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What 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-visit places in Phuket

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Phuket Big Buddha

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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.
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Phang Nga Bay

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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.
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James Bond Island

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The island shaped like a nail in the sea is called James Bond Island since its appearance in The Man with the Golden Gun.
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Old Town

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This historic district includes many Sino-Portuguese style houses. An architecture unique in Thailand with lots of bright colors. An interesting and easy visit to do to see something alse than beaches and sea and discover Phuket history.
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Similan Isands

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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
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Koh Surin islands

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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.
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Koh Surin islands

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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.
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Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

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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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Koh Yao Noi island

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Located about ten kilometers from Phuket island, Koh Yao Noi is a pleasant little island, not yet too touristy, with some nice beaches with a beautiful view on Phang Nga Bay. Tourists especially like this destination for its tranquility, its still wild and rural side. Note, that it is clearly not a destination for partygoers!
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Other nice places to visit in Phuket

Koh Panyee Island

Koh Panyee Island

starstarstarstarstar the island and its mainly floating village is very touristy. It welcomes all tourists visiting the bay and the James Bond Island, but when everyone is gone, it's a amazing place. You can rent a bungalow to enjoy the unique atmosphere before and after the arrival of tourist groups.
Phuket Elephant Sactuary

Phuket Elephant Sactuary

starstarstarstarstar This elephant sanctuary is one of the most respectful in Thailand. By going there, you will live a beautiful encounter with elephants while being sure to not involuntarily participate in their abuse. This is one of the two elephant sanctuaries I recommend in Phuket.
Promthep Cape

Promthep Cape

starstarstar at the southern end of Phuket, the area offers a magnificent view of Andaman Sea especially valuable for sunset.

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.

day trip to racha noi & racha yai islands

Day Trip to Racha Noi & Racha Yai islands

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Located 20 km south of Phuket, the Racha Islands offer a superb setting for this day trip by boat: crystal clear waters, white sand beaches and pretty dive sites or snorkeling spots.

phuket local food: the tastiest foodie adventure

Phuket Local Food: The Tastiest Foodie Adventure

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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 splash jungle water park

Phuket Splash Jungle Water Park

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Large water park in Phuket. Reduced tickets.

Tours from Phuket

1 day in kho phi phi and maya bay
Lemon Dives & Tour

1 Day in Kho Phi Phi and Maya Bay


Discover the amazing landscapes of Koh Phi Phi islands from Phuket. You will visit the famous Maya Bay, the superb Phi Leh Lagoon, see the Viking Cave and stop at Monkey Beach.

day trip james bond island & phang nga bay
Lemon Dives & Tour

Day Trip James Bond Island & Phang Nga Bay


Spend the day in the magnificent Phang Nga Bay, one of the most beautiful maritime hubs in Thailand. You will admire the famous "James Bond Island", go canoeing in an incredible setting, go see the mangroves, see a sea gypsy village...

day trip to similan islands
Lemon Dives & Tour

Day Trip to Similan Islands


Visit the Ko Similan Marine Park from Phuket and enjoy its superb beaches, turquoise waters, and mask and snorkel spots where you can swim among multicolored fish.

day trip to surin islands
Lemon Dives & Tour

Day Trip to Surin Islands


Visit Ko Surin National Park, one of the best snorkeling destinations in Thailand. On the program for this 1 day tour from Phuket: paradise beaches and snorkeling among corals and multicolored fish.

discover koh yao noi beauty and local life from phuket
Siamese Wonders

Discover Koh Yao Noi beauty and local life from Phuket


This 3 days and 2 nights tour will make you discover one of the most charming islands in the Andaman Sea in Southern Thailand. Largely wild and rural, Koh Yao Noi is ideal for travelers who like to get off the beaten track and experience local life.

koh yao noi island for a day from phuket
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Koh Yao Noi island for a day from Phuket


I will pick you up anywhere in Phuket, and we'll take the morning long-tailed boat ride to Koh Yao Noi Island! Come and experience the best kayaking site around the Island or we can go bicycling around the communities!

Places to see elsewhere in Thailand

Chicken coop spa

chicken coop spa

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Pai Canyon

pai canyon

It's not a gigantic canyon but it is enough to impress those who have a bit dizzy and above all, it offers superb views of the surrounding mountains. This is one of the most popular places to watch...


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Weekend Walking Street

weekend walking street

Every weekend, a long part of Talad Gao Road in Lamapang becomes pedestrian and hosts a large night market with restaurants, food and drink stalls, clothes, handicrafts ... A Walking Street, that...


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Khao Yai National Park

khao yai national park

It is the most visited national park in Thailand. And it is one of the most beautiful national parks in the world as its listing as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 confirms. It is an amazing...


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