White sand palm-fringed beaches, beautiful coastline surrounded by the expansive Andaman Sea, tranquil beach resorts, happening nightlife perfectly describe Phuket Island. Apart from the usual snorkeling, scuba diving, partying, and lounging on the beach, Phuket has so more to offer. Check out our top 5 picks of things to do in Phuket:
Visit Phang Nga Bay
Be in awe of the rocky and jagged limestone karsts jutting out of the emerald green water of the Andaman Sea at Phang Nga Bay.
Best explored on boat, cruise past James Bond Island and the small fishing village of Koh Panyee. Sea kayaking is strongly recommended as can row close to the limestone cliffs and also beneath them in caves.
If you love chasing sun rises, then Samet Nangshe Viewpoint in Phuket promises panoramic views of Phang Nga Bay. It is a spectacular sight to see the first rays of the sun trickling between limestone karsts and painting the landscape golden.
Stroll around in Old Phuket Town
Phuket is more than just an island for a beach vacation. The city is steeped in history which is evident when you stroll in Old Phuket Town. In the past, Phuket was in the path of the vital trading route between China and India which came under European gaze. Also, Phuket reaped riches from abundant tin mining in the past which brought in immigrants from China. Owing to its history, the many colonial buildings and mansions in Old Phuket Town boast of Sino-Portuguese architecture. This quaint part of Phuket City has a charm of its own unlike the rest of the island. There is a multitude of cafes and restaurants to keep you going while you explore Old Phuket on foot.
Spend time with the gentle giants
There are many elephant sanctuaries in Phuket where elephants are rescued, cared for in their natural environments by volunteers and the most important, treated ethically. You too can take part in this humbling experience by sharing your love and affection with the elephants by feeding them, watch them roll in mud and splash around with joy in water.
Take a sneak peek into Thai culture
Entertain yourself to some Thai artistic and cultural extravaganza by spending the day at Siam Niramit Phuket. The stage shows are elaborate with special effects, props, colorful costumes and music. Be enchanted by shows portraying Thai culture, one such fascinating show is the depiction of the Thai concept of heaven and hell. Within the campus are representations of a Thai village and a farm, dine on traditional Thai food and even dress up like a local!
Phuket boasts of many Buddhist temples spread all across the island. One such temple that cannot be missed is the Wat Chalong, a venerated place for the Thais. The Grand Pagoda with its golden panels shimmers in sunlight on a bright sunny day. The inside of the temple is as fascinating as the exterior façade. The walls are adorned with murals depicting the life of the Buddha and life-sized statues of monks who helped the Thais fight against the Chinese rebellion.
These are our picks for top things to do in Phuket in 2019. What are you waiting for? Come, soak in the experiences of Phuket and have a memorable time.