The beautiful island that I had for in love with. Its coastline is fringed with white sandy beaches and quiet coves, bathed by the turquoise water of Andaman Sea and set against a backdrop of green hills, coconut groves, and rubber plantations. Being the largest island in Thailand and situated 867 km from Bangkok city, it is blessed by nature and the smiling hospitality of its people that you can’t forget.
Best Time to Visit
This amazing Phuket has a tropical monsoon climate with temperatures range from 27-32°C. The best time to enjoy its great weather and sandy beaches is between November and April. Many tourists will flock to the island and accommodations are usually fully booked.
The monsoon season falls in May to October and heavy rain with thunderstorms is expected during the afternoon. The good news is hotel occupancy is low and cheap. If you coming here to relax and don’t mind the rainy day, this low season is perfect for you.
Phuket International Airport (Airport Code: HKT) is one of the busiest airports in Thailand that served as a getaway to its tropical weather and wonderful beaches. Frequent flights throughout Asia region fly here and the ticket fare can be very cheap during off-peak season.
Once you arrive at the airport, you can hire a scooter, take a shuttle bus, or e-hailing Grab ride (Download the Grab mobile app beforehand) into Phuket city.
Phuket is home to many stunning beaches and is great for surfing and other water sports activities. There is no railway on the island and public buses aren’t frequent and punctual. Because many attractions are quite widespread throughout Phuket, you can still get around pretty easily.
Scooter rental stores can be found in towns with many hotels, resorts, and Airbnbs. Rental price is cheap and all you need is to show a copy of your passport and international driver’s license. You can also rent a car but is not highly recommended because there are a lack of car park area at restaurants, bars, and some tourist sites.
If you are looking for a comfortable ride or traveling in a group, many travel agencies do provide car hire services with a driver. They can help you pre-arrange your itinerary and drive you around for half-day or full day.
The Best Things for 2 days in Phuket
The wonderful Phuket island is home to many beautiful beaches. It is a perfect leisure destination for Westerners as they flock here to get away from the summer heat in Europe. Neighboring countries also love to come here for their true authentic Thai food. Spending 2 days on this island will be perfect to enjoy the tropical weather here.
Relax at one of many beautiful beaches
Phuket is surrounded by a magnificent coastline with gentle crescents of white sands and rocky headlands. The popular beaches and bays are Hat Mai Khao, Hat Nai Yang, Hat Pansea & Hat Surin, Hat Kamala, Hat Patong, Hat Karon & Kata, Hat Nai Han, Hat Rawai, Ao Chalong, Laem Phanwa and Ko Si Re.
I personally love Karon Beach which is located about 8 kilometers from Patong area. The beach is much cleaner, less crowded, and more peaceful here. You can find many Thai restaurants, bars, and cafes here as well and the price is much more affordable than Patong area.
Wat Chalong, also known as Wat Chaiyatharam, enshrines Phuket’s two most revered monks: Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang. They led the people of Chalong districts into a battle against the Chinese rebellion in 1876. The monks were well knowledgeable on using herbal medicine to treat the injured.
Opening hours: Daily from 8 am to 5 pm
Entrance fee: Free
Amorn Phuket Pearl
When pearl farming was brought into Phuket in 1967, Amorn Phuket Pearl [i] has evolved into a leading pearl industry. It was devoted to produce the world’s most beautiful pearl jewelry from its creation to the showcase. Once getting to the entrance, I was greeted by their friendly staff and also a welcoming drink. The staff take me on a personal tour (since I was alone, haha) and explain the process of pearl making.
Amorn’s brand is built on quality. Each piece of pearl jewelry is designed using the top quality pearls and fine craftsmanship. The designers will work together with their farmers to ensure the best pearl jewelry designs are offered for every occasion.
By the end of the tour, I had extra time and so get to walk around freely to admire the Crown used by Miss Thailand contestants and other pieces of jewelry displayed for sale on its second floor.
Opening hours: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm
Sri Suphaluck Orchid
Located in Thalang district, this factory has been operating for more than 80 years to produce local cashew nuts. You can buy cashew nuts, cashew juices, coconut food products, dried fruit products, and Phuket coffee here. The prices are slightly cheaper than those found outside the markets and stores.
Phuket Simon Cabaret
Be thrilled by the most entertaining performances by ladies’ men show at Phuket Simon Cabaret. The luxurious can cater up to 600 audiences with three performances each night. Its fabulous stage is enhanced by state-of-the-art stage systems and modern lighting. After the end of the performance, audiences can take photos with the performers with some charges apply.
Phuket International Horse Club
Riding a horse along the pristine beach of Laguna Beach and enjoy watching the beautiful sunset and sea view. The stable boy will help you to set up and guide you through the ride.
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