Phuket Island is Thailand largest island situated in Southern Thailand. It has always been one of Singaporean favorite beach getaway, and is definitely one on my list too!
Phuket isn’t a very easy-to-commute-around place as compare to Bangkok or Pattaya. But however, there are several places that you should, or should I say… MUST visit when you are there!
Phuket is served by its one and only Phuket International Airport, which is approximately 1 hour 50 minutes flight away from Singapore. Airlines like Singapore Airlines, Scoot, Jetstar Asia and AirAsia flies direct to Phuket.
So what are the things you can do and go when in Phuket? First and most importantly, the beaches. Phuket has as many as 30 beaches, but there are few notable ones that you should visit.
1. White Sandy Beaches
Patong Beach & Karon Beach is one of the few better-known/popular beaches in Phuket.
Karon Beach is the second longest beach in Phuket. It’s more peaceful as compared to the other beaches, nearby hotels you could stay in is Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa and Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach etc.
Patong Beach, on the other hand, is the most popular beach, and also the most popular location on the island. The beach is about 3-4km, with the most crowded area in the middle. During the day, you can enjoy the white sand and blue water, and at night, it’s close by to Soi Bangla – Phuket nightlife entertainment street. If shopping is the thing for you, visit the Jungceylon Shopping Mall, which is nearby too!
Most of the beaches offered extreme water sports like Banana Boat, Jet Ski and more! So be sure to check them out if you are interested!
2. Stunning Viewpoints
Phuket is surrounded by hills, which simply means there will be lots of viewpoints for you that offers stunning scenery of Phuket and the sea.
The most popular viewpoint should be Karon Viewpoint. It’s one of the most popular bird’s eye view shot of Phuket.
Karon Viewpoint should be your stopover if you are heading to Promthep Cape Viewpoint. Promthep Cape is located at the southernmost point of Phuket. It’s a recommended area for taking sunset photos, so don’t say I bojio! 😉 Don’t miss out the Elephant Shrine when you are there, it’s beautiful!
Other than this 2 viewpoints, there are several more viewpoints like Windmill Viewpoint, Kata Noi Viewpoint, and the Big Buddha.
3. Places You Must Visit
What I would recommend when you are in Phuket is to visit Wat Chalong, Phuket Fantasea, and Big Buddha.
Firstly, Wat Chalong is the largest temple on Phuket Island, and also the most visited one. If you are visiting Wat Chalong, please take note of the Dos and Don’ts. Shoes are not allowed in temples, ladies need to cover their shoulders and wear pants or skirts that extend down to their knees. Do remember to talk quietly within the temple and don’t touch the statues or other Buddhist relics. It’s located 8km south of Phuket City.
Big Buddha is one of the most important landmarks on the island, and it’s also a viewpoint, where it sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills. At 45m tall, it can be seen from as far as Phuket Town & Karon Beach. As the Phuket Big Buddha is a religious site, so be sure to wear the appropriate attire when visiting the Big Buddha. Big Buddha is opened from 8am to 7:30pm. Want to watch the sunset? It’s also one of Thailand’s best spot to catch one, be sure to be there by 6:30pm.
Phuket Fantasea can be your next stop after visiting the attractions & landmarks in the day. Phuket Fantasea show is inspired by Thailand’s heritage, whereby it showcases ancient Thailand’s traditions with hi-tech and special effects. The show lasts for 70 minutes, and it has one of the best buffets in Phuket in a grand 4000-seats restaurant. There’s also a lively carnival village with games, parades, and shops.
4. Shopping Time
There aren’t alot shopping malls in Phuket, but there are some notable ones. They are Jungceylon Shopping Mall and Central Festival Shopping Mall.
Jungceylon Shopping Mall is diagonally located at Bangla Road. It has 2 main stores in the shopping mall which includes Robinson department store and Big C supermarket. There are 200+ stores in the mall selling branded clothes, perfumes, sunglasses and more. It also has a five-room SF cinemas and a 16-lanes bowling alley.
The next shopping mall that you should head to when you’re in Phuket is Central Festival Shopping Mall, located just outside Phuket Town. It’s a fully air-conditioned shopping mall with 120+ shops selling food, clothes and more like Central, Supersports, H&M and more.
So these are the places that you could head to when you’re in Phuket, do let me know if there’s other places that is a must-visit!