4D3N Phuket Itinerary: Best Things To Do For First-Timers In 2020

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Beautifully sits on the Andaman Sea, Phuket, the largest island of Thailand, has so much to offer. It is best known for its pristine beaches, crystal clear water, delectable cuisine and lively towns, making it one of Thailand’s most popular holiday destinations. Here’s how you make the most out of it if you only have 4 days in Phuket.

Phuket Travel Information
Day 1: The Pad Thai Shop – Karon Beach – Black Rock Viewpoint – Promthep Cape
Day 2: Island Hopping
Day 3: Phuket Old Town – Torry’s Ice Cream – Phuket Sunday Walking Street Market – Siam Niramit Phuket
Day 4: Big Buddha Phuket – Wat Chalong – Big C Phuket

Phuket Travel Information

beautiful white sand beach in Phuket with blue water

Best Time To Visit: In generally speaking, the best time to visit Phuket is from December to March. You can expect less rain, cool breezes and blue skies throughout this period, which are ideal for beach activities. However, it still depends a whole lot on what you are going to do here. So, better check beforehand whether your preferred activities are available.

4G SIM Card: Save your roaming charges and get a SIM card! You can easily book online at a cheaper rate, and collect it upon arrival at Phuket International Airport.

Getting Around in Phuket: Phuket is clearly not a small island you can roam around freely just by walking. If you are travelling within short distance, you can either take the local tuk-tuk, taxi or bus; but if you are crossing from areas to areas, you should consider to hire a chartered car or rent a car or bike.

Day 1: Pad Thai Shop – Karon Beach – Black Rock Viewpoint – Promthep Cape

After checking in at your hotel, you can first fill your stomach with the best Pad Thai in Phuket or even Thailand at the Pad Thai Shop. The taste is good, the price is cheap, and the portion is just right, which definitely worth another visit. Besides the Pad Thai, you must also try the Crab Fried Rice here!

Pad Thai Shop
Address: Patak Road, Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100, Thailand. (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 8am – 6pm

Then, a brief walk along the white-gold Karon Beach will be perfect. The Karon Beach is one of the best and longest beaches in Phuket which stretches 4 kilometres straight along the coastline. It is also less crowded when compared to the famous Patong Beach.

Karon Beach
Address: Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100, Thailand. (Google Maps)

Continue head to south for approximately 20 minutes drive, you are about to reach the Black Rock Viewpoint, a hidden gem in Phuket. Your vehicle can only reach until the point where the “Pa Hin Dum” rock is located. After that, you will need to follow the 200 metres long trail and walk for 10 to 15 minutes to reach the viewpoint. It will be all worthwhile when you see the breathtaking view overlooking Nai Harn beach and Ao Sane. You may want to stay here until sunset.

Black Rock Viewpoint
Address: Soi Laem Mum Nok, Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100, Thailand. (Google Maps)

Next, you can choose to go to the most popular sunset spot of Phuket, the Promthep Cape, and spend the rest of your evening here with the arguably greatest sunset views of Thailand.

Promthep Cape
Address: Rawai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100, Thailand. (Google Maps)

Day 2: Island Hopping

Island hopping is a must-do when you visit Phuket! There are many island hopping day tour providers you can find on the streets, offering trips to Phi Phi Island, Phang Nga Bay, Racha Island, Coral Island and many more. However, it might be safer if you book the tour in advance online with a trusted agent. Since you are spoilt for so many choices, we have done a summary for you to narrow down your search.

Phi Phi Island
Phi Phi Island is literally a party island that is perfect for young and energetic visitors who love alcohol and non-stop party music. Apart from having blue water and white sand beaches, the island is actually quite pricey and overcrowded, which may not be your choice if you are looking for budget-friendly islands and serenity.

Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island, Hong Island)
James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay has become a hit after getting featured in the James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun” from 1974. The pointy rock like a nail is definitely a unique attraction to see, but the island is overcrowded during high season, which makes you unable to fully enjoy its beauty. In exchange, the Hong Island in the same bay where you can go for kayak and canoe may give you some peace.

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Racha Island
Racha Island is famous for having amazing snorkel and dive sites for both beginner and advanced level divers. This unspoiled island has also banned jet skiing and parasailing, which allow you to take in the awe-inspiring scenery and enjoy the white-sand crescent bay with less disturbance. Most importantly, it is much more deserted and with less crowds.

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Coral Island
As the name suggested, the Coral Island is famed for its colourful coral reefs and tropical fish. There are also plenty of adrenaline-rush water activities like parasailing and banana boat rides available here.

Day 3: Phuket Old Town – Torry’s Ice Cream – Phuket Sunday Walking Street Market – Siam Niramit Phuket

After two days of sea and beaches, it is time to get back to the land. Kick off your day with a visit to the Phuket Old Town, where you will find brightly painted, century-old Sino-Portuguese townhouses.

There are also numerous street arts around the old town which you can stop by to take some photos. So just take some time to leisurely wander around and experience the everyday life of a local.

Phuket Old Town
Address: Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand. (Google Maps)

Furthermore, the old town is also home to many unique cafes, and one of them is Torry’s Ice Cream. They serve very good home-made, local-style ice cream desserts.

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Torry’s Ice Cream
Address: 16 Soi Rommani, Tumbon Talad Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand. (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Tue – Thu 11am – 6pm; Fri – Sun 11am – 9.30pm

Of course, you can never do without night markets in Thailand. The Phuket Sunday Walking Street Market is the largest night market in Phuket that offers a variety of food, souvenir, handicrafts, decor and art services. It is also a very happening place where musical performances and other entertaining acts will take place.

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Phuket Sunday Walking Street Market
Address: Thalang Rd, Talad Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand. (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Sun 4pm – 10pm

Finally, end your day with the most impressive show in Phuket at the Siam Niramit Phuket that presents Thailand’s history and cultures by featuring over 100 spectacular performers with wonderful costumes.

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Siam Niramit Phuket
Address: 55/81 Moo 5, Chalermprakiet Road Rassada, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000 Thailand. (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily except Tuesday 5pm – 10.30pm (Showtime: 8.30pm)

Day 4: Big Buddha Phuket – Wat Chalong – Big C Phuket

Try to catch a sunrise on your last day in Phuket at the Big Buddha Phuket, and definitely you will need to get up early and reach there at around 6am.

Located on top of the Nakkerd Hills, the Big Buddha Phuket is one of the most revered landmarks in Phuket. It is 45 metres tall and can be seen far away from the Phuket Town and Karon. Moreover, this site provides you the most spectacular 360-degree views of the island, overlooking the Phuket Town, Kata, Karon, Chalong Bay and more. So, even if you miss the sunrise, this place is still amazing and worth a visit.

Big Buddha Phuket
Address: Soi Yot Sane 1, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand. (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily 6am – 7pm

Next, more historical and cultural exploration at Wat Chalong, the largest temple in Phuket. The 19th century Wat Chalong witnessed the Chinese Coolie Rebellion event happened in 1876, in which its monks helped to fight against the Chinese rebellions. The temple is also said to keep a fragment of a bone of the Buddha and now is stored inside a glass case on top of the 60 meters high Phra Mahathat Chedi. Its historical and religious significance have made it the most important temple in Phuket.

Wat Chalong
Address: 70 Village No.6 Chao Fah Tawan Tok Road, Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand. (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily 8am – 5pm

Before saying goodbye to Phuket, head to Big C Phuket for last-minute shopping and fill your bags with savoury Thai snacks!

Big C Phuket
Address: 72 Moo 5, Wichit, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand. (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily 9am – 11pm

Hopefully, this itinerary has covered everything you need for your Phuket trip. If you have an extra day in Phuket, you might want to do another island-hopping day trip or head to the jungle where you can find cooling waterfalls and other thrilling outdoor activities.

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!

This article is published by Travelog.
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