The most developed and animated island of Thailand. Worldwide known for its beautiful beaches, its bustling nightlife, and its erotic bars. It’s also a central place to visit the most known spots of the Andaman see like Phang Nga Bay, Koh Phi Phi Islands or Similian Islands. In addition to tons of astonishing things to do in Phuket, accommodation offering is very wide and very cheap. The best plan is to get a beachfront hotel in the southwest of the island where you find the best beaches (Karon Beach, Kata beach, or Nai Ham beach), beautiful cozy places, and an easy access to the animated locations like Patong beach. The thing I like about Phuket is the mix between two totally opposite atmospheres on the same day: a wild and empty island or beach by day Vs a bustling and crazy street by night. Get ready for the mix!
1- Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island
It’s the Ha long Bay of Thailand, an incredible landscape made of a swarm of small islands and huge limestone cliffs. Impossible to count them, they feel like hundreds. The sea is quite shallow in this area and you can see several species of mangroves, seagrass and small coral reefs from your boat. The most known cliff in the bay is the “James Bond Island”, it’s the Island featured in two James Bond movies: “Man with the golden gun” and “Tomorrow never dies”
2- Koh Panyi floating village
Something very rare on our planet, a large and well-developed fishing village totally floating on the Phang Nga Bay. The village is based on thousands of stilts and around 2’000 people are living inside. It has all the facilities with several markets, a floating football pitch, and even a big mosque. Yes, the village is Muslim, it has been built in the 18th century by two Muslim families from Java, Indonesia. The citizens’ lifestyle is very connected to the bay and feels very peaceful and inspiring. Their cars are boats and their roads are channels. They are very skilled in dry seafood and you can buy some tasty&spicy dried shrimps that can spice up all your salads for a long time.
3- Koh Phi Phi islands
THE postal card of Thailand. When you see pictures of long tail boats floating on crystal emerald water with green tall rocks in the background, that’s Koh Phi Phi!
It’s a small archipelago with 2 main Islands, Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Lee, and several other tiny islands and small rocks jutting out of a very special greenish-blue color sea that makes those islands a delight to the eyes. Check out below the top things to do in Koh Phi Phi.
4- Patong beach & Bangla Road
The craziest place in Phuket. It actually has two opposite faces like day & night.
By day you can enjoy its long blue beach, the most popular coast of the Island. The beach is quite busy but it’s the price to pay to be close to a various choice of excellent restaurants and bars.
By night it’s a completely different story. It’s a sparkling and bustling parade of joyful tourists, sexy strip club’s promoters, crazy ladyboys and so on. On top of the hundreds of bars, clubs, and restaurants, you can try some very strange experiences like the ping-pong show if you’re strong enough. A cute name for a very crude erotic show. And all this happens on the Soi Bangla Road. A hallucinating and jazzy experience that only Phuket can offer, to try at least once!
5- Similian Islands
Another pearl of the Andaman Sea. A stunning archipelago of islands surrounded by clear turquoise blue water, white creamy sand, and massive grey rocks. The 9 islands are a paradise for diving because of the exceptional water visibility, the low number of divers compared to other islands closer to Phuket, and the coral reef colors. The best way to get to the Islands is with a speedboat from Phuket that takes 45 minutes and you can spend all your day on the Islands. Liveaboard boat from Phuket is also an option if you want to explore slowly the Islands and do some diving or fishing, the tour takes 3 days minimum. Similian Islands are clearly Thailand’s most beautiful islands in addition to Koh Phi Phi.