Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Phuket

As a summer holiday destination, Phuket is easily up there with the very best – it is surely one of the most beautiful vacation getaways on the planet. With crystal clear blue seas, beaches fringed with lush palm trees and beautiful golden sands. And that’s without even hinting at the vibrant, pulsating nightlife on offer!

Phuket is also home to a number of great shops, offering up all sorts of variety, and a varied and incredible array of foods just begging to be tried. If all this information still hasn’t sold you on the advantages of a Thai break this summer, we’ve put together this little list of some of Phuket’s most popular tourist attractions.

If you’re not salivating at the thought of your trip away by the end of it, you must be a truly hardened traveller!


If you are looking for the ultimate in beach getaways (and come now, let’s face it: who isn’t?), then Karon is the place for you. This small town is a popular destination for tourists, and plays host to one of the most beautiful beaches you’re ever likely to see.

It’s significantly less touristy than the nearby Patong Beach, so you won’t have to worry about getting your towel down! The neighbouring Nai Harn Beach has been called “the best beach in the world”, and is even more secluded than Karon. It’s perfect for snorkelling too!

Ton Sai Waterfall

Although this isn’t the largest waterfall in the country of Thailand, Ton Sai creates a beautiful setting for a bit of respite. The panoramic view will take your breath away, and the seclusion it offers is like being hundreds of miles from civilisation, even though it’s only about a 15 minute drive from Phuket town.

A second lovely waterfall is Bang Pae, which you’ll find nestled in the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park. Still a fairly small one by global standards, it’s Phuket’s biggest, and it’s a great spot for a picnic and to go for a little swim.

Big Buddha

Start to compare flights online now, because this is a must-see – the Big Buddha of Phuket is a magnificent sight, standing at a whopping 45 metres tall and covered in gleaming white Burmese marble. Located on top of a mountain just south of Phuket town, the Buddha statue just oozes majesty.

It can be seen from pretty much anywhere on the southern part of Phuket island, and is joined by a smaller image of the Buddha, dedicated to the Thai Queen Sirikit. This one stands at 12 metres, but is made from 22 tons of shining brass!

Wat Chalong

Phuket’s most important Buddhist temple (out of a total of 29), Wat Chalong is visited by thousands each year. Come to pray or to learn, or simply to take in the beauty and elegance of the buildings.

The Grand Pagoda is arguably the star of the show – it looks amazing from the outside and the in, and contains a splinter of one of Lord Buddha’s bones, symbolising its religious importance. Remember to take your shoes off before entering!

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