Almost everything in the province of Phuket in Thailand is beautiful. The island’s historical sites, buildings, and local traditions are still intact despite the commercialization of the province. This, in turn, boosts its economy.
In this article, we have listed the Top 5 Things to Do in Phuket which will cover all the bases during your stay in Thailand.
Explore all the (best) beaches
As one of the top things to do in Phuket, exploring all the beaches cannot be recommended enough. As a land surrounded by water (connected to Phang Nga via the Sarasin Bridge), Phuket has many beaches for everyone.
You have the Kata Noi beach with all the fancy hotels and restaurants, the Ya Nui beach with the pristine rock formations, and the Nai Harn beach which is more secluded than the others. With its 2,700 kilometers of shoreline, everyone will find the right beach here. After all, it is likely that you will be staying at a beach resort during your trip here. Stay in the waters and feel the waves as the sun goes down.
See the tigers, elephants, and monkeys
Phuket is often called Thailand’s natural rainforest. That is why animals here are well-protected despite being exposed to curious tourists.
There are 3 notable animals that are loved by both locals and visitors. The highest hill in the province or Toh Sae Hill (also called as Monkey Hill) is home to monkeys that roam around the place.
Meanwhile, at the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, visitors are taught proper conduct when with elephants. Elephant rides are banned here for a good reason. There is also the Tiger Kingdom which is inhabited by Indochinese tigers.
See the view at Khao Rang Viewpoint
Rang Hill or Khao Rang Viewpoint in Phuket Town is a park on top of a hill which has a peninsula-like terrace that offers a clear view of the south side of the city.
It is a gathering area of sorts where you can see a lot of people walking around casually or sitting at the benches reading. There are restaurants and cafes too. A hearty breakfast with a wide view is something we all need.
Also, the site is open at night so you can visit here and see the city lights. It is both inspiring and fulfilling to see. With the many activities you can do at Khao Rang Viewpoint, no doubt it’s been included in the top things to do in Phuket!
Visit the Wat Chalong Temple
The 60-meter temple is considered to be the most important building in Phuket. Why? It was once the center for all Buddhist affairs and practices back in the 19th century. It is also near to the Big Buddha statue.
Preserving the place is a priority here. That is why visitors are told to remove their shoes before entering. Guides and written signs will also tell you to avoid unnecessary movement that could lead to breakage of a fixture inside.
Its bright orange roofs paired with its pearly white walls and yellow accents is a vibrant look from every distance.
Party at Bangla Road
Cold beer, cheap food, and a lot of hole-in-the-wall shops are what compose Bangla Road. It is made up of smaller streets or sois which all have something unique to offer.
Soi Seadragon is the to-go place if you are starting out the night. Soi Tiger, Freedom, and Gonzo are for more upbeat partying with dance halls filled with locals and tourists. For a more laidback night out, Soi Hollywood has indoor billiard tables for those looking to stay away from the crowd.
Of course, a boozed-up night out will lead to a food crawl. Soi Patong Resort, Viking, and Lao have small and medium stalls that offer affordable local Thai food such as Pad See Eiw (stir-fried rice noodles with meat) or Roti (dough cutlets with banana and chocolate or milk sauce).