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One Day in Phuket

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Phuket is a beautiful mountainous island with so much do and see. From mouth-watering food to exotic animals and rainforests; from pristine beaches to upscale spas and resorts; Phuket has something for everyone. Whether you're visiting this amazing province solo, or with friends or family, here are some places which you simply must discover if you only have 24 hours to explore.

Good for
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

12 Places

3 City Tips

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12 Places

Phang Nga Bay

Bodies of Water

James Bond Island

Islands

Tawai Thai Restaurant

Restaurants

Phuket FantaSea

Theme Parks, Performances, Theatres

Hard Rock Cafe Phuket

Restaurants

Sweet Lemongrass Massage

Spas

Flying Hanuman

Eco Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Naka Market

Flea & Street Markets

Patong Beach

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Beaches

Bangla Road

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Aussie Bar

Bars & Clubs

Illuzion

Dance Clubs & Discos

Mika T's City Tips

  • Street food is a must-try!
  • If possible rent a bike, this lets you cover more ground in a shorter space of time, and will also save you money on transport costs!
  • Remember to bargain — as a tourist, most vendors will naturally quote you higher prices.
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    Phang Nga Bay
    Bodies of Water
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    Mika T Says:

    This a beautiful place, surrounded by a series of stunning small islands. If you are in Phuket just for a day and you'd like to explore the island's natural beauty, then a tour to Phang Nga Bay and its surrounding islands should be top of your list. Swim at Lana Island, before exploring the beautiful caves, villages, and other islands nearby. Highlights include the beautiful Scooby Doo Rock, which sits at the middle of a serene island and looks just like the cartoon dog; and the Ice Cream Caves — caves with a lot of calcium dripping from their ceilings, creating formations that look just like gelato!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It's a half day trip, and still gives you time to do more exploring with the rest of your day.
    • Tours include lunch served in a small village close to Koh Panyi Island. The food is authentic Thai, so be sure to bring your own provisions if this doesn't suit.
    • Tipping is expected here by the guides.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Ao Phang Nga National Park
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Loved the canoeing 19/05/2017
    • Not that great 18/05/2017
    • Phang Nga Bay
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    James Bond Island
    Islands
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    Mika T Says:

    This island is a famous attraction for all visitors coming to Phuket, and makes for a delightful stop-off during a tour of the area. Iconic for its appearance in the James Bond movie franchise (hence the name,) experience breathtaking views as you climb up the rock.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The vendors here can get really pushy, so politely hold your ground if you don't want to shop. If you do, be sure to bargain hard!
    • Your boat will only stop here for a short time, so take as many pictures as you can.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Ao Phang Nga National Park
    • Not so good 19/05/2017
    • Too commercial & touristy 18/05/2017
    • James Bond Island
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    Tawai Thai Restaurant
    Restaurants (Asian, Thai)
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    Mika T Says:

    If you love authentic Thai cuisine, you must try Tawai Thai. As well as serving the freshest pad thai and tom kha gai soup in Phuket, the staff here is nice and courteous. The last time I went, I arrived just as the kitchen was closing, and the manager still ensured my order was taken and prepared with the utmost care. They even offer to drop you back to your hotel free of charge at the end of your meal!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you do not like your food to be very spicy, don't forget to let them know.
    • Every dish is made fresh to order.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #395 of 2,267 restaurants in Phuket
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Surpassed my expectations 15/05/2017
    • Great meal 06/05/2017
    • Tawai Thai Restaurant
    Address:
    382/32 Moo 1
    Choeng Thale, Phuket 83110
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 76 325 381
    Other:
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    Phuket FantaSea
    Theme Parks, Performances, Theatres
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    Mika T Says:

    For those who love amusement parks and dazzling performances, Phuket FantaSea is the perfect place. The cultural theme park is beautifully designed, with so much to explore and admire all in the one site. Here you can shop, enjoy carnival village games, indulge in a delicious Thai buffet, and finally enjoy the spectacular theater performance which includes elephants, tigers, exotic birds, dancers, and more.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Tickets are fixed cost, and rather expensive.
    • For the show, vendors will try to upsell you to the Gold section. The views are not very different however, so stick to regular seats if you're on a budget.
    • Be sure to visit the entire park, and don't miss the white tigers!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 Water & Amusement Parks in Kamala
    • Entertaining Place 22/05/2017
    • Best place to Visit in Phuket.. Especially with kids 22/05/2017
    • Phuket FantaSea
    Address:
    99 Moo 3, Kamala Beach
    Kathu
    Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 76 385 000
    Hours:
    Fri - Wed
    17:30 - 23:30
    Other:
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    Hard Rock Cafe Phuket
    Restaurants (American, Bar)
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    Mika T Says:

    This Hard Rock Cafe is beautifully located centrally in the Patong Beach area. It is a fusion of western and eastern foods and cultures — from its live band and performers to its innovative food and drinks menu. This two-story restaurant is one of the most happening places, and a must-visit for a meal, a snack, or a drink when in Phuket.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The band plays super loud, so if you want to be able to speak at your table then ask to be seated further away.
    • The tupelo chicken tenders are amazing!
    • Tips are usually included automatically as a service charge on your bill.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #294 of 2,267 restaurants in Phuket
    • Terrific Band 22/05/2017
    • Phuket Bike Week 21/05/2017
    • Hard Rock Cafe Phuket
    Address:
    48/1 Ruamjai Road
    Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 76 366 381
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$29
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 02:00
    Other:
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    Sweet Lemongrass Massage
    Spas
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    Mika T Says:

    If you are in Phuket even just for a day, you must not miss the much talked about Thai massage. This is one of my favorite places to head to when I'm in the mood for this strong type of bodywork, and though it's a bit hard to find, the massages here are really worth it.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Thai massage is not a soft style of massage, so make sure you know what you're signing up to.
    • The oriental foot massage is also great here.
    • Tipping is not necessary but is much appreciated.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 77 Spas & Wellness in Patong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely professional experience. Went with my partner and it was bliss 11/05/2017
    • Worth every pennt 10/05/2017
    • Sweet Lemongrass Massage
    Address:
    162/5 Nanai Soi 8
    Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 81 537 9099
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Flying Hanuman
    Eco Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    Mika T Says:

    For all those thrill seekers who aren't scared of heights, this is a fun activity option, and a great way to explore more of Phuket's natural surroundings. Whether you're a beginner and want to opt for a shorter course, or more of an experienced daredevil, the English-speaking guides at Flying Hanuman ensure you'll be in safe hands at every step. The adrenaline rush is simply amazing and keeps you wanting more!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you have a Go Pro camera, then make sure you take it. (If not, you might want to get one to record your memories here!)
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 66 Outdoor Activities in Kathu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Full of fun! 20/05/2017
    • Can't wait to do again! 18/05/2017
    • Flying Hanuman
    Address:
    Wichitsongkram Rd
    89/16 Moo 6, Soi Namtok Kathu
    Kathu, Phuket 83120
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 76 323 264-5
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Naka Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Mika T Says:

    For a foodie like me, this is a delight, and one of my favorite spots in Phuket. The food here is absolutely delicious. You can try everything from authentic Thai delicacies to American-style fried chicken; barbecued meats to fresh seafood; plus, freshly made desserts, juices, and the famous fresh coconut ice cream. This place is a must if you love food!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The pad thai here is outstanding.
    • Nutella crepes with banana for dessert — a must-try!
    • Let them know how spicy you like your food when you order.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 108 things to do in Phuket Town
    • Delicious and mesmerizing 15/05/2017
    • great visit 14/05/2017
    • Naka Market
    Address:
    Chao Fa West Road
    Phuket Town, Phuket 83000
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66869431140
    Other:
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    Patong Beach
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Beaches
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    Mika T Says:

    This beautiful beach lies parallel to the bustling Bangla Road in the heart of Phuket. Although popular during the day, many tourists end up at Patong Beach Street after the sun goes down to enjoy the nightlife of the strip and its surrounding area. The neon lights are bright and bold, and so are the GoGo dancers who will try to lure you into various bars and clubs. A great place to have fun, drink, and just enjoy!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The beach and the street are long, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
    • Touts will invite you to enjoy a ping pong show (strip show) for free for the price of a drink. Be careful, these drinks are priced eight times higher than normal!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 57 things to do in Patong
    • Nice beach and atmosphere 22/05/2017
    • This is Heart Of phuket 22/05/2017
    • Patong Beach
    Phone:
    +66 95 636 6169
    Other:
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    Bangla Road
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Mika T Says:

    Bangla Road is one of the busiest and most happening places in Phuket. A street that awakens when the sun sets, Bangla Road is known for its blaring music — which is pumped out from every pub and bar along the strip — cheap beer, attractive touts, and good food. Simply walking down the street is an experience in itself.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The street starts to get busy at night, so don't go too early.
    • Alcohol is priced very reasonably at all times so no need to go during happy hour.
    • Ping Pong shows are very famous, but make sure your know what you are getting into before you agree to visit one.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 57 things to do in Patong
    • Busy but fun 22/05/2017
    • Sensory Overload 22/05/2017
    • Bangla Road
    Address:
    Soi Bangla
    Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
    Thailand
    Phone:
    0835960759
    Other:
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    Aussie Bar
    Bars & Clubs
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    Mika T Says:

    For fans of Aussie food, beer, and party culture — this bar always happening, loud, and lots of fun! The crowd is great, the staff are polite, the food is good, and drinks are cheap. Plus, its centrally located, big enough to accommodated large groups, and the large screen TVs at the bar are perfect for enjoying sports games.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Serves great Thai dishes as well as authentic Aussie food.
    • Its a two-story bar; try to sit on the second floor for better views.
    • Free WiFi is available.
    • Ringing the bar bell means you will pay for a round of beers — be sure not to ring it accidentally!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 60 Nightlife in Patong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Clean, friendly, good food, great respite from the chaos 12/05/2017
    • Home away from Home 09/05/2017
    • Aussie Bar
    Address:
    9/1 Bangla Rd
    Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 84 847 8469
    Other:
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    Illuzion
    Dance Clubs & Discos
    Mika T Says:

    If it's clubbing you're looking for, this is a good option on Bangla Road. Look out for the sales people outside, who often give out free entry passes; and then, once you're in, you can enjoy a huge dance floor, alongside an extremely reasonable all-you-can-drink deal. And if you simply just love to dance, the music is great, making it an awesome place for a night full of fun.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • It usually starts to get busy after 12 here.
    • Drinks are nice but strong, so make sure you let the bartender know your preference.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 60 Nightlife in Patong
    • The best club i've ever been to 18/05/2017
    • 1 of the best in Patong 18/05/2017
    • Illuzion
    Address:
    31 Bangla Road
    Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 76 683 030
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    22:00 - 04:00
    Other:
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