Five things to do in Phuket
1. Beach clubs are all the rage in Phuket
Relax under a private cabana with signature tropical sips, fine dining and the best poolside views, DJ on deck, and watch the sunrise in the most vibrant backdrop. There are also family-friendly beach clubs.
2. Sea kayak around Phang Nga Bay
Enter a mysterious world of sea caves, limestone karsts and secret lagoons. You can choose between self-paddled tours or let an expert guide do the work, while you take in the beauty. James Bond Island (featured in The Man with the Golden Gun) and Koh Panyee are famous spots in this bay.
3. Island hop to the Phi Phi Islands
The archipelago was made famous by the 2000 movie The Beach and has become a must-see in Phuket. Each island offers something unique, besides unspoilt white sand beaches, lush jungles and limestone cliffs. Monkey Bay, for example, is renowned for its brazen colony of monkeys who like to interact with tourists for a banana peel, while Phi Phi Don is the main hub with hotels, restaurants and other major attractions.
4. Experience the nightlife
Bangla Road on Patong Beach is Phuket’s party HQ where neon lights, thumping music and cheap watering holes attract all kinds of party-goers. Beer bars occupy most of the party strip’s length, but you’ll also find plenty of pubs, discos and nightclubs, as well as restaurants and street food stalls. The party usually spills onto the street, with performers and revellers getting amongst it.
5. Shop at a night market
Phuket is home to several nightly markets where shoppers can browse through stalls and strike a bargain with vendors on anything from souvenirs, keepsakes, local wares, clothes and accessories, to imitation designer items, furniture, artefacts and everything else in between.