Located at the southern end of Ton Sai Bay, Long Beach is one of the most laid back destinations for holiday makers who look for a tranquil escapade during vacation. Nestled under a canopy of palm trees, the Long Beach is a favourite of beachside tourists who look for walking in the soft, white sand of the seashore and indulge in various adventure sports. It is the only beach in Phuket where you can enjoy snorkelling directly from the beach. Stunning coral reefs and colourful marine life nestled under the shallow turquoise waters make Long Beach a diver’s dream destination. Being located at a walking distance from Tonsai Village tourists have easy access to the bars and restaurants and enjoy an electrifying nightlife with good food, music and dance.
About 200 metres from the Long Beach is a rock popping up the surface of the water. Standing at its cliff you can spot the black tip reef sharks some of which stretch over one metre in length. There are a number of activities and amenities you can enjoy during your trip to this tropical paradise such as beach kayaking, volleyball, boat ride, Thai Spa massage and hiking to the viewpoint.
After sunset the locals and tourists assemble at the beach for craziest beach parties with cocktails and lively music. It is also a tranquil haven for those who want to spend a laid back vacation by just reclining in a deck chair and watching a stunning sunset in the skyline. There are a number of plush resorts and cottages where you can enjoy comfortable accommodation along with the bonus of staying close to nature. Most of these resorts have fine dining and take away services of authentic Thai cuisines prepared with fresh organic ingredients.
Highlights: Fascinating street performances also catches the eye here specially during the late hours of the night. Soi Bangla, the small lanes across the Bangla Road are the popular landmarks of reputed bars and pubs here.
Located on Kamala Beach, Phuket FantaSea is a state-of-the-art cultural theme park. It’s known for its Thai theatre, fine dining options, and a colorful event that features the bliss of a magical elephant.The first attraction at the Phuket FantaSea is the Palace of Elephants, which is a 3000 seat amphitheater.
The exhibit of the story of the Legend of Kingdom here would be a fun-filled adventure for you. It presents a fantastic blend of music, fireworks, and dance to embrace your presence. What makes this show a more special one is the presence of Prince Kamala’s towering figure there.
Built across a land stretch of 140 acres, the Phuket FantaSea offers you an unrivaled experience of shopping on the street. While you are busy shopping for your favorite souvenirs, make sure to reserve some vacant space to buy some elephant-related souvenirs and trinkets. These are the signature stuff being sold at the Carnival Village Shopping Paradise.
Phuket FantaSea is popular for its live street performances where you get to know about the local culture and traditions of Phuket. Your children will love chatting with the carnival mascots that forms the central attraction of this street performance. Watch for a plethora of traditional arts and crafts exhibition performed by the local craftsperson.
Set sometime free to enjoy a sumptuous meal at the Golden Kinnaree buffet restaurant. This restaurant is situated juxtaposed in no small dining center. As there’s a Lotus Lake nearby, you can surely enjoy your lunch with a beautiful backdrop.
Do not forget to mark the presence of a magnificent half-bird, the statues of Kinarrees, and a half-woman figurine of the Thai mythology here.
Bangtao reflects twin lifestyle while one side reflects the luxurious resorts and villages that provide visitors with all the required amenities, on the other hand, there is the rural side that still sustains the age old occupation of fishing and farming by the locals. This is one location ideal for swimming, also, the northern end of the bay boasts a beautiful coral reef.
Things to Do: Home to some of the most luxurious and classy hotels, Bangtao is all about relaxation. While here you can indulge in active rounds of golf at Phuket Adventure Mini Golf and Laguna Phuket Golf Club. Horseback riding and Elephant trekking are some other activities known for keeping the visitors contended and elated.
Location: At Wat Karon on Patak Road, Central Karon
Timings: Every Tue and Sat from 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
PhangNga Bay is a classic Southeast Asian bay - bright blue water, limestone pinnacles and all. A large part of it has been protected as a national park. Notable islands in PhangNga Bay include the so-called James Bond Island as it was featured in the movie The Man with the Golden Gun.
Things to Do: PhangNga Bay is where you can visit a fishing community built out on stilts across the water. You can take tours that will drop you at various beaches to swim and snorkel and take you to James Bond Island and KohPanyee, you can also canoe in the lagoons of the vicinity.
Getting There:PhangNga Bay is in the Andaman Sea, between Phuket and the mainland of Southern Thailand. You can hire long tail boat from north Phuket to reach the island
Location: Soi Bonzaan, Patong Beach, Phuket
Price: 550 Baht to 1500Baht, based on season and type of room selected
Paradise Complex provides the same with male dancers and bar boys providing entertainment like every other nightclub.
The Boat Bar is one of the popular gay joints with fantastic music, light, sound and excellent furnishings. A cabaret show is a major attraction here. Zag Club is another very popular gay GO Go bar where shower show, happy hours, topless Tuesday are major events. The pricing for each is different and the timing usually stays from 9pm to 2am in the morning
Highlights: Enjoy the lively Dragon Boat race by the locals on occasional weekends. Rent a longboat to explore the islands. You can also drive a little further to see the small cascading waterfall or have a panoramic view of the area at Panwa View Point or go to Panwa Aquarium.
Highlights: Nature lovers can enjoy a walk on the natural trail in Sirinath National Park. The colourful local market is a great place to collect your travel souvenirs. Admire the beautiful architecture of Wat Nai Yang temple.
Highlights: A perfect getaway from the hubbub of crowded beaches, this secluded beach is ideal for spending time alone. Enjoy scuba diving or go on an adventure of exploring the rocky coves on a boat.
Heading out to this place on a vacation, you will be able to explore the stunning places loaded with rich marine life and underwater wonders that are just alluring. You will also come across many bird species in the island ecosystem. In the evening hours, you can just relax on the white sandy beaches with your loved ones enjoying the views of the pristine blue waters. These islands are widely famous for their hiking trails, scuba diving opportunities, kayaking tours, and snorkelling activities.
The islands are dotted with a great range of thick forest covers like gum, jackfruit, ironwood, and bamboo. With negligible effect of commercialization, these islands can be a perfect getaway from peace seekers and nature lovers who wish to spend time in the middle of alluring nature and enjoy a peace of mind.
What to Expect: Those looking for peace and quiet on a beautiful beach plus comfortable mid-range accommodations will find everything they need on Koh Mun Nork. Meals are served at set times in the morning, afternoon and evening and include mostly Thai and some Western options. Snorkel gear and kayaks are available for rent for those who want to take part in activities.
A small town in the Surin Province, this is one quieter place located towards the east of Bangkok. Surin’s only claim to fame is it annual Elephant roundup ceremony. This land of big elephants explodes into a dynamic city after November, as during this period the city hosts giant crowds of pachyderms.
Things to do: Surin is untouched by the modernization and still showcases the traditional and agricultural Thailand. While here visit, Surin National Museum and Silk village and know more about the history, tradition, and agriculture of this quiet land.
Location: Wiset Rd, Karon, Mueang Phuket
Timings: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Apart from scenic brilliance one can visit Wat Khao Rang, a Buddhist temple with a big golden Buddha statue in it. For having excellent eatery in this lovely ambience one can refer to the three food joints available here. Tung Ka Cafe and Khao Rang Breeze are positioned at the top of the hill with magnificent panoramic views of the area. Apart from this one can also try Phuket View which is based on the way to the top, known for its delicious cuisine.
Location: On the way from Chalong Circle to Rawai, Phuket
Timings: 8:00am to 6:00pm, Open on all days.
Highlights: There are a number of activities which can be enjoyed in the most sought after Surin beach. This includes enjoying a spa treatment, surfing and even trying out the enjoyable Thai classes to learn some delicious and mouth melting Thai food. For spa resorts, one needs to visit the 5-star hotels Twin Palms Phuket Hotel and Ayara Hilltops.
Best time: For surfing the ideal time is from May to October though in other times also one can do the same. Twin Palms organise the cooking classes.
The pleasant bay of Kata, just a few minutes south of Karon Beach, entices and charms many visitors with its white sands and clear waters. Very popular with families, Kata is an all round favourite due to its spectacular palm-lined beach, great restaurants, lively but not raucous nightlife and varied accommodation options - all close to the beach. Visitors will find an abundance of shops to browse in, from souvenir and ready-to-wear outlets, to 7-Elevens and local mini-marts, to branded fashion stores.
Activities: Mom Tri's Boathouse features an art gallery with rotating shows by local artists along with a jazz band, Thai cookery classes and a superb menu.
Nearby Attractions: Dino Park, Surf House, Kata View Point, Kata Temple, etc.
Location: 1 km from Kata Viewpoint on the way to Nai Harn beach
Timing: 8:30 AM to 17:30 PM
Price: The approximate price for 30 minutes is 900 THB for adult and 600 THB for children, 45 minutes is 1,100 THB for adults and 700 THB for children, and 60 minutes 1,380 THB for adults and 800 THB for children.
Highlights: No sports activities are done here to spoil the peaceful atmosphere on the beach. On the south end of the beach, there are various authentic restaurants to carve your hunger. You can even rent a lounger and relax on the top of the beach under the coconut palms.
Getting There: The only option to reach Freedom beach is via boat. You can catch a long-tail boat from the south end of Patong Beach.
HQ Beach Lounge Phuket lets you enjoy the fine splendid seaside experiences in chic simplicity. You can celebrate wonderful company here with sensuous wines, light beach side fares, eclectic soul music and true cocktails. You can come here for a relaxed dinner or a light lunch by the sea. Order anything from the menu and the culinary offerings of the HQ Beach Lounge are certainly going to enliven your every sense. Some of the best menu highlights of the lounge include light grills, fresh and succulent salads, magnificent pasta and flavor full seafood.
Location: 100/210 Moo 3, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Timings: The HQ Beach Lounge Phuket remains open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 AM.
BEACH MAT: THB 1’500 per Beach Mat / Day incl. Beach Boy Service, HQ Towel and Food & Beverage value of THB 1’500
BEACH SALA: THB 3’000 per Beach Sala / Day incl. Beach Boy Service, 2 HQ Towel and Food & Beverage value of THB 3’000
BEACH NEST SALA: THB 5’000 per Nest Sala / Day incl. Beach Boy Service, 2 HQ towels and Food & Beverage value of THB 5’000
Some of the popular Go Go Bars here are Suzy Wong’s A Go Go which is famous for its punch marvelous ambience and complete entertainment, Harem, a relatively new addition with excellent interior décor and lovely drinks and Devi’s Playground, a place to enjoy sizzling dance performances. All three of these Go Go bars along with others usually remain open for 4 hours from 10pm till 2 am in the morning.
Highlights: Exciting music shows and beautiful wine
Location: Soi Bangla, Patong, Kathu, Phuket
Highlights: An ideal place for enjoying the beauty and serenity of nature. The beach also offers snorkelling and jet skiing opportunity. Do not forget to experience the special oil massage to rejuvenate your senses.
Highlights: Ideal to spend lazy day in a tropical environment. Drive to Panwa View Point for a panoramic view of the area and islands and visit the Panwa Aquarium to watch beautiful sea life.
Location: The temple is present about 20 km from the main town of Thalang district on Thepkasattri Road.
Highlights: The walls of the temple are covered with stories of Lord Buddha. There is even a white temple and a mummified Abbot. There are three large images of Lord Buddha in different buildings.
Timings: Opens daily from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: It is nestled in Thalang, north of Phuket town and about 5 km north of the Heroine’s monument.
Highlights: The sleeping position represents Lord Buddha in a dreaming state. There are some non-Buddha images here including lions and a giant and they act as the guards of the temple. There is even a small bell tower for people to have a closer look.
Timings:Opens daily from 7:00 AM to 5.30 PM
Built in 20th century, the building has several rooms which all are dedicated to the display of history of Phuket. Images and token of early prominent influential families of Phuket who came from China can also be found here. For all who wishes to know about the origin of the town and its prosperity down the years can visit the Museum for better knowledge.
Location: 28, Krabi Road, Phuket
Timings: 9:00am to 17:00pm, Open on all days.
There is a beautiful small shrine at the base of the hill dedicated to holy spirits Toh Sae Dam, Toh Sae Dang and Toh Sae Kaow. Friday is known to be the holy day here attracting many to this temple though the same remains open on all days. Motorbikes are allowed up the hill though the roads to the peak are quite steep. Bikes are allowed only in daytime and after 5pm one can only reach the top by walking.
Location: Toe sae Road, Phuket
Highlights: Once you reach this place you will be delighted at the sight of the grandiose Sino-colonial mansions, which was said to be once occupied by the tin barons 100 years ago.
Timings: 09:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Closed on Sundays.
Location: Soi Mai Khao 4, Mai Khao,Phuket
Timings: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Price: The approximate price starts from 1250 THB adults and 650 THB for kids
Highlights: One can partake in a wide range of water sports activities - banana boats, canoes, and snorkeling
Getting there: Few miles off the coast of Phuket
Highlights: Live jazz music
Location: Patak Road, Kata Phuket
Price: 145Baht to 345 Baht approximately Timings: 6pm to midnight.
Timings: 10pm to 2am
Location: Near Bangla Road
For good sea food and some soft soothing melodious tunes and whisper of hilly breeze care to visit Baan Chom View where one can experience mouth watering delicious formal dining and enjoy nature at its best. Apart from this other popular joints include Som Tam Kit, Sabai Corner, Small Viewpoint etc which can also be explored for good food and relaxing environment.
Location: Near Kata Noi Beach
The restaurants serve delicious cuisine to indulge your taste buds. Swim around in the beach, walk on the warm stretch of sand and enjoy the luxuries of the resort complex.
Highlights: Spend the leisure time on trendy beach clubs in tropical backdrop, practice wakeboarding, enjoy golfing, go for horseback riding or elephant trekking or go for sea kayaking exploration.
Location: It is situated on Soi Phuthorn, Ranong Road. This is not very far from the main market.
Highlights: The main building has been renovated several times, and the exterior is highly attractive and appealing. The interior comprises of three statues of Chinese Gods. Fortune sticks are key highlights here. The papers are however written in Thai and Chinese.
Timings: Opens daily from 8:00 AM to 8.30 PM
The party capital of Asia, Patong is best known for its nightlife and an array of activities that it holds for the regular as well as first-time travelers to this place. Comprising of primary restaurants, nightclubs and various other tourists hot spot, Patong, has both good as well as notorious reasons that make this place a hit among tourists from all over the world. This mysterious place lights up as the night approaches, while Bangla Road is the hub of the night parties, the eastern part of the beach, on the other hand, is well known for its neon lights, hot streets, and erotic massage parlors.
Things to Do: There is no second opinion that majority of the crowd come to Phuket just for partying. However, if you are looking for some other entertainment sources apart from partying you ca head to the ever-so-famous massage parlors in the region. Adventure seekers can indulge in an array of water adventures available at the Paradise Beach and Kalim Beach.
Getting There: Patong is easily reachable via a bus that connects to Phuket town every 30 minutes. However, if you are coming by flight, you can opt for a taxi from Phuket International Airport which is just 35 km to the north of Patong
A perfect place to unwind yourself and soak in the sun, Ko Raya Island, a stunning coral island is located towards the south of Phuket. A considerably remote island with white-shiny beaches that is still untouched by the overwhelming tourists.The postcard perfect bays, shimmering beaches and the crystal clear blue waters further adorned with coconut palms are some added features that make this island a ‘Must-visit-place’ in Thailand.
Things to Do: Once you reach Ko Raya, get ready to unwind yourself as this treasure box offers an array of water adventures. Explore the beautiful aquatic life by participating in snorkeling adventure. You can also enthrall in Scuba diving as the rocky reefs make this place an idyllic destination for diving. Apart from these activities, well, you can easily relax and calm your strained muscles on the sandy beach.
Getting There:This hidden slice of paradise can be easily accessed via chartered boat from AoChalong and Rawai. If you wish to spend maximum time on the beach then prefer travelling via speedboat which will take you to this bounty of joy within 20-25 minutes.
Phuket Trickeye Museum is an intuitive 3D painting show offering astounding photograph opportunities and fun-filled time. Situated at the intersection of Montri and Phang Nga streets in a substantial two-story building (which used to be a famous film theater until 2002), Phuket Trickeye Museum includes a display of around 100 painted and carved scenes utilizing Trompe-l'oeil (French for 'misdirect the eye') systems, putting guests in amusing incredible world-like circumstances.
Trompe-l'oeil is an old painting system that requires a specific geometrical ability; the thought is to make a three-dimensional figment on a two-dimensional (level) foundation. Perspectival illusionism rules at Phuket Trickeye Museum, and you are certain to be tricked by the noteworthy canvases in plain view here.
Location: At the corner of Montri and Phang Nga roads in Phuket Town, right next to Pearl Hotel.
Timings: Every day from 09:00 AM – 09:00 PM
Price: The approximate price starts from 500 THB per adult and 300 THB per child (101-130 cm in height)
Wat Chalong is one of the most beautiful and dominant Buddhist temples, known for attracted travellers from all over the world. While for the local population, this temple is a noteworthy centre of worship while for foreign visitors Wat Chalong is a source to know and learn more about this beautiful religion – Buddhism. Poh Than Jo Wat is an impressive and colossal Buddhist statues located in the old hall of the temple. Another fun fact about this place is that the temple also boasts a statue of an elderly gentleman called Ta Khee- lek who won a famous local Thai who won numerous lotteries after consulting Poh Than Jo Wat statue. Apart from the grandeur visitors also enjoy the stunning display of around a dozen small shops selling all kinds of souvenirs and visitor’s stuff.
Location: Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket, Thailand
Things to keep in mind : Owing to the sacredness of this place it is advisable to maintain a standard decorum while inside: do not position themselves higher than the Buddha image and be considerate towards your dressing. Avoid short dresses, sleeveless and other revealing clothes.
Timings : The temple is open 24 hours every day.
Phuket's Big Buddha is one of the island's most imperious and adored points of interest on the island. The colossal statue sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills in the middle of Chalong and Kata and, is around 45 meters tallwhich is why it can be effectively seen from far away.
The grandiose site offers the best 360-degree view of the island, with clearing vistas of Phuket Town, Kata, Karon shorelines, Chalong Bay. Easily reachable by a six-kilometer road drive from Phuket.
Referred as the Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha by locals, it is 25 meters crosswise over at the base. The entire body is developed with strengthened cement layered with Burmese white jade marble that sparkles in the sun, making it a characteristic image of trust.
Location: Big Buddha, Chao Ra Road East near Chalong
Timings: Every day from 08:00 AM – 07:30 PM
Highlights: This island is popular for sightseeing, swimming, and snorkeling. Tourists can also visit Maya Bay, Loh Samah Bay, Pileh Cove, Viking Cave and Monkey Beach.
Getting There: The Phi Phi islands are located about 48 Km southeast from Phuket, 42 km south from Krabi Town and 40 km from Ao Nang Beach. You can reach the island within 3 hours depending on the type of boat you choose. Boats leave from Phuket, Ao Nang and the Chao Far Pier in Krabi Town on a daily basis.
Highlights: The area near by the Patong temple will remind you the fusion of the old and new Phuket. Inside the temple, you can witness the old Phuket, but as you come out, you can have the view of well - developed and brand new Phuket. Surrounding the temple are the communities, older houses and local people. The Patong temple itself is a little haven of peace in the area with a bell tower, dining hall, monks’ quarters, etc. You can have the sight of the monks only in the early morning hours when they walk along the temple road to the older Patong.