With its lovely beaches, fantastic local cuisine, and beautiful islands, it’s no surprise that Phuket is so well-known. There’s a lot to do, it’s charming, and it appeals to practically everyone. Where do you want to start your journey? Here are some ideas for people wishing to step off the beaten path and reconnect in Phuket.
Long Beach on Coral Island
Located three kilometres southeast of Phuket, the island is home to two beaches: Long Beach and Banana Beach. Snorkelling off both beaches to see its extraordinary coral reef.
Popular with families, Kamala Beach is a modest beach with a local market and a small temple amid the clear sea, soft sand, casuarinas and coconut trees.
The six-kilometre stretch of golden shore is Phuket’s second-largest. To find tranquillity, head up to the northern tip for a serene experience free from large hotels.
Located 10 minutes from Patong, Phuket’s cleanest beach is why travellers visit Thailand – to revel in the scenic, untouched beauty.
Nai Yang Beach
Considered one of the “out-of-the-beaten” tracks, this beach is abundant in small bars and restaurants. Hidden from the main road, it remains one of the most peaceful beaches in Phuket.
Three Monkeys Restaurant
Three Monkeys Restaurant is one of the island’s most unique restaurants and bars, blending its jungle surroundings with the exciting outdoor attraction, Hanuman World.
Phuket Thai Hua Museum
Located in Phuket Town, Phuket’s Chinese ancestors built their first Chinese language school in 1977. The Sino-Portuguese grew from a learning centre to an exhibition of the history of Hokkien Chinese beliefs, lifestyles, arts and culture and how they influenced the island.
Old Phuket Town is located in Thalang, Dibuk, Phang-nga and Krabi roads. The location started booming in the 19th century, which led to much well-preserved Sino-Portuguese architecture. The buildings are home to many local coffee shops, restaurants, souvenir shops, and tailors in modern times.
Phuket Street Arts
Starting at Yaowarat Road, Phuket street art is a unique way to discover Phuket Town on an afternoon stroll. Located on Romanee Road, the designs are visually striking and serve as one of the most popular photo spots in town. Many of them were painted by Alex Face, a contemporary Thai artist.
The seaside café, located in Rawai, is a minimalist establishment inspired by Jeju Island and Busan, Korea. Great coffee alongside views of the island awaits the guest as the vistas overlook Racha Island.
Krating Cape is one of the newest, recently-discovered viewpoints. The climb up on the steep slopes is well worth the effort for its landscape and star photography, free from light pollution. To get there, start at Nai Harn Beach and follow the road to Ao Sane Beach. Krating Cape’s entrance is located among seafront cliffs.
Black Rock Viewpoint
Black Rock requires steep walking and a motorbike ride down the dirt road for adventurers who love a challenge. Past the Karon Viewpoint and near the elusive Nui Beach, a big black stone labelled “Pa Hindum” marks the start of the hike up the trail. Once travellers do the climb, they are treated to an awe-inspiring vista of Phuket’s coastlines not commonly seen.
Considered one of the holiest places in Phuket and highly revered by locals, Wat Chalong is dedicated by two highly respected monks (Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang, who helped villagers during the Chinese rebellion in 1876 with their knowledge of herbal medicine.