Phuket is full of unique experiences, as it is one of the most popular places in Thailand to visit. Known for its beautiful beaches and islands, visitors love to go island hopping. In addition, Phuket is full of delicious places to eat and has an excellent selection of shops. Here we have the complete guide to the most unique experiences in Phuket.
Phuket Guide to the Most Unique Experiences
1. Discover local life in Lon Island
Lon Island is perhaps Phuket’s most underrated attraction. However, just because it’s not the most popular doesn’t mean it’s not amazing. Additionally, it is the largest offshore island and visitors can see rolling land and flat beaches here. Only 3 km long and 800 m wide, the island can be explored on a day trip. Plus, the islanders are from a Muslim community, and it’s a great experience to learn how they live here. And, if you’re lucky, you might see the locals working in the rubber and coconut plantations as well as fishing. For those who want to be away from the hordes of tourists, this is definitely a place that is off the beaten track!
2. Relax and unwind at Nai Yang beach
Nai Yang Beach is a great choice for those who want to experience a tropical beach before hopping on a plane at the nearby airport. As it is much quieter than the other beaches, the unique beach is full of crystal clear blue waters. Plus, the beach is great for swimming and snorkelling if you want to be a little more adventurous. As it is also located near Mai Khao Beach, the 2 beaches together form the longest coastline on the island. Here you can be sure to relax in peace before leaving the island.
3. Stroll through Old Phuket Town
For those interested in Phuket’s rich cultural history, look no further than Old Phuket Town. Here you can immerse yourself in the old days of this popular tourist island. A simple stroll through the streets will amaze you at the brightly colored buildings, the fairy lights hanging from the roads and the vibrant murals. Plus, the backdrop of this eclectic city will surely be ideal for a photoshoot! The buildings are those of a Sino-Portuguese design, and it is interesting to see their new functions as shops. From batik fabric shops to tea rooms, those looking for something unique will certainly find it here in Old Phuket Town.
4. Admire the Bang Pae waterfall
This magnificent waterfall is located in the middle of the rainforest. Here you can feel a sense of calm while watching the water flow over the rocks. For those who enjoy trekking, this is an easy walk from the main jungle. Additionally, visitors can jump off to cool off under the cascading waterfall. The Bang Pae Waterfall tour can be done in a short day, while exploring other parts of the jungle.
5. Enjoy the sunset at Nai Harn beach
Known for its hippie vibe, Nai Harn Beach is located in a quiet area, which makes it off the beaten track and more overlooked by mainstream tourists. The beach is surrounded by lakeside hotels, traditional Thai restaurants, and shops selling Thai crafts. So, if you jog through Ko Klang Nam Ban, the beach is nearby and provides a quiet respite from the island’s normal tourist attractions.
6. Surf on Kalim Beach
Kalim Beach is best known for attracting those who like big waves. As it’s not the best for swimming, it’s definitely one of the best for surfing! Located north of Patong Beach, this quieter, more scenic strip of land is also home to plenty of street food vendors selling cheap and delicious local bites. Here you can eat, sit on the beach and watch the beautiful sunset fade over the horizon.
7. Stroll around the Phuket Yacht Haven Marina
Boat enthusiasts will love taking a stroll through the Phuket Yacht Haven Marina, as it offers a glimpse into the high life of the island. Located at the northeastern tip of the island, it is good to stroll along the marina and enjoy the many yachts moored in the Andaman Sea. Plus, fresh seafood and Turkish barbecue are available to try while you take the surrounding boats. As the Navy is located near the airport, it’s the perfect place to stop for a sunset before catching a late flight.
8. Discover the Chalong Bay distillery and rum bar
Rum lovers will surely enjoy seeing how it is made at Chalong Bay Rum Distillery & Bar. Here you can participate in a cocktail workshop to learn basic bartending techniques with a mixologist. And, after you’ve prepared your drinks, you can enjoy them while touring the award-winning distillery. Rum is made with sustainably grown Thai sugarcane, which makes it even more delicious. At the end of your workshop, the on-site chefs will make you enjoy fresh tapas!
9. Taste traditional southern Thai cuisine at Kin Kub Ei
As Kin Kub Ei means ‘to eat with aunt’, visitors can experience a family-style restaurant here that offers delicious southern dishes. Khun Tubtim, who is featured on the restaurant’s poster, prepares the dishes from his Hakka family’s secret cookbook. In addition, these recipes have earned the restaurant a “Michelin Bib Gourmand” from the Phuket Michelin Guide. So you can be sure that your taste buds will be delighted with the unique dishes of Phuket. However, make sure you have a reservation, as the restaurant is only open 3 days a week.
10. See epic views from Black Rock’s point of view
Black Rock Viewpoint is the highest point to view the surrounding Andaman Islands. Here you can be sure to get epic photos and panoramic views of the islands of Krabit, Racha and Phi Phi. Located just south of Nai Harn Beach, it is best to visit the viewpoint in the early morning or evening. As it is not as popular as other attractions, this once in a lifetime experience will surely be a great addition to your Phuket travel itinerary. Remember to wear good hiking shoes as you will be walking 1.5 km uphill.
These unique adventures offer a glimpse of that of Phuket hidden attractions. Plus, those looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience will undoubtedly appreciate these sites. From viewpoints to local Michelin-starred restaurants, these sites offer rare and beautiful photo ops!
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