Things to do in Phuket
Phuket is a large island with a range of activities to keep travelers young and old happy. Whether you want to bungee jump or race it out on the go-kart tracks, there’s no reason why anyone should ever be bored in Phuket.
There are a few art galleries in Phuket that are worth a look and make for a fun lazy afternoon.
Ad: Bzenter Mall, Saiyuand Rd, Rawai.
Exhibits by some of the best Thai artists in the area.
Ad: 63/501 Moo 2, Thepkrasatri Rd, Koh Kaew. Web: www.dgallery.co.th
A funky spot displaying works by various artists from the region.
Ad: Ao Makham, Cape Panwa. Tel: 076-391-126.
Fish fans and the aqua curious can get their kicks at the newly renovated Phuket Aquarium. Highlights include an underwater glass tunnel and lots of colorful fish. Open from 8:30 am until 4 pm and admission is 100 baht for adults, 50 baht for children. Don’t expect too much from the aquarium as it is rather small.
Boutique marine charter
Coral Seekers (www.coralseekers.com) offers transfers, a privately owned reception centre to get changed, a boat for the day and a guide. You get the works with these guys, including lunch on the beach. Trips are tailored to meet the requirements of whatever it is you want to do. Charters are ideal for anyone from honeymooning couples to families. A day trip for a family can cost as little as about $350. Want to get married on the beach? These guys can organize that, too.
Bowling is a fun way to spend an evening in Phuket. There are six bowling alleys in Phuket to choose from, dotted all over the island.
Ocean Plaza Bowling
Ad: 31 Soi Bangla, Patong. Tel: 076-341163/7.
Rock & Bowl
Ad: Soi Kepsub 2, Sai Nam Yen Rd, Patrong. Tel: 076-345165.
Ad: 3rd Floor Jungceylon, Patong. Tel: 076-600333.
Ad: 2nd floor, Big C Supercenter, 72 Moo 5 Chalermprakiat Ror 9 (the bypass road), Phuket Town. Tel: 076-249260.
Ad: 2nd floor, Ocean Shopping Mall, 38/1-15 Tilok-U-Thit Rd, Phuket Town. Tel: 076-223057/8.
Pearl Bowling Lanes
Ad: Intersection of Montri Rd and Phang Nga Rd. Tel: 076-211418.
What would any trip to Southeast Asia be without at least one bungee jump?
World Bungee Jumping
Ad: Soi Kebsab 2, Patong. Tel: 076-345185.
Jungle Bungge Jump
Ad: Wichit Songkram Rd, Kathu. Tel: 076-321351. Web: www.phuketbungy.com
Phuket has cinema all over the island. The majority of them show Western films with Western soundtracks, although some films are dubbed for Thai audiences. There are also healthy smatterings of Asian movies shown. Thai movies are usually shown with English subtitles, so if you want to get a glimpse of Thai culture while you’re in Phuket, this is a good chance to do it. New movies come out on Thursdays. Whatever you do, make sure you stand up when the anthem of His Majesty the King plays.
SF Cinemacity Jungceylon
Ad: Third floor, Jungceylon shopping mall, Patong.
Monday to Wednesday tickets are from 120 baht. Thursday to Sunday tickets are from 140 baht.
Ad: Third flooy, Central Festival, Phuket City.
Modern cinema with VIP seating if you want to sample the high life. Expect to pay 100 baht Monday to Wednesday and 120 baht Thursday to Sunday.
Coliseum Paradise Multiplex
Ad: Phuket City.
Cheap at 90 baht a ticket, but the films are usually dubbed in Thai.
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Almost everywhere you go in Phuket, you see elephants. Elephant trekking in Phuket is a popular travellers’ pastime. If you have a family, this is a great Phuket activity for children. Phuket has several elephant camps and a ride on the back of one of the beasts will usually last for about half an hour. An elephant trek is a great way to see the scenic side of the island. You might also get to ride on a bamboo raft and see an elephant show as well.
Siam Safari Nature Tours
Ad: 17/2 Soi Yod Sane, Village 10, Chalong. Tel: 076-280-116.
Ad: 99 Moo 3, Kamala, Kathu. Tel: 076-385111. Web: www.phuket-fantasea.com
Phuket Fantasea remains one of the most popular attractions for visitors to Phuket. Check out the carnival atmosphere and the Las Vegas-style shows with animals and all sorts. There’s also a huge restaurant.
Patong Go-Kart Speedway
Ad: 118/5 Moo 6, Pra Baramee Rd, Kathu. Tel: 076-321948. Web: www.gokartthailand.com
Go-karting in Phuket is best enjoyed with a big group of friends. Show up to the track and race. Children’s karts are also available.
Golf in Phuket
Phuket’s lush scenery and dramatic backdrops make for some of Thailand’s best golf courses. Lots of people come to Phuket for no other reason than to play a few rounds. There is a good selection of golf courses to choose from.
Phuket Country Club
Ad: 80/1 Moo 7, Wichit Songkram Rd, Kathu. Tel: 076-319200. Web: www.phuketcountryclub.com
Loch Palm Golf Club
Ad: 38 Moo 5 Wichit Songkram Rd, Kathu. Tel: 076-321929-34. Web: www.lochpalm.com
Red Mountain Golf Course
Ad: Kathu. Tel: 076-321929-34. Web: www.lochpalm.com
Sister course of Loch Palm.
Laguna Phuket Golf Club (formerly Banyan Tree Golf Club)
Ad: Laguna compound.
Thai Muang Golf and Marina
Ad: Phang Nga.
Blue Canyon Country Club
Ad: 165 Moo 1, Thepkrasatri Rd, Thalang. Tel: 076-328088. Web: www.bluecanyonclub.com
There are two golf courses at Blue Canyon, both of which have won numerous awards.
Mission Hills Phuket Golf Club Resort and Spa
Ad: 195 Moo 4 Pla khlok, Thalang. Tel: 076-310888. www.missionhillsphuket.com
Phuket has acouple of horse riding schools, both located at Bang Tao Beach.
Phuket Bang Tao Riding Club
Ad: 394 Moo 1, Bangtao Beach, entrance to Laguna. Tel: 076-324199, 076-324099.
About 660 baht an hour.
Phuket Riding Club
Ad: 95 Viset Rd, Rawai. Tel: 076-288213.
Usually 300 to 500 baht an hour.
Dino Park Mini Golf
Ad: 119 Patak Rd, Karon Beach. Tel: 076-330625.
Open from 10 am until midnight, Dino Park is great fun for the whole family, with dinosaurs and even an active volcano as part of the course.
Muay Thai Boxing
Thailand is famed for Muay Thai and there’s no better place to learn a few moves than in Phuket. The island has a number of Muay Thai schools that offer classes to foreigners. There are also several stadiums around the island if you’d rather watch than actually get involved.
Rawai Muay Thai
Ad: Rawai Beach. Tel: 081-4769377. Web: www.rawaimuaythai.com
Boxing and fitness training.
Tiger Muay Thai and MMA Training Camp
Ad: 7/6 Moo 5 Soi Tad-ied, Chalong. Tel: 076-367071, 076-383107. Web: www.tigermuaythai.com
One of Phuket’s most popular Muay Thai camps. All levels welcomed.
Suwit Muay Thai Camp
Ad: Moo 1 , Choa Fa Rd , Chalong. Tel: 076-38116715. Web: www.bestmuaythai.com
Another Muay Thai camp in Phuket.
Phuket Thai Boxing Gym
Ad: 82/5 Moo 4, Patak Rd, Kata. Tel: 076-281090. Web: www.muaythaiphuket.com
Bangla Boxing Stadium
Ad: 198/4 Rat-u-thit 200 Pee Rd, Patong. Tel: 086-9405463, 089-7241581. Web:
Great place to watch a fight and down a few beers.
Patong Boxing Stadium
Fights every Monday. Expect to pay 1,000 baht to sit ringside.
Khao Phrao Taew Wildlife and Forest Reserve
Ad: Thalang. Tel: 076-311998.
For something a bit different, getting back to nature is a refreshing change from the island’s famous nightlife and dining scenes. Khao Phrao Taew is perfect for trekking around with its nature trail. The scenery is beautiful with monitor lizards and gibbons all over the place. Admission is 200 baht for foreigners.
Ad: Surin. Tel: 087-8945853.
Take a safari tour around Surin. Lots of shows with elephants and monkeys.
Get back to Nature with a sea-canoe trip. Day tours and camping trips are available. These trips usually take place in Krabi and Phang Nga Bay. A sea-canoe trip is a great way to see a side of Thailand that most travelers miss. The scenery is fantastic, filled with islands, caves, mangrove swamps and lagoons.
John Gray’s SeaCanoe
Ad: 124 Soi 1, Yaowarat Road, Muang. Tel: 076-254-505. Web: www.johngray-seacanoe.com Email: [email protected]
John Gray is the daddy of sea canoeing. Look this guy up before talking to anyone else. He knows his stuff and is always happy to educate folks.
Ad: 367/4 Yaowarat Road, Muang. Tel: 076-212-172, 076-236-606. Web: www.seacanoe.net Email: [email protected]
Sea Cave Canoe
Ad: 2/2-3 Chumpom Road, Taladnua, Muang. Tel: 076-210-434, 076-234-419. Web: www.seacavecanoe.com Email: [email protected]
Playhouse Restaurant and Theater
Ad: Rat-U-Thit Rd in Patong. Tel: 076-341500.
There are dance shows twice a night with lots of Broadway hits for punters to enjoy. Tickets are 300 baht per show. A great way to spend an evening in Phuket. If you are a fan of shows and don’t mind camping it up a bit, head to Soi Katoey, also in Patong.
Phuket Stunt Show
Ad: Show Nai Nam, 35/11 Village 4 Patak road, Rawai. Tel: 076-281-297, 076-281-578-9. Web: www.phuketstuntshow.com Email: [email protected]
This one has to be seen to be believed. The Phuket Stunt Show is 75 minutes every night (except Wednesdays), packed with high-flying diving antics, jet-skis, fire, acrobatics and more. It is great. Doors open at 6 pm and the show kicks off at 7: 30 pm. Tickets are a little pricey at 1,200 baht.
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Temples and shrines
Be sure to visit some of Phuket’s many temples and shrines during your trip to the island.
Thai cooking classes
Ever wanted to dazzle your friends with a spicy Thai curry or a kickass pad Thai? Now’s your chance to learn with a Thai cooking class in Phuket. Whether you just want half a day’s lesson or you’re keen to take the plunge for an entire week, there are a variety of classes available. These Thai cooking classes will clue you up on everything from choosing ingredients to presenting your masterpiece. If nothing else, this is a good opportunity to eat a lot of Thai food.
Kangsadaan Cooking School
Ad: Land and House Park, 79/201 Village 7, Chao Fa Road. Tel: 089-651-1064. Web: www.kangsadaan.com Email: [email protected]
Mom Tri’s Boathouse
Ad: The Boathouse Phuket, Kata Beach. Tel: 076-330-015-7. Web: www.boathousephuket.com/culinary.php Email: [email protected]
Ad: 26/4 Kwang Road, Vichit, Muang. Tel: 076-263-366. Web: www.phuketdir.com/patscooking/ Email: [email protected]
Phuket Thai Cookery School
Ad: 39/4 Thepatan Road, Rasada, Muang. Tel: 076-252-354-5. Web: www.phuket-thaicookeryschool.com Email: [email protected]
The Hideaway School of Thai Cookery
Ad: 116/9 Village 4, Patak Road, Kata Beach, Karon. Tel: 076-330-914. Email: [email protected]
Trips from Phuket to Phang Nga are available for people who want to go whitewater rafting. The Class 2 and 3 rapids will keep most adrenaline junkies happy, but these aren’t the most exhilarating rapids in Thailand.
River Adventure by Whitewater Rafting
Ad: Phang Nga. Tel: 076-246-284, 076-244-940. Web: www.phangnga-rafting.com
These guys know their stuff.
Ad: Soi Phalai off Chao Fa East Rd, near Chalong. Tel: 076-381227, 076-38133.
Phuket Zoo is home to several interesting species of animal, including all different kinds of birds and butterflies. As with most zoos in Thailand, there are crocodile, monkey and elephant shows every day. Admission is 400 baht for adults and 200 baht for children. Open 8:30 am until 6 pm.