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Top 06 Things to Do in Phuket – More than Sun, Sand and Surf

Iconic cultural attractions, fabulous viewpoints and a marvellous historical town to explore, make Phuket a great place to visit. Listed are some of the best attractions and things to do there.


Relish the Pristine Beauty of Phang Nga Bay

Located to the north-east of Phuket, Phang Nga Bay is a very unique attraction. The most iconic features of the area include the impressive limestone columns rising out of the emerald green ocean. The islands on the bay are loved by nature lovers for their diverse collection of flora and fauna while some of the most popular are James Bond Island and Koh Panyee.


Spend Some Time on Phi Phi Island

One of Thailand's most beautiful islands, Phi Phi, will beguile and have you enthralled with its sun-bleached beaches. If you remember the blockbuster movie, 'Beach' starring Leonardo DiCaprio, then this island will look very familiar as the same paradise the movie was cast around. If you are staying at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas or other such resorts look to book a day's tour to the island. Don't forget the cameras, for the island with its white sand beaches framed by lush jungles, glistening ocean and backdrop of mountains stands high on the 'wow' factor.


Experience the Nightlife of Bangla Road

Easy to reach from well placed Phuket resorts, Patong's Bangla Road offers quite the nightlife experience. All types of nocturnal fun are on offer along Bangla Road, and one should head over there with an open mind, and a laid-back attitude. The precinct is home to Phuket's largest collection of bars, nightclubs and shows and can be brash at times and downright brazen. However, if you are out to have some fun and observe the activities of night owls, do give the place a scout.


Visit the Big Buddha

The Big Buddha is the areas iconic attraction. Located at the summit of Nakkerd Hills, the huge white Buddha statue is 45 metres in height; it looks over Kata, Rawai and Chalong. The drive to the summit is one to enjoy as you get to experience local lifestyles and scenery along the way, and once at the summit, don't forget to drink in the marvellous bird's eye view of the area.


Pay a Visit to the Similan Islands

The Similan Islands are truly stunning; you will be treated to white sand beaches lapped at by an amazing blue ocean. Consisting of nine islands, located off the coast of Khao Lak the place is a haven for scuba divers and island hoppers out to discover the perfect paradise. The waters are just right for snorkelling as the offer excellent visibility and are crystal clear, while the coral beds are teeming with all manner of marine life.


Enjoy the Night Markets

The night markets of Phuket are quite alluring, and unique depending on the location. They are excellent venues to sample a variety of street food and buy some lovely souvenirs as well. Apart from the shopping allures, the night markets are ideal to relax and enjoy a drink with friends or family as they almost always offer entertainment in the form of song and dance.