Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and is home to many of Thailand’s most famous beaches. We visited Phuket twice during our time in Thailand. It ended up being one of our favourite places to spend time.
However, over ten days we still didn’t manage to see it all. So, plan better than we did with this complete guide as to my 3 things to do in Phuket – they also happen to be completely free!
The big buddha, is known among the people of Thailand as Phra Phuttha Mingmongkhon Akenakkhiri. It’s undoubtedly one of Phuket’s most famous landmarks. Standing at 45 metres tall, and 24 metres wide. The whole body is made up of concrete layered with white jade marble.
The temple contains and exhibition with the story of the Buddha. The location in which the Buddha is based also provides a fantastic vantage point offering you beautiful views of Chalong Bay.
While the site is free to visit, it does rely on donations and purchases for the upkeep and maintenance. It’s available to visit year round and open from 8am until 7.30pm – although if you want to catch the sunset try to arrive around 6.00pm.
Phuket Old Town
One of our favourite day-trips during our time in Phuket was to the old town. This inland destination is in stark contrast to the beach resorts such as Patong.
The town is filled with beautiful heritage buildings, amazing art-work and a real buzz of community that I simply couldn’t find anywhere else in Thailand. There’s plenty to see, do, drink and eat here, so you can really make a day of it!
It’s been almost a year since our trip to Thailand, and I still can’t figure out whether or not I actually enjoyed visiting Bangla Road. During the day this is a pretty average road in Patong, however once the sun goes down the road is closed to vehicle traffic and it becomes a 400 metre festival of neon lights, loud music and cheap beer.
Almost all of the bars are open-fronted. Which makes people watching a sport here. Especially considering that street performances are available every evening.
I’ve put together the map below, to make it simple to find each place I’ve mentioned within the article. It should help you plan travel routes, and other things you may want to see along the way.
As always, I’d love to know what you think about my list of things to do in Phuket. Do you have any things to do that you think I might have missed? Let me know in the comments below…