The exotic Thai island of Phuket has become a popular getaway destination for a multitude of reasons. Sporting a rich history, scenic beaches and a terrain of rainforest and mountains, there’re plenty things to see and do in Phuket. If you’re considering jetting off to this island, here are just a few of the things worth seeing and doing.
Taste the nightlife
Phuket’s nightlife is suited to all types of holidaymaker. Soi Bangla is world-renowned for its bars and clubs making it ideal for young people. Phuket Town meanwhile has some beautiful restaurants, with several eateries in the mountains offers a much more serene setting. For evening entertainment meanwhile there are multitude of places to go. Phuket Fantasea is an entertainment park in Kamala Beach that offers an impressive show boasting actors, acrobats, dancers and elephants. The Simon Cabaret meanwhile is a Vegas-style show on Patong Beach consisting entirely of ladyboys – certainly one of the more unique cabarets you’ll ever witness!
Absorb the culture
Whilst Phuket is heavily westernised, it still offers a lot of culture for those wanting to soak up the history. The Big Buddha is a 45m tall white marble statue that can be seen from anywhere in Southern Phuket. It is well worth making a pilgrimage to. The 19th Century Wat Chalong meanwhile is a popularly visited temple said to house a splinter of bone from Buddha. It’s beautiful décor, including golden statues and intricate paintings, is quite a sight to behold.
Phuket is home to a number of abandoned mansions and hotels. One such building is an abandoned 5 star hotel in which construction stopped after the 2004 tsunami. Fans of abandoned buildings now flock to Phuket to see these sites – their eerie atmosphere is straight out of a movie.
Explore by water
Some of Phuket’s most beautiful natural sights are in the water. These include the caves of Phang Nga bay and James Bond island from the legendary film The Man With The Golden Gun. You can see these sites via a number of special tours such as canoe trips and day cruises or you can personalise your trip by renting a private speedboat in Phuket. There are also a number of water sports and activities that one can take part in from waterskiing to scuba diving to snorkelling.
Take in the views
Phuket’s spectacular views cannot be missed. Hike up into the mountains anywhere and you will be greeted by a beautiful vista worthy of a few photographs. Trek up to Karon viewpoint and you’ll be able to see the island’s three magnificent bays: Kata, Kata Noi and Karon Beach. The gorgeous Rang Hill above Phuket City meanwhile offers a number of dining opportunities where you can eat on a wooden platform on the cliffs surrounded by tropical plants. The mountains are also great places to see monkeys (and monks). Rent a car or a bike and go for an explore.