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A Complete Guide to Phuket, Thailand

January 27, 2017 22 Comments
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Ahh Thailand. Where the views are unmatched and the food is indescribably good. If you have even the smallest desire to go, I suggest you put yourself on a plane and don’t look back.

If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, we’ve got you covered — even in 4 days, there’s no reason you can’t see everything there is to see, and still have time to lay flat on your back with a coconut drink. Read on for a breakdown.

 

Stay:

Kalima Resort & Spa

First and foremost, Thailand is extremely inexpensive. You can find room & board as low as $35 a night at some RESORTS. Secondly, there are literally hundreds of beautiful resorts, hotels and villas. Most come with a fair price tag and breathtaking views – so it can be a little hard to narrow things down.

If sifting through pages and pages of search results doesn’t excite you, then take a look here and check out our recommendation. If you go during low season (July/August), rooms start from $96/night. For us, the hilltop infinity pools and panoramic bay views were enough to justify it. Not to mention the best. food. ever. lives in a restaurant across the street – details below!

Kalima Resort Phuket Thailand infinity pool

Kalima Resort Phuket Thailand infinity pool

Eat:

Baan Rim Pa

This restaurant will change your life. Some of the best food I’ve ever tasted came from their kitchens. It’s not the cheapest meal in town, but you will leave beyond satisfied. With cliffside dining overlooking Patong Bay, and live music by the sweetest man – you really can’t complain. Please, take my money.

If you’re in doubt, order the Khong Waang Ruam (mixed appetizer plate) to start. I then had an entire fish to myself afterwards (Pla Nueng Kratiam) so trust me – it’s that good. I’m normally all for never repeating the same thing twice, but we spent 2 out of our 4 nights here and I wouldn’t change a thing. Make sure you go to the Kalim location for the best experience!

Bann Rim Pa restaurant Patong Bay Phuket Thailand

Bann Rim Pa restaurant Patong Bay Phuket Thailand sunset

Paan Yah

This place only helped solidify my new love for Thai food. It’s also walking distance from Kalima Resort, only 5 minutes away. With casual vibes + waterfront views, you can’t go wrong here. Plus, it’s a spot that locals recommend, and they have an extensive menu for a fair price. These little guys (below) house the ‘Mussels Butter Garlic’ + they are a must order!

Paan Yah restaurant Patong Bay Phuket Thailand

Tamachart (Natural Restaurant)

This was a lunch spot recommended to us by our driver. She dropped us off – in Phuket Town – and I knew right away we never would have come across this place on our own. Most locals know it as Tamachart, but ‘Natural Restaurant’ is the English name and it definitely fits the bill. With 4 stories of open-air dining, you’ll feel like you’re in a treehouse.

If you know anything about Thai food, it can be hot & spicy – depending on the dish. Be prepared to keep ordering drinks here! When the bill comes, you’ll still be pleasantly surprised.

Tamachart Natural Restaurant Phuket Thailand

Street Food

There is a ton of street food in Patong, so if you ever find yourself wandering around that area don’t hesitate to try something. For things like meat, it’s probably a good sign if there’s a long line, but you can never go wrong with Thai Roti pancakes!

 

Must Do:

Phi Phi Island Hopping

The number one thing you have to do on your trip to Phuket. Click here for a complete guide to Phi Phi island hopping!

Phi Phi Islands Maya Bay Phuket Thailand

Traditional Thai Massage (Orientala Wellness)

Massage parlors are a dime a dozen in Thailand. Most in populated areas have groups of women standing out on the streets, trying to pull you inside. It can feel a little sketch, and its hard to know which ones are legit and which ones are…. something else. That’s why we booked online.

Orientala Wellness is a large facility, very professional, and we still got an amazing deal.  Almost 3 hours of spa treatments for $50 a person is pretty much a steal. Book through Viator here.

Wat Chalong Temple

Phuket is a beach town, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice everything else that Thailand has to offer. If you only see one temple while you’re here, this should be it. Wat Chalong is actually a collection of temples, but the main event is huge, impressive and detailed. Definitely worth the visit.

Wat Chalong Temple Phuket Thailand

Wat Chalong Temple Phuket Thailand

Have A Custom Suit Made (Magnifique Tailor)

If a man is traveling with you, make him do this. Thailand is known for being one of the top destinations to have a custom suit made – for a really great price. With that said, keep in mind that you’re still going to get the quality you pay for. You can still save, but don’t expect to pay bottom dollar and come out looking like you’re ready for the red carpet. If you want quality, pay up for the nicer fabrics. I mean, how many times are you going to have a suit tailor-made from scratch?

There are a ton of tailors in Phuket, but do your research and pick a reputable one. Magnifique Tailor was so good to us, and they went out of their way to make sure that we were happy. We also were given cold beer during the fittings so that didn’t hurt either. Overall, they did such a fantastic job that we decided to buy two! When in Rome…?

 

Views:

Karon Viewpoint

Wow, wow, wow. Don’t pass this one up. Even if you just drive up to take pictures (which is basically what we did), you want to see this. It’s of the most famous lookout points, and when you get there you’ll see why.

Karon Viewpoint Phuket Thailand

Karon Viewpoint Phuket Thailand

Promthep Cape

Another beautiful hotspot. There were even wedding photos in progress here when we showed up. I think the pictures speak for themselves.

Promthep Cape Phuket Thailand

Promthep Cape Phuket Thailand

Getting Around:

Tuk Tuks

So much fun! If you don’t mind rolling up to your hotel with crazy music and lights flashing – these are definitely worth the experience.

Tuk Tuk Phuket Thailand

Private Driver

If you hit it off with a taxi driver, keep their card. We found a fantastic driver who we ended up using for longer drives. She stayed with us the entire day and let us hop on/off wherever we wanted. This is also a great way to find local spots that you may otherwise miss!

Moped/Scooter

If you want to be completely on your own, and are willing to brave the roads, you can rent one of these during your stay. A great way to sightsee on the go!

 

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22 Comments

  1. Reply

    Laura

    February 14, 2017

    WHOA! What a great set of pictures! Kinda intrigued by now! My boyfriend doesn’t want to go to Asia at the moment (too expensive, we just bought a house) but one can only dream..

    • Reply

      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 15, 2017

      Thanks lady! Buying a house is a big deal! Congrats!

      Hope you get to make the trip sometime sooner or later 🙂

  2. Reply

    Sandy N Vyjay

    February 15, 2017

    A resort with a spa. Best stay ever and that too in Thailand, what could be better? And the food, my mouth is watering right now. Such beautiful temples, beaches and the scenery I am awed by the sight. Stunning! A pity we missed visiting Phuket last time,

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      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 15, 2017

      The food was by far some of the best i’ve ever had! Definitely crave it now!

  3. Reply

    Indrani

    February 15, 2017

    I have been craving to go to Phuket for long. Your guide seems so helpful. The stay suggestion is cool and alluring! 🙂

    • Reply

      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 16, 2017

      Thank you! The infinity pool at the hotel made us not want to leave 🙂

  4. Reply

    SindhuMurthy

    February 15, 2017

    Two things on this post that wooed me – 1. getting a custom suit made. woow! I really didn’t know about this in Thailand. 2. The Tuk-Tuk, it looks so posh from inside. I feel like jumping right into it and exploring the places you have mentioned 🙂

    • Reply

      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 16, 2017

      Tuk Tuks are so fun! Most of them have speakers and lights too!

      As for the suits, I’d say that’s a must if you wear them often! My husband loves the two we got there!

  5. Reply

    Louiela

    February 15, 2017

    Thanks for this Phuket Guide, it makes me want to visit Thailand now… And of all the things you mentioned above, the sceneries and food amazed me most… Thanks for sharing the cost and some tips in exploring Phuket…

    • Reply

      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 16, 2017

      The food was amazing! Definitely my favorite part 🙂

  6. Reply

    Jane M

    February 15, 2017

    I’ve been to Thailand but I only stayed in Bangkok and visited Ayutthaya for a day. When I got back home , it made me realise how short my trip was! And this post made me miss Thailand! I would definitely visit Phuket, the next time I visit Thailand. 😉

    • Reply

      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 16, 2017

      We weren’t there long enough either! I’d love to go back and see some other areas – Thailand is one of my favorite places!

  7. Reply

    Marge

    February 15, 2017

    Thailand is so near yet so far. I haven’t really gotten around into booking a trip there even when I’d been to its neighboring countries already. But I have plan to celebrate the 2018 new year eve at Khao SaonRoad so who knows, I might be able to visit Thailand.

    What I want to do there aside from island hopping is to try the Thai massage. I am a fan of massages so of course I want to experience that. You have made a good guide here. I might just use this as reference for when I finally go there.

    • Reply

      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 16, 2017

      Yes! The massage we had was wonderful! 2.5 hours and we left feeling like jelly (in a good way!). Glad this was helpful! 🙂

  8. Reply

    Aldrick Agpaoa

    February 16, 2017

    So near yet so far! I’ve always been wanting to visit Thailand and Phuket is first on my list! These pictures give justice to the beauty of Phuket. It’s magical!

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      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 16, 2017

      Im glad you think so! Phuket gets a bad rep sometimes as being touristy, but as long as you don’t spend the whole trip on Patong Beach, there is so much beauty there so explore!

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    sophie

    February 16, 2017

    This place is like a Magnet these days , attracting thousands of tourists from all around the world, People are actually crazy about going to this place, and why they should not be? just look at the beaches, the resort the food, simply mindblowing! I am going to Phuket in september after reading I can’t wait for 7 more months! Haha 🙂

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      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 16, 2017

      Isn’t it? Thailand is going to be overrun in a few years, and for good reason!

      Hope you have a fantastic trip!

  10. Reply

    neha

    February 17, 2017

    Very informative guide. Phi phi island hopping definitely I am not going to miss when I go to phuket. And Kalima Resort & Spa also looks quiet good, particularly with the infinity pool.

    • Reply

      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 17, 2017

      Glad you agree! We enjoyed it so much!

  11. Reply

    Erica

    February 18, 2017

    I love Phuket! I like your suggested itinerary! My favorite when I went there was the Phuket old town tour and Phiphi Island overlooking! Food is awesome indeed! I hope to go back and visit others in your itinerary! THANKS FOR SHARING!

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      Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

      February 19, 2017

      We heard Old Phuket Town was amazing! We didn’t get a chance to see it but it looks so cool! Glad you enjoyed 🙂

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