Phuket: Top 10 Things To Do In 72 Hours

Top 10 Things To Do In Phuket Thailand

Travelling to Phuket?

If you’re planning a trip to Thailand going to Phuket, here are some activities that I recommend. I went three years ago with the sole purpose of surfing but this time, I wanted to see more of the area rather than just the beach. My friends and I went over for a weekend during our trip to Asia and had about 64 hours, yet we managed to get a lot covered.

 

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The Best Things To Do 

1. Take in a view

While Phuket has a bad rep for some things, it is also popular for a reason. You can find some really beautiful scenery to look at!

Beautiful Andaman Sea

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2. Drink as much fresh coconut as you can

Coconut flavoured anything was disgusting to me as a child. My mom thought something was wrong with her Filipina child. Just in the last few years, I’ve become obsessed with the fruit. I love coconut water and juice and anything with coconut. So when I’m in Thailand I order fresh coconut juice all day long!

Drink Coconut

Thai coconut juice is the best! Drinking coconut at Point Yamu by Como Hotels

3. Watch a Muay Thai match

My friends and I watched a match at Patong Boxing Stadium. If you have time, I recommend watching some fights.

Muay Thai

A Muay Thai match with a side of beer

4. Go train at a Muay Thai gym! I recommend Singpatong

While I didn’t train on this trip, I would consider doing some training at Singpatong in the future. Mind you this is a professional fighter’s gym but the people who run this gym are amazing. They do wonderful work within the boxing community so I can’t help but promote them. If you’re looking for a legit gym in Phuket, please support them.

Singpatong Muay Thai Gym

Love Singpatong! Best muay thai gym in Phuket

5. Go see the Big Buddha

Big Buddha In Phuket

It’s touristy, but I enjoy seeing all the different Buddhas in Asia

View From Big Buddha

And from this Buddha in Phuket, you also get this view

6. Gorge on delicious Thai food

Almost everyone loves Thai food!! It is one of my favourite things about visiting Thailand. Everything tastes better there not to mention dishes that are more local which you don’t find overseas. 

Lunch at Point Yamu by Como

We snacked at Point Yamu by Como Hotels. Such a great hotel!

Natural Restaurant in Phuket

Natural Restaurant in Old Town. Our local friend ordered for us. Get the green mango salad!

7. Go to the beach! 

Obviously!! While I didn’t have time this past trip to go to the beach, on my RTW I stayed in Kata so that I could surf Kata Beach and just have a lot of beach time.

Kata Beach Phuket Thailand

Kata Beach

8. Explore Phang Nga Bay

One of my favourite things to do in Phuket was boating in Phang Nga Bay. Our friend took us on a speedboat, but you can join in on a tour if you’re on a budget. Click here to see some photos of our outing to Phang Nga Bay. Get in the water and stop at Panyee Island, a floating fishing village for lunch.

Phang Nga Bay

9. Visit Old Town

Chinese Rowhouses

Old Town is a really cool area. I love the Sino-Portuguese architecture there. It’s a definite gem of Phuket. If you go on the weekend at night, there’s a night market with lots of snacks and things to buy. 

Read more here: Phuket’s Charming Old Town

10. Get as many massages and spa treatments as you can! 

Beauty treatments and massages are really cheap in Thailand. I absolutely love Thai massages and going to the spa, so I go crazy when I’m in Thailand. I pay anywhere from $90 – 200 here in North America and pay about $15 for a 2 hour in Thailand. When I was on my RTW I got a massage every day for the 30 days I was in Thailand and we got one every day I was in Phuket this past September. This is the time to splurge!

A Thailand Must Do: Get A Thai Massage

Waiting for my massage

Spa Treatments

Who’s a happy girl about to get a Guinot facial for $30

Spa Treatments

Oh la la!  A foot massage and soak for less than $10

When I went to Phuket on my RTW trip, I had a very bad opinion of the place. So many of my friends told me it was terrible. My biggest concern then and now was avoiding Patong’s Bangla Road. I don’t care to party in the red light district, see ping pong bars, the sex trade, and such.

It was really nice to see a nicer side of Phuket and visit with local friends. I’m keen on going back again and exploring and sharing more.

Tell me what your favourite things about Phuket are!

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