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How to Spend 1 Day in Phuket

How to Spend 1 Day in Phuket

Thailand’s largest island is renowned for its white sand beaches, lively beach towns, and eclectic nightlife. Water sports, shopping, and the city’s famous shows are just a few of the ways to experience Phuket.  With just one day, it’s best to stick to focus on the highlights—here are some ideas.

Morning: Sunrise Sightseeing

Phuket’s large size and notorious traffic means that exploring with a guide is a good idea, especially when time is of the essence. Booking a private tour offers the greatest flexibility, while a bike tour is a scenic and practical way to explore the coast.

Make an early start and head down to Promthep Cape on the southern coast of Phuket, a spectacular viewpoint from which to watch the sunrise. Continue to the nearby Big Buddha and Wat Chalong, two of Phuket’s most photographed attractions—with a bit of luck you’ll arrive before the crowds and enjoy unobstructed views. 

Afternoon: Hit the Beach

Phuket’s most popular beaches—Kata, Karon, and Patong—lie along the west coast and offer plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and other water sports. Enjoy activities such as kayaking, surfing, and stand-up paddleboarding; tuck into fresh seafood at a beachfront restaurant; or relax with a traditional Thai foot massage at one of the many area spas. 

At Patong Beach, be sure to visit Bangla Road, one of Phuket busiest streets, lined with cocktail bars, restaurants, shops, and market stalls. For more shopping, pay a visit to nearby Jungceylon shopping center, before strolling down to the seafront to watch the sunset. 

Night: Attend a Show

Bangla Road is the place to party until the early morning, but for a truly unforgettable night out, plan to attend one of Phuket’s shows. The Siam Niramit show tells the story of Thailand’s history, cultural heritage, and spiritual traditions through an 80-minute performance of music, dance, and theater. Alternatively, visit the Phuket FantaSea theme park for an evening show that includes traditional dance, acrobatics, pyrotechnics, and even elephants. For the best value, book a package that includes hotel pickup, round-trip transfers, and a pre-show dinner.

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Private Customized Phuket Tour with Driver

Private Customized Phuket Tour with Driver

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Create the trip of a lifetime on this customized tour of Phuket. Choose your tour duration and set off through the city streets and check out key attractions, landmarks, and must-see sites. Navigate the city like a local and gain insight into local life. Relax in the comfort of your private vehicle and move at your own pace around Phuket.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Phuket Introduction City Sightseeing Tour

Phuket Introduction City Sightseeing Tour

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Discover the best of paradise on a 4-hour coach tour of Phuket Island! Wind along Phuket’s southern shoreline, marveling at white sands, lush tropical flora and the unique vibe of Patong, Karon, Kata and Rawai beaches. You’ll have plenty of photo opportunities from the seat of your comfortable coach or at each stop. Snap gorgeous shots from Karon Viewpoint and witness the sacred beauty of Wat Chalong temple.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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The Real Phuket No-shopping Sightseeing Tour with Cocktail by Phuket Let's Go

The Real Phuket No-shopping Sightseeing Tour with Cocktail by Phuket Let's Go

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See cultural sights and natural attractions of Phuket on this small-group tour that provides an insider look at this popular Thai destination. Learn about the Sino-Portuguese heritage, visit important landmarks, and enjoy a provided rum cocktail to celebrate your experience. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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