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Things to do in Phuket, Thailand

July 27, 2015

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Phuket is one of those picturesque places you always hear about and need to add to your bucket list. It’s a laid back beach town where people from all over the world come to see.

There is so much to do that you would need a week or more to see it all. My husband is an activity person, and I’m a lay around on the beach vacationer. Put us two together, and we get to experience a little bit of both. I put together a list of sights that are covered by tours that give you a great view of Phuket. I definitely recommend adding to your trip list if you have the time and love a good adventure!

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Where: Phuket, Thailand

When: February 2015

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights (not enough days!)

Hotel: Naka Phuket

Flight: United Airlines

Peak time to visit- January to March 

Must see sights:

The Naka Phuket hotel we stayed at was truly amazing. It was something I would daydream about while flipping through travel magazines. Each room was a suite with an outdoor shower, balcony overlooking the ocean and a private infinity pool (eek!)

Check out our room tour HERE.

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(First thing I did was drop my bags, change into my bathing suit and jumped into the pool. Total R&R. Now this is vacay)

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(View of the resort from the courtyard)

  • Tip- save money and buy snacks and alcohol at the duty free shops.
  1. The Beach (Phi Phi Islands/Maya Bay)

The best way to see this location is to book a tour. Depending on the time of year you go, there will be lots of crowds. You will enjoy the majestic destination with a few hundred of your closest friends (strangers). We were picked up from our hotel, and the boat ride from the marina to the first destination is about 1.5 hours. Don’t forget your seasick medication.

What to bring: flip flops and/or water shoes, mosquito spray, sun block, sunglasses, towel, hat, cash and camera

  • Tip- Most all the tour groups offer the same itinerary. What you need to look for is how many people they stuff on a boat (think human sardines), the food quality they serve at the location stops, and the amenities on board (e.g. water, snacks, etc).

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(This is where the movie the Beach was filmed. They give you about 40 minutes to relax (not enough time!), take pictures and tour the area)

  • Next on the tour is snorkeling. We pulled over to some cove area, jumped out and snorkeled.
    • Tip- if you are an avid snorkeler or germaphobe, bring your own gear. It’s cheap, and you can take it on all your trips. Again, if you are prone to seasickness, the water in the cove is choppy, so you’ll feel a little nauseous on and off the boat
  • After snorkeling, we stopped by a little beach to feed monkeys. We did not get off the boat at this stop. The guides gave us fruit to toss to the monkeys for about 5 minutes, and we were on to the next one

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  • Tip- start heading up to the front of the boat to get a spot and to feed the monkeys
  • Last stop was on a beach where they allow you to eat and relax. You get the most time here (1.5 hours) to hang out and explore the area. I mean, it was OK.., I would have just preferred to have more time at the ‘Beach’, but whatevs.
    • Tip- they have a little market area with cheap goodies. I lost my sunglasses, so I bought some fake designer ones for $5.
    • Tip- Always bargain at the shop stalls and cab drivers. Start at half what they ask for and move up from there.
    • Tip- there’s a little bar hut that you can buy beers. I hope you have cash left

 

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(The last stop on the tour. The guy in the pic was on our tour and was sick the ENTIRE time. Tip- don’t be hungover for this trip or forget your seasickness medicine!)

  • Tip- We happened to go to Thailand during Chinese New Year. BIG MISTAKE that is unless you’re Chinese and celebrating, or you love being in massive crowds and waiting on everything

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(One of the Chinese tourist groups waiting on the food buffet)

  1. James Bond Tour
  • Tip-We took an early morning tour through a company called Sea Tours. This was nice because we got ahead start on the crowds.

First stop was a cave that you had to kayak to. Each couple gets their own kayak with a tour guide that will paddle you into the cave.

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(Kayaking through the caves)

  • Next on the tour was James Bond Island. In order to get on the island you have to transfer onto a boat platoon

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(Photo of the shore)

  • Once you get on the island, you’ll be greeted by vendors trying to sell souvenirs

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(Island vendors selling souvenirs)

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(A shot of the James Bond Island)

  • After we left this island, we cruised onto our next destination where we kayaked, fed monkeys and relaxed on the beach

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(Getting some sun and exercise in)

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(Beautiful sights along our kayak excursion)

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(Shot of the private beach we relaxed on and fed wild monkeys)

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(The monkeys were so brave and clever. They just walked up to me and grabbed the fruit and ran away)

  • Tip- make sure to bring cash to tip the kayak tour guides. They go out of their way to paddle you around, point out all the sights and take pictures for you.
  1. Bangla walking street in Patong

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(This place is the party and people watcher’s dream come true. You’ll see people from all walks of life. This is your warning!)

  • Tip- I wouldn’t suggest getting a hotel in Patong unless you like to party non-stop. Our hotel was in Kamala Beach which is about a 15 minute drive.
  • Tip- Phuket is a tourist town, so taxis charge you tourist prices. We saw tons of tourist rent scooters, but we weren’t brave enough.
  1. Make sure to rest and relax at either your hotel, the beach or whatever brings you calmness. There is so much to do and see that you can potentially be on the go the entire time with no down-time.
  • Tip- Pick a day for pure rest and relaxation where you can sleep in (tours are early), enjoy your breakfast and tea without rushing to the next activity, swim or relax on the beach, lay back with a cocktail or fav beverage and appreciate your life and surroundings. I wish we had 2 days dedicated to this!

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(Grateful and appreciative for my life and the opportunities I’ve been given)

Enjoy!

Salena

p.s. stay tuned for Chiang Mai & Bangkok!

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12 Comments

  • Reply Nina July 27, 2015 at 5:27 AM

    Great article. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply sndaravon124 July 29, 2015 at 2:30 AM

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Reply Jo July 27, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Love it!! So helpful can’t wait for my trip now!

    • Reply sndaravon124 July 29, 2015 at 2:30 AM

      Thanks! Can’t wait to hear about it 🙂

  • Reply Ly July 29, 2015 at 1:42 AM

    Saving this blog for my trip. Especially the name of the hotel. :). The tours look amazing. Did you book it before you get there or did you book it with the hotel when you get there?

    • Reply sndaravon124 July 29, 2015 at 2:29 AM

      We booked our tours there, but I highly recommend booking online in advance. The hotel charges you more for calling and booking. You can usually get discounts for booking early!

  • Reply Nancy Harris July 29, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Where was your paddle during the kayak tour? 🙂

    • Reply sndaravon124 July 29, 2015 at 6:58 PM

      Our tour guide took it with him to take a pic of us 😛

  • Reply Elmer August 6, 2015 at 5:46 AM

    Beautiful hotel room! Great idea on staying away from the hustle and bustle of their main drag.

  • Reply Dyson August 9, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Things to do in Phuket – If you are as lazy as I am, you don’t want to read twenty pages to start your holidays somewhere. I don’t enjoy reading endless prose to extract the facts I really need to know.

    • Reply sndaravon124 August 10, 2015 at 1:04 AM

      Hello! Is it more the formatting you don’t like? Did you find the tips to be helpful?

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