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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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Similan Isands

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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
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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.
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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.
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Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

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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.

Racha (Raya) and Coral Island Full Day Trip with Speed Boat Phuket
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Racha (Raya) and Coral Island Full Day Trip with Speed Boat


You'll travel to Racha (Raya) island is one of the most beautiful island in Phuket. It is a perfect choice for snorkeling the nice and clear Andaman ocean. Second stop at Coral island have a Thai buffet lunch and relaxing on the white sandy beaches.

Cruise from Phuket to Phang Nga Bay on June Bahtra Phuket
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Cruise from Phuket to Phang Nga Bay on June Bahtra


A traditional junk rigged schooner that traverses the lush tropical archipelago from Phuket to Phang Nga Bay.

Phuket Full Day Tour with Your Personal Photographer! Phuket
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Phuket Full Day Tour with Your Personal Photographer!


Phuket is known as the Pearl of Andaman. Join me, and take a tour to the most stunning locations in Phuket. Let's explore with your eyes, and me, your Local Expert!

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!

Koh Yao Noi island for a day from Phuket 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

Chanthaboon Waterfront

Chanthaboon Waterfront

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Wat Rong Suea Ten - Blue Temple

Wat Rong Suea Ten - Blue Temple

Wat Rong Seua Ten is also known as the blue temple because it is its dominant color. A little outside Chiang Rai city, its interior with a magnificent white Buddha is just magnificent. Still little...


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Yomjinda Road (Old town)

Yomjinda Road (Old town)

The old town of Rayong is quite famous, especially Yomjinda Road which is the prettiest street in the area and probably the most interesting to visit. There are also a few nice and delicious little...


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Shadow puppets museum

Shadow puppets museum

This museum is dedicated to <em>Nang Talung</em>, a traditional shadow puppets theater. You can see shadow puppets show and also the process of creating puppets. There is also an interesting...


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