Phuket has many activities and a lot of things that can be done during your stay in this amazing island. In this article we will be showing you the 10 best things that you should do during your stay in Phuket to make your trip exceptional and make the most out of it.
Visit neighboring islands is one of the Best things to do in Phuket
There are daily boat trips operating from Phuket to its surrounded islands. These boat trips operate either by speed boat, Longtail boats or big boats, and the prices and rates of the tours depends on the type of boat used and the islands visited during the trip.
During the rainy season (low season starting from April until October of each year), some tours stop operating for safety reasons as the weather conditions are not suitable during that time.
What are the islands that you should consider visiting during your stay in Phuket
Take a private longtail Boat
Thailand is famous with its traditional longtail boats. It’s an iconic image of a beach holiday in Thailand. Therefore, we recommend you to try at least one boat trip by longtail boat during your stay in Phuket.
You can take a longtail boat to one of the very close islands to Phuket for a half day trip such as koh He and Koh Bon located just a few kilometers away from Phuket beaches.
During your trip to one of these islands by longtail boat, you can enjoy swimming or snorkeling in the crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches.
Discover the island’s main highlights with a local guide
Phuket has other things to show different from the beach side. There are some attractions that you should visit during your stay at the island such as: wat chalong temple, which is considered to be the largest and the most important temple in Phuket. You can also visit the Big Buddha statue. This great statue is located on top of a hill next to Chalong area overlooking Rawai beach from top with a breathtaking panoramic view.
Other places that are worth visiting in the island as well especially if you are interested in old architectural buildings are the sino portugeuse buildings in The old Phuket town.
All of these attractions can be explored through a private city tour around Phuket island for a full day.
Maikhao view Point
Maikhao is a beach located in the north western side of the island where Phuket international airport is located.
There is a viewpoint located in this beach where you can see the aircrafts landing and taking off in Phuket international airport closely within a very short distance.
If you have additional free days in Phuket, you can consider visiting this viewpoint.
Elephant trekking and elephant camps visits
Thailand is famous with the elephants as this island has been symbolizing Thailand since many years and it means a lot to the History of the country.
There are several elephant camps located around the island where you can have direct interaction with these amazing creatures and do some activities as well.
During your visit to one of these camps, the local staff will be giving you a brief presentation about the elephants and what they like and what they don’t like.
After that you will enjoy bathing with the elephants in the mud and the fresh waters and you will also experience feeding them.
White water Rafting or Bamboo Rafting
Rafting is one of the most famous activities that can be done in the island’s neighboring provinces such as: Phangnga, khao Lak or Khao sok.
There are 2 types of rafting: white water Rafting and Bamboo Rafting.
White water rafting is considered to be an adventurous experience, you will take a small boat in one of the running rivers where there are short and small waterfalls, and the zodiac will go through these waterfalls and running waters.
The Bamboo Rafting is a relaxing experience. You will take a boat made from the bamboo wood and the guide will be in the front of the boat paddling for you so you can enjoy the scenery of the surrounded trees and jungles.
Enjoy a day at a waterpark
Phuket has several water parks that are worth visiting and most of them are new and modern. Among these water parks we recommend: Blue tree waterpark Phuket, Andamanda waterpark Phuket, and the jungle splash Phuket.
You can spend a full day in one of these water parks and that will be a great idea especially if you are traveling with family and kids.
Enjoy Phuket beaches and watersports activities
Phuket has many beaches located in its western coast line and in the southern part of the island. Depending on your hotel location, you can enjoy your time at one of these beaches.
You can enjoy your day swimming at one of these beaches or even doing some watersports activities such as jet skiing, taking a banana boat, parasailing or many other activities that can be done as well .
Shopping in Phuket
There are 2 large malls in Phuket that you should visit if you are looking for an indoor outing or shopping experience. These 2 malls are: central Phuket floresta located next to Phuket town, and jungceylon mall located in Patong beach next to Bangla road.
You can also consider visiting Phuket’s premium outlet where you can find some good deals in your favorite brands’ stores