Phuket – Where nature meets adventure, is reopening to vaccinated tourists with the gradual ease of restrictions. Are you ready to travel again? If yes, here are the best places to visit in Phuket, Thailand.
Phang Nga Bay
With magnificent limestone landscapes and awe-inspiring emerald green waters, Phang Nga Bay is one of the destinations of choice for your trip to Phuket. The best thing here is the lack of tourist crowds; most of your interactions will occur on the boat ride to James Bond Island and Koh Panyee. Come and enjoy a dip at James Bond Island or enjoy the fantastic views of the magical village Koh Panyee, which is built on top of the water like an ocean palace.
Phi Phi Islands
The Phi Phi Islands are some of the most picture-perfect destinations in all Southeast Asia. Also, they are easily accessible with a ferry from Phuket and Krabi and feature stunning views and crystal clear waters. Here, you can have your pick of islands and beaches to explore. Enjoy activities such as snorkeling, rock climbing, hiking, enjoying the nightlife, scuba diving, and more. The possibilities are endless!
Bamboo Island is a part of the Phi Phi Islands. And we’ve reserved a spot specifically for this location due to its gorgeous and stunning bamboo thickets. It is shaped like a heart and is covered with lush foliage so that you will feel truly one with nature. Particularly, this is the perfect spot to spend a day as you can snorkel through the Hin Klang Coral Reef. Otherwise, you are able to take a scenic boat ride around the island or hike through the magnificent bamboo forests.
As one of the hidden gems in our list, Banana Beach is for those who like to set themselves apart from the crowds and find untouched regions where nature reigns supreme. For about 180 meters, you will be in awe as you swim through the crystal-clear water. Here you can enjoy fresh seafood transported by local fishermen or enjoy a relaxing massage among the golden sands. Be aware of the tides here as the waters can quickly rise to the feet of the trees.
Trekking in Kathu & Ton Sai Waterfalls
For those who enjoy the glorious views of waterfalls and enjoy a relaxing picnic, the Kathu & Ton Sai Waterfalls will be a destination of choice. Kathu Waterfall is a relatively challenging climb; however, once you make it above its series of drop pools and stone stairways, you will be rewarded with an epic overview of the forests below. For more relaxing experiences, come visit the Ton Sai Waterfall and relax in a forest that’s mostly untouched by humans. You can allow the waters to serenade your ears as you lie under the cooling shade of the forest.
Enjoy the most breathtaking sunset in Windmill Viewpoint
Climb up to the top of the hill where you can find the extraordinary charm of many little white windmills. Here you can enjoy the beauty of the dawn, gradually revealing itself from under the horizon alongside the fishing boats that seem like little points on the Andaman Sea. Plus, you can lose yourself in the amazing nature that surrounds the hill or on the opposite side. It’s a really fantastic place to rejuvenate yourself.
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
Don’t miss the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary which is an impressive experience with great consideration for the welfare of the animal. You will be able to interact and join the elephants in their natural habitat while learning about these giant species. Plus, you can try on the traditional clothing of the Karen tribe – The largest ethnic minority group in Thailand. Notably, it will be a good time as you can relax in a big mud spa with the elephants, and wash them off afterward in their shower room. After that, a pick of mouthwatering Thai cuisine will complete your “hard-working” day and rejuvenate your mind and body.
Khao Sok National Park
Take a while to run away from the bustling life and enjoy the incredibly natural beauty at Khao Sok National Park which is surrounded by the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world. Besides, this amazing place offers huge limestone mountains shooting straight up in the air as well as deep valleys. Close to wild animals, trekking on foot through the vibrant jungle and caves, and canoeing around the breathtaking lakes are all unmissable activities here, which will bring you the experience of a lifetime.
James Bond Island
As a famous landmark in Phang Nga Bay, James Bond Island, with its signature rocky pinnacles, has become one of the most attractive destinations since the 1974 Bond movie. Sailing and kayaking to glance at the whole panoramic masterpieces won’t let you down. What’s more, you shouldn’t miss the incredibly fresh and delicious seafood meal at the charming Koh Panyee – A Muslim Fishing Village built on stilts.
Wat Chalong is not only a historical landmark, but it is also a Buddhist temple for both locals and tourists coming to pray and explore Buddhism life. Notably, one of the most important Buddhist statues here is Poh Than Jao Wat. Take your time to explore this temple where you can learn more about Buddha’s life story through impressive wall paintings as well as gilt-covered statues, on top of the the sacred and magnificent views.
More than 100 hotel partners are under the Phuket Sandbox Program, you can learn more about it here. Further information on Phuket’s entry requirements is available on its website.
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