30 Awesome Activities In Phuket That You Must Not Miss On Your 2020 Vacation

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One of the most popular holiday destinations in Thailand, there are lots of interesting places to explore in Phuket – including the town, cultural attractions, islands and more.

We came up with a list with some interesting places and activities for you to visit and experience that have been highly recommended, so make sure you check them out when you’re visiting Phuket!

#1 Big Buddha Phuket

Located on Nakkerd Hills, this 45-metre-tall Big Buddha looks down over Chalong, Kata and Rawai and is a sacred place where many locals and tourists visit to catch a glimpse of this beautiful statue.

Location: Soi Yot Sane 1, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Operating Hours: Daily from 6am to 7pm
Phone: +66 (0)81 891 3827

#2 Night markets in Phuket

Phuket has an abundance of night markets with special characteristics that are unique and each to their own. Try to local street food here at low prices, and even observe some cool street performances.

#3 Old Phuket Town

A peaceful and colourful town, visit Old Phuket Town to catch a glimpse of Sino-Portuguese designed buildings; some of which that actually encompass hints of traditional Chinese architecture. Over here, you’ll be able to find some cool restaurants and even street graffiti, making it a great place to visit at any time of the day.

#4 Elephant sanctuaries

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There are plenty of elephant sanctuaries in Phuket due to the rise in numbers of Thailand’s tourism industry. Over here, you’re given opportunities to closely interact with these amazing giants. With the recent banning of elephant rides throughout the country, visiting these elephant sanctuaries will also let you realise how important and precious elephants are to our ecosystem.

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#5 Koh Panyee

Located about 20 minutes away from Surakul Pier in Phang Nga Province via a long-tail boat ride, Koh Panyee is a Muslim fishing village that serves as a transit hub for those visiting James Bond Island; take a walk around the village, have lunch cooked by the locals here and bring home some souvenirs with you! If you’d like to experience what it’s like to live in a village on stilts, do book an overnight stay as it is very peaceful and calm when the sun sets.

#6 Flying Hanuman

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Time to get out of the city and interact with mother nature. Visit Flying Hanuman, a zipline adventure park with several challenging obstacle courses and ziplines for you to zoom across! A great place to spend some quality time with your loved ones while being away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city.

Location: 89/16 Moo 6, Soi Namtok Kathu, Wichitsongkram Road, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand
Operating Hours: Daily from 8am to 6pm
Phone: +66 (0)81 979 2332

#7 30 Minutes to Escape

In the mood for games that really test your problem-solving skills? Do you have what it takes to break free in a room with only 30 minutes? Visit 30 Minutes to Escape with your friends and family, where you can choose one of the theme rooms available and work together to escape in 30 minutes! Definitely a thrilling experience for all ages.

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Merry Christmas. What a gift! 2 rooms record broken!

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Location: 3rd Floor, Jungceylon Shopping Centre, 187/1-4 Rat-U-Thit Songroipi Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Operating Hours: Daily from 11am to 10pm
Phone: +66 (0)63 081 5992

#8 Patong Go-Kart Speedway

Let’s go for go-kart racing! Race on this 750-metre long track with curves and smooth bends, before approaching a long straight road for you to accelerate. If you’re not the type to drive, you can visit the main building placed in the middle of the track, where refreshments, snacks and front desk are available. If you have a fascination with anything racing related, you gotta check this place out!

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Merempit bersama #teammomentuminternet

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Location: 118/5 Moo 7, Wichitsongkram Rd, Kathu, Phuket, 83120, Thailand
Operating Hours: Daily from 10am to 7pm
Phone: +66 (0)76 321 949

#9 Chalong Bay Rum Distillery

Have you ever wondered how rum is produced and distributed? Visit Chalong Bay Rum Distillery, a business started by two French entrepreneurs, Thibault Spithakis and Marine Lucchini. If you’d like to learn how to make a delicious rum cocktail, attend a workshop here and they’ll teach you how; even let you sample them when you’re done! They even take in requests for private parties, so that you can party all night long!

Location: 14/2 Moo 2, Soi Pa Lai 2, Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83130, Thailand
Operating Hours: Daily from 11am to 11pm
Phone: +66 (0)93 575 1119

#10 Khao Phra Thaeo National Park

Spend a day surrounded by nature and wildlife by making a trip to Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, located at the north of Phuket. Two of the landmarks here are the Bang Pae Waterfall and Tonsai Waterfall, both are beautiful sights to see. It’s recommended to hire a guide, who will be able to explain the creatures you may hear but not see. Who knows, if you’re lucky, you might even catch one of the many wild animals with your eye?

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Location: Thep Krasattri, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand

#11 Monkey Hill

Make your way to one of the highest hills in Phuket Town to see some monkeys! Get your cameras ready and snap some of the most mesmerizing views from the top of Monkey Hill and bring along some snacks to interact with the mischievous monkeys. If you’d like to catch the sunset view, we suggest making your way up the hill starting from 4pm to 5pm in order to make it in time.

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Une perte de temps ! 😔 Je n’ai pas posté hier car je vais faire un post pour les 3 jours passés à Phuket. De toute façon, cette ville ne mérite pas un post par jour. Armand été réticent à séjourner dans cette ville et on aurait du suivre ses impressions car vraiment on a perdu 3jours.. Il n’y a rien de fou, on a fait les monuments, les lieux à voir,.. tout ce qui paraissait super sur différents blogs mais en réalité c’est vraiment sans intérêt ❌ La seule chose qui peut être vraiment cool c’est aller à la colline aux singes. 🐒 Mais sinon, les plages sont bondées de monde, trop touristique du côté ouest, côté vieux Phuket et ville, les habitants ne parlent même pas anglais te disent « oui oui » mais ils ne comprennent pas un mot, ne sont pas agréables ni accueillants quand on leur demande quelque chose. Cette ville n’a vraiment rien d’exceptionnelle et pourtant c’est l’une des plus connue… J8 – J9 séjour à Phuket 📍 J10 ~ départ pour Singapour, autre ambiance 😀✈️ Sinon j’ai pris la décision de me lancer dans un nouveau projet. Je vous en parlerai bientôt 😀😀💼 Les vacances peuvent parfois vous aider à réfléchir, à voir plus loin 😏 —————————————————————————————— #thailand #phuket #thailandetrip #travel #travelgram #traveler #instagood #instamoment #holidays #vacances #lifestyle #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #entreprenariat #entreprenariatfeminin #decoratricedinterieur #decoratrice #perfectmoment #monkey #monkeyhill #monkeyhillphuket #monkey #phukettrip #phuketoldtown #business #businesswoman #businessdevelopment

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Location: Rassada, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

#12 Thai Cooking Classes

Time to sharpen and hone those cooking skills! Participate in cooking classes all over Phuket and learn a few recipes of Thai cuisine that you can conveniently bring home with you. Various cooking classes have variations of cooking levels, from beginner recipes to masterchef. The experience of Thai cooking is definitely a souvenir that you cannot miss out on, especially when you can re-live it over and over again whenever you miss Thailand.

#13 Phuket Trickeye Museum

It’ll be fun to trick the eyes of our social media followers, even ourselves! Phuket Trickeye Museum features multiple painted and sculpted exhibitions of trick art. Take your photos at the right angle and you’ll have great fun with the rest of your family and friends as you pose for the weirdest yet most unbelievable situations!

Location: 130/1 Phangnga Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Operating Hours: Daily from 10am to 7pm
Phone: +66 (0)76 212 806

#14 Phi Phi Islands

Possibly the highlight to many tourists in Phuket, Phi Phi Islands is a must-visit destination. If you’ve watched the movie, The Beach (2000), you’d probably recognise Maya Bay which was featured. Surrounded by large cliffs and crystal clear water, you’ll definitely fall in love with the beauty Phi Phi Islands has to offer.

Location: Krabi 81000, Thailand

#15 Phang Nga Bay

A part of the Phi Phi Islands, Phang Nga Bay’s unique feature include limestone cliffs that emerge from the water. It is also home to some of the country’s protected wildlife species that you may see if you’re lucky. Furthermore, James Bond Island and Koh Panyee are just around the corner from Phang Nga Bay.

Location: Phang-Nga 82000, Thailand

#16 Similan Islands

Renowned to be one of the best diving sites in the world, the Similan Islands are surrounded by lush greenery and huge boulders. Beneath the waters, you’ll find some really interesting marine life, such as parrotfish and hard coral. If you’re not a big fan of swimming, diving or snorkelling, visit Similan No. 8 and climb up the famous Sailing Boat Rock which provides a spectacular view of the sea and land below.

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СИМИЛАНСКИЕ ОСТРОВА Слово «Similan» переводится как 9, и сам архипелаг состоит из 9 островов. Но сейчас в этот прекрасный национальный парк Тайланда включено ещё два, так что вместе 11. И это волшебное место – обязательно к посещению! У островов особые правила их посещения. Как сюда попасть самостоятельно – понятия не имею. Мы ездили в составе экскурсионной группы (но были даже рады этому). ⠀ ⠀ Интересности с островов: 1️⃣на них не пускают в обуви (с целью безопасности, сказали они! Однако ж моя безопасность от этого только пострадала в виде травмы пальца ноги о корень какого-то дерева!). Можно в коралловых тапочках, которых, как вы уже поняли, у меня не было. 2️⃣посетить возможно только 2 острова. И то не круглый год, а лишь в сезон с ноября по апрель. Другие полгода острова закрыты на восстановление. 3️⃣на трёх островах редкий вид черепашек откладывает яйца и национальная армия следит и ухаживает за популяцией этих черепашек. 4️⃣там можно увидеть кучу живности: варанов, летучих лисиц, крабов, а так же различных рыбок и тех самых черепах! А мы ещё и увидели рифовых акул прям у пляжа. 5️⃣раньше на островах проводились экскурсии с ночевками, но сейчас ночевать там нельзя, запретили. ⠀ ⠀ Во время экскурсии производится высадка на разрешённых 8 и 4 островах. На обоих островах есть шикарные смотровые площадки🗺, до которых нас любезно провожал экскурсовод. И одна из этих смотровых очень сложная на восхождение (особенно босиком❗️ берите коралки). Прям полоса препятствие, честное слово. Но это того стоит. Наберитесь немного отваги и вперёд, вы не пожалеете!⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Эта экскурсия – самое удивительное и запоминающееся, что мы сделали в Тайланде. Я всем советую выбрать именно эти острова для посещения (а не на ПхиПхи, которые столь популярны, но по красоте и атмосфере даже рядом не стояли).⠀ ⠀ ⠀ На Симиланах я постоянно удивлялась, насколько природа Земли удивительна и прекрасна. ⠀ Это место однозначно обязательно к посещению! А какое место вы бы описали словом «райское»? 🏞 #stab_thai

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Location: Lam Kaen, Thai Mueang, Phang-nga 82210, Thailand
Operating period: From 15 October to 15 May (dates may vary each year)

#17 Wat Chalong

Visited by thousands of people each year, Wat Chalong is considered to be one of Phuket’s most important Buddhist temples, where it harbours interesting historical stories behind it. It also houses one of the temple’s most important statues – Poh Than Jao Wat. Another place to visit within the temple grounds is the grand pagoda, which has paintings telling Buddha’s life story.

Location: 70 Village No.6 Chao Fah Tawan Tok Road, Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Operating Hours: Daily from 8am to 5pm
Phone: +66 (0)76 381 226

#18 Bangla Road

If you consider yourself more of a lively person when its night time, Bangla Road in Patong should be able to provide you with all the fun you need! Walk along Bangla Road and you’ll see streams of nightclubs, bars, and even performances so that your nights here are always lively.

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Бангла уже не та=)))

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Location: Bangla Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

#19 Simon Cabaret Show (Patong Beach)

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Культура Таиланда, с которой непременно стоит познакомиться🎆 . Как бы это не шокировало людей с европейским менталитетом, но шоу трансвеститов на Пхукете, да и в других регионах Таиланда – это часть современной культуры. Существуют десятки подобных представлений, которые притягивают ежегодно миллионы туристов и по популярности успешно соперничают с богатым культурным достоянием в лице тысячелетних храмов и роскошных замков. И, безусловно, самым известным и самых захватывающим можно назвать шоу Саймон Кабаре💥 Главная изюминка кабаре Саймона – актерский состав. Прелестные, потрясающие, такие изящные и женственные девушки – не совсем девушки💃🏽 Все артисты на сцене рождены мужчинами. Поначалу, в это очень трудно поверить. Найти какие-то мужские признаки в выступающих на сцене женственных красавицах – настоящий азарт😈 . #simoncabaret#show#simoncabaretshow#phuketsimoncabaret#phuket#thailand#cultureofthailand#ladyman#саймонкабаре#саймонкабарешоу#саймонкабарепхукет#пхукет#таиланд#шоу#ледимужчины#культуратаиланда

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Known as the largest transvestite cabaret show in Phuket, the Simon Cabaret entertains you with their amazing musical performances, not to mention the glamourous costumes and fun that we experience throughout the whole show… definitely not to be missed!

Location: 8 Sirirat Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Operating Hours: Daily at 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm
Phone: +66 (0)87 888 6888

#20 James Bond Island

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James Bond Island was not originally named after James Bond at first. Its actual name – Koh Tapu “Nail Island” – was given because of the rock that looks like… you guessed it, a nail! Because of its feature in 1974’s movie, The Man With the Golden Gun, it was then referred to as James Bond Island ever since. It is worth noting that because of its popularity, James Bond Island can also get really crowded with people wanting to take that perfect snap.

Location: Phang Nga Bay, Phang-nga 82130, Thailand

#21 Koh Sirey

Though named an island, Koh Sirey is not exactly an island per se, but rather a small village town surrounded by rubber plantations. Visit the Golden Buddhas here at Wat Sirey, an unusual Buddhist temple that implements a one-way system of exploring the temple. Walk up the steps on the opposite side of the temple and you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful sight overlooking Phuket and Sirey.

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«Вся йога – это методология того, как раскрыть то, что глубоко сокрыто, как открыть дверь внутрь себя, как войти в храм, которым вы сами и являетесь, как исследовать себя самого. Вы уже находитесь там, вы там и были с самого начала, но вы не исследовали себя. Это сокровище находится с вами каждую секунду. Вы дышите, вдыхаете и выдыхаете, а сокровище находится здесь. Возможно, вы не в курсе, но вы никогда не теряли его. Может быть, вы совершенно не обращаете на него внимания, но вы никогда не теряли его. Вероятно, вы совершенно забыли о нём, но нет никакой возможности потерять его, потому что вы – суть оно. Таким образом, единственный вопрос состоит в том, как открыть его. Оно сокрыто, многие слои невежества покрывают его. Йога пытается, шаг за шагом, постепенно, проникнуть во внутреннюю тайну.» ⠀ Be happy🙏🏻 ⠀ #yoga#asana#yogaeverywhere#yogaphotography#yogaphilosophy#instayogi#yogaworld#yogaphuket#йоганапхукете#йогапхукет#phuket#kohsirey#yogateacher#myyoga#myyogajourney

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Location: Rassada, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

#22 Phuket Wake Park

What better place to wakeboard at other than Phuket? If you’re interested in learning how to wakeboard, Phuket Wake Park is the place to be! It doesn’t matter whether you’re at a beginner’s level or an expert, Phuket Wake Park is there to make sure you have a lot of fun. Sign up for a 30-minute lesson with their professional instructors, and you’ll be wakeboarding like a pro in no time with a lot of practice.

Location: 86/3 Moo 6 Wichitsongkram Road, Kathu, Phuket, 83120, Thailand
Operating Hours: Daily from 7am to 9pm
Phone: +66 (0)76 202 525

#23 Surf House Phuket

If you’ve always wanted to surf, but was always put off by bad weather conditions when out at sea or just don’t know how to, fret not because Surf House Phuket is open for you to satisfy that surfer’s dream of yours, where you can surf any day! With a bar and restaurant located on-site, one can easily spend the whole day here without wanting to go home!

Location: 4 Pakbang Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Operating Hours: Daily from 9.30am to 12am
Phone: +66 (0)81 979 7737

#24 Windsurfing

Windsurfing can be done all around Thailand; Phuket is no exception. If you’re a beginner, it is recommended that you visit Patong Beach, where there are plenty of windsurfing facilities that include beginner lessons. The peak season for windsurfing in Phuket is November–February, due to the monsoon season where there’ll be more wind present. Adrenaline junkies, take note!

#25 Snorkelling

Another popular activity here in Phuket, snorkelling in the Andaman Sea in the crystal clear waters and observing the marine life below you is what makes this activity so thrilling. Some of the recommended places to snorkel include Ya Nui Beach, and the Phi Phi Islands.

#26 Scuba diving

There is no denial when it comes to Phuket being one of the best destinations in the world for scuba diving. There are plenty of scuba diving day trips from Phuket to the Phi Phi Islands, and even the Racha Islands. If you’re really interested in seeing some big fish, we recommend making your way to the Similan Islands and Surin Islands.

#27 Paddleboarding

You’ve heard of surfing and canoeing, but have you heard of paddleboarding? This fun watersport that requires no physical capacity is a fun activity to be enjoyed by all at the beach – all you need to do is learn how to balance your stance on the paddleboard and get the hang of using the paddle. Once you’re confident enough, start paddling away!

#28 Football Crazy Golf

I know what you’re thinking… how do football and golf work together? Well, apparently it works in Football Crazy Golf Phuket! This is a fun experience for your family and friends, and what makes it even better is that you don’t need prior experience or skill in golf to play. This twist in football-golf will surely bring lots of laughter and good memories to your holiday in Phuket.

Location: 46/417 Moo 6, Prabaramee Rd, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand
Operating Hours: Daily from 9am to 7pm
Phone: +66 (0)88 665 6414

#29 Baan Teelanka

Phuket has a cool upside-down house for you to snap some cool pictures with your loved ones! Pay a visit to Baan Teelanka, a 3-storey house that gives off the illusion that it was built with the roof supporting its base. Check out the maze-shaped garden in the backyard too – just make sure it isn’t a rainy day when you do so!

Location: 51/11 Moo 5, Chalermprakiat Ratchakan Thi 9 Road, Rassada, Muang, Phuket 83000
Operating Hours: Daily from 9.05am to 6.15pm
Phone: +66 (0)84 456 5279

#30 Bangla Boxing Stadium

Visit Bangla Boxing Stadium, a prominent landmark in Patong known to house weekly Muay Thai fights. It’s quite hard to miss too – there are statues of legendary Thai boxers right outside at the front of the building. The Muay Thai athletes are not putting on a show either – there is a lot of effort put into win the titles that they have. So what are you waiting for? Catch a Muay Thai fight at Bangla Boxing Stadium if you’re nearby the area!

Location: 150-55 Phang-Muang-Sai Kor, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Operating Hours: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 9pm to midnight
Phone: +66 (0)64 061 5050

Phuket has a lot to offer when it comes to finding places to explore and activities to do. Start planning your dream vacation!

NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know by email and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!

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