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.

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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 A-Z

The streets of Old Phuket Town are lined with 100-year-old shop-houses, restaurants, guesthouses, gold shops, art 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 have the most popular beaches because they are the perfect places to chill out in the afternoon sun and enjoy a refreshing dip. Don’t forget your sun cream!

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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.

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Great Sunset Bars in Phuket

10 Great Sunset Bars

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to work out the equation; sunset+cocktail+good company = magic. Thankfully Read More...

Boathouse Wine & Grill

The Boathouse Phuket

Boathouse is a tastefully appointed beachside boutique hotel located at Kata Beach with one of the most celebrated 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 to the Show

There is 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.

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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 is 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.

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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...

Evening - Go for a Memorable Thai Dinner

Thai cuisine is very highly regarded around the world, so it is impossible to miss out on this opportunity to try it out 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.

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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...

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 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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