What to Do in Phuket in 2 Days

Phuket Mini Guides

If you only have 48 hours in Phuket, you’re going to need to prioritise the absolute must-see things to see and do on the Pearl of the Andaman. With a total area of 576 sq km, Phuket is not a particularly big island, but it is packed with a diverse range of attractions, from stunning beaches and viewpoints to fascinating historical and cultural sites, great shows, vibrant nightlife, first-class restaurants, bustling markets and more.

Our 2 Days in Phuket Guide helps you to narrow down the vast selection of attractions down to an easy weekend itinerary so that you can tick off the absolute must-see places. It ensures that you get the most out of even such a severely limited amount of time in this idyllic destination, giving you a fun and memorable holiday.

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Day 1

Morning - discover Phuket landmarks

Phuket has a long and colourful history, which is perhaps best discovered in the equally colourful streets of Old Phuket Town. Extravagant Sino-Portuguese mansions show the prosperity which the island once enjoyed in the height of the tin mining boom around the turn of the 20th century, as do some of the Phuket’s premier attractions – its impressive religious sites such as the Big Buddha and Wat Chalong.

Most Popular Landmark

  • Big Buddha of Phuket

    Phuket Big Buddha

    Phuket's Big Buddha sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and, at 45 metres tall, it is easily seen Read More»

  • Old Phuket Town Houses

    Old Phuket Town

    The streets of Old Phuket Town are lines with 100-year-old shop houses that are home to restaurants, guesthouses, Read More»

  • Wat Chalong

    Wat Chalong

    Wat Chalong has been extending a warm welcome to visitors for over a century. Locals come to pray and westerners come to Read More»

Afternoon - get a tan!

Check out Phuket’s finest beaches, with their wide expanses of soft white sand bordering clear, warm seas. Patong, Karon and Kata are the most popular beaches because they're the perfect places to chill out in the afternoon sun and enjoy a refreshing dip. Don’t forget your sun cream!

Most Popular Beaches

  • Patong Beach

    Patong Beach

    Patong is an ideal place to party. It has a bustling  nightlife, which includes hundreds of restaurants, bars, Read More»

  • Karon Beach

    Karon Beach

    Featuring the island's third longest beach, this small and lively city has a good selection of dining, shopping and Read More»

  • Kata Beach

    Kata Beach

    Kata entices and charms visitors with its white sand and clear waters. It is a favourite due to its palm-lined beach, Read More»

Evening - sunset dinners and cocktails

Phuket’s west coast is treated to a glorious sunset every evening, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a truly magical evening. There are plenty of exceptional fine dining restaurants and cocktail bars which have taken advantage of this unbeatable setting, providing high-quality cuisine and refreshing beverages with a perfect backdrop.

Popular Restaurants with a View

  • Mom Tri's Kitchen

    Mom Tri's Kitchen

    Mom Tri's Kitchen Royale at Villa Royale in Kata Noi is such a clever act: it balances the three factors perfectly and Read More»

  • Pan Yaah Restaurant in Kalim Beach, Phuket

    Pan Yaah Restaurant

    For one of the best restaurant views of Patong Bay and the town itself a good choice would be Pan Yaah, in Kalim about Read More»

  • La Gritta Italian Restaurant

    La Gritta

    La Gritta is without doubt one of the most romantic restaurants in Phuket. Located in the compound of Amari Phuket at Read More»

At night - go see a live show

There's a range of highly entertaining and memorable shows to enjoy in Phuket. They include the glitzy and glamourous ladyboy cabaret shows, brutal Muay Thai boxing bouts and the incomparable Phuket Fantasea show, which combines an exotic story with remarkable circus-style acts, among other unique elements.

Most Popular Shows

  • Phuket Fantasea show

    Phuket Fantasea

    Phuket Fantasea is the island's biggest show. With trapeze artists, a cast of hundreds, performing elephants and an Read More»

  • Thai Boxing in Phuket

    Thai Boxing in Phuket

    One of the most popular spectator sports in Thailand, and now gaining world renown, is the martial art of Muay Thai. Read More»

  • Simon Cabaret Show

    Simon Cabaret

    Simon Cabaret is a world-class Las Vegas-style ladyboy extravaganza, with over 90 minutes of dance and show tunes in a Read More»

Day 2

Full day exploration

As remarkable as Phuket’s natural beauty is, it's all the more special as a destination for the even more breath-taking places which surround it. All reachable within no more than a few hours from Phuket, the striking limestone formations jutting from the sea in Phang Nga Bay, the perfect desert islands of the Similans and the rugged beauty of the Phi Phi Islands are all more than worth a visit.

Daytrips Around Phuket

  • Phang Nga Bay

    Phang Nga Bay

    A distinctive feature of Phang Nga Bay is the sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the emerald green Read More»

  • Phi Phi Beaches and Islands

    Phi Phi Beaches and Islands

    Phi Phi consists of six small islands which overflow with fine sandy beaches that give way to soaring limestone cliffs Read More»

  • Similan Islands

    Similan Islands

    Just 84 km northwest of the deckchairs and the bustling crowds of Phuket's Patong Beach lies a gateway to another world. Read More»

Evening - enjoy a memorable Thai dinner

Thai cuisine is very highly regarded around the world, so it's impossible to miss out on this opportunity to try it in its home country. Phuket has everything from super-local budget restaurants where Thais enjoy their everyday meals to high-end luxurious restaurants showcasing the very best that Thai food can be. Either end of this spectrum can be enjoyed in unforgettable settings, from huge mansions to floating villages.

Popular Thai Restaurants

  • Blue Elephant Restaurant in Phuket Town

    Blue Elephant Phuket

    Blue Elephant, an established restaurant brand, has branches all over the world in 12 different countries. The group Read More»

  • Tu Kab Khao

    Tu Kab Khao is a great Thai restaurant in a 120-year-old building on Phang Nga Road in Phuket Old Town. It focuses on Read More»

  • Phuket's Floating Restaurants

    Floating Restaurants

    Phuket’s floating seafood restaurants are a novel way to dine out and can be found along the east coast. The trip Read More»

At night - party wild

The nightlife capital of Phuket is undoubtedly Patong, with everything from pool and beach clubs to discotheques and live music bars to choose from. The real heart of the party is found along Bangla Road, where very nearly every building is a club or bar of some description. Even the various side-roads off the famous street are mostly packed with good times. For a walk on the really wild side, don’t forget to check out Soi Seadragon, with its huge choice of go-gos and beer bars.

  • Bangla Road

    Bangla Road (updated)

    Soi Bangla awakens when the sun sets. That's when Patong's liveliest party zone becomes closed to traffic and ready for Read More»

  • 5 Best Go-Go Bars in Phuket

    5 Go-Go Bars in Phuket

    Spice up your night out with good music and some adult-themed fun at any of these lively go-go bars in Phuket. Read More»

  • 5 Popular Patong Night Clubs

    5 Best Clubs in Phuket

    Here are the five most popular Patong night clubs; they all offer a safe environment to party at, places where could Read More»

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