7 highlights you can’t miss in Phuket

Seducing travelers for years, Phuket, known as the Pearl of the Andaman Sea, is an alluring tropical destination. Appealing to all, from the dreamers and drifters to the hedonists and adrenaline junkies, Phuket has an intoxicating spirit bound to captivate even the most seasoned traveler. Offering the perfect combination of relaxation and indulgence, the island promises to dazzle at each and every corner. White sand beaches may reel the travelers in but there is a never-ending list of attractions, to keep them entertained.

Phuket

Below we have listed what we believe are the 7 highlights you can’t miss in Phuket.

Phang Nga Bay

Picturesque Phang Nga Bay is visually striking, featuring distinctive limestone karsts that pierce dramatically through the luminous emerald waters. Experienced best from the water, take a cruise on one of three Chinese Junks; float through the bay and marvel at the unrivaled views this magical area offers.

Island hop

Phuket is surrounded by a number of stunning islands each unique in their own right. Explore the many islands by speedboat, stopping in secluded coves and swimming in the balmy turquoise waters. The islands surrounding Phuket are some of the world’s most beautiful and mesmerizing, therefore no visitor to Phuket should miss the opportunity to explore them.

Phuket island hopping

Muay Thai

Get your blood pumping at a Muay Thai match, Thailand’s world-renowned martial art. These riveting matches offer a passionate and dramatic experience for both the crowd, and the fighters. Nail biting and not for the faint hearted, the aggressive and intense games are Thailand’s most popular spectator sport. Most of these games in the Phuket area are staged as a novelty for tourists. It is still possible to find an authentic Muay Thai match, talk to the locals who will more than often be happy to point you in the right direction.

Phuket Old Town

A former tin trading hub, Phuket Old Town is the island’s cultural centre. Currently undergoing major refurbishments, the Sino-Portuguese architecture provides visitors with a beautifully ornate glimpse into Phuket’s past. Now home to a number of smaller, boutique restaurants Old Town Phuket is experiencing a renaissance with art, music and culture at the forefront.

Diving

One of Phuket’s many draw cards are the clear turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. The underwater scenery boasts spectacular reef formations and an abundance of vibrant marine life. Boasting visibility down to 30 metres and warm waters of around 28 degrees, there really aren’t many places in the world that offer such exceptional conditions for diving. Whether you are a beginner or have been traveling the world diving for years, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience exploring Phuket’s under water world.

Spa

Epitomizing luxury and relaxation, no visit to Phuket is complete without a pamper session at one of the many spas in the area. Blending ancient traditions with modern spa treatments, you will be taken to a state of total euphoria. With a reputation for being Asia’s top pamper destination, luxury spas in Phuket offer a sensual place to retreat, rewind and rejuvenate.

Moevenpick Karon Beach Phuket

Sundowners with a view

What better way to end your day than watching one of Phuket’s magical sunsets, cocktail in hand, and Baba Nest is just the place to do it. Relatively new to the Phuket bar scene, this exclusive rooftop bar offers an exceptional cocktail list and a rooftop deck, surrounded by an infinity pool with 360 degree panoramic views of the surrounding islands. If you skip everything else from this list – this stylish bar should not be missed!

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  1. Fabio says:

    Great!! It’s really a paradise. I hope to visit Phuket one day even though it’s really far.
    Great article by the way.

  2. Cris says:

    Thailand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world! I was in Phuket in 2004, and I loved everything about it. Great post!

    Cris

  3. Dave Briggs says:

    Going to a Muay Thai match should be high on anyones list of things to do, although going to an authentic one is a lot better. the tourist staged fights lack the local atmosphere which is an essential part of the experience.

  4. Erin says:

    Great list! I would also add sea canoeing in Phang Nga Bay, we did a trip there and you canoe through all the limestone karsts and explore the beautiful lagoons inside them – magical!

  5. Paul Johnson says:

    Thanks, Dave… any tips on how you go about seeing an authentic match, rather than one geared purely for tourists?

  6. Paul Johnson says:

    Sea kayaking amongst karst scenery sounds like a fabulous experience, Erin!

  7. We did a kayak tour in these amazing sea caves where there were bioluminescent organisms. It is also a beautiful boat ride on the bay. Amazing experience.

  8. Linda Davies says:

    Wow! Thank you for this beautiful article! Made me feel nostalgic of our honeymoon in Phuket last year. If you never visited the island of Phuket I suggest you go to one glamorous place – Phuket FantaSea Thai Cultural Themepark. Very civilized place and particularly I recommend it for having a Thai Costume photo shoot. We chose a Thai wedding photo set, which made us feel like Royalties. They literally had hundreds of costumes to choose from. But don’t worry, they will choose the one costume that will suit You best. The staff were very friendly and attentive to the minute details. We were shown how exactly to pose Thai style, which was really beautiful. The whole park was magical and offered a lot of Thai cultural things to see and do. The show was colourful, energetic, with beautiful costumes, lighting and breath-taking special effects. I really enjoyed the whole experience. It’s one of the places I recommend to visit when you’re in Phuket.

  9. Linda Davies says:

    Phuket FantaSea show was absolutely amazing. It is one of the best shows in Thailand! You shouldn’t miss it. Super highly recommend. However, do upgrade to seafood buffet if you want to have a much better dining experience. It’s a great place for family!

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