Phuket Things to Do
The island of Phuket is a great place to visit. From the beautiful adventures on and off the island to the nightlife, there is something to keep everyone happy in Phuket.
Phi Phi Island
Phi Phi Island, a popular tourist location, is home to Maya Bay with its crystal blue waters surrounded by Karst Limestone Cliffs. This site of Leo Di Caprio’s movie “The Beach” filmed in 2000 is marked with swimming and snorkeling areas to avoid where the undercurrent is strong. It’s 200 meters across and boasts sugary fine white sand. All the Phi Phi Island tours travel through Maya Bay, usually in the mornings so afternoons are the best time to head to this location if you want a spot on the beach!
James Bond Island
Whether you visit James bond Island yourself or go with a tour this beautiful location is home to Phang Nga Bay. Named after the James Bond movie, “Man with the Golden Gun”, filmed in the 70’s, tours include seeing and feeding the monkeys and canoeing around the bay. The bay is famous for the limestone crag popping out in the middle of the water. James Bond Island is worth a quick visit but wouldn’t take up your whole day.
Phuket is an island and therefore surrounded by many beaches. When it comes to swimming, lounging in the sand, scuba diving, or snorkeling around the island, there are plenty of places to visit that will astound you. Start your day early on the beaches, but stay for the sunset wherever you are for breathtaking photos.
Karon Beach might be a bit quieter than Kata beach, but both are popular for different reasons. Karon beach has plenty of shade and doesn’t have any bars. There is only water to look out onto the horizon. Kata beach, on the other hand, fills up quickly so getting there early and reserving a lounge is a must see!
Patong Beach is the center of activity and a must swim destination in Phuket. Waves and currents are strong, so being aware of your surroundings is necessary. Local officials put out red flags when the current is particularly strong to keep tourists close to the shore.
Other beaches to check out include Kamala Beach, Surin Beach, Nai Harn Beach, Nai Yang Beach, and Rawai Beach.
Other Things to See and Do
Besides snorkeling and diving, there are many other places to visit in Phuket. Many tours start at a beach and travel to other destinations during the day. Places that are a must see include the Floating Village, Phang Nga Bay, Downtown and the nightlife, the aquarium, zoo, and Butterfly Garden, and Wat Suwannakuha. Taking boat day trips and excursions offered by the hotels are the best way to see Phuket.
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