10 Must See Things in Phuket

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Martí Micolau
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If you think of Thailand, dream beaches, colorful markets, elegant temples and Buddha images come to mind. This obviously also applies to Phuket, one of the main Thai destinations, second only to the capital Bangkok.

If we talk about Phuket it can create a bit of confusion as we can refer to the entire peninsula or to the city itself which, however, does not have much to offer while the rest of the territory will leave you speechless. Here is a small guide on 10 things you absolutely must see in Phuket!



Index

  1. Phuket town
  2. Big Buddha
  3. Khao Phra Thaeo National Park
  4. Sirinat National Park
  5. Phang-Nga Bay
  6. Wat Chalong
  7. Weekend Market
  8. Rum Distillery
  9. Phuket Seashell Museum
  10. Phuket Fantasea
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Phuket Town

The entire peninsula is renowned for its natural beauty, mainly due to the sea, but we assure you that even the city of Phuket has a great charm between history and shopping streets, all enclosed in Phuket Town, which represents the heart of the city and the peninsula.

The true essence of Phuket lies along the Thalang Road, a street of traditional houses, colonial villas and historic craft shops which contribute to maintaining the ancient atmosphere of the city. Here they master the murals and street food! In addition, the city is dotted with museums such as the Trickeye Museum, small temples and shrines such as Wat Put Jaw, excellent restaurants and bars, lots of souvenir shops and a myriad of nightclubs, practically perfect for any type of traveler.



  • from every corner of the city the best solution is the tuk tuk which costs around 30 baht (around € 0,90) - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

2 - Big Buddha

In the south of Phuket a huge statue of Buddha rises above the panorama of the peninsula and is clearly visible from different points, for example also from Phuket Town. Precisely in Chalong, the Big Buddha is one of the most popular attractions in the whole of Phuket, both by locals and tourists, for majesty, importance and of course beauty.

This imposing and elegant 45-meter white statue depicts Buddha in one of his classic poses and stands on top of a hill from which you can enjoy a 360 ° view of Phuket and several beaches of the South Bay, also belongs to a sacred complex which also includes a small sanctuary, known by the Thais with the unpronounceable name of Phra Putthamingmongkhol-akenagakhiri.

  • it is usually included in tours of the Phuket Peninsula, otherwise it can be reached by taxi for around 200 baht (around € 5,90) ​​- Get directions
  • every day from 6: 00 to 19: 00
  • free

3 - Khao Phra Thaeo National Park

Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is the only remaining rainforest in Phuket, precisely in the north, and covers an area of ​​just 22 square kilometers, in which however the nature has remained wonderful and unspoiled.

The park is made up of giant trees and a myriad of trails, it is also home to many animal species such as the Malayan bear, wild boars, porcupines, deer, palm civets, monkeys, cobras, pythons, foxes, squirrels and various birds. The park is also part of the beautiful Nam Tok Ton Sai waterfall and three peaks with a maximum altitude of 422 m, which still offer a beautiful view of the coast. To find out how to reach the peaks and the waterfall, in the park you will find theinformation office where you can hire a guide if you wish, and finally, you cannot miss a snack in the characteristic floating restaurant in the mangroves.



  • it can be reached by taxi at a cost of about 400 baht (about € 11,80) - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

4 - Sirinat National Park

Another beautiful and wild park of Phuket is the Sirinat National Park which includes a land area and a marine area for a total of 180 square kilometers, also located in the north of the peninsula. The park includes the beautiful white beaches Hat Nai Thon, Hat Nai Yang, Hat Mai Khao and Hat Sai Kaeo, destinations nesting of sea turtles between November and February, and excellent places to observe the colorful and varied coral reef.

As for the land section, the park includes one small mangrove forest and several tropical trees, home to many species of birds such as the robin, the spotted dove, the oriole and the Asian bluebird. Given the wide offer of the Sirinat park, the activities to be practiced are varied: kayaking, diving, snorkeling, hiking trails and boat rides!

  • it can be reached by taxi at a cost of about 400 baht (about € 11,80) - Get directions
  • every day from 10: 00 to 22: 00
  • 200 baht (about € 5,90)

5 - Phang-Nga Bay

Probably such a complex name doesn't say anything, but what if we called it instead James Bond Beach the famous beach of the famous Hollywood film would surely come back to your mind. Phang-Nga Bay is among the most evocative beaches in Thailand, a must for visitors to Phuket.

Between very high stacks that emerge from the inevitably crystalline waters, white sand, coral reefs, palm trees, rich vegetation, lagoons hiding among the mangroves, this bay is a true paradise of biodiversity and it is impossible not to be fascinated by it. Every day Phang-Nga Bay welcomes many boats full of tourists ready to discover the caves, the cliffs, the different landscapes and the seabed which host the rare Dugong.



  • it can be reached either directly with an organized excursion, or by first taking a taxi and then a boat for a total cost of about 1.500 baht (about € 44,40) - Get directions
  • always open
  • free; organized tours start from € 50,00 per person

6 - Wat Chalong

An unmissable Thai attraction, wherever you are, are the Buddhist temples. In Phuket the most famous and important is Wat Chalong! This temple dates back to the 1800s and for the population it has great historical and religious significance.

The complex was in fact built during the rule of King Rama V, a period in which the inhabitants went to the temple to request care and advice. Moreover inside is a fragment of a Buddha bone.

The entire complex is well-finished and elegant, with refined architectural details such as colored glass pieces, pagodas and sumptuous decorations. Going up to the top floor of the tallest building, the Chedi, from the terrace you can see the whole temple complex and even the Big Buddha hill.

  • you can reach it by taxi or tuk tuk at a cost of about 300 bath (about € 8,90) - Get directions
  • every day from 7: 00 to 17: 00
  • free

7 - Weekend Market

A trip to Thailand can only be considered complete afterwards visiting a local market since it is one of the most renowned destinations in this regard. Obviously Phuket also has it and the streets used for these noisy, colorful, fragrant and animated markets are many.

In the middle of Phuket Town, the Weekend Market, the largest and most popular in the area and the entire peninsula, where you can find, among the countless banquets, whatever you are looking for. From clothes to bags, souvenirs of all kinds, both handcrafted and not, we assure you that by bargaining you can make great deals and take home everything! And of course, also indulge yourself in tasting the local culinary delicacies offered by the street food stalls.

  • from every corner of the city the best solution is the tuk tuk which costs around 30 baht (around € 0,90) - Get directions
  • open only on Sundays from 15:30 to 22:00
  • free

8 - Rum Distillery

Not far from Phuket city, precisely near Chalong Bay, the Rum Distillery is a 'unmissable attraction for anyone, whether you are a lover of this delicious alcoholic drink or you are simply interested in learning about local products.

This place it will open the doors to a world made of sugar cane, hard work and years of experience to be able to produce a award-winning product and known worldwide. The owners Marine and Thibault will welcome you directly, who will gladly show you the production departments, the cellar and the restaurant, giving you the opportunity to choose between a 30-minute guided tour with mojito tasting, an experience of 2 hours with visits and cocktail workshops, or simply a dinner with food paired with various rums.

  • reachable by taxi or tuk tuk at a cost of about 150 baht (about € 4,40) - Get directions
  • every day from 11: 00 to 23: 00
  • 30-minute visit 450 baht (about € 13,30); 2-hour visit 1.700 baht (approximately € 50,30)

9 - Phuket Seashell Museum

In the south of Phuket stands an interesting nature-themed museum displaying the largest collection of shells in Southeast Asia: the Phuket Seashell Museum! It is run by a family passionate about the shell theme, which over the years has committed itself to collecting the large number of specimens exhibited in the museum, of all types, of all sizes and all colors.

This museum can only leave you enchanted by the extraordinary variety showing and for the information given next to every single shell. In short, a truly colorful and particular place, especially appreciated by children!

  • reachable by taxi at a cost of about 400 baht (about € 11,80) - Get directions
  • every day from 9: 00 to 17: 30
  • 200 baht (about € 5,90)

10 - Phuket Fantasea

What trip would it be without a pinch of adventure and fun? Phuket Fantasea is the largest theme park on the peninsula which combines Thai culture and leisure attracting thousands of tourists every year.

Inside the park there are various attractions and games suitable for all ages, from children to adults, and there is obviously no shortage of refreshment points and stalls for shopping. The The highlight of the park, however, is the Las Vegas-style dance, music and light show which takes place with acrobats, dancers, actors and the participation of the elephants with whom they come write some of the traditional Thai legends.

  • reachable by taxi at a cost of about 400 baht (about € 11,80) - Get directions
  • open from Friday to Wednesday from 17 pm to 30 pm
  • show only 1.800 baht (about € 53,30); show and dinner with buffet 2.200 baht (about € 65,20)

Plan your stay in Phuket: flights, hotels and tours

Thailand in general is a very cheap destination, starting from the flight, to accommodation, food and tours. Phuket consequently can only follow the Thai standard giving you the opportunity to be able to organize a fairly low cost trip the main cost is obviously the flight, around € 350,00 / € 400,00. To sleep, the structures of any category (hostels, hotels, apartments, etc.) start from € 8,00 per night, often with breakfast included. Meals will cost you even less, about € 3,00 / € 5,00 starting from street food towards medium-level restaurant categories. Others costs to be taken into consideration are related to travel, but even then the prices are really low, for example a five-minute taxi or tuk tuk ride costs only a few cents.

Finally, a brief parenthesis on safety: Phuket is a very tourist destination and the locals would not twist a hair on the tourist. That said, as in any place, the rule of common sense always applies!


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