Phuket Travel Guide.
Have you been wanting to travel to Phuket Thailand but you are just not sure where to stay or what to do?
This travel guide will give you some ideas and insights of places to stay and things to do in Phuket.
Where to stay:
Deciding where to stay while you are in Phuket is very difficult. You will be tempted to stay at Patong Beach because that is the most popular place for tourists to stay while in Phuket. I urge you not listen to the temptation. Patong is a very busy and crowded place. I will admit it is probably the best place to go out and party all night, so if that is something you are looking for I would recommend you stay here. However, if you are like me and would rather have an adventure than drink all day and night then I recommend only staying one or two nights there, if at all. When I went to Patong I visited for one night. I did not even stay there and that was enough time for me.
I would recommend travelling down south and staying in Kata Beach or Nai Harn Beach. I went to Phuket for 9 days and stayed in Kata beach the entire time. It is so beautiful there. Although it is still a very big tourist area, the streets are quiet, and that is something you do not find in Patong.
If you are planning on staying in a couple of different places while you are there I recommend checking out Nai Harn and Phuket old town. Nai Harn is such a beautiful little area that is a lot more local than the other beaches in Phuket. There are not as many tourists and it is a beautiful place to just relax and enjoy the peacefulness of the island. Phuket old town is just amazing, with such beautiful architecture and amazing little cafes everywhere. We only spent an afternoon there and I wish we had more time to explore the beautiful streets.
All in all, for places to stay I recommend anywhere other than Patong, unless you are there just to party. There are many places that I did not even get to visit in which I am sure are amazingly beautiful also. I recommend Kata Beach, Nai Harn Beach and Phuket Old Town.
Things to do:
If you really want to explore the island I would highly recommend hiring a motorbike. A motorbike just gives you the freedom to travel around where ever you want and whenever you want. It is also a lot cheaper as taxi’s or tuk tuks cost quiet a lot in Phuket, and they do not budge on their prices, so keep that in mind.
As I mentioned above I recommend you check out Phuket old town, Nai Harn Beach and Kata Beach if you are not staying there. You can just do day trips to these places, which is what we did when we went to Nai Harn and Phuket old town.
I also advise you to check out some of the night markets that are around. At the night markets, you can find some incredible food stalls as well as craft shops. The Karon night market is quite nice and not too big, so you cannot get lost. As it is small it makes it a lot more enjoyable to walk around, I highly recommend it. I also recommend the Phuket town night market. This one is huge and has many, and I mean many craft shops and food stalls around. I believe most towns have their own night markets on, so just do your research and see if there is one close to you.
For the real tourist things, I recommend seeing Phi Phi island, James bond island, the Big Buddha and the Wat Chalong Temple. For the island tours make sure you go early. The islands are very popular with tourists and if you go early you miss a lot of the rush. I have made YouTube videos about both the Phi Phi islands and James bond island tours I went on, so be sure you check them out. I also have a YouTube video on the Big Buddha and the Wat Chalong Temple.
If you are wanting to see elephants while you are in Thailand, please never ever ride them or see them in shows. Elephants endure great torture to be able to behave like domestic animals. The animal cruelty that is performed on elephant’s is horrendous and needs to be stopped. The only way to stop it is for tourists like us to stop paying for it, as it is what the tourists wants that they will get. When I visited Phuket, I did a lot of research into elephant sanctuaries on the island. The only ethical one in Phuket that I found was the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary (linked here). This sanctuary is associated with Elephant Nature Park in Chang Mai. The elephants here have been rescued from the logging and tourism industry where they have endured so much pain in their lives. I am going to make a whole blog post about this topic because I am very passionate about animal rights, but in short, I highly recommend going to this sanctuary. I do advise to only book on their website as some people try to take you to the other sanctuaries in Phuket. I also made a YouTube video linked here on the elephant sanctuary.
So, there you have it. my recommendations for places to stay and things to do in Phuket. Phuket is a beautiful place and the Thai people are so lovely. If you are going there for a family holiday, a solo adventure or just a relaxing trip away I can assure you that you will love it there.
Thanks for reading.
Do you have any recommendations for things to do in Phuket?
Let me know in the comments below!