With long stretches of pristine white sand and calm azure waters, simply relaxing on Kamala Beach is enough of an activity in Phuket. If you feel like your day needs more purpose, you can still take it easy by visiting one of Phuket's many luxurious spas, where an authentic Thai massage awaits.
Even if you don't dance the night away or party until the early hours, checking out the neon-lit Patong is an essential after dark activity. Countless bars and clubs are located along this 2.5-mile stretch of beachfront, particularly down Bangla Road, where fire-spitters, magicians, samba dancers, and other street performers all vie for your attention.
Phuket's diverse natural beauty has to be seen to be believed. The staggering limestone landscape of Ao Phang Nga National Park is the result of wind, rain, and fault movements over millions of years. At Phuket's southernmost point, Promthep Cape, which translates to “God’s Cape”, is where you'll experience sunsets that evoke a sense of pure serenity.
Keeping a watchful eye over Phuket from the top of the Nakkerd Hills is the cross-legged Big Buddha, which stands 46 metres tall and 24 metres across. In addition to 360-views over the beaches of Kata and Karon, you'll also see monks praying at this place of worship, which alongside the dharma music, adds an uplifting ambience.
If you're feeling adventurous, Phuket has an abundance of water sports on offer, both above and below the waves. Snorkelling and scuba diving will unveil the mesmerising marine world, while surfing and parasailing is bound to get the adrenaline pumping. Slow-paced sailing to the breathtaking Phang Nga Bay also makes the most of Phuket's inviting waters.