The promise of untouched beaches post Leonardo Di Caprio’s feature in film The Beach(2000), got everyone excited. This led to huge crowds and some say spoiled Phuket's charm. However these jade-hued waves tickling the white sandy shores still exist- you just have to know where to look. Here it goes...
Don’t Forget To Check Your Travel Dates Align With Missing The Monsoon Season
Weather can play a big role in your trip. Nobody imagines wind, rain and rough seas on their dreamy and tranquil Island holiday. The time to visit for the best weather is December through to March. Check out the seasons here.
Don't Frequent Patong Beach
Patong beach, a tourist hub filled with all-you-can-eat buffets, bachelor-party-packed bars, umbrella-crammed beaches and eye-opening nightlife may be worth a look for the experience, but don’t think this is all Phuket has to offer. We wouldn’t suggest booking accommodation there.
Do Venture To The Less Discovered Northern Part Of The Island
Avoid the crowds at Patong Beach or Kata Beach and book your accommodation away from the main town or crowds. Or hire a car for a day of beach hopping! Head North to the more untouched areas. Our top Northern pick is Natai beach. Be sure to check it out.
Do Check Out The Less-Developed Southeastern Coastline
The southeastern coastline is lined with cliffside peninsulas boasting epic ocean views and islands dotted all over the azure ocean. Tail boats delicately line the shore and are scattered over the sea. It feels far more tranquil and private. Enjoy this undiscovered part. Nai Harn Beach is our recommendation here. Surfers and kite-surfers will be kept busy too.
Do Take A Thai Cooking Class
Extend your cultural and culinary knowledge at an authentic cooking class. Learn about the ingredients and take some epic skills back home to wow your friends and show off something other than your tan!
Do See The Big Buddha
Get a panoramic view of the island at this impressive landmark sitting at the top of the Nakkerd Hills. Enjoy the silence up there!
Do Bargain When Shopping At Markets
Bargaining is accepted in markets, however still be reasonable and respectful when doing so- use your discretion when undercutting prices. Also, don’t try bargain in retail stores!
Do Take Day Trip To Kho Phi Phi But Make Sure You Check The Weather
This can be absolutely fabulous if the weather is on point or a total let down if not. Make sure that you are well prepared because on a good day, you really will be blown away. Enjoy world-class snorkeling, the incredible national park and some awesome dive sites. Check out some tour options here.
Don’t Drink Tap Water
Minimize the risk, and avoid ruining a few days of your trip- especially if you only have limited time there.
Don’t Rent A Motorbike If You’re An Inexperienced Driver
Phuket’s Roads are not in the best condition and you’re bound to come across crazy drivers. Other tourists who have no idea what they're doing are often the cause of many accidents so don’t be one of those. Yes, it may be tempting as it is an affordable way to see the island and cover ground but rather stick to safer options like hiring a car or using the public transport. If you do end up renting one, drive carefully and don’t go anywhere without a helmet.