Bucketlist Destination| Phuket Adventures Thailand

Phuket is a province in the Southern region of Thailand and considered a pearl of the Andaman sea. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand and home to some impressive beaches in the Indian ocean. During our recent trip to this gorgeous island, we were able to venture out on some planned Phuket Adventures.

Our Phuket Adventures consisted of venturing to all the popular tourist destinations on the island. We booked a guided tour that allowed us to experience all the various attractions in style. The first guided tour we booked consisted of visiting everything on land and the second was island hopping.

Phuket is a province in the Southern region of Thailand and considered a pearl of the Andaman sea. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand and home to some impressive beaches in the Indian ocean. During our recent trip to this gorgeous island, we were able to venture of Phuket Adventures.

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Phuket Adventures – 13 Must Experience Places

In hopes of giving you inspiration, our Phuket Adventures will serve as an itinerary for things to do in the city within 3-days. Our 3-day adventures were spent delving into the beauty that is Phuket from accommodation to food.

Travelling in and around Phuket is easy, we hired taxis for almost all our trips and a speed boat for island hopping. If you’re flying into Phuket airport, we suggest grabbing a metered taxi to your accommodation. These are more cost-effective and less chance of anyone ripping you off.

When it comes to booking tours, always search around, haggle and look for the best deals. In this article, we share the 13 places we visited during our 3-day Phuket Adventures.

Big Buddha

Phuket’s Big Buddha is a 45-meter tall cultural monument that sits atop on the peak of Mt. Nagakerd. The official name of this seated Maravija Buddha is Phra Phutta Ming Mongkol Akenakiri. Construction of the Phuket Big Buddha started in 2004 and only 80% of was completed by 2017. Various works around the third biggest Buddha in Thailand continue but it’s still open daily to the public from 6 am to 7pm.

On a clear day, the views of the beaches {Karon Bay and Kata Noi Bay} from up on high is absolutely breathtaking. We recommend visiting early in the morning when there are fewer crowds to truly appreciate the statue.

Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong is a 19th-century Buddhist temple, the largest, most visited and important of the 29 temples in Phuket. The locals and tourists alike visit this temple in their masses to pray and show their respect to the monks. Wat Chalong or Wat Temple is located approximately 10km south of Phuket town and has its share of tales and legends.

Like all temples, there is a certain decorum expected of visitors to the temples. Women should ensure their shoulders are covered and clothes are below the knees. No shoes are allowed to be worn inside the temple and everyone is expected to speak quietly and respectfully.

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Tiger Kingdom

Though I did it, I would not recommend visiting the Tiger Kingdom. At first, I thought we would be seeing the tigers like in a zoo but this was later clarified. We would be entering the cages where these tigers are kept, fear leapt into my mouth. When I was the tigers I was still scared but later sadly realised they had been drugged to control them.

The tiger kingdom is advertised as a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with such a wild beast. But in reality, it’s drugged up tigers in a cage tortured to please tourists. I should have done more research but I was caught up in the moment thinking I was just seeing them like in a zoo.

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Snorkelling at Maiton Island

Maiton Island is a private tropical island located off of the east coast of Phuket and home to some incredible and golden sandy beaches. The island is largely unspoilt and still holds on to its natural beauty surrounded by crystal-clear waters and vibrant coral reefs.

During our visit, we couldn’t stop at the island but rather spent an hour swimming and snorkelling near the island. Staring at the beach in the distance, we could appreciate the pristine coastline.

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Sightseeing at Phi Phi Islands

Though technically speaking, the Phi Phi islands, most famous tourist destination in Thailand are in the Krabi province, they can be reached from Phuket too. The Phi Phi islands are located between Krabi and Phuket in the Andaman sea and can only be reached via boat.

The Phi Phi Islands are made up of Koh Phi Phi Don, Koh Phi Phi Leh and several small rocky islands. Koh Phi Phi Don is the only inhabited island and home to everything from hotels, shops, bars, restaurants to guesthouses. There are no cars on the islands and they can only be accessed by boat.

Phi Phi Don viewpoint

One of the most incredibly satisfying views whilst visiting the Phi Phi islands is hiking up 200 metres to the viewpoint. It offers unparallel views of the Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Marine National Park. The best time to hike up the trail is early morning or just before midday to avoid the afternoon sun.

Maya Bay {closed}

Those who’ve watched the movie ‘The Beach’ will be familiar with Maya Bay unfortunately due to its popularity it has now been closed. The clear waters and coral reefs made it one of the most popular islands for tourists and now has to be preserved. During our visit, we were allowed to see it from a distance but could not stop to enjoy the beach.

Pileh Lagoon

The Pileh lagoon is still part of the Phi Phi islands and is situated next to the Maya Bay and separated by a precipitous limestone cliff. The water inside this gorgeous lagoon is the most crystal clear sky-blue waters I have ever seen. It’s shallow so it’s easy to swim around and it is so relaxing, for some reason it never gets super busy.

Lohsama Bay

Like the Pileh Lagoon, Lok Sama Bay is separated from the May Bay by a limestone cliff. This part of the Phi Phi islands is famous for snookering and diving especially at night when the hundreds of crustaceans light up the bay.

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Viking’s Cave and Monkey Beach

The Viking cave can only be accessed via boat and is located at the northwestern tip of the Phi Phi Leh island.

The Monkey beach is a fascinating beach filled with monkeys who at times can be very hostile. We saw a few and gave them bananas but some grabbed people in the second boat. It is a nice place to visit but with caution and care, there is loads of boat traffic wanting to feed the monkeys.

Khai Island

Khai Island is located a mere 30-minutes boat ride off of Phuket and a hidden gem that not everyone knows about. This island is where more tours end, where tourists can enjoy some swimming and relax on the beach.

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Big Bee Farm, Cashew Farm and Gemstone Shopping

When we booked our tour of famous Phuket attractions, we did not know that visiting a bee farm, cashew factory and going gemstone stopping was on the cards too. It seems as though this is one of the ‘tourist traps’ on booking these private tours. Though you’re not forced to buy from any of these places, it is sprung upon you and it might make you feel obligated to purchase something.

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32 Comments

  1. March 23, 2019 / 8:44 am

    I’ve never been here, but I definitely want to go in the future 🙂 thanks for a comprehensive guide and lots of information x

  2. March 9, 2019 / 12:21 pm

    Looks incredible! Defo on my list to explore one day. I love all your pictures too 🙂

  3. March 9, 2019 / 8:46 am

    Wow, looks like the most incredible holiday – we will get there one day

  4. Emily
    March 9, 2019 / 5:14 am

    Wow this looks like the most stunning vacation! I want to go someday!

  5. March 8, 2019 / 4:16 pm

    It’s been long since my last visit to Phuket. Too shame that I didn’t get to visit those beautiful islands especially the Maya Bay that is currently closed. Hope to visit Phi Phi island one day. Your photos captured it very well. 🙂

  6. Alexandra Cook
    March 8, 2019 / 8:34 am

    Sounds like an amazing trip to Thailand that’s very much worth it. I’ve never been to Phuket and this post makes me want to go there now. I’d love to try all the good food!

  7. Catherine Santiago Jose
    March 8, 2019 / 8:26 am

    I have never been in Phuket, Thailand but I’ve heard a lot of good things about that place. I will definitely add this to my bucket list and will save a lot of money just for this trip.

  8. March 8, 2019 / 5:46 am

    Looks so ideal! i really want to visit Thailand one day, hope it will be sooner than later. SO ideal, so pretty

  9. March 8, 2019 / 5:12 am

    Listen, Thailand is top on my list. I definitely want to go here one day . I ‘ll make sure to bookmark this post.

  10. March 8, 2019 / 4:51 am

    It looks like a great place to visit; the water look so pristine and relaxing too! Thank you for sharing your experience!

  11. March 8, 2019 / 4:47 am

    I loved seeing all your photos, but I am in agreement with you about the tigers! I thought that practice was banned, but I guess not.

  12. March 8, 2019 / 1:31 am

    What an exotic and exciting place to visit…you had quite an adventure there! Great pics!

  13. Erin
    March 7, 2019 / 9:17 pm

    This looks like an amazing and beautiful place to visit!

  14. March 7, 2019 / 8:34 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to Thailand! I’ve heard it’s such a great place.

  15. March 7, 2019 / 7:09 pm

    I have always been told, Thailand is a great travel destination, and the photos show all this! Thanks.

  16. March 7, 2019 / 4:49 pm

    Phuket sounds like an amazing place to go see and visit. thank you for sharing your adventures with us! i love it!

  17. Sonal
    March 7, 2019 / 3:38 pm

    Lucky you that you got to go to Phuket Thailand. I have heard so much about it. Enjoyed reading the post.

  18. March 7, 2019 / 3:09 pm

    This is amazing!!! I remember last time i’ve been to Thailand, what a beautiful country! Can’t wait to visit again.

  19. March 7, 2019 / 1:38 pm

    I would definitely love to visit Thailand one day. So many beautiful sights to see and things to do.

  20. Jasmine M
    March 7, 2019 / 1:06 pm

    The scenery and your photos are gorgeous! I would love to visit Thailand one day! The Wat Chalong Buddhist temple is absolutely beautiful! Also when you said you’d be entering the cages with the tigers in the Tiger Kingdom… I almost lost it!! Like absolutely no way I could ever be in a cage with tigers.. LOL Thanks for sharing your adventure! I really enjoyed it!

  21. March 7, 2019 / 12:29 pm

    Oh wow! I want to go EVERYWHERE in Phuket! It looks like an amazing place to take the family!

  22. March 7, 2019 / 11:35 am

    That looks amazing. The beaches literally look like paradise x

  23. March 7, 2019 / 10:59 am

    Your post has reminded me of my travel to Thailand. I was at Koh samui, Phi phi island and Phuket too. Love the beach vibe in Thailand and their food. Looks like you guys having so much fun there.

  24. March 6, 2019 / 9:54 am

    Wow, this looks like an amazing place to visit! We’ve just been to Japan and saw a ‘Big Buddha’ which was 13m tall – it looks tiny on comparison to the one here.

  25. March 6, 2019 / 8:14 am

    I’ve never been to Thailand but it looks stunning. I would love to go snorkelling in those crystal blue waters, your photos make it look so inviting. It’s sad about the tigers, they are such majestic animals, but I’m glad I’m aware of it now.

  26. March 5, 2019 / 4:48 pm

    Oh my I would have been scared too about the tigers, but I think it is so sad that they were drugged poor things. Us humans can be so awful to animals sometimes. otherwise the rest of the trip looks amazing and beautiful. just look at the colour of the sea!

  27. March 5, 2019 / 2:43 pm

    Phuket has so much to offer. We’re going to Thailand in December and gave chosen to go to Ao Nang but part of me wishes we’d split our time between there and Phuket. I guess it’s an excuse to go back!

    • Miranda
      Author
      March 5, 2019 / 6:08 pm

      We split our time between Phuket and Krabi and whilst in Krabi stayed in Ao Nang, it’s gorgeous.

  28. March 5, 2019 / 2:32 pm

    Ahhh this brings me back such a beautiful part of the world visiting Phi Phi island so is an absolute must!

  29. March 5, 2019 / 11:09 am

    Wow, the islands are gorgeous. The colour of the sea is beautiful. Sad about those tigers, I love tigers but I too would hate that they have been drugged!

  30. March 5, 2019 / 10:06 am

    Oh this place was going to be my honeymoon destination, however we settled on Cuba. However six years later I’m thinking we should relive our honeymoon and go here. It looks incredible! All those amazing adventures.

  31. March 5, 2019 / 9:43 am

    Thailand is certainly somewhere I would love to explore one day! My brother has been there loads of times and speaks very highly of the incredible places to see and things to do 🙂

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