While we wait for borders to re-open and the chance to travel again we take a look at our top 7 things to do on Phuket in Thailand.
1. Phang Nga Bay
Sitting in the Strait of Malacca between Phuket island and the mainland, Phang Nga Bay offers incredible limestone karst cliffs, cave systems, traditional floating villages and much more.
Ideal for a day trip from Phuket to enjoy the spectacular scenery.
2. Scuba Diving
You can be taking your first steps into diving or an experienced diver, a trip from Phuket is well worth the time spent.
Phuket is perfectly positioned to sample the world-class diving available on its west and eastern coastline.
To the west are the Similian Islands, renowned throughout the world for the quality of its dive sites. Dive sites vary from gentle sloping, hard coral reefs to wild current swept rocky landscapes. Depending on the site and time of year you could be swimming with Whale Sharks, turtles, sharks, pufferfish, the list is almost endless and offers a true “aquarium” experience in the open sea.
To the east there are numerous dive sites around Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and Koh Racha. Some sites are perfect for beginners with shallow, easy dives that still pack a punch with marine life. Even at shallow depths there are opportunities to see turtles, sharks, lion fish and much more. More advanced sites offer excellent wrecks, swim-throughs and Whale Sharks.
3. Big Buddha
The Big Buddha in Phuket, also known as The Great Buddha of Phuket, is a seated Maravija Buddha statue. The official name is Phra Phutta Ming Mongkol Akenakiri.
It can be reached via a scenic, winding road from Phuket’s main roads. Once there the site also offers incredible 360-degree views of Phuket island, looking down on Phuket Town, Kata, Karon, Chalong Bay to name a few.
The Big Buddha sits on top of Nakkerd Hill and stands 45 metres high, making it the third tallest statue in Thailand.
The statue depicts Gautama and is made of concrete and covered with Burmese white marble.
4. Beach Life
With 2 of our 12 Best Beaches in Thailand, plus literally hundreds more of stunning locations, Phuket is unlikely to disappoint any beach lover.
The island has quite, secluded beaches, to party beaches, those ideal for families and water sports havens.
5. Old Phuket Town
A marked contrast to the tourist areas of Phuket, the Old Town retains it’s charm with quirky shops, bars and nightlife, architecture and markets.
Take time out to wind down in this unexpected delight.
6. Night Markets
With so many tourist areas plus Phuket Old Town, there are many night markets to choose from usually all with a selection of street food and some with live music and street acts.
The range of goods on sale will varying depending on the market but in tourist areas will all tend to have similar souvenirs.
The Thalang Road Walking Street on Sunday evenings in Old Town has an excellent range of local, authentic street food you may not find elsewhere.
7. Sirinat National Park
With an area of 90 square km (35 sq mi), of which 68 square km (26 sq mi) are marine area and 22 square km (8.5 sq mi) are land-based, the Sirnat National Park lies 30 km (19 mi) north of Phuket Town and surrounds the area where Phuket Airport is located.
Much of the park is made up of beach areas, much of it much quieter than the busier beaches further south on the island. However some areas are quite commercialised.
The park has around 2 square km (0.77 sq mi) of beach forest and 1 square km (0.38 square mi) of mangrove forest which are excellent places to view some spectacular trees, plants and and around 130 species of birds.
Between November and February there may be opportunities to witness turtles coming ashore to lay eggs at Hat Mai Khao and Hat Nai Yang beaches. If you do visit at this time please respect the turtles and only watch from a distance and do not disturb the turtles or their eggs.
There are entrance fees (currently 200 baht for adults, 100 baht for children) to enter the park when coming along the main road. It is possible to avoid the charges but for the cheap cost I would recommend paying to help support the area.
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