Still less known in the UK than other areas in Southern Thailand, Krabi Province has some of the best beaches in the world, incredible limestone cliffs, islands that will take your breath away, diving and rock climbing among the best in the world.
We also have a handy guide of things not to do in Thailand.
Sitting on the top of the Nakkerd Hills, 45 metres high and visible from most of the south of Phuket is The Big Buddha.
Excellent views, beautiful jungle journey to the top just add to the appeal.
Phang Nga Bay
A day trip to Phang Nga Bay should be towards the top of your must do list. You can take a motor or sailing boat but the best way is probably by sea kayak. The limestone cliffs and rock formations are spectacular and a signature feature of the area.
Koh Tapu became famous as James Bond Island after it appeared in The Man With The Golden Gun.
Phi Phi Islands
There is a reason why Koh Phi Phi is so popular and famous the world over. Stunning beaches, sheer limestone cliffs, jungle, what’s not to like. Well the overcrowding in some parts for one, Maya Beach, famous for being the location for the film The Beach, has been closed to tourists to enable the eco-system to recover from the sheer numbers of boats and people that were visiting each day.
Find the right location and you cans till enjoy the seclusion and beauty of Phi Phi and then visit Tonsai Bay for some shopping and a couple of drinks.
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.
The Similian Islands are a virtually uninhabited Marine National Park. home to some of the best scuba diving in the world many people will take a multi-day liveaboard to get the most out of the area
Thousands visit Wat Chalong to worship each year alongside the tourists who visit for the shimmering Grand Pagoda and artwork many of which are images of the Buddha and tell his life story.
There is also a bone splinter claimed to be from the Lord Buddha.
Patong’s Bangla Road
Nightlife but not as you know it. Many visit Phuket primarily for the Patong night-scene which is centred on this one road. There are bars, shows, go-go bars, nightclubs and a number of less family-friendly attractions that makes it a tourist destination in its own right.
Family friendly shows where the stunning women are, of course, actually Ladyboys.
there is even a choice of top quality Ladyboy shows on Phuket with Simon Cabaret Show in Patong and Simon Star Show in Phuket Town
Sea Gypsy Village
Head to Rawai seafront and you will find a small fishing community of Sea Gypsies who increasingly have turned to the tourist industry offering guide services and souvenirs as well as still actively fishing locally.
Visit a Night Market
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.
There are so many beaches to choose from on Phuket, you could spend your trip visiting a different one each day, all as stunning.
With most of the beaches situated on the west coast you get the added advantage of stunning sunsets to end the day in style.
Koh Panyee (Panyi)
Often visited as part of a trip to Phang Nga Bay and James Bond Island but also an easy trip by longtail boat is this Muslim Fishing Village. Constructed in the bay on stilts it is a very different experience than most Thai villages you will come across, even offering overnight stays.
Hire a dingy, or a yacht for the more experienced sailor, a sail board (wind surfer), paddle board, jet ski, paragliding, kite surfing, banana boat and even go surfing. There is even an freshwater wake boarding park and an artificial surfing centre. Phuket has it all for the water sports enthusiast.
For many water sports may represent the limit to the adrenaline activities they consider. There is much more on offer in Phuket.
You can zip line through the jungle canopy, go in a zorb ball, bungee jumping, go-karts and more.
Sample Thai Food
Forget the western food widely available in the bigger resorts and enjoy the local cuisine.
from street food to high end restaurants, it can all be found on Phuket
Incredible diving can be found on both western and eastern coasts of Phuket which is why it is one of the most important dive destinations in the world.
Arrange daytrips or multi-day liveaboards with a number of top class dive shops or even learn or improve your dive skills.
There are plenty of places to get a massage in Phuket most of which do not offer the “extras” that many people associate with a Thai Massage parlour.
Usually found along the main streets in resorts and in beach side areas they offer a cheap, but usually high quality massage or treatment that you will struggle to find in many places around the world.
Khao Phra Thaeo
To the north of Patong is this national park that features easy walking trails through the rainforest witha wide range of wildlife, waterfalls and other stunning sights.
Hire a guide for the best experience.
Phuket is an excellent place to visit to watch top quality Muay Thai fights, the real thing not tourist exhibition type events, or to train and practice at high quality Muay Thai gyms.
Escape the heat with the family and visit this excellent Aquarium that houses thousands of marine creatures mostly from the surrounding area.
The Royal Paradise Hotel and Spa in Patong is the centrepiece of this area that has become the gay capital of Phuket with a wide range of businesses all geared around the lgbt+ community.
Sirinat National Park
Mai Khao, Nai Yang and Nai Thon beaches, mangrove forests amd saltwater swims are all part of this National Park in the north west of Phuket. An excellent nature trail and walkway make exploring easy.
Phuket has a number of adventure golf, mini golf and football golf to keep the family entertained. For the more serious golfer there are a number of excellent golf courses, including championship courses. Many are attached to Hotel Resorts making it easier to combine with the beach and pool.
Shrine of the Serene Light
Built in 1889 this hidden secret is worth hunting out as you may be one of the few visitors to this gem.
You may need to hunt out the entryway down an alley of Phang Nga Road
Get a Close Up View of Planes at Mai Khao Beach
The authorities have tried to restrict access to the beach due to safety concerns, however as the beach is part of the National Park they have not, yet, been successful. If you manage to get the perfect spot you can be just a few metres short of the airport boundary and experience one of the few places on earth where you can be so close to planes landing or taking off.
Beware of the noise, it can cause permanent hearing damage, and the downdraft can blow any unsecured items into the distance.
Combine a trip to the Big Buddha for excellent views but there are plenty of other choices. From Promthep Cap you may be able to see as far as Koh Phi Phi although there may be plenty of other sharing the view. Karon View Point south of Kata Noi Beach is another popular destination due to its proximity to Kata and Karon as well as the excellent views over the Andaman Sea. Khao Rang viewpoint is another excellent choice located in the northwest of Old Town and an excellent place to have a drink or meal.
- Mai Khao Beach
- Phuket International Airport (HKT) ท่าอากาศยานภูเก็ต
- อุทยานแห่งชาติสิรินาถ (Sirinat National Park)
- Phuket Aquarium (สถานแสดงพันธุ์สัตว์น้ำ)
- The Royal Paradise Hotel And Spa Phuket
- Khao Phra Thaeo Natural Park
- เกาะปันหยี (Panyee Island)
- Similan Island No.4
- Phang Nga
- Ko Phi Phi Don
- Big Buddha View Point
- Promthep Cap View
- จุดชมวิวกะรน (Karon View Point)
- Kao Rang View Hotel
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