24 Hours in Phuket

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A tropical haven in the south of Thailand, Phuket’s idyllic beaches, rich, vibrant culture, and ever-smiling locals ensure its spot on the bucket list of travellers from across the globe.


The island has a little something for everyone, from the café and restaurant scene of Patong and Kamala, to the deserted beaches of the northwest, and the world-class sailing grounds of the dramatic east coast. But Phuket is also a gateway to the stunning coral reefs of the Similan Islands, as well as to the UNESCO-listed limestone crags of Phang Nga Bay and the jungle-encrusted islands of the Andaman Sea.

Start your day off with a hike to the Ao Yon Waterfall, one of several on the island. You’ll pass through lush jungle on a well-trodden track, ending with a soak in the pristine waters of the waterfall’s three pools.

Reward your efforts with breakfast at the newly opened Point Yamu by Como resort. Its La Sirena Italian restaurant serves up modern takes on local classics, served poolside with captivating views to Phang Nga Bay.

For a chance to interact with the local wildlife, walk off your breakfast with a stroll up Phuket’s Monkey Hill, home to a sizable troupe of wild but welcoming macaques. The hill also offers exceptional island views.

Work on your tan and palate at Thailand’s own branch of the iconic beach club Nikki Beach at the northern end of Bangtao Beach. Grab a table on the open-air terrace beside the free-form pool.

If you need a pick-me-up after lunch, head to the Phuket Coffee Lab, which uses premium Arabica coffee beans from the mountains of Thailand and then roasts them at its Phuket venue.

Get close to nature at the Phuket Butterfly Garden & Insect World, a popular spot for families, with a comprehensive collection of tropical butterflies and insects, and a few local creepy crawlies.

Walk through the beautifully preserved Sino-Portuguese buildings of Phuket Old Town. You’ll find traditional bakeries, incense boutiques, Chinese medicine clinics, and abandoned mansions.

Finish your walk at Rang Hill with breathtaking views. Here the Phuket View Restaurant serves up authentic Thai cuisine on an expansive outdoor terrace. Highlights of the menu include the local hor mok omelettes.

Time for a touch of culture with the legends of Kamala at Phuket Fantasea, as a cast of hundreds – including no less than 10 elephants – act out fairy tales from Thai tradition.


Phuket, Thailand
Distance: 5,322 km
Flight Time: 10 hrs, 5 mins
Frequency: Daily

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