Phuket is more than just a beach destination. It is Thailand’s largest island, so you can rest assaulted that there is a wide range of adventures awaiting you. Phuket’s beaches are definitely a must-try, but if you already visited some of them, you can do other fun and exciting activities. You can learn more about Thai culture and cuisine and explore the island’s tropical forests.
In this article, we will share with you five best places to visit in Phuket if you are looking for adventure other than the beach:
1. Koh Panyee
Take a peek at the lives of the sea gypsies in Koh Panyee, which is a small fishing village located near the famous James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay. It is one and a half hours from Phuket mainland, and you can take a boat ride to explore the mangroves and towering limestone cliffs. You can also explore this closely-knit community of over 300 Muslim families, who are welcoming and friendly. If you’re a seafood lover, there are dozens of seafood restaurants to try here as well.
2. Khao Sok National Park
Khao Sok National Park in the province of Surat Thani is a three-hour journey from Phuket. It has thick jungle forests, limestone karsts, and emerald waters. If you want to take a break from the busy and loud city life, stay for a day or two in one of the park’s floating bungalows. You can also swim in the river, explore the caves, and trek the jungle.
3. Windmill Viewpoint Phuket
Who doesn’t like to watch the sunset? One of the best places to watch the sunset is at Windmill Viewpoint Phuket. Most people go there to relax as they enjoy the calm view of the Ya Nui beach below. Head there before five in the afternoon so that you can catch a clear view of the stunning sceneries and be in time for the dramatic setting of the sun. Grab a drink or two of cold beverages available on the site as well as you bask at the beauty of the place.
4. Talad Tai Rot
Take some time off and explore Phuket Old Town’s Talad Tai Rot, or Weekend Night Market, where you can find almost everything, brand new and second-hand goodies, pirated items, and even live animals. Plus, since this is Thailand, you won’t want to miss the delicious and historic foods from cafes and hawker stalls. People start to gather for the night market at around four in the afternoon, so make sure you arrive there before that if you want to find a good parking spot.
5. Koh Yao Noi
Koh Yao Noi is a small fishing island off Phuket. Take a scooter or a bike to explore the views and go offline and feel the laid-back vibe of this secluded island. At the same time, don’t forget to try some delicious food! This is a perfect place to escape from busy city life or crowded tourist spots. It is also a good spot to splurge on a resort accommodation, as most resorts here are small and eco-friendly, but relaxing and with stunning views.
There are many activities for you to enjoy in Phuket, Thailand, that even a day or two will not be enough. The five places given above are a good start to tick off some items in your bucket list of things to do in Phuket.
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