Phuket is regarded as one of the most popular areas of Thailand, attracting millions of tourists each year. The seemingly unassuming island has so much to offer, with adventure waiting around on every corner. You’ll be met with mountains accompanied by lush rainforests, home to various flora and fauna. There are limestone karsts to discover, right alongside tranquil white-sand beaches. The turquoise waters also offer another adventure, where you are allowed to meet marine life.
The island of Phuket sounds like paradise, and tourists and locals alike would agree. Spending only a day around the island will make it difficult to leave, even with the rather overwhelming tourist trails. Behind the thick of the excitement are secret areas and activities you wouldn’t want to miss, and we’ve curated a list for you—experience the best of Phuket with the following local favorites:
Experience an entirely different fishing trip in the Andaman Sea
Fishing is a recreational activity unlike any other, and most dream of heading to Alaska to witness King Salmon. What many do not realize is that the Andaman sea offers more, if not the best fishing experience you’ll ever witness. Fishing in Phuket may be the last thing on your mind, but the idea of coming face to face with monster schools of fish is an experience of a lifetime. And what better way to do that than in a tropical paradise bursting with marine life?
Explore the different beaches
Most people, especially first-time tourists, visit Phuket’s main beaches. And while these views are indeed worth exploring, you’ll want to witness the best of the island. To do this, you need to go beach hopping! After visiting the tourist spots of Kata, Patong, and Karon, hire a private boat and visit the following beaches:
- Kata Noi
- Banana Beach
These beaches are picturesque, reminiscent of lost paradises you only see in the media! Make sure to bring your hats and mats with you—you’ll want to lay under the trees as you enjoy the quiet breeze, gazing deeply into the vibrant waters.
Visit the Naka Weekend Market
A trip to Thailand will never be complete without the enriching experience of their markets. One of the biggest weekend markets in Phuket Town is the Naka market, where you’ll be given the chance to explore different wares, as well as witness food hawkers serving delicious local food.
It’s the best way to chow down on palatable authentic Thai food, all without breaking your budget. You’ll have the chance to try the best Pad Thai in town, the fresh grilled fish, spring rolls, and even refreshing fruit salads. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try deep-fried locusts—they’re a favorite snack, and for good reason. They taste amazing!
Seeing the Best of Phuket
Phuket is an island home to one of the most enthusiastic people on the planet, as well as the best views Mother Nature can ever produce. With countless beaches to see, marine life to discover, and local culture to bask in, Phuket offers you a once in a lifetime opportunity to simply be. Going to Phuket allows you to reconnect with life and nature, which is more than what you could ever ask for in a vacation.
With numerous paradise beaches and calm blue waters, you’ll have a selection of hotel accommodations to choose from. One of the best on the island is Riverhouse Phuket, offering you tranquil private villas that are both sustainable and functional. Set in mountainous backdrops, you’ll be coming home to peace after a long day of exploring Phuket. Book a room today.