Phuket Thailand Travel Guide


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A Vagabond Life

Phuket Thailand Travel Guide A Vagabond Life

Travelling to Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, unveils a world where vibrant nightlife, serene beaches, and rich cultural heritage coalesce into an unforgettable tropical getaway. Renowned for its stunning coastline, Phuket caters to every kind of traveller, from those seeking the solitude of hidden beaches like Banana Rock Beach to party-goers drawn to the pulsating energy of Patong Beach. The island’s interior is just as compelling, with lush rainforests and mountains offering a perfect backdrop for adventure activities, such as hiking and zip-lining.

Phuket’s cultural tapestry is vividly displayed in its historic old town, characterized by Sino-Portuguese architecture, bustling markets, and colorful shophouses. The local cuisine, a blend of Thai and Chinese influences, promises a gastronomic journey with dishes like Mee Hokkien noodles and fresh seafood.

Moreover, Phuket serves as a gateway to the enchanting islands of the Andaman Sea, making it an ideal starting point for island-hopping excursions. Whether it’s exploring the majestic Phi Phi Islands or snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of the Similan Islands, Phuket provides a base for diverse experiences, embodying the beauty and spirit of Thailand.

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Things To See & Do In Phuket Thailand

Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay is unique A distinctive feature of the bay is the sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the emerald-green waters. These islands are home to sheltered fauna that are possible to observe on certain tours. James Bond Island and Koh Panyee are just two of the more famous spots in this bay

Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island is what many people consider to be the perfect tropical destination, with many travelling to Phuket simply to visit Phi Phi, for me it’s over crowded and way too touristy. On approach by boat the island rises from the sea with sheer cliffs and beach front jungle it is the stuff of postcards…on shore there are just too many people.

Big Buddha Chalong

Big Buddha Chalong

Big Buddha Chalong Visible from most of the south of Phuket, the giant Buddha image sits on the top of the Nakkerd Hills and looks down over Chalong, Kata and Rawai. It cost 30 million baht to construct and is 45 metres tall. Next to it stands a smaller golden image that is actually made of brass and there is a shrine near the site’s car park.

Similan Islands Phang Nga

Similan Islands Phang Nga

The stunning Similan Islands are surrounded by amazingly clear blue seas and pristine white-sand beaches. Heaven for island-hoppers and scuba divers, the nine islands are about 30 km off the coast of Khaolak. They are ranked among the best dive sites in the world for their lively and colourful coral reefs and perfect visibility. For non-divers, the famous Sailing Boat Rock is on Similan No. 8 and is an iconic feature of this must-see archipelago.

Top 5 Similian Islands
  1. Koh Similan (Island No. 8): The largest and most famous island in the Similan Islands archipelago, known for its stunning white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities.

  2. Koh Miang (Island No. 4): A picturesque island offering pristine beaches, lush jungle trails, and abundant wildlife, including colorful bird species and monitor lizards. It’s also home to a national park ranger station and camping facilities.

  3. Koh Payu (Island No. 7): A smaller island characterized by its unique rock formations and vibrant coral reefs, perfect for snorkeling and underwater photography.

  4. Koh Ba Ngu (Island No. 9): Renowned for its breathtaking underwater scenery, including colorful coral gardens, submerged boulders, and diverse marine life, making it a favorite spot for scuba diving enthusiasts.

  5. Koh Ha (Island No. 5): A secluded island known for its pristine beaches, hidden coves, and tranquil waters, providing an idyllic setting for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking in the shade of lush vegetation.

Phuket Beaches

Phuket Beaches

With more than 30 to choose from, the island is  famous for its beaches. There’s a lot of variety available, ranging from little secluded coves to long and lively shores. Most of the best beaches in Phuket are along the west coast. They offer beautiful sunsets, along with their soft white sands and clean blue seas

Top 5 Phuket Beaches
  1. Patong Beach: Phuket’s most famous beach, known for its vibrant nightlife, bustling atmosphere, and wide range of water sports activities.

  2. Kata Beach: A picturesque bay with soft white sand and clear turquoise waters, popular among families and surfers alike for its gentle waves and scenic surroundings.

  3. Karon Beach: Stretching over three kilometers, Karon Beach offers a peaceful retreat from the crowds of Patong, with ample space for sunbathing, swimming, and beachside dining.

  4. Surin Beach: A favorite among locals and expats, Surin Beach boasts powdery white sand, calm waters, and a laid-back ambiance, perfect for relaxation and soaking up the sun.

  5. Nai Harn Beach: Nestled in a scenic bay surrounded by lush hills, Nai Harn Beach is renowned for its pristine beauty and tranquil atmosphere, making it an ideal spot for swimming, snorkeling, and enjoying spectacular sunsets.

Night Markets

Night Markets

Phuket has an large selection of night markets to choose from. Each has its own unique charms, but all offer interesting souvenirs at low prices. They are an excellent place to try local street food and snacks, and some also have street performances and music. Being open in the evenings means that you don’t get too hot while getting your shopping fix.

Top 5 Markets of Phuket
  1. Phuket Weekend Market (Naka Market): One of the largest night markets on the island, offering a vast array of goods including clothing, accessories, handicrafts, souvenirs, and street food.

  2. Phuket Walking Street (Lard Yai): Located in the Old Town area, this lively night market showcases local food stalls, cultural performances, and a variety of unique products such as handmade crafts and antiques.

  3. Chillva Market: A trendy night market featuring a blend of modern and traditional elements, with hipster-style shops, live music, art installations, and a diverse range of food vendors.

  4. Malin Plaza Patong: Situated in the heart of Patong Beach, this bustling night market offers a vibrant atmosphere, live entertainment, and an extensive selection of street food stalls serving both local Thai dishes and international cuisine.

  5. Phuket Indy Market: A popular spot among locals and tourists alike, this night market boasts a laid-back vibe, with a focus on handmade goods, vintage clothing, and authentic Thai street food.

Wat Chalong and Phuket Temples

Wat Chalong and Phuket Temples

Wat Chalong is one of Phuket’s most important temples and is visited by thousands each year. It’s beautifully decorated, with infinite reflections from hundreds of tiny glittering glass pieces on its many pagodas. On special holidays, Wat Chalong hosts ‘country fairs,’ with a real local flavour where you can buy just about anything and snack on Thai food to your heart’s content. Wat Chalong has an interesting history and is Phuket Islands spiritual centre.

Old Phuket Town

Old Phuket Town

Sino-Portuguese splendours and funky shops in the most unlikely places will surprise and delight you in the heart of Phuket’s sleepy provincial capital. Phuket Town offers much more than you think, with some excellent restaurants and local sights. The unique blend of colonial and Chinese architecture, along with a tangible quaintness, makes for a fascinating and unforgettable afternoon spent sauntering around Phuket’s Old Town

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