Known for pristine beaches, delectable cuisine and friendly locals, Phuket has long been one of Thailand’s most popular vacation destinations. The vibrant tourism industry has transformed this tranquil island into Thailand’s most tourist-friendly province, giving rise to a concentration of gourmet restaurants and luxury resorts, offering only the best travel experience to its visitors. Travel to the southern and western coast of Phuket and explore the gorgeous beaches, packed with an inexhaustible list of activities from snorkelling and parasailing to jet skiing. Head east to the Old Town and immerse yourself in its exotic culture as you plod through the night markets. Read on to know about the best things to do in Phuket with your friends.
Before embarking on your Phuket holiday, check in to Cassia Phuket and pick a suite offering an ocean view. With modern décor complete with contemporary artwork, it features one-, two-bedroom suites kitted out with a well-equipped kitchenette, and some even come with a spacious loft and sun terrace – a perfect accommodation for travelling in large groups.
Enjoy local flavours at Albatross Cafe
Spend an afternoon at this open-terrace waterside cafe situated in the heart of Laguna Phuket and sample the sweet and sour flavours, the pungent tang and searing heat all-in-one mouth. Take your pick from the extensive menu offering local favourites, such as Panang Beef (spicy beef curry), giant barbecued prawns in curry or coconut milk or Thai classics like pad Thai. Enjoy an authentic Thai feast!
Address: 390/49, Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Opening Hours: 8.30am to 10pm
Phone number:+66 89 873 2829
Go Kart at Patong Go-Kart Speedway
Test your racing skills against your friends at the Patong Go-Kart Speedway. The track is 750m long and you have the option to choose from the different types of karts available, ranging from 140cc to 400c. Spend a wild time at the Go-Kart, but do remember to look out for each other’s safety.
Patong Go-Kart Speedway
Address: 118/5 Vichitsongkram Rd. M.7 Kathu, Phuket, 83120, Thailand
Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm
Phone number: +66 76 321 949
Website: Patong Go-Kart Speedway
Happy hour at Sea Salt Lounge & Grill
Sea Salt Lounge & Grill boasts a wooden deck extending out to the sandy shores of Patong beach, offering unparalleled views of the sunset scenery. Arrive just before dusk falls and indulge in some cocktails or an ice-cold beer as you watch the setting sun paint the bay with colours of amber and gold.
Sea Salt Lounge & Grill
Address: 225, Prabaramee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Opening hours: 11am-12am daily
Phone number: +66 76 623 555
Facebook: Sea Salt Lounge & Grill
Have a fine dining experience at Plantation Club @ Pavilion
Boasting a spacious deck overlooking the Andaman Sea and one of the best sunset views in Phuket, it is not difficult to see why the Plantation Club is such a popular beachfront restaurant for foreign travellers in Phuket. As for food, it specialises in authentic Thai and colonial Mediterranean fare; and both its indoor and al fresco dining area make for a relaxed and romantic setting to feast. Do not forget to make your reservation for a lavish dining experience at the Pavilion.
The Plantation Club
Address: The Pavilion Resort at 31/1 6 Tambon Choeng Thale, Amphoe Thalang, Chang Wat Phuket 83110, Thailand
Afternoon: 2 pm to 5 pm
Dinner: 6 pm to 11 pm
Website: Plantation Club @ Pavilion
Day 2 - Breakfast & Laguna boat ride
Kick things off with a sumptuous breakfast buffet provided by Cassia Phuket. It has everything from Asian to Western breakfast, including warm croissants, assorted doughnuts, savoury pastries with homemade jam, fresh fruits and fine coffee. After breakfast, catch the Laguna boat ride to the private Bang Tao beach or Canal Village Shopping Centre.
Lunch at The Corner Restaurant
Walk into the heart of Patong beach and pass a small strip of restaurants; some with the day’s catch displayed at their entrance - rows of crabs, lobsters, clams and prawns arranged in boxes of ice. Let the aroma of roasting seafood take you to the Corner Restaurant and taste their tender, succulent barbeque skewers. There are other delectable dishes available as well, such as vegetable curry spiced with green chiles, kaffir lime and coconut cream, and spicy green papaya salad.
The Corner Restaurant
Address: Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Opening Hours: 9 am to 10.30 pm
Contact: +66 76 324 023
Website: The Corner Restaurant
Visit Phuket Old Town
Besides exploring the sandy beaches of Phuket, do not miss out on the fun of shopping and cafe hopping at the Old Town. Venture into the narrow alleys, where the old Sino-Portuguese buildings are preserved and discover the modern shops and cafes constructed behind these charming architectural facades. These two-storey buildings contain mini marts offering refreshments, shops selling textiles and handicrafts, eateries, as well as museums and travel agencies. Complete your busy shopping outing with an afternoon tea break at one of the many cafes dotting the area.
Phuket Old Town
Address: Old Phuket Town
Eat and shop at Phuket Sunday Night Market
Continue your shopping spree at the Sunday Night Market that is located in close proximity to the Old Town. A slew of makeshift carts materialises late in the afternoon and the market continues till 10 pm. This weekend night market is often bustling with tourists haggling with vendors, children running loose and Thai musicians busking throughout the night. Find a seat amongst the jumble of tables and chairs, and relish the flavours of Thai street food - omelette stuffed with mussels, giant barbecued prawns and squid in sweet chilli sauce and a plate of steaming mango sticky rice.
Phuket Sunday Night Market
Address: Thalang Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
Opening hours: 4-9pm on Sundays
Enjoy a Thai massage at Dang Massage
End the day with a therapeutic massage at the Dang Massage. Offering full-body, head and shoulder massage, the Dang Massage is a haven that will whisk you away to an utter relaxation state. The massage centre provides a free tuk-tuk shuttle to and from the Cassia Phuket; you just need to dial-in to make an appointment.
Address: 56 Lagoon Street, Choeng Thale, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Opening hours: 9.30 am to 11 pm
Contact: +66 76 325 436
Day 3 - Swim at Cassia’s infinity pool overlooking the lagoon
Fronting Cassia’s apartment-style buildings is a photogenic infinity pool that seems to hang above the lagoon and from below, it’s like a dream. Begin your day with a dip in Cassia’s infinity pool. Gaze out on the suspended bay and spend hours mesmerised by the endless sea and neon sky drifting into the horizon.
Be in awe at Phuket’s Big Buddha
Nestled atop the peak of Nakkerd Hills, you can easily spot this 45m high Buddha sculpture from the south of Ao Chalong. Sign up for an ATV adventure which brings you through the winding trails of the tropical forests and past fields of rubber plantations which seem to go on and on. Alternatively, embark on a challenging 2.5km hike from the Koran up to the Big Buddha. From there, besides a close-up view of the white-polished Buddha, you can also enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view of Phuket.
Address: Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Opening hours: 6am–7pm
Website: Big Buddha
Catch sunset at Bang Tao Beach
If you do not wish to visit an overcrowded stretch of sand, we recommend to spend your evening at Bang Tao beach. Cassia Phuket provides access to the private area of Bang Tao beach to all its guests. Kick off your shoes, feel the soft sand beneath your bare feet and watch the Andaman sea shimmer blue and gold as lights of the night sky dim.
Bang Tao Beach
Address: Bang Tao Beach, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Experience authentic Thai Mookata BBQ
Situated within Cassia Phuket, Vista Gastro Pub specialises in Mu Kratha barbecue, which is an amalgamation of Korean barbeque and Chinese steamboat. Grill the marinated pork and beef in the centre and add the vegetables, seafood and mushrooms in the broth below. As time passes, the texture of the broth thickens as the juices of the meat trickle down from the metal skillet.
Vista Gastro Pub @ Cassia Phuket
Address: Cassia Phuket at 64 Moo 4 Srisoonthorn Road Tambon Choeng Thale, Amphoe Thalang, Chang Wat Phuket 83110, Thailand
Enjoy drinks at 360 Degree Bar & Lounge
After a hearty meal, drop by the 360 Degree Bar & Lounge for a drink. Perched on a hilltop, the bar offers sweeping views of the pulsing green or red parking lights of the idle boats moored in the Andaman Sea, along with Phuket’s glistening night sky alight with countless stars and city lights.
360 Degree Bar & Lounge
Address: 31/, 232/1 Moo 6 Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Opening hours: 5.30 pm to 11 pm
Contact: +66 76 317 600
Website: 360 Degree Bar & Lounge
Start planning for your next great adventure; all you need would be some great friends and an adventurous soul! Make your reservations at Cassia Phuket early and enjoy an unforgettable stay in Phuket with your friends.
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