CleaPhuket is by far the most developed island in Thailand. It’s not my favorite place in Thailand as I think it’s just to overrun by tourists and businesses. I rather go to more calm places such as Koh Pha Ngan or Koh Chang.
Regardless, Phuket have it’s charm and coming here for a weekend is nothing but fun as you can go nuts in the crazy Phuket nightlife and do a ton of fun daytime activities when the sun is up.
Here are some of my favorites.
Phuket Shooting Range
This place is really expensive, but hell it’s fun! I paid 1000 baht for 10 bullets with a 9mm Glock. In the beginning you will have a really big Thai dude with a lot of muscles right behind you watching every little step you take. If you do any quick movements he will jump you (yes I sneezed).
You can shoot with almost anything you want but the bigger guns are ridiculous expensive. Especially the machine guns and bigger rifles.
I was happy with a Glock!
The Big Biddha
The big Buddha is a gigantic white Buddha on the highest mountain top in Phuket. It’s actually quite impressive how they managed to build that big thing all the way up there.
The mountain have fantastic view also.
There are three ways to get up here. Taxi, bus and a rented motorbike. The road up there is insane and I don’t trust Thai drivers for a second. I rented a motorbike and drove up myself.
Wat Chalong is an area with several beautiful temples in very typical Thai style and decoration.
It’s on the east side of the island so if you are staying in Phuket this place is quite far away.
Very beautiful area and you can also walk up in some of the towers where you have good view of the entire area.
Surfing at Kata Beach
Kata beach on the West side of the island just south of Patong Beach there is a really nice beach that is very popular among surfers.
You can rent a surf board on the beach for 50 baht per hour.
I met many local Thai girls on this beach surfing too. That’s pretty cool.
Explore Phuket by motorbike
Exploring Phuket by motorbike is really fun. There are several beautiful coastal roads, especially Southwest on the island before and after Kata Beach.
On the east side of the Phuket island you have many smaller beaches with a ton of fishing boats and seafood restaurants.
Renting a motorbike cost as little as 200 baht per day. Make sure the deal is 24 hours, and not just out the day. Some people will try to charge you for two days if you don’t say otherwise and you come back with the motorbike next day but within 24 hours.
Also, make sure you have your international driver licence and copy of passport when you are driving in Phuket. Police checkpoints are regular and they can give you ridiculous fines for driving without proper documents.
This is usually not a problem anywhere in Thailand but in Phuket I’ve heard stories of tourists getting up to 20.000 baht in fines / bribes for driving without a proper licence and helmet. Nasty.
Phuket have a ton of departures every day to different islands. Phi Phi, James Bond Island, Similan Islands, Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai.
You can book relative cheap tours to all the islands from pretty much any tour shop in Phuket. Anything from day trips to 3-4 days trip with food and accommodation included.
My favorite island was for sure Koh Yao Noi as you would have an entire beach for yourself here with excellent view towards Ao Phang-Nga National Park.
There where several nice 4 and 5 stars resorts on Koh Yao Noi that was not overrun by tourists like lets say on Phi Phi.