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Top recommendations from locals

Shopping Mall
“Nice place to shopping and many nice restaurant to visit and grocery shopping.”
  • 148 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Promthep Cape is one of the best viewpoints in Phuket, it's right on the southern tip of the island and the views are spectacular. Grab yourself some homemade coconut ice cream, climb the steps and watch the sun go down. ”
  • 121 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“See the big white marble Buddha statue right on top of Naka Kerd mountain that will give you a spectacular view over the east part of Phuket island”
  • 125 locals recommend
“Patong's 3-km strip of golden sand is one of the most popular beaches in Phuket. It has plenty of parasailing and jet ski operators, boat drivers, beach vendors and masseuses approaching travelers who are relaxing on the sand. Patong Beach has a row of coconut, palm and tropical almond trees separating the shore from the main road. This slightly cooler area is lined with stalls selling snacks and drinks, as well as beach massage parlours. You can also find beachfront restaurants and bars offering simple Thai and international dishes, particularly around the middle of the beach, near the entrance to Bangla Road. The northern part of Patong Beach hides a small sandy creek where the water is very shallow and clear during high season. The southern part is the mouth of a river, where several fishing boats anchor. The bridge over the river leads to a small fishing village and the various bays and beaches around the headland that separates Patong from Karon. The best time to visit Patong Beach in Phuket is between November and April when the sea is very flat and calm. From May to October, the beach experiences large waves and dangerous swells. While you can go in the water on some days, pay strict attention to the red warning flags when they're out on the sand. Along Patong Beach, many roadside stalls and wandering vendors selling a wide variety of food, drinks, snacks, and ice cream. You can also find many sarongs, beach mats, sunglasses, and souvenirs for sale. A large part of Beach Road (from Haad Patong Alley to Prachanukhro Road) is lined with restaurants and cafés, including international fast-food chains such as McDonald's, KFC, and Burger King. There's a good choice of restaurants and bars right on the beach itself, including Sole Mio, Chez Bernard and Patong Beachfront Food Court. Public toilets are spaced out along Patong Beach, and you usually have to pay a few baht to use them. There are plenty of parking spaces for small motorcycles and scooters along the beach road, but they can fill up over the course of the day. Due to its popularity, it's best to come early in the morning to find a good spot. Sun loungers are available on small areas of the sand and you can always lay down your own mat or towel anywhere along the beach. Patong Beach is most popular for jet skiing and parasailing. Operators can be found every few hundred metres, particularly around the end of Bangla Road. Exercise caution and wear a lifejacket if you're interested in motorised watersports. Most jet skis are not insured and scams are quite common. You can also enjoy banana boat rides, waterskiing, wake-boarding, kayaking and windsurfing. The best place to surf at Patong Beach is at the northern end, where waves can be quite fast and open to the wind. You can find some good snorkeling by the rocks at the northern end of Patong Beach. There are many vendors offering snorkel equipment right on the beach. Local masseuses are set up in the shaded areas of Patong Beach. An hour-long Thai massage usually starts from 200 baht. Other types of massage and foot reflexology are also available.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Wat Chalong is the most famous temple area in Phuket, here you can get a big dose of history ”
  • 92 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“ If you're looking for some crazy fun experiences, then look no further....go to Soi Bangla (Walking Street). This street has it all: Bars, Pubs, Lounges, Night Clubs, Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Shopping and a whole lot more!”
  • 52 locals recommend
Women's Store
“One of the largest shopping malls in Phuket,we are 20 minutes away from here.”
  • 117 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“WOW! A magic show - a must see on Phuket island. Cabaret and lady boys at its finest!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“If you have the love for trying delicious meals and fresh seafood, one place I would highly recommend is the Banzaan Fresh Seafood Market. A place where you get to select your own seafood and other assortments of fresh poultry and meat. You also have the selection to purchase the vegetables you want to eat along with your main course. What I love about this market is after you are done purchasing fresh local products, you then take it all upstairs where their are 15-20 stalls who will prepare your selection for you. Keep in mind that every stall has their own unique method and styles they use to cook the product. The combination is endless and you are only limited by your imagination. Lastly the market also sells fresh local fruits, perfect to take back to your accommodation or the beach for your enjoyment. Local spices are also sold here if you enjoy cooking yourself. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Theme Park
“The world-famous Phuket Fantasea delivers a show about Thai history and is a must-see when you are in Phuket, we can arrange tickets for you :-) ”
  • 82 locals recommend
“Nai Harn Beach is located at the southern tip of Phuket’s west coast, on the west from Promthep Cape viewpoint. This stunning bay, surrounded by the hills, is one of the best and most beautiful beaches on the south coast of Phuket. In 2019, TripAdvisor has included Nai Harn beach in the top three beaches in Asia. Earlier known only to some locals, currently Nai Harn beach has become one of the most popular destination on the island. Nai Harn attracts outdoor enthusiasts and athletes, families with children, fans of a relaxing holiday away from the tourist crowd. So far as only a few hotels are located in the small bay, Nai Harn beach retains its tranquil charm as before. Nai Harn is very convenient for the families with children. A cozy small (about 700 m long) beach is covered with white powdered sand, which is very soft and comfortable for walking barefoot. The seashore is shallow and safe, seafloor is sandy, water is warm, clean and transparent. There are almost no waves here in high season. Sunbed with an umbrella can be rented on the beach. The beach is surrounded by palm and casuarina trees so here you can relax in the tree shade during the sultry hours. In the eastern part of the beach, about 50 meters from the sea, there is a small pond perfect for kids’ swimming and playing: its depth is about the knee, without current and waves even in low season. Nai Harn beach has a perfect location. There is a good infrastructure around the beach. In the palm grove near the beach there are several restaurants and cafes for different tastes: local Thai cuisine, fresh seafood, European food (pizza, hamburgers, French fries etc). Here you can either have a full lunch or just enjoy a fresh mango shake while admiring a beautiful sea view. Several shops with beach equipment, snorkeling equipment and souvenirs stands near the restaurants. Surfboards, sup boards and kayaks can be rented right on the beach. There are several good spots for snorkeling and diving near the cliffs, covering the bay on the both sides. In low season, when wind blows from the sea, you can try windsurfing here. If you prefer relaxing holiday, you can enjoy the famous Thai massage right under the palm trees, overlooking the sea. A beautiful Buddhist temple is located just 500 meters from the beach, so in the evening you can hear the sounds of prayer session. Nai Harn lake lies near the temple, with a pedestrian road 2.2 km length around the lake. You can jog along this road or walk with a stroller and kids. There are plenty of Muay Thai Boxing training camps in the area of ​​Nai Harn Beach, and athletes come to the lake for jogging. Also several weight training equipment are nearby. For outdoor walks, choose morning hours before 11 am or evening hours after 17 hours. A small park with kids’ playground located just on the lake, near the temple. Beautiful view and tree shades make it a great place for yoga or outdoor picnic. Nai Harn is easily accessible by car or motorbike. There are several free parking spaces near the beach. This beach is loved by all tourists and local expats. This is why people come here not only from the surrounding area Rawai, but also from all over Phuket. You’ll also be sure to visit this beach!”
  • 55 locals recommend
“Kata Beach is a 1.5-km strip of golden sand and is considered one of the most popular beaches in Phuket due to its combination of beauty, facilities and activities. Hundreds of people come each day to soak up the sun and swim in the sea. Often busy but never crowded, this beach is pleasing in many ways. During the north-east monsoon season (November to April), the warm sea is often as flat as a pancake, crystal clear and turquoise in colour. The south-west monsoon season (May to October) can make for rougher swimming conditions, but it's at this time of year that the surfers flock to enjoy the waves. On days when red warning flags are flying, you should not enter the water due to dangerous rip tides and swells but on these days you probably wouldn't want to go to the beach anyway. Late in the year as the waters turn calm, Kata Bay fills up with beautiful yachts which arrive from all over the region to compete in December's King's Cup Regatta, one of Asia's premier sailing events. Sun loungers and umbrellas are available to rent on Kata Beach on a total of 10% of the sand, at intervals along its length. Beachgoers can also purchase small umbrellas (a few hundred baht in local shops and supermarkets near the beach) and beach mats (at the entrance of the beach, near Kata Beach Resort). The southern end has shops, restaurants and toilets close by. At the top of the beach, and for most of its length, there are shaded areas, sheltering beach massage parlours and street vendor stalls selling a great variety of snacks (fruits, grilled chicken and more) and drinks. The far south is ideal for families with small children as it becomes shaded later in the day and is also close to amenities. Wandering vendors roam the beach with ice-creams, fresh fruits, sarongs, sunglasses and beachwear. Many restaurants serving seafood, Thai and international dishes line the southern part of the beach. Hawker stalls can be found at both ends of the beach road, particularly in the car park at the southern end next to Kata Beach Resort. There's a small island at the northern end with good snorkelling around it. Kayaks can also be used for exploring. Parasailing is also good here as the reefs at either end can be seen from the air. Scuba diving enthusiasts and students are active at the northern end of Kata Beach, particularly during the high season when the water is at its calmest. The rougher conditions of the low season make swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving impractical, but are ideal for surfing. For many, the southern and central parts of the beach offer the best surfing in Phuket, which is why Kata Beach can get rather busy at times, even in the low season. The waves are fast but manageable and at times can really buck high at the sandbar. The south end of the beach is the best place to watch or join in on the surfing action because there's a beach break there. Rentals are available for those who leave their boards at home or just want to have a try. Pay for the day and you can use any of the surfboards or keep switching until you find one you like. The waves are a nice size for beginners and surfing tuition is also available. Close to shore, the waves have far less power and are perfect for little ones, so boogie boards can be rented for children. This will keep them amused like nothing you've ever seen.”
  • 50 locals recommend
“Surin is another great beach to visit. Only 5.6km away and the next bay north. The waters here are generally beautiful most of the year round. It can get quite busy during the high season though so be prepared for big crowds. Definitely worth a look if you have your own transportation or passing through. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Beach Bar
“Catch Beach Club is a high-quality bar, restaurant and lounge spot right on the beautiful Bangtao Beach. With a superb beachfront location, excellent food and drinks and great music, it's one of the top chill-out spots throughout the day and a popular party venue at night. Belonging to the same brand as Palm Seaside, HQ Beach Lounge and Twinpalms Phuket, quality and class are absolutely assured. A well-established name in Phuket, Catch gained its notoriety on Surin Beach, but moved to the southern end of Bangtao and rapidly reaffirmed their reputation as one of the best beach clubs on the island. Boasting the unmistakable Catch style, you'll find indoor and outdoor dining areas, a large canopy-covered bar, sun loungers, a small splash pool and a selection of poolside salas.The food menu at Catch Beach Club offers a range of ala carte dishes from 11am to 11pm, with a snack menu available at other times. Top choices include the signature Catch Salad (containing crab meat, asparagus, avocado, fish roe and French dressing) and the rotisserie chicken marinated in a Thai-style sauce. There’s also a good selection of Japanese, Italian and Thai dishes available, among others. The beach barbecue buffet every Tuesday and Friday is also worth trying, offering a varied spread of high-quality food. The funky back-lit drinks menu is no less impressive, boasting a broad range of top-shelf spirits, liquors, beers and champagnes. There’s also a choice of signature and classic cocktails, available by the glass or by the jug.Naturally, the major attraction at Catch Beach Club Phuket is the availability of sun loungers and salas on the sand. They come with a free towel and are right at the back of the beach, in the shade of the casuarina trees and about 30 or 40 metres from the sea. While you'll need to buy a day pass to use either a lounger or a sala, the money is counted as credit for food and drinks. Beach massages are available, but these don’t use any of your credit. If you just want to drink and dine, there’s no entrance fee. In the evenings, the club really comes to life, becoming one of the more sophisticated night spots in Phuket. House and guest DJs play great chillout, nu-disco and techno tunes and, even though it’s not a small venue, it can easily get packed on a big party night. One of the classiest beach clubs in Phuket, it's widely regarded as a must-visit.”
  • 73 locals recommend
“Sit right on the waters edge with your feet in the sand, good variety of food selection on the menu, a bit more pricey than local restaurants but the view is worth it. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
“Small private beach with a tiny bar, you can enjoy a glass of cocktail, sit down, and relax .... . . HAPPY DAY!!!”
  • 30 locals recommend