Phuket is arguably one of the most famous destinations in the world. Thanks to its stunning sunset views, gorgeous beaches, and crystalline waters, it provides a much-needed escape to international tourists from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives. However, if you’re hoping to stay in luxury resorts in Phuket, you’re better off staying at a Patong beach hotel. You’ll have access to the full natural glory of Phuket while enjoying the accessibility of Patong City, only a few minutes away.
With such a prime location, you have an endless list of activities for you to try in Phuket. Whether you’re hoping to relax during your entire vacation or would like to explore some of Thailand’s oldest and most historical locations, Phuket has it all. Here are five exciting activities you’ll need to complete your Phuket trip:
Also known as Wat Chaiyathararam, Phuket’s oldest and most respected temple is also the most interesting. Built in 1837, it is home to numerous myths and legends, thanks to its role in the Chinese rebellion of 1876. It’s also known to be a mystical place of healing.
Another myth associated with the temple is that it carries a bone fragment from Buddha, which was transported to Phuket from Sri Lanka. If rumors are to be believed, it is housed in a glass case inside the chedi.
Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
If you consider yourself an animal lover, then the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is one you can’t miss. It is home to a group of rescued elephants that roam throughout the sanctuary without restraint. You can observe them eat, socialize with each other, swim, bathe, or even cover themselves in the cold mud.
The sanctuary also worked with the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai to offer a safe retirement environment for old, sick, and injured elephants. These elephants have worked long, exhausting hours in the trekking or logging industries. With the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, you can witness these gentle giants in their natural habitat while supporting ethical tourism.
While you’ve had your fair share of Thai food during your stay, there’s no better way to bring it home with you than to learn how to cook it. Whether you’re a total culinary newbie or have a few signature dishes under your belt, you can take cooking classes at the Blue Elephant Cooking School, situated in the 105-year-old Phra Pitak Chinpracha Mansion in Phuket Town. You’ll start your class by visiting the morning market, which then proceeds into a cooking session led by a chef. It culminates in a meal at the Blue Elephant Restaurant.
You have many options to choose from at the cooking school. Depending on your schedule, you can opt for morning or afternoon classes. You can also ask for private lessons or to take a unique course in ancient Thai cuisine.
Phuket is full of exciting locations and activities, and you can find one of its most captivating in Old Town, home to a row of Sino-Portuguese shophouses. It was built in the 19th century by Chinese merchants who arrived on Thai shores to participate in the tin mining industry.
The two-story buildings bear noticeable influences of Portuguese, Dutch, and colonial architecture. They all feature a store at the front with living spaces behind and above it. Most of the buildings have been repurposed into modern amenities, such as shops, bars, galleries, and cafés. If you’re in the mood for a pleasant afternoon walk, this is the place to be.
XANA Beach Club
The island has witnessed a rising trend in beach clubs or trendy places to frequent once the sun goes down. One of the most popular spots is XANA Beach Club, which is found on Bang Tao Beach. On some nights, it features a relaxed ambiance thanks to the chill-hop beats played by the resident DJ. It becomes a thumping dance party thanks to the international DJs that visit to spin on other nights.
The beach club also has a pool with a swim-up bar, a Mediterranean menu, and classy white decor, making it a must-see spot.
No matter what kind of tourist you are, Phuket has locations and activities to excite all your senses. From breathtaking panoramic views, delicious Thai food to incredible temples, Phuket is a culturally rich place that always offers something new to try.
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