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