For decades, Thailand’s largest island has been a popular tourist destination, but what are the best things to do in Phuket? We’re glad you asked because it gives us a solid excuse to delve deep into the region’s history and culture, not to mention the incredible natural beauty and unrivaled culinary scene. Phuket sparkles during the day and comes alive at night, a 24-hour destination with endless entertainment and some of the best resorts in a region of the world where great resorts are a dime a dozen. What are the best things to do in Phuket? Let’s get started.
1. Kayaking in Phang Nga Bay
Top on our list of things to do in Phuket, kayaking in Phuket turquoise water is a magical experience! Try a kayaking day trip in Phang Nga Bay where you can see the “Hongs” (mysterious caves within the islands), with the option of staying overnight in some bungalows set on different islands. A fantastic way to get away from the tourist crowds and explore unique places only found in Phuket.
2. Surfing at Kata Beach
Kata Beach is a piece of heaven on Earth. Every visitor who visits it falls in love with its clean sand and clear waters, which are located to the south of Karon Beach. A great place to go surfing, snorkeling, or simply relaxing with friends and family. If you’re new to surfing, Kata Beach is the perfect place to try this fun experience, and you can also learn from a professional instructor here.
3. Do Island Hopping
Phuket is surrounded by beautiful little islands that are worth visiting, but if this is your first time in Phuket, you should see at least two of them.
Climb aboard a speedboat and explore the Phi Phi islands and their fantastic scenery straight out of a dream.
Then visit Khao Ping Kan, also known as James Bond Island, one of Asia’s most beautiful landscapes made famous by the 1974 James Bond film “The Man With The Golden Gun.”
4. Romantic Sailing to Phuket Waters
Relax with your loved one in the evening after a long day of activities. Set sail in Phuket’s waters on a traditional wooden boat and enjoy a delicious barbecue while sipping champagne and admiring a beautiful sunset over the sea.
The romantic music playing in the background unquestionably creates a one-of-a-kind atmosphere for those who are in love.
5. Party Boat Phuket
But if you’re single, fret not. Hit the Phuket Party Boat as it is one of the most exciting things to do in Phuket. Go alone if you’re up to meet new people or invite your friends and have a blast on Phuket waters for a bachelor’s party, a birthday, or any other celebration.
6. Diving in the Similan Island
The Similan Islands have some of Thailand’s best diving spots. Explore underwater locations such as Elephant Head or the East of Eden to discover a diverse marine life comprising thousands of beautiful animals, coral reefs, and deep rock gorges. A precious thing to do in Phuket!
7. Snorkeling in Racha Island
Racha Islands, located south of Phuket, are a paradise on earth. The crystal blue water is ideal for snorkeling, and the soft and warm sand is ideal for relaxing. The island is accessible via speedboat transfers, which is fantastic if you are based in Phuket.
8. Chilling at Phuket Beach Clubs
Unwind at the Dream Beach Club by lying down on a comfortable couch in front of the beautiful sea and sipping a tasty cocktail while listening to chill-out beats.
Attend a full moon party at Paradise Beach Club: More than just a beach club, Paradise is a resort with a variety of activities. But don’t miss the Full-Moon party, when the beach transforms into a roofless nightclub complete with barbecue, drinks, and fire shows. A once-in-a-lifetime night in Phuket.
9. Fishing Day Trip to Andaman Sea
Fishing is your hobby? Then you must do it in Phuket! You’ll be able to catch some of the largest fish you’ve ever seen in the Andaman Sea. Join a tour to try this experience where professional fishermens will lend you equipment and give you valuable advice on how to catch monster fish!
10. Watch Muay Thai at Bangla Boxing Stadium
This is for you extreme sport enthusiasts! Watching and experiencing Muay Thai in its holy land is one of the must things to do in Phuket if you’re a big fan of the sport. Head to Phuket’s Bangla Boxing Stadium in Patong and learn about the ferocious martial art that combines fists, elbows, knees, and legs. The gym hosts a variety of events in which men and women from all over the world compete in brutal bouts.
11. Make Your Own Mojito at Chalong Bay Rum Distillery
Visit Phuket Chalong Bay Rum Distillery for a behind-the-scenes look at how one of the world’s most refined Rums is created. Learn how sugar cane is processed, how to make sweet mojitos at home, and finish the tour with a cocktail tasting. But be careful, they’re quite powerful!
12. See 180 Degree Phuket From Baba Nest Rooftop Bar
Baba Nest, located at the Sri Panwa Resort, is arguably Phuket’s best rooftop bar. Ascend to the rooftop for a spectacular view of the Andaman Sea. Settle down and relax on a large and comfortable cushion while taking in the breathtaking 180-degree ocean view.
13. Dance Your Night Out at Bangla Road
At dusk, Bangla Road is the place to be. When the sun goes down, only pedestrians are allowed in, and the street transforms into a neon-lit street party complete with music and drinks. A must-must do for you, partygoers! Check out these cool nightclubs in Bangla:
- Illuzion Club: Probably Phuket’s best nightclub, Illuzion was also ranked 48th out of 100 on DJMAG’s list of the world’s best clubs. The high quality sound system and incredible light show will completely immerse you in the party. Don’t forget to check out the events, as the club hosts some of the world’s most popular DJs.
- White Room Nightclub: A more refined nightclub on Bangla Road with a dress code. Inside, listen to the latest Rap, R&B, and pop music in a white environment that changes thanks to a cutting-edge lighting system. The White Room Club has the advantage of not being as crowded as the other clubs, but the party continues!
14. Shop and Dine at Chillva Night Market
This event, also known as the Night Market in Phuket Town, begins around 4PM, when locals open their stalls to sell clothes, accessories, food, and other trinkets.
Although the market caters more to locals, you can still enjoy excellent food and attend concerts at the central amphitheater. The atmosphere is pleasant, making it ideal for immersing oneself in Thai culture.
15. Watch Cabaret Shows
Simon Cabaret is quite possibly the largest “transvestite” cabaret in Thailand. Phuket’s famous “Ladyboys” perform songs and dances in this show. Don’t forget to take selfies with the performers after the show!
Contribute to this exciting and energetic show that includes lights, costumes, dances, and many other features! Unlike the Simon Cabaret, this show focuses on Thai culture and arts. During the incredible second act, for example, learn about the locals’ concept of heaven and hell. A good option if you want to learn about Thai culture while having fun.
The drag queen cabaret and Thai cultural show aren’t enough for you? Then head to Phuket FantaSea to experience the true craziness of Phuket. The show combines stunts, music, dances, and exotic animals to make you question reality. But wait, there’s more! The show takes place in a themed carnival park with numerous attractions, games, and shops, as well as one of Asia’s largest buffets.
16. See Wat Chalong Temple
Wat Chalong is Phuket’s largest, most revered, and most visited Buddhist temple. It was built in the nineteenth century, and now locals and visitors from all over the world are welcome to come and pray, as well as learn about Buddhism and Thai culture.
17. Visit Koh Panyee
Koh Panyee is an incredible stilted fishermen’s village. Although it appears to be a small traditional village, it has many amenities such as restaurants and even the internet. The locals are extremely friendly and will gladly give you a tour of their hometown.
They have a strong connection with football, so there is also a floating football stadium there. Challenge the kids to a game; they’ll enjoy it! It should be noted that this is a traditional Muslim village, so women should not wear clothing that exposes too much of their bodies.
18. Play with Monkeys at Monkey Hill
Come see those adorable little monkeys in their largest playground on the island. Despite their gentleness, follow the instructions to avoid scaring them. Aside from the monkeys, the area is also great for a good leisure walk and has a variety of viewpoints.
19. See Elephants at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
Spend an unforgettable day with Thailand’s friendly giants at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, Phuket’s first ever ethical elephant park. Tour the beautiful park, interact with the elephants, and eat a vegetarian meal. A must-see for animal enthusiasts!
20. And Turtles at Turtle Sanctuary
Visit this conservation reserve to learn more about Phuket’s sea turtles and the foundation’s efforts to protect them and the surrounding environment. Pet, feed, and care for the adorable turtles.
21. Explore Khao Phra Thaeo National Park
This wildlife sanctuary is a pristine rainforest, the last of its kind on Phuket. The forest, located in the north of the island, is known for its diverse bird and other species.
Its main draw is the Bang Pae waterfall, which provides such a tranquil setting that most hikers stop there to bathe and relax after a long day of hiking.
22. And Khao Sok National Park
Khao Sok National Park is another rainforest national park that showcases the best of Thailand’s Flora and Fauna. See waterfalls, caves, and a wide range of species such as bears, lions, and many more!
There are numerous tours and activities available. We recommend staying for more than one day, with the option of staying overnight, to fully appreciate the incredible wildlife. You won’t be able to miss it if you love nature!
23. Bike Tour in Koh Yao Noi
Bike tours in Phuket are among the most fun things to do in Phuket. Take a tour that will show you the best spots, highlights, villages, and fields on the island while also allowing you to get some fresh air and exercise.