Phang Nga Bay is one of the most famous places to visit when you are in Phuket. You can visit the amazing island of Phang Nga Bay whether it’s sunny or even when it’s raining.
The diversity of the limestone cliffs and caves give people the opportunity to visit the island in the high and low season; every time is an amazingly different experience.
It is located roughly 20km north of Phuket Island and 40km from the pier, where most people depart from.
How to get to Phang Nga Bay
Luckily there are many options to choose from in Phuket to get to Phang Nga Bay. Some of the most popular are:
Kayak Day Trip
If you’re feeling up to it, you can always drive to Phang Nga Bay from Phuket and it is quite fun! The road leading up to Phang Nga Bay is covered with the same limestone cliffs and vegetation.
Once you reach the intersection of Phang Nga Bay and Krabi road, you will definitely want to make a stop, and check out the beautiful hidden park which is hidden. This park is a maze of caves that are certainly worth exploring.
The park also has food and drink stalls if you want to take a break and have a small picnic, but make sure to keep an eye out for the monkeys, they are known for going around and stealing people’s food!
However, if time is of the essence then the most luxurious way to reach the region is aboard a Phang Nga Bay speedboat tour that gets you there quickly and in supreme comfort.
What to do in Phang Nga Bay
Some of the most breathtaking landmarks are located in Phang Nga Bay. Limestone cliffs and caves can be found everywhere in the bay, some of them have even been included in movies.
James Bond Island
The most well-known attraction is James Bond Island. Named after the famous movie James Bond: The Man with the Golden Gun.
Koh Tapu is the real name of this rock formation, which translates to Nail Island, a suited name since the rock is tall and thin, resembling a nail.
A close competitor to James Bond Island for top tourist attractions is Koh Panyi. At times it gets just as busy as James Bond Island, so if you’re looking to go exploring during a less busy time, make sure to not visit during ‘rush hour.’
Koh Panyi is a surprisingly large village that is built on stilts! Most locals live off mainly fishing and the tourists which visit the island.
The cave of reclining Buddha
Make sure you don’t leave the cave of reclining Budhha off your top sights to see when visiting Phang Nga Bay.
When you visit Wat Suwan Khuha, you will be taken away by the massive golden reclining Buddha which is tucked away inside a cave.
Don’t forget to be cautious of the monkeys near here, as they are known to act naughty and mischievous.
Laem Haad Beach
While you’re leaving Phang Nga Bay, make sure you don’t miss Laem Haad Beach.
Laem Haad Beach is at the very north of Koh Yao Yai and it is one of the most beautiful beaches with shimmering sand and clear blue water.
If you’re searching for a small and secluded beach, then Koh Panak is the island for you. Koh Panak is a small and sandy lagoon with a cave you can access the beach from. Here you will be able to see tropical trees and formations from the stones and sea.
Two islands make up Koh Yao: Koh Yao Yai is the largest but not many people visit, and Koh Yao Noi is home to the fishing communities of the area.
Koh Yao Noi hosts an array of hotels from budget Airbnb to luxury 5-star hotels. You might not find some of the best beaches here like the beaches in Phuket, but here you will experience the authenticity of Thailand and an amazing view of Phang Nga Bay and the limestone cliffs.
When visiting Phuket, the Big Buddha is the attraction you must visit. The statue is a 45-meter tall white marble structure that is visible from nearly everywhere in the southern part of Phuket. It’s one of the most breathtaking experiences when you go sightseeing in Phuket. You can even climb up the Bid Buddha and see the amazing panoramic view of Phuket from the terrace.
History of Phuket Big Buddha
The construction of the Phuket Big Buddha started in 2002 and still hasn’t finished yet. It was given the official name ‘Phraphutthamingmongkhol-akenagakhiri Buddha,’ which translates to ‘Happiness on top of Naked Mountain Buddha.’
The Big Buddha was built with the help of local’s donations. If you want while visiting the statue, you can help fund the building by donating or sponsoring a marble piece of tile starting from 200 baht.
Visiting the Big Buddha
Getting to the Big Buddha is quite accessible if you don’t have a problem with the many curves during the ride there. If you drive slowly and carefully there isn’t an issue and is an enjoyable ride.
When you reach the destination, there is an organized parking lot where you can park, and a security officer has to check your clothing to make sure that it is suitable. Short shorts, skirts, or dresses aren’t accepted. If you aren’t wearing clothes that the security deems appropriate you will be required to wear a sarong, which is provided to you for free.
Once you arrive at the Big Buddha, you will see the large magnificent sweeping staircase that leads up to the statue. An important note to remember is that you are only allowed to climb up the sweeping staircase, it is not permitted to walk down them to leave. Don’t worry though, if you want to leave you can take a separate exit which is on the other side of the Big Buddha statue.
The total number of steps to reach the Big Buddha statue is 94, which is relatively an easy climb.
Big Buddha Statue Panoramic View
If you get the chance to climb up the Big Buddha statue, you’ll be in the panoramic view of a lifetime!
Climb up to the terrace on the Big Buddha statue to get an amazing view of Kata Bay, Kata Noi Bay, Promthep Cape, and Nai Harn Windmill when the weather is clear.
Big Buddha Phuket has become a favorite for tourists, but if you want other options, you can also visit the sitting Buddha of Wat Kao Rang or the Buddha of Wat Sri Sunthron.
The Big Buddha Temple
On the way down from the terrace, you will walk by a temple where monks sit all day, pray, and occasionally have ceremonies for visitors.
You can donate money to the temple or buy amulets that go towards the funding of the Big Buddha temple.
There is no specific dress code when visiting the Phuket Big Buddha, but the security there has the authority to deny you access if you are not dressed appropriately, it is a temple with monks after all. So remember to dress appropriately and respect the local culture and religion when visiting the Phuket Big Buddha.
Sleeveless shirts, short trousers or skirts which are above the knee will not be permitted. If your dress code is not suitable, they will offer you a free sarong and ask you to wear it if you want to enter.
Bangla Road, otherwise known as Bangla walking street, is a street that starts from Patong Beach and reaches Rat-U-Thit Road which is near the Jungceylon Shopping Mall. During the day you wouldn’t think much of it since it’s a one-way street for cars. However, after 6 pm the road shuts for cars and becomes bustling with pedestrians. The real parties start after 10 pm, so if you arrive earlier, don’t be disappointed, just wait for the party to start.
Countless bars can be found on either side of Bangla Road, each and every one of them filled with tourists and locals alike. Outside of nearly every bar, you can see women whose objective is to persuade you into visiting that specific bar. They usually stand in front of the bar and hand out the drink menus.
Many people have to wrong idea about Bangla Road, thinking that it is a notorious place to go. In bars you will find ladies dancing on counters, and performing extraordinary pole dances, but don’t get it wrong, they’re wearing clothes and it’s just a show, nothing more.
Bangla Road is the place to visit if you’re looking to party and have a good time. The street is filled with bars on either side of the road competing in getting people’s attention to enter their bars. You will be able to find countless bars, nightclubs, and famous go-go bars.
On each side of Bangla Road, there are alleys, locally called ‘sois’, where you will find the more quiet and cheaper beer bars if you want to get away from the large crowds.
Live Music Bars
Live music bars are very popular in Phuket and have improved over the years. One of the most well-known live music bars is the New York Live Music Bar, where the price of beer is cheap and you can enjoy a live concert.
At the end of Bangla Road, towards Patong Beach, are some of the most famous beer bars such as Aussie Bar, Sunset Bar, and Shipwreck bar.
These are often packed with tourists since it reminded them of home, and you can grab a cold beer while watching sports games on their large screen and play a round of pool.
If there’s one place with the most nightclubs, it’s Bangla Road. Most clubs are located at the top of Bangla Road, where you can dance and party until the early morning hours.
Illuzion is one of the most famous nightclubs on Bangla Road. There’s a massive dance floor, and amazing music playing all night long.
If you’re into hip-hop and RnB, Sugar Club is the nightclub for you! It plays all of the latest hip-hop music while people enjoy their night.
Soi Bangla Road
On either side of Bangla Road are the ‘sois’, aka alleys or lanes. Even the alleys and side streets of Bangla Road are filled with bars with cheap drinks and good times.
The main soi of Patong Beach is Soi Seadragon, where most of the go-go bars are located. Most of the beer bars are located in the center of the alley, where you can play games such as Connect Four, Jenga, and hitting a nail with a hammer, which can be very fun after a few drinks.
If you’re looking for a more friendly and quiet environment, Soi Freedom is the place you to visit. You will find colorful bars, and live music performances every night during the high season.
Where to Eat
Bangla Road isn’t just filled with bars and nightclubs, there are also restaurants, fast food shops, and street food carts where you can grab a bite of food while partying.
Bangla Street Food
There used to be a food court behind the Old Tiger complex, but since has been replaced with Bangla Street Food. It’s a large open space that has food stalls in the city center and also offers dining tables so people can sit down and enjoy their food. The food here ranges from Italian, French, and local Thai cuisine and is very cheap.
Soi Patong Resort
Soi Patong Resort, unlike the other alleys, doesn’t have many bars and is filled mostly with restaurants and massage parlors, which is a peculiar combination, but who doesn’t want to eat and then get a relaxing massage before partying into the night?
The Phi Phi Islands have reopened to the public since the Covid-19 pandemic. The stunning beaches and nearby islands are as beautiful as ever since no tourists or locals were visiting.
The famous Phi Phi Islands
Phi Phi Islands, or Koh Phi Phi, is one of the most popular destinations for tourists visiting Phuket. They are a collection of islands located 40km south of Phuket.
Since the Phi Phi Islands are the most popular destinations around Phuket, you can expect the beaches and islands to be a bit crowded.
However, this can be avoided by traveling on an early-to-leave Phi Phi speedboat tour such as that offered by Two Sea Tour.
How to get to the Phi Phi Islands
There are two main ways to get to the Phi Phi islands, one is by ferry, and the other is by speedboats. Prices vary, but a ferry usually costs around 400 bhat and takes roughly 2 hours to reach Phi Phi from Phuket. In comparison, speedboat rides cost approximately 900 baht/per person but only take 50 minutes to get to the Phi Phi Islands.
Visit the surrounding islands in Phi Phi
The Phi Phi Islands are made up of several islands, but only one has hotels and places to stay. Most islands in Thailand start with ‘Koh,’ which means Island in Thai.
Koh Phi Phi Don Island
Koh Phi Phi is the main island that everyone visits. This is where you will find most hotels, restaurants, and the life of the islands. If you’re looking to party, you can visit Phi Phi Don and have a great time!
Koh Phi Phi Leh
The famous Maya Bay is located in Phi Phi Leh, which was closed for three years because of the pandemic. It’s only a few kilometers south of Phuket and roughly 30 minutes by boat.
While you’re at Koh Phi Phi, take some time to visit Koh Bida Island, which is further south and is famous for its scuba diving locations.
Koh Yoong, also known as Mosquito Island, is also nearby and worth taking a trip to!
Tonsai – phi phi central
Phi Phi Don may look scary and confusing to some, but it’s pretty easy to navigate. It’s between 2 bays, Tonsai Bay, where you would arrive, and Loh Dalum Bay, where you would find the main beach.
Walking down the town center roads, you can see all types of shops, including a tattoo parlor, bars, scuba diving centers, restaurants, massage parlors, and many more!
We wouldn’t recommend visiting the shops in the morning since most are shut, mostly because people are at the beach and exploring the nearby islands. But, don’t worry; the shops stay open until late at night to accommodate tourists who want to explore Loh Dalum by night.
By the afternoon, the streets start getting filled with tourists and locals alike. You’ll see a lot of people shopping, having an afternoon happy hour at a local bar, or getting a tattoo!
Since there are so many restaurants in the area, you’ll find something to please your taste buds. From authentic Thai food to fusion cuisines, you will not be disappointed.
Since Covid, the island is still trying to recover from the lack of tourists and nightlife. After 9 pm, you will see bars starting their fire shows, live bands performing, and Muay Thai fights. Just like the restaurants, the bars don’t lack options, but if you want a good night, we recommend visiting Loh Dalum Bay, where you can watch the most memorizing fire shows.
Long Beach is one of the most stunning sandy beaches on the Phi Phi Islands. Long Beach is home to some of the best luxury hotels; if you’re looking to relax and be pampered, stop by the Phi Phi Villa Resort.
What to do in Phi Phi
Loh Dalum Bay
Loh Dalum is the sizeable shallow beach you can see on the right-hand side from the viewpoint. This part of the island is tiny, and you can walk from Tonsai to Loh Dalum, only 160 meters away.
You can find hotels, restaurants, and bars after bars on the beach where there is a party every night!
Kayaking is also popular in Loh Dalum Bay, where you can kayak and explore nearby islands.
Phi Phi Viewpoint
Phi Phi Viewpoint may be challenging to reach, but it’s definitely worth the trip!
Ensure you protect yourself from the mosquitos since they are all hidden away in the shady parts of the trail.
After reaching the top of the first flight of stairs, you will reach the first viewpoint. If you want to continue to go further up, there is a ticket counter which costs 30 baht to continue from that point on.
Scuba Diving in the Phi Phi Islands
Scuba diving in the Phi Phi Islands is undoubtedly an experience you will not want to pass on! The Phi Phi Islands are a unique place to go diving and explore all of the local aquatic beauties.
Don’t worry if you’ve never been scuba diving before; there’s a handy option called ‘discover scuba diving,’ which doesn’t require any previous experience. All you have to do is go through a short instruction course which is usually given to you on the way to the diving site, and you’re good to go!
Partying in the Phi Phi Islands
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-lifetime fire show, you must visit Slinky. It’s a beach bar famous for its fire shows and music, right on the beach!
Don’t be fooled by the name, Reggae Bar, has nothing to do with reggae music. This bar is famous for its friendly Muay Thai fights that customers are usually encouraged to participate in. You’ll be wearing head protection, and it doesn’t involve getting (too) hurt!
Where to Eat on the Phi Phi Islands
Even if you have a picky taste, you will undoubtedly find something to eat on Phi Phi Island. You can visit many restaurants and fast food stores, which will leave you wanting more.
Le Grand Bleu
If you’re looking for authentic French food, Le Grand Bleu is the place for you! This is a famous French restaurant which has been around since 1992!
Located on Loh Dalum Beach, Ciao Bella is an Italian restaurant on the beach.
Tonsai is the place to be if you’re looking for authentic Thai food. Located on the waterfront opposite Phi Phi Bayan Villa, you’ll be able to find all the seafood you want!
Shopping on Phi Phi Island
On the main market road, countless shops sell t-shirts, shorts, swimsuits, and more. Don’t expect to find anything here that’s the same as back home, but saying that it’s always enjoyable to stroll through the town center and look at all the shops.
If your time is limited when visiting Phuket, Thailand, it’s best to plan your days ahead to ensure that you get the best experiences out of your trip. Phuket is a small island, so traveling around can be easy; it takes less than half a day to travel from the north to the south of the island. What we often get asked is what to do in order to maximize time during a short stay. It is with this in mind, that we provide our 3 days in Phuket guide.
What makes Phuket an excellent destination for travelers is the vast array of options you can choose from when traveling anywhere on the island. You can explore and relax or party and go on bar crawls; the decision is up to you!
Laem Singh Beach
Laem Singh Beach has a fascinating back story. For many years the surrounding area around the beach was packed with busy restaurants and bars and beach chairs filling up all the space on the sand. One day the owner of the surrounding land decided not to let anyone cross the beach. There are no private beaches in Thailand, but if someone owns the land around them, they can be difficult to access. Fortunately, there are a few ways to access this creek that not many people know about. If you find someone who knows to tell you, you will be fortunate because this beach looks like something out of a movie; it has soft white sand, beautiful blue water, and coconut trees surrounding it.
If you’re searching for a remote clear beach, Banana beach is for you! It’s not one of the well-known beaches because some effort needs to be put in to arrive. First, you must locate the beach and then walk down a slope to access it. But the destination is worth it! Since not many people visit this beach, you can be guaranteed that it’s crystal clear, clean, and relaxing!
Mai Khao Plane Spotting
Mai Khao is the beach for you if you want an adrenaline rush while swimming! While it is forbidden to stand in the path of landing planes, the photo opportunities and temptations are just too irresistible. It’s a top-rated tourist attraction, and each day people travel to Mai Khao and spend a couple of hours there waiting for the next plane to land. It’s a popular attraction because when the plane approaches for landing, it flies very low over the beach. Now that’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Visit Old Phuket Town
Once you’ve relaxed from the beach, you can take a walk in Old Phuket Town. The streets are filled with magnificent Sino-Portuguese historical buildings, which are a pleasure to see. There are also many coffee shops, charming bakeries, and places to eat while you’re in town, so you will not be hungry or thirsty when you visit this historic town.
Visit a Phuket Market
Phuket has numerous markets nearly every day of the week. Some markets are open only on weekdays, whereas others are available to visit on weekends. The most famous market is probably the Sunday Walking Street Market, located on the old Thalang Road in Phuket Town. If you’re ever near Phuket Town, don’t miss the opportunity to visit this spectacular market!
If you want to relax after visiting the beautiful beaches and markets, you could always finish your day with refreshing cocktails at a rooftop bar. The options are endless when waiting to go to a rooftop bar in Phuket! Depending on which one you choose to visit, the sunset views are breathtaking, and it’s a great way to end your day after exploring the beaches and town.
If you’re looking for more markets to explore, you can always visit Chillva Market, located at the entrance of Phuket Town. Chillva is an authentic night market that is available Wednesday-Saturday and offers various products for people visiting. You can buy souvenirs, try out the local cuisine, and if you’ve got the guts, you could always try the famous fried insects!
Simon Cabaret Show
The Simon Cabaret Show, located in Patong Beach, Phuket, has been performing for over two decades. So if you prefer to end your day with a spectacular show, this is the place for you! It’s a colorful and entertaining show, and all of the gorgeous female dancers are, in fact, men!
The best way to spend your second day is to book a boat tour to explore the surrounding islands and see some once-in-a-lifetime attractions and spectacular views.
Morning & Afternoon
Phi Phi Islands
Most people would say you need to stay a couple of nights to explore Phi Phi island. But, if you’ve planned an entire day trip, it is perfectly fine and possible; you’ll have plenty of time to explore the island’s secret beauties and breathtaking attractions.
Raya Island (Racha Island)
Raya Island is a popular destination for many tourists, and it’s a perfect small island to spend a day. If you’re into scuba diving or snorkeling, this is the ideal place to do it; the water is crystal clear, blue, and excellent for these activities.
Phang Nga Bay
If you’re debating which island you should visit for a day trip, Phang Nga Bay should be at least the top three of your list. The sights you’ll experience on this island are indescribable! Phang Nga Bay has beautiful oceans, fascinating limestone formations, and sea caves to explore. In addition, Phang Nga Bay is one of the few islands you can visit during the low season, thanks to its sheltered bay and calm seas.
Dinner, Drinks, and Sunsets
You can enjoy a delicious dinner and cooling cocktails if you want something relaxing to end your day. Phuket has some of the best and least expensive restaurants and bars you can visit while still having the best experience. Many restaurants around the island can fit your budget and the experience you are looking for.
Bangla Walking Street
If you’re looking for nightlife and partying, Bangla Road is the place for you! Bangla Road is a very well-known destination for many tourists. The streets are full of life with colorful and vibrant restaurants, shops, bars, and dancing girls. Even though the roads are busy, it’s an accessible location to navigate, so don’t feel overwhelmed if you do decide to visit.
If you’re looking to end your day with a bang, you should visit a club in Phuket. If you’re curious about what a Go-Go bar is, you will have the opportunity to visit one while in Phuket, Thailand. The partying experience is out of this world!
End your visit with exploring and sightseeing. There are various landmarks and attractions that Phuket is well known for, which you can visit during the day, and then end your trip with a cocktail in your hand and the sea on your feet.
The Big Buddha, built in 2002, is considered one of Phuket’s most famous attractions. The massive white marble Buddha statue is undoubtedly not something you see every day. However, getting to the location is very easy and accessible by car or motorbike if you want to drive yourself, or you could also book a day trip which takes you.
Karon viewpoint offers spectacular views and impressive sights. You can see three of Phuket’s famous beaches Kata Noi, Kata Beach, and Karon Beach. Even though it is a high viewpoint, it is very easy and accessible, you can travel by car or motorbike, and there is parking space available while you enjoy the view. Since there is nothing else to do, people usually stay for a few minutes, enjoy the view, and take a few pictures.
Wat Chalong Temple
Wat Chalong is one of the most admired temples in Phuket, and it’s very close to the Big Buddha statue. The building is magnificently decorated and built, and the color compliments the blue skies, making perfect pictures. It’s free to enter; just remember to remove your shoes and hats when you, dress appropriately, and be respectful.
Nai Harn Beach
You can never get tired of the beautiful beaches when you’re in Phuket. Nai Harn is south of the island and is known for its soft sand and crystal clear water. There are restaurants where you can have lunch or a snack and get a beach massage to relax before you leave.
Karon Beach is where you have to go if you’re looking for a beach to swim, relax, and tan. There are no attractions or landmarks near the beach, but it’s perfect for people who want to spend their day relaxing by the sea.
Kata Beach is probably the second most popular beach in Phuket. Even though it can get quite busy, since it is so large, you won’t be able to tell. There are many restaurants available where you can try Phuket’s local cuisine before leaving and many shops to visit and do some last-minute shopping!
Malbin Plaza Night Market is an enjoyable last-day place to visit. You can walk, eat, drink, shop, and take photos in the same place. It’s open Monday-Sunday and easy to access if you are in or around Patong. Malbin Plaza Night Market is an excellent place to experience what a market is like in Phuket.
End your trip with a cocktail in your hand and the warm, soft sand on your feet. Having some drinks accompanied with a plater or tapas while enjoying the sunset will make you feel relaxed. Many beach clubs are available on the west coast, but depending on where you are staying, you could always search for the nearest one.
The most common questions that people have when wanting to visit Phuket, Thailand are what is the best month to visit? What will the weather be like the month I want to visit? Phuket is not only extraordinary in its attractions, but also in the weather! They don’t have well-known seasons such as winter, summer, fall/autumn, and spring. The seasons in Phuket are divided into two, the high season which is from December to May, and the low season which is June to November.
January (High Season)
January is considered by many the best month to travel to Phuket. Rain is extremely rare and most times it never rains in January, also it’s sunny with a cool temperature.
Being the peak of the high season does have some downsides. Hotel prices are usually higher due to all of the tourists and the island can get crowded. But if you’re looking for the best time to go to the beach this is the month for you. The sea is calm, clear, and blue, and it’s easier to travel to nearby islands.
AVERAGE JANUARY WEATHER
February (High Season)
February weather is very similar to January. The only difference is that the air is a little bit drier and the temperature is slightly higher.
The beaches in February are generally clean, the sea is clear and blue. Not forgetting that this is high season beaches can get very crowded and busy, but you can still enjoy more relaxing and less crowded beached if you travel north of the island.
AVERAGE FEBRUARY WEATHER
March (High Season)
The temperature in March is even higher than the previous two months, but the skies and ocean remain spotless and clear. Prices are still high due to peak season, and the city and beaches are probably going to be crowded. Rain may start appearing more often, but still enjoyable.
AVERAGE MARCH WEATHER
April (High Season)
April is the hottest month of the year, with temperatures reaching some of the highest of the peak season. If you booked a hotel or hostel without air conditioning, be prepared from some of the hottest nights.
Since April is the hottest month, it’s the month when locals celebrate the famous Songkran festival. Songkran festival is like a big water fight lasting for several days and nights. It’s part of the local tradition, but tourists also like taking part in the event. If you’re not one to get wet, we recommend sitting the Songkran festival out.
AVERAGE APRIL WEATHER
May (High Season)
May is the last month of the high season, and the weather is still hot, but very drier. The greenery around the island starts turning brown, and most people, especially locals, stay home during the day. You’ll hear a lot of people talking about the weather describing it as humid and hot.
AVERAGE MAY WEATHER
June (Low Season)
June marks the start of the rainy low season. Raining becomes more frequent but still not every day or all day. You will still have the opportunity to enjoy sunny weather, but unfortunately, the sea starts to become rough or dangerous. People should always respect and listen to the lifeguards and red flags.
AVERAGE JUNE WEATHER
July (Low Season)
The weather in July is similar to June, it’s the beginning of the low season and rainy days are coming. It doesn’t mean that it’s going to be raining every day or all day, you can still expect some sunny days!
AVERAGE JULY WEATHER
August (Low Season)
August again is very similar to the previous months in the low season. Some sunny days are still here, but also the rain is more expected. The positive thing about visiting Phuket in the low season is that the island is more peaceful. There are fewer people, fewer traffic jams and the beaches are all yours. It’s not recommended to swim, since the sea is rough and dangerous. If you pick a hotel with a nice pool and spa, and you will enjoy the month of August.
AVERAGE AUGUST WEATHER
September (Low Season)
September is normally the wettest month of the year in Phuket. The rainy days outnumber the sunny days, but there is usually still a mix of sun and rain. If you’re looking to travel to Phuket for its sun and beaches, try avoiding September because it’s not the month for you. If you’re travelling on a budget and choose to go in September there are still some positives! Such as no traffic on the roads, and all of the tourist attractions are still open. All of the islands are still accessible, except the Similan Islands.
AVERAGE SEPTEMBER WEATHER
October (Low Season)
The weather in October is very similar to September. It’s a mix of sunny and rainy weather, again we wouldn’t recommend traveling to Phuket in October. Nevertheless, if you have no choice and you are traveling in October, there are still some attractions and events you can attend around the island. There will be more rainy days than sunny, and it usually rains in a pattern of 3, 6, or 9 days!
AVERAGE OCTOBER WEATHER
November (Low Season)
November is the last month of the low season, and the weather usually starts improving. It’s still a mix of sunny and rainy days, with rain being more dominant. The sea remains rough, and swimming is still not recommended. If you’ve booked a hotel with a pool, then you’re good to go for the month of November.
You will also get to experience the locals celebrating the beautiful day of Loy Krathong, where they release floating offerings, wishing for good luck in the next year.
AVERAGE NOVEMBER WEATHER
December (High Season)
December is considered the last month of the year but the first month of the high season. The weather is usually great if you’re thinking about traveling there in December. The skies are usually blue, with small clouds and a cool but warm temperature. 24°C is considered ‘cold’ for thelocals. Prices also start to increase since it is officially the beginning of the high season.
AVERAGE DECEMBER WEATHER
Best Month to Visit Phuket
Many factors go into play when deciding what month to travel to Phuket, such as budget, activities, etc. We recommend the best month to travel to Phuket in February, the weather is warm, the skies are clear and the beaches are calm. February offers both the opportunity for relaxing and partying depending on the reason for travel. If you prefer to go to the beach and relax, it is the perfect time to book a Phuket boat tour, but, if you prefer more nightlife and partying there are an array of bars, clubs, and restaurants to choose from!
There are many great things to do in Phuket when you travel to the region on a holiday. Whether alone, with a partner, or the entire family, we highly encourage ticking some of the activities off the following list.
Explore Old Phuket Town
The beauty and history of Old Phuket Town are something out of this world! You will never get tired of looking at the outstanding mansions and charming shophouses on the old Sino-Portuguese streets, this is definitely one of the top things to do in Phuket, Thailand. There are many small coffee shops, cute bakeries, and places to eat while you are there, so rest assured you will not be hungry or thirsty visiting the historical town. It’s perfect for a half-day trip and easy to get there. While you’re there don’t miss the chance to visit the local markets which are near the bus station, and explore all the little turns, you may find a hidden gem! Phuket Walking Street, or Lard Yai Market as the locals call it, is one of the most popular attractions in the old town. It’s a 360-meter long street where you’ll have the opportunity to try the local cuisine and experience flavors you probably have never tried!
How to get to Old Phuket Town: You could get there by tuk-tuk, take the local bus, or even walk there from the famous Thalang road.
Watch the breathtaking sunset
Phuket, Thailand has one of the most breathtaking sunsets experiences you could ever dream of! Especially if the weather permits it, you could catch a glimpse of the red hues of the sky which are affected by the reflection of the clouds and it’s very impressive.
There are two ways in which you can enjoy the sunset:
Enjoy the sunset with drinks and dinner at a restaurant. Baba Nest Restaurant and Bar for instance has one of the best rooftop views and cocktails to enjoy the view
Enjoy the sunset from Promthep Cape, an elevated location that is south of the island, and free of charge!
A once in a lifetime thing to do in Phuket, Thailand!
When to go: Sunsets are more magnificent during the low season (June-November), but there is a risk of it being cloudy.
Flying Hanuman Zipline
If you’re one for thrilling adventures or just want to try something new, Flying Hanuman might just be for you! There are 3-4 ziplines available to choose from, one is in the forest near Patong Beach. Zipline is definitely something new, fun, and exciting to do either with your friends or family. If the thought of zipline is intimidating to you, rest assured that it’s safe and anyone can do it, this is an activity that you will absolutely never forget!
How to get there: You can book directly through the Flying Human Zipline, or through a local travel agency
Prices: Prices start from 2,300 baht
Snorkeling or Scuba Diving
Snorkeling is an easy and fun activity for anyone and everyone! It’s best to go snorkeling during the high season (December-May) because the water is calm and clear. Plus there are many locations on the island where you can see beautiful sea life and enjoy the beach!
Phuket has some of the best diving sites in the world, Richelieu Rock which is the Andaman sea was voted as one of the top 10 best diving sites in the world! It’s an easy activity for anyone wanting to try, and also very affordable. For those who already have experience in scuba diving, there are also more advanced courses available.
Explore the beauties of Phang Nga
Of course, exploring Phang Nga island would be one of the top things to do in Phuket, Thailand. The scenery of Phang Nga will definitely leave you in awe! There are various ways you could choose how to explore the island, you could take a sunset cruise, or explore by canoe and navigate through caves and lagoons. If it’s in your budget, you could also rent a private cruise that takes you around the island, it is said to be one of the most relaxing and satisfying experiences. You will not be disappointed if you explore the beauties of Phang Nga island, the landscapes and views will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience.
How to get to Phang Nga: You can book a boat ride to the island one day before through your hotel or a street booth. Or you could book it in advance online through Two Sea Tour’s Phang Nga Bay speedboat tour or another tour option from the large range of online choices. (this is the best option, especially during high season)
When to go: Phang Nga is open all year round for anyone wanting to go. The island is mostly sheltered so you could even visit during the low season when it’s raining! The sea is always calm so don’t be worried if you get sea sick easily.
Visit the Phi Phi Islands
The Phi Phi islands are a large group of islands with some of the best beaches, hiking trails, and viewpoints. The diversity is so large that you could choose to relax at one of the beaches or explore the whole island. Phi Phi is also very well known among young people for its all-day-all-night parties. The islands have become one of the most popular tourist attractions, so be prepared for the large crowds plus the prices are also higher than other similar locations because of this. You also have the chance to visit the famous Maya Bay in Phi Phi which has recently been reopened after being closed for several years.
How to get to the Phi Phi Islands: If you are planning to stay for the night it’s better to book in advance. You could also book a day trip tour to Phi Phi aboard a speedboat, which is for a short period of time and doesn’t allow you to explore many things. Ferries and speedboats are available for booking at Phuket and prices start as low as 375 baht.
When’s the best time to visit Phi Phi Islands: The island is open all year round for everyone. But the best time to visit is during the high season when the skies are clear and blue. For those who might travel during the low season, the sea is a bit rough so be prepared for a bumpy ride.
Enjoy the nightlife along Bangla Road
If you enjoy nightlife and partying Bangla Road is the place for you! Bangla Road is a famous must-visit destination for many tourists and there are huge crowds of people walking up and down the famous street every night. Many people believe that Soi Bangla is the Sin City for Single Men, which is not true. In fact, it is full of life with colorful and vibrant restaurants, shops, bars, and dancing girls. If you are curious about what a Go-Go bar is, you will have the opportunity to visit one on Bangla Road and see what it is. But, you will also see a lot of couples drinking at bars and enjoying their time. It’s an easy location to navigate even though the streets are busy, so don’t feel overwhelmed if you do visit Bangla Road.
When’s the best time to visit Bangla Road: Bangla is a place you could visit all year round. The best time of day to visit if you’re looking for nightlife and partying is after 9-10 pm. The street is also closed to cars roughly around 7 pm to accommodate people who want to walk on the street.
Visit a Night Market
Phuket has several night markets nearly every day of the week! Some may say that they’re more of bazaars than markets, but the definition is different for everyone. Some markets are only available to visit during the weekends and others on weekdays. The most famous night market is probably the Sunday Walking Street Market which is located on the old Thalang Road in Phuket Town.
The viewpoint of Samet Nangshe
Samet Nangshe has only recently been discovered and breathtaking is not enough to say about the view you have. It is just outside of Phuket, and be prepared because it takes some walking to reach, but the destination is so beautiful and magnificent that the trip is worth the time. Before Samet Nangshe started getting more known, the walk to one of the viewpoints was quite difficult, but since more and more tourists have started visiting the location pickup trucks are available to take you up the hill for a small fee.
Party or Relax at a Beach Bar
There are so many options of beach bars to choose from that there will definitely be one to accommodate what you are looking for. Most of them are open all day round for tourists to enjoy food and drinks by the beach. There are beach bars that are for relaxing, and then some beach bars that turn into clubs at night for people looking to party.
Explore Khai Island
Ok Ok, we said top 10 but we’ve added another activity in Phuket to explore!
Khai Island is well worth considering due to the sensational features and pristine waters that surround the island. It is a perfect place to take the perfect photo and is a great destination for those looking to fill their itinerary with one more adventure. Contact us about our custom Khai Island tour today for more information.
Kayaking in Phuket, Thailand, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is one of the best ways to explore Phuket and the surrounding island and enjoy the beauty without missing a second. We have accumulated the top 10 locations to go kayaking with the best views and attractions!
The 10 best Kayaking in Phuket Locations
Phang Nga Bay
One of the best ways to explore Phang Nga Bay is by kayak, no doubt. There are hidden islands and sea caves formed from limestone, making it an undoubtedly breathtaking experience. You will also enjoy all nature offers in the rainforest and see native plants, flowers, and animals! You could also choose to kayak at night on the calm ocean bed, staring at the glittering skies and moonlit ocean.
Two Sea Tour offers a kayaking tour that is not only incredible rewarding but is also eco-friendly. Immerse yourselves in the Phang Nga Bay by taking part in an Phang Nga Bay kayaking tour.
Phi Phi Islands
The Phi Phi Islands are most famous for their clear blue oceans, limestone caves, and crystal clear beaches. If you’re looking to take photos of some of the most beautiful sights, get your camera ready when you go to the Phi Phi Islands! The best way to get around the island and take all of the beauty in is by kayaking. Phi Phi Islands are uninhabited, so if you are looking to kayak and relax, this is the place for you!
James Bond Island
James Bond Island is probably one of the most well-known islands thanks to the Hollywood film James Bond: Man with the Golden Gun. With kayaking, you will have the opportunity to explore and navigate the exact location where the movie was filmed. James Bond Island is also uninhabited, so you will be able to see nature in all of its beauty without a hint of modernization.
If you want to explore the authenticity of Phuket, you have to kayak through the Mangrove Channels and swamps. The only way to travel them is by kayak, and this will also allow you to see tropical water birds. If you’re looking to travel and kayak solo, this is the safest place in Phuket to do so. Mangrove Channels is always open to kayaking, no matter the weather or season.
The Andaman Sea has always been a historical place and is very well known to locals. Since ancient times, the sea has been used which was part of the trade route between India and China and a route between India and Myanmar. The most adventurous way to sail on the Adaman Sea is by kayak.
If you’re searching for the most photogenic kayaking trips, Phuk Lagoons is for you. Kayak next to sea rocks with thriving vegetation and travel through limestone sea caves. You can find bats hanging upside down in these magnificent sea caves, definitely making it a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Yao Noi Island
If you’re a kayaking enthusiast and love a challenge, you have to visit Yao Noi Island. It’s roughly 46km to go and come, traveling through the Andaman sea. You will have the chance to go island hopping to nearby islands and fill up your day. Yao Noi has facilities such as restaurants and bars if you want to enjoy the island. The best time to visit Yao Noi Island is December through March during the high season.
Raya Noi is a small island located in the south of Phuket, it is also famously known as ‘Pirate Island.’ If you’re an adrenaline junkie and looking to do different types of water sports, Raya Noi has everything you’re looking for. Since Raya Noi has shallow seawaters it is an ideal place to kayak and explore the island.
Yanui Beach is considered the lonely beach of Phuket. Many couples who are on their honeymoon prefer to visit this beach because of the privacy and very few tourists. Kayaking is one of the best ways to take all of Yanui Beach’s beauties in. If you visit during the high season when the tide is low and the sea is calm, you will also have the opportunity to experience particular native marine life.
If you’re searching for nightlife and recreational activities to do alongside kayaking, you must visit Patong Beach. You have the choice to go night kayaking under the sparkling sky and moonlight ocean, best recommended in the high seasons (December-March). Some more particular activities include fishing and crab hunting!
Two Sea Tour are experienced tour operators based in the Phuket region. Possessing over 18 years of experience in the tourism industry and offering unique tours to some of the most beautiful places on Earth.
My wife and I spent a week in Phuket and we ended up doing two Simba Tours, after being thoroughly impressed by our first tour.
We did the Phi Phi island tour, and the James Bond island tour. Both were amazing and I would recommend doing them both because they were very different from each other. The Phi Phi islands tour had snorkeling and a lot of pristine beach and lagoon locations, while the Jamea Bond island tour had no snorkeling but sea kayaking instead, as well as cave exploration.
Both times the driver showed up at our hotel in Karon beach early, and was very pleasant to deal with. He takes you directly to their office in the Royal Phuket Marina, where a light morning snack is waiting for you (boiled eggs, coffee, crackers, fruit, etc.). There's then a briefing of the tour on a large map that is very comprehensive so that everyone understands the days schedule and can ask questions. Both times the briefing was done by one of the tour guides named Harry who speaks perfect English. The tour guides themselves were amazing, we had Woody on our first tour and Harry on our second tour and I can guarantee that these guys are top notch. They really do avoid all of the masses, for example we were the first ones on the James Bond island, which apparently is very very busy normally. The tour guides know when the popular spots get busy and using the smaller boat (we had approximately 16 people on our first tour and 15 on the second), they are able to get in and out before the masses. The crew on the boat such as the captain and boat boy were always very friendly, often taking candid pictures of us, which they offer to email to you afterwards at no cost. If I could give more than 5 stars, I would! Highly recommend.