With a combination of superb sandy beaches, amazing jungle and awesome diving spots, Phuket Island, known as the pearl of the Andaman sea, remains a travelers favorite in south east Asia.
From non-stop clubbers to relaxed families, foodies or adventure addicts, it lefts no-one aside.
Simply put, there are more things to do in this tiny piece of Thailand than you probably imagine. Behind the main city of Patong, famous for its hectic nightlife, there is an endless list of activities waiting for you. Do not book your next trip to Thailand before you have read our selection of the top 10 best things to do in Phuket.
1 – Experience scuba diving in Phuket island and discover an underwater paradise.
Open to beginners from the age of 10, this is a must-do journey within an incredibly diverse marine life, featuring spectacular corals and an endless number of species. Do not miss on the opportunity to take underwater photos as this promises to be a unique experience.
2 – Have a fishing trip in Racha Island, one of the most beautiful islands of all Thailand and located close to Phuket.
Easy to reach from Chalong pier, Phuket’s principal boat anchorage, Racha Island is an amazing destination boasting scenic beaches where “relaxing” takes on its full meaning. Racha Island being an ideal place for snorkeling and bottom fishing you will have a chance to test your fishing skills during the trip, but seriously, nobody will blame you if you end up doing nothing but chilling on the sensational beaches.
3 – Enjoy a Bike Tour in the beautiful countryside of Phuket and give yourself a chance to discover a more traditional side of the island.
Bored with Phuket attractions involving the beach and the sea? (Really, how can you?) We’ve found a bike tour that goes off the beaten track and will bring you right in the middle of rubber and pineapple plantations between small traditional Thai villages in the north-east of Phuket Island. You’ll even stop in a rehab center for gibbons!
4 – Take a surfing lesson in Kata Beach and experience the thrill of riding a wave.
Let’s be honest here: we’re all envious of those surfers making their ways through the waves with grace. Well, you could make at least a step in this direction by taking a class or two with a surf instructor in one of the greatest Phuket beach. Delivering perfect waves for beginners, Kata beach is also a picturesque place only 10 minutes off Patong. Instructors guaranty you’ll get up on your very first lesson. How cool is that?
5 – Throw a Private Party on a Boat !
Since T-Pain yelled “I’m on a boat” back in 2009, there is nothing like a private party ON A BOAT. Of course that’s exactly what you can do by booking this custom built trimaran designed for both nautical events and party cruises. If partying on the Andaman Sea sounds like something you want to do then this shouldn’t disappoint you: live DJ, lasers, natural Jacuzzi netting, full bar, fireworks… Quite an upgrade from the Love Boat we think!
6 – Go to Patong Boxing Stadium and watch one of the Muay Thai fights.
Yes, Lumpinee in Bangkok is considered The Mecca of Muay Thai, but don’t sleep on the Patong Boxing Stadium as it is the biggest of southern Thailand and one that features highly competitive fighters every Monday and Thursday nights. Not convinced? Read what our colleague William had to say about the Battle Royale he witnessed there during his Phuket tour.
7 – Take a Thai cooking class and steal some traditional recipes from the kingdom.
How about bringing home the ability to cook three dishes from the flavorful traditional Thai cuisine? You’ll have the opportunity by attending this cooking class in Kata that even includes a market tour twice a week. Foodies should consider this one on top of their list of things to do in Phuket.
8 – Have a fabulous evening of dining and entertainment at The Palazzo.
After practicing, compare you cooking skills with the ones of the chefs preparing those delicious 4-course menus in The Palazzo. The aptly named location is spectacular by itself and enjoyment will not be confined to your taste buds as you will also be served a colorful show made of live music, comedy, circus and all kinds of Thai traditional performances.
9 – Experience an ATV Tour and elephant trekking.
ATV stands for “All Terrain Vehicle” but could also very well mean “A Terrific Venture” as you will enjoy the thrill of riding on incline and muddy trails in yet another exciting activity available on Phuket Island. As if this wasn’t fun enough you’ll get up on an elephant for one of the most popular of all Phuket attractions: a ride through the tropical rain forest on the back of a colossal giant. Then tell us what means of locomotion you prefer!
10 – Try the Zipline adventure in Kathu.
This one brings you inside the thick forests of Phuket Island for an adventure in between the trees. A sky rail, two sky bridges, fifteen ziplines and much more ways to reach the 28 platforms and complete all stages, like a video game in the nature we warmly recommend to include in your Phuket activities.
This list of best things to do in Phuket has been limited to ten, yet it could have been extended to 1000 considering all you can do in Phuket Island doesn’t even fit in this blog. Take your chance to try Phuket attractions by yourself and make your own ranking!