If you’re thinking to spend your vacation somewhere surrounded by the sea, sand, and sun, Phuket should definitely be on your list! Phuket is a province located towards the southern part of Thailand in the Andaman Sea.
Aside from being a tourist destination for people who loves the sea, sand, and forest, it also stands out as one of the places where all the different ethnic groups in the world come together and share their culture, fine cuisine, and architectural knowledge.
Phuket is largely populated by the Chinese, so it shouldn’t surprise you if you see Chinese restaurants or shrines while you spend your time there. Every year Phuket likes to hold its annual Vegetarian Festival to honor the tradition from China.
While there is a large Chinese population in the area, you will also find a lot of people who come from different parts of the world who choose to make Phuket their home and share all their cultures and traditions with the place, making it even more diverse and interesting to explore.
This 5-day itinerary aims to provide you with all the information required for you to have a complete round trip around Phuket. For you to get the most of your trip, it is recommended that you rent a bike for traveling whenever you are in Phuket.
Once you reach, there will be renting shops that will offer you great deals for bike rent so you basically don’t have to waste your time! As for the hotel, a lot of Thai people who visit Phuket like to book a room at the Sugar Marina resort’ for its great customer service and good quality rooms at a reasonable price.
The Sugar Marina resort
The resort has its own pool where you can go for a swim whenever you want to and an open sunbathing area if you want to get a tan.
You should always try to eat in local food stalls as opposed to high-end dining restaurants if you want to get the taste of authentic local Phuket Cuisine. Some of the most popular dishes in Phuket are crab curry, roti, and dim sum.
Once you have settled in and rented a bike, your first stop should be at ‘Amorn Pearl Jewelry Store’, a well-known pearl shop in Phuket. It is not only tourists but also Thai people themselves that enjoy purchasing jewelry made of pearls.
Amorn Pearl Jewelry store has been around in Phuket for a long time, so, they are very experienced in their field of work and always produce a beautiful set of jewelry at a reasonable price.
Amorn Pearl Jewelry Store
Aside from selling pearls, they also offer a special tour of their pearl farm, you can directly go to their website and book a tour for yourself!
One of the most famous restaurants where local residents in the area like to go to is ‘Aroon Restaurant’. Located in Talat Yai, Phuket. They serve traditional Rotis, a variety of traditional dishes and noodles.
What’s even better about it is that this restaurant is very Vegetarian friendly and serves delicious Indian, Asian, and Thai cuisines. If you are looking for a cheap, local, restaurant that promises good food, Aroon Restaurant is the first restaurant you should be thinking of.
If you are in a mood for any night-time entertainment, head over to ‘Phuket Fantasea’ and book a ticket for one of their shows! Phuket Fantasea is a cultural theme park based in Phuket that has a 3000-seat theater that houses famous award-winning performances.
All the performances will feature everything from the basis of Thai culture to acrobatics, stunt performance, animal shows, and magic illusions. To watch a show at Phuket Fantasy is said to be “an experience of a lifetime”.
Phuket Fantasea Show
Let’s get you started on going about the islands! The first stop in the morning is ‘Koh Hey’, famously known as the Coral Island. Take a 15-minute boat ride away from Phuket to visit this peaceful island surrounded by the jungle that is not always so crowded like all the other islands near Phuket.
A lot of people like to come here for snorkeling and look at all the natural corals under the water.
There are many beaches like ‘Long Beach’ and ‘Banana beach’ that are just within walking distance of each other. If you happen to want to explore the island a little more though, there is a small beach called ‘Freedom beach’ located on the opposite side of the island, you can always ask your boat driver to drive you there.
At freedom beach, you can snorkel and swim further into the ocean to see the coral reefs, interesting rock formation, and underwater sea life.
Once you are back from your morning swim in Koh He, the best place to just take and walk around and chill are in all the different museums in Phuket.
One of the recommended well-known places is the ‘Phuket Thaihua Museum’ where you are guaranteed to learn more about the Chinese who chose to settle in the area.
But the downside is that the entrance fee can be quite costly, if you don’t think that seeing the inside of the museum is worth it, you can always go to take photos of the building and its architecture for free.
Phuket Thaihua Museum
Other interesting museums that you can visit instead of this one is the ‘Phuket Mining Museum’, ‘Phuket Art Village’, and ‘Thalang National Museum’.
For your evening trip, head towards Phuket Old Town to look at all the different types of architecture from when Chinese and Portuguese people first came to start their trading business in Phuket. You’ll often see small street vendors and shops that give off a very iconic vibe. This is a very popular area where people come to take photos and just take a walk every weekend when there’s a night market.
Phuket Old Town
If you are into clubbing and bar hopping at night, you can make your way to Bangla Road in Patong Beach, Phuket. Just choose a bar to your liking and it is promised that you’ll have a good time! But you must make sure that you always keep your belongings near you because tourists can be an easy target for pickpockets.
Tiger Night Club/Bangla Road
Get a great view of Phuket in the morning at ‘Khao Rang’ hill viewpoint in just before dawn for day 3, it is opened 24 hours so you can go at any time you want. It might not be as crowded and as hot if you go a little bit earlier. People like to go there to watch the sunrise and just take in the view of Phuket in the morning.
Khao Rang Viewpoint
Krating Cape or ‘Laem Krating’ is the newest sightseeing spot discovered int the southwestern part of Phuket. It is a little bit tricky to get make your way up to slopes, but once you get to the top it is a breathtakingly beautiful sight to see.
All the tourists like to go to Krating Cape either before dawn to watch the sunrise, before sunset, and at night to see the stars. It is a beautiful destination for people who love nature and photography.
One of Phuket’s highlight is the ‘Phuket Simon Cabaret Show’, you can ride your bike towards Patong beach and book an hour-long night show featuring all the talented performers in their exotic costumes ready to give you what you can call one of the best performances you are about to see in your lifetime.
Phuket Simon Cabaret Show
You can always book a tour with one of the many touring companies available to give you a pull-package boat ride to all the amazing islands surrounding Phuket. Here is just a small introduction about some for the islands that are very popular in the area.
Phi Phi islands: This island has earned its name as one of the most beautiful islands of the Andaman sea. Tourists might be confused when they are told that Phi Phi is made up of a cluster of 6 islands altogether. Many trips to Phi Phi islands circle around ‘Phi Phi Don’ and ‘Phi Phi lee’. You can get either a ferry or a speed boat from Phuket to Phi Phi islands. A speed boat can take an hour to reach whereas a ferry will take approximately 2 hours, in the end, it all comes down to your time and preference.
Phi Phi islands
James Bond Islands and Phang Nga Bay: There are over 100 different islands in Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park, but the main attraction point is the ‘James Bond Island’. Famous for its main appearance in a 1974 James bond film, the James Bond Island is usually very crowded during the day due to all the tourists fighting to get a good photography spot, so it’s probably best to get to the islands a little earlier in the morning if you want to avoid other people.
Phang Nga Bay
Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi: This is another one of those spots where people go if they want peace and quiet. It lies about 20 kilometers away from Phuket and you can book a boat to get there. These two islands are filled with clear waters that are great for snorkeling and diving.
Koh Racha Yai
One of the many ways locals like to say goodbye to Phuket on the last day of their trip is to pay their respects at a local temple. A beautiful temple to visit while on your trip is ‘Phuket Big Buddha’ or the ‘Great Buddha of Phuket’. The temple consists of is a 45-meter-tall white marble statue of Lord Buddha that can be seen from anywhere in Phuket.
The Big Buddha is easily one of the top must-see attractions in Phuket. Since the temple is an active place for monks and sacred ceremonies, you should be appropriately clothed to enter the temple.
Phuket Big Buddha
Once you reached the temple, you’ll have to climb up 94 steps in order to reach the Buddha. After you’ve made your way up to the top of the temple, you’ll get a pretty good view of all of Phuket including the beaches, sea, and local community. And with that, you can end your trip to Phuket on a peaceful note.
There are many other islands that you can visit, many delicious restaurants that you can try, and many other activities left for you to do here in the southern part of Thailand. One trip to Phuket might not be enough to cover everything there is to see and do, but it is enough to leave you with beautiful memories of the sea, the people, the culture, architecture, and traditions. And, you know what if you ever want to find your way back to Phuket, it wouldn’t be as hard anymore.