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Best Things To Do in Phuket

From white sand beaches and breathtaking boat excursions to relaxing spa treatments and tours of Buddhist sites, such as Big Buddha and Wat Chalong Temple, there is a range of diverse things to do in Phuket. The only tricky thing is carefully planning your itinerary to ensure you're getting ample time at each attraction. Plus, if you're an animal lover, you'll also want to visit the rescued cats and dogs at the Soi Dog Foundation

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Updated September 22, 2017

  • #1
    Promthep Cape
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    #1 in Phuket
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    WhereNai Harn Beachis Phuket's southernmost beach, Promthep Cape (or Laem Promthep) is the island's southernmost point, and likewise, it offers an amazing view of the Andaman Sea. Visitors can also take a short hike from the cape (less than a mile) to a scenic lighthouse.

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  • #2
    Big Buddha
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    #2 in Phuket
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Big Buddha is a giant statue of Buddha encased in Burmese alabaster that towers over Phuket from the peak of Mount Nagakerd. Construction on Big Buddha began in 2007, and Phuketians are proud of both the structure and the vantage point from which travelers can view the island. Visitors to

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  • #3
    Nai Harn Beach
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    #3 in Phuket
    Beaches, Sightseeing, Swimming/Pools, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Sightseeing, Swimming/Pools, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Nai Harn Beach is the southernmost strip of sand in Phuket, and locals love it just as much as visitors. Picture gleaming white sands bordered by grassy knolls and rolling cerulean waves, and you'll start to be able to imagine the beauty of this seemingly remote spot. The beach also

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  • #4
    Soi Dog Foundation
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    #4 in Phuket
    Tours, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Tours, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    When you travel to an exotic Thai island, you might not think that an animal shelter would be high on your list of to-dos. But think again. Travelers call this innovative cat and dog shelter a must-do. The Soi Dog Foundation was established in 2003 to try and care for

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  • #5
    Kata Noi Beach
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    #5 in Phuket
    Beaches, Recreation, Swimming/Pools, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Recreation, Swimming/Pools, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Kata Noi Beach is known for its brilliant white sands and transparent aquamarine waters, as well as its relatively calm atmosphere, especially compared to other popular beaches like party-centric Patong (located just north). Backed by the fancy (and sprawling) Kata Thani Phuket Beach Resort, the beach is described by recent

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  • #6
    Spas
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    #6 in Phuket
    Spas
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Spas
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Relaxing at a spa is a must-do in Phuket. The island's spas, like many in Thailand, feature aromatherapy, herbal treatments and traditional Thai oil massages, among other services, which makes for a unique experience not found stateside. Plus, for a relatively small island, Phuket boasts an extraordinary number of spas

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  • #7
    Boat Tours
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    #7 in Phuket
    Recreation, Sightseeing, Swimming/Pools, Tours
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Recreation, Sightseeing, Swimming/Pools, Tours
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    You'd be remiss if you didn't spend some time sailing the waters around Phuket, stopping for a snorkel break along the way. Whether you want to stay dry and view all the beauty of the sea and surrounding islands from the boat deck or you want to swim, stand-up paddleboard,

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  • #8
    Wat Chalong
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    #8 in Phuket
    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    Wat Chalong is a colorful Buddhist temple and it's also the biggest and most famous temple on Phuket. Of particular note are the gilt statues of two monks, who are credited with helping halt the Chinese Rebellion of 1876. At 5 p.m. daily, visitors can see present-day monks praying. 

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