why visit phuket

Located In Southern Thailand, Phuket is the most popular and hottest place to visit, which lies 862 km south of Bangkok on the western side in the Andaman Sea. From picture-perfect beaches to exciting adventure activities, Phuket offers something for everyone. In Phuket itself, there are plenty of things to do, see, and enjoy that a person can never get bored of enjoying here.

Furthermore, it is a beautiful island surrounded by crystal clear turquoise water, lush green nature, culture, temples, and a Sino-Portuguese history. Here are 10 big reasons why Phuket is the best travel destination to visit.

1. Magnificent Beaches

phuket beach

Known for its gorgeous beaches, Phuket has more than 30 of them to enjoy and relax around the island. The pristine white sand, beautiful palm trees, and turquoise clean water make the beaches more attractive and beautiful.

From the popular beaches with a lot of activities to the quiet isolated beach, Phuket offers something to every traveler. You can enjoy the lovely sunset as most of the beautiful beaches are along the west coast.

Situated on the west coast, Patong beach is one of the most famous and lively beaches in Phuket. Hence, it is the busiest beach you will find in here. It offers more activities compared to other beaches.

Activities such as jet skis, parasailing, riding banana boats, longtail boat trips and much happened throughout the day. There you’ll find resorts and beach bars offering services to the cheerful crowds. This beach is also lined up with shops where you can buy handbags, clothes and other beachwear.

Some of the other most popular beaches are Kata beach, Karon beach, and Kamala beach. However if you love being isolated and is looking for some quiet place to relax, you can head over to the south, where beaches are more quiet and secluded.

2. Delicious Food

phuket food

Thai foods are the most aromatic, seasoned, and appetizing food and there are plenty of options to choose from. From local street stalls to fine dining restaurants, Phuket offers to every taste and budget.

Some of the best mouth-watering food you should try are Pad Thai, Green Curry, Tom Yam, Pu Lhon (crab meat in coconut milk), yellow curry, Kang Pu Bai Cha Plo (yellow curry) and many more. Additionally, there are a lot of places where you can find local authentic Phuket dishes.

To get a taste of local cuisine, try some of the local restaurants and streets foods in Phuket. Here you can find hawker stalls at every corner of Phuket serving delicious foods such as Kao Phad, Gai Med Ma-Muang, O Tao, and Som Tam.

However, if you are looking for some local restaurants, you can head over to Ang seafood, Ko Benz, Me Toh Pho, Brake Taek, and so on.

3. Nightlife

phuket nightlife

If you love to party then this is the place for you to be. Phuket is famous for its wild party which is alive all night with loud music, drinks, foods, shows, street performance, and much more.

There are plenty of bars, pubs, and nightclubs centered around Patong and the Bangla road which offers great loud music, drinks at the cheapest price, and some fun show.

Additionally, Bangla road is the heart of the Phuket for people who are into partying. Hence, if you’re looking for some fun crazy night at Phuket, this place should be your first choice.

Some of the bar or night clubs you can find here are Soi Seadragon, Soi Tiger, Soi Freedom, Soi Bangla, Soi Lion, and many more. However, you don’t have to be at the bar or nightclub to experience the nightlife of Phuket at Bangla Road.

Just roam around the street and you’ll enjoy the nightlife as you’ll find plenty of open bars and pubs. The whole street is also packed with party atmosphere where you’ll come across street vendors selling beers at the lowest cost.

4. Adventurous Sports

phuket sports

With so many beaches around the Phuket, there is no doubt that this place gives you a wide range of adventure activities to choose from. Phuket is a paradise for the adventurous sports lover.

Two of the most popular water activities are snorkeling and scuba diving because of the breathtaking visibility of the crystal clear water. It’s worth exploring the colorful marine and the diversity of life under the sea that surrounds Phuket.

There are plenty of tours and diving centers around the Phuket which offers such activities. In addition to that, the other activities you can enjoy are quad biking, white water rafting, kayaking, zip lining, surfing, cable ski & wakeboarding and many more.

Whether you are an experienced adventure lover or a first-time thrill-seeker, Phuket has it all for everyone.

5. Temple and Culture

phuket temple

Phuket is not just about beautiful beaches, delicious foods, amazing nightlife, and adventures activities. It is also about the temple and its culture which represents Phuket’s history. Throughout the island, you’ll find a large amount of Buddhist Temple.

Stands 45 meters high up on the Nakkerd Hills, there is Phuket’s Big Buddha which can be seen from all over to the south of Phuket Island. It is one of the most famous landmarks on the island.

A perfect place for people seeking peace. As you go close up to the Big Buddha itself, the atmosphere there is peaceful, the only sounds you can hear is the tinkling of small bells, and the waving of yellow Buddhist Flag in the compounds with smooth background music.

In addition to that, you can also experience the 360-degree views of the island such as Phuket Town, Kata Karon, Chalong Bay, Rawai and more. Furthermore, there is a small Buddha statue made up of gold in color (brass) next to the Big Buddha.

Temples in Phuket are attractive & very colorful and one of the largest temple in the list you shouldn’t miss is the Wat Chalong temple. It attracts thousands of tourists every year. It is also known as a place for healing and is beautifully crafted with Buddha images and pictures that portray his stories of life.

6. Interesting History

phuket history

Every place has its own history and so do Phuket has. Like many other countries, islands, cities, Phuket has an interesting and ancient history as well.

Situated on the trading routes between India and China, Phuket used to be the trading post before the huge tin deposits on the island get discovered. Because of the major source of tin, the island got first mentioned in the sixteenth century when it became importance of revenue for the Thai Kingdom at Ayutthaya.

The abundant supply of tin and its importance as a trading port made this an extremely desirable island. As a result, the Portuguese, British, and French all rushed to claim it.

In the older parts of the Phuket town, you can see the buildings constructed in the Sino-Portuguese style by the tin-borons.

There are a good number of interesting and informative museums available such as Thalang national museum and Phuket Mining museum where you can learn more about the Phuket’s history. If you’re keen to learn about the history of Phuket, read this article here.

7. Shop from local Markets

phuket walking street

For all shopaholic, Phuket is a bliss. Enhance your shopping experience by visiting open-air village food markets, noisy night markets, street stalls and local shops to western-style department stores and upmarket specialist shop.

There are various options to choose from such as traditional handicrafts, designer clothing, jewelry, antiques, housewares, and much more.

Some of the best shops are Phuket weekend market (Talad Tairod), Chillva Market, Phuket walking street, and Banzaan Market (Thai Fresh Market).

8. Phuket Old Town

phuket old town

If you want to explore more about the history and rich culture of Phuket, head over to Phuket Old Town which is filled with a rich Sino-Portuguese history.

Walk around Thalang Road, Krabi Road, and Dibuk Road to see some beautiful architecture in the buildings. The town was built in the 18th century, therefore, the architectures are inspired by European (Portuguese and British).

The main hub of Phuket town is Thalang. There are Sino-Portuguese shop-hoses and plenty of places to eat.

Apart from shophouse, Sino-Colonial mansions are the other architectural highlights within the old Phuket town. These mansions were homes of the rich Chinese tin barons. You can learn all about the Old Phuket streets here.

9. Phuket Viewpoints

phuket viewpoint

With so many beautiful beaches, islands, temples, nightlife, Phuket also offers some of the beautiful viewpoints where you can enjoy the entire glimpse of the island, for instance, old Phuket town, beaches, surrounding islands, green lush valleys etc.

There are the sunset-watching spot, a 360-degree panorama of the south of the island, a vista from the top of the Phuket town or a glimpse of swathes of tropical paradise.

Some of the best viewpoints in Phuket are:

  • Black Rock View Point,
  • Karon View Point (Kata Viewpoint),
  • Laem Singh Viewpoint,
  • Monkey hill in Phuket town,
  • Khao Rang (Rang Hill) in Phuket Town,
  • Phuket Big Buddha,
  • Panwa Viewpoint,
  • Radar Hill Viewpoint,
  • Samet Nangshe Viewpoint,
  • Wassa Homemade Bar,
  • Patong Mountain Bar,
  • Promthep Cape,
  • Windmill Viewpoint.

10. Islands Hopping

phuket island hopping

While there are plenty of things to see and do in Phuket, there are a number of several islands that surround Phuket. Each island offers the beauty of its own. Some islands are widely known and some are hidden gems.

All the islands are easily accessible by long-tail boat or charter from Phuket. Also, there are many island hopping tours which offer a day trip to the islands. However, if you are someone who wants to explore more of the islands, you can also take a night sailing trip.

Some of the islands offer excellent snorkeling and diving sites while others offer a calm environment to relax.

The most popular island to explore around the Phuket is Phi Phi Island, Similan Island, Coral Island, Racha Island, Koh Khai Island, Phang Nga Bay and Island, Koh Yao Island and so on.

Phuket welcomes every traveler with open arms and big smiles. There are so many things to experience in Phuket other than just beaches that you’ll never get tired of.

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Shawn Lim is the founder of StarlingTrip.com. He loves to travel and likes to share his experience and talks about his trips.

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