Top 10 Must to do things in Phuket
From beautiful white sand beaches to adventures to Water sports to Evening shows to lively Bangla Road and the list goes on...., Phuket is an amazing spot to spend your vacations.
I first visited Phuket back in 2012 and had my crush on it <3 So I went there again after two years in 2014 and still want to go again 🙂 Yea I know people get bored by visiting same places but here i always say about Phuket:
Visit Phuket Once, I bet you will go there again !
So what is so important in Phuket ? …. Hmmm actually there is a long long list but for those who are going to Phuket first time, should visit atleast these Top 10 attraction (as per my list). So there you go….
1. Para-sailing at Patong Beach
Phuket has many beaches (Patong, Kata, Karon, Kamalia etc). If you want to stay in a lively surrounding then you must book your stay around Patong beach.
The first thing you will notice after stepping into beach sand at Patong would be colorful Parasails in the air. Stop thinking, just go and get it..
You will wear a harness and they will tie that harness to a rope and then to the end of a speed boat. Don’t forget to take a mini camera (water proof) along with you. You are ready to take a flight and going to see whole Patong Beach from a bird eye.
TIP: If you are not a good swimmer, you must ask an assistant to sail with you in the air. Hey don’t worry !! its not that scary
Cost: 700 ~ 800 Baht for 10 min flight and 1000~1200 Baht for 20 min flight
2. Scuba Dive at Raya Island
Phuket has lot of clear and steady water beaches points where you can have a deep sea dive but if you want both Cheap and Quality dive, then Raya island is most recommended.
Normally you are not allowed to have a Scuba dive without a license but don’t worry, Phuket management has allowed Scuba dive for non-licensors (like me) to enjoy a deep sea dive with an Assisstant, called “Discover Scuba Dive”.
The assistant will teach you some lessons, some practical demonstration and then will take you along with him under the deep blue sea.
Cost: 2000 ~ 2500 Baht (Full day tour includes: Pickup> Scuba Dive > Lunch > Island Hoping > Drop at Hotel)
3. Snorkeling at Phi Phi Island
Those who can not manage to dive in the deep blue sea must experience snorkeling at different sites of Phi Phi island. These are one of the famous snorkeling points in Phuket. The points I loved most were Maya Bay and Monkey Island.
Tip#1: You must have some bread or other food in hand before snorkeling. You will love the scene when you put some food in water around you and multicolor fish will rush towards you. That’s the moment to capture from your Go-Pro camera.
Tip#2: Do not book your Phi Phi tour on a cruise boat otherwise you will miss some beautiful spots where that big boat is unable to reach. Speed boat is recommended for Snorkeling
Cost: A day tour to Phi Phi island cost around 800 to 1200 Baht (depends on season)
4. Canoeing under Limestone rocks at James Bond Island
People go to James Bond island to capture that Iconic Rock but I liked something more than taking photos with the rock.
Once you have taken pics with that boring rock, its time to start the real adventure. You have to get off boarded from the big boat to small canoeing boats.
This is a Muslim village where all little boys with Muslims names will take you through the caves of Lime stone mountains. You will feel amazed after experiencing those echos in the Sea caves and having coconut water on the go.
Cost: Around 1500 Baht for full day tour
5. Rafting at Phang Nga Bay
I missed this adventure during my first trip to Phuket but now when I have experienced the thrillful rafting at Phang Nga bay, I recommend everyone not to miss it by any way.
This tour covers not only Rafting on a waterfall but also includes Zipping, ATV car in mud, Elephant ride, fish spa. In the end you will be taken to a fruit garden to taste bunch of Thai fruits and home made Thai cuisines which you would never taste in any hotel
Cost: 1500 Baht
6. Hangover in Bangla Walking Street
If you are a party lover, then Phuket is a house of Clubs and parties. Soi Bangla (soi = street) is the main hub where you would find lot of clubs, and on the road shows till late at night.
Beware! Those beautiful and gorgeous looking girls are mostly Lady Boys 🙂
7. Phuket Fantasea Show
As soon as you land at Phuket airport, you will see everywhere lot of Pink + Purple color brochures and tour booking desks. Yes! these are of Phuket Fantasea Show colors and this show has become 2nd identity of Phuket. I have heard many thai locals to say:
If you haven’t seen Phuket Fantasea Show, it means you haven’t visited Phuket.
This show has every thing for an old man to a little kid. Lavish buffet dinner, Open air shows, White tigers and above all the 1hour Theatrical show of Thai culture, elephants and magic makes all the audience spell bound.
Cost: 2200 Baht with dinner (Recommended), 1800 Baht without dinner
8. Simon Cabaret show
Simon Cabaret is a multi-cultural dance show. You will see lot of huge sets changed within seconds in front of your eyes. Whole of the show is full of fun for approx 1.5 hour.
The most amazing part of this show is that those beautiful dancing girls are not girls 😉 and you remain in shock throughout the show.
At the end you also get a chance to take pictures with all the Show characters by giving them whatever tip. Overall it’s a fun filled refreshing show and one must see it after return from Island day tours.
Cost: 500 Baht
9. Scooty ride on Phuket Curvy roads
One of the best thing I like about Phuket is to rent a Scooty and ride along all the beautiful beaches. Phuket has so curvy roads that after every curve you see the same beach with some other angles and all those scenes are literally jaw dropping.
Cost: 200 Baht/day + Fuel
10. Phuket Zoo/ Tiger Kingdom/ Big Budha
Last but not the least, in case you just want to change the taste of your travel in Phuket, just leave the islands and adventures behind and spend a day towards city side.
Take the scooty on rent, go round and round on ribbon like roads and visit some places in the outskirts like Phuket Zoo, Tiger kingdom where you will get a chance to sit and pose with wild animals and take memorable photos. You can also visit to famous Big Budha
Cost: 500 Baht (zoo)