There are many other Phuket activities to try aside from lounging on the beach!
If architecture and culture are two things that interest you in a holiday destination, make sure you visit Wat Chalong to see the amazing buildings and beautiful Buddha statues. You’ll find another window into the history of Phuket when you visit the Old Town, and numerous museums provide a representation of Phuket and Thailand lifestyles. See it all by foot and you’ll be thankful for a reflexology session at the end of it.
Here’s a selection of Phuket activities that will keep you busy.
Towering at over 45m tall, the Big Buddha is an unmissable Phuket landmark. Sitting on top of the Nakkerd Hills, it’s possible to walk up there to get a closer view of the Buddha, but you’ll also be afforded a magnificent panoramic view of the island. Entry is free, but you can get a blessing from the monks for a small donation.
One of the best ways to see many of the beautiful places in Phuket is to take a boat and go on a day trip around the islands. You’ll soon see why this location has been used in several Hollywood movies, and during the tour you’ll learn more about Phuket and its brushes with fame. Take a yacht or a smaller fisherman’s boast to get to areas such as Phi Phi.
Some of the must-see places in Phuket are not on land but are underneath the Andaman Sea. You can check them out by snorkelling straight off Ao Sane or Paradise Beach. You can also dive off a tour boat while on a day trip to the Similan Islands. If you want to learn to scuba dive, there are several schools in Phuket.
There's nothing better to soothe your mind, body, and spirit than booking in for a treatment at a Phuket spa and retreat. Treat yourself to a traditional Thai massage, during which the therapist will not use oils. Instead, she will ask you to change into loose pyjamas before stretching and kneading your muscles.