If you have found yourself patiently waiting for the borders to open again. There is light at the end of the tunnel, the glowing sunshine rising over the sandy beaches of Phuket. Starting July 1st – fully vaccinated tourists will be welcome to fly directly into Thailand’s most popular island. Here are our top picks to make the most of your long-awaited holiday.
Relax On The Beach
If sun, sand, and sea are what you’re looking for, the West coast of Phuket is the perfect place for you. Home to long stretches of white sand and crystal clear waters, Karon Beach & Kata Beach are among the most popular of the island’s many swimming spots. Relax with your toes in the sand, and work on your tan.
Hours: 24/ 7
See The Sights
For a walk with an unbeatable view, make your way to the Big Buddha to get a bird’s eye view of the bay, the beach, and the beautiful islands along the coast. Snap a selfie with the gigantic Buddha statue to let your friends at home know what they’re missing out on.
Hours: 6:00 am – 7:00 pm; 7 days/ week
Have A Spa Day
It wouldn’t be a trip to Thailand without a traditional Thai massage, so spoil yourself with a trip to the best spa in town: Banyan Tree Resort. There are many massage parlors on the islands, but this one is by far the most luxurious. Treat yourself, and allow a real Thai Masseuse to massage all your cares away.
Admission: prices vary based on spa services
Hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm; 7 days/week
Zip Through The Rainforest
If you are the type to get bored of working on your tan, try an exciting excursion to Hanuman World. The park offers thrilling zipline rides through the rainforest and a gorgeous tree-top view from the skywalk.
Admission: From 1,990 THB / $63 U.S.
Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; 7days/week
Explore The Deep Blue Sea
Located in the Southwest of the island, Ao Sane Beach is a hidden gem perfect for year-round snorkeling. Bring your own mask and fins, which are readily available for rent all over the island. Then feel free to explore the drop-off into the ocean, where you can find parrotfish, clownfish, eels, and more!
Get Up To Some Monkey Business
Take a break from the beach and explore the Khoa Phra Thaew nature area. Splash through the waterfalls, and hike through the luscious jungle across the mountain range. Keep your eyes peeled for furry friends, this nature area is home to the Gibbon project: a conservation project for the endangered animals. The adorable apes are referred to as “Queen of the forest” in Thai, and their beauty and grace make it easy to see why.
Admission: free (However, you will have to pay an entrance fee to the National Park Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.)
Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm 7 days/ week
Fall Head Over Heels
For the adrenaline seeker, check out Phuket Jungle Bungy. The jump is 50m above a lush lagoon, surrounded by jungle. You have the option to jump alone or go tandem with a friend, but if you choose the “water-touch bungy” be prepared to get wet!
Admission: from 600 THB / $19.26 U. S.
Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; 7 days/ week
Watch The Sunset
After a long day of sun and fun make your way down to the southernmost point of the island Promthep Cape, for an unforgettable sunset. The point offers wide-open views of the sparkling Andaman Sea, making it the perfect spot for watching the sun go down.
Be Awed By Costumes & Culture
Get a taste of Thai history, culture, and traditions presented with theatrical flair at Fantasea cultural theme park. Don’t miss the “Fantasy of a Kingdom” show featuring Cirque du Soleil type acrobatics, mind-warping illusions, and over-the-top costumed performers. To spice things up, upgrade your ticket to include dinner at the Golden Kinnaree buffet. Head down to the Similan Entertainment Center to embrace your inner child with an arcade full of games and activities that are fun for all ages.
Admission: from 1,800 THB / $58 U.S.
Hours: 17:30 pm – 11:30 pm; 6 days/ week (closed on Thursdays)
Enjoy The Nightlife
After the sun sets, this island comes alive. For the best nightlife, head over to Bangla Road to find live music, nightclubs, and go-go bars. Get the full Thai experience at Phuket SimonCabaret, the Thai drag show featuring its famous lady-boys in their dazzling outfits. Don’t forget to pre-order your tickets before you go to make sure you get the best seat in the house!
Admission: from 800THB / $25.73 USD
Show Times: 6:00 pm / 7:30 pm / 9:00 pm 7 days/ week
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