What attractions do you think of when you think of Phuket? Beaches? Please…

Phuket, albeit famous as tropical paradise where sun-kissed beaches and intriguing islands lay, has so much more to offer. This includes cultural treasures, captivating performances, engaging activities, and so much more. In this vibrant island destination, the options for adventure, relaxation, and exploration are as diverse as the landscapes that define this idyllic Thai province.

Snorkelling in the clear waters near Phi Phi Isladns

From the bustling streets of Old Phuket Town to the serene shores of its pristine islands, we’ve curated a list of the 14 best things to do in Phuket.

1. The Selfie Experience Phuket

The staff spent 15 minutes to help us pair and put on the traditional Thai costumes for the perfect shot

Take your Instagram post or LinkedIn headshot to the next level at The Selfie Experience Phuket — boasting over 40 diverse themes, booths, backdrops, and rooms.

You can dress up in traditional Thai costumes, don student attires and pretend to be a Muay Thai boxer at each interactive station. You can also engage in playful activities like tossing money, skateboarding, pretending to be a toy in a claw machine, or stepping into a boxing ring or soccer field for dynamic shots.

The museum also provides ring lights and LED lights with phone holders, allowing you to take perfect well-lit shots.

Tickets are available from $17 on-site or on Klook.

The Selfie Experience Phuket

Location: 99/99 Moo 5 Chalermprakiat Road T, Ratsada, Mueang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Opening hours: 10am-9pm

2. Carnival Magic

Embark on a whimsical adventure at the Carnival Magic, undoubtedly the most Instagrammable spot in Phuket.

Spanning across 40 acres, this enchanting carnival is a vibrant spectacle of dazzling colors, street performances, captivating lights, carnival games, and much more. The highlights of the Carnival Magic experience include The River Carnival Parade, a performance so grand that you have to stow your phones in the lockers, and the Kingdom of Lights illumination park, consisting of seven zones adorned with stunning light installations.

Book your tickets on Klook for $68.95 per person, inclusive of a buffet dinner.

Carnival Magic

Location: 999 Kamala, Kathu District, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Opening hours: 5:30-11:30pm

3. Dino Park Mini Golf & Restaurant

Embark on a prehistoric golfing adventure at Dino Park Mini Golf & Restaurant.

It has one of the most unique and challenging mini-golf layout, with 18 holes set amidst realistic and immersive landscapes. This mini-golf course offers more than just a game — it’s also the perfect backdrop for your photos.

Priced at $18 per person, this dinosaur-themed mini golf in Phuket offers an affordable and memorable way to spend your afternoon. Alternatively, for those yearning for a more classic game, the Adventure Mini Golf might be more suitable.

Dino Park Mini Golf & Restaurant

Location: 47 Karon Rd, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Opening hours: 10am-11pm

4. Muay Thai matches at Patong Boxing Stadium

Witness a Muay Thai up close Patong Boxing Stadium, the largest Muay Thai ring in southern Thailand.

Witness skilled male and female boxers — including international boxers — showcase their prowess with kicks, elbows, and knees in a series of 7-8 matches. The entire match takes about 2 hours.

For your tickets, choose from stadium or ringside from $57 on Klook, both including a complimentary Patong Boxing Stadium t-shirt. We recommend purchasing the ringside seats, which is only $10 more, for a more immersive experience.

Patong Boxing Stadium tickets

Location: 2 59 Sainamyen Rd, Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150, Thailand

5. Simon Cabaret Phuket

The “ladyboy” cabaret show is is a must-see if you’re in Thailand. For those who are unaware, Thailand is well-known for having attractive ladyboys, which are formally known as transgender or transvestite individuals.

Among the large cabarets in major cities like Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Bangkok, the Simon Cabaret Phuket is the best we’ve seen so far, with the most stunning cast and dazzling choreography. The performances include dances inspired from Southeast Asian countries and Russia, as well as modern songs from popular artistes like Lady Gaga and Beyonce.

Tickets are availale from $30 on their official website, but we recommend booking their VIP seats, which only costs $38, in advance to book the best seats.

Simon Cabaret Phuket

Location: 8 Sirirat Rd, Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150, Thailand

6. James Bond Island-hopping tour

For a relaxing island-hopping adventure, we recommend the James Bond Island and Phang Nga Bay Day Tour.

Cinematic landscapes, gliding across the crystal-clear water on traditional Thai long-tail boat, and explore hidden lagoons and lush mangrove forests. This immersive experience offers the ultimate sightseeing experience without breaking a sweat (metaphorically; Phuket is really warm).

Tickets are available for booking Klook at $56.19 per person, including hotel pick-up and drop-off, buffet lunch and refreshment.

James Bond Island and Phang Nga Bay Day Tour

7. Phi Phi Island day trip

Alternatively, if you crave a little more excitement, perhaps the Phi Phi Island tour would fit you better.

Jet-ski around the island, swim and snorkel in a crystal clear lagoon, and if you’re lucky, you might even get to spot some mischievous monkeys on Monkey Island. Sightseeing is also on the itinerary, as you take gorgeous photos on a long-tail boat, and with the fluffiest sand at Maya Bay.

Tickets start from $68.95 per person on Klook, with an additional National Park fee for foreigners, as well as optional add-ons jet-ski and long-tail boat.

Phi Phi, Maya Area, Khai & Bamboo Island Day Trip from Phuket

8. Surfing

Catch the waves and ride the thrill of the monsoon season with surfing in Phuket. While the monsoon may deter some beachgoers, it beckons surf enthusiasts to experience the exhilaration of the ocean during this period. The southwest monsoon, typically from May to October, brings larger and more consistent waves to the west coast of Phuket, creating ideal conditions for surfing. Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or a novice eager to learn, local surf schools and rental shops offer everything you need for an unforgettable surfing adventure.

9. The Big Buddha

Standing tall at an impressive 45 meters, this white marble marvel is a symbol of peace and spirituality.

While The Big Buddha may not be a must-visit, especially for those not inclined towards religious attractions, this attraction offers a unique and refreshing change of pace from the typical Phuket itinerary. Moreover, the breathtaking panoramic views from the site, visible from anywhere in southern Phuket, make it an ideal spot for witnessing both sunrise and sunset.

Keep in mind the cultural significance of the site and ensure modest dressing — covered shoulders, no beach attire, and knees covered. Upon entry, the staff provides free sarongs and shawls to those not meeting the attire requirements.

Location: Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Opening hours: 6am-6:30pm

10. Old Phuket Town

While it may sound like an overrated tourist attraction, Old Phuket Town manages to preserve its genuine local charm. The focal point of this experience is the “Walking Street” Night Market at Lard Yai, a vibrant event held every Sunday from 4pm to 9pm. The ordinary road transforms into a haven of food and clothing vendors, as well as live entertainment.

If your Phuket itinerary does not align with the Sunday market, fear not, as Old Phuket Town is also teeming with cafes.

11. Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

Get up-close and personal with elephants at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary.

This immersive encounter goes beyond the conventional animal experience, providing an ethical and humane environment for both visitors and elephants. You can feed them, shower with them, and if you have more time to spare, you can even enjoy a mud spa with them.

Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

Location: 2/12 Kathu, Kathu District, Phuket 83120, Thailand

12. Enough For Me home cafe’

Photo: @enough.forme / Instagram

More of an attraction than a cafe, Enough For Me home cafe’ is a home-based cafe in Phuket that is famous for the owner’s cats.

This hidden gem serves an array of freshly-brewed coffee and freshly-baked breads and cakes. The coffee is decent for its price, while the breads were really fluffy.

พอเพียง home cafe’

Location: ซอย Itsaret Road Si Sunthon, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Opening hours: 8am-4pm

13. Aquaria

Delve into the depths of Aquaria, Thailand’s largest aquarium, housing an impressive array of over 25,000 captivating aquatic creatures.

As you traverse the aquarium’s enchanting displays, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the wonders of the ocean, leaving you with a sense of awe and admiration.

The attraction costs $38 per adult and $20 per child, which is relatively pricey for the size of the aquarium. However, Aquaria is affiliated with the 4D Trick Eye Museum, which is located beside. Hence, you can book both attractions together for a bundle price of $50 per adult and $28 per child.

Aquaria

Location: 199 Moo.4 T. Wichit, A. Muang Phuket 83000
Opening hours: 10:30am-6pm

14. 4D Trick Eye Museum

Take your photos to the next level with optical illusions and augmented reality (AR) at the 4D Trick Eye Museum, an attraction that merges the magic of a trick eye museum with cutting-edge AR technology.

Simply download their app on their phones, an point it at the static exhibitions to turn them into dynamic and engaging encounters.

Picture yourself underwater surrounded by vibrant aquatic life, experience the thrill of running away from a lifelike dinosaur, or even take a virtual ride on a horse — all brought to life through the captivating AR features on your screen.

4D Trick Eye Museum

Location: 199 Moo.4 T. Wichit, A. Muang Phuket 83000
Opening hours: 10:30am-6pm

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