One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Far East, Phuket is a holiday hotspot for couples, families, friends, and solo travellers alike. Famous for its spectacular beaches, glorious nightlife, top notch entertainment, and awesome shopping places, the island brims with travellers all round the year. Phuket is also the gateway to Phi Phi Island, the most fascinating place to be in Thailand. So, what are the best places to visit when in Phuket? Let us find out.
The most happening place in Phuket, Patong Beach is a perfect destination for a fun-filled time. You can lounge on this beautiful beach, or chill out at the several pubs, restaurants, cafes and shacks that dot this lively stretch of white sand. Patong is also lined with ritzy nightclubs, beer bars, go-go bars, massage parlors and cabarets that spill over into the street. Feeling adventurous? You can always go for water sports like snorkelling, jet skiing, parasailing, banana boat ride, and more.
A perfect spot to view the incredible landscape and seascape of Phuket, Karon Viewpoint is frequently visited by tourists as well as the locals. The viewpoint mesmerizes its visitors with the panoramic sights of the Andaman Sea out front, but the three beautiful crescent beaches (Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon beaches) that lie to the north of the viewpoint certainly get more attention. You can visit here during the evening hours to enjoy the sunset and the incredible views of the city and the three beaches as they light up.
Phi Phi Island
Thailand’s crown jewel, the mesmerizing Phi Phi Island is just a couple of hours away from Phuket. The white sandy beaches, pristine blue ocean, the awe-inspiring landscape, and the dazzling nightlife make this island worth the hype created around it. You can either plan a day trip or book a stay at one of the many beach resorts on Phi Phi Island.
Out of the many Buddhist temples in Phuket, Wat Chalong is the most important one. The main temple building has a fragment of Lord Buddha’s bone, making it significant among locals as well as tourists. The temple complex is decorated beautifully with wall paintings, sculptures, and other interesting design elements. The temple opens everyday from 7 AM to 5 PM local time and attracts hordes of visitors on weekends and Thai holidays.
The newly built Big Buddha statue is an iconic 45 meters tall landmark in Phuket. Sitting on top of the Nakkerd Hills, the marble statue can be noticed easily from far away. The summit also works as a great vantage point to view the charming landscape of Phuket. You can either take a hike, or rent a scooter/taxi to reach the statue. There’s an entry fee which includes a visit to the adjacent museum.