Instacation in Phuket
Known as the Pearl of the Andaman Sea, is Thailand’s largest island – Phuket. The beautiful island of Phuket has a stunning coastline, fascinating monuments, traditional temples and a vibrant culture. If you were to ask about the best time to travel to Phuket- we’d have to say January and February because it is the dry season of Thailand, however best time also means that it is the peak tourist season and hence you would find herds of tourists thronging the island. Plus the hotel and flights are also quite expensive! So the other alternative would be to visit during the months of April to October, during the rainy season. During these months, you can get excellent deals on flights and hotels and very few tourists as well. Also, during the monsoon season, you can expect a downpour in the early evening hours, but the rest of the day remains sunny and pleasant!
While in Phuket, you can spend your time soaking in the serene aura of the exquisite Buddhist Temples, getting relaxing massages, lounging on the island’s stunning coastline that has long white sand beaches, snorkeling in the azure waters and of course getting a taste of Phuket’s happening night life! The list of activities in Phuket is a long and exciting one and hence without further ado, let’s get to the most exciting part of the blog - the MUST DO’s in Phuket!
1. BIG BUDDHA
One of Phuket’s biggest attractions and an iconic landmark is the Big Buddha statue that stands at a height of 45 meters and offers absolutely spectacular panoramic views of Phuket Town and the beaches! Made out of white Burmese marble, the Buddha sits atop Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and sparkles elegantly in the sun! When you are at the Buddha you will notice that it is very quiet apart from the sound of dharma music and some little bells.
2. WAT CHALONG
Soak in the spirituality and surround yourself with the serene aura offered at the WatChalong Temple, which is the largest and the most revered Buddhist temple in Phuket. The temple is a beautiful white structure with red and gold colored roofs and windows. The temple is adorned with a number of beautiful statues and images of Buddha. Walk around the temple and interact with the monks to learn more about the history and get an insight into the Buddhist culture!
3. KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK
KhaoSok National Park is said to be one of the oldest rainforests on the planet, and is the perfect place to be in if you’re a wildlife enthusiast! The national Park offers tree-house lodging facilities and jungle safaris! So keep your cameras ready to capture wild elephants, rhinos and all the other animals that might appear during your safari through the dense Thai rainforest! The best way to experience the beauty and wilderness of the KhaoSok National Park is by staying in a floating raft house in the middle of the dense jungle. You can kayak through the lake, or take a cooking class in the jungle or get up and close with elephants by feeding and giving them a mud bath! Apart from KhaoSok, you may also chose to visit the KhaoLak National Park.
THE ULTIMATE VIEWPOINTS
1. KARON VIEWPOINT
Karon viewpoint is one of the most popular viewpoints in all of Phuket and is usually thronged by tourists all day long, and rightly so as the viewpoint looks out over the Andaman Sea in one direction and the three west coast beaches on the other side of the island! Do try and get there early in the morning to beat the crowd!
2. PROMTHEP CAPE
Promthep Cape is the southernmost point of Phuket offering spectacular views of the Andaman Sea. Promthep Cape is one place that you must visit right before sunset, even though it gets super crowded at this time of the day! The views from atop the hill is nothing short of mesmerizing!
If Promthep Cape is too busy a place for you, you can head over to Windmill Viewpoint that lies close to Promthep Cape, between Ya Nui and NaiHarn beaches. You will be greeted with the view of tall, white windmills and the view of the Andaman Sea, sans all the tourist rush!
1. KOH PHI PHI
Tropical paradise is what describes Phi Phi Islands the best! The beautiful island looks like you are living in a postcard with crystal clear turquoise and emerald waters and white sand beaches dotted with palm trees. Phi Phi Islands have some of the best diving sites in all of Thailand, a lively nightlife and to top it all off, it is quite inexpensive to spend time on the island! The island is easily accessible by a 2 hour ferry ride from Phuket and is definitely a place to spend atleast a day in. Trek up the hills, walk or lounge on the beach, kayak, swim, snorkel or dive during the day and feast on some delicious Thai food from one of the many restaurants on the island and end the day with a sunset on the beach and then heading over to dance the night away at the night clubs on the island!
2. SIMILAN ISLANDS & PHANG NGA BAY
Spend the day island hopping on a cruise through the emerald waters of PhangNga Bay and Similan Islands! If you have the time, do spend a day on these islands to indulge in activities such as kayaking in the crystal blue waters, amidst huge limestone karsts, swimming, snorkeling or diving in the Similan Islands to explore the vibrant underwater life! James Bond Island and KohPanyee are just two of the more famous spots in the PhangNga bay, and it makes for a great day trip, particularly if stopping off at the quieter beaches along the way.
1. KATA NOI, KATA YAI & KARON BEACH
These three beaches are the best beaches on the island! White sandy shore lined with palm trees, crystal blue water with a vibrant underwater life and beachside bars and restaurants that serve delicious Thai food! Head here for a morning walk or a romantic walk in the evening when the sun sets! The famous Karon viewpoint is close to these beaches.
If beach party is what you’re looking for then Patong beach is where you need to be! It is one of the most popular beaches in Phuket and is quite crowded. However the beach has a very lively and hip party scene in the evening that extends way into the night!
3. KALIM BAY
Kalim Bay beach is one that has gained popularity in the recent years as it is a great spot for surfing! A beautiful beach with a white sandy shore, dotted with lounge chairs and lined by a plethora of hip bars and elegant restaurants! Kalim Bay beach is definitely a must visit!
When you’re travelling to locations as beautiful as Phuket, the one thing that you absolutely must do is take some amazing pictures of your incredible island vacation and we recommend that you book your travel and vacation photographers from Travographer. Our photographers are the best at what they do and are locals; hence they’ll know all there is to know about the best locations for an incredible photo shoot! So go on and hire one of our photographers to follow you around as you create beautiful memories on the vibrant island of Phuket!