Can you imagine yourself relaxing on a sandy white beach, swimming in a turquoise lagoon, riding an elephant through the tropical jungle, or scuba diving in crystal clear waters of multi-colored fish? Sounds like paradise, doesn’t it? When you travel to Thailand’s largest island, Phuket, you can experience all the above and more. Check out all the exciting things to see and do in Phuket.
The beaches of Phuket are some of the most desirable in the world. One of the island’s most popular beaches, Patong Beach, offers a wide range of attractions from shopping and dining choices to hotel accommodation and a lively nightlife scene as well as plenty of water activities such as surfing, windsurfing, swimming and more. Karon Beach is favored for its turquoise waters, white sands and stunning sunsets. If you prefer to get away from the crowds, Mai Khao and Kata Noi Beach are more quiet and secluded beaches.
Weary travelers may want to visit one of Phuket’s excellent spas for total body and mind relaxation. The island is home to one of the world’s best resort spas, the Banyan Tree Spa, where you are sure to receive a luxurious treatment. Or, if you prefer, you can enjoy a more traditional experience at the Phuket Oasis Royal Thai Spa, which offers traditional Thai houses in a secluded setting of lush mountains and unspoiled beaches. What’s more, many of Phuket’s beaches offer spa tents where you can enjoy a massage right by the water.
From lush, tropical forests to majestic mountains and exotic lagoons, Phuket’s natural features lure visitors from all over the world to explore their breathtaking beauty. One spectacular place you don’t want to miss is Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, a paradise of stunning waterfalls, unspoiled forest, exotic birds and animals. You can arrange a guided hike that will take you through the jungle where you can see a variety of colorful flora and fauna as well as tropical birds, monkeys and barking deer. Swim in the natural swimming pools below Phuket’s most beautiful waterfalls, Bang Pae and Ton Sai.
A day trip to the beautiful Phang Nga Bay is also well worth a visit where you can swim in turquoise lagoons, hike along limestone cliffs, explore caves and ride an elephant through the lush jungle. While you are here, don’t miss a visit to the James Bond Island, which features stunning scenery and unusual formations.
Experience Phuket’s vibrant culture by paying a visit to some of the island’s beautiful temples such as the popular Wat Chalong. Dedicated to monks who once aided injured miners during an 1876 rebellion, Wat Chalong features exquisite architecture. Enjoy a hike up to Khao Nakkerd, or Buddha Mountain, and see the massive Buddha, which is overlaid in white marble.
Though a modern attraction, the FantaSea theme park is an excellent place to learn about Phuket’s heritage and cultural traditions by watching dazzling shows that involve elephants, aerial ballet, acrobats and magic. This 140-acre park also features a Carnival Village Shopping district where you can shop for souvenirs like jewelry and silk as well as enjoy elephant rides and watch local artisans at work with their crafts. If you get hungry, this park offers an 4,000 seat dining facility where you can savor the delights of Thai dishes and other international foods.
If you want to spice up your vacation with some pulse-racing adventure, Phuket offers you a wide range of thrilling adventures from whitewater rafting and sea kayaking to elephant trekking and ATV riding. Scuba diving enthusiasts will be delighted to know that Phuket ranks as one of the world’s top diving destinations with its array of stunning reefs and tropical marine life. Additionally, you can enjoy the thrill of bungee jumping over lagoons or ziplining at the Cable Jungle Adventure.