Top 10 Best Things to Do in Phuket

Take a Trip to Kata Noi Beach

Kata Noi Beach, Phuket

Kata Noi beach is a small bay just a short drive from Kata beach, it is a small beach but the scenery is breathtaking, take some time to relax, walk along the beautiful sands or maybe go for a swim. From the Kata viewpoint, you can look across the bays of Karon, Kata, and Kata Noi, The best time to visit the beach is between November and April as swimming can sometimes become dangerous during the monsoon season.

Take a Trip to Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong Temple

For over a century Wat Chalong has been open to visitors, when you arrive there is a lot to see, starting with Poh Jao Wat which houses two statues of elderly men, one is Ta Khee-Lek (a local who won various lotteries after he had been to visit the Poh Than Jao Wat statue, the other is called Nonsi. Probably the highlight of your visit will be the Grand Pagoda which contains a small splinter from the bone of Lord Buddha, The pagoda is beautifully decorated with Buddha images and pictures that depict his life story.

Get Learning at a Thai Cooking Class

Thai Cooking Class

Phuket has so many different locations that offer cooking classes that it is certainly worth taking a lesson while you are there. You will notice that a lot of the local food you eat in Thailand is different from the Thai food you have in your native country, it somehow lacks the edge it does when cooked in Thailand.  By taking a class you will learn about the ingredients and pick up useful skills to continue cooking when you return home. Many places offer morning, afternoon, or whole day packages and you always get to eat what you have cooked.

Make a Visit to Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay

Whilst visiting all the sites in Phuket you must take a visit to Phang Nga Bay, the bay is home to approximately 40 small islands that come straight out of the sea. The area is full of lagoons, caves, and mangroves all of which you should take the time to see although seeing everything in one day could be a challenge. The bay is protected from a lot of bad weather in the monsoon season due to the way it is naturally protected because of its location. Visiting Phang Nga Bay with a tourist guide is the best way to ensure you don’t miss anything.

Bang Pae Waterfall, Khao Phra Thaeo National Park

Bang Pae Waterfall, Khao Phra Thaeo National Park

What is it? A small, but beautiful and tranquil waterfall is surrounded by dense tropical jungle in Khao Phra Thaeo National Park on Phuket’s sparsely populated eastern side.

Why go? Bang Pae might not be Niagara Falls, but it is Phuket’s largest waterfall and attracts plenty of locals and tourists alike throughout the year. It’s best visited in the wet season when the rock pools are full enough to take a dip in and the lush jungle is at its verdant best. There are a couple of decent local restaurants nearby for when you get hungry, but make sure you bring decent shoes and plenty of Mozzie spray. And the 200 baht entrance fee to the park.

Floating restaurants at Laem Hin Pier

Floating restaurants at Laem Hin Pier

What is it? A cluster of floating restaurants that can only be reached by a short boat journey from the mainland, serving up some of the finest seafood on the island.

Why go? It’s one of the most unforgettable and unique dining experiences you can have in Phuket. Jump aboard one of the free long-tail taxi boats (five minutes) that run from Laem Pier and head out to the floating restaurants near Koh Maphrow. Fill your face with the freshest oysters, crab, prawns, and fish – all cooked to traditional Thai methods – and then catch a boat back beneath the stars. There are a few restaurants here; Bang Mud and The Black Crab are two definitely worth your attention.

Sit Back And Enjoy The Phuket FantaSea Show

Phuket FantaSea Show

Offering entertainment on a grand scale the Phuket Fantasea Show is a 140-acre complex that is filled with a range of entertainment and activities for all. There is a 4000-seat restaurant serving up a humongous buffet of both Thai and international food, a Las Vegas-style theater show that showcases the best of Thailand’s myths and mysteries. A carnival village, shopping complex, and handicrafts section also compete for your time and attention. With so much to do it is best to arrive early to give yourself the time to see it all.



What is it? The submerged reefs of East Asia are among the prettiest in the world and teeming with life. There’s no better way to see them than a close-up dive.

Why go? Even if you’ve never dived before in your life, you’ll have a blast exploring the Andaman ocean. Phuket has numerous diving instructors on-hand at hotels, hostels, and beach resorts ready to take groups and private tours out. We’d recommend Hin Daeng and Koh Dok Man to dive at and if snorkeling’s more your thing, head to Nai Harn beach.

Hike Up To The Black Rock Viewpoint

Black Rock is a stunning viewpoint near Nai Harn Beach where you will be able to get an unmatched panoramic view of the entire southern coast of Phuket, providing an even better view than from the Big Buddha statue. From the viewpoint, you will have an incredible vista over Nai Harn Beach and Promthep Cape as well as all the other small islands around Phuket. It is probably one of the best viewpoints in Phuket and a must-do if you are in Nai Harn. There are 2 ways you can get up there. First, you will have to ride your moped to a dirt road leading up to the Black Rock viewpoint, and from there, you have 2 options. You can either walk the length of around 2 km to the trailhead to the Black Rock viewpoint or you can hire one of the taxi drivers there to take you up on their pick-up trucks.

Watch Sunset At Krating Cape

Krating Cape is another viewpoint that offers a great view of the ocean as well as a fun hike that will take you through a more remote part of the island. Since the cape is facing west, it is also one of the best places around to watch the sunset over the ocean. When I was there, there was no one at the viewpoint but me and it was incredible! There are 2 ways you can get to Krating Cape, you can either continue on and hike from Black Rock Viewpoint for another 1 km (around 1 hour) following the road until you arrive at the intersection above and turn left. Continue following the dirt road until you find a bunch of banana trees and then turn right following the narrow path until it merges with the dirt road again and continues on into the forest.