When you picture Phuket, you probably imagine yourself relaxing on a white sandy beach, listening to the sound of the waves lapping at the shore. There’s no doubt that Phuket is one of the world’s most popular destinations for a relaxing holiday, but did you know this island has so much more to offer than just beautiful beaches? Get away from the crowds of sunbathing tourists and explore this spectacular island a little more – you’ll be rewarded by breathtaking views, picturesque streets, stunning landscapes and so much more.
Visit the Big Buddha
Perched on top of the Nakkerd Hills, the imposing Big Buddha stands at 45m tall and can be seen from as far away as Phuket Town and Karon Beach. This stunning monument can be reached by travelling up a windy road by scooter or by foot. Although strenuous, the journey is absolutely worth it – you’ll be able to admire the Buddha’s white jade marble up close and look out at magnificent views over the whole of Phuket.
Explore Old Phuket Town
Phuket also boasts a gorgeous Old Town where you can find everything from hipster coffee shops to ornate Chinese Taoist shrines. Small enough to travel on foot, you can wander through the streets of the Old Town and admire Sino-Portuguese architecture that gives the area its distinctive flair. Make sure you visit Soi Romanee, a former red-light district which is now one of the most charming streets in Phuket.
Chalong Bay Rum Distillery Tour
As you lie on Phuket’s sandy white beaches, you may find yourself craving a refreshing mojito or two. Why not satisfy those cravings with a visit to a local rum distillery? Chalong Bay Rum is a distillery in south Phuket that produces world-renowned white rum, combining traditional French methods with Thai sugarcane. Learn about the entire process, from growing the sugarcane to bottling the rum by hand with a guided tour – including a tasting session and Chalong Bay mojito, of course.
Cocktail making class
Keep the drinks flowing with a cocktail making class while you’re in Phuket. Chalong Bay also offers a cocktail workshop so that you can learn how to make a refreshing rum cocktail like a pro. Or for something a little different, join a class at The Boathouse Restaurant. This popular restaurant boasts an amazing beachfront location, so you can try your hand at crafting a tropical cocktail with The Boathouse’s mixologists using the freshest ingredients, while also admiring beautiful ocean views.
Khao Phra Thaeo National Park
If you can tear yourself away from the white sands of Phuket and venture into the lush tropical jungle surrounding the island, you will be rewarded by breathtaking landscapes that will also help you escape the heat. Khao Phra Theo National Park is an untouched rainforest that is perfect for hiking, where you will find gushing waterfalls, unique wildlife and more. You can trek through this gorgeous forest on your own, but for a truly memorable experience, you can walk with a guide who will help you spot wildlife like the Asian Fairy Bluebird, the Malay sun bear and the Muntjac deer.
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