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Best Things to Do in Phuket – Must-see attractions of Thailand

The most popular island of Thailand, Phuket, is visited by thousands of tourists. The pristine beaches, sapphire waters of the ocean, and delicious food are incentives for a traveller.


Vacationing in Phuket

A vacation spent on the island of Phuket is bountiful in every regard. Phuket is a package of fun, excitement and adventure. The beaches, the street markets, restaurants and accommodation like Avani+ Mai Khao Phuket Suites & Villas are appealing to tourists. Places to visit in Phuket are numerous; a traveller needs more than a day to explore everything the island has to offer.


Sample delicious Thai food at Patong Beach

Relaxing at Patong Beach might not be possible as it is commercialised, but tourists can enjoy mouth-watering Thai food here. Strung along the beach are eateries offering a range of Thai delights; if you are worn out after all the adventure, you can visit one of the cafes and grab something to eat.


Relax at Kata Beach

The soft sand of Kata Beach makes it perfect for lounging. Less touristy than Patong Beach, Kata Beach is ideal for a relaxing afternoon. Both sides of the beach are taken over by lush vegetation, adding variety to the delightful mix of attractions. You can also enjoy some snorkelling here. Located opposite the beach is a collection of cafes and restaurants that tout an array of local food.



Located a few paces away from Patong Beach, Karon Beach has the perfect set-up for swimming; the long, wide beach is ideal for lounging as well. Although the beach is known for swimming, tourists are advised not to swim when the weather is rough. The beach also offers a variety of accommodation options.


Visit Phuket Town

With old architecture, shops, and street markets, the town holds the essence of Phuket Island. All over the town are restaurants, hotels and massage centres. The old buildings with Chinese architecture are the highlight of the Old Town.


Boat tours

The best way to explore the island is to take a boat tour. A guided boat tour allows you to explore every nook and corner of the island. Nakha Noi, Maphrao, Racha Noi, and Racha Yai are some of the highlights of an organised boat tour.


Diving and snorkelling

Thailand claims an enchanting marine world, and diving is the best way to explore it. If you are not skilled in diving, you can opt for snorkelling. The island also offers diving classes for those who want to learn the sport; also, many tourists visit Thailand to complete their certification.


Visit Big Buddha

One of the main highlights of the island, Big Buddha is a must-visit; the site has a calm atmosphere loved by visitors. With a jade marble attached to it, the statue was erected in 2004. If you manage to reach the top, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the island.


Visit Rawai Village

Phuket Island is mostly touristy, and travellers hardly get the chance to experience the authenticity of the island. However, Rawai Village is one spot that has managed to retain its authenticity. This is where you can see the Moken, a tribe of gipsies, who have roots in Nicobar and Andaman Islands; despite the modernity of Thailand, the Moken stay committed to their long-held beliefs.



Found adjacent to Kata Noi Beach is Karon Viewpoint. Travellers can hike up to the viewpoint and enjoy beautiful views of Karon Beach, Kata Yai, and Kata Noi. The viewpoint offers a bit of every landmark of the island. This is one of the most photographed spots in Thailand.