Attractions in Phuket
Phuket is a province located in the south of Thailand, featuring as the largest island in the country. The province covers an area of 576 square kilometers, approximately the same size as Singapore. Widely known to be the Pearl of Andaman filled with fascinating beaches and clear sea, Phuket is extremely popular among both domestic and foreign tourists. Moreover, this province is full of rich Thai traditions, a variety of foods, a bounty of tourist attractions, world-class accommodations, entertainment venues along with watersport spots. Now let’s get fond of this wonderful island.
How to get to and travel around Phuket
There are several transportation methods to get from Bangkok to Phuket. First of all, as Phuket has its own International Airport, you can reach there by taking a plane at Donmuang International Airport. There are over 200 Bangkok to Phuket flights a week with several major airlines. The price is approximately THB3,000 on average for return tickets (low-cost airlines). The distance from Donmuang to Phuket is around 692 kilometers, and the average flight time is about an hour. In addition to Donmuang, there are Chiangmai to Phuket flights provided, around 5 flights a day. The duration of the flight is approximately 2 hours. For more information, please go to websites below:
- Nok Air: https://www.nokair.com
- Thai Lion Air: http://www.lionairthai.com/
- Bangkok Airways: http://www.bangkokair.com/
- Thai Airways: http://www.thaiairways.com/
- Thai Air Asia: https://www.airasia.com/
- Vietjet Air: http://www.vietjetair.com
- Thai Smile Air: https://www.thaismileair.com
Secondly, buses taking you from Bangkok to Phuket are available. You can find the main bus service providers at both Mochit Bus Terminal, 3 times a day, and the Southern Bus Terminal Bangkok, 20 times a day. The average price for a bus to Phuket is THB800 (One-way). It takes 13 hours 30 minutes on average. Next, since there is no train running directly to Phuket, you can get there by taking train at Hualamphong Station to Phun Phin, Surat Thani and then catch a coach to Phuket. It may take over 16-18 hours. Thereby, this transportation method is not recommended. Alternatively, you may use car rental service with private driver that will definitely ease and comfort your trip to Phuket. Furthermore, along the way, you can drop by at any interesting destinations, such as Hua Hin and Chumphon.
For getting around Phuket, you can call a taxi via GrabTaxi, but it is not yet legalized. You can take a public taxi or Tuk-tuk around tourist areas. Do not forget to negotiate the fair with drivers.
Recommendation for Phuket Attractions
Phuket’s tourist attractions can be categorized into 4 types: nature, museum, entertainment and adventure.
As its island feature, most nature tourist attractions are surely beautiful beaches. The most well-known and crowded one is Patong beach, where you are enabled to enjoy soft white sand beside the crystal-clear sea on the long beach all day long. Nearby the beach are a plenty of hotels as well as seaside resorts, ranging from world-class to economical ones. Another famous beach is Kamala beach. Due to less crowded tourists, Kamala beach does suit family trips on relaxing holidays, containing several small to medium-sized coastal hotels. Especially for surfers, Surin beach is a must visit. Apart from its beautiful white sand, this beach offers some good surfing opportunities as there are many great waves together with high tides. In fact, Phuket includes more than 10 fine beaches to visit, such as Kata-Karon beach, Rawai beach and Layan beach. Phuket also consists of Phi Phi Islands and the Similan Islands, which serve as scuba diving and snorkeling destinations. Beside fascinating beaches, Phuket provides you with a chance to see the magnificence of sunset at Promthep Cape or Laem Promthep.
In Phuket town, there are some old towns and a few museums. Phuket Old Town is well-known for its Sino-Portuguese buildings which have been turned into shops, hotels and restaurants. Around 4-9 pm. on Sundays, the Town is converted into a walking street full of shops selling traditional local foods, art handicrafts, clothes, shoes and so on. Phuket also houses some modern art museums. Trickeye Museum, three-dimensional art museum, is there for you to create your own funny pictures. The museum lets you engage in all interactive artworks that will bring out your imagination. Likewise, the Upside Down House or Baan Teelanka is another interesting museum perfect for visitors of all ages. Inside the inverted house, there are other fun-filled attractions, including Garden Maze, Room Escape Game, Street Art Zone, the Drunk Box, and 9D VR Cinema. All these destinations are ideal places to enjoy capturing photos, and they will certainly give you one of the best travel experiences.
Phuket town is one of the most famous destinations among nightlife seekers coming from every corner of the globe. Phuket houses a bounty of nightclubs, discos and bars. In the central Patong are a large number of recognized nightclubs, such as Gay Phuket and Go Go Bar. Furthermore, if you are a big fan of ladyboy shows, go straight to Phuket Simon Cabaret, whose gorgeous ladyboys’ shows will never disappoint you! Some nightlife venues do not only offer entertainment but also represent rich Thai cultures and traditions through spectacular shows. The highlight and highly recommended show is Phuket FantaSea’s. The breathtaking show comes in Thai culture theme, performed in a cutting-edge theater with up to 3,000 seats. You will get to see a hundred of casts, elephants and other animals performing an extraordinary story in the show. Similar to Phuket FantaSea, Siam Niramit Phuket also hosts the awe-inspiring show representing the story of enchanted Kingdom of Siam.
For those who love adventurous activities, there are various destinations to go. An interesting and unique one is Monkey Jungle Cruise. This is a boat trip taking you to the Mangrove jungle, where you will experience feeding and petting monkeys, kayaking, local fish farm and deserted beach. Moreover, it provides you with a great opportunity to see local Sea Gypsies – the oldest inhabitants of Phuket. Next, Phuket Jungle Bungy Jump enables you to have great excitement through a jump of 50-meter height above a natural lagoon encircled by lush forest. This extreme thrill will absolutely get you to scream from the top of your lungs! In addition, Flying Hanuman allows you to climb the height with the adventure of zipline at the height of 40 meters, where you can explore the luxuriant forest below. More than these, Phuket’s beautiful sea is where you can discover the adventure, as well. Basically, the adventure in the sea is diving and snorkeling. The 5 best places for such activities are Ao Sane, Laem Singh beach, Ya Nui beach, Kata Noi beach and Paradise beach. The wonderful world of underwater contains numerous marine creatures waiting for you to explore.
Phuket or the Pearl of Andaman is truly the paradise of travelers, particular nature lovers, housing nature, museum, entertainment and adventure destinations. It is one of Thailand’s must-visit tourist attractions. There is no way to mention Phuket without popping up a beautiful Andaman sea in minds. Certainly, its highlight spots are a myriad of seashores surrounding the entire island. Other types of destination also attract lots of tourists, too. You’d better not step out of Thailand without a journey to this ideal island.
Updated: 13th July 2017