After Pattaya, Phuket is the second most popular resort area in Thailand. It is located on a beautiful, evergreen peninsula, connected with the mainland by a tiny bridge. This is the place where you can find luxurious hotels and beach clubs for the rich and famous, as well as small family-run restaurants, where you can eat for 5$, nestled in one of the most notorious streets of the island. Whether you are looking to relax on the beach, or to experience a crazy night-life, tempting the visitors with all possible sins, or even to shop for replicas of any brand you can name, on the street, right outside the bars and night clubs, it is all located right here. There are many stories that people tell about Phuket – some love it, others wish they could stay there forever, one thing remains the same – it is remarkable, interesting and full of exciting activities. Here is our list of the top 5.

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Once you arrive to the island, you will notice that there is a huge statue of Big Buddha on top of the hill, rising above land, that is visible from any part of the island on the South. Make sure you come here – not only is the gold-plated monument absolutely stunning, but you can also witness the every day life of Buddhist monks – and even get their blessing, when they tie up a colourful bracelet on your wrist. There is also a viewing platform, offering magnificent panoramic views of Phuket.

Another fun and thrilling activity that you can experience on the island is elephant trekking – you will see such stations all over Phuket, offering 30-minute and 1-hour walks in the jungle on these gorgeous animals. If you would like to see a show, feed the elephants and take pictures with them, FantaSea is a fantastic option that tells the history of Thailand and shows Thai customs and traditions. You can purchase the tickets online or book from a travel agency that also offer transfers to and from the venue.

Located just a 15-minute boat ride away, Coral Island is the epitome of heaven on Earth. This tiny island, just off the coast, is boasting fine white sand, light turquoise of the sea and complete privacy. You can get here either by a speedboat directly or as part of the day cruises, organised daily by travel agencies.

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Among the top things to do in Phuket, is exploring the various beaches – you have a choice of sumptuous beach clubs such as Catch and Bliss that offer comfortable plush sunbeds, outstanding service and music sets by dj’s, or you could travel by a Tuk-Tuk or motorbike to one of the smaller pristine coves, such as Paradise or small tropical beaches in Kamala area, where you will enjoy the sea, chat with the locals and drink Singha. Our suggestion is to take the bike and just travel along the coastline and choose the beach that you like. Do consider that more popular towns like Patong and Kata are usually crowded, so going a little further, even to Karon beach will make a difference in your comfort.

Last, but not least, Phuket is known for its flamboyant nightlife. The most popular place is Patong and its Bangla Road. Here you have a choice of bars and clubs – some of the best ones are Tiger bar and disco, Seduction, Ice Bar for ice-cold shots and Hollywood club.Whatever you want to see, you name it – from cabaret dancers, to ping-pong shows, lady-boy go-go dancers, peep shows, gay bars and strip clubs, you can find all these here, open till the morning. Another fun activity is going to Simon cabaret, where the brilliant show is performed by talented lady-boys who will sing, dance and smile for their moment of fame!

Phuket is a place where you can enjoy a relaxing holiday, getting pampered by massage and spending your days down at the beach in one of the elegant hotels, or exploring the island on the motorbike by day and dancing the night away in one of the clubs in Patong, with a company of lady-boys. Whatever your whimsy is, Phuket can satisfy it all!