You don’t need to feel alone in Thailand’s largest island. Phuket, the Pearl of Andaman, is filled with party venues, tourist sites and beach activities that would keep you moving. This solo traveler guide to Phuket will take you around the island for a memorable adventure – No Tinder app needed.
Wander around Phuket’s old town
Learn a bit about Thailand’s Sino-colonial history by taking a walk around Phuket’s Old Town. With the French architecture immersed with Buddhist and Chinese shrines, you will find yourself intrigued by the rich character of this colorful town.
Climb every viewpoint
Phuket has a lot of stunning viewpoints. Some are easier to get to while others would take a whole lot of energy and time. If you are not a big fan of long treks then go for the Kata/Karon Viewpoint, which overlooks the beaches of Kata Noi, Kata, and Karon. You can also check out the lighthouse on Promthep Cape for a panoramic view of the east side of the island.
Visit Wat Cha Long
Learn about Buddhism by taking a walk viewing the paintings depicting Buddha’s life in this ornate temple. Just 8 kilometers from the city, you can hire a bicycle or catch a taxi to get to this religious site.
Score a bargain at Phuket’s weekend market
If you are in Phuket for the weekend, then you should not miss Phuket’s Weekend Market, where you may find a few treasured items to take home from the jumble of stalls filled with second-hand goods, trinkets, live animals, and souvenirs. If you are not keen on shopping, then sample the fare in the myriad of street food stalls in the market. To get there, just walk along Chao Fa West Road. It will be hard to miss this big market.
Make a wish at Phuket’s Big Buddha
It’s hard to miss the big Buddha that sits on top of the Nakkred Hills. 45 meters tall, it is a landmark that is hard to miss. Not only does it offer an amazing 360-degree view of the island, but it is also known for the blessings that you will receive when you write your wishes and aspirations on one of the golden leaves that you can purchase from the temple and hang it on the tree. There is also nothing wrong with being nosey and reading what other people have written – As long as they are in English.
Explore Patong Beach
Bask under the sun. Take a walk along the beach. Taste the culinary delights. If you are looking for something more local, then check out Pan Yaah in Kalim which has an amazing view of Patong Bay and serves tasty Thai dishes and seafood. If you are looking for something more reasonably priced, then Kaab Gulay, with its big portions, would be right up your alley.
Party hard in Patong
Dance on the beach at the Paradise Beach club or feel the rave with Illuzion’s LED show and first-class sound system. If live bands are more your style, then make your way to Rock City and Red Hot Club Patong. And, if you are looking for something unique, check out Simon’s Cabaret, where you will see what Thai Cabaret is like.
Go island hopping
This can be quite tricky if you are alone as long tail boat rides can be expensive, so join a tour. Perhaps you will meet some people during the ride. At the same time, you can meet some new, squeaky friends if you are lucky enough to spot some dolphins during your tour.
What would you do if you were alone in Phuket?
Fellow veteran solo travelers in a house, your wisdom is needed. Let us know about your solo traveler experience in Phuket.
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