Many think that tourism has spoiled Phuket and made it a little too ‘commercial’ for what it used to be a laid back little village. Despite the booming tourism in Phuket, there are still somewhat free-ish budget activities to do when you are in Phuket. Come and join me while I share my secrets with you.
Rent a Bike
Only about 100 baht (2 dollars) a day, renting a motorbike can end up being the best part of your trip. If you’ve always driven a car, riding a bike will make the landscape come alive. You’ll notice places you would have otherwise missed. Although be careful, Thai traffic can be hectic. If you’ve never ride one, ask the renter to teach you.
Phuket has over 30 beaches. With crystal blue water and tropical weather, they have been ranked some of the best in the world. There’s the bustling Patong beach with jet skiing, surfing, and parasailing; or if you’re looking for something unique stop at a local restaurant and ask around. If you’re lucky you might end up getting the directions to a secret beach.
Bang Wad Dam
This reservoir has a refreshing 6k loop. For those tired of beach hopping take a jog around Bang Wad to clear your head. The loop with a scenic opening then goes through the woods. It’s also a popular place for fishing and to hang out with friends at night.
The cape is located at the southernmost point of Phuket, out looking the Andaman Sea. A popular tourist’s attraction, at the top of the Promthep viewpoint you can get an 180° scene of the adjacent island and sea. Go there during a sunset for a humbling picturesque experience.
There’s ‘big’ in the name but it’s hard to fully grasp the size of this Buddha statue unless you see it in person. At 45 meters tall and sitting on a hill, this site can be seen from all around the island. The view outlooks Chalong Bay, Phang Nga Bay, Kata Bay, Kata Noi Bay and others. It is a larger than life representation of the Buddhist values of moral happiness and peace on earth.
The most visited temple on the island, Chalong Temple is like walking into an ancient museum. It has many smaller temple nearby all decorated with vibrant colours. Tourists are allowed inside but you must respect their traditions: people should wear clothing that covers their shoulders and pants. In each room, there are paintings and monk statues. At the top of the temple, you can get a view of each of the smaller temples in the area.
Walk Around Phuket Town
Most known for its artsy coffee shops and bars, Phuket Town also has some really historic sites. Dating back to the 19th century, the architecture is a site to see. This area is also a hotspot for some live music and local festivals.
Potong Clubs – People Watching
For all the nightlife people, Bangla road is the place for you. Clubs and bars have free entree but drinks are quite expensive. So don’t go into a bar but you can walk along as if you’re on a mission. After every five steps, a promoter or stripper will try to suck you into their bar so walk fast. And with the beach so close after a night of dancing, you can head towards for a swim in the sea.
Hello! I’m Josh and I’m a journalism and business student from the U.S. I grew up near Boston but now I’m living in Thailand. In the past I’ve been a ski instructor, waiter, and camp counselor. Now I’ve taken up the pen and want to develop my skills as a writer. I got hooked on traveling last December. I found the microscopic image of my town and realized how much of the earth I hadn’t seen. Since then I’ve had a fire in my belly to see and do as much as I can. My experience here in Thailand has been so great and now I’m eager to share and inspire others to get out, it’s worth it! You can keep in contact with me at LinkedIn, Upwork or Facebook.