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Where to go in Phuket?!

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January 6, 2020

Phuket has lots of attractions, but many visitors see only Patong, the beaches and nightlife. But Patong is not Phuket – at least not only! You can do tours on Phuket to visit and experience beautiful views, temples, markets and much more. Read more to find out where to go in Phuket!

Big Buddha

The 45 meters high Buddha statue (Phra Phuttha Mingmongkhon Akenakkhiri) is one of Phuket’s landmarks. You can see it from many parts of the island and many visitors stop by during their holidays.

The temple complex is free of charge and houses an exhibition with the story of Buddha and most of the time there is also a monk present who blesses the visitors before you reach the huge statue. Anyway, you are welcome to leave a donation to fund the ongoing construction of the base and immortalize yourself on a marble slab which is used for this construction.

Furthermore, the Big Buddha isn’t the only highlight but rather the terrific view! It offers you a beautiful view at the Chalong Bay, where you can dwell on the outlook.On the way to the Big Buddha you will pass many viewpoints. Sometimes with a restaurant or a coffee shop by the wayside. I recommend you to take a break or several to enjoy them.

On one hand you have a great view at the Karon Beach in the southwestern part of Phuket. On the other hand you have an amazing view at the Chalong Bay. No matter which one you take a look at, they are both stunning! You can also have a little break on a tour here, relax with a fresh fruit shake and enjoy the view and the weather.

Laem Ka Beach

Its one of those beaches that are not so heavily attended and neither signposted and of course not visible from the street. A perfect getaway and a bit of peace away from the touristy beaches of Phuket. The beach is rather small and offers a great view on some islands off the coast and is a really good spot to take a swim. Here you can enjoy the atmosphere, the beach and the ocean without all the hustle and bustle. And what would be a trip to an Thai island if you don’t get to see a beautiful and peaceful beach.

Promthep Cape

The Promthep Cape, Laem Promthep in Thai, is the most southern tip of Phuket. A very famous tourist spot and unfortunately the tourists come with entire busloads. Nevertheless, the viewpoint is still beautiful, especially at sunset. From the free parking space you need to take the stairs up. On your left you will find a shrine with elephants and a lighthouse with a small museum inside. You can also go on the platform, but the view isn’t too different from the one below. If you take the stairs down coming from the shrine, you can take some nice pictures of the cape and enjoy the view at the offshore island Koh Mun and the Nai Harn Beach. Especially at sunset it can get really crowded over there, but also very beautiful. Don’t let the tourist masses scare you away because it’s all free of charge.

Naka Weekend Market

The Naka Weekend Market is one of the biggest weekend markets of Phuket and takes place every Saturday and Sunday a little bit outside of Phuket Town. The stalls open about 4 p.m. and most of them close about 10-11 p.m. The market has so much to offer and if you love shopping, that’s the place to be. But you can also find a huge offer of food. Better plan some hours on-site for your visit.

Wat Chalong

The Wat Chalong is the biggest and most famous temple on Phuket and is located – how surprising – in the town of Chalong. Many day trips that are not going to one of the plenty islands around Phuket are coming to this beautiful temple complex. The temple is dedicated to two monks (Luang Pho Champ and Luang Pho Chuang), who lived during the times of King Rama V. This can also be seen at the statues of those very monks in the main temple. The large Chedi is in addition to the main temple the highlight of Wat Chalong. You can also go up to the roof and enjoy a beautiful view at the temple complex and its surroundings.

Phuket Old Town

The old town of Phuket is definitely worth a visit! The colorful houses in the historical heart of Phuket Town are quite unique in Thailand. You can stroll around the streets, settle down in one of the coffee shops and enjoy the atmosphere. Besides that you can discover some sights like the Chinese Temple or the Sirikit Park (which was built in honor of the Queen).

Wat Khao Rang

The Wat Khao Rang is one of the less-visited temples in Phuket and is located in Phuket Town. Next to the big golden Buddha statue is another temple building. The staircase is protected by a temple guard in the form of a giant statue. There are also some interesting statues from 3 Hindu gods. The temple looks quite new and well maintained. It was founded by a monk with the name Luang Pu Supha who claims to be the oldest man in the world

Khao Rang viewpoint

On the same hill, the Khao Rang hill, is also a beautiful viewpoint located at the top. The just described temple Wat Khao Rang is approximately located half way. On the top you can relax a bit in the cafes or restaurants or just enjoy the view at Phuket Town and the ocean. There isn’t much more to say than it’s totally worth it!

Karon Viewpoint

This viewpoint is located at one of the many mountains of Phuket with a stunning view at the 3 bays of Kata Noi, Kata and Karon. Many tours do a stop here but despite that it’s never really overcrowded.

Bangla Road

If you like to go party, then you are just right at the Bangla Road in Patong. It is probably the most famous red light district in Thailand. There are not only Lady Bars and Ping Pong Shows, but rather plenty of bars with live music and some large discotheques like the Hollywood or Illuzion, which is a mix of club and show. You can hate or love the Bangla Road. You have to decide for yourself.

Banzaan Fresh Market

Opposite the Bangla Boxing Stadium there is the Banzaan Fresh Market during the day time. This is a market inside the building where you can buy fresh vegetables, fish, shrimps, crabs, frogs etc. If you don’t have a kitchen in your accommodation, you can head to the first floor and get your fresh food cooked there. You can find plenty restaurants which offer to cook the delicious food for a small fee. It is opened from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

There is also a market in front of the building in the evening with many food stalls or small shops with cocktails, clothes, shakes etc. Maybe you can combine your visit with a Muay Thai fight afterwards in the boxing stadium.

Muay Thai Boxing

Perhaps you would like to watch a Muay Thai fight on Phuket? It is after all the most famous sport in Thailand. The country is cluttered with small and big fighting areas for the nightly fights and you will see that sooner or later. There will be cars with loudspeaker announcements and sometimes even the fighters themselves who promote those fights. There will also be flyers and posters distributed throughout the area of Patong – you can’t miss that! If you like to see a fight then the Bangla Boxing Stadium in Patong. It is located on the second floor and it has a great atmosphere during the fights. They start normally around 9 p.m. until midnight. There are always more fights throughout the evening. Tickets are starting at 1700 baht.

Kathu Waterfall

There are many waterfalls on Phuket like the Bang Pae Waterfall or Tonsai Waterfall in the north of the island. One of the most famous ones is the Kathu Waterfall. It consists of three cascades. The first level is easy to reach and offers a great fresh water pool. Here you can relax or cool down in the cold water. A nice change in the heat of Phuket. Of course the waterfall is most beautiful during the raining season, when it carries very much water.

5 more destinations which are perfect for a day trip or onward traveling, however they are not all directly located in Phuket:

James Bond Island

The James Bond Island is situated in the bay of Phang Nga and is a famous spot for a day trip. Marcel and I did this in February of 2013. The island has its name from the 1974 James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”. During the tour you will visit the island Koh Pan-Yee, a famous fishermen’s village on the water, the Suwankuha Temple and of course the James Bond Island itself. The price for such a day trip starts at 1500 baht.

Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi consists of 2 islands. Koh Phi Phi Don (the main island) and Koh Phi Phi Leh, where the legendary Maya bay is located and the Hollywood movie The Beach was filmed. Koh Phi Phi Leh is mainly visited by tourists doing day trips from Phuket. I would recommend you to go to the Rassada Pier in Phuket Town and take a boat to Koh Phi Phi Don for about 500 baht. You can stay there a couple of days and enjoy the famous and spectacular Phi Phi Viewpoint or go on a tour to the Maya Bay with a longtail boat on your own. Do it in the early morning and it will be less crowded.

Koh Yao Yai

Koh Yao Yai is the largest of the surrounding islands near Phuket. It is still less visited and kind of a secret. If you are looking for a place off the beaten track, then you should think about a trip to Koh Yao Yai. It’s possible to do it as a day trip or you can just stay overnight. The price to go there by boat is about 100-200 baht per person and an additional fee if you like to take your motorbike. Another great option would be a bike tour around Koh Yao Yai, if you are looking for some activities.

Krabi and the Tiger Cave temple

The city of Krabi, which is just a three-hour bus ride from Phuket, has not so many highlights itself. But the Tiger Cave temple is definitely one of the must-sees. High above the city and the region of Krabi lies this magnificent temple. The way up with its 1237 steps can be really sweaty, but as soon as

Koh Yao Yai

Koh Yao Yai is the largest of the surrounding islands near Phuket. It is still less visited and kind of a secret. If you are looking for a place off the beaten track, then you should think about a trip to Koh Yao Yai. It’s possible to do it as a day trip or you can just stay overnight. The price to go there by boat is about 100-200 baht per person and an additional fee if you like to take your motorbike. Another great option would be a bike tour around Koh Yao Yai, if you are looking for some activities.

Krabi and the Tiger Cave temple

The city of Krabi, which is just a three-hour bus ride from Phuket, has not so many highlights itself. But the Tiger Cave temple is definitely one of the must-sees. High above the city and the region of Krabi lies this magnificent temple.

To make the most of your trip in Phuket, don’t forget to check out our Experiences pages to take your vacation to the next level!


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