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10 Things To Do In Phuket, Thailand
Ready to experience the best of Phuket? There’s a lot to see and do, and you only have so much time on a holiday, so we’ve compiled a list of our favorite (and most popular) attractions. Here are the ten best things to do when booking any Phuket holiday deals.
1: Catch a show
Ranging from the strange to the classic to the acrobatic, Thailand’s theaters are full of exotic shows and performances. Ever seen a live elephant outside of a circus? You will in Thailand!
2: Explore Old Phuket Town
What comes to mind when you imagine a Thailand marketplace? If you’re thinking of outdoor stalls, crowded streets, excited vendors, and colorful purchases, then you’re imagining Old Phuket Town and its shopping district. From food to fashion, it’s a must-see for anyone with a few baht to spare.
3: Become a Muay Thai warrior
Muay Thai – also known as “art of eight limbs” – is a form of Thai martial arts that dates back centuries. Classes are available all over the country, so if you’re on holiday for a while or even just a weekend, stop by and learn some real-world defense skills. You might not become Jackie Chan, but you’re guaranteed to get a workout!
4: Visit the landmarks
Interested in Thai history? Explore the 29 Buddhist temples of Phuket, including the famous (and gorgeous) Wat Chalong. Or maybe you’d prefer the Thalang National Museum, which hosts dozens of exhibits and priceless cultural artifacts.
5: Experience Bangla Road
Bangla Road is famous throughout Thailand for its clubs, cabarets, nightlife and after-hours entertainment. While not quite a red-light district, you’ll definitely want to leave the kids at the hotel!
6: Fill your belly
Real Thai food is nothing like your local buffet. Loosen your belt and enjoy – among other things – the wonders of kuay tiew (noodle soup), tom yam goong (herbs, flavors, and fish) and nam phrik Kung siap (spicy chili served with shrimp).
7: Take a tour
There are all kinds of guided adventures around Phuket, including bike tours, walking tours, sightseeing tours, etc. If you want to explore the country with the security of a group and the firsthand knowledge of a native, this is your best bet. For the daring, you can even book a cruise or travel by helicopter!
8: See the lights at the Two Heroines Monument
The Two Heroines Monument is dedicated to two ancient Thai women who held off an invasion by disguising themselves as male soldiers and refusing to surrender. Today, you can find their bravery immortalized in stone, marble, and lights, and it’s always worth a picture or two.
9: Rent a tuk-tuk
Tuk-tuks are a kind of three-wheeled taxi that dominates the streets of Phuket. More flexible than a bus and less expensive than rental cars, a tuk-tuk can give you the chance to experience authentic Thailand without breaking the bank. They’re fun to drive, too!
10: Surf, swim and shop at Patong Beach
Because you can’t say you’ve been here without hitting at least one beach. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand, Patong Beach is the place to see and be seen. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!