Phuket, Thailand

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About Phuket

About Phuket

Why Visit Phuket, Thailand

Referred to as the gem of the Kingdom of Thailand, Phuket Island is an amazing destination to delve into Thai culture and explore unique natural wonders. Phuket is among the most often-picked places for remarkable getaways, especially popular during the winter months when the Phuket weather is hot and sunny.

Most Phuket resorts are placed along the island's western coast, boasting glorious beaches and inspiring nature. As such, mentioning Phuket's best beaches, Kamala Beach, Karon Beach, and Kata Beach are among the top picks.

The breathtaking island offers many things worth exploring. The inspiring Phuket attraction which is certainly worth the time is the Big Buddha Phuket, an important religious site with an enormous 45-meter-high (148-foot-high) white statue of Buddha, overlooking the Andaman Sea and the surrounding lands. To delve into the ornate beauty of traditional Thai architecture, save some time for the fabulous Wat Chalong Complex with several Buddhist temples, adorned with gold and red. By the way, don't be frightened by the loud sounds of exploding firecrackers occurring here and there, this is a centuries-old tradition followed by locals daily to allure prosperity and scare away bad luck!

Another often visited spot during Phuket travel is the Old Phuket Town, renown for its European Portuguese-style architecture, very untypical for this part of Asia. It is noted as a great place for shopping for souvenirs as well as for its On On Hotel, where the 1999 movie "The Beach" with Leonardo Di Caprio was filmed.

Speaking of Thai wildlife, the country is home to hundreds of species of plants and animals. Optionally, consider paying a visit to the Phuket Elephant sanctuary or stop by the so-called Monkey Hill to meet entire macaque families.

With the plethora of amazing places to see on the Island of Phuket itself, the magical extraterrestrial locations surrounding it are among the main reasons to go to this part of Thailand. Those wishing to spend time in a tropical paradise save at least a day for going to the jaw-dropping Phi Phi Islands in Thailand's Krabi Province. This inspiring place is regarded as one of the most scenic destinations in Thailand, recognizable by images of its colorful typically Thai fishing boats peacefully swaying in the emerald lagoons. The islands are without question worth the time, and taking a day trip to Phi Phi from Phuket is among the best options.

Top Phuket Things to Do

  • Explore the Phuket highlights like Big Buddha & Wat Chalong
  • Reserve a day for enjoying the Phi Phi Island
  • Enjoy a boat trip around the mesmerizing Phang Nga Bay

A great place to certainly not be missed on any Phuket itinerary are the islands dotting the Phang Nga Bay. Set to the northeast of the island, this national park area houses thousands of unusually shaped huge rocks, limestone cliffs, islands of mangrove trees, and even entire villages built above water. The most iconic of the cliffs and an important Thai landmark is the James Bond Island, officially known as Khao Phing Kan and reminiscent of a bottle, it was featured in the 1974 film and is a highly popular photo stop.