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Phuket

Places to see (click on the words to know)
Big Buddha, Promthep Cape, Naka Weekend Market, Wat Chalong, Phuket Old Town, Wat Khao Rang, Karon Viewpoint, Beaches, Bangla Road, Phang Nga Bay,
Khao Sok National Park (Surat Thani), Phi Phi Islands Trip, River Tubing & Jungle Safari at Kapong, Krabi Kayaking and Adventure Day Trip, Similan and Surin Island

Phuket Island Sightseeing Tours:
Big Buddha: I think this is the only sight where you won’t be charged an entry fee. The statue itself is stunning. The best time to visit is sunrise..the view is stunning always but big bucks photo can be captured at sunrise at the viewpoint. You should rent a motorbike or use a tour since there is no public transportation.

Big Buddha

Promthep Cape: This location is Phuket’s best-known and most photographed sight. Every evening large tour buses, bikes, private cars crowd at the Rawai Beach and up the island’s southernmost hill to watch the sunset which never fails to amaze the tourists.

Promthep Cape

Naka Weekend Market: Almost everything gets sold here even including pet animals. But it’s the best place for foodies. The stalls open about 4 p.m. and most of them close about 10-11 p.m.

Naka Weekend Market

Wat Chalong: Nice temple with lot of Thai architecture and culture to see. But it’s better to not visit in weekends during which it becomes crowded.

Wat Chalong

Phuket Old Town: This part of Phuket is steeped in history dating back to the time when the city was found in the tin mining period. There are many quirky shops, local food, beautiful architecture and historical sites. Definitely recommend if you like a charming city. Try to visit on a Sunday when you will find a great market in the center of the old town.

Phuket Old Town

Wat Khao Rang: A large golden Budhha statue sits in a peaceful setting. It’s not as large as the marble one, but if you have time, give this temple a visit.

Wat Khao Rang

Karon Viewpoint: Although not the best view but still great view of Kata Noi and Kata beaches. You can also see the Marble Buddha from here.

Karon Viewpoint

Beaches:

I am categorizing the beaches from the best to worst as per my own opinion by comparing the amount of crowd, cleanliness and serenity you’ll get in each beach.
Laem Ka Beach best beach in Phuket in terms of less crowd..and peaceful
Singh Beach relaxed vibe and some incredible snorkeling.
Cherng Talay less crowded than Patong , have a good choice of international restaurants, bars, and beach clubs.
Kalim Bay great place for surfers
Kata and KaronBeaches best laid back Phuket beach experience
Patong most famous and most crowded

Nightlife:
Bangla Road There are not only Lady Bars and Ping Pong Shows, but rather plenty of bars with live music and some large discotheques like the Hollywood or Illuzion, which is a mix of club and show.
Again do not take children with you while visiting this area, as this is the red light district of Phuket.

If you like to see a Thai fight then Bangla Boxing Stadium in Patong comes strongly recommended. It is located on the second floor and it has a great atmosphere during the fights. They start normally around 9 p.m. until midnight. There are always more fights throughout the evening. Tickets are starting at around 1700 baht.

Bangla Road
Day Trips:

Phang Nga Bay: It’s all about exploring the Bay riding in manned canoes under gorgeous caves. You will see beautiful rock formations, lush forests. Only one word would suffice this day trip: Beautiful.

Phang Nga Bay

Khao Sok National Park (Surat Thani) Khao Sok National Park is a dense virgin jungle with huge limestone karsts formations and the man-made Cheow Lan Lake. It is home to many varieties of rare species of animals and plants such as the giant parasitic Rafflesia flower, hornbill birds, gibbons and tigers. The park can be explored by elephant-back safari, hiking trail, and raft, canoe or kayak via the Sok river.
Do research to find the best tour group rather than booking through your hotel to have the best experience. 2day 1night is best for this trip but you can always extend to more.
Khao sok national Park

Private Phi Phi Day Trip: I have already discussed this trip in Krabi section.

For adventure loving people:

River Tubing & Jungle Safari at Kapong: you’ll get to spend a day with elephants. The elephants are well tended. You will get to feed them and can also watch elephant bathing. And if you want to try river tubing, go for this trip even if you don’t know swimming. Most of the tour guides are very professional.

Kapong

Krabi Kayaking and Adventure Day Trip a day exploring mangrove forests in the Ao Thalane region.

Ao Thalane

If you don’t mind staying overnight on tents, I would recommend to visit Similan and Surin Island where you can do underwater diving, snorkeling and swimming in your element.

surin-islands-weather-1

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