Navigate the streets of Phuket hassle-free
Phuket - also known as the pearl of the andaman is synonymous with white sand beaches and inviting clear turquoise waters. From lazing around on the beach to snorkeling in clear blue oceans and even bathing with elephants, something for everyone.
Getting Around Phuket
But, you could be off to a rough start, especially when your first trip from the airport to your accommodation is your first experience of transport in Phuket. Upon arrival at the airport, the last thing you want is a swarm of taxi drivers asking you where you’re heading to and grabbing you off to their vehicle. Worse still if you have lots of baggage and you have no idea where you should get a taxi or a bus from, especially if you’re travelling with children who are restless and grumpy!
Read on to find out how you can have a hassle free comfortable ride from the moment you land right to the point you take off again!
Tuk Tuks are the red vans you see lining the Phuket streets and they are the most common form of transport in the city. If you plan on taking a tuk tuk, agree on a price before boarding the tuk tuk as they may implement flexible pricing.
You also need to be specific on the destination that you want to go to. Be warned that these drivers may take passengers on unscheduled tours where they may earn a commission.
If you are travelling with family, we would not recommend these vans for anything longer than 30 minutes because they can be pretty uncomfortable.
In addition, unless you are staying in busy resort areas like Patong or Karon, it may not always be easy to flag a Tuk Tuk.
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There are only 2 authorized taxi services from the airport and can cost about THB600. Expect to bargain for your fare in advance as these air conditioned taxis usually charge the same way tuk tuks do.
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Local open-air buses run between 7am to 6pm and have the destination written outside of the bus. There are no designated bus stops so you can alight anywhere along the route. However, be warned that your journey time may take longer than expected especially if there are many others alighting before you.
Do also note that the buses do not run after 6pm so remember to plan your schedule accordingly!
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Klook Car Charter
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of navigating the streets of Phuket yourself, why not opt for a private car charter? You’ll get to escape from the typical spots flooded with tourists and discover Phuket in all its glory!
Plus, a private car charter might be more cost efficient especially if you plan to visit many destinations in a day. The costs of all the separate taxi fares could add up to alot! After all, nothing beats having the whole car to yourself right? Your only worries will be where to go and when you wish to go!
Klook your private car charter and the driver will pick you up straight from the hotel and drop you off right at your selected destination. Just let him know what time to come back to pick you up whisk you off to your next destination. You can even ask him for recommendations on where to go and what to eat, after all, no one knows Phuket better than the locals right?
Want to make the most of your time in this foreign land? If you need ideas on itineraries for the day, check out the KLOOK recommended itinerary below.
Best time to visit
Want to get a tan and make the most out of the beaches? Visit from March to May - the hottest months with temperatures in the mid-thirties! One of the best reasons to visit in April is for Songkran or the Thai New Year, where you could be hosed down with water just by walking on the streets! So arm yourselves with those super soakers and get ready to have a splashing good time!
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If you want to beat the heat, visit from November to February where the temperatures range from 23 to 30 degrees. This is the perfect weather to spend the day lazing on the beach and partying till the wee hours of the morning. Visit in November for the famous Loy Krathong festival to catch the night sky light up with hundreds of floating lanterns- just like a scene out of Disney’s Tangled!
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1. Toast to great views at a rooftop bar
Who needs skyscrapers when you can have the same fantastic view from sun-kissed terraces! The sunset views from Patong’s rooftop bars are particularly breathtaking so just kick back and enjoy the view while sipping on your favorite drinks and munching on some tapas!
Baba Nest at Sri Panwa Phuket offers one of the best views with its 360-degree open deck surrounded by an infinity-edge pool! Toast to the sparkling Andaman sea as you watch the sun set.
P.S. This would be a great way to impress your date!
Located at Cape Panwa on the Phuket East Coast, away from the hustle and bustle of the city and the overcrowded Patong beach, you’ll be sure to enjoy a peaceful sunset! Be sure to reserve your seats if you plan on heading here!
Remember, it is dangerous to drink and drive! Klook your private charter and be ferried to and fro Baba Nest and you can drink to your heart’s content!
Address : 88/5 Moo.8, Sakdidej Road, Tambon Vichit, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand Opening Hours : Daily 5pm-9pm
2. Go chasing waterfalls
Phuket is home to many waterfalls worth trekking through jungles for! Escape from the salty beaches and take a dip in the cool fresh Kathu waterfalls. Expect a hard climb up to the top of the falls, but there are many drop pools along the way for you to take a break and cool off!
Those not up for the tough challenge of hiking to the Kathu waterfalls, try the Ton Sai waterfalls instead! Found inside the Khao Phra Thaeo National park you’ll get to enjoy walking through lush greenery before cooling off in the fresh waters!
Kathu Waterfalls: Kathu, Kathu District, Phuket 83120, Thailand Ton Sai Waterfalls: Thep Kasattri, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand
3. Be a beach bum
When you think of Phuket, you immediately picture beaches. We all know Patong beach is now crazily overpopulated and it may not be the cleanest or nicest beach. To escape the crowd, head to Banana Beach!
Banana Beach is one of Phuket’s best kept secrets! With clear blue waters for swimming or snorkeling and a few masseuses waiting in the shade to give you a massage as you lay on the sand, did somebody say tropical paradise?
The beach can only be reached either by a short jungle walk or by longboat from nearby beaches. If you don’t mind the extra effort,it’ll definitely be worth it!
Address: Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand
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3. Go cafe hopping to find the best grub in town!
Healthy eaters, vegetarians and vegans rejoice! Eating clean has never been so yummy. Refuel after a long day out and about with fresh organic produce at We Cafe! With an on site greenhouse containing hydroponically grown vegetables, you can guarantee that the food is as fresh as it gets.
The highlight of the place is definitely the DIY salad where you’ll get the freshest choices-all grown in the hydroponic farm! Eating healthy doesn’t mean you can’t indulge now and then! For those looking for something sweeter, opt for the fruit bowl, come served in a melon shell, it definitely makes for a great Instagram food picture!
Address: 5/30 Chao Fah Tawan Tok Road, Wichit, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000, Thailand +66 88 752 1352 Opening Hours: 8am-10pm daily
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Looking for something heavier? Head to the The Tent where you’ll be spoilt for choice!
With a native american teepee inspired decor, this cafe offers all campfire inspired food from brownies, kebabs and hot chocolate.
Of course, no meal is complete without dessert as no camping trip is complete without S’mores, you MUST try the DIY S’mores! With marshmallows you can toast at your table, it’ll leave you screaming for s(ome)more!
Address:Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand Opening Hours: 11am-10pm daily (closed on Tuesdays)
5.Catch the sunset at Windmill Viewpoint
Relax and listen to the waves crash against the shore while waiting for the Sun to bid goodbye at Windmill viewpoint! Be sure to head up there before 5pm to get the perfect spot! This place is the perfect backdrop for those instagram worthy shots #wanderlust.
Address: Rawai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100, Thailand Opening Hours: 6am-7pm daily
6.Go Island Hopping
Whether you’re an avid marine explorer looking to dive or a beach bum who wants to laze on the beach to get a tan, with so many islands in Phuket, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
For all the nature lovers, Phang Nga Bay is not to be missed. Paddle through the amazing Panak sea cave past the impressive limestone monolith, the James Bond Island. (P.S. it was the set of the 1974 James Bond movie!) End the day relaxing or swimming in the tropical waters at Naka Bay or Lawa Island.
After all that paddling, you’ll surely be aching. Klook your Phang Nga Bay canoeing activity and it comes with a 2 way transfer from your hotel! In addition, you’ll get to enjoy a complimentary lunch on board the big boat!
If you don’t wish to paddle yourself, opt for the big boat tour and you’ll still get to explore the caves on kayak, except, you won’t be the one doing the paddling!
Kickstart the day swimming in the enchanting turquoise lagoons in Kho Panak followed by a kayak tour of the famous James Bond Islands. Refuel with a sumptuous buffet spread on board the big board and finally, end off the day sunbathing on the sandy beaches of Lawa Island!
Klook your tickets to the Phang Nga Bay and James Bond Island and get a complimentary lunch and 2 way hotel transfer. You won’t want to miss the experience of dining while cruising on the turquoise waters for sure!
7. Snorkel in the clear blue Phi Phi Islands
With palm trees swaying in the back and pristine turquoise waters, it’s no wonder these idyllic islands were in a Dicaprio blockbuster! What better way to explore the islands than via snorkelling in the clear blue waters? Discover the colorful marine life and coral reefs before heading for lunch along the beach! You’ll also get to see fascinating rock formations as well as the famous Viking Cave where most of the bird’s nest soup comes from!
Klook yourself to Phi Phi Islands and get a complimentary round trip transfer from your hotel! You’ll be thanking us for that after a long day of fun!
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8. Bathing with Elephants
Torn between wanting to play with these gentle giants but don’t want to support the massive proliferation of unethical animal businesses? Now you can have your cake and eat it too!
The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary home to injured,old and sick show or logging elephants, you’ll get to interact with these elephants in their natural environment ethically! Have some good clean fun as you enjoy the mud spa or bathe and wash these giants!
Klook your Elephant jungle sanctuary experience and it comes with a complimentary 2 way hotel transfer! After all the hard work feeding and cleaning these giants, you’ll definitely be wiped out so rest up and enjoy your ride back to the hotel!
9.Float down the Khao Sok River
Located in the province of Surat Thani which is a 3 hour drive from mainland phuket, escape from hustle of city life in the Khao Sok National Park! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for wild elephants, bears,tigers and even marbled cats. After lunch, canoe down the Khao Sok river or opt for a traditional bamboo raft if you aren’t up for paddling!
Be sure to waterproof those cameras!!
Klook your experience to the Khao Sok National Park and it includes a complimentary 2 way transfer and lunch! When the national park is so far away, you’ll definitely be glad you don’t have to find your own way back.
Let's Relax Spa
Treat yourself after a long day exploring the city with the ultimate pamper session at Let’s Relax Spa! Being one of the most renowned best value spas in Phuket, enjoy that #luxlife without breaking the bank! From body scrubs to massages, you’ll definitely find something to soothe your tired muscles. With 3 different branches located near major hotels, you’ll surely find one near you.
P.S. You’ll even get a complimentary mango sticky rice dessert after your treatment!
4G SIM Card
You'll definitely want to be connected to the internet to document all these beach bum moments on Instagram.