How to spend 48 hours in Phuket

by Travelbag on 12 June 2015, 14:06PM

Phuket is one of Thailand's biggest islands, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The island varies greatly depending on what you're looking for and the kind of experience you're after but you can expect to find a lot of entertaining things to do here.

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Hotel-wise you will find a nice variety of luxury resorts and hotels and budget-friendly properties too. There are even hillside villas and beachside beauties to choose from. The best way to explore Phuket is by car, so we would recommend either renting one or hiring a moped during your 48 hours on the island. This will ensure your travelling around the island is so much easier.

Start the day in Phang Nga Bay...

This is a unique part of the island and features the kind of scenery you will not personally forget in a hurry. A day out here is truly a memorable experience that will have you snapping away on your camera and wishing you could stay for longer. One of the most famous parts of the bay is the sheer limestone cliffs that seem to just appear vertically out of the crystal clear ocean. It's just like a movie set (and funnily enough, there have been movies filmed here) as the aptly named 'James Bond' island proves.

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The easiest way to see the bay is to rent out a private boat and take a tour with a guide, or to join a pre-arranged tour group. The latter is the cheapest way, but you may not get as much freedom to explore.

Explore the Old Town...

Phuket's Old Town offers something completely different and unique and the Sino-Portuguese buildings will leave you pleasantly surprised and the quirky, funky shops on offer here. It's the kind of place you can enjoy just strolling around and soaking it all in – with the occasional stop for coffee or ice-cream of course! The Old Town is a sleepy provincial capital, and it feels a million miles from the hustle and bustle of other big Thai cities and towns.

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For history enthusiasts, look out for the unique blend of colonial and Chinese architecture, it's so unique to find these two styles mixed and it makes for an intriguing and curious design.

Catch the sunset...

Before heading off to enjoy your evening entertainment, be sure to find a spot on the beach where the view encapsulates everything that Thailand is about – sunset and the natural beauty. The sunsets in Phuket are some of the most extraordinary in the world. You may even want to buy a paper lantern and set it off over the star and the sea.

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Time to experience the nightlife

No trip to Thailand would be complete without seeing a transvestite cabaret show. The country is known for these, and Simon Cabaret is probably the biggest show Phuket has to offer. It's certainly something unique and comes completely from the leftfield in terms of entertainment – but it is also fascinating and brilliantly entertaining. This show in particular features a musical performance by the world famous lady boys of Simon Cabaret and most definitely, this is a show that you simply cannot see anywhere else in the world.

Catch the sunrise

Wake up early on your second day and head somewhere beautiful to view the sunrise. We would recommend taking a drive down south of the island to view the Big Buddha. The new monument is a new addition to the island and is visible for miles around. The huge structure stands tall on the top of the Nakkerd Hills and looks down over Chalong, Kata and Rawai. On the way to the statue you'll really get a feel for 'local' Thailand – as the drive will take you through much more local and traditional parts of the island.

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Keeping in with the cultural theme...

Spend the rest of your day searching out some more of Phuket's cultural and religious monuments. We'd recommend heading to Wat Chalong, which is one of Phuket's most popular temples. It's no wonder really, and you'll understand just why this temple is visited so often when you lay your eyes on it.

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The temple is beautifully built and the décor is so intricate and detailed you will simply be left speechless. Indeed, this is one of Phuket's most spiritual buildings and it requires appropriate dress respectfully when visiting otherwise you may not be granted access. Long sleeves that cover shoulders are advised, as are trousers and closed toe shoes.

Some more fun entertainment for the evening...

If you want to get a taste of Thailand that you'll never forget – then buying tickets to FantaSea's extravaganza has on your list of things to do within your 48 hour visit to the island. You'll see trapeze artists, clowns and even pyrotechnics and it is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Expect the attraction to be packed with tourists and also expect it to feel a bit cheesy at times – but also expect to have fun, as you absolutely will.


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