Looking for cool, unusual things to do in Phuket, things to do in Phuket for 2 days, 3 days or a week long vacation? My guide to Thailand’s largest island; Phuket. There are plenty of reasons you need to visit this beautiful island and one to many a Phuket experience not to miss out on.
Below is my guide on things to do in Phuket, from Phuket tours on the island, things to do in Phuket with family, things to do in Phuket for couples, restaurants, shops, attractions, beaches also best in hotels in Phuket both budget and luxury.
You may not be the only one whose name Thailand’s Phuket beaches are calling. Also, check out my three week Thailand itinerary covering Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Krabi and Koh Samui.
With plenty of things to do in Phuket, from lounging on the beach like a castaway character to exploring the many beautiful diving and snorkeling spot to temples and beautiful island inlets, you will understand why this beautiful island is popular when you visit.
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10 Things To Do In Phuket & Experiences Not To Miss
To give you inspiration for your Phuket Itinerary planning below are 10 things to do in Phuket, including tips on Phuket nightlife, day and night markets in Phuket, exploring Phuket Old Town, where to stay and how to get around on the island. With some of Thailand’s best beaches in Phuket, it’s easy to see why people fall so hard for Phuket.
I fell madly in love with the island and had trouble thinking about packing my bags to head back home. I have no doubt I will be heading back to Thailand someday but in the meantime, I thought I would let you in on the amazing adventures waiting for you in Phuket. You can check out more of my adventures in Thailand on the blog.
If you are heading to Phuket below are 10 experience in Phuket not to miss out on, from things to do in Phuket at night, with family, for couple and with details of where we stayed on the island and the tours we took to help you plan your vacation in Thailand’s Phuket.
1. Take A Tour and Explore Phi Phi Island By Speed Boat
2. Visit Big Buddha In Phuket
3. Take A Phang Nga Bay Tour
4. See A Phuket Fantasea Show
5. Beach Hopping on Phuket’s Best Beaches
6. Visit Phuket Old Town
7. Check Out Phuket’s Food Scene – Head To Raya Restaurant
8. Take A Phuket Bike Tour
9. Phuket Massage Experience
10. Check Out Phuket Night Markets
Things to do in Phuket with Family
There are plenty of things to do in Phuket with family, from shows like Phuket Fantasea show mentioned above, there are museums geared towards families and kids, water parks, go-karting, ziplining and more. For tours you can do with family check out Viator Tours.
Things To Do In Phuket At Night | Phuket Nightlife
Night markets, nightclubs, nightlife in Phuket is plentiful. From bar hopping in Phuket Bangla Road or Soi Bangla to the bustling nightlife on Phuket Patong beach which is one of the main hubs for night time activities in Phuket.
So, what does Patong Beach nightlife draw in the crowds? Well, the sheer number of restaurants, clubs and beautiful beaches of course! But, for those visiting Patong Beach or Phuket for the first time, it can be a little intimidating or be overwhelming so read up on what to expect so you can prepare yourself.
In addition to all that, you can also have evening shows with Thailand’s lady-boys. For more inspiration on things to do in Phuket at night check out Ithaka’ guide on things to do at night on the island.
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How To Get To Phuket
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So, have you been to the island? Which one of the things to do in Phuket Thailand have you done or will be adding to your Thailand adventures?
I missed visiting Phuket during my trip to Thailand. I am heading back to Thailand in September next year with family. Can you recommend some activities or things to do in Phuket with family? Any specific things or events during that month, you can think of, again any tips on things to do in Phuket Thailand in September would be awesome. Thanks so much.
Hi Shannon, many of the above ideas can certainly be done with family. As far as specific events in September. I cant say I know of any specific ones. Please check the Thailand tourism board site for details.
Thank for a detailed view of experience in Phuket. Just wanted to ask if you think we would be able to do much of the above in a short visit? We are looking for things to do in Phuket in 2 days or even 3 days as we are still making the final plans for our trip to Thailand. We only have a short visit and looking to make the most of our stay in Phuket. Thanks!
You can definitely do a day of island hopping and then maybe a day doing the old town, temples in the morning and afternoon and evening in Patong? Its a short visit to Patong so you cannot do a lot of things. Hope that helps.
We have a trip coming up when we are visiting Thailand in December and one of our stops will be to visit Phuket and Krabi. We love your post so much but wanted to ask if you can recommend any unusual things to do in Phuket during our stay. Whether that is a show, an adventure tour, we would love any travel tips for Phuket that you can offer. Thank so much!
Fantasia show definitely comes to mind, as well as the unusually activities on Patong Beach. Check those out in addition to the ideas above.
Hi Bee, we are so looking forward to our Thailand trip having come across your post on Phuket. I love your photos too. I believe we may be staying in Patong. Just wanted to ask about things to do in Phuket Patong? Any particular things to do in Phuket at night that you can recommend. Any clubs or bars that you know of?
Patong is definitely a lively places to visit in Phuket and has something for everyone so I am sure you will enjoy the time there. I cant say there was any particular club that stood out for me that I can recommend but definitely dont visit the island without check out all the unusual things to do in Phuket’s Patong.
We are visiting Phuket and Krabi in January. What can you say are the must things to do in Phuket. We are definitely going to make sure we do the tour to Koh Phi Phi if possible. Just wanted to get your take on what must things to see and do in Phuket before we leave for Bangkok. Cool post by the way.
Hi there, we also travelled from Bangkok to Phuket. Many of the must things to do in Phuket are listed above. The island hopping, massages and temples. Also glad you found the post useful.
We are going to have only 3 days in Phuket any cool things to do in Phuket old town that you think might be unmissable. Trying to work out what we can reasonably do in Phuket in 3 days also trying to factor in some time to do a day trip from Phuket. Thanks for an awesome post by the way.
Three days in Phuket is definitely a great start. You can easily do a day or island hopping, a day to check out markets and temples and maybe a day in the old town exploring on food as well as spending on evening on Patong to enjoy the nightlife. Hope that helps.
Asana - things to do in phuket and krabi
Hey, we are doing both Phuket and Krabi in July next year. Not sure if you have been to Krabi as well but are you able to give me tips on things to do in Phuket and Krabi? Thanks!
Hi Asana, we only did Phuket but there are plenty of ferries accessible to Krabi making it easy to travel between the two islands. There are plenty of cool things to do in Phuket before heading out to visit Krabi from Phuket. Have a great time.
Larson - fun family things to do in phuket
Bee, looks like you had an awesome time in Phuket. I am visiting Thailand with my daughters and wanted to get your thoughts on fun family things to do in Phuket? Anything you can recommend for teenage girls in Phuket
I am sure they will love the island hopping as much as the adults will. Plenty of places and cool things in Instagram for them. Many of the ideas above are well suited to teenagers too.
Hi Bee, we have booked a trip to Phuket next year but believe the time we visit to be a bit of a wet season in Thailand. Do you have tips on things to do in Phuket when it rains? We are hoping the weather won’t be too wet and we still get to experience as much of Phuket as possible before we travel from Phuket to Krabi.
Hi Suzanne, there are temples, markets, restaurants, bars, shows to check out that are out of the rain so if it rains a lot during your visit there will still be plenty to do.
So glad I stumbled on this post. Thank you so much for providing such an inspiring blog. We are visiting Phuket for the first time next summer and wanted to know if you would be able to recommend things to do in Phuket for couples? We are going to be in Phuket for 4 days.
Things to do in Phuket in 3 days or 4 days. You can get through the above list and more. As far as tips for things to do for couples as I commented to the other users. There are plenty of romantic restaurants for couples, private tours, massages and more…
Hi, I had a look at your post on where to stay in Phuket. We are looking at hotels in Karon Beach and wanted to check if you are aware of things to do in Phuket’s Karon beach area?
I believe one of the places we stayed out last in Phuket was near Karon beach. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and massage places to check out. There is definitely something for everyone.
I love your blog! We are heading to Phuket as part of our honeymoon and we are already putting down some of the above activities on our Phuket itinerary. I wanted to ask though as you were visiting Phuket with your boyfriend. Do you know of things to do in Phuket for honeymoon couples? Any romantic things to do in Phuket would be really appreciated.
There are plenty of things to do in Phuket honeymoon couples would love. The couple massages, private dinners on the beach, private tours island hopping in all budgets. Many of the hotels can help you make these bookings are they usually have someone on hand to help guests. Also have a look above as I have a couple of ideas especially targeted at couples. All the best.
Great blog. I love your pictures! I am always keen to read about where you have been. Phuket has been on my bucket list of things to do. You give me serious travel envy. Phuket island is high on my list of places to visit in Thailand and your pictures make me want to book a holiday but I have to wait another year to same money and see if there is any way I can find budget tours in Phuket or maybe a travel package for Phuket that might include flights and hotel or something. Do you know of any sites with travel deals to Thailand?
Hi, Yes it always pays to save some money so you can travel comfortably in your budget. There are many sites to name. I use booking.com for all my hotel bookings. For flights I use google flights and kayak a lot to price check various different airlines. I also check Secretflying for flight deals. I hope that helps.
This is a weird question I know but do you know of any offbeat things to do in Phuket. We are looking for new experiences to have in Thailand. We visited Phuket a few years ago, it been a while. I am bringing my partner along this time and just wanted to know if you know if any unusual things to do in Phuket. Any interesting shows, tours in Phuket that are out of the ordinary, or odd things to do in Phuket. That’s what I am after. I have done the majority of the day trips to islands and stuff. Looking to surprise my partner to travels a lot. So keen to have a different experience in Phuket when we visit next time.
Hi Cronos, the Fantasia show is pretty cool. There are so many island hopping tours, amazing temples to explore. I am sure you and your partner will enjoy your visit and dont get me started on the stunning beaches! Enjoy.
Andy - Things to do in Phuket at Christmas
We are going to be doing Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui this December and wondering about things to do in Phuket at Christmas as well as particular Phuket attractions for adults? I dont normally do holidays away from home during the Christmas period so I am little curious as to what Christmas activities there are in Phuket during the festive period.
This is really one of the best times to visit as there are so many unusual things to do in Phuket during this time. A lot of the hotels also make a great effort for guests visiting hotels and the country.
I am heading to Phuket as part of a backpacking trip in Thailand next year. I am trying to cut costs on my trip around Asia and wondering if you have tips on fun free things to do in Phuket or things that won’t cost a lot of money, Phuket budget tours you might know of. Also would appreciate any tips you have on any budget accommodation in Phuket. Also roughly would you know the budget for one week in Phuket? Sorry to ask so many questions. Just trying to figure out how much things are likely to cost while I figure out how I am going to be travelling around Phuket and any tours and day trips in Phuket I will do and how much they will cost. Thank you sooo much!
Hi, there are plenty of free things to do in Phuket and many that won’t blog the budget. Markets are free, beautiful temples to visit are free. But many of the tours, unavoidably require payment.
Hi Bee, any specific things to do in Phuket for bachelors that you can recommend?
Oh, its not everyday I am asked that question. There are plenty of clubs, bars and cool and unusual things to do in Phuket, especially in Patong. Plenty of singles there as its hot for nightlife. I would definitely add that to your list as well as do additional research on things to do in Phuket Patong as that is the party central of the island. Hope that helps.