Phuket is the largest island in Thailand with a land area of approximately 540-square meters (almost the size of Singapore)! Every year, an average of 5 million people travel to Phuket, making it one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world.
Phuket is a paradise for scuba diving and water sports; snorkeling, surfing, sea kayak, cable skiing and wake boarding. It is also famous or rather infamous for its crazy nightlife, go-go clubs and ping pong shows ‘not for children’.
There is an international airport in Phuket. Most Asia countries land directly to Phuket with some international/budget airlines. Another alternative is to fly to Bangkok by connecting flight and then to Phuket.
When to Go?
Phuket has tropical monsoon climate with warm and humid atmosphere most of the year. The hottest months are April and May when temperature can reach up till 40°C. The best time to visit the island is the cool season from November to February when humidity is low and rainfall is low. The island is usually busy during June, July and August but short rains can be observed. If you visit the island during the rainy season, it is advisable never to swim on the beaches with the red flag.
Where to Stay?
- Patong Beach – The most popular tourist destination in Phuket with dense concentration of bars and clubs. If you enjoy nightlife, this is the place for you.
- Karon Beach – Enjoy a more relaxed beach experience and less intense nightlife while on a budget.
- Kata Beach – A popular area suitable for young couples travelling with children.
- Phuket Town – Enjoy a real local atmosphere and charming attractions in this urban environment.
Phuket is famous for having the most expensive transportation system in Thailand. The easiest and cheapest way to get around is to rent a motorbike to explore this beautiful island!
What to Do?
Here are 9 awesome activities you can do as a couple seeking for a romantic place to relax and have fun!
Did you know there are 41 beaches on this island?! From the liveliest to the calmest, from the longest sandy beach to the most pristine, there’s definitely a beach you gonna fall in love with.
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Ride around aimlessly
Throw away the map and let yourself get lost on the island. You never know what hidden gems you might find! This is also the best way to stay away from tourist crowds.
Enjoy panoramic view from Big Buddha
The Big Buddha is located atop the highest peak of Nakkerd Hills, giving you a spectacular 360-degrees view of the island. The 45-meters tall statue is highly adorned with a Burmese jade marble work. Take your partner and offer a little prayer together.
Explore Phuket Town
Phuket has become such a major tourist hub that one tends to overlook that there is still a part of Phuket that literally bears the ‘old world charm.’ The Phuket Old Town will transport you away from the crowded lanes of Patong to a colonial setting. If you’re on a tight budget, eating and staying at this area is a great alternative.
Indulge in traditional Thai Massage
Thailand is known around the world for its affordable spa services. It’s crazy how saturated the massage business is in Phuket, so take advantage of their competitive prices. If not, head to Phuket Town for a more reasonable price.
Learn flowboarding at Surf House Phuket
Learn to surf all year round at Surf House Phuket! This is a great activity for fun-seeking couples who want to learn a new skill together.
“Fly” through the forest with Hanuman World
What better way to explore the forest than zip-lining across like a monkey? I know there are a lot of scary stories on the negligence in the adventure industries in Thailand. So, do your research properly before booking the activity. Paying a little more money is better than having mishaps during the activity.
Have a competition at Dino Park
Located between Kata and Karon, this Jurassic-themed scene is home to Dino Park, a mini-golf park with 18-holes course. The park features authentic scale replicas of prehistoric creatures with each hole being well thought out with some added challenges.
Splurge on a seafood meal
Obviously, seafood is the top choice when eating here. You should at least splurge on one seafood meal while you’re here. Of course, choose a place where you see more of locals dinning in than the tourists.
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