Phuket is a a holiday favourite for millions of people worldwide who enjoy it’s vast array of attractions and scenery, from long sandy beaches, to cultural places of worship, to wild jungle adventure. Tourism highlights centre around a cheap an fulfilling experience that suits groups of all sizes, ages and backgrounds. Here are our top recommendations for what to do when visiting Phuket.
5 Things To Do In Phuket
1. Water Sports
Diving and jet-ski riding are two of the most popular water activities to try when in Phuket, known for offering the ultimate rush. White water rafting is another high octane sport that is on offer at various sanctuaries inland.
There are also plenty of opportunities to get to grips with a kayak, paddle board, or snorkelling apparatus for exploring the many coves and rock pools in the likes of Phang Nga Bay.
For those with scuba qualifications, there’s no better way than to plunge to the depths of the ocean to encounter the marine life in its natural habitat. Expect to to come close to sting rays, moray eels, and tropical species of fish (lion, scorpion, parrot, banner, flute, cornet) and unspoiled coral lining the seabed for miles.
2. Day Trips and Excursions
Taking a boat trip to many of the neighbouring islands off the coast of Phuket allows you to navigate through some of Asia’s best spots for sightseeing and adventure without the inconvenience of long-haul travel. Speedboats make daily journeys to areas of outstanding natural beauty accessible only by sea, so that you get a taste of wildlife and landmarks, such as James Bond Island that can’t be experienced on mainland Thailand.
Elephant safaris introduce you to rough terrain whilst educating on the way of life of the island’s most revered creatures, a totally unique sensation. Less travelled routes will also throw light on the cultural monuments and temples that embody the zen-like temperament of the Thai people, a must-see for those interested in history, religion and spirituality.
3. Special Events
No holiday would be complete without sampling the plethora of enchanting shows and performances that take place in Phuket, enabling you to witness the many different aspects of Thai culture that are demonstrated through traditional song and dance.
The three main attractions of this kind that earn rave reviews from travel critics are the Phuket Fantasea Show, Siam Niramit Show and the Simon Caberet Show, each offering something a little different from the next for fans of theatre, music and light entertainment.
These types of shows can involve up to 100 or more performers and incude jaw-dropping stage production full of sparkle and glitz. Animals are also sometimes featured in the routines with local decoration, such as elephants.
4. Cruises and Sailing
Aside from the regular water tours, the bays of Phuket are growing in popularity for their specialist cruises and sailing excursions, that range from one-day beach retreats to a full week on-board catamaran and high end vessels.
Some of the recommended tours to not miss out on for 2016 are the Magical Phang Nga Bay cruise, the Catamaran Beach Club at Sea With resident DJ cruise, Sunset BBQ Dinner cruise, and the Racha Island Sailing Day Trip. The beauty of these adventures is that food and drinks are often catered for, no prior sailing experience is required and weather is always expected to be in good form meaning couples, families, small and large groups are all catered for.
5. Theme Parks
If you’re hunting for activities that all family members can enjoy then the theme parks of Phuket are a safe bet. Away from the beaches and busy high-street you can find aquatic attractions such as the Splash Jungle Water Park, a spectacular way to have fun in the sun whilst dipping in for a swim or a flume ride. Many water parks include features such as the lazy river and wave pools to offer fun at all levels.
One other such playhouse in Phuket that offers fun for hours upon end is the Jungle Xtreme Adventure Park Ropes Course, which ups the ante for thrill-seekers who want an alternative the water rides and beach activities. Adults and children are encouraged to test their stamina and strength against challenge ropes, walkways, bridges, nets and ziplines amongst the glorious natural surroundings of Thailand’s forests. An adrenaline adventure for all ages.