What to see in Phuket
Phuket offers a wide range of attractions for visitors. Here are some of the top tourist attractions in Phuket:
Old Phuket Town
This historic area showcases a mix of Chinese and Portuguese influences in its architecture. Stroll along the streets lined with colorful colonial buildings, visit the local shops, art galleries, and try out the delicious street food.
Sitting atop Nakkerd Hill, the Big Buddha is an iconic landmark in Phuket. This 45-meter tall statue offers panoramic views of the island and the Andaman Sea. It's a peaceful and spiritual place to visit.
As Phuket's most important Buddhist temple, Wat Chalong attracts visitors with its beautiful architecture and serene atmosphere. Explore the intricate temple buildings, pay your respects, and learn about Thai Buddhism.
Phuket Water Parks
Phuket now has a few waterparks that you can enjoy on a day off or when the sea conditions are unfavourable for sailing from Phuket Yacht Club. You can relax on a variety of water toys such as giant floating donuts or experience the thrill of massive water slides, launching you 10 feet into the air, great for kids and adults alike, two of the most popular are:
Located n Kathu near Phuket City, opened in 2023 and covering an area of 100,000 sq metres. It has 25 attractions including water slides, an artificial wave swimming area and a 550m 'lazy river. Its 5 theme zones are based on Thai mythology, Pearl Palace (reception and shopping area), Coral world especially for kids, Emerald forest, The Great Andaman Bay which is a huge swiming pool housing a replica of James Bond Island and Naha Jungle which houses the largest drops and slides. For opening times and prices please read more here.
Blue Tree Phuket
Slightly different to Andamana in that it is more geared towards water and land activities rather than make your own fun. It has ziplining over the water, water 'fighting', SUP's a skate park and a trapeze school. It has a 17,000sq.m lagoon and is located in Chergntalay, to the north of the island with a shopping gallery and a selection of restaurants. Read more here.
Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
For an ethical elephant experience, visit the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary. Here, you can observe rescued elephants in their natural habitat, learn about their rehabilitation, and support ethical elephant tourism.
Kata Noi Viewpoint
Located near Kata Noi Beach, this viewpoint offers breathtaking vistas of the Andaman Sea and the coastline. It's a popular spot to watch the sunset and capture stunning photos.
Phuket Trickeye Museum
If you're looking for something fun and interactive, head to the Phuket Trickeye Museum. It features 3D paintings and optical illusions that allow you to be part of the artwork and create unique photo opportunities.
These are just a few of the many attractions Phuket has to offer. The island is also known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant markets, water parks, and exciting nightlife, providing a diverse range of experiences for visitors.