No.1 Bangkok City, Temples & Grand Palace
Bangkok has hundreds of temples, but this particular tour is a must-do because it introduces you to Wat Pho, home of the Reclining Buddha, and Wat Phra Kaew, otherwise known as The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, a spiritual icon carved from jade that towers above all others in its holiness. What's more? It also takes you to Thailand's foremost historical and cultural landmark, The Grand Palace.
No.2 Damnoen Saduak Floating
The pioneer of all floating markets, Damnoen Saduak continues to offer a delightful experience despite its increasingly touristy atmosphere. Imagine small thin canals teeming with longboats piled high with fresh produce, each one jockeying for position, and paddled by a lady ready to stop and bargain at a moment's notice. This visual vibrancy, as well as its popularity, ensures Damnoen Saduak's iconic status.
No.3 Calypso Cabaret Show
Calypso Cabaret is the preeminent ladyboy theatrical show in Bangkok, filled with high kicking action, classic show tunes and Broadway style entertainment. The production values of the show is incredibly high and the 'girls' will surely surprise you with their beauty and showmanship. Suitable for the whole family, the songs range from Tina Turner to K-Pop to Christina Aguilera. Every ticket comes with a complementary drink and there is a full bar with waiting staff on hand should you require more
No.4 River Kwai Tour including Long-tail Boat
There's more to the River
Kwai than historic WWII sights, and this tour around
Kanchanaburi, a lush unspoilt province close to the Burmese
border proves it. Visits to the Death Railway, the Bridge over
the River Kwai and the memorial museum are tastefully juxtaposed
with beautiful mountain scenery, pleasant longtail journeys
along the Mae Klong River, as well as activities like elephant
rides. This full-day tour includes a Thai buffet lunch and
transport to and from your hotel in Bangkok.
No.1 Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is unique. A day out here is an unforgettable experience that will definitely get you thinking. A distinctive feature of the bay is the sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the emerald-green waters. These islands are home to sheltered fauna that are possible to observe on certain tours. James Bond Island and Koh Panyee are just two of the more famous spots in this bay.
No.2 Phang Nga Bay
Phi Phi Island is Thailand's superstar island, particularly famous for its central role in the 2000 movie The Beach. It's the topic of conversation for travellers all over Thailand. For some, it's the only reason to touchdown in Phuket. Even with all the hype, it doesn't disappoint. Phi Phi's beauty is a large chunk of the allure. The islands, when approached by boat, rise from the sea like a fortress. Sheer cliffs tower overhead, then give way to beach-fronted jungle. It's love at first sight.
No.3 Night Markets
Phuket has an impressive selection of night markets to choose from. Each has its own unique charms, but all offer interesting souvenirs at low prices. They are an excellent place to try local street food and snacks, and some also have street performances and music. Being open in the evenings means that you don't get too hot while getting your shopping fix.
No.4 Phuket FantaSea Show
It's wacky but fun and very professionally done. Trapeze artists, elephants on stage and pyrotechnics combine in a Las Vegas-style show. You'll see nothing else like it anywhere on the planet. Combining Thai traditional myths with humour, fantasy and a loose plotline that keeps getting more and more amusing, FantaSea's extravaganza is a highly entertaining and riveting show, worthy of its spot in this list of the best things to do in Phuket.
No.5 Wat Chalong and Phuket Temples
Stores in the Spice Souk sell a variety of fragrances and spices from frankincense and shisha to the many herbs used in Arabic and South Asian food. In addition, several household, textiles, incense, rugs and artifacts are also sold in the Spice Souk. A majority of the trading occurs through haggling. The quantity of trade as well as the number of stores trading spices in the Spice Souk have been significantly reduced in recent years due to the growth larger stores and supermarkets and the number of household stores has incredibly gained.
No.6 Simon Cabaret Show
Simon Cabaret is probably the biggest transvestite cabaret show in Phuket. This show features a spectacular musical floor show performed by the world-famous ladyboy cast. See for yourself - guys, can you tell the difference? And ladies - wouldn't you just die for a figure like that? Fabulous costumes, glitzy and fun.
No.7 Old Phuket Town
Sino-Portuguese splendours and funky shops in the most unlikely places will surprise and delight you in the heart of Phuket's sleepy provincial capital. Phuket Town offers much more than you think, with some excellent restaurants and local sights. The unique blend of colonial and Chinese architecture, along with a tangible quaintness, makes for a fascinating and unforgettable afternoon spent sauntering around Phuket's Old Town. Expect the unexpected and don't forget your camera.