Phuket has been one of my favourite destinations in Thailand, along with the bustling city of Bangkok. It is a constant popular spot for beach getaways due to its cheap prices, private beaches and impeccable thai food. In this 2-day travel itinerary, you’ll find my curated guide to explore the best of Phuket.
Where to stay:
- Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort: A 5-star luxury resort in Patong with an exclusive private beach, packed with first-class spa treatments, restaurants and luxurious amenities. Read my full review of the resort here.
- Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort: Similar in price range, the Hyatt Regency in Phuket is also a luxurious 5-star resort with top-notch amenities and culinary options. It’s located near Kamla beach and the main highlight is their breathtaking infinity pool. Would you still want to go to the beach?
- The Baray Villa by Sawasdee Village has one of the most prominent Thai structures imbued in their architectural design. There’s nothing closer to a mini royal treatment than a 3D2N pampering at the Baray Villa. It’s located near Kata beach and close to the Big Buddha Temple – a must see landmark in Phuket!
What to do in Phuket
#1 Quiet Beaches in Phuket
Find a beach to unwind, and never leave. My choice of the perfect beach – crystal clear waters, soft sands, unpolluted by overcrowding tourists.
- Freedom Beach
- 10-min boat ride from Patong Beach to Freedom Beach. It costs 1,000 – 1,300 baht per person for a round trip ticket.
- Phi Phi Islands
- 2 hours from Rassada Pier in Phuket to Phi Phi Islands via ferry. It costs 500 baht per person for a one-way ticket.
This pristine, desert-island beach was pure paradise. Le Meridien’s 500-metre long beach had the softest golden sands isolated on its own little island, making it the most peaceful spot to unwind.
Just 1.1km from Freedom Beach, it’s a good starting point for beach-hopping to nearby Karon and Patong beaches. Also, Le Meridien has an incredible breakfast buffet spread that’s included in the price of the room. My daily favourite has been waking up to these freshly baked pancakes topped with caramel bananas.
Despite being a 5-star luxury resort, room rates are reasonably priced at USD $130/night. The only downside is its accessibility to everything else. The route from Le Meridien to nearby places like Jyencong Mall and Phuket Old Town requires a taxi ride and costs about 300 baht.
#2 Big Buddha Temple
The Big Buddha Temple is an iconic landmark in Phuket, made of concrete and pure Burmese white jade that shines magnificently under the sun. The Big Buddha stands tall at 45-metres and can be seen from Phuket Town too. It is a must-see and admission is free.
I absolutely loved the peacefulness of the temple at the mountain’s peak. There’s a tranquility and calmness surrounding the area, especially after a cloudy morning. It was fun climbing up the stairs and towards the end, we could hear sounds of small bells tinkling and fluttering of leafs.
- Opening hours: 8am – 7:30pm
- Getting here: Nakkerd Hills in Chalong, toward Soi Yod Sane 1, it’s about 6km up the steep hill. There are many signs leading up to the temple so you can’t miss it.
- Address: Soi Yot Sane 1, Chaofa West Rd, Phuket Town, Phuket 83100, Thailand
On top of the temple, you can look over the entire bay area with an incredible view from the mountain. Despite the drizzle, i really liked the cloudy atmosphere which gave a cold, mysterious vibe from above.
#3 Phuket Old Town
Phuket Old Town is the historical centre and an iconic landmark of commerce and tradition. A must-visit for any trip to here – for the food, handicraft shopping, Peranakan and Baba architecture. There’s so much Phuket’s rich culture has to offer and missing out on this would be a pity.
#4 Phuket Weekend Night Market
This is one of the largest night markets in Phuket and as the name suggest, it’s only open on weekends. Famous for their bargain shopping, you can find a variety of cheap souvenirs, clothes, handbags, perfumes and the list goes on. We also found a corner shop that sold handmade lamps which costed a fraction of the price found in IKEA. Muaha! The Weekend Night Market was definitely a rewarding experience, but be prepared to buy an extra luggage to carry all your things home.
Opening hours: 4pm – 9pm
Location: Chao Fa West Road, Phuket Town
#5 Phuket Street Food Festival
Phuket Town is also known as “Gastronomy City” and I can understand why. The Phuket Street Food Festival 2017 in mid-September was incredible. We saw over 50 booths gathered here and tourists trying out many delicious local produce unique to Thailand. What surprised me was the refined techniques and rich ingredients used in Thai street food. There’s so much to choose from and you’ll find yourself stopping from stall to stall, discovering new delicacies.
Location: Sirkit Park, Thalang Road.
What to eat
#1 Cafes, Street Vendors and Restaurants
- Ice cream at Thai Vetro: Known for their handmade ice cream, this shop sells one of the silkiest and rich flavoured ice creams. The strawberry and chai milk tea ice cream are highly recommended!
- China Inn Cafe & Restaurant: Try the Massamam curry with shrimps in the beautiful Chinese-Peranakan house. This place serves only lunch and also sells clothing upstairs. Be prepared to wait at least 20 minutes before the first dish is served.
- Chino @ Cafe Gallery: A small, minimalistic and clean cafe along Talang Road. If you’re looking for an afternoon break with simple but delicious food, this is it. They’ve got the ‘All Day Breakfast Set” which includes sausages, toast, eggs and hot coffee priced at 280 baht.
- Their Candy Palm in Syrup (80 baht), Chino Jam Toast (120 baht) and Mango Sticky Rice (180 baht) were fantastic as well. Great value for money!
- Tiger Restaurant Phuket: If you’re heading to Patong, then this lively restaurant is a must-try. Great cocktails and delicious menu, prices are reasonable. The dramatic interior deco really draws you in and the live band adds to the atmosphere.
- Some of my favourites: Goong Sabai – deep fried prawn wrapped with Chinese pancakes and plum sauce (220 baht), Tom Yum Goong (230 baht), Baked pineapple rice (220 baht), Shrimp Pad Thai (185 baht).
Any places we might have missed? Share with us in the comments below, we’d love to check them out!