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Beyond the Beach: Top Things to do in Phuket

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Go beyond the beach in Phuket…

Thailand’s biggest island, Phuket, is a major destination often associated with sun, sea and relaxation. Packed full of stunning views, relaxing spas and tiny paradise islands, it’s the ideal base for a relaxing holiday, and is particularly popular for a romantic honeymoon destination.

This island isn’t all perfect weather and panoramas though, as there are tons of often-overlooked activities in the local area. So, we’ve selected some of the best things to do when you’re all beached out!

Naka Weekend Market

This street market spectacular is something to see. Countless stalls in bustling rows, vendors selling their wares and myriad authentic Thai food options – with so many street food stalls to choose from, you won’t find a better place to experience the local flavour. Spicy stir fries, fresh fish, spring rolls – and how about some deep-fried locusts?

Floating Restaurants at Laem Hin Pier

A truly unique dining experience and a memory you’re sure to treasure for a long time. This is one of the best places in Phuket for fresh seafood, as you’re right on the water and have a smorgasbord of floating restaurants to choose from. Venture out by boat from the mainland, and try traditionally prepared prawns, crab, fish and so much more.

Monkey Hill

This is one of the less tourist-heavy spots to get up and close and personal with our closest ancestors. Toh Sae Hill is perfect for animal lovers; bring along some nuts and fruit to tempt the monkeys. Be aware that the monkeys here aren’t as tame as in other places so it’s best not to get too close.

Your Own Private Island: Koh Bon

The island of Koh Bon is a stunning day-trip destination reachable by boat from mainland Thailand of the other Similan Islands. There is no accommodation on the island at all, meaning it has retained its pristine natural character. Where better to wander among untouched sands and forests than here?

Secret Old Phuket Town

The striking Portuguese-style mansions of Phuket’s Old Town are striking and hauntingly atmospheric. It’s a great taste of the country’s colonial past, and some of the abandoned, crumbling mansions are starting to renovated and modernised into restaurants and other attractions. Explore this historic town quarter before it loses its character.

Chillva Night Market

This trendy market is a bustling hotspot, especially when the sun goes down! Check it out to explore its many rows of stalls and shops selling food and local wares. There’s plenty of bars and live music too, making it a true entertainment destination.


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