What are the best things to do in Phuket? The popularity of this fantastic island stems from the incredibly wide range of activities and tours, from fabulous beaches and natural wonders to glittering temples and man-made attractions.
Phang Nga Bay is a must see, with jaw-dropping limestone cliffs and flooded caves. The Phi Phi Islands are everyone's second favorite even though they can get a little crowded. The 45m tall Big Buddha of Phuket is also on everyone's list and is not difficult to reach. Walking with elephants to help them escape from a life of hard work is the next big thing in Phuket and is rapidly growing in popularity.
Our advice is to plan only a few day trips, then once in Phuket, and you can adapt your plan according to your mood (or the weather). You can book those day trips once here, they are usually cheaper and can be booked directly from your hotel, on the street or at one of the many travel agencies. We have added information on each item.
Note that some tours may seem more expensive than others, but those usually offer a better experience – less crowded, better service, and overall – a better experience.
With so much to choose from, it can be difficult to fit everything into one vacation. So, to make your trip planning a lot easier, we have listed here a list of things not to miss in Phuket in order of popularity. Some of them are on the island itself, some of them are around the island, but easily accessible in one day.