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Places to visit in Phuket

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What to see in Phuket

People often forger but a few miles from the beaches and seafront there is Phuket town and its old town which is interesting to visit for its Sino-Portuguese style houses and other old style buildings. But the number one attraction in Phuket is the Big Buddha sitting on top of a hill near Chalong. We go to see Him off course, even if the construction of the complex that hosts the 45 meters statue is still ongoing, and for the view it offers on a part of the island.
I also listed at the end of the page some good tours, excursions and activities that you can do in Phuket or from Phuket. Click here to see them.

Must-visits in Phuket

Phuket Big Buddha Phuket

Phuket Big Buddha

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My opinion :
The most famous landmark of the island of Phuket, it is quite new and still under construction but the main statue is completed, it's all the rest that need to be built or completes. And it will take years but you can already visit it. From there, you have a magnificent view aver the island and Chalong Bay.
Phang Nga Bay Phuket

Phang Nga Bay

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My opinion :
One of the most beautiful natural scenery in Thailand with its limestone cliffs and mountains in a turquoise sea. The main attractions in the bay are the famous James Bond Island and Koh Panyee with its floating village.
James Bond Island Phuket

James Bond Island

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My opinion :
The island shaped like a nail in the sea is called James Bond Island since its appearance in The Man with the Golden Gun.
Similan Isands Phuket

Similan Isands

เกาะสิมิลัน
My opinion :
Comprising 11 islands, the Mu Ko Similan National Park offers seascapes and beaches as well as some of the most beautiful snorkeling and diving spots in Thailand. Many local agencies in Phuket offer daily tour to Smilan Islands
Koh Surin islands Phuket

Koh Surin islands

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My opinion :
With their beautiful white sand beaches with turquoise water and snorkeling or diving spots among the most beautiful in Thailand, the Surin Islands are clearly a must go place during your stay in the area. But be aware that they are only open to the public 6 months per year.
Koh Surin islands Phuket

Koh Surin islands

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My opinion :
Mit ihren wunderschönen weißen Sandstränden mit türkisfarbenem Wasser und Schnorchelplätzen sowie den schönsten Tauchgebieten Thailands sind die Surin-Inseln ein Muss für Ihren Aufenthalt in der Region. Aber Vorsicht, sie sind nur 6 Monate im Jahr für die Öffentlichkeit zugänglich.
Samet Nangshe Viewpoint Phuket

Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

จุดชมวิวเสม็ดนางชี
My opinion :
Discovered by a photographer who was looking for a dominant viewpoint to photograph Phang Nga Bay, the Samet Nangshe Viewpoint has become in just a few years one of the most popular attractions in the region. For a unique reason: the panorama is just amazing ! You can sleep in a tent, a basic bungalow or a comfortable room there too.
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Other visits suggestions in Phuket

  • Khao Phra Thaew Natural Reserve
  • Koh Phi Phi Islands, Surin or Similian islands
    Kho PhiPhi is the best known thanks to the movie The beach. It is a very popular destination for diving and scenery of limestone cliffs, forests and turquoise sea but Similian Islands and Surin Islands further in the North are also interesting to places to visit or stay.
  • Wat Chalong
    the most famous temple in Phuket

Tours in Phuket and around

This selection includes tours, excursions and activities that I have personally tested or were tested by people I fully trust but also offers by recognized agencies or websites known for their seriousness and quality but from who I only have tested one or two of their offers (I then indicate (ad) below the photo). Feel free to give me feedback on these services to ensure that they are good quality otherwise I may remove it from the list.

Phuket Local Food: The Tastiest Foodie Adventure  Phuket
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Phuket Local Food: The Tastiest Foodie Adventure


This trip is best for people who love to try local food! You will be taken you to taste 5 local meals, guaranteed by locals not to be a touristy restaurants ! Also, you can relax with a Thai massage, and end your day with beautiful viewpoint in Phuket!

Phuket Temple Tour: Explore the Thai and Chinese Cultures with a Local Expert Phuket
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Phuket Temple Tour: Explore the Thai and Chinese Cultures with a Local Expert


Let's catch a glimpse of the mixture between the Thai and Chinese culture by taking a tour through the most famous Thai and Chinese temples in Phuket! It's not only that, as you'll get to try some delicious local food, of course!

Temples, Food & Viewpoints: Complete One Day Trip in Phuket!  Phuket
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Temples, Food & Viewpoints: Complete One Day Trip in Phuket!


Let's see the major spots in the city with a mix of tradition and modernity! Visit temples, which are an important part of Thai culture with stunning architecture, and enjoy the impressive views of this beautiful island and chill out at a beach! Let's see the major spots in the city with a mix of tradition and modernity! Visit temples, which are an important part of Thai culture with stunning architecture, and enjoy the impressive views of this beautiful island and chill out at a beach!

Phuket Splash Jungle Water Park Phuket
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Phuket Splash Jungle Water Park


Large water park in Phuket. Reduced tickets.

Tours from Phuket

Phi Phi Islands Full Day Trip with Speed Boat Phuket
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Phi Phi Islands Full Day Trip with Speed Boat


Visit the dream destination such as Phi Phi island and Maya Bay, the most famous place from "The Beach" film sine 2000, and small islands nearby. You can swim and snorkelling seeing the underwater world of Andaman ocean.

Let's Live Like A Phuket Local For a Day at Koh Yao Noi Phuket
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Let's Live Like A Phuket Local For a Day at Koh Yao Noi


You will be picked you up anywhere in Phuket, and taken in a morning long-tailed boat ride to Koh Yao Noi Island ! Come and experience the best kayaking site around the Island or can go bicycling around the communities!

Places to see elsewhere in Thailand

Wat Phumin

Wat Phumin

It is the most important temple in Nan? It houses murals among the most beautiful in Thailand and probably the most famous mural painting in the country that also became the emblem of Nan city. A...


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Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

emblematic temple of Lampang province, it is truly the place to visit here but it is about twenty kilometers away from Lampang City.


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Mae Klong Railway Market

Mae Klong Railway Market

Mae Klong is also named Samut Songkhram. The vendors fold the stalls back at each pass of the train.


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Ban Sao Luang weaving village

Ban Sao Luang weaving village

This small village 20 kilometers from Nan has several weaving workshops including a large one that can be visited to see the tedious work on the looms. And of course, you can buy local craft...


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