Phuket is a go-to destination when visiting Thailand. This beautiful island has so much to offer, from beautiful beaches to majestic temples. With this simple guide to sightseeing in Phuket, you’re sure to build an itinerary that everyone will enjoy.
There are many wonderful temples in Phuket with beautiful scenery and rich cultural heritage. When visiting a temple, it’s essential to be respectful and follow the rules strictly. Don’t make any commotion and enjoy the sights quietly. That being said, let’s go into detail about the different temples you can visit in Phuket.
Perhaps one of the most famous landmarks in Phuket is the Big Buddha statue. This 45-meter white statue is not only impressive on its own, but it also offers a stunning panoramic view of Chalong Bay.
Another great temple to visit is the colorful Wat Chalong. Wat Chalong is the largest and perhaps most famous temple in Phuket. The temple features numerous Buddha images and also depicts some Thai and Buddhist mythology. The two statues you see at the main temple are actually of the two monks the temple is dedicated to.
The white sandy beaches with turquoise blue waters are a sight to behold. They are one of the main reasons people visit Phuket.
A great place to do some water sports in Phuket is Patong Beach. However, it is also the most famous and busiest beach. So, if you’re not really a fan of crowded beaches, you might prefer the more peaceful Karon and Kata beaches.
However, if you really want something more secluded, you can go to either Laem Ka or Nui Bay. The waters at Laem Ka are cleaner than other beaches, and it also offers scenic views of the nearby islands. Nui Bay, on the other hand, is a private beach in the form of a crescent. Since it’s a private beach, it will have an entrance fee of 300 THB, but this already includes towels, beach mats, an umbrella, a drink, and access to the on-site sauna.
Many beautiful islands surround Phuket, such as James Bond Island. The famous James Bond Island is named such because it is the location for a scene in the James Bond film, “The Man with the Golden Gun.” A tour of this island will often include lunch at Koh Panyee, a traditional fishing village. You may also opt to have a canoe tour to explore the hidden caves and lagoons on the island.
Another great tour to try is the Phi Phi Island Tour. This island tour’s highlight is the Maya Bay, which is famous for being featured in the film “The Beach.” Maya Bay is surrounded by beautiful lagoons and towering limestone rock formations. You can also visit the cool Viking Cave and Pileh Cove or feed wild monkeys at the monkey beach.
If you’re fond of diving, Similan and Surin islands have some of the world’s best dive spots. The Islands are surrounded by incredibly blue waters that are an experience in and of itself.
Viewing the sunset from one of Phuket’s incredible viewpoints should definitely be on your itinerary. There’s the Promthep Cape with views of Nai Harn beach and offshore islands. The Karon viewpoint also has breathtaking views of the ocean and the Kata Noi, Kata, and Karon beaches.
Radar Hill and Windmill Point are also terrific destinations. Radar Hill is the highest point in Phuket, with breathtaking views of Chalong, Patong, and Phuket town. You also experience a scenic countryside drive to reach the top of Radar Hill. On the other hand, Windmill Point offers a different view of tall, white windmills overlooking the sea.
Phuket is home to many stunning sights. From island tours to viewpoints, you’ll never run out of amazing views when you visit the island. It’s definitely a destination worth visiting, as a good time will always be right around the corner.
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