Quite simply, Phuket has a fantastic array of attractions. From natural to prenatural, from land-based to water activities, there’s always something to see and do on Phuket Island. And the beauty of it all is that these wonders are all within a short driving or sailing distance from each other.
With 540sqkm of land area and many sandy beaches, Phuket is a diverse and fascinating island to explore. A rich culture, a beautiful coastline, spectacular natural sights, loads of outdoor sports and activities, shopping, nightlife and dining are just a few of its attractions.
Just offshore are dozens of smaller islands, easily reached by boat. The natural wonders of the mainland, found just beyond Phuket over the bridge to the north of the island, are also close at hand.
Here are the Top 10 Most Popular Attractions in Phuket
1. Sino Portuguese streets
Hard to resist those old Sino Portuguese streets with their beautiful shop houses and magnificent mansions. With many small cafes, bakeries and eateries along the way… it is perfect for a half day. Visit also the local markets near the bus station and explore the tiny streets to discover some incredible abandoned mansions. Don’t miss the new Phuket Walking Street on Sunday!
2. Bangla Road
Bangla Road is like all night owls, it awakes when the sun sets. That’s when Patong’s liveliest party zone becomes closed to traffic and ready for action! Famous for its raunchy nightlife, Bangla offers an incredible entertainment area filled in with girls, beers and music that increases in volume as the moon rises. Jammed most nights year round, it’s actually an unthreatening and lively place to walk around as bars compete for customers.
3. Flying Hanuman
Flying Hanuman in Kathu is just the right place for you if you’re the type of person who loves to zip through the sky 40 metres above a jungle. Eco-friendly and well executed, Flying Hanuman explores the jungle in a decidedly aerial way and offers a chance to discover Phuket’s rainforest canopy from a really special angle.
4. Big Buddha
The Big Buddha is a 45 meter tall white marble statue visible from anywhere in the southern part of Phuket and the views from up there are definitely breathtaking. When reaching the top of the hill you will find a large parking and a road leading to a construction where people can donate, buy amulets and where occasional ceremonies are held. This place also serves as a museum of the history of the Big Buddha.
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