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I believe that even in the most touristy of destinations, there is always something different to experience. A willingness to research and explore can go a long way. If you had asked me about Phuket a few months earlier, I would have ranted about the sun-kissed beaches of Patong, bustling crowd, glitzy parties of Bangla road, dozens of honeymooners, and the many fun activities to do during island hopping. I didn’t like Phuket on my first trip to Thailand but loved Krabi for it’s adventurous and laidback vibe. But, this post is not about that.
This is about the exploring one of the most commercialized tourist locations in Thailand, off the beaten path. All thanks to Great Girly Getaway campaign organized by Tourism Authority of Thailand, India for a 4-day offbeat adventure-laden trip to Amazing Thailand where we explored the lesser known locations in Phuket and Bangkok. I discovered all the best things to do in Phuket, and here I am laying it out for you.
After all, that’s what travel does best. Breaking stereotypes and debunking myths. It’s only when you explore, you expand your horizons.
Don’t you agree?
Blue Elephant Cooking school – Best things to do in Phuket
Even when my culinary skills are next to zero, I just couldn’t pass up on learning to conjure dishes of a foreign country in their own backyard. I always go for the experience.
MaigLater for dinner, along with the dishes we prepared, there was a sumptuous meal waiting for us. And man, did we gorge on that meal! Additionally, they have fruit and vegetable cutting and carving classes as well.
Thai cooking classes are a great way to warm up to Thai culture. And if you find yourself in Chiang Mai, then you might want to learn to cook Thai dishes at Noi Cooking class.
Cost : 2500tbh
Flying Hanuman – Best things to do in Phuket
Flying Hanuman is an eco-adventure located in the dense forests of Phuket. Ziplining through the dense forests under the canopy of trees, assimilating the greenery all around and at the same time feeling like a miniature toy left me speechless.
It takes about 10-15 minute inclined walk through the forests to reach the platforms. You zip line from one platform to another, a total of 28 platforms altogether and sometimes pass through a sky bridge in between. Gliding like an eagle with hands outstretched overlooking the underlying forests (aka – the flying Hanuman pose) is just exhilarating. Try it out and you will know what I mean.
Cost: 3500 tbh
Phuket Trickeye Museum – Best things to do in Phuket
Although I’m not a fan of excessive posing, this Trick eye museum called for a change of pattern. It is interactive and quirky in a way that stimulates creativity. All the 3D art installations in the museum let the viewers engage with the artwork closely and camouflages well, making the participant as much part of the artwork as the art itself. Great place for kids or for the kid in you!
Banana beach – Best things to do in Phuket
Banana Beach is a quaint little beach located just on the way to the airport. Shallow clear blue waters, tall palm trees all covered in fine sand is what Banana beach is made up of. Pack up your hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and beach clothes and you can make a day out of it. You can go kayaking, snorkeling, and diving on an island close to the beach.
My Phuket Wishlist – Best things to do in Phuket
Even when I have been to Phuket twice now, I still have so much left to explore. So, that goes on my wishlist for a later time.
Phang Nga Bay
When I visited Phang Nga Bay the first time, it was part of the James Bond island tour. And, I didn’t particularly enjoy the tour since it was jammed with tourists. Although, I would have liked to visit Phang Nga Bay on my own without running through the tourist trail. Maybe, next time then. Hire a longtail boat to cruise around Phang Nga Bay, visit the renowned cave and enjoy a sunset cruise on a Chinese Junk. Also, an early morning walk to Samet Nangshe viewpoint located in Phang Nga Bay is gaining traction for its spectacular sunrise views. Read more about kayaking at Phang Nga Bay here.
Located in the far south-west of Phuket – Promthep Cape is a sunset spot and offers some splendid views of the unending sea. Karon viewpoint on the way to the beach also offers breathtaking views and it’s surely going to be my pit stop.
Sino-Portuguese buildings in Phuket town
Around old Phuket city, you can find a fusion of East and West architecture – Sino-Portuguese buildings all around. The architecture is a reflection of European influence on the island.
Wat Tham Suwan Khuha
A little drive outside the island is situated Wat Tham Suwan Khuha – famous for its majestic reclining Buddha surrounded by incredible limestone cliffs plunging right down into the sea.
The Roving Heart Recommendations
Marriot, Phuket, Nai Yong Beach – Have a luxurious and indulgent stay at Phuket just by the beach. This property is over 20kms from Patong Beach. Meandering pools through the property, languorous breakfasts, and exclusive Quan spa – what’s not to like? Book your stay at Marriot, Nai Yong Beach now.
On the other hand, if you are looking for pocket-friendly accommodations, then choose to stay in a hostel. It can be booked via HostelWorld or Booking.com. Aside from going easy on the pocket, it’s a great place to meet up with people from all around the world.
2W Cafe and Hostel – Located in Phuket town and has a great view from the terrace.
Fin Hostel Phuket – If you’d like to stay at a walking distance from the beach, then choose Fin Hostel Phuket. It’s at a 10-minute walk from Kata beach and features an outdoor pool.
Patong Backpacker hostel – The best part of this hotel is its proximity to Patong beach. It’s just a min away from the beach. In the night, head to one of the bars at Bangla road and dance the night away!
Looking for more options? Here is an in-depth guide on the best places to stay in Phuket
All the tours can be booked when you land in Phuket through the roadside kiosks with a variety of tour options. They even take care of the transport to and from your hotel/hostel. It is quite convenient and hassle-free too.
Now that we have covered offbeat Phuket, did you know there is a reverent side to Pattaya?
So, what are your favorite hangouts in Phuket? And, any best offbeat things to do in Phuket? Do let me know in the comments below!