Phuket, a gem in the south of Thailand, beckons with its diverse attractions and stunning natural beauty.  Whether you’re a photographer seeking the perfect sunset or a traveler on the hunt for adventure.  Alternatively, a fitness enthusiast eager to try Thai boxing.  Phuket offers a delightful array of activities. Here’s your guide to making the most of this island paradise.

Iconic Beaches and Seaside Fun

Patong Beach – The heartbeat of Phuket’s nightlife and fun, Patong is vibrant both day and night. Though it can get busy, the lively scene makes it a must-visit.

Kata and Karon Beaches – For those seeking a quieter day by the sea, the serene shores of Kata and Karon provide a perfect picturesque escape. Their tranquil atmosphere makes for a relaxing day out.

Nai Harn Beach – Preferred by many for its beauty and less crowded environment, Nai Harn is ideal for those who enjoy starting their day with exercise and a swim.

Must-Visit Attractions in Phuket

Phuket FantaSea

Dive into Thailand’s rich culture with a night at Phuket FantaSea, a theme park that blends magic with mythology and promises an evening of thrilling entertainment.

Wat Chalong and Big Buddha

Wat Chalong, Phuket

Explore the spiritual side of Phuket by visiting Wat Chalong, and the majestic Big Buddha, situated on a hilltop offering panoramic views of the island.

Promthep Cape

Promthep Cape Viewpoint (Laem Phromthep)

Known for its breathtaking sunsets, Promthep Cape is the perfect spot for end-of-day photography or simply to enjoy nature’s splendor.

Adventure and Sports

Thai Boxing Camps

Thai Boxing - Rawai Beach, Phuket

Experience the intensity of Thai boxing at one of Rawai’s camps, where you can train for fitness and even watch live fights at Bangla Stadium.

Excursions Beyond Phuket

James Bond Island

James Bond Island, Phang Nga

Discover the famous movie location with its distinctive cliffs and crystal-clear waters. Though it’s not known for beaches, the island is iconic for its appearance in ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’.

Similan and Phi Phi Islands

Similan Islands, Thailand

Embark on day trips to these islands known for stunning beaches and vibrant marine life, making sure to bring snorkeling gear to explore underwater wonders.

Phi Phi Islands, Phuket

Phi Phi Islands are the islands to visit if you want to see beautiful beaches and turquoise colored water.  As a matter of fact, Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach was filmed on Phi Phi Islands.  The exact Island they filmed on was Phi Phi Leh.  What’s more, it’s possible to visit Phi Phi Islands on a day tour from Phuket.  Alternatively, you could visit independently and stay overnight.

Local Tips for Visitors

  • When visiting beaches, negotiate for loungers as prices are not fixed.
  • For a unique dining experience, try the local delicacies like fried okra and other Thai specialties.
  • Check out local Thai boxing matches for a dose of traditional sports.

Enjoy the Things to Do in Phuket

Phuket is a land of diversity, offering something for everyone.  From its rich cultural heritage to its stunning natural beauty, the island promises unforgettable experiences.  Whether it’s soaking up the sun on a sandy beach, exploring historical sites, or indulging in water sports.  Phuket stands out as a top travel destination.  Now, let’s take the bus from Phuket to Penang, Malaysia.

How to Travel From Phuket to Penang by Land

Shuttle from Phuket to Penang

From Phuket there are many shuttles driving directly to Penang, Malaysia.  They normally set off in the evening and travel through southern Thailand to the border at night.  As a result, they cross the border and arrive in Penang at around 9-10 am the next day.  The reason there are shuttles to Penang is because many expats need to travel to the Thai visa office in Penang to purchase new visas.  Fortunately those traveling one way to Penang can use this service too.

Penang to Kuala Lumpur

A visit to the points of interest of Phuket including Patong and Patong Beach, Kata and Karon Beach, Nai Harn Beach, Promthep Cape (sunset photography), Phuket FantaSea, Wat Chalong, Big Buddha, Thai boxing camps, Bangla Thai Boxing Stadium with live fights Siam Niramit Phuket, Day trips to the Similan Islands, Day trips to Phi Phi Island, Day trips to James Bond Island before taking the overnight shuttle to Penang, Malaysia