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Are you looking for some of the best attractions in Phuket to visit post-COVID-19? If so, we have a great list of recommendations for you.
Some people seem to get the idea that Phuket is solely a laidback tropical holiday island, and in many cases, that is true, but did you know that Phuket is roughly the same size as Singapore? Over the years, the island has really developed its tourism scene and with so many things to see and do, you really do have to organize your time properly. If you are already here enjoying the exotic holiday atmosphere, here are the top-10 must-see attractions in Phuket in no particular order.
Phuket Fantasea Theme Park
In many quarters, Phuket Fantasea Theme Park is one of the highest-ranked and most-visited tourist attractions in Phuket. If you want to get up-close and personal with Thailand’s colorful culture and history, all in a purpose-built theme park setting, Phuket Fantasea is the one for you. This Las Vegas-style park has a large theater that is built like an ancient temple from Ayutthaya and is surrounded by lots of fairground rides, amusements, food stalls, and shopping options. The shows itself really is spectacular, using the latest laser technology and lots of elaborate costumes and performances. It really is a special night of fun, located in Kamala.
Ticket price: Show with Buffet Dinner: THB 2,200 per adult: THB 2,000 per child. For Show Only: THB 1,800 per adult, THB 1,800 per child. (Infants whose height does not exceed 100 cm (or 3’3″) are free of charge and will not be provided with theater seats.)
Opening times: 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Telephone: 076 385 000
Phuket Aquarium – Best Attractions in Phuket
If you are having a family holiday in Phuket, one of the most educational experiences on the island is the awe-inspiring Phuket Aquarium. The only one of its kind in Phuket, the purpose-built center for aquatic delights is located in Cape Panwa and is also the home to the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC). With a stunning water tunnel that you can walk through, you can catch some of the most exotic marine life at first hand. From sharks, rays, and all manner of tropical fish to amphibians and much more. If you are staying in Cape Panwa, Karon, Chalong, Kata, or Phuket Town, you can be at the establishment in 20-minutes, although it will take a bit longer from Patong.
Location: Cape Panwa
Ticket Prices: Adults: 100 THB. Children: 50 THB.
Opening Hours: 8:30am to 4pm, seven days per week
Tel: +66 (0)76 391 126
Splash Jungle Water Park
Basking in a beachside location in the West Sands Resort at Mai Khao Beach in the north-west of Phuket, one of the coolest and most fun and family-friendly attractions in Phuket is the Splash Jungle Water Park. If you take your kids here, they will love you forever without realizing you came here because you wanted to try out some of the amazing water slides such as the 335-meter-long lazy river. The park has some top-notch, high-octane slides and flumes and also some smaller scale rides for the younger kids. Come and tackle hardcore slides such as Super Bowl and Boomerango, or relax in the wave pool. If you have young kids with you, you can wimp out for a little while in the Kid’s Aqua Play Pool. There is so much to see and do at Splash Jungle so make sure you do not miss this quality Phuket attraction.
Location: West Sands Resort, Mai Khao Beach
Ticket Prices: Adults: 1,295 THB. Kids over 5: 650 THB. Kids under 5 are FREE.
Opening Times: 10am to 6pm
Telephone: 076 372 111
Exploring Old Phuket Town – Cultural Attractions in Phuket
Although visiting purpose-built attractions in Phuket is all well and good, but while you are here, it is a good idea to take in a bit of the local culture. Did you know that Phuket as you know it today was first set-up by Sino-Portuguese traders? The Chinese roots of Phuket are non-more evident than in the Old Phuket Town area of the island’s capital city. In the old part of Phuket Town, you will find some stunning colonial-style buildings that are blended with Chinese architecture making it one of the most unique places in SE-Asia. Take an unforgettable afternoon to explore Phuket Old Town.
Location: Phuket Town, located in the mid-eastern part of the island is a 25-minute drive from Patong Beach.
Phuket Nightlife @ Bangla Road Patong
If you are coming to Phuket for an exciting action-filled holiday that is dominated by partying and excesses, the most highly-concentrated area of the island for bars, beers, and nightlife pleasures is Bangla Road in Phuket. To be fair, even if you are not here partying, a trip to Bangla Road is a must, just to soak up the atmosphere and to enjoy a drink or a meal in one of the street’s top international restaurants. There is a cacophony of nightlife options on Bangla Road, which is home to Patong’s most popular discos and nightclubs such as Hollywood Disco, Seduction and Tai Pan. The road is closed down to cars and bikes at night and becomes pedestrianized. With girlie bar complexes such as Tiger, you can easily get lost on a night out in Bangla Road and wake up on another continent. It’s that sort of place!
Location: Bangla Road is located in the heart of Patong between Beach Road and Ratuthit Road.
Wat Chalong (Chalong Temple)
As you have been drinking and partying on Bangla Road for far too long, it’s time to make amends by visiting a more spiritual place to repent your sins and all that other stuff! When it comes to Buddhist-inspired attractions in Phuket, nowhere is holier than Wat Chalong, more commonly known to tourists as Chalong Temple. If you want to cut through all the temples on the island and visit the best in one afternoon, visiting Chalong Temple is a must.
Location: Chalong, which is located a 10-minute drive from Karon Beach and a 25-minute drive from Patong on the eastside of Phuket Island.
Price: Free admission
Phuket Big Buddha Monument – Attractions in Phuket
When it comes to spectacular attractions in Phuket, and in Thailand in general, not many can hold a candle to the jaw-dropping Big Buddha Monument/Temple. Sat majestically at the summit of Nakkerd Hills looking out across Chalong, to the east, Karon and Kata to the west and Rawai to the south, this is one of the most awe-inspiring and spiritual places in Thailand. The Big Buddha monument is 45-meters tall and completely dominates the Southern parts of Phuket Island.
Costing over 30 million THB to construct, the monument is extremely impressive and almost intimidating by its size, especially sat next to other smaller golden Buddha images that are large in their own rights. At the summit, you will find many Buddha images, shops, a temple, amazing viewpoints with mesmerizing views across Southern Phuket and beyond across the Andaman Ocean. If you just had one place to visit on the island during your holiday, we would suggest that you make the sacred pilgrimage to the Big Buddha Monument in Chalong.
Location: Situated in Chalong on Nakkerd Hills, which is opposite from Wat Chalong. You can reach Chalong in a 10-minute drive from Karon and a 25-minute drive from Patong. But do remember that it takes about 10-minutes just to drive up Nakkerd Hills alone.
Ticket Price: FREE
It’s important at this time to support attractions in Phuket. If you are looking for a great time on Phuket Island, please take heed of our recommendations.