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10 Things To Do: Phuket, Thailand

Since I wrote the post 18 Amazing Places I Have Visited In The Last Seven Years, I have been really keen to write a blog just on my adventures in Thailand. So when Printiki contacted me and invited me to use their photo printing service I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share my holiday snaps. I was really impressed when my travel Polaroids arrived and thought the little captions underneath looked awesome. You can check out Printiki on Instagram and Twitter for more DIY photo project ideas. Use the code S6THU8R2 to get free shipping on your order! Before you do that, here are 10 things to do in Phuket, Thailand. (Paperchase Travel Notebook / Travel Stickers)

Night Markets

Night markets are always so much fun and you can probably grab yourself a bargain or two whilst you are there. These markets are popular in Asia – the idea is you avoid the hot humid afternoon heat and shop when the weather is a little cooler. The Phuket Weekend Market is the largest on the island and it sells everything from food to clothes to guitars and perfumes. You can pick up a t-shirt for 100 Thai Baht which is about £2.00. Amazing!

Massages

A massage is a must when visiting Phuket. Not only are they super relaxing, they are super cheap too! A 60 minute aroma massage costs about 300 Baht which is just under £7. I had a massage pretty much everyday when I was in Thailand, it was incredible. One word of advice though – Thai massages can be slightly painful. I remember naively opting for this style of massage, feeling ready for 60 minutes of pure bliss, when suddenly I felt tiny fingers jabbing me and my limbs getting contorted into all sorts of positions I never imagined possible. Yikes. Nevertheless, I’m sure it did me some good.

Thai Food

I still stand by the statement that I ate the best Pad Thai ever when I visited Phuket. Nothing has quite beaten it yet. Like everything else, the food is cheap and really tasty too. The average cost of a basic Thai meal in a restaurant is 90 to 150 Baht (£2 – £4) and the street food is even cheaper. If you find a street vendor that does pancakes I would recommend you give them a try. Seriously, Thai pancakes are delicious.

Temples

The Temples in Thailand are absolutely beautiful and if you are looking for numerous statues of Buddhas then these are the places to go. I went to Wat Chalong on my trip – one of the largest Buddhist temples in Phuket. These are free to visit but you have to be mindful of a few rules such as no shoes in the temple, women are required to cover their shoulders and knees and you mustn’t touch the statues or other Buddhist relics. The temple was so peaceful and is such a relaxing way to spend an afternoon.

Beaches

Thailand is famous for it’s stunning and tropical beaches. You don’t need to go far to uncover another sandy piece of paradise. Thailand has a wide range from serene secluded beaches to party hotspots. Phra Nang Beach (James Bond Island) is one of the most beautiful and can be reached by boat from Ao Nang. Also Ko Phi Phi Leh is equally as stunning and has been made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio’s film “The Beach.” These places can get really crowded though so make sure you go early in the day.

Tuk-Tuks

Ready to take your life in your own hands? Then go catch a ride on a tuk-tuk. This is the most popular mode of transport around the island and a must-do experience for anyone visiting Asia, even if it’s just the once. There are no standard prices for tuk-tuks so prepare to be either find yourself a bargain or be completely ripped off. Avoid scams by agreeing your price up front and don’t get poached into sneaky tuk-tuk tours as they usually involve a non-negotiable visit to a jewelry shop or a souvenir shop.

Elephant Trekking

Another typical Thai experience is to go elephant trekking. In Phuket, Kok Chang Safari offers a chance to ride an elephant and feed it bananas too. This is slightly more costly, but is a once in a lifetime experience. For 30 minutes, you pay 1400 Baht (£32) which helps towards the elephant’s natural conservation and care. The guide leads the elephant and it’s passengers through dense tropical forest along paths and trails, stopping for photo opportunities along the way.

Patong

Patong is the party capital of Phuket. It is a bustling beach town well-known for its vibrant exciting nightlife. Bangla Road is at the heart of is all and is jam packed with live music, neon lights and cheap alcohol.  If you have never seen a real-life Ladyboy, you won’t need to wait long for your first encounter in this part of Phuket. It’s all very entertaining and friendly and a fun to experience this lively part of the island.

Culture

When you are not riding in tuk-tuks or trekking on elephants, it nice to learn a bit about Thai culture. Thai people are seriously the most friendliest people in the world, hence why Thailand is called the Land Of The Smiles. On my trip I learned a little about Thai traditions. So, if you are curious why some boats have colourful ribbons around them, there is why. Thai people use these to keep the ‘sea spirits’ calm and peaceful so that nothing bad will happen to them on their voyage.

Relax

The most important thing to do in Phuket is to relax. Thailand is has become a favorable destination for yoga and meditation retreats due to its gorgeous scenery and chilled out spiritual atmosphere. There are tons of places to practice yoga if that is your thing. Or make sure your treat yourself to a indulgent beach massage for optimum relaxation.

Have you visited Phuket? What is your favourite thing to do on the island? I would love to hear your experiences!

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39 Comments

  1. Shaun
    January 3, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    Thailand looks such a fun and relaxing place to go 😘. The elephant trekking sounds like a brilliant experience and the beaches look lovely 😄. I love your photos too, a great post Bexa 😄😍❤️😘 xxxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      January 4, 2018 / 7:47 am

      Thank you so much Shaun! 💖 Thailand is a really awesome place with so much to do! 😍 Looking forward to our next adventure together ✈️🏝😘 xxxx

  2. Shevy du Toit
    January 4, 2018 / 7:37 am

    Thailand looks wonderful! You really experienced the island 😁 The Polaroid snaps are really fun and I love what you did with the pics. Thanks for sharing 😁

    • Bexa
      Author
      January 4, 2018 / 7:49 am

      Thank you so much Shevy for your lovely comment 💖. That’s so sweet of you ☺️. Thailand was definitely a fun trip, I’m glad you liked the Polaroid snaps too! 😘 xx

  3. January 4, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    You’re super great at scrap-booking! I love this travel album…Yesterday for my bday, my mom took me to a Thai restaurant for lunch and now after reading this post I really NEED to visit lol. I’ve always been a fan of their food and I did hear that the massages are quite lovely…Great post Bex! 😘💖

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 7:39 am

      Ooh Thai food is delicious! 💕 What a lovely birthday treat ☺️ Also the massages are amazing, I couldn’t get enough of them! Thank you so much for your comment Lena and so glad you liked the travel scrapbook! 💖 xx

  4. January 4, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    Omg we’d love to visit there one day and my oh my your scrapbook is amazing! I’ve got a new new one from paperchase too, my pages are blank but that’s the print of the cover of mine. Can’t wait to use it!

    Your trip sounds amazing, the experiences sound simply beautiful!

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk / http://www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 7:47 am

      Thank you so much Jessica & James! 💖 You are so lovely! I’m so glad you like the travel scrapbook, Paperchase do some awesome notebooks – have fun using yours! 🌴☺️💖 xx

  5. January 4, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    I am dreaming of Thailand! My bf and I have decided we need to go! It just sounds and looks so nice! Loving all your snaps. Oh you made me want to go on holiday!

    • Bexa
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 7:48 am

      Aw thank you so much! 💕 It’s such an awesome place, you will definitely have the best time! 🌴☺️💖 xx

  6. January 4, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    I’ve been really interested in that part of the world recently. Thailand looks like such an incredible county. I would definitely like to visit it one day in te future. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

    • Bexa
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 7:49 am

      It’s such a beautiful place with so much to see and experience 💕. I would definitely recommend it! Thank you so much for your lovely comment Antonia 💖 xx

  7. January 4, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    I love this post, such beautiful photos, and such a gorgeous way to document your trip! I’ve been to Thailand before but not Phuket, which is a shame, clearly I’ve missed out on a lot!
    Hels xx
    http://www.thehelsproject.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 7:52 am

      Thank you so much Hels! 💕 I’m so glad you liked the photos and scrapbook ☺️. That’s so cool you have visited Thailand, I want to explore other places there, Phuket has inspired me to see more! 💖 xx

  8. January 4, 2018 / 5:32 pm

    I’ve never been to Thailand but my brother has and he said it was super brilliant and he couldn’t believe how cheap it was, he was paying around 15p for a pint of beer in a few places, madness! I’m not sure how much I’d like a thai massage if they’re a bit intense haha and tuk tuks sound a little scary but I suppose it’s all about the experience eh! Love the pretty photos too 🙂
    Alice Xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 7:54 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Alice! 💖 Thailand is so cheap, I couldn’t believe it! 😄 He he, yeah you gotta experience a tuk tuk & authentic Thai massage (even if it’s just the once 😋). xx

  9. January 4, 2018 / 5:32 pm

    I love the way you have put your scrap book together, it’s so engaging and makes me want to visit Phuket. This photo service sounds great the the photographs look lovely. Lovely blog post!

    Steph x
    stephhannam.wordpress.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 7:57 am

      Thank you so much Stephanie 💕 your comment is so lovely! So glad you liked the travel scrapbook and I would definitely recommend Printiki, don’t forget to use the code for free shipping if you buy anything 😘 xx

  10. January 4, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    You’ve decorated (I don’t think that’s the right word) this book so beautifully! I’ve never actually been to Asia but Thailand sounds magical by the way you’ve described it x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 8:27 am

      Aw thank you so much Sophie! 💖 That’s so lovely of you to say. Thailand is such a beautiful place, I would definitely recommend if you ever get the chance to visit! 😍 xx

  11. January 4, 2018 / 6:09 pm

    How beautiful is your photo album?! I absolutely love the raised text and textured elements, it must make looking back at your photos even more wonderful as an experience! Thailand is a place that I’d absolutely love to visit, one of my friends is half-Thai so seeing the snaps that she’s taken when back home gives me such wanderlust! Elephant trekking sounds just incredible, a once in a lifetime experience! Your prints from Printiki have definitely gone to good use!

    Abbey x

    • Bexa
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 8:29 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely thoughtful comment Abbey! 💖 Thailand is such a beautiful place, I would definitely recommend! Elephant trekking was great fun, a must do when you visit Asia! 😍 xx

  12. January 4, 2018 / 6:23 pm

    I am loving that scrapbook! Oh my Lord that’s amazing. I’ve always wanted to visit Thailand and if I ever go I’ll definietly be taking these suggestions into consideration, I love markets so the night market is right up my street! It sounds like such a wonderful place to say the least.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 8:30 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely thoughtful comment Jordanne! 💕 Thailand is such an awesome place with so much to see and do, I would definitely recommend! Also, the night markets are a great place to find a couple of bargains 😍 xx

  13. January 4, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    Such a detailed post and great pictures as always! I love Thai food and the beaches always look amazing! I haven’t been before but I think I’d like to experience a different culture at some point xx.

    rebeccasreviews.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 8:33 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely thoughtful comment Rebecca 💕. Thai food is the best isn’t it! Even better in Thailand as it’s so so cheap 😍. It’s definitely a great place to go for a change of culture 😘 xx

  14. January 4, 2018 / 10:09 pm

    What a beautiful record book of your holiday, the photos and captions are perfectly matched. I’ve never been to Thailand and I don’t think it’s likely I’ll go as I’m not a good flyer, sadly. But I’ve made a note of Printiki (not having heard of them before) so the next time I have a batch of photos that are too good to just print off, I’ll be making use of their site. Lovely pics, as always, Bexa, thank you for sharing! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 8:35 am

      Thanks so much Lisa! 💖 That’s so lovely of you to say. Long flights are not for everyone, but so glad you liked the printiki photos! Don’t forget to use the code so you can have free shipping if you buy any 😍 xx

  15. January 4, 2018 / 11:21 pm

    Firstly, these sound like a fab brand. What cute photos and lovely little keepsakes! To be honest, Thailand isn’t somewhere on my to-go list. I don’t like heat – which is my main issue. But this is a fab post for anyone who’s going and need some ideas. All these things sound great – if only it was a touch colder! xxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 8:36 am

      Thank you so much Jenny! 💖 That’s so sweet of you to say. The heat isn’t for everyone but so glad you liked the printiki photos! 😍 xx

  16. January 5, 2018 / 1:20 am

    Love the scrapbook you put together of your travels. 💕 Thailand is on my list for places to visit this year, after reading this will have to go check out the Phuket Weekend Market. xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 8:38 am

      Thank you so much Bee! 💖 wow! That’s so cool you are going to Thailand this year! Let me know what you thought of it. I’m sure you will have an amazing time! Enjoy the Night Market too, a great place to find a few bargains 😍 xx

  17. January 6, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    Can we talk about how absolutely beautiful your journal is? Super inspiring! I’ve never been to Thailand, but I really want to get there – it’s definitely on the bucket list 🙂 xxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      January 7, 2018 / 6:59 am

      Aww thanks so much Mia! 💖 That’s so lovely to hear. Yes, definitely check out Thailand if you get the opportunity – it’s an amazing place! 😍 xx

  18. Huda
    January 7, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    This is a great list of things to do in Thailand! It’s definitely one of top places to visit because of cheap the shopping there is bad and ofcourse I absolutely love Thai food! 💕

    • Bexa
      Author
      January 9, 2018 / 7:40 am

      Thanks so much for your comment Huda! 💖 I agree! Thai food is amazing and the shopping is so cheap! It’s a great place to visit 😘 xx

  19. February 25, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    What a wonderful way to collect and keep travel memories. Love it!

    • Bexa
      Author
      February 26, 2018 / 6:47 am

      Aw thanks so much for your lovely comment, so glad you enjoyed the post ☺️💕 xx

  20. May 18, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    Hi Bexa…. I am so lucky find this article because I have plan on June to visit Thailand…. The plan is visiting Bangkok for 4 days, 5 days in Phuket and 4 days in Pattaya…. Mmmm… Your article will make me easy what the most I want to do in Thailand for short gate away in the culture and a lot temples in Thailand…. Amazing…. http://www.asiabutterflytraveler.com

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