White sand beaches, turquoise waters, and colorful buildings call visitors to Phuket, one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations. Not sure if it’s right for you? These eight Phuket photos just might do the trick.
Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is famous for its limestone karsts that stick straight out of the water. Here you’ll find James Bond Island (made famous in The Man With the Golden Gun) and Koh Panyee—the most visited places in the bay. Discover the bay’s attractions on a day trip boat tour from any major port along the east coast of Phuket.
Koh Phi Phi Don Viewpoint
The famous backpacker’s mecca has some of the best views in all of Phuket.
This relatively recent addition to Phuket is a must-see. The massive size of the statue distracts from the fabulous view of the island, but both make the trip worth it.
This breathtaking lagoon can be found on the coast of Koh Phi Phi Ley. It’s only accessible by boat and is a stop on many Phi Phi Island day tours.
Old Phuket Town
Stay a night or spend the day in this sleepy town in Phuket boasting Sino-Portuguese architecture and fabulous shopping, restaurants, and hidden sights
This group of islands is a national park with some of the best diving in Thailand. Located in the Andaman Sea, the islands are open to the public from October to May.
Another stop on many Phi Phi Island day boat tours is Bamboo Island, full of coral and great snorkeling. Enjoy lunch in the inland huts on the uninhabited island.
Wat Chalong Temple
This is one of Phuket’s most important temples, and the architecture is impressive. Walk around the grounds and pagodas to learn about Buddhism in Thailand and participate in prayers and local offerings with monks.
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2016. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.