What to Do in Phuket


Phuket has some of Thailand's most beautiful beaches. Top options include:

  • Patong - Phuket's most popular beach with entertainment and nightlife
  • Karon - More relaxed than Patong with wide sandy beach
  • Kata - Beautiful bay good for surfing and boogie boarding
  • Nai Harn - Charming curved bay, not too crowded
  • Kamala - Calm waves, quieter vibe than other beaches
  • Surin - Picturesque beach lined with pine trees
  • Bang Tao - Long 6km beach between Laguna and Cherng Talay
  • Nai Thon - Secluded beach in a quiet bay, perfect for swimming

Temples and Landmarks

Top sites to visit:

  • Big Buddha - Iconic 150ft tall marble Buddha statue overlooking the island
  • Wat Chalong - Phuket's largest temple, ornately decorated in red and gold designs
  • Phuket Weekend Market - Large market near Nai Harn Beach selling trinkets, souvenirs, art, clothing, and street food
  • Sunday Walking Street - Vibrant weekly food and shopping market in Old Phuket Town with performances
  • Similan Islands - Stunning protected islands northwest of Phuket renowned for diving and snorkeling

Cultural Shows

Famous Phuket shows include:

  • Simon Cabaret - Flamboyant ladyboy show with Broadway-style singing and dancing
  • Phuket Fantasea - Massive theatrical extravaganza blending acrobatics, pyrotechnics, and elephant performances
  • Siam Niramit - Family-friendly show depicting Thailand's history and culture with special effects

Spas and Massages

Indulge in relaxation at:

  • Luxury beachside resort spas
  • Wat Pho Thai Traditional Medical School center
  • Affordable beach road massage shops
  • Thai massage parlors offering foot, oil, and full body massages

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