What to Do in Phuket

All Phuket Attractions A to Z

Anyone who thinks that a vacation in Phuket consists of just beach, beach, beach is going to be pleasantly surprised. The island has a rich heritage that is shown through the prism of its temples, Sino-colonial architecture and old town - all worth visiting.

Nature abounds in Phuket and there are still some beautiful spots to visit and admire the views and flora. Surrounded by the Andaman Sea, you can observe some of the creatures that live in it at the renovated Phuket Aquarium at Cape Panwa. Phuket has also several stunning viewpoints for that golden Kodak moment.

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Baan Teelanka

Located on the Bypass Road on the northern outskirts of Phuket Town, Baan Teelanka features no less than 3 exciting attractions/activities to entertain the whole family. Baan Teelanka itself is a 3-storey house built leaning on its roof. It's adorned with a maze-shaped garden in its backyard (not so great for rainy days, obviously). The Chamber Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9.05am to 6.15pm
  • Location: 51/11 Moo 5, Chalermprakiat Ratchakan Thi 9 Road, Ratsada, Muang, Phuket 83000
  • Tel: +66 (0)84 456 5279
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Bangla Boxing Stadium

Bangla Boxing Stadium is a prominent Muay Thai arena in Patong Beach. The stadium is hard to miss: it’s a large 2-storey building with a first floor made of beige stone-like sculpted cement and features a selection of seafood restaurants. The second floor is an amphitheatre surrounding the boxing ring. At the front of the building, Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 9pm to midnight
  • Location: 150-55 Phang-Muang-Sai Kor, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)64 061 5050
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Chinese shrines in Phuket

Phuket has a large population of Chinese residents, who descended from immigrants from southern China a few centuries ago. Their rich culture and traditions are evident in quaint Chinese temples and shrines around the island, as well as the annual Vegetarian Festival.

Their religion is predominantly a mixture of Buddhism, Chinese and Taoism. Red and yellow are Read More...

Chalong Bay Rum Distillery

The Chalong Bay Run Distillery was established by Thibault Spithakis and Marine Lucchini, 2 young French entrepreneurs. The first priority of the company is the production of a high-end quality white rum which has already started to gain international recognition in the spirits’ professional community.

Chalong Bay Rum’s second facet is to organise visits of their Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 11pm
  • Location: 14/2 Moo 2, Soi Pa Lai 2, Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83130, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)93 575 1119
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Phuket Shooting Range

Phuket Shooting Range is without doubt the biggest attractions and activities complex on Phuket. Founded in 1989, it offers a surprisingly wide range of fun and exciting things to do. These include a shooting range, a go-kart racing track, a snake farm and show, a paintball and airsoft (BB gun) skirmish field, an archery range and Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm
  • Location: 165 Patak Rd, Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 381 667
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Dino Park Mini Golf

Dino Park mini golf is great fun for the whole family. Fire-breathing dragons, an active volcano, T-Rex and Brontosaurus replicas and eerie jungle sounds make for an exciting round of mini-golf! The Jurassic-themed restaurant and bar are perfect for a post-game drink or meal, too. Watch out for the hungry elephant. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 11pm
  • Location: 47 Karon Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 330 625
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James Bond Island

Actually named Koh Tapu (meaning 'Nail Island', because of it's shape), James Bond Island first found fame because of its starring role in the 1974 movie The Man With the Golden Gun. The entire area surrounding this island and its signature rocky pinnacle is indeed spectacular, though its incredible popularity means it gets a little Read More...

  • Location: Phang Nga Bay, Phang-nga 82130, Thailand
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Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area

Located in the northern part of Phuket, Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is the island's last significant virgin rainforest. You can spend a morning taking a leisurely walk up by Tonsai Waterfall. There's also an 8-km trail right through the park from Bang Pae Waterfall to Tonsai.

It's a good idea to hire a guide to explore the national park. Most of the forest's wildlife tends to stay out of sight, but your guide should be able to point out the telltale sounds of all sorts of animals. A small museum and information centre is located near the bottom of the waterfall.

  • Location: Thep Krasattri, Phuket 83110, Thailand
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Koh Panyee

Koh Panyee is home a Muslim fishing village on stilts and is found about 20 minutes by long-tail boat from Surakul Pier in Phang Nga Province. The island features heavily on day trips to nearby James Bond Island as tourists are brought here for lunch and a wander around the village, sometimes buying souvenirs. However, once Read More...

  • Location: Koh Panyee, Muang, Phang-nga 82000, Thailand
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Koh Sirey

Koh Sirey on the east side of Phuket Town is more like a small cape than an island. Covering only about 20 sq km, most of Koh Sirey is delightfully free of construction and driving along its leafy eastside coastal road with its rubber plantations is a pleasure. It really is like Phuket several decades ago. Read More...

  • Location: Ratsada, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Local markets in Phuket

There's a saying that if you really want to get to know a country, you should visit its local markets. You can soak up a whole lot of local flavour just by walking around the local market. Thai fresh markets are cornucopias of colourful fruit and vegetables, snacks and meals, chunks of red or green curry, Read More...

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Loma Park

Loma Park, located at the north end of Patong Beach, offers a quiet spot for those looking to relax in the shade. Surrounded by local food stalls, this public playground spans around 14,000 sq m. Many festival events take place at the park year-round. It's a popular park for local families in the afternoons, as its children's recreation zone has many toboggans and swings.

  • Location: 186, 15 Thawewong Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
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Mangroves in Phuket

Images of mangrove forests rarely appear in material advertising the delights of Phuket. The short trees growing in the mud along the shore lack majesty and don’t have flowers worth talking about. But they are a crucial part of Phuket’s tropical and coastal ecology. They provide important nurseries for fish and crustaceans are remain a truly Read More...

Monkey Hill

Toe Sae Hill is a picturesque peak in Phuket Town that everyone calls Monkey Hill. The reason why becomes fairly obvious after a few hundred metres when you come across a troupe of macaques munching away on fruit brought to them by locals. These macaques are not aggressive, but care should still be taken if you Read More...

  • Location: Ratsada, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Paradise Complex

In the Paradise Complex in Patong, about half of the businesses there are run by or cater specifically to gay travellers. Many are small bars (in some cases with a cabaret show) but there are also guesthouses, massage spas, restaurants, and even travel agencies in the small but lively square. They all sit in the shadow Read More...

  • Location: Paradise Complex, Rat-U-Thit Songroipi Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
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Patong Boxing Stadium

Patong Boxing Stadium on Sainamyen Road is the real deal when it comes the Muay Thai boxing bouts. The stadium has quite an intense atmosphere, particularly as it's the one that's more popular with local sports fans. It's might even be their relatives in the ring, so be careful who you cheer for!

  • Opening Hours: Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9pm to late
  • Location: 2/59 Sainamyen Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)81 737 7193
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Phuket Aquarium

For an afternoon of fun learning about what you eat and what might eat you (just kidding!), the Phuket Aquarium is required viewing. Home to thousands of tropical, colourful and exotic marine creatures, the aquarium is a hit with youngsters who may not have come this close with such unusual sea life before. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8.30am to 4.30pm
  • Location: 51 Moo 8, Sakdidet Rd, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 391 126
  • Price Range: Adults 100 baht, children 50 baht.
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Phuket Boat Lagoon

The Boat Lagoon Phuket, next to Royal Phuket Marina in Koh Kaew, was the island's first marina complex. It's surrounded by a group of condominiums, the Boat Lagoon Resort, serviced apartments and restaurants, shops and offices. Short- and long-term accommodation is available overlooking the marina.

It has been fully operational since 1994. This circular, 180-berth lagoon Read More...

  • Location: 22/1 Moo 2 Thepkasattri Rd, Koh Kaew, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 239 888
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Phuket Heroines Monument

Heroines Monument at the roundabout on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang is one of the top cultural landmarks on the island. The inspiring story of how brave Lady Chan and Lady Mook led the locals, of whom many were women, to fight against Burmese intruders and won a battle more than 2 centuries ago still has a Read More...

  • Location: Si Sunthon, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
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Siam Niramit Phuket

Siam Niramit Phuket is a tastefully done cultural extravaganza that adds variety and vitality to the island’s entertainment scene. Perfectly located just off the bypass in the outskirts of Phuket Town, it is set on prime lakeside land. The show features songs, dance routines and traditional martial arts.

Just like its sister theatre in Bangkok, Siam

  • Opening Hours: Wendesday–Monday from 5pm with shows starting at 8.30pm (closed on Tuesdays)
  • Location: 55/81 Moo 5, Rassada Road, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)7633 5001-2
  • Tour Available: Siam Niramit Phuket
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Phuket Trickeye Museum

Phuket Trickeye Museum is an interactive 3D painting exhibition offering amazing photo opportunities and great fun for the whole family. Located on the corner of Montri and Phang Nga roads in a large 2-storey building, it features a gallery of about 100 painted and sculpted scenes using trompe-l’oeil (French for ‘deceive the eye’) techniques, placing visitors Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 7pm
  • Location: 130/1 Phangnga Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 212 806
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Rassada Pier

Rassada Pier is the main dock for boats and ferries travelling to and from islands off the coast of Phuket, including Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, and Krabi. Located on the west coast of the island, this ferry pier is a little over 4 km southeast of Phuket Town. It's an hour-long drive to reach Rassada Read More...

  • Location: Ratsada, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Royal Phuket Marina

Royal Phuket Marina (RPM) is Thailand's first world-class luxury lifestyle marina and stands on over 30 hectares of prime land, right next to Phuket Boat Lagoon in Koh Kaew. With 350 berths for yachts of up to 35 metres long and 400 luxury waterfront villas, penthouses and condominiums, the marina ranks among Asia's premier boating hubs.

It's Asia's

  • Location: 68 Thepkasattri Rd, Koh Kaew, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 360 811
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Saphan Hin Park

Saphan Hin is a large, multi-purpose park with fitness centres, a stadium, jogging trails, a software development centre, restaurants and food stalls, and a mangrove walkway. Located at the south end of Phuket Road, the park often hosts festivals and fairs throughout the year. Muay Thai kickboxing matches take place at the stadium on Friday evenings. Read More...

  • Location: Wichit, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Sea gypsies village

It is hard to separate the sea gypsies and Rawai from each other. They have been settled in Rawai since way back – on the seafront, to the left of the pier. Most are fishing for a living but a few work as island tour guides or run small stands selling seashell souvenirs. Every day, in Read More...

  • Location: Wiset Road, Rawai Beach, Rawai, Phuket 83130, Thailand
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Simon Star Cabaret Show

Simon Star ladyboy cabaret show in Samkong, Phuket is definitely for everyone including families, couples and all-girl-get-together events. Some people come to see the transgender and transvestite show out of curiosity but many are simply looking for nothing but a fun night out. Either way, the Simon Star Show delivers.

The cabaret show is very entertaining

  • Opening Hours: Daily at 5pm, 6.30pm and 8pm
  • Location: 52/11 Moo 6, Rassada, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 523 192
  • Tour Available: Book a ticket
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Sirinath National Park

Sirinat National Park covers an area of 90 sq km, from west of Phuket International Airport to the island's northern tip. Nai Yang, Nai Thon and Mai Khao beaches are part of this national park. There's a mangrove forest at its northern end, where saltwater swamps support unique ecosystems. A nature trail and 800-metre wooden walkway have Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: 89/1 Moo 1, Sakhu, Thalang, Phuket 83140, Thailand
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Splash Jungle Waterpark

Splash Jungle Water Park in Mai Khao Beach is unrivalled in southern Thailand when it comes to wet and wild thrills. A great day out, particularly for children, it's home to 12 exhilarating water slides, rides and attractions, with professional lifeguards on standby to make sure that you have fun and safe time.

Located close to

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 5.45pm
  • Location: 65 Soi Mai Khao 4, Mai Khao, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 372 111
  • Tour Available: Splash Jungle Waterpark in Mai Khao
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Suriyadate Fountain

At the western end of Rassada Road stands a traffic circle with what looks like large green guns mounted on it. This is the Suriyadate Fountain and the water-spouting 'guns' are in fact what used to be extremely powerful water cannons that blasted topsoil and rocks away in the tin mining process.

  • Location: Ratsada Rd, Talat Nuea, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Phuket museums

Phuket has quite a long and fascinating history, which is represented and retold in the various museums dotted around the island. Highlights from the past include successfully repelling a Burmese invasion and the tin mining boom that brought in waves of immigrants from China, completely reshaping the island's culture and landscape. Sea gipsies also played their Read More...

Phuket waterfalls

Waterfalls in Phuket give you an excellent opportunity to get back to nature and enjoy some serene, scenic surroundings. They're particularly popular with locals, who visit at the weekends to cool down in the fresh water and enjoy a picnic in the shade.

There isn't a huge selection available in Phuket and they're not amazingly dramatic Read More...

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