My Top 10 Phuket Thailand

There is no shortage of fun things to do in Phuket, but here is my shortlist to get you started:

1. Eat lots of street food


Thai Street Food duffelbagspouse

 

This is an easy one, we ate at only one restaurant during the entire week. You can find delicious pad Thai, grilled meats, fresh fish, noodles, soups, kebabs, the biggest prawns you’ll ever see and a ton of stuff you’ll have no idea what its is (and the locals can’t translate) on just about every corner for 60 Baht (less than $1.75).
 

2. Take a jungle trek

 

jungle trekking in Thailand
Get up close with a beautiful elephant driven and trained by
a member of the Mahout tribe. It’s a once in a lifetime experience to bounce through the dense jungle above Chalong Bay atop a pachyderm.
 

3. Visit Wat Chalong

 

 
 
Immerse your senses in the time honored Hindu Rituals of the largest temple on the island said to house a bone splinter from Buddha himself.
 

4. Get a massage everyday

 

On average, a Thai massage in the United States costs more
than a hundred dollars, but in Thailand, you’ll spend between 250-350 Baht—more or less 10 dollars. Pretty affordable, right?
 

5. Explore Phang Nga Bay by canoe

 

Explore its deep caves, sea wildlife, wind and sea eroded
rock formations and bioluminescent plankton while you quench your thirst for adventure.
 

6. Ride in a tuk tuk

 

There are a few modes of transportation throughout Thailand,
but none of them is as popular as the tuk tuk. Sometimes you will hear them before you see them because their sound systems are so loud. Some of them are decked out in neon lights and fancy wheels. And all of them come with a character behind the wheel.
 

7. Snorkeling in Koh Phi Phi

 

Snorkeling in Koh Phi Phi is a great place for the first
time snorkeler. With its crystal waters and incredible scenery, a snorkeling trip in this part of Thailand allows you to gaze on strikingly beautiful corals and prismatic schools of fish.
 

8. Maya Beach & Cove

 

As soon as you arrive at Maya Beach you know exactly why it
has been chosen for so many movies. The blue water around the beach, shimmered like stain glass, a watery window into a silent world where tiny blue and yellow striped fish swam just beyond my fingertips. The powdery, white sand felt like satin under my feet, a whisper soft breeze danced with the light
fabric of my sarong. And the sky overhead, yet another shade of blue, with puffs of wafer thin clouds lazily drifting to and fro, was the best movie I had seen in years.
 

9. Party with the Lady Boys of Bangla Street

 

Bangla Road is a stretch of gritty open-air bars just off Patong
Beach where the girls dance on the bar tops in high heels and tiny shorts and the boys… well they do the same. Lady boys are popular photo ops 
in Phuket, but if they catch you taking pictures of them they will “request” a tip.
 

10. Visit the Big Buddha

 

Phuket’s Big Buddha is one of the island’s most important
and revered landmarks. The huge statue sits on top of the Nakkerd
Hills between Chalong and Kata and, at 150 foot tall, is easily seen from
far away. It offers the best 360-degree views of the island’s beaches and Chalong
Bay.
Because there’s always room for dessert…

10. Eat Sticky rice and mango

 



Sticky rice is a staple in Thailand and one of my favorite things anywhere. Add some delicious mango and sweet coconut milk and you’ve got a delicious dessert, toss on a few toasted sesame seeds and serve on a banana leaf.

 

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