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Things to do in Phuket

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Phuket, Thailand’s most popular holiday island destination has 1,001 things to do, but here are some less obvious holiday activities in Phuket which will make your time in Phuket particularly memorable.

  • If you get up early (sunrise!) for a walk, you are likely to encounter monks making their rounds for offering of food. Each monk carries a bowl and Thais (usually women) will offer food to them (considered a merit making action). Thailand is a Buddhist country and this ritual can be seen every day all over the country.
  • Temple fairs are held during the cool season (November through early March) to raise money for temple maintenance. They are great fun and there is a carnival atmosphere, lots of good food and a chance to see Thai people enjoying themselves.
  • Take a drive along the south coast of the island between Kata Beach and Promthep Point. This is truly one of the most beautiful and scenic drives anywhere in the world. It takes less than an hour, so stop at each rest area and soak in the stunning views. Or drive to the north coast and enjoy the sensation of having a tropical beach all to yourself!
  • Visit nearby Phang-Nga Bay (by sea canoe or or small boat if possible). Here is one of the natural wonders of the world: striking rock and limestone formations and spectacular scenery set in this amazing bay.
  • Experience the majesty of the rainforest by walking a few of the trails at one of the national parks. The easiest to reach - and one of the most interesting - is Khao Phra Thaeo National Park located on the north end of Phuket Island.
  • Watch the sunset from Cape Promthep, then dine on seafood at Kang Eng Restaurant in Chalong Bay.
  • Visit the Night Market in Phuket Town and enjoy the enormous selection of Thai food, fruit and desserts - all at incredibly low prices.
  • Khao Rang Hill in Phuket Town offers a spectacular view of Phuket Town and is a great place to enjoy a lunch or dinner.
  • Have your fortune told while you visit the famous Wat Chalong.
  • Have a traditional Thai massage. Those staying in the Patong Beach area can easily reach the Hide-away Spa and enjoy this relaxing traditional Thai herbal spa and massage.

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