Phuket through our lens : TakeMeTour’s Review

Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, covering the area of 576 sq.m., located in the Andaman sea on the west coast of Thailand. It started to attract visitors since the ending of mining era. This mountainous island is rich in culture and natural beauty. The beautiful beaches and diving spots around here is the reason why Phuket is a destination to many tourists.

More than sightseeing to main attractions, Phuket is also a house to many communities with their own history, cultures and believes. Thai Buddhists are the majority of this island's population, whose culture is often a blend between southern Thai and Chinese. Another large community is the Muslim who often reflect their belief through agricultural products, food, and lifestyle. The small minority is the Moken, a historically sea nomad of which some have settled on the Phuket shore for fishery. They have special skills for fishing and free-diving while many own lobster farms.

What tourists usually miss out are the local living and inland beauty. Phuket is a lot more than a tourist trap. Time to find out what you can do at Phuket!

Top 9 Most Popular Things to do In Phuket :

1. Relax on Naiharn Beach

Naiharn Beach is one of the most beautiful beach in Phuket. Jungle-covered mountain landscape surrounded this beach, making Naiharn Beach a must-visit beach when you come here. Come here to sunbathe, to swim, to chill on the seaside, to snorkel, or even to surf.

2. A Selfie With An Airplane On the Beach

At Mai Khao Beach, you’ll have a rare opportunity to take a selfie with airplanes taking off and landing. Check for the best photo-shooting spot, stand there, wait for the airplanes to pass just above your head and take the coolest photo ever!

3. See Phuket’s beautiful landscapes from the fInest vantage points

Phuket is an archipelago, meaning there are many different beauty spots you can visit to see stunning landscapes. If you hike up to Khao Rang Hill vantage point, this charming location will allow you to see a view of the city, as well as the famous Big Buddha. For a view of Khao Khard you will have to climb up several levels of stairs, but when you reach the top the views that will meet you will be completely worth it. To get the most picturesque views of Phuket island, you will have to visit Kata vantage point. From here, you can see the very best of Phuket island all at once. And last but not least, don't forget to visit Promthep Cape vantage point for a spectacular sunset.

4. Visit the Big Buddha

This is truly one of Phuket’s must-see attractions. Climb up to the top of the hill where you will find a 45 meter tall white marble statue of Big Buddha. In addition, you will also get a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the three large bays of Phuket that you can't see from anywhere else.

5. Eat Local Phuket Food

If you love eating, then you have made the right choice to come here. Phuket's culinary background is so rich that here, you have endless food to tantalise your tastebuds from morning right through until night. You can start your day with a variety of dimsum, then take a stroll around Phuket Old Town and taste local foods such as Khanoom Jeen Phuket, roti pancake, Chinese fried noodles and many more.

6. Explore Old Phuket Town

There’s more to Phuket than just beaches. If you are interested in discovering more of Phuket’s history, then Old Phuket Town is a must-visit. This historical town is full of historical architecture, Buddhist and Chinese temples, shrines, beautifully preserved shophouses and cafes, vintage printing shops, museums, and many more historical spots. Take a stroll here and gain a deeper insight into the locals’ lifestyle and history.

7. See Thailand's Northern Lights at Samed Nang Chee Viewpoint

Samed Nang Chee vantage point is situated in Phang-nga province, which is around 50 kilometers away from Phuket. It's recommended to visit this vantage point during the early morning hours to see the sunrise, or to come in the evening for sunset, or even stay overnight to watch the stars. On top of Samed Nang Chee vantage point, you will get a stunning 180 view of Phang-nga, or if you trek up there on foggy day, the sea of mist will make the view unforgettable. A truly must-visit and unique vantage point nearby Phuket!

8. Street Food at the Night Market

After a long day, there is no better way to reward yourself than by eating delicious street food. Are you ready for a food tour?

9. Nightlife

There’s more to Phuket than just beaches and views! At nighttime, you can party right into the following morning. At Patong Beach, there is a wide range of nightlife options for you to enjoy. Get wild and free here!