Phuket is a tropical paradise located in the south of Thailand. Asia is full on amazing beach getaways- but this is my favourite.
Go on a day trip to Phi Phi and James Bond Island
From any hotel in Patong, Kata or Karon- you can take a day trip to the stunning islands of Koh Phi Phi. Opt for a speedboat tour, with kayaking option- this is the best way to see it all and get the adrenalin rush you need!
Have dinner and a drink at the After Beach Bar (Bob Marley Bar) at the Kata Viewpoint
This was EPIC. I honestly think this night changed my perspective on life. The sunset- the cocktails and chilling with my best friend Amy. Perfection in one evening. The food is great, the drinks are cheap and the view is…well… see for yourself!
Head out to Bangla Road for drinks and dancing!
Bangla Road, Patong, is the busiest nightclubbing/bar spot in all of Phuket. Hundreds of tiny bars scatter this long street and are pumping from about 8pm. Take my advice and don’t head into a big ‘nightclub’- the street bars are much more vibrant, exciting and you will meet heaps of hilarious backpacker types. Try the Aussie sports bar as well- always a fun night out!
Go for a swim at Kata Noi Beach
This beach is stunning and much quieter than Patong and Karon, plus it boasts a view of a gorgeous little off shore island and some cool market stalls that aren’t flocked with tourists! Grab a sun lounge (usually around $2 for 2 hours) and relax with a coconut!
Feeling Spiritual? Head to the Big Buddha!
In Phuket town lies a steep hill (Nakkerd Hills) which hosts the all powerful Big Buddha- a 45m high ode to the Thailand’s largest religious following- Buddhism. Head to the top to see a 360 view of Phuket island and take a minute away from the busy city streets!
Take a Tuk-Tuk around the city
These little carts are EVERYWHERE and so much fun. First timers beware- you won’t feel the safest- but you will have fun! Make sure you secure the price to your destination PRIOR to departure. I always try and get one with lights and music, it makes it so much more fun!
This is my best friend Amy… sometimes I think she has too much fun…
Night Markets Bizarre!
On a Friday, Saturday or Sunday after 7pm- Jump in a tuk-tuk and ask the driver to head to the ‘Night Market Bizarre’. You will find yourself surrounded by clothing, ceramics, textiles, bags, shoes- anything you can think of! Make sure you bargain your way down- most items will be at LEAST half the price of their first offer!
My biggest tip….
EMBRACE THE LOCAL CUSTOMS!
Just have fun with it, have a laugh bartering and make sure you always secure prices- or you might get ripped off, but hey- it’s fun!