Things To Do In Phuket Thailand
We traveled from Bangkok to Phuket. If you visit Bangkok hop on a flight to Phuket. It was a short flight, about an hour and a half. Phuket is a true island living experience. As you drive from the airport you pass lush greenery and roaming cows. Phuket is a very large island that contains beautiful beaches. Things to do in Phuket? Include beach, relaxation, food, island hopping and hanging by the beach.
WHERE TO STAY IN PHUKET?
We stayed at the Hilton Arcadia which is a beautiful resort. It houses many swimming pools, restaurants, and lush greenery. This hotel is quiet and a great place to relax. Catering to a more demure crowd. If you’re a partier you’ll want to be closer to Patong. This is the main street for nightlife. When booking here, if make sure you’re placed in the main building where the lobby is. The rooms are nicer with better views and easier access to their trolly system.
PHUKET VS BANGKOK
The main difference I noticed in Phuket is that it’s more expensive than Bangkok. That’s because they’re catering to tourists. If you’re traveling to both places, get your main shopping done in Bangkok. This is because both places sell the same items. But, you’ll save money by buying them in Bangkok.
WHAT TO DO?
Phuket is a beach town. Make sure to walk around and enjoy the laid back atmosphere. If there is one thing you need to do everyday while you’re there. It’s go to the beach and swim. The water is warm and beautiful. Some of the best memories I have are swimming while in Phuket Thailand. Also make sure to visit an Elephant Sanctuary. Which I will explain in more depth in my next blog post. Always visit a sanctuary that works to protect and rescue the elephants.
MUST SEE - PHI PHI ISLANDS
While visiting Phuket you’ll want to do a Phi Phi Islands tour. I recommend if you’re traveling with friends to rent a boat or small yacht for you to share. This will be more comfortable for an all-day excursion of bouncing around islands. Plus you’ll move more on your own pace. I didn’t do that this trip but it’s my plan for the next time I visit Phuket.
You’ll find the delicious street food that you also had in Bangkok. I’m a sucker for sweets so Banana Roti and Mango Sticky Rice will always have my heart. For luncg and dinner food, find a place that you like and go more than once. That place for me was the Red Chair. It was a recommendation from a friend and it didn’t disappoint. This was my favorite place to eat in Phuket because it was clean and well taken care of. They also made delicious food. If it was closer to my hotel I would have eaten there more! While walking back to my hotel I tried mangosteen and passion fruit for the first time. It was delicious! Definitely, enjoy the fresh fruit whenever you get a chance.
TIFFY TRAVEL TIPS
Transportation is about the same price. You can download the Grab app for convenience but it can be more expensive than the taxi drivers on the street. BUT it will give you a good gage on what’s fair when bargaining.
There is a more Island vibe so don’t expect restaurants with air conditioning.
If staying at the Hilton book in the main building connected to the lobby.