Whether you’re looking for a honeymoon destination or just thinking of taking a short vacation over a long weekend, Phuket is sure to offer couples a romantic getaway. Nicknamed the Pearl of the Andamans, and with the majority of its income generated from tourism, this holiday island has plenty to offer for couples with various budgets. With many cities and islands within Phuket, read on to find out about things to do in Phuket that will make your romantic adventure perfect!
Welcome to paradise.
1. Relax and enjoy a romantic day in Patong Beach
When travellers think of Phuket, the first thing that pops up in their minds would be sun, sand and sea. That is exactly what couples can come to expect when they visit Patong, the main touristy area of the island, where visitors can expect to spend an entire day or more, with its wide array of activities for both young and old couples.
The warm tropical climate of Thailand means that summer is the season all year round so be sure to pack your swimsuits and sunscreen lotion as the main highlight of Patong would definitely be its white sandy beaches, which stretches for 3.5km (2.2 miles)! Prepare to spend the entire morning busking in the sunshine with your other half to get that perfectly bronzed tan or simply relax under one of the shady palm trees with your favourite magazine or book in hand.
2. Outdoor sports for the adventurous!
Being a highly commercialized attraction, Patong Beach offers more than just sun decks and bars as adventurous couples can challenge themselves with several outdoor activities. A series of water sports ranging from jet skiing, parasailing and cable skiing await couples who crave an adrenaline rush after spending a lazy morning sunbathing. If these activities aren’t enough to get your blood pumping, thrill seekers may wish to head over to “World Bungy Jump”, which stands at 60 metres (197 feet), the highest bungee jump in Southern Thailand, to satisfy their adrenaline fix.
3. Enjoy a relaxing massage by the beach with your loved one
After a healthy morning dose of vitamin D from lounging at the beach, what better way to ease those aching muscles than with a soothing, traditional and authentic Thai massage? If forking out 200 USD for those romantic spa packages at the Hilton or Le Meridien is out of your budget, fret not! In Patong, there are several more affordable alternatives in the form of smaller, local massage and spa establishments where prices are reasonable, ranging at approximately 20 USD-50 USD, with top-quality service, as you’d come to expect in the Land of Smiles.
4. From bowling, shopping and food, Jungceylon Shopping Mall has it all!
A change of scenery from the sea and sand would encourage couples to visit Phuket’s international shopping and leisure destination, Jungceylon Shopping Mall. Stacked with a mixture of domestic and international brands spreading over 4 zones, couples can explore this megamall to grab a bite for meals, shop for souvenirs to bring home, go bowling at its 16-lane alley or catch the latest rom-coms at its cineplex. In addition, Jungceylon Shopping Mall would represent a viable option in case of any potential wet-weather emergencies.
5) Spend a zen afternoon at Wat Suwan Khiri Wong
Couples who are looking for a spiritual awakening or are on an “Eat Pray Love”-esque vacation can choose to explore Wat Suwan Khiri Wong, widely considered to be the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand, and located just a short walk away from the main beach. Visitors who are not religious might also want to check out the temple for its historical significance as well as marvellous architecture.
6) Party till late at Bangla Road, Patong's legendary nightlife!
Patong is internationally renowned for its legendary nightlife and no vacation to Phuket would be complete without spending a night roaming the streets of Bangla Road. After the sun sets and traffic is cordoned off, Bangla Road almost magically transforms into Phuket’s liveliest party zone with its many bars, clubs, and cabaret shows which will leave couples spoilt for choice. With its reputation as Thailand’s Sin City, couples can expect an entire night of entertainment at reasonable prices. However, tourists should still be wary of your belongings as you party into the wee hours of the night.
As a tamer alternative to the infamous party stretch of Bangla Road, couples who are looking for more low-key fun could consider the night time cultural theme park of Fantasea! Located 10 km (6.2 miles) north of Patong Beach, transport arrangements can be arranged with the Fantasea van transfer service to ensure a comfortable journey to the venue. However, despite being advertised as a theme park, it should be noted that unlike conventional amusement parks, Fantasea does not offer any rides for visitors. Instead, the park is focused on representing the cultural aspects of Thailand through unique attractions and performances. Guests may also wish to enjoy a wide variety of local cuisine at the park where packages, which include a dinner buffet and entry to the performance, range from 50 USD-60 USD and should be booked early to avoid disappointment.
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Phuket Fantasea Show and Dinner
Duration: Approximately 4 hours
Price: From 79.84 USD
Karon, located a few miles south of Patong, offers a serene alternative to the hustle and bustle of Patong for couples who prefer their peace and privacy.
Kata Noi Beach is the third-longest beach in Phuket, but feels much quieter and less crowded than Patong due to the lack of swarms of tourists. In addition to the usual beach activities, couples have the option to rent sleeping mats and an umbrella for 10 USD. Snorkelling is a particular favourite at this hotspot as its crystal clear waters allow couples a lovely time admiring coral reefs and underwater sea creatures.
If your partner loves water activities, why not go on a full-day Sea Canoe Tour. The Phang Nga Sea Canoe Tour by Boat from Phuket departs from Phuket and gives you the chance to visit Khao Tapu, and the beaches of Koh Lawa or Koh Naka.
Full-Day Phang Nga Sea Canoe Tour by Boat from Phuket
Duration: Approximately 9 hours
Price: From 58USD per person
9) Romantic sun-set watching from Karon Viewpoint
Karon Viewpoint is one of the most visited peaks in Phuket as its height offers breath-taking views of its surrounding beaches and the sparkling Andaman Sea, making it a picturesque destination, worthy of an Instagram post. Couples are advised to make their way to the viewpoint early to secure the best spots to cuddle whilst embracing the magnificent sunset scenery.
Another perennial favourite amongst couples when they visit the island of Phuket would be the opportunity to ride an elephant through the luscious greenery of Thailand’s jungles. With many of these trekking agencies offering free transport from Karon to their safaris, prices range from 15 USD to 30 USD depending on the duration of the tour. Couples are advised to make an appointment in advance to avoid disappointment as well as to prepare sufficient cash as it is the only acceptable form of payment.
Explore the jungles of Phuket from the back of an elephant and make it a full experience by watching a myriad of shows, from Thai Boxing to a Monkey show. Book the tour now to experience it all.
3.5-Hour Phuket Safari with Multiple Activities
Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours
Price: From 47 USD
11) Sunset watching and romantic dinner at Phromthep Cape
Located at the southernmost tip of Phuket, Phrompthep Cape, similar to Karon Viewpoint, offers couples a spectacular 360-degree view of Phuket and the islands surrounding it. A lighthouse, which doubles up as a maritime museum, also sits atop this hill for viewers to enjoy its history as well as its outdoor viewing balcony for more glorious views of the sunset. Alternatively, couples may opt to enjoy a romantic dinner at the iconic Phromthep Cape Restaurant, which serves authentic seafood and Thai cuisine, whilst dining under the stars.
12) Phuket's Old Town offers a trip back in time
Despite being the “capital” of Phuket, Phuket Town, located on the east of the island, is not as popular with tourists due to the lack of beaches and entertainment. However, couples should consider spending a few hours in this culturally rich town to embrace the local Thai heritage.
As a contrast to tourist populated beaches, Phuket’s Old Town offers couples a different and refreshing experience. With its beautifully preserved “shop houses” from the 19th century lining its streets, couples could feel as if they’ve just taken a trip back in time to embrace the simplistic and rustic environment of the old town.
13) Explore Phuket's Weekend Market on Thalang Road
Phuket isn’t commonly known for its shopping but during weekends, the festivities of its own Weekend Market, also known as Chao Fah Market, come alive with street vendors peddling goods such as clothing, accessories and exotic souvenirs. Though on a smaller scale to Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market, Phuket’s very own night market has its own charms which provide tourists with a glimpse into how locals live and enjoy themselves. However, as these markets are only opened from 4.00pm to 9.00pm on Saturdays and Sundays, visitors are advised to plan their schedules in advance in order to avoid disappointment.
14) Private romantic boat tour at Phang Nga Bay/Khao Phing Kan
Ever wanted to strike the famous “007” pose on a live set used to shoot a real James Bond movie? Now, you can! Khao Phing Kan, also famously known as James Bond Island, was used as the set for Bond’s hideout in the Man with the Golden Gun in the 1974 classic, as well as Tomorrow Never Dies starring Pierce Brosnan in 1997. The needle formed limestone rock is an iconic scene in the movie but that’s not the only attraction on offer as there are several other limestone caves, rivers and islands which couples can visit, surely making the Phang Nga Bay worthy of a day trip. As these islands are off the shore of Phuket, private boat tours can be arranged to ensure some quality romantic time alone.
Another set for filming of an international movie in Phuket would be Maya Bay, located within Phi Phi Islands, where Leonardo DiCaprio starred in the 2000 film “The Beach”. The Phi Phi consists of six islands lying 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Phuket, where it is a hotspot for adventurous activities such as rock climbing, cliff jumping and scuba diving. With its nature left relatively untouched, as the islands are largely uninhabited, the Phi Phi Islands represent the best getaway from urbanization, perfect for couples who seek to enjoy the great outdoors, as you disconnect from the rest of the world and reconnect with nature. As the islands are located off the coast of Phuket, ferry services are provided regularly from Rassada Pier at 14 USD for a one-way ticket. However, visitors should note that the journey to the islands would take an approximate 2 hours, thus, planning your day in advance would be highly recommended.
Find out about the area with this guided tour that includes various activities. Swim with the vibrant colored fishes at Loh Samah and Monkey Bay, and laze on the white sand beaches at Maya Bay.
Phi Phi Islands Full-Day Speedboat Trip from Krabi
Duration: Approximately 7.5 hours
Price: From 49.60 USD
This concludes the suggested itinerary around the province of Phuket and its surrounding islands. We sincerely hope that couples will enjoy the highlighted attractions and their romantic vacation in Phuket!
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