1. Phi Phi Islands
Phi Phi islands were always a favourite day trip destinations and it became even
more famous because of that old movie “The Beach’ with Leonardo DiCaprio. Of
course, the reality is a lot different from the movie but the islands are undeniably
beautiful. Those gigantic limestone cliffs plunging straight down into blue water
create an amazing backdrop for your holiday photos. Phi Phi is also known for
having amazing parties and a young vibrant nightlife. Click here for the best ferry
2. Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is simply jaw dropping. Surprisingly, a lot of people still haven’t
heard of it yet, but once you see it you cannot forget it. Here too gigantic rocks
covered with dense vegetation stand vertically straight out of the water, just like a
backdrop in a scene in the Avatar movie. Explore the mysterious caves and cliffs
of Phang Nga by canoe, followed by a great seafood lunch at the incredible Koh
Panyi, a village entirely built on stilts.
3. James Bond Island
On the way back, stop at the famous James Bond island to get your selfie in from of that rock standing like a nail in the middle of a bay. Not everyone will
remember this old movie with Roger Moore and Christopher Lee but the scenery
on its own is worth it. Most day trip tours in Phang Nga include this stop anyway.
4. Big Buddha
Peacefully seating high above the island, Phuket Big Buddha is a 45-meter-high
white marble statue built in 2000 mostly with donation money. The hill is easy to
access by road and there are no entry fees. The site is truly beautiful, offering
panoramic views of Chalong bay and on clear days, all the way to Phang Nga
5. Wat Chalong
If you visit the Big Buddha, don’t forget to stop over at War Chalong located
somewhere near the foot of the hill. Wat Chalong is the largest and most revered
temple in Phuket (Wat means temple in Thai and you will see this word often).
Inside the main temple are many golden statues and beautiful paintings narrating
the life of Lord Buddha, as well as a holly relic. If you step inside (as well as in
any temple in Thailand) remember to remove your shoes and hat as a mark of
6. Phuket Town
The old historical streets of Phuket town are worth an exploration day away from
the beach. The Sino-Portuguese style shop houses have been beautifully
renovated and the ugly electric cables buried underground. The streets are full of
small shops and little cafes to enjoy a break with a cake between your photo
7. Phuket Street Market
There are quite a few night markets in Phuket and while all are very popular, the
Sunday Walking Street Sunday Market is the most visited. The whole length of
the historical Thalang Road is colorfully lit and the street is full of street
performers and fun stuff to buy. This is also your chance to discover an incredible
array of local food! Don’t be shy and don’t stick to Pad Thai, try something
different! Sweet or salty, hot or cold, there is so much to try and everything is
8. Similan Islands
The Similan islands are incredibly beautiful, just like the photos you see in
magazines or travel brochures. Here, the white sand is really this white and the
blue sea is really that blue… no photoshop needed. Most people go there on a
day trip but as the islands are a little far from Phuket, staying overnight is the
best way to enjoy the peaceful morning before speedboats arrive. The islands
are all yours!
9. Bangla Road
Bangla road is a unique party street, something you can only find and enjoy in
Phuket. It’s not as rowdy as Pattaya and there is something for everyone, rooftop
bars, beach clubs, plenty of live music and world class clubs to party until the
morning (usually 3 to 4 am).
10. Promthep Cape
Promthep cape is the southernmost place in Phuket and every evening, a little
crowd of tourists come to admire the sunset from a vantage point over the cape.
The place is such a Phuket icon, it is often used as the symbol of the island.
Take your sunset shot but once the sun has set, don’t go yet. Once the crowd
has left the light turn blue and you should really stay for dinner at the local
restaurant above the cape. It is peaceful and a great way to end the day!