Located on the Andaman Coast in the south of Thailand, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and has been a major tourist destination for decades. The top-of-mind reputation of Phuket would be that it might be congested with bumping party hot spots, dotted with backpacker beach huts and hostels – but you’ll be surprised at what you will find, though, as there are dozens of world-class restaurants, indulgent relaxation and some of the most unique experiences surrounded by beautiful scenery that’s still in pristine condition.
We did the exploring, so you don’t have to. Check out this list of exciting beaches and islands, delicious experiences, serene spas and exciting activities, just for you.
Ko Yao Yai, Ko Phi Phi & Ko Khai by Speedboat – 1-Day Tour
With mountainous backbones, unspoilt shorelines, and thriving birdlife, Ko Yao Yai and its surroundings are laid-back vantage points for soaking up the beautiful scenery around Ao Phang-Nga National Marine Park. Get whisked away to the three paradise islands and prepare for a full day of island-hopping, snorkeling, beach-chilling and more.
Participants should know that free pickup service is available for hotels located in Kamala, Kata, Karon, Patong, Kathu, Phuket Town, and Siray Bay. There is also an additional charge of THB 200 ($6 USD) per person for land transfer from Siray Bay, Cape Panwa, Kamala, Bang Tao, Surin Beach, Thalang, and Boat Lagoon. You can also opt to pay with cash on the tour date.
Ready for an adventure? Get your tickets for the Ko Yao Yai, Ko Phi Phi & Ko Khai tour on Traveloka.
Chalong Bay Rum Distillery
After all that island trooping, why not find a watering hole? Chalong Bay Rum Distillery is Phuket’s homegrown pride and joy. It is the one and only artisanal distillery where French distillation and Thai sugarcane meet, shake hands, and casually reintroduced in a premium glass bottle of exquisite rum.
Explore the grounds of the distillery with a mojito in hand and be sure to try the Chalong Bay Rum. After the tour, have a seat in the restaurant and take your pick from many of the fabulous cuisines on the menu.
Can’t wait to try this experience? Get on the list here.
Patong Boxing Stadium
What would a visit to Thailand be without witnessing the sacred and ancient martial art of “Muay Thai”? An uncultured one, that’s for sure. Behold, two hours of authentic Muay Thai battles between fierce Thai and international boxers! Patong Boxing Stadium is the largest boxing stadium in southern Thailand.
Feel the blood rush through your veins during the thrilling fights – every punch, kick, and strike is for real, we can assure you. The best seats in the house are the VIP ones right in front and centre, where you can taste the sweat and smell the adrenaline. Tickets here come with a complimentary T-shirt too! Get in line for this Xperience, here!
Slip n Fly Waterpark
Running high from the adrenaline after that boxing match? Well we’ve got just the thing to keep that great dose running. Introducing the Slip N Fly Waterpark! Get on the double slider, a roaring feature that lets you whizz down a 30-meter long water slide before sending you soaring into the air up 6 to 10 meters. Definitely not for the faint of heart.
Apart from that thrilling experience, the Kathu Connection Water Park also has a restaurant, a large swim up bar, and great entertainment for a vibrant pool party. Kids are welcome in their safe and fun zone with their own pool. Ready for this Xperience? Get your tickets right here!
Cool Spa Sri Panwa
Now after all that excitement and exhilaration, you’ll want, no, NEED a place to cool down, calm your senses and forget the world. We got you.
What awaits at Cool Spa Sri Panwa isn’t just its refreshing name, but with stunning water features, tropical plants, thatched-roof villas and a floating yoga deck (!!!) overlooking the Andaman Sea, you’ll find peace, relaxation, and all their related brothers and sisters of indulgence and bliss. Nestled into a lush, cliff-side rainforest, it’s not surprising why this is considered to be one of the top luxury spa destinations in Thailand.
In addition to a plunge and vitality pool, relaxation pavilions and steam room cove, there are six spacious treatment rooms, each one complete with its own ensuite bathroom, Jacuzzi, and courtyard. Relax your mind and unwind your body through a 45-minute, 70-minute, or 75-minute rejuvenating Signature Full Body Massage.
Time to treat yourself. Book here.