Phuket

An honest travel guide

So what's Phuket all about?

Phuket is a big city in the South of Thailand. It is a huge tourist attraction and a very commercial destination (which means that it is crawling with tourists) and full of things to do, including a lot of tourist traps (by traps we don’t mean scams, but attractions that exist only to serve tourists with no deeper significance).

You can chill on one of the quieter beaches, rent bikes to zip around the many sightseeing spots across town and party among the sleazy joints along Bangla Road on Patong Beach.

Having said that, Phuket is a pretty cool place to spend a day or two and a great launch point for the Southern islands and a couple of great national parks.

Cool things to do in Phuket

Here’s a quick look at some things you can find here:

Beaches

Patong (very touristy), Karon (slightly quieter) and Kamala (pretty deserted)

Sightseeing

Promthep cape (sunset point), Big Buddha (view of the whole city from a hill), Wat Chalong Temple (very popular)

Nightlife

Bangla Road (Debauchery), Kata Hill (Sunset Bars) and live music spots

Fun activities/sports

Jet ski, Parasailing, Ziplining, ATV riding, White water rafting, Motocross riding.

Shows and fun museums

Fantasea show (a show with song, dance and elephant acts), Cabaret show (a stunning musical show starring transsexual folks), Trick eye museum and Aquarium.

Island tours

James Bond island, Maya Bay (Phi Phi Island), Phang Nga bay, Similan islands and Tachai islands (virgin islands sbetween Similan and Surin).

Snorkeling and Scuba

Fun Dives, Scuba certification courses (though there are far better places to do it) and Snorkeling tours in the Phang Nga bay.

National Park trips

Khao Sok (Waterfalls, dense jungle, floating and treetop houses) and Khao Lak (Beaches, jungle and mountains).