Phuket is Thailand’s largest island measuring 48km in length and 21km in width. Encircled by white sand beaches glistening seas and palm trees, this place has a tropical climate, making it an ideal vacation destination during the months of November to February. The cool climate and clean environment all bring out the best of Phuket. We’re sure you’ll enjoy your time there. Traveling to Phuket has never been this cheap and fun. ClearTrip offers great discount coupons for everyone to avail of amazing offers and added benefits on your trip to Phuket. Read on to know more.
Ideal for: Families | Friends | Couples
Why go there: Natural Beauty | Panoramic Views
Trivia: Phuket means mountain jewel in Thai language.
Best time to visit: November – February
Also Read: Things to Do in Phuket
Top 15 Places To Visit in Phuket
15. Big Buddha, Chalong
Sitting atop the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata, this huge idol of Buddha is one of the most admired landmarks of Phuket. At 45 meters long, this image can be seen from most of the southern parts of Phuket Island. One of the most popular religious sites, this place has a very peaceful atmosphere with only the sounds of small bells and soft dharma music playing in the background.
Opening Hours: Everyday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Location: Ngong Ping Rd, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
14. Soi Dog Foundation
Aimed at rescuing, helping and keeping stray animals safe, Soi Dog Foundation is a must visit for any animal lover. This foundation makes roads even safer for everyone by sterilizing 11000 + animals every year. You can take part in looking after the animals by volunteering for the cause or have a guided tour of the foundation.
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM; 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: 167/9 Soi Mai Khao 10, Phuket 83110, Thailand
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13. Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
Constructed as close to the nature as possible, this sanctuary is a retirement home for these majestic animals that are rescued form the exploitative elephant parks. The money raised from the tours is used in providing food, care & medicines to the elephants. You can feed these creatures, walk with them and watch them as they roam around freely in their natural environments.
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 01:00 PM
Location: Paklok, Thalang, Chang Wat Phuket – 83110, Thailand
Entry Fee: THB 3000/adult & THB 1500/child (4 years -12 years)
*Free of charge for children under 4 years in the Morning Program
12. James Bond Island
A popular landmark in Phang Nga Bay, Phuket, this island is a marvel to be at. It also featured in the popular James Bond movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. This island is famous for the karsts (landscape is underlain with limestone) that stand vertically, extending from the sea bed, above the green waters.
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Opening Hours: The Island is open all round the year
Location: Phang Nga Bay
11. Phi Phi Island
A hot topic of conversation among travelers and locals of Phuket alike, Phi Phi Island is one amongst the most stupendous places, in Thailand, to be at. The island when approached by a boat seems to rise from the sea. This island has also been a popular choice for its central role in the movie ‘The Beach’.
Location: Krabi, Thailand
Insider Tips: Get a boat to Phi Phi Island early in the morning, you’ll get to see one of the most amazing sunrises of your lifetime.
10. Similan Island
Want to enjoy a diving session at one of the top diving places in the world, hop on a flight to Phuket and visit Similan Island. Surrounded by clear blue seas and a white sandy beach, this island harbours beautiful coral reefs and thick forests. These islands are home to dusky langurs, squirrels, lizards, bats and a variety of beautiful birds. This place is worth a visit!
Opening Hours: Open to public from 15th October until 15th May, but the dates may vary each year.
Location: Lam Kaen, Thai Mueang District, Phang-nga, Thailand
9. Phang Nga Bay
Home to the famous James Bond island and Koh Panyee, this island supports a spectacular view of the vertical limestone karsts with a picturesque background for all your Instagram photos. Cruise through the island and stop occasionally to explore the quiet beaches and the clear waters nearby.
Tour Duration: 08:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Insider Tips: You can have a group tour by speed boat that has an occupancy of 25-28 persons per boat.
8. Kata Beach
Located at a distance of few minutes from Karon Beach, Kata Beach is an all-time favorite among the tourists due to its picturesque background, palm-lined white sandy beach and crystal clear waters. If you head over to this beach from May to October, you can catch the sea waves at Kata and if you flock in from November to April, you’ll find the beach full of people having a nice time under the sun. A range of fine dining restaurants and shops are also available here.
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Location: Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket – 83100, Thailand
7. Karon Beach
The third longest beach on Phuket Island is the Karon Beach. Located between Patong to North and Kata to the South, this beach is mostly occupied by the large resorts, shops and restaurants. This beach houses some of the most happening nightlife sports at Phuket.
Location: Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Insider Tips: This place is famous for spending some quality time enjoying diving and snorkeling at its southern end.
6. Phuket Zoo
Built as a tropical garden to provide a natural habitat to all the animals inhabiting this zoo, this place is worth a visit if you love animals. Home to huge trees, Phuket zoo is also home to exotic creatures of different species. Witness countless colorful creatures here such as toucans, parrots, tigers, elephants etc.
Opening Hours: Every day from 08:30 AM – 06:00 PM
Location: 23/2 Moo.3, Soi Palai, Chaofah Rd., Muang, Phuket 83000
Entry Fee: 500 baht/adult & 300 baht/child
5. Phuket Botanic Garden
A heaven to the nature lovers and great learning place for children, Phuket Botanic Garden harbors a vast collection of different species of plants including tropical plants, ferns, rainforests, orchids, cactus and, many more exotic greens. You can spend your time relaxing, going on a picnic with your group, or simply take a stroll around the pond and artificial waterfall.
Opening Hours: All days (except Wednesday) 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Location: 98/89 Moo 4 Chao Fa Road | Chao Fa Road, Chalong, Phuket 83130, Thailand
Entry Fee: 500 baht/adult & 300 baht/child
4. Phrompthep Cape
Phrompthep Cape is the most photographed destination in Phuket. With its colorful landscape and clear waters, this place will serve as one of the best backgrounds to your memorable clicks. Along with one of the best sunset views you’ve ever seen, you can also enjoy a fine dining experience at Phrompthe Cape Restaurant.
Location: Nai Harn- Rawai
3. The Rua Shrine
Located near Heroine’s Monument, this shrine is the fourth oldest shrine on the island. Once a tiny shrine, this Taoist Shrine has now relocated to a much bigger land nearby and is features beautiful carved dragons that are of a significance in the traditional Chinese paintings and has a striking resemblance to the same with a red-gold and green color theme.
Opening Hours: Daily at 06:00 AM – 06:00 PM. (Opening hours may vary on special days)
Location: Thepkrasattri Road, not far from the Heroines’ Monument.
2. Nai Harn Beach
This beach located on the south of Phuket Island is among the popular beaches of this island. It also has a large freshwater lagoon and is mostly not much crowded, even at the peak season. Encircled by the mountains covered by trees on both the sides, this beach also has a relaxed environment and is peaceful to be at. Ideal time to visit this beach is November to May, when you can have a dip in the waters.
Location: Karon, Phuket
Insider Tip: Avoid planning your trip in the months of May to October as, this is the seasons when the tides are high.
1. Banzaan Fresh Market
This Market sums up as a great alternative to the typical shopping market. Banzaan means fresh market in Hokkien dialect. With a large variety of fresh food, sea food, vegetables and flowers available for shopping, this place totally falls under your budgets, and you get all the fresh things you need at a reasonable price.
Opening Hours: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: Bypass Road, Phuket Town, Thailand
Insider Tip: Do try out the exotic drinks available in the market.
Getting in Phuket
- Phuket International Airport (Phuket)
- Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok)
Commuting inside Phuket
- Tuk Tuk: Small Minivans usually colored or yellow.
- Taxi: Mostly yellow and red in color, these transports are one of the cheapest and most dependable modes of transport.
- Boat: Ideal for exploring the islands and commuting form one island to the other.
- Car rentals and Self Drive
Stay: Chalong Chalet Resort & Longstay | Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket | Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort