Phuket is the largest island of Thailand and is about the same size as Singapore. Its location is great as it is 1 hour far by plane from Bangkok and very close to beautiful places like Phi Phi or Similan islands. I have been living in Phuket for four months and had one of the best times of my life.
Party at Bangla Road
Bangla Road is a party street in Patong which is about 45 min drive from the airport. So if you are coming to Phuket for fun, this is the place to be. You can walk thru the entire street within 15 minutes and you will spot many pubs, bars, ladyboys dancing around the pole, street vendors offering cigarettes or inviting you for ping pong shows. My favourite is Seduction club and Monsoon bar where they play live music every night.
Longtail boat trip to Freedom beach
The best is to go on the beach and speak to the people at the travel agency stalls. You can negotiate a price with them for a daily rent incl. the driver, water and snorkelling gear. You can tell them where you want to go but Freedom beach is a must also because it is accessible only from the boat (no road) and its crystal blue water will take your breath away. Extra tip: from the beach there is path up which will give you amazing view (as on the picture below).
Sunset drink at Freedom bar
This bar is epic and quite well hidden. If I only was a tourist I would pass it and never noticed it. You can find it exactly somewhere between Kamala and Patong. It has stunning view – perfect for watching sunset and great music – Bob Marley of course.
Volunteer for a day
Phuket is home of a number of foundations supporting either animals or childern´s education. Feel free to get in touch with them, bring them English books, pencils or notebooks and arrange a day at school where you can help as well. This will give you completely different experience of your holiday.
Phuket Town night market
This market is happening only at the weekends and starts about 5pm and finishes around 11pm. It is divided into food and goods section. It is very big and will be crowded so probably not to best to drag small kids with you. You can find everything from clothes, electronics, Thai products to puppies. The prices are lower than in the main tourist areas on the west coast. Watch your bags carefully, pickpockets fully operating.
There are plenty of diving schools all around the island where you do you PADI certificate or just buy one dive in case you never tried it before. I´ve done mine with Merlin Divers in Kamala and it was a great experience.
SUP (standup paddling)
There are few places in Phuket where you can rent SUP board. The good spot for newbies is rental at Bang Tao Beach, just next to Bliss Beach Club. The cost is 300 bath per hour. For the more experienced ones, SUP yoga sessions are available as well.
Muay Thai, so called Thai boxing but also known as “the art of eight limbs” is a very tough sport and becoming very popular in the last few years. There are a number of camps in Phuket. The most famous one is Tiger Muay Thai Camp in Chalong and has about 300 trainees a month. If you only want to watch then visit Paton Boxing Stadium.
Get a tattoo
I think the most popular souvenir from Thailand is a tattoo. When choosing the tattoo studio you should really make sure you choose the best. You wanna make sure the studio is clean and they use new needles. Here are the most reputable ones: Golden Needle in Phuket Town, Ink Tattoo in BangTao or Aussine Tattoo in Patong.
Visit Big Buddha
You can see this statue from various places around the island. No wonder, its heigh is 45 meters and you can find it between Chalong and Kata. There is six-kilometer road leading up and the best is to go on scooter or by car. I´ve heard that tuk-tuks can´t make it. If you wanna catch the sunset, be there before 6:30 PM.