infrastructure is so good that it makes it possible to see so many amazing islands whiteout ever having to switch hotels. so if you are short on time and want to explore the most spectacular islands as a trip from Phuket, you’ll be glad to know that there are many amazing choices, such as Koh Phi Phi, Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island, Ko Hong, Koh Racha Yai & Koh Racha Noi, Coral Island-Koh He, Similan Islands, Surin Islands, …
While, theoretically, they could be visited as a day trip from Phuket, I personally would advise to stay on those islands a bit longer.
Climb to Big Buddha of Phuket
Big Buddha Phuket is a 45-meter-tall white marble statue visible from anywhere in the southern part of Phuket. It is probably at the top of everyone’s ‘Must-Do in Phuket‘, and for a good reason. The views from up there are breathtaking. The statue is built with people’s donation and is still under construction.
It is a tourist attraction but it is also an active temple with monks, so remember to dress appropriately and not to speak too loud as we often hear, unfortunately. At the entrance of the path leading to the temple, security will check your attire. No sleeveless, no short or skirt above the knee, so if you wear short skirts or shorts, they will hand you a free sarong and ask you to wear it. All along the way, you can buy snacks and drinks, but of course, no alcohol is allowed. While the Big Buddha is open every day, you may want to avoid visiting on rainy days as navigating the roads uphill might be tricky, and the view may be obscured by dark clouds.
Wat Chalong and Phuket temples
Most of Phuket's population is Thai-Buddhist and there are close to 40 Buddhist Temples (or 'wat' in Thai) located all over the island. Some wats are quite new but some have a long history going back more than 100 years or even longer.
Such places include Wat Pra-nang Sang and Wat Srisoonthorn in Thalang, Wat Karon and the most famous wat in Phuket, Wat Chalong.
Wat Chalong in Phuket is the most popular Thai Temple on the island and is one of the culture highlights on a Phuket Sightseeing Tour. These beautiful and richly decorated temples are known as “Wats” in Thai and are a potent symbol of the Thai Culture throughout the kingdom. Wat Chalong is an 18th Century Temple and the centerpiece is a 60 Ft Grand Pagoda which houses many Buddhist statues and Buddha images. A stair case takes you to the top of the Pagoda where a viewing platform offers great views over the entire site. As a place of worship, you will experience many locals offering prayers and lighting candles, which is generally a very peaceful experience, but one that is often interrupted by the loud bang of Chinese Fire Crackers to ward off bad spirits.
Dress Code & Behaviour
As with all Buddhist temples, there is a strict dress code that must always be followed.
- Shoes are never allowed inside a temple, so be sure to leave yours outside with all the others.
- Women are required to cover their shoulders and wear pants or skirts that extend down to their knees.
- Certain level of respect is expected, Speak in a quiet tone within the temple and don’t touch the statues or other Buddhist relics.
Party in Bangla Road
Looking for a fun night out in Phuket? Here’s why Bangla Road, the heart of Patong Beach’s nightlife, should be on your list. Bangla Road is where Phuket's most notorious nightlife comes out to play. Located just steps from the Jungceylon Shopping Mall the road is completely closed to traffic and features over 400m of neon lights, loud music and entertainment venues, making this walking street appear like one big dance party.
Bangla Road is now mostly known as Patong Walking Street. The battle for night supremacy is raging every single night between Beer Bars, live music bars, rooftop bars, night clubs and, of course, those famous go-go bars!
Almost every bar and nightclub on Bangla road is outdoors and open-fronted so the loud music carries out into the streets and blends together to create a melody of mixed beats. Street performers are also common along Bangla Road as well as salesman, street vendors, lady boys and ping pong show spruikers (*not an actual ping pong match).
Old Phuket Town
Unlike many Thai provincial capitals, Phuket Town shines with personality and nowhere more so than its Old Town. In this historically rich part of town you will find shrines, temples (Buddhist and Chinese), ornate and beautifully preserved 'shophouses', quaint cafés, tiny printing shops, impromptu private and public museums and even a mini ex-red light district.
The list of top attractions in Phuket Town below features nearly all important historical places and sites, as well as more recent additions to the city’s entertainment scenes, plus 2 popular weekly markets that should be on the must-visit list of anyone coming to Phuket.
Most Popular Attractions in Phuket Town
- Phuket Weekend Market
- Phuket tricky Museum
- Khao Rang Hill
- Phuket Walking Street
- Baan Chinpracha
- Siam Niramit Phuket
- Baan Teelanka - The Upside Down House
- Thai Hua Museum
- Jui Tui Chinese Temple
Phuket’s viewpoints are breathtaking and magnificent to say the least. All of what Phuket has to offer are displayed in sweeping vistas and beautiful white sandy beaches. The viewpoints are many but they provide plenty of diversity for the tourist or the sightseer. Phuket is a hilly island and so it has plenty of good viewpoints to appreciate the spectacular scenery. The journey to find them is half the fun. If you get out on the road and search out some of the following viewpoints, you will not only enjoy the spectacular views, but also get the chance to explore Phuket. You will find many points of interest along the way and there is never a shortage of refreshment establishments. It is quite impossible to pick the best one, Here are some of the best places to enjoy fantastic views of Phuket.
Promthep Cape, Phuket Big Buddha, Radar Hill Viewpoint, Kata Viewpoint, Khao Rang Hill, Monkey Hill, Panwa Viewpoint, Windmill Viewpoint, Point Yamu.
Simon Cabaret Show
There are many shows available to attend in Phuket, Such as
For example Phuket Simon Cabaret is a theatre offering an evening of live music, dance and comedic performances by a troupe of transgender entertainers. Founded in 1991, it’s a spectacular display of colour, originality and fun, with a single show combining a wide range of musicals from cultures around the world.
When you walk into the theatre in Patong, you’ll come across saxophone music, plush seats, and dimmed lights. Extravagant costumes, makeup and impressive sets take you from Egypt to Latin America and from China to Thailand in a single evening.
No matter what you're looking to do – resting, relaxing, sight-seeing or taking a walk on the wild side from dusk 'till dawn – the Island of Phuket, its majestic beauty and the thriving energy of its people will win the heart and mind of the most experienced traveler. Visiting Phuket is easy as there are many travel options.