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Top 8 things to do in Phuket - Creating Unforgettable Memories in Phuket

Phuket is a beautiful island and there are plenty of fun things to experience here, from the great views, tropical jungles to cultural attractions. Here are the top 8 things to try in Phuket.

1

Visit the Phi Phi Islands

Thailand's Phi Phi Islands are a collection of 6 stunning islands that have become a major tourist attraction, especially after being featured in the hit movie The Beach. When approached by boat, the islands rise imposingly over the crystal clear waters below. The largest of the six and the only inhabited island is Koh Phi Phi Don which features three main areas to explore – a village situated between two bays, a prominent beach, and the secluded southern coast which has a beach strip and dense jungle.

2

Play with the elephants

Thailand's elephant population was once used for everything from trekking in the jungles to pulling trees around logging camps. Nowadays, the new elephant sanctuaries have given these majestic beasts a safe place to live in peace. Aside from caring for the elephants, the sanctuaries also allow visitors to interact with these magnificent creatures in an ethically, friendly way which is both educating and fun. Animal lovers should definitely have these places on their bucket list of things to do in Phuket.

3

See Wat Chalong

One of the most important temples in Phuket, Wat Chalong temple attracts thousands each year. The temple dates back hundreds of years and is Phuket's spiritual centre. The Wat Chalong's pagodas are decorated with hundreds of small, glittering pieces of glass that reflect light everywhere. The grand pagoda is home to a splinter of bone belonging to the Buddha. The walls of the pagoda are decorated with paintings depicting the story of Buddha.

4

Visit the Similan Islands

The spectacular Similan Islands are a traveller's dream location! Surrounded by sparkling blue seas and white powder sand beaches, the nine islands are ranked as one of the best diving sites in the world thanks to the beautiful coral reefs and clear water. If you're not interested in diving, check out the sailing boat rock on the eighth island, it's an iconic landmark and worth exploring if you have time.

5

Night markets

Night markets can be found on almost every main centre in Thailand and Phuket is no different. There are several lively night markets to choose from here, each with their own charm, and they all offer interesting buys at cheap prices. Aside from shopping, they are also great places to try local food, while watching local street performers and musicians. It's a great alternative to the heat of noise of the day markets.

6

Check out the best beaches

You can't visit Phuket and not visit the many beautiful beaches! With over 30 spectacular beaches to choose from, ranging from secluded bays to long strips of white beaches, you could easily spend all your time just exploring each one. If you're booked into one of the Phuket resorts that are adjacent to the beach, such as Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, do make a note to explore the surrounding areas or ask for some tips on which beach to see first.

7

Watch the Phuket FantaSea Show

It may come off as just another gimmick to attract tourist, but in reality, the Phuket FantaSea Show is very much a professional show and an entertaining one too. Combining elephants, trapeze artists, pyrotechnics and traditional folktales, the show offers up a Las Vegas-style performance for the masses. The show is highly entertaining and extremely riveting as it follows a loosely based plot full of comedy and lights.

8

Lounge at a beach club

Where there are great beaches, you always find great beach clubs, Phuket has some of the best in the world. Just steps away from the clear blue seas, these chilled out clubs provide delicious food and drinks, relaxing music and the most amazing views of the coast. By evening, the clubs come alive with wild parties and stylish events.