When considering what to do in Phuket, there are some absolute gems that should be on your must see list. We've compiled a list of the top ten things to do in Phuket below, however these are just our suggestions. There is just so much to see and do, that there's sure to be something for everyone. Whether it's enjoying the great range of natural attractions, soaking up the culture and famous nightlife or checking out a show, there's plenty to keep you occupied. In fact, with so much on offer deciding what to do in Phuket in the time you have available can seem like a bit of a challenge. Our list below should help with at least some of that.
Thai Boxing (Muay Thai): Renowned worldwide as an exciting display of athletic prowess, these martial arts experts are a real sight to see. Matches are held regularly at Saphan Hin Stadium and attract plenty of locals. Despite the dangers of a contact sport, the keen disciple required to succeed also attracts a great number of tourists.
Kata - Nai Harn - Panwa Viewpoints: With a reputation for some of the most beautiful natural environments in the world and plenty of coastline to see it from, the viewpoints are a popular tourist attraction and massive photo opportunity. Three Beaches at Nai Harn/Kata offers spectacular views, particularly of the sunset while Promthep of Panwa offers breathtaking views that are an unforgettable part of your Thailand holiday.
Phi Phi Island: A superstar of the Thailand islands, the Phi Phi Islands are a spectacular destination that have appeared in a number of movies thanks to their stunning landscapes, limestone cliffs, beautiful beaches and sparkling crystal waters. Phi Phi Ley boasts amazing snorkelling and diving while Phi Phi Don offers a surprisingly nightlife scene. See Phi Phi Island by speedboat
Phuket FantaSea Show: Comparable to a Las Vegas show, this is the ultimate night out in Phuket, offering a fun yet professional performance featuring pyrotechnics, trapeze artists and even live elephants. Unlike anything else in the world, the show takes you on a bawdy journey through traditional Thai legends. See the show
Wat Chalong Temples: One of the most significant temples in Phuket, Wat Chalong is visited by thousands of people each year. A spectacle with its shiny glass mosaics and pagodas, the temple is a spiritual hub and offers an insight into its fascinating history. A must see to experience Phuket's amazing temples.
Big Buddha: A massive landmark visible from the majority of southern Phuket, the 30 million baht statue measures 45m high and sits atop the Nakkerd Hills. Beside it sits a smaller Buddha made of brass and plated in gold, with a shrine located nearby. Driving up to Big Buddha allows you to experience the 'real' Thailand and the view at the top is unbelievable.
Bangla Road Nightlife: Everything you've heard about Phuket's notorious nightlife and more can be found on this interesting stretch of shops and bars. An open mind and a sense of humour will see you have a fun time, whether you're interested in the exotic girls and ladyboys or just there to tick it off your list of experiences.
Simon Cabaret Show: Featuring an all singing all dancing cast of Phuket's famous ladyboys, the men will be confused while the women envious of their beauty. An entertaining musical spectacle, Phuket's largest gender bending cabaret show and features all the glitz and glam you could want.
Phang Nga Bay: A unique destination featuring spectacular limestone cliffs, brilliant emerald waters and a number of famous islands nearby including Koh Panyee and James Bond. A memorable area of Phuket, tours are available and get you close to the amazing fauna that is also found here. See Phang-Nga Bay by speedboat
Old Phuket Town: An interesting experience, photo opportunities abound in the provincial capital of Phuket. Surprising restaurants, shops and attractions pop up from everywhere and the architecture is a sight to behold, with a blend of Chinese and colonial influences making for a quaint atmosphere.