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As Thailand’s biggest island it’s no surprise that there are lots of things to do in Phuket. From beach bumming to partying, from romance to debauchery, the list of activities in Phuket is practically endless.

Mind you, the island is spread out, like Bali, so it is larger than most people realise. It will take you over an hour and a half to drive from the airport, in the north, to the southern part of the island so it pays to plan a smart itinerary if you want to do a bit more than just sun tanning or reading a book by the beach and for that, it’s advisable to rent a car. If you only have one day read this article for a breakdown of the best things to do in Phuket, basically an abbreviated version of this post.

The history of Phuket

Historically a tin mining town, Phuket only started to boom as a tourist haven in the 70s when the airport was built. Admittedly, the best things to see in Phuket today relate to the touristy bits, like the beach or the party scene, although understanding the heritage and history behind Old Phuket is equally fascinating.

Phuket was the center of Chinese and Indian exchanges well before the rest of Thailand. Ships from both empires would seek refuge in its safe harbour during the Monsoon season. The area only became part of the Thai Empire in the 13th century when the Sukhothai took it over from the Sumatran Sirivijaya Empire.

The jungles of the interior were inhabited by indigenous tribes who were displaced by the tin miners whereas the coast was the home of sea gypsies, some of which are still living there and in adjacent islands.

Tin mining brought prosperity to Phuket and the interest of the British Empire who almost annexed it in the 19th century but ended up going for Penang as a safer harbour. The Sino-Portuguese buildings that one can still see today in Old Phuket were built at that time by the rich merchants.

Best things to do in Phuket, Thailand

I have been to Phuket over a dozen times and every trip is different. You can surely spend a weekend getaway in Phuket and just see the beaches. But you could also do Phuket the other way and not even step foot on the beach. Instead you can enjoy nature, culture, food (glorious food) and the many other Phuket attractions that make the island such an interesting destination.

In this post I wanted to gather all of the top things to do in Phuket including a few cool things to do in Phuket that most people don’t know about, things that are lesser known and probably slightly off the beaten path – if that is at all possible on an island that receives over 3 million visitors a year.

If you are looking for an organised and neatly laid out itinerary including most of the places to see in Phuket mentioned here, head to my weekend road trip around Phuket. For those looking to party, just head to Patong or Bangla Road, everything you need is there but I will not cover it here on this post. Plenty has been written about it already!

However, I do have a pearl of wisdom and a hidden secret for what to do in Phuket at night, like no other, so scroll down and see if you can find it. I promise that was one of the most fun nights I have ever had in Phuket and elsewhere. And no, it did not involve ping pong, beer pong or any other dodgy or doubtful activity you would be too ashamed to tell your mother about.

1. Karon View Point three beaches view – For the views

Karon Viewpoint

Karon Viewpoint

You are unlikely going to be alone here because this is an extremely popular Phuket attraction with some of the bus tours stopping here. Either way Karon Viewpoint is popular for a reason (see image above for a visual explanation).

From above, you will be able to see the three beaches north of the viewpoint. Couples go there to sit on the benches and observe the view. It’s a nice stopover if you are driving past and it gives you a bit of perspective on the island. After all, Phuket gets its name from the Malay word for hill (bukit) so there are a few places where you can enjoy the view from above.

Explorers looking for convenience should hire a private driver. Click here to book an English-speaking driver so that you can explore all the places to visit in Phuket at your own pace.

2. Phuket Town Weekend Night Market or Talad Tairot – For the markets

Phuket Weekend Night Market

Phuket Weekend Night Market. Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Phuket Old Town offers a glimpse into the heritage-rich past of the island and it seems that the trading tradition has evolved right into the 21st century with what tourists have come to know as the Weekend Night Market, one of the most exciting places to visit in Phuket.

For the Phuket locals, the market is called “boot car sale” or Talad Tairot so that should give you an idea of the spread. You will find everything here and mostly copies of anything you can think of, from bags and watches to CDs and DVD, but don’t be surprised if the quality is nothing like the big brand.

One of the most interesting shops is the one selling second hand shoes, in case the prices of new stuff are not cheap enough already! A visit to the market can be one of the most unusual things to do in Phuket or it can be one of the most fun, see for yourself. As this is Thailand, there is also plenty of food to enjoy, or check out my guide to Phuket Old Town for ideas about where to eat.

3. Best thing to do in Phuket for aspiring chefs – Learning to cook Thai food

Blue Elephant Phuket

Blue Elephant Phuket

What better place is there to learn to cook Thai dishes than in Thailand? There are hundreds of places to learn and your hotel may offer a class too but, for a genuine and well-known school, try Blue Elephant Cooking School.

This is one of the best known restaurants in Phuket and a real institution that specialises in Royal Thai cuisine. The chef is famous and the restaurant serves fabulous food in the beautiful settings of an old mansion house, which is a popular Phuket attraction in itself.

Everything is great here: the food, the teacher, the setting, if you ever wanted to learn to make some of the easier Thai dishes back home, there is no better cooking class than this one. And if you don’t want to cook, just go for a meal.

"Cooking class The Boathouse Phuket"

Cooking class The Boathouse Phuket

Another option we love is the cooking class at The Boathouse Phuket. This long running restaurant has been a staple of Phuket’s dining scene for almost 30 years. Not only do they serve signature dishes that keep guests coming back every year for more, but they also offer great cooking classes. It’s also probably one of the best things to do in Phuket, because it’s right by the ocean!

They start with a visit to the market with the Sous Chef followed by a 4 course meal cooked at the rooftop kitchen with views over the beach. You will also get to eat your food (trust us, the chef makes sure it all tastes wonderful), get a jar with their signature masaman curry paste, a recipe book and a certificate.

The experience is fantastic and the setting excellent and there are never more than 2 couples at the same workshop so it is really personalised. See more info on their website.

4. Best activity in Phuket for island hoppers – Phang Nga Bay, Racha and Phi Phi

Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay

One of the most typical activities in Phuket for a day trip is to visit Phang Nga Bay. There are lots of islands near Phuket and many possible stops along the way. The tour that you book will determine where you stop but you will almost surely stop at James Bond Island, the island made famous by The Man with the Golden Gun movie.

It is a pretty old movie, so if you haven’t seen it, one of the scenes where the man with the golden gun is holding the eponymous item, is filmed there. It is a striking rock as well on its own due to its sharp upside down looking shape. The other common stop on day trips is a kayak trip inside some of the caves, and the longer tours also make it to Maya Bay, at the back of Phi Phi, another spot made famous by blockbuster The Beach.

You should make sure to be properly equipped for the tour with towels to dry yourself, sunscreen, a hat, sun glasses and long sleeves if you plan to kayak, so you don’t end up with the wrong sun marks. You don’t want all your photos of one of the top things to do in Phuket to come out with you looking like a tomato.

You can book an 8hr excursion that includes a visit to James Bond island, a kayak expedition among the limestone caves, as well as a pop in to the sacred Buddha Cave Temple at Wat Tham Suwanakhuha here (lunch included). There is a faster option that is more beach oriented and on a speedboat instead of a traditional longtail boat that you can book here.

The Racha Phuket

The Racha Phuket

While this is one of the most iconic Phuket attractions, two other options for those who love exploring by boat are the more popular Phi Phi and the less frequented Racha.

The best way to go island hopping is to book a proper island hopping adventure online before you go. This ensures a hassle-free and convenient trip on a modern speedboat. Book this tour of Maya Bay and Koh Phi Phi to explore both these islands as well as several others including Monkey Island, Mosquito Island and Pileh Cove. Maya Island is where the Hollywood blockbuster, the Beach was filmed.

Considered as two of the most beautiful islands near Phuket, Racha (Raya) and Coral island, are filled with hidden coves, pristine white sand beaches as well as loads of water activities. So you can relax in the sand or head to the ocean for some parasailing or diving. I stayed at the The Racha, which is the luxury hotel on the island and it was pure bliss. You can read my full review here. There is also a bustling marine life for some epic snorkeling. You can book your day tour here or go one step up and cruise to Racha and Maithon Island on a catamaran here.

Or maybe you’d prefer partying the day away on the HYPE Luxury Boat Club with a cocktail in one hand and gourmet finger food in the other. It goes to multiple islands including Ko Hong, Ko Racha, Coral Island, or James Bond Island. Book your ticket online here.

5. Scooter time around Koh Yao Noi – For a trip back in time

Koh Yao Noi

View of Koh Yao Noi from Koh Yao Yai. Flickr Tom Ek (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Koh Yao Noi (similar to neighboring Koh Yao Yai) is a small fishing island off Phuket. You can get there by boat and spend a few hours cruising on a scooter or bicycle and have some delicious food before coming back to busy Phuket. It is a mini getaway from the getaway.

If you prefer to cycle the 20km loop around Koh Yao Noi with a guide, you can book one online here. Not only will an experienced English-speaking Thai guide direct you through rice paddies and hidden beaches (including a picnic), you will also get to visit a working farm where you can learn all about sustainable farming. A fantastic day trip away from all the touristy top things to do in Phuket.

6. Ka Jok See – For free-spirited fun

Ka Jok See cabaret night

Ka Jok See

A fun, crazy, exhilarating and liberating evening of good Thai food and entertainment. If you were thinking of going to some of the shows on Bangla Road, forget it, Ka Jok See is a much classier and much more fun alternative. If you’re wondering what to do in Phuket at night for unlimited fun, this should be your only option.

For the price of unlimited food and drinks you also get a cabaret show to go with it. I don’t want to spoil the surprise as a lot of the experience is based on not knowing what will happen, but it is sure to be a great evening.

Ka Jok See has no publicity, no website and their facebook page is empty. And they wouldn’t want to have it any other way. I have sent multiple groups of friends to Ka Jok See and they have all, without exception, had a fabulous unforgettable time.

If you want to know more about what to expect, check my review (<- spoiler alert!). To book you will have to call them as you can’t just show up as they are always fully booked and it is a tiny place.

While I highly recommend visiting Ka Jok See, there are also other popular shows to visit on the island like the Simon Cabaret Show or the 140-acre themed complex Phuket Fantasea which is a sort of Thai cultural theme park and is better for traveling families. Singles and partygoers can also go on a pub crawl of Bangla with a guide which you can book here.

7. Rawai beach – For an insight into local’s lives

Rawai Beach

Rawai Beach. Wikipedia Mikhail Deynekin (CC BY-SA 3.0)

This is not one of your usual tourist attractions in PhuketRawai beach is rather an insight into the lives of many Thai fishermen who do not live off visitors to the island. You have to go with a fresh set of eyes and an intention to absorb what goes on around you.

Watch the day go by from a tree trunk or chat with the local fishermen. Observe life as it once was for the many that have not been affected by the tourism boom.

8. Phromthep Cape – For a Titanic moment

"Phromthep Cape" best things to do in Phuket

Phromthep Cape

This is one of the places to visit in Phuket at the end of the day, especially if you have been driving around and exploring Phuket. Bring your own drinks and snacks and find a good rock to sit on. Promthep Cape is at the very bottom of the island and it affords great sunsets so it is one of my favorite Phuket places to visit to watch the sun go down below the horizon.

At the top of Promthep there is a parking area where buses and scooters can park. It does get quite busy as most people will come for the photo and leave, few stay. From the viewing platform, follow the few steps down to a small Buddhist shrine. You can also get over the concrete wall and walk all the way to the end of the cape for the most impressive views and most likely, complete solitude as very few tourists go all the way.

 Bonus!  touting and selling are not allowed so you can take a respite from the “boat tour?”, “massage?” you may have heard a few times already.

9. Walk around Phuket Old Town – For a dose of heritage

"Romanee Street in Phuket Old Town"

Romanee Street in Phuket Old Town

This is one of my favourite things to do in Phuket. Often dismissed, a walking tour of Phuket Old Town is a great trip back to the Sino-Portuguese past that once made Phuket the center of the tin mining industry in Thailand.

Today, there are lots of hipster cafes, restored colorful shophouses and shrines that are bringing back the glory of days gone by. Look up from the main road so you can admire the facade of the buildings, they are very reminiscent of Singapore’s shophouses.

Here’s a delicious foodie and a cultural self-guided tour of Phuket Old Town. Explore the flavors of Peranakan food or the beautiful architecture of Old Town with these excursions.

If you don’t want to go it alone you can take part in an epic foodie tour of Old Town where you will get to indulge in hidden secrets from a Burmese tea shop, to a mean bowl of Hokkien noodles to rich peanut satay. You can book this 4hr foodsploration here. You can only take a guided tour of Phuket that stops by Old Town on this half-day Phuket highlights tour.

By day you can take this guided heritage tour with a local that will take you to many places including Chinpracha House and Thai Hua museum, and the old post office and first hotel in Phuket. By night savor Old Town’s most amazing foods like Hokkien Mee noodles, Cumin Fried Fish or Crab Curry on this night tour of Old Town.

10. The Big Buddha – For monumental views

Big Buddha Phuket

Big Buddha Phuket

A regular stop for the island tours, and possibly the best known Phuket attraction other than the beaches, the Big Buddha is exactly what its name suggest – a gigantic statue of Buddha overlooking some panoramic views. The statue is 45m high and 25m wide, it is decorated with Burmese jade marble and it weighs 135 tons.

This is still a functioning Buddhist monastery so take a walk around and maybe contribute to its construction. No matter where you are in Phuket the tall statue presides over every part of the island. It is still under restoration (June 2019) so you will see more construction and scaffolding than anything else but the views from the top of the hill are pretty. The official website of the Buddha and temple is here.

11. Wat Chalong – For temple beauty

Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong

Phuket’s largest and most visited temple is a red-roofed Buddhist temple stupa originally called Wat Chaiyathararamand but known to everyone as Wat Chalong for its location. The temple is covered in gold and ornate decorations. It is one of the prettiest Phuket attractions and very well maintained and a pilgrimage destination for many Thai people who come to pay respect to the two Buddhist monks and a bone splinter from the Buddha.

Beware the fireworks that devotees pay for as a sign of gratitude. They will go off all of a sudden and make your heart skip a beat. The official temple website is here.

Would you like to explore all of Phuket Old Town, Wat Chalong, Big Buddha Statue, Laem Promthep viewpoint and the Rum factory in one easy full day? Check this tour which covers it all in one day.

12. Koh Panyi fishing floating village – For market buzz

Koh Panyi

Koh Panyi. PXHERE CC0

Koh Panyi is a floating Muslim village on stilts that still lives off fishing and, more recently, the hordes of tourists coming down to feel like the lost world of sea gypsies. There are a fair amount of tourist shops and restaurants but if you get there early you can also chat with the locals and see how life at sea is like.

Be mindful of people’s lives. This is a real village but they are used to tourists taking photos of them all day long as they go about their daily routine.

 It is odd and fascinating at the same time. 

The village gets really touristy at lunch time when all the Phang Nga Bay day tours start to arrive, so the trick is to get there before they do, on your own, so you can also sail around the village and get a sense of place.

Head down to Surakul pier in Phang Nga, then hire a long tail boat for 1,500 Baht and get there in less than half an hour. It will cost more but you will most likely have it all to yourself. Although it is popular with tourists, Koh Panyi is still one of the most unusual things to do in Phuket as you will not find something this unique on the island.

13. Sri Panwa – For watching the sunset

Phuket is a lovely place to watch the sun set. Maybe it’s the warm air, or the island vibes but nothing says holiday like a drink and a glorious sunset.

Sunset from Sri Panwa Baba Nest

Sunset from Sri Panwa Baba Nest

I did the research for you and selected the best places to watch the sunset in Phuket, all of them tried and tested and compiled in an article. The number one place for sunsets in Phuket is no doubt the award-winning Baba Nest rooftop bar at the luxury hotel Sri Panwa. Visiting Sri Panwa itself is also one top things to do in Phuket as it is a gorgeous hotel.

It has been named by CNN among the most beautiful rooftop bars in the world and it gives 360 degree views over Phuket island. Make sure to book in advance as very few seats are available every evening and guests take priority.

14. Local beaches – For escaping the crowds on the best hidden beaches

Paradise Beach Phuket

Paradise Beach Phuket

There are a lot of beaches in Phuket and some of the most famous ones are truly packed. This is after all one of the most popular things to do in Phuket for tourists that visit the island. But despite the mass tourism, there are still a few hidden beaches in Phuket with far fewer visitors if any and mostly locals chilling by the sea.

As the island is quite large, most tourists crowd the easily reached beaches which can be accessed by bus or a short walk. I went on a road trip of Phuket and discovered all the best beaches, some of which I had all to myself. I published a round up here, don’t tell anyone!

15. Cocktail workshop – For delicious drink recipes to take home

One of the cocktail creations we learned to make

One of the cocktail creations we learned to make

Nothing says tropical paradise as much as an umbrella cocktail. If there is a slightly classier and 100% local version of that, even better.

The Boathouse Phuket Restaurant on Kata Beach not only provides stellar accommodation, amazing food and a cooking class (mentioned above), but also is the perfect place to learn how to prepare some of the signature cocktails. They are sure to leave your guests mesmerised next time you host a party.

The mixologist has created unique cocktails that play on the local ingredients and a which are absolutely beautifully presented. What is best? You can then enjoy your drinks and the sunset at The Boathouse Phuket Restaurant and maybe stay in for dinner and sample the food from one of the oldest restaurants in Phuket.

For those considering what to do in Phuket for something new and fun, this is the answer. Here is my full review of the hotel.

16. Go watch a professional Muay Thai fight – For sport mixed with culture

Muay Thai

Muay Thai. Pixabay CC0

If you don’t mind watching live combat then you should definitely go see a Muay Thai or Thai boxing match. It’s an amazing local spectacle as you watch fighters using the “art of eight limbs” to defeat their opponents with fists, elbows, knees, and shins.

For a hassle free experience of watching the skilful fighters you can book online here. You can choose from VIP, Ringside or normal Stadium seats and when you book online you can get roundtrip transfers from your hotel to Patong Boxing Stadium.

17. Take a helicopter ride – For out of this world views

The Racha Phuket

Approaching the resort’s bay

I am a huge fan of both helicopters and seaplanes. There is no better way, in my opinion, to see a city than by the air as the views are always mindblowing especially in gorgeous places like Phuket.

Depending on how long you fly (there are options from 10-60mins) you will get to experience most of the Phuket attractions mentioned in this list from above like James Bond Island, the floating Muslim Village, Big Buddha, and Wat Chalong. The pilot also provides narration of all the sites, so you’ll learn something new too.

I would advise taking the tour when you arrive so that you can get the lay of the land before you start driving or island hopping.

Book your birds eye experience online through Klook here.

What to do in Phuket if you want to escape the tourists

As Phuket became such a well-known island with millions of visitors every year, some parts of it have forever changed into something that no longer resembles the magic of the past.

But, with the masses of tourists coming for specific well known activities in Phuket, some parts of the island that are less promoted by the tour companies have remained untouched and peaceful. Believe it or not, there are still a lot of places in Phuket that are quiet, known only to locals and which are not even on Google Maps. I know because I discovered them and now, I am (reluctantly) sharing them with you.

Here are a few unusual things to do in Phuket that are off the beaten path and not regularly included from the regular top things to do in Phuket lists. See my top activities in Phuket for off the beaten path adventures.

1. Buddha Cave

Wat Tham Suwan Khuha

Wat Tham Suwan Khuha. Wikipedia Hartmann Linge (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Buddha Cave in Phang Nga town, called Wat Tham Suwan Khuha, is one of the best places to visit in Phuket for explorers. It is a network of tunnels and caves with a large reclining Buddha that is hardly explored by visitors. It’s therefore a great alternative to the more popular canoe tours and other tourist activities in Phuket that explore the more well known parts of Phang Nga Bay.

You don’t actually need a boat to get there but rather just drive to the town in the northern part of Phuket and find the cave which can be visited independently. The cave is surrounded by trails and waterfalls.

2. Secret and quiet beaches in Phuket

"Freedom beach Phuket"

Freedom beach Phuket

As an island, Phuket thrives on beach life. Some of the easily accessible and more developed ones are crowded and filled with souvenir shops selling “Same Same” t-shirts. But there are a lot of less frequented and harder to reach beaches that offer a paradisiacal setting. For a complete list click here.

I went on a quest to find them all, Google Maps in hand, veering off at any turn off the main roads that seemed to lead down to the beach. For the best quiet beaches in Phuket try Freedom Beach, found down a cliff, or Haad Sai Gaew beach on the north of the island where fluffy white sand goes on for miles.

Freedom Beach is closed off and you need to trek down a steep forest path to get there so there will be far fewer tourists. There is usually a hut to buy snacks and drinks but it might be worth bringing your own if you plan to spend the day. It’s one of the best places in Phuket for some peace and quiet.

3. Chalong Bay Distillery Tour

Bar at Chalong Bay Distillery

Bar at Chalong Bay Distillery

A fun place to visit in Phuket in the middle of nowhere among lush sugar cane fields is taking a tour of the Chalong Bay Rum Distillery. Chalong Bay easily accessible by car, has loads of parking, and serves great lunches with a variety of delicious cocktails.

As alcohol is involved, you would think that this is an expedition is not family-friendly, but it is actually great for the young ones. Why? Firstly, there is an expansive lawn for the kids to run amok. Secondly, the 20min tour is held every hour. So one parent can watch the little ones, while the other goes on tour. Then you can change. Perfect!

The greatest thing about the rum is that it’s made from actual sugar cane, not the molasses byproduct that the most famous rums, like Bacardi, use. So it is authentic and delicious. You can even take a cocktail class or get a recipe book as a souvenir.

Here are some tips to make the most of your Chalong Bay Distillery tour which you can book in advance online here. You can even partake in a rum cocktail making workshop which is great fun. Book in advance here to avoid disappointment.

Best places in Phuket to stay when you visit

Now that I have told you about all the great things to do in Phuket, you’ll need to know where to stay. I’m here to help you find the right resort on Phuket because there are hundreds on the island. As I have visited countless times, this is a good selection, that is tried and tested, of the best luxury hotels.

Sri Panwa

Six Senses Yao Noi

Double Pool Villas by Banyan Tree


Sri Panwa

Six Senses Yao Noi

Double Pool Villas by Banyan Tree

Keemala Phuket

Sri Panwa is Phuket’s coolest resort. The wonderful pool villas have incredible views and the most romantic of settings. If you are visiting with some friends, the Habitat area has a pool with great vibes and more affordable rooms. And don’t forget Baba Nest rooftop bar, one of the places to see in Phuket for amazing views. Read my full review here. Book now by clicking here

I am a huge fan of Six Senses and their Yao Noi island resort is one of the most beautiful there is. It is located on a separate island (also one of the best places to visit in Phuket for tranquility) but you can organise day trips to Phuket. Enjoy the eco-friendly chic design and the fantastic organic food that makes Six Senses so unique and their food so delicious. Did I mention the fabulous Phang Nga Bay views? Book now by clicking here

Double Pool Villas by Banyan Tree is a couple-only villa resort that is part of the larger Banyan Tree resort that is the ultimate destination for a romantic getaway. Banyan Tree was the pioneer in garden villas and this was the first resort. For an extra dose of pampering, head over to their spa, which is legendary. Book now by clicking here

Keemala is one of the latest resorts to open in Phuket. This fantastic resort offers a set of four different types of private “pods” in four villages made to look like ancient civilisations. It is one of the most unique resorts I have ever seen. The best part of Keemala. They discourage their guests from partaking in any animal tourism activities. Book now by clicking here

Sri Panwa

Sri Panwa

Sri Panwa is Phuket’s coolest resort. The wonderful pool villas have incredible views and the most romantic of settings. If you are visiting with some friends, the Habitat area has a pool with great vibes and more affordable rooms. And don’t forget Baba Nest rooftop bar with the most amazing views in Phuket. Read my full review here. Check more photos, rates and latest availability here

Six Senses Yao Noi

Six Senses Yao Noi

I am a huge lover of Six Senses and their Yao Noi island resort is one of the most beautiful there are. It is located on a separate island but you can organise day trips to Phuket. Enjoy the eco-friendly chic design and the fantastic organic food that makes Six Senses so unique and delicious. Did I mention the fabulous Phang Nga Bay views? Check more photos, latest prices and availability here

Double Pool Villas by Banyan Tree

Double Pool Villas by Banyan Tree

Double Pool Villas by Banyan Tree is a couple-only villa-only part of the larger Banyan Tree resort that is the ultimate destination for a romantic getaway. Banyan Tree was the pioneer in garden villas and this was the first resort. For an extra dose of pampering, head over to their spa, which is legendary. Check more photos, latest prices and availability here


Keemala Phuket

Keemala is one of the latest resorts to open in Phuket. This fantastic resort offers a set of four different types of private “pods” in four villages made to look like ancient civilisations. It is one of the most unique resorts I have ever seen. The best part of Keemala. They discourage their guests from partaking in any animal tourism activities. Check more photos, latest prices and availability here

Read here for more luxury hotel options in Phuket.

Best way to explore Phuket

Given its size, the best way to explore all the activities in Phuket mentioned above is by renting a car. Taxis can be expensive if you are covering such big distances and I, for one, don’t enjoy the constant haggling and feeling of being ripped off.

Driving to all the Phuket attractions is relatively easy. Google Maps is well versed in all the nooks and crannies of the island and the roads are in good condition, well sign-posted and easily drivable. There are petrol stations at regular intervals (although you are unlikely to drive for too long) and parking is relatively easy.

You can pick up a car at the airport and drop it off there. Most of the international car rental companies will be there. It pays to check the prices ahead to make sure you will be able to rent the car that you need. You do not need a 4×4 to get to any of the places to visit in Phuket, so any regular car will do.

If you would like to go on a little road trip of Phuket, check out my article about it, we had lots of fun!