HOW TO SEE PHUKET IN 7 DAYS
If you want to know how to see Phuket in seven days, you've come to the right place. Crowned as one of the most popular travel destinations in Thailand, this idyllic island in the Andaman Sea serves up spectacular rainforest scenery, unspoilt beaches, vibrant culture and an eclectic nightlife - better still, it's budget-friendly, meaning you can don a snorkel and flippers for a fortnight wihout breaking the bank! Who's with us...
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FIVE MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS
- Discover the beautiful islands of Phang Nga Bay
- Take in the views from one of the many viewpoints around the island
- Explore the streets and markets in the Old Town
- Head to one of the clifftop spas around the resorts and enjoy a proper Thai massage
- Explore the nightlife in and around Patong
CAN I GO ISLAND HOPPING ON A SHORT TRIP?
With a few more days in Phuket, it’s great to discover some of the nearby islands. Phi Phi island is one of the most famous, with its beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise water. A bit farther away is Similan island. It is perhaps even more impressive than Phi Phi island, but is only open at certain times of year. Closer in are Racha island and Coral island, both of which make easy trips from Phuket.
PHUKET IN SEVEN DAYS
Phuket is one of the most popular travel destinations in Thailand, and with good reason. Located off the south-west coast of the country, the island is known for its stunning scenery, great beaches, and vibrant culture and nightlife. It's budget-friendly, too, so going on holiday there won’t break the bank.
Getting around Phuket is easy, there are plenty of tuk tuks for the adventurous and the resorts are friendly and well connected, all that's left to do is plan your itinerary...
A great way to start any visit to Phuket is with a trip to one of the island’s famous viewpoints. There are plenty of places to experience paradise around this island and, apart from a fantastic photo opportunity, it's a great way to get a feel of the vibrant landscape. Two of the top viewpoints in Phuket are Karon Viewpoint, where you can see several stunning bays in the distance, and Rang Hill, which has sweeping views of Phuket town below.
And while views are top-notch, nothing beats experiencing Phuket up close. One of the best places to do so is in Phang Nga Bay. You can take a cruise on a traditional junk boat and sail through the beautiful natural scenery, stunning islands, and sheer limestone cliffs, or if you’re feeling up to it, you can go by canoe and explore the lagoons.
Thailand is one of our top 10 beach holiday destinations so you're sure to spend some time lounging on Phukets 40km of sun-kissed sands fringed by tropical resorts, hotels and villas. If you need a break from the rays, head into the old town for a look at the historic shop houses, bustling markets, and little cafes and restaurants. Get lost in the small streets, and soak up the colourful atmosphere before stopping for a meal or snack.
If you want more of a culture fix, the Big Buddha is the place to go. The 45-meter tall white marble statue attracts visitors from all over the world, and there are great 360-degree views of the island from where it sits atop the Nakkerd Hills. Another ideal place for experiencing Phuket’s culture is Wat Chalong, a 19th century Buddhist temple featuring beautiful artwork and design both inside and out.
As far as dining and nightlife go, Phuket has both in spades. Great places to eat include the Suay Restaurant, which is in the Old Town and has excellent Thai food. Also worth a visit are the little bakeries and cafes in the Old Town. For a splurge, Breeze restaurant on Cape Yamu serves innovative modern cuisine with a rotating menu of seasonal dishes. It’s a great option for fine dining in Phuket.
After dinner, the nightlife scene heats up with everything from rowdy bars to live shows. The nightlife on Bangla Road in Patong is some of the most famous, not least for its lady-boys. Also well known is the Simon Cabaret, a lively show with costumes and colours that features more of the famous lady-boys. The lively Go Go bars on Soi Bangla in Patong are worth a visit, too.